Monday 30 September 2019


We ended September with a beautiful sunny day and moved into October with clouds.  I did get some outside jobs done ( with help from my DH).  He changed the bird feeder from the Spring/Summer pink to the Red Fall & Winter one.   I ran out of sunflower seeds and the poor Chickadees kept coming to look if by any chance the feeder was filled. Which it now is.

My hanging baskets are just about done but this Coleus just keeps on growing.

                             I'm not sure just what this plant is, maybe an Impatiens? 

 Remember my shoe that came apart?  DH used Gorilla glue to stick the sole back on and used the weight of the table to hold it until it dried. I'm happy to be able to wear those comfortable old shoes again.

Have a great week!!    Thanks for popping by,    Granny M.

Saturday 28 September 2019

This and That

We went to do our grocery shopping yesterday and no sooner was I in the store than the sole of my right shoe came almost totally off, Just about 2" at the toe part still was attached. I hobbled my way through the store and surprisingly enough only one person kindly told me about some special shoe Goo that I could fix my shoe with.  Rather embarrassing.
I did do my shopping and even found some of my favourite marmalade on sale!!   Are you fond of marmalade?  I've made my own but it's never quite like this brand.

DH and I went to some garage sales this morning.  No teacups but books are right up there at the top of my list as well. This whimsical fairy book has secret envelopes that still have their tiny notes inside.

Another book that I was so pleased to find is this one.  I'm one who picks up dropped grocery lists and reads what others buy.  I pick up notes that I find on the ground in the park ( I've found "breaking up" kind of notes as well as love notes. I keep them all.  So you understand why this book appeals to me.  The author was a book seller as were his parents. From the age of 8 he sorted through books often finding bits of cards or letters that had been used as bookmarks and forgotten.  Even as an adult he continues to be intrigued by what shows up. ( He even found a very old dry marijuana leaf in a cookbook)

That's been my Saturday so far.  I did get some outside chores done. Youngest son came by and wielded the big manual cutter as he cut down the row of Lavender then he went on to the Hostas  finishing up with the Astilbes. I came behind him and gathered armloads to out in the garden waste cans ( which we'll put out for pick-up on garbage day).

Thanks for stopping by,     Granny Marigold

Thursday 26 September 2019

Spring Bulbs and a Sign

Yesterday we went looking for bulbs to plant for next Spring.  We had so many to choose from, each picture more lovely than the last.   I kind of knew which ones I wanted although there were some I didn't find.

The ones in the brown paper bags were from the open bins.  In the picture below there are 2 bags of Anemone Blanda also known as Grecian Windflower.  I love those tiny gems that come back faithfully each year ( as opposed to tulips that don't,  at least not for me). I bought tulips anyway and will enjoy them for a year or two before they fade away never to be seen again. I found some black ones called Queen of the Night. How I hope they do well!!!

Tomorrow is grocery shopping day and every week  on our way to the store we pass this Beauty Salon with the most unlikely name.   Last week I finally remembered to take a picture.

I hope you're having a good day!!    Thanks for coming by.          

   Granny Marigold

Tuesday 24 September 2019

Tea Pot Tuesday ?

We had no internet nor cable since Sunday evening . It's nice to have things back to normal.
I did my usual thrift store trip this morning and although I didn't find any teacups that I liked (and that were affordable) I did find a couple of tea pots.  This cat one is so cute. Her lid/head is loose so I may have to fix that.

This little 2 cup tea pot would never be big enough for me but at .50 I wasn't about to leave it behind.
The top part is the tea pot and the cup is underneath.

I bought both tea pots with the idea that I'll put them out in my flower garden next Spring. Meanwhile I'll enjoy them in the house ....

...  on the kitchen window sill. I even found that I had some other things that could be included in my display.

This afternoon the sun came out and I went out to tidy up my potting shed and  do a bit more cleaning up of perennials and pulling more weeds. The rain we got last week sure got the weeds growing. It also put new life in my Daylilies and I see new flowers. I thought they were done for the year. I even have an Iris with buds. The Sweet Autumn Clematis is putting on its usual display.

 Thanks for coming by!!

            Granny Marigold

Sunday 22 September 2019

Sunday Chuckles

My GD Kate sent me this  this morning.  It got me chuckling and I hope you enjoy it too.

                            Granny Marigold

Tuesday 17 September 2019

Chilly Day

It's a wet and chilly day. I know I've mentioned numerous times how very dry it has been. Well, these past 3 days we've had so much rain, at times so heavy that the water ran straight over the edge of the roof missing the gutters completely.  It seemed a good day to bake so I got bread dough started in the bread maker and began to make a date square ( matrimonial square to some). DH has always loved anything made with dates but I wasn't as fond of them as he. Then I started putting  dried cranberries and/or raisins in with the dates. It's much more to my liking now.

I did pop into the thrift store this morning but found very little. Just one  cup and a pretty saucer. Just as well since I'm running out of space.

On the weekend I found these interesting looking bulbs at Walmart. Does anyone know anything about them?  I did look them up and they seem easy enough to grow so I'll plant them and see what comes up next Spring.  They're related to Alliums and I've had no luck getting those to grow and bloom.  Maybe these will be hardier.  I do think that many bulbs simply rot during our very wet Winters.

Almost time to think about making supper.  A pot of vegetable soup would go very nicely with the freshly baked bread.

I hope you had a good day!

Thanks for visiting and leaving a comment so I know you came by.

             Granny Marigold

Saturday 14 September 2019

21st Birthday

I have 2 grandsons, M turned 10 this summer and Callum, my other GS, turns 21 today.  Just like my 3 sons, Callum also towers over me. They grow, I seem to shrink.

Not much to blog about this week.  It's been very quiet.  What's happening at your house?

Thanks for coming by,   Granny Marigold

Monday 9 September 2019

Teacup Tuesday

I went a little crazy on Saturday. I saw this lot of assorted   teacups and misc. saucers  advertised by a local woman......for only $20.  They're all either Royal Albert of some other good name so I couldn't resist. I'm pleased to tell you that today I rearranged my shelves and now the teacups are displayed. The saucers I've put aside in case I ever find their matching cups.
(The Old Country Roses small plate with the hole in the middle is all that was left of her three-tiered cake stand. )

Although this particular Royal Albert set is not my cup of tea it is very old and I've been trying to find out more about it. The seller said it was made somewhere between 1927 and 1935.

I had a lovely outing with GD Kate this morning. She has a few days off this week so off we went shopping ( at Costco since she has a membership and I don't).   Came home, had tea, then she left and I did the usual Monday laundry.  It was a cool day with a few showers. Not much rain at all. Over the weekend we had quite the storm with lightning and thunder such as we don't often get. But again, not much rain. One of these days we'll have our own version of monsoons and  no doubt I'll be complaining that it's raining AGAIN.

Thanks for visiting,

           Granny Marigold


Friday 6 September 2019


I have never tried growing an Orchid before but at the grocery store this morning there was a display of mini Orchids for less than ten dollars. I decided to try my hand and am hoping to keep them healthy and blooming. If anyone has advice I'd be grateful for any tips.  I have found conflicting tips on-line.  For instance some recommended giving the plant ice cubes in order to keep them watered but others said that was like frostbite to the poor plant.
The tag on these merely said Petite Orchid so I'm not sure if that's the name of this variety or if it's just confirming that it is a mini.  From pictures on-line I'd say these are mini Phalaenopsis.

Wish me luck growing these pretty little plants!!

           Granny Marigold

Tuesday 3 September 2019

Tuesdays' treasures and a rather sad boy

                    A few of my thrifty buys.... 2 teacups and 2 pretty mugs.

                 Another view of the same

I'm always looking for nice flower pots, especially the ones that I can slip a green plastic pot and flower right into.  The triple pots are attached to the tray underneath and don't come off. I think I would rather have had them 'loose' but I'll manage I'm sure.

M was not impressed with the end of his summer holidays and it being first day back to school.
He's not home yet but hopefully he will have had a good day.

I hope you had a good day.  Thanks for visiting today,  GM

Sunday 1 September 2019


               Happy September!!!  Now it REALLY feels like Fall.

I just want to add that there were a number of comments left on yesterday's post and I replied to them there. I'm never sure if anyone ever goes back to check since I don't often have any replies. I'm sorry I wasn't clear about Hannah Hauxwell's book which I really liked. That was NOT the one I had difficulty with.

Granny Marigold