Wednesday, August 17, 2011


..and this is the last time.  Not that I wouldn't, but time is now running out. 
A chore completed!  Patient husband and I got to work and got it done.  What a great feeling..AND it's great to find the roses I have been searching for.  I did have to buy them online..but they got here fresh and I hope one day to enjoy them as I once did at my other home. 
Not easy to see, but the arbor is UP... 

See the pretty scrolling?  I LOVE it!  So sweet and my daughter was sweet to give it to me.
Those tiny metal brackets will be touched up. 

The roses arrived and are now planted on either side of the arbor...and yes, I know they look puny, but one day (if the creek don't rise) they will cover this arbor and be lovely.  People will stop their cars and gaze in AWE at the beauty of our roses.  Ok, maybe I am being a wee dramatic..but, hey, it could happen.  :)
"America" is the name, and they are climbers with large double blooms and smell so sweet. 
As you can is still a work in progress..the stones have to be laid in the area around the roses forming a sort of porch like area in front of the fence...and the pathway leading to the front of our home has to be completed...but it will happen.  Just wait and see... :)

This is a (poor) photo of the arbor I had at my last home before it completely covered the top.  I have photo's but I cannot locate them at this moment..but you can at least see the size of these roses.  Can you sort of picture in your mind how it will look one day?  I can.

So all done.  Once again I am putting my heart into making this little house a home.  We are always working at it...but now I know that in a LITERAL heart beat, it can all disappear.  It has happened to me in the past...actually twice, but I have learned something valuable at this time of my life. 
I understand how people persevere when all is suddenly gone..and how they can get back up and start all over again.  Some may wonder why and how they can do it.  But I KNOW how they can do it.
I know very, very well.

Like that little ant..that moved the rubber tree plant?  I've got high hopes. :) 

Love and hugs,


  1. It will look fantastic when the roses has grown up a bit! We gardeners can see that in our minds You know :-)That is a truly beautiful arbor You have!

    Have a great day!

  2. These roses are fantastic! Mom gave me this rose and Dad built my arbor with a swing the house I left. The roses were awesome. I look forward to seeing yours grow.

  3. Your new arbor is beautiful! I love pretty wrought iron work. Once your roses have grown a bit, it will look even more impressive. May I ask why the somber (melancholy) undertone to this post? What are you referring to when you say " time is running out" and that everything can disappear in a heartbeat? Of course, I know this is all true for each and every one of us, but you are sounding sad, if not a little blue underneath your smiling optimism. What I have learnt through life's bumps is not to expect the worst, because it taints the joyous moments of the present. Just live each day fully and don't worry about what might be. Loving hugs, DES xoxo

  4. In that California sun it won't be long before you have that trellis covered with beautiful roses, Mona.

  5. Oh, Sweetpea!!

    This was better'n a sermon! What lovely inspiration in the hope of those small rose bushes.

    One of my favorite little cartoons of all time is the little boy planting an acorn, and he already has his planks and hammer and nails all laid out to build his treehouse.

    I know the leaving, and the losing, and your inspiting words are just perfect---and now I'll be humming "High Hopes" and channeling Frank all day.

    It's gonna be gorgeous, and can't you just see two ladies sitting there beneath the roses a couple of years from now, having a quiet cup of tea? Splenda in mine, please.


  6. Home is where the heart is - so it is already a home - and I loved your arbor and can't wait to see it grow!

  7. Hi Mona,

    The arbor is lovely and will be beautif when the roses grow to cover it. Yes I can see it all now and it's truly wonderful.


  8. It's a perfect arbor for your yard and can't wait to see how it looks in time. You are very luck to live in a warm climate and enjoy roses for so long each year. I had roses under my living room window when we lived in Arizona and ooooh, the fragrance would come wafting in when my windows were open.. Enjoy yours!

  9. How pretty, Mona! You are well on your way to the arbor of your dreams! I have a new appreciation for roses and those who grow them since planting my first climber. I was so excited to see a bud!! Your arbor is fabulous, too. I can't wait to see when it is covered in gorgeous blooms!!


  10. Oh what a lovely arbor Mona. I love all of the scroll work too. It will be so pretty filled with roses one day.

  11. Mona, it's going to be fabulous. I can't wait to see it all growing and blooming. Your previous arbor was fantastic and this will be even better. Hugs, Marty

  12. Hi Mona, thank you for coming by and leaving your sweet comment:)

    I love your beautiful arbor, I can't wait to see it with roses climbing up it! I loved looking at all of your family pictures:)

    Thanks again for stopping by, nice to meet 'cha! HUGS!

  13. Just beautiful Mona. Hope those times never come again.

  14. You have such a way with words. Truly a gift from God. And those flowers - WOW - they are beautiful

  15. Mona, you always warm my heart with your gracious comments. You are such a lovely lady both on the outside and the inside. I think your home is beautiful, just like you. Thanks again for the sunshine you bring. Hugs, Marty

  16. Your home is all about you and your family and it looks like you are really settling in. I love your rose arbor and the new climbing roses will be fragrantly beautiful. Sunshine Smiles...

  17. I bought some new roses this summer too Mona so we are starting afresh together. I already know how quickly they grow so you shouldn't have to wait too long for your results.
    I have one climbing rose, which is already established. It is called 'Golden Showers' but the new ones are not climbers. I bought four and have been cossetting them along for a few weeks now. Hopefully they will all take well and be abundant next Summer.
    Good luck with yours and be sure to let us know how they progress. The arbour is gorgeous. I'd love one of those and the other one from a previous home looks spectacular. Can you remember what that rose variety was called?
    Take care.

  18. Your arbor is beautiful. I love all the details. With all the love you've put into it the roses are going to grow and be even more gorgeus than the last one. Girl you really know how to touch a heart.. needed that today.
    hugs ~lynne~

  19. I'm a little behind in my commenting to you..but I love the arbor and those roses will bloom as pretty as your past ones did. You have the know how and the experience to make it a dream come true. I laughed when you were talking about people stopping to admire them someday. I actually did that to a house on my way home. They have the prettiest pond ever and I just had to stop and take a pic! I hope I don't get arrested as a stalker! If I just say I'm a blogger, they may let me go! Good job on the arbor and fence!

  20. Very nice, Mona, both the completed fence painting, arbor and the wording too.

  21. Hi Mona,
    That is going to be just fabulous!
    Oh those roses you had before are breathtaking!
    I love that arbor and I love your vision too.
    Hugs friend,

  22. Mona.. darling wish I could just give you a great big hug.. you sure know how to make a gal's head swell... you always say the sweetest things... hugs ~lynne~

  23. I love your new arbor and I'm glad you found a rose bush to plant and get started! The photo of your 'old' arbor is gorgeous! The rose blooms are huge! Enjoy your weekend my friend! Are you going garage saling? Have fun! ♥

  24. It's amazing how quickly these little baby roses grow up into beautiful big roses! This is a conversation I have with just about everyone who comes to my garden to buy roses ... "I know they are small now, but imagine how big they will be next year, and the year after that." Some people get it, and some don't.

    Your arbor will be beautiful!

  25. Mona, It's pretty arbor and I can't wait to see your roses grow on it. Your other one was lovely too! I agree with you about the little ant!

  26. Such a beautiful arbor. Your other one is beautiful, with the lovely roses. This new one will be just as beautiful.

    Keeping your Sandy and entire family in prayer, Mona.
    xoxo bj


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