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It’s been raining on and off all week. Not wee little storms but huge loud thunderstorms.

I hope my garden appreciates it!

As you can see (unless you are reading via RSS then I highly suggest you visit the main site!) I’ve redesigned a bit. Would love your thoughts and if there is anything YOU want to see here!

Here are some photos from the other morning of bits and pieces of the garden and yard after it rained.






posted on May 13th 2010 at 7:56AM CDT

Love the photos. Love the new layout. Love it all! You’re so stinkin’ awesome Sarah. Do you ever just sit around, thinking to yourself “Gee self, I’m super awesome”? lol

posted on May 13th 2010 at 10:40AM CDT

LOL thank you! I only think that if I win a Words w/Friends game which doesn’t happen often LOL!

posted on May 13th 2010 at 8:07AM CDT

Just Stumbled this post. Love the photos.

posted on May 13th 2010 at 10:40AM CDT

Yay thanks for the stumble!

posted on May 13th 2010 at 8:34AM CDT

I am LOVING the new layout! You are so creative :)

posted on May 13th 2010 at 10:45AM CDT

Aw thank you!!

posted on May 13th 2010 at 10:15AM CDT

Beautiful photos! I’ve enjoyed the thunderstorms lately. Love the layout design! My only suggestion on that is that the name, email, etc. fields are kinda quirky in the sense that it only shows one letter…so you can’t really verify what you’re typing.
Awesome job! :)

posted on May 13th 2010 at 10:49AM CDT

Thank you so much!!

I fixed the input issue! It’s like only firefox will display it properly where as in IE or Chrome the input box is HUGE. Ugh drives me crazy lol.

posted on May 13th 2010 at 10:49AM CDT

I love your photos, these are beautiful!! I LOVE your new layout, super nice!!!

posted on May 13th 2010 at 10:52AM CDT

Thank you so much Cindy!

posted on May 13th 2010 at 11:49AM CDT

i adore water droplet photos- what lens are you using for these? are you using a tripod? i can’t seem to get mine quite as nice.

posted on May 13th 2010 at 11:52AM CDT

Same here!! I used my Sigma 105mm macro lens and I did NOT use a tripod, these were all hand-held, early morning light, I did have the ISO cranked up a bit though.

posted on May 13th 2010 at 11:54AM CDT

Ah! that makes sense. My telephoto lens has a macro setting but I haven’t had much success with it so far. Gotta keep practicing.

posted on May 13th 2010 at 11:58AM CDT

Yep I have a Tamron 70-300 that has a macro setting but generally it’s not a true macro. I feel that my 50mm does a WAY better job at “macro” like shots if I don’t have my Sigma lens around.

posted on May 13th 2010 at 2:46PM CDT

Those water droplets photos are insanely amazing! I could look at them all day.

posted on May 14th 2010 at 10:41AM CDT

Yay thank you!! I should probably make prints eventually, maybe hang them in the kitchen lol.

posted on May 13th 2010 at 2:57PM CDT

I’m sure the plants are soaking it up. Never know when there will be a surprise dry spell so they’re probably storing it too :D On the other hand, my crawling flowers are trying to strangle one another to grow upwards (winding around one another to have the strength to move upward). Really need to get them in the ground. Hopefully this weekend.

And yay for the tricky little inputs being fixed <3

posted on May 14th 2010 at 10:43AM CDT

It looks like one of the basil plants just couldn’t handle the storms and all the water, it looks dead ugh. I still have 3 others planted PLUS a jar of basil seedlings right now but still!!

Hear Mum Roar
posted on May 13th 2010 at 10:03PM CDT

These photos are beautiful!Especially the clover, I’m a sucker for that stuff. I even have a four leaf clover tattooed on my hip

posted on May 14th 2010 at 10:44AM CDT

OH awesome! Our yard is mostly clover and confederate violets. I would LOVE to find a 4-leaf clover one of these days!

The Drama Mama
posted on May 14th 2010 at 11:42AM CDT

Gorgeous. I love the way you captured the water droplets on the clovers. Fantastic. Love your new layout too.

posted on May 16th 2010 at 4:49PM CDT

Yay thank you! It was REALLY cold that morning too so I was pleased to see my plants survived the night lol.

posted on May 14th 2010 at 1:40PM CDT

Great raindrops. And I LOVE this ‘postcard’ comment form, too cute :)

posted on May 16th 2010 at 4:50PM CDT

Thank you so much Rachel!

posted on May 14th 2010 at 6:25PM CDT

Of course I love the layout, AND the new comment “correspondence,” is beautiful! I just read “The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie,” and your new layout is so reminiscent of some of the themes in that book that it was a little spooky to see it! I love your beautiful little strawberries! They’re coming along well, aren’t they? The clover in the topmost photo looks like a perfect heart! You eye never ceases to amaze me! You’ve got mad skillz, Sarah!

posted on May 16th 2010 at 4:51PM CDT

Oh what is that book about? I wonder how long it will take for the berries to ripen? It seems like they’ve been white forever!

Aww thank you SO SO SOOO much!

posted on May 18th 2010 at 4:56PM CDT

Well, your garden seems to be a week ahead of mine, and my strawberries are usually ready late-June, so I’d say first week of June or second for yours.

The book is a mystery, featuring 11 year old sleuth Flavia De Luce. She lives in a manor home in England in 1950, and she has her very own chemistry lab which she uses to a)concoct poison ivy lip sticks to torture her big sister, and b) to solve murders. It is NOT a childrens book, though. The sequel is called “The Weed that Strings the Hangman’s Bag.” I highly recommend reading them :).

posted on May 19th 2010 at 9:32AM CDT

I am so excited about the strawberries it’s ridiculous lol.

I will have to see if our local library has those books available! I desperately need new reading material!

posted on May 15th 2010 at 9:27AM CDT

Great photos. I really like the first one with its heart-shaped leaves!

posted on May 16th 2010 at 1:38PM CDT

Thank you so much!

posted on May 18th 2010 at 11:24AM CDT

You have a garden and a new theme? Wow. I’ve sure missed a lot lol.

The garden photos are beautiful. I’ve been wanting to grow my own herbs (again) ever since we moved here. I don’t have a yard, but I have lots of balcony space! Maybe I can try a little something. Back in Jersey every herb I planted died. :(

The theme is beautiful as always. I specially like the comment text area. Looks rather nifty.

posted on May 19th 2010 at 9:31AM CDT

Thank you SO much! What direction does your balcony face? How much sun does it get (hours)? You can do an AWESOME garden in pots/window boxes. Fruit like berries, tomatoes, herbs, anything really!!

posted on May 20th 2010 at 1:23PM CDT

Oh it totally gets a lot of sun. Really? Tomatoes? Berries too? I didn’t think a box would hold anything more than some simple herbs. That’s good to know. Looks like I’ll be making a trip to the library. Time to see if this veg head has a green thumb too.

posted on May 21st 2010 at 4:33PM CDT

Oh yes! Here is a great site, You Grow Girl. Has forums and such. She also came out with two books so I suggest checking out the local library or bookstore for those! You can grow anything in a container!

posted on May 18th 2010 at 11:02PM CDT

Those are some fantastic shots, Sarah! Love the crisp water droplets. Wish I can take that good a picture :D

posted on May 19th 2010 at 9:34AM CDT

Thank you so much! I used a high ISO so that I could use a faster shutter speed so they wouldn’t be too blurry.

posted on May 18th 2010 at 11:48PM CDT

BEAUTIFUL Pics (and I’m a photog!) Love the layout too, did you design it yourself?

PS. Found you via SITS, and I have the same issue of some “little shadows” that visit me all over the net too.

posted on May 19th 2010 at 9:36AM CDT

Thank you Lana! Yep I did the whole theme myself including coding! I’ve never used a pre-made theme or design on OSN ever!

Oh yes, it’s frustrating isn’t it? You don’t want to acknowledge them and give them more “power” yet it’s SO bothersome at times that you can’t help it!

posted on May 19th 2010 at 9:52AM CDT

Wonderful! Do you do this for other people too? I’m not in love with my “theme” atm (I have none) and can’t find a theme out there that I like.

posted on May 19th 2010 at 10:08AM CDT

Yep! I created a Price List!