I'm still enjoying the small size of visual journal No. 11 Next weekend I want to set up a journal table out on the back patio. Something simple. Because frankly it's difficult to step inside the house at all. I want to be outside morning, noon, and night.
2 parrots sailed over my head this morning. A shot of green and they were gone. Hawks are circling. Crows that make knocking sounds. Finches, hummingbirds that click click click as they drink nectar. And me. And the slumbering cat posse. Drunk with happiness to have a couple hundred square feet of concrete where they might doze in various stretched out poses.
The epiphyllum buds are succulent and juicy. In 2 weeks I predict the show will begin.
Until then I can't stop staring at the new chocolate colored stucco walls in the back patio.
Or the dark and pale succulents leaning against them.
Nearly black petals glowing against those dusky walls.
This old pot was half buried in the front garden. I brought it with me from Kansas over 20 years ago. Planted it with donkey's tail to drape down the sides. This is going up on the hot dry ledge of the water fountain.
Aloe arborescens. I took this cutting about 6 weeks ago and just got around to planting it.
A shot of color and fragrance. Dizzying.
those dark succulents are out of this world, so cool!
You do sound like you are living in heaven. Wonderful! I’m so happy for you.
Susie LaFond says
SIGH, can I curl up in one of the sunny spots or will the cat ‘posse’ arrest me? VBG. Love the journal, love the idea of a corner outside for creating and the photos are stunning. And indeed much applause heading your way…IMHO, you are hands down ‘teacher of the year’ Your ‘artists in training’ are all the proof I need. VBG
Happy Teacher Appreciation Day!!! Those flowers are scrumptious. Enjoy your patio and warm weather 🙂
Can you post another picture of the progress? I adore your patio!!!! Alas, I cannot go out on to my patio to work on my new Stencilry project as our neighbors cat tangled with a SKUNK on our patio. Today I have washed the patio twice and the cat once LOL!!! I will be changing his name from Oreo to Stinky McGee!!!! Beth
Erica from ATL says
Oh, I would spend all my days outside too…it’s kinda hard to see mt laptop screen in the sunshine, though!
btw, love your new blog header!
Saucy Chick Sherry says
What a wonderful way to spend your time. Outdoors in your own paradise surrounded with your cat posse and succulent plants and flowers. Ahhh bring me another iced tea please. Happy journaling…
Violet Cadburry says
You are such a tease….chocolate stucco, I wanna SEE it! Please please post more photos of your patio.
lisa cox says
Your patio is so awesome! Makes me want one too…
Beautiful! You inspired me to get some good soil and repot my succulents… and perhaps take some cuttings from my epiphyllum and Christmas cacti.
Elizabeth Woodford says
Oh I love Succulents and they do love CA- VA not so much! Working outside on your journals sounds like heaven!! When are you doen with the monkeys for the summer????
those black succulents!
I love those “Nearly black petals glowing against those dusky walls”. What a fabulous combination of color and texture!
jan in ohio
So glad your enjoying your new patio at Casa de Mossitto! Arriba!