Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Valentine's Day at 1115

It is Valentine's Day again and this year I got flowers. 



I used to get flowers (and by flowers I mean roses) every V Day until I went to work in a flower shop. Then I told my husband, "Don't give me flowers anymore. They will just die." He took me at my word. I didn't get flowers again.

These past few years I started following the Slow Flowers Movement, (you can find out more about this here). I decided I want flowers but not just any flowers. I want fresh American grown, local grown flowers.

Last March, my son needed flowers for his girlfriend's birthday. I wanted to use local flowers so I started searching for flower farms close to where I am located. Happily, I finally found one. This flower farm is called 3 Porch Farm. They are located in Comer, Ga. Unfortunately, they did not have flowers available on her birthday. They were, however, hosting a tour of the farm. It was a fun experience and made me day dream of growing flowers for my own bouquets.

This year, my son needed flowers for his Valentine. It has been discouraging for me to not be able to find local blooms for the occasion. BUT!  This year 3 Porch Farm had blooms available for Valentine's Day. (As soon as I saw that Instagram post I let my husband know and he ordered a bouquet for me!)

My son and I discovered he is a "Traditional Dozen Red Roses" type of fellow. This being the case I found a flower shop that, while they do not have local flowers they were right up my alley in other areas (this will be another post). Miss L was very happy with her roses.

Now let me share my "Untraditional Bouquet" with you.


My UNTRADITIONAL VALENTINE BOUQUET

I hope y'all enjoy the flowers too.
Nancy Dawn




Sunday, February 12, 2017

New Life @ 1115 in 2017


It has been almost a full year since I last posted. A lot happened in 2016.  Let me explain.

The biggest thing is my daddy was diagnosed with Stage 4 Colon Cancer that metastasized to his liver last year. His doctor told us she could treat him but she couldn't cure him. I am daddy's girl and this diagnosis was crippling for me.

But you know what? The year started off beautifully. I was expanding the bee yard and thinking about flower gardens. I was taking pictures and planning posts for lifeatelevenfifteen and Keeping Backyard Bees.

When Daddy was diagnosed it seemed like everything started going downhill. I couldn't write. My camera messed up. I didn't have the energy or the want-to to get into the beehives. If my husband hadn't tended the garden it would have been neglected too.

The weather even changed. We went from too much rain to extreme drought. The grass in the pastures died. We had extreme heat day after day. It felt like we were in a desert.

I suffered from depression. My moods were AWFUL! And, I had headaches like crazy.

I ended up going to see a nutritionist and a chiropractor. When I filled out the paper work, I found myself wondering if I needed to see a psychiatrist instead of a nutritionist! The way our food and vitamin intake affects us mentally is amazing to me. It has been a few months and I am now on maintenance with both of them.

In December, just before Christmas, Daddy had another scan and the doctor proclaimed him cancer-FREE!!

I am starting 2017 in church and recommitted in my relationship with Jesus. I am full of optimism and high hopes.

  • Hopes of being a better wife. 
  • Hopes of getting the house back in order. 
  • Hopes of getting back in to the bee yard. 
  • Hopes of earning merit badges from MaryJanes Farmgirl Sisterhood.  
  • Hopes of JUST BEING A BETTER PERSON!

I hope you will allow me to reconnect and once again share Life @ 1115 with you.

See Y'all later,
Nancy Dawn

Wednesday, March 9, 2016

International Women's Day

I celebrated International Women's Day by giving Daffodil Vases!

Tuesday, March 8, was International Women's Day. This is a day hidden amongst all other days here in the USA. Americans do not seem to know about it and it is generally uncelebrated.

IWD is a day to celebrate how far women have come as far as equal rights, voting, etc. It is also a way for me to acknowledge the women in my life, to honor them for the impacts they have had on my life personally.  

Women's Day is for ALL women. It trumps Valentine's Day and Mother's Day because it is meant to honor even those without child, without a significant other.

I am a follower of The Slow Flowers movement which means I believe locally grown flowers are the only flowers to give.  My local florists doesn't provide locally grown florals (because there aren't any local flower farmers in the area) so I turned to my own yard and the backyard of an abandoned house on our dirt road for my florals. 
Daffodils are the only flowers in bloom around here right now, so that is what I used; I celebrated the women I work with by gifting them with what I call Daffodil Vases. 

This is what I used to make my gifts:
  • Daffodils
  • Pint Mason jars
  • Strips of ribbon from old sewing project
  • Strips of lace
  • Gift tags with twine



It was truly a simple little jar with a few little flowers but the ladies in my life were surprised and pleased with their gift. (And it was fun for me to see the look of pleasure on their faces).
I hope next year to have more florals available in my own yard for gifting.