Welcome to the Playroom at 14 Peonystreet!

'Playroom': the garrett at the top of the stairs, whence objects pleasing to the eye are brought from the drawing board to reality, after much discussion with the ancestors.....

Monday, April 7, 2014

April: Languishing Within the Throes of Winter

It's unusually cool this spring, for this locale.  In fact, it's been one of the coldest winters and springs on record.  There's been white-outs, when you least expect it, cold and rainy days, dismal days, dark and cloudy days.  The dog with the thick coat has shown no signs of shedding, which shed in February last year.  The pear trees have bloomed and leafed out.  There are buds on the maple trees with their pretty seed fronds, and there's the little peach tree, newly planted in the yard.  
There is some good to all this cold:  the blueberry bushes and azaleas are blooming profusely, and the lilac bush has leafed out beautifully, after a disasterous bout with herbicide last fall, which seems to be a miracle.
Despite the weather, the sky puts on a fantastic show.
And since it's very cool, still, there is time to languish with a fantastic novel for the spring:
The Enchanted April by Elizabeth von Arnim.
If you have not read this book, only seen the movie, take the time to read it.  It's worth every delicious word.

Monday, March 31, 2014

Boo Bottles

Boo Bottle
With the advent of spring, it is now fly season, whence the birds like to eat.
So plenty of birds light on the porch railing to spy the flies, 
whence, leaving plenty of unsanitary droppings on said railing.
I tie empty clear plastic water bottles to the railing and let them fly in the breeze, 
of which there is here, 90% of the time,
Making a nice, soft bobbing sound against the vinyl rails.

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Appalachian Winter

For your viewing pleasure.
I know most everyone is sick of winter by now.
I can't help but admire the beauty nature provides
with weather changes.
This is a Robin on a high tree in the woods.
Spring really can't be too far behind, can it?
There was an entire flock of meadowlarks on the lawn
the week before the snow came (sorry no photos of this).
I only see these when they are migrating in the fall and in the spring.
Take care, and hang in there, people!

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Free Project-Cloth Book Cover for A Fine Romance by Susan Branch

Here's a link to a pdf for instructions on how to make this.
This is a document on Google Docs.  You have to sign in to google to get this document.
Here is a link to the same document on Scribd :


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