Sunday, June 9, 2013

Where I belong

"I know you doubt me and I know you always have. And you're right, I often think of Bag End. I miss my books and my armchair and my garden. You see, that's where I belong. That's home. And that's why I came back, because you don't have one. A home. It was taken from you, but I will help you take it back if I can." --Bilbo Baggins (The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey)   

Counting blessings

 504. Found this painting in a second-hand shop circa 1959. I adore its quirky elegance, and love what the artist was trying to achieve with the light filtering through the trees. *Sigh* Maybe someday, decades from now, someone will buy one of my quirky, paintings in a second-hand shop.

505. First blooms of the garden. 

506. An armchair and a good book.

507. Painting everyday - Practicing values.

508. Just because it's pretty.

509. Farm Boy.

510. Thriving herb garden.

511. Blue.

512. Enjoying the view.

513. Bee yard. 

514. The scent, the look, and the name of marigolds. 


JoAnn Hallum said...

So you're enjoying the book?
ALSO That blue garden is stellar. And the painting. And the...oh, everything. You really do live in the Shire. Now I'm inspired to actually do the dishes and squeeze some magic out of MY house.

Susan said...

Hi Jodi, I love your thankful photos. I would have had to bring home the artwork too - it is very appealing.

Stephanie Ann said...

I love these posts. I'm glad you are continuing them.

Amy said...

your life is full in the best and growing way!

monix said...

Who wouldn't want to belong in your lovely home and garden? There is something delightful at every turn.

How are your bees doing? My daughter lost three of her four colonies over the winter and I think many other people in UK did because of the months of rain we had. I hope yours fared better.

Jodi said...

Monix, thank you. :) I lost a colony in February. The top lid had come off in the night. It may have been a raccoon. The poor bees froze. The upside of it was that we were able to glean the honey, but it was still sad. So far so good with the other two hives.

amy said...

I want to buy your paintings. I want to hang out in that garden. I want to sit in that chair. and read. and drink tea. yep. that i do.

Dewena Callis said...

Your blessings are special-even Farm Boy! It is these things that matter. So good to have an eye to see them and a heart to appreciate them.

Jodi, I realized today when I tried to reply by email to your comment on my blog that you are a no-reply address. And here I've been writing you each time you commented and they didn't get to you. Once I realized this I noticed that I had a few others like that. Not sure what to do about it. I put in the question to NanaDiana and she's working on it for me but thank you so much for commenting at my blog!

It's Just Dottie said...

I am happy that you have shared your beautiful life today. I planted a herb garden this year and I am in love with it,
Smiles, Dottie

Julie@OnePennyJumblePacket said...

That painting is just wonderful! I love every photo, every line of this post. And I would even buy your paintings at a first-hand shop, especially if you paint your garden. :-)

BTW, how does it work out having the bees right next to the garden. Sorry if this is gross, but someone told me not to plant anything I want to bring in the house right next to the bees because it would get covered in bee poo. Looks like you may not have experienced that, though.

Jodi said...

Julie, I think having the bees in my garden benefits the veg and flowers immensely. I believe beeswax and honey are bee vomit, so I'm not too worried about bee poo. Lol.

Julie@OnePennyJumblePacket said...

LOL! Good point about the spit-up!

No, I only meant that someone told me to give a buffer zone of about 12-15 feet. Ha!

Nancy said...

I want to buy one of your paintings, and I don't want to wait until it's in a second-hand shop.

I can't read the title of the book--I even clicked on the photo and enlarged it, but I was too lazy to get up and find my glasses. You'll have to tell me all about it.

Love the blue. Love, love, love it.

BTW--What is your favorite color? As soon as I typed that I thought, "She'll probably say all of them."

Linda said...

Looks wonderful. I love seeing your paintings and reading about your adventures in painting.

Connie Smiley said...

Jodi, your herb garden looks wonderful! And all that blue. Lobelia? It must be cooler there. Hope you'll let us know how you like the book.

Leslie said...

you make things beautiful for those around you. that is a gift. thank you for sharing it, here, with us.

Sara said...

It all adds up to many blessings in your life! Glad to see you still have the bees (I read the comments, sorry to hear one colony was lost in the winter months) . . . there is something very special about bees I think. Not to mention their delicious honey!

Kristi in the Western Reserve said...

So glad you were finally able to post again, and share your blessings of beauty and abundant life!

angelina said...

Jodi I would totally buy your skull picture!!
For a couple of bucks...... ;)

I was eye squinting to see your motor oil bee buckets, and could not grasp the setup. I'm afraid my poor worries are still gettin stung, love your raised beds and the herb garden. Neato x

Jody Lee Collins said...

Jodi--hello from the other coast and another Jody with a 'y'. I'm following our mutual friend (whom I've not had the privilege of meeting IRL yet), Nancy Franson and clicked on over to your site to see who she was on her way to visit. Looks like a delightful place. I must say I was overjoyed to see a book by Gerald Durrell on your chair. I first heard of his books when a 6 year old student of mine recommended him to me :-) I've enjoyed the stories ever since.
I will be back to read and see more.

Jodi said...

Hello Jody-with-a-y, nice to meet you. The Gerald Durrell book was a gift from a fellow blogger, JoAnn Hallum at Ostriches Look Funny. I'm loving it. Gotta run; I'm getting ready for the house guests. :) P.S. Do you blog?

Jody Lee Collins said...

Jodi, yes I do. Here's the link.

Thanks for asking.

Jody with a 'y'.


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