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Lou Lou
Boulder County, Co
Exhaust myself with creative home and garden projects, take pics, tell myself how fabulous I am while screaming at the computer. Wake up and do it again.
Interests: Making art,a sense of humour, gardening, food (both the cooking and the eating), traveling, reading ,writing, photography, friends and family.
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Lou Lou added a favorite at Clagett Farm
Nov 13, 2017
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I The end of October is a pivotal time for me. I am closing up the garden, cleaning house for the upcoming winter, and frankly....falling apart from exhaustion. As I age I realize the beauty of changing seasons and taking time to rest. I live in a high altitude mountain community where many of my neighbors run to Arizona, Texas, or Florida, upon the first hint of frost. I don't blame them. I used to want to emulate them. This year I really was grateful to be home and going through boxes. I have come to value this quiet time... Continue reading
Posted Nov 3, 2017 at The creative world of Lou Lou
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It's been a long Autumn as I try to get this garden up to snuff after years of previous abuse. By other owners I'd like to point out. The last of my flowers are dying off and making their seeds. We've had two snows yet quite a few Pansies and these lovely Clarksias are plugging along. I had never grown Clarksia but they came up unexpectedly in a mix I threw out this past Spring. I cannot say enough about these wonderful plants that flowered nonstop for months on end in a myriad of colors. I'm so glad that they... Continue reading
Posted Oct 25, 2017 at The creative world of Lou Lou
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I awoke this morning to the first snow of the season. It's always bittersweet, especially at 7800 feet. I have been limping my plants along for two weeks now, covering and uncovering them. Secretly wishing it would freeze and I'd be done! And hurrah, it has finally happened! Except for the lovely little pansies and vioalas that will fight on long after everything else has been mulched. I love these beautiful and cheerful flowers. Since this was my first summer in this new garden I wasn't sure what I'd find. It was a long seven months of moving rocks, building... Continue reading
Posted Oct 2, 2017 at The creative world of Lou Lou
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A couple of months ago this 35 pound bundle of nerves came to live with The Lovely Husband and I. At the approximate age of three years, Biscuit was a neurotic mess caked in dirt. But he was so damn cute and had the sweetest eyes! He came from a rural community in New Mexico and has spent most of his life in shelters. I have no idea how he got to the Longmont, CO Humane Society, but there he was in all of his easily spooked out glory. He didn't want to be on a leash. He most certainly... Continue reading
Posted Sep 20, 2017 at The creative world of Lou Lou
Biscuit is an adorable rescue pup that the Lovely Husband and I adopted 3 weeks ago. He is sweet, loving, kind, and shell schocked. He spends a great deal of time hiding under beds and when out and about, he is dodgy, He wants to play but can't be trusted offleash. Getting angry only makes him all the more skittish. He is not a big hiker by these mountain community standards, but he is interested and loving so I feel strongly that he will make his way into our community, which of course we much all do as well. via... Continue reading
Reblogged Aug 16, 2017 at The creative world of Lou Lou
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Summer is not usually the time that I start new projects. I'm up to my hindquarters in gardening and outside DIY projects. Now that we are living in the mountains once again, I spend a lot of time doing fire mitigation and watching for smoke in the sky. With the west on fire it seems to be the only thing my neighbors have been able to talk about. Until two weeks ago when it started raining. I've barely had to look at a hose since, but I have used this time to transplant and propagate. As with many mountain cabins,... Continue reading
Posted Aug 7, 2017 at The creative world of Lou Lou
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Spring is my favorite season, filled with possibilities both in the natural world and my internal one. The previous owner of our house planted the entire front lawn with crocus. What a delight! Every Autumn I add more as they are the prettiest harbingers of Spring. When I see these cheerful little blooms I know I've made it through another winter. I am excited to see what happens next! Happy planting. Continue reading
Posted Apr 18, 2015 at The creative world of Lou Lou
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I have been enjoying the cold snowy weather we've been having in Colorado. Having a rest from the garden has given me time to look over photos that I took this summer. These are from the Chihuly Exhibit at the Denver Botanic Garden. I was fortunate enough to see the exhibit several times this Summer and once at night in late November. I loved all of my visits but found the night trip to be rather disappointing as many of the pieces were not lit. I was particularly in love with this piece which was frozen solid by my November... Continue reading
Posted Jan 7, 2015 at The creative world of Lou Lou
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This picture was taken last summer in Alaska, as I was about to do some serious zip lining. Compliments of my sister and brother in law. (Can't go to Alaska and come away without something to brag about!) I thank them both for an experience that was incredible. (I've zip lined before...) This really was awesome in every true sense of the word! Now that I am about to emabark on my first writer's conference (Rocky Mt. Writer's Fiction Writer's Association,) I want to say that, for me, zip lining was soooooo much easier! Here we go, jumping off the... Continue reading
Posted Sep 4, 2014 at The creative world of Lou Lou
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This is our third Summer in our current garden and it has gone from a neglected wasteland to a bird, butterfly, and bee sanctuary. I absolutely love being here and watching Mother Nature in her glory. This baby Robin really tickled me. I'm so tickled about my garden that I have scarcely written anything all Spring or Summer. All of my energy seems to be out with the growing things. Somehow I think that the writing will keep. Hope you're enjoying your Summer as much as I am! Til next time- Lou Lou Continue reading
Posted Jul 13, 2014 at The creative world of Lou Lou
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Several weeks ago my sister was visiting from Alaska and we went to see the Chihuly Art Exhibit at the Denver Botanic Gardens. I have been privelaged to see his work in London, San Francisco, and Seattle. This was by far the most beautiful setting for his gorgeous work. I took hundreds of pictures, something that I rarely do, and am already planning my next visit! If you find yourself in Denver between now and the end of November, I hope you will visit this lovely botanic garden and exhibit. Continue reading
Posted Jul 5, 2014 at The creative world of Lou Lou
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This is my third growing season for this garden and I'm thrilled with the results of the effort we put into it the first two years. It's really coming together and I look forward to posting more pics as the summer progresses. We had a late cold snap in May so I ended up cutting masses of blooms rather than risk losing them. (You can only water and cover so much.) It was fun having the house full of flowers and the garden immediately started producing more! The Clematis has finally taken off! I planted Thyme and Verbena at it's... Continue reading
Posted Jun 12, 2014 at The creative world of Lou Lou
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During our recent bout of nasty weather, I took some time to hang out in the conservatory of the Denver Botanic Garden. It's warm and inspiring while I wait for Summer! Continue reading
Posted May 14, 2014 at The creative world of Lou Lou
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It's hard to believe it's already May Day, especially with the wind gusting at 50mph and my plants being blown across the porch! I'm trying to remember that this too is part of a gardener's life and that it will pass. In the mean time I think a trip to the nursery for some inspiration is in order! Continue reading
Posted May 1, 2014 at The creative world of Lou Lou
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Spring greetings to all! I have been so busy making art and writing that despite my best intentions I just don't get around to posting about it. This is a watercolour and coloured pencil piece that I did for my sister and brother in law for Christmas. Ok, so I'm a "little" behind posting but I am working on two new novels! In case you haven't read number one, scoot yourself over to Amazon Kindle and type in Windsor Wainwright Over the Pond by T.T. Willis and download it! Go ahead, you don't need a Kindle- they have a free... Continue reading
Posted Mar 21, 2014 at The creative world of Lou Lou
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It's a cold, bleak January day here in our little corner of Colorado and I've been battling the flu for what seems like months but in fact has only been ten days. My writing has been slow going and I find myself daydreaming about my favorite Summer hiking spot. I haven't been up there since the flooding last Fall. My favorite path runs along a stream and my Westie Duncan loves to swim in it. In my mind it looks exactly the way it has for the last twenty five years but then again so do I! Whatever changes nature... Continue reading
Posted Jan 14, 2014 at The creative world of Lou Lou
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Happy Summer Solstice to everyone! I'm still in the process of changing my blog over to Wordpress but I'm not going to lie. I have been too busy this week taking pictures and doing research for the next Windsor Wainwright to mess around with the computer. (Okay, and having fun!) Maybe next week? Whatever you are doing for your first day of Summer I hope it is joyful. -Lou Lou Continue reading
Posted Jun 20, 2013 at The creative world of Lou Lou
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Hi everyone! This week I decided that I couldn't live another day with the miles of concrete in our neighborhood. I bypassed the HOA and stained our front porch and steps. It looks great, my neighbors love it as well, and it was super easy. It took less than a half gallon of Behr dark green concrete stain from Home Depot and a day of clearing, cleaning, and applying the stain with a scrub brush. We feel like we've added a room to the house and I can't wait to host our first Summer party! Til later- Lou Lou Continue reading
Posted May 26, 2013 at The creative world of Lou Lou
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I thought I'd share some pics of the early bloomers in my garden while I shamelessly plug my e book available on Amazon. I'm in the process of writing a query letter and find it much more difficult than it was to write the novel! So far I've scrapped several versions of why Windsor Wainwright Across the Pond is such a fun, quirky mystery. Is it because she is a middle aged housewife who finds herself unexpectantly widowed and broke? Or that she fancies herself as a detective and as a result starts having a lot of adventures, mostly in... Continue reading
Posted Apr 9, 2013 at The creative world of Lou Lou
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When my phone took a nose dive into my tea cup yesterday I was horrified. I knew that i phones and water don't mix. But then I thought to myself, "Hey, this is the season of miracles, blah blah blah. I bet it will be working by Easter morning!" I got up today to see if perhaps the Easter Bunny, instead of hiding eggs had fixed my phone. He had not. Tomorrow I'm off to the Apple store to get their opinion. In the mean time I can be found, phoneless, in my garden. Hope you all have a happy... Continue reading
Posted Mar 31, 2013 at The creative world of Lou Lou
Thanks- it is really a weird time in my life so of course I'm clingling to traditions! Happy Easter to you as well. Hope to see you soon!
Toggle Commented Mar 31, 2013 on Happy Easter at The creative world of Lou Lou
Lou Lou added a favorite at The creative world of Lou Lou
Mar 29, 2013
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I love this time of year! New things popping up in the garden, baby chicks starting to arrive at the feed stores and chocolate bunnies everywhere you look. Between wet snow storms last week I planted the Sweet Peas and the Morning Glories. This weekend I'm going for the potatoes, radishes, and salad greens. The yard has been bunny proofed (not the chocolate kind obviously) and I've got chicken wire at the ready to keep the songbirds out of the veggie patch. They get fed so they're not having my seedlings! Whatever you do this weekend I wish you the... Continue reading
Posted Mar 29, 2013 at The creative world of Lou Lou
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Yes it's already that time of year again. The Sweet Pea and Morning Glory seeds are soaking and ready to go into the ground. This year I decided to be a bit more careful and soak each variety seperately so I would actually know what I was planting and where. I doubt it will make a bit of difference but I enjoyed repurposing some old crystal salt cellars for the job. Just the right size for a half packet of seeds. I'll plant the other half in two weeks and try to stretch the blooms out longer. This is one... Continue reading
Posted Mar 20, 2013 at The creative world of Lou Lou