You won’t want to miss the Holiday Open House at The Growing Place. It’s this Saturday, Nov. 17 and Sunday, Nov. 18 at both locations. I was just over to the Naperville location this week to drop off some more watering cans for sale.

Check out how nice the cans look nested in with the birds! (Aren’t the birds supposed to nest? Anyway…) Pick up a couple birds with a coordinating watering can for a holiday gift. (Click on the photos for larger images.)

Happy holidays! Stay warm and safe.

jen (by jennifer)

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Ten years of kitty love

September 27, 2018

Happy adoption anniversary to my favorite little black and white friend! It’s no mystery that we’ve both changed over the years. But I really realize it when I look back at the post from our third anniversary together. Cheers to many more years to come! You make me smile every single day. – love kitty mom

arch 10 anniv

Labor Day fun 2018

September 6, 2018

BF John and I left for Dandridge, Tennessee, early (like 3 a.m. Central early!) on Thursday night to spend a long weekend with my brother and family for Labor Day weekend. What fun! And … I managed to be productive and start two step stools that have been on order since the Art in the Garden show in June. (Yes. I’m slow when not given a deadline – something I know I need to work on.) I’ll post pictures of those in the near future. Meanwhile, check out the gorgeous Douglas Lake we enjoyed and a couple pictures of the silly and courageous John and Bill (brother – left)!

lake douglas TN LD 2018

 

Water for everyone

August 15, 2018

When it’s this hot and dry, the birds need fresh water too. Filling the bird baths is a daily activity that Archie loves. Yum! Bird-flavored water!

Thank you for coming out to the Naperville Growing Place last Saturday for the Art in the Garden festival. As usual, it was a wonderful (although H O T!) day. It was very nice to visit with those of you who already own a “jen” and came back for another or just to say hello… and to those of you who purchased an item for the first time this year, I look forward to seeing you again!

Remember to contact me if you have an item of your own you’d like freshened up or to check on my inventory to paint you something I have.

Enjoy the upcoming holiday weekend. Happy Fourth!

jen by jennifer

Lodi Gardens was the first place that John and I visited together in the Delhi area. It was Sunday evening and one of the first things we noticed were all of the families in the park. It explains a lot about why we see Indian families in large groups in the States. Families hang together here. They go for walks, picnics, play games–it’s really quite nice to see.

families in Lodi Gardens

In Lodi Gardens there are Mohammed Shah’s tomb and Sikander Lodi’s tomb as well as other architectural works of interest. It’s a really pleasant place to walk around.

Sheesh Gumbad

After walking through the park we went to Lodi – The Garden Restaurant. It was beautiful and the food was excellent. I had prawns (HAD to!) and John ordered a chicken kabob that was fantastic. While we were eating we were offered sauce samples. Apparently they were experimenting with new recipes. I love the little wooden tasting spoons and crisps to try the sauces on. It was overall a fabulous experience and I intend to go back there before I leave India.

Lodi the Garden RestaurantI will also go back because they automatically donate Rs 10 to People for Animals which is India’s largest animal welfare non-governmental organization. You can ask the management not to include that on your bill but to put it in perspective it’s $0.15 U.S. John and I actually asked if we could donate an additional amount. The following table tent explained the cause and is cute to boot.

People for AnimalsThe visit to the park and particularly the restaurant must have been meant to be because what did John spot on the way out but…

cans outside of Lodi restaurant

YES, YES!! that is what you are seeing… it’s a watering can (albeit a “naked” one) hanging on the wall outside the restaurant courtyard! There were different colored watering cans hanging about five feet apart all along the wall. Wouldn’t they be pretty with flowers painted on them?!

Please forgive the quality of these photos taken from my iPhone.  i will try to use better quality images in future posts but I have a lot of catching up to do on documenting my journey and needed to use what was readily available.

I didn’t really feel like decorating that day but the next day was going to be December 1 already!  I had to do it AND it was nearly 50 degrees outside.  It would really have been the wrong move to put it off…so this is what I came up with that afternoon.  I went rustic Christmas with items I bought (very few), collected or was given.  (My basement is FULL of stuff!)  Knowing I wanted to go this style, I had already purchased the ribbon so I was in pretty good shape.

Thanks to my mom for bringing home the fresh greens from her house in Missouri.  I always use fresh greens to fill my flower boxes each winter.  It’s good to have a source that barters in wine and conversation!

Merry Christmas!

2014 front porch christmas