Beverly Parkison aka Lateblooming Designs

Archive for April, 2018

Visit Treeladys Nursery

If you haven’t been you should. Not only will you see beautiful plants but you can get information and advice on all things for your yard and garden.

Now I know those of you from a distance will probably not venture over here but those in the area should. The nursery is a very calming place just to visit and Miss Treelady herself is always so glad for a visit.

You can also shop the gifts and pick up wonderful handmade soap and of course that is where you will find Lateblooming Design handmade paper crafted gardens. Some of these are there.

Plus more. It is always best to support local businesses and local artist. We depend on it.

Need directions? Leave a comment and I will get back to you asap.


Battling The Dragon And His Demons

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Notorious Babe

IMG_20180402_173229Her name is Sugar Babe but we have always just called her Babe. She came as a replacement for our sweet Tobie .Tobie was ball of fire Pembroke Welsh Corgi. She and my late husband worked the fence around our property and checked the waterline for leaks. Tobie could find the smallest spurt and she knew she was the Queen of JourneyEnd Farm.  She also loved to dig and as a result of that digging contracted Blastomycosis (sp) We had no choice but to let her go over the rainbow. Very sad day.

Now …I have mentioned before that Babe is driving me crazy with her digging. She didn’t start this until after my husband passed . I posted earlier that I had to fence off my flowerbed because she had dug just about every thing up. She is still digging only now it is in the yard. You have to be careful and not fall in. Yes they are large holes and yes I am concerned she may get sick too. I just don’t know what to do about it. Babe is a cross of Corgi (not much) and Mountain Cur. A working dog who doesn’t have any work to do so she cultivates the ground. She can jump to the moon or almost but she has sort of made friends with the grands. This has been an on going relationship of trial and error.


Change Please !

The last couple of week have had one challenge after another.I know these thing make us stronger but also have to wonder if is only if they don’t kill us first. Let me explain….Taking care of my 95 year old parents is a feat only for the strong and I sometimes wonder where I fit in.They don’t live with me but are just down the road so I am on 24/7 call. I’m there daily to take in the mail,empty potty seats, trash cans and general clean up from what ever hits the floor. It isn’t hard work just emotionally draining.  In the last two weeks both have fallen. First it was my Dad. Sometimes he manages to get back up himself but sometimes we have to call the EMT’s for help. He gets very upset when he can’t manage on his own and can get kinda ugly.

Then …the very next day Gardian,he security company, call because Mother had pushed the button and wasn’t answering the phone. She had fallen in the bathroom and hit her head so we spent the afternoon in the ER making sure she didn’t have any fractures. Thankfully she didn’t but we won’t be taking any pictures for their anniversary coming up. There was big goose egg on her forehead and  eventually her face was black and blue which then turned yellow. Not picture taking flattery. They will have been  married 74 years on May 1.

Next… …we got disapointing news on the newest granddaughter. This will be an on going thing and prayers would be greatly appreciated.

Then…with my Dad’s situation we have had to do some things he doesn’t like or understand .Sometimes things go smooth, sometime not. This was one of the nots. I had to call in help and hopefully he will get over it and calm down. If not..well there just aren’t many options. Prayers needed here too.

We did win ball games during all of this. I missed one of the girls softball games but I’m not out there playing so probably didn’t make much difference.

In the mean time the garden is growing.  Outside and in the craft room.



Guest Post: Parenting Like a Protestant

The Domain for Truth

Note: This is a guest post since presently I am overseas.  This is by Josh Niemi.  He is the author of Expository Parenting and his website can be found here.  He also tweets.  If you have thoughts and questions, feel free to comment and when he has time he will respond.  You might want to think about getting his book!

The Protestant Reformation of the sixteenth century left us with a vital repository of recovered truth, not the least of which are the Five Solas. From the Latin word sola, meaning “alone,” these foundational principles held by Protestants form a framework for sound doctrine and practice in the Christian life. In contrast to Roman Catholicism, Christianity teaches the following truths, as summarized by the Five Solas:

  1. Sola Gratia: Salvation is by grace alone (not by merit)
  2. Sola Fide: Salvation is through faith alone (not including works)
  3. Solus Christus:…

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Girls Soft Ball

Way to go girls. With four cousins on the same team being coached by their father &uncle’s and mother/ aunt look out. They are on a roll and of course a card was in the making to get the season going . Not going to win any prizes with this one but hope they know I’m proud of them and will be there to cheer them around those bases.


Go team!

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They really are good sports and I’ll get a picture of GT’s baseball game later this week.


Happy Second Birthday

Time really doesn’t stand still. Hard to believe this sweet Kelly girl is already 2. Birthdays are a big deal when there is a big brother,three big sisters and one little sister. My oh my what a fun time. Of course this Bebe has to get creative. I just want them to know I love them enough to give it a go with something that you can’t get anywhere else except out of Bebe’s craft room.  The pop-up- card is made with Mini Mouse stickers as well as the tunnel book. Catch that smile….worth more than anything in my book.


I know all grandmothers think their grands are special but MINE REALLY ARE!

Quick…Spring was here!

Well…it was until things cooled off again. Frost last night doesn’t seem to have hurt any thing. Garden photos coming up…Wisteria before and after the rain.

The English dogwood begining to bloom and now.

And verious “wild flowers before the lawn was cut. (spider wart & violets)

Now the bed is a jungle of soon to be Lousiana Iris, Day LIlies and Crocosmia. The turtle isn’t real.


Yes…You can see the probably dead lemon tree inside the hoophouse. Oh well! Out front I have started working on the bed. Mulch on one end. Roses are blooming on the South wall and one lonely purple iris.

Now if the temps will catch uo and not jump into summer before we continue to enjoy Spring.

Next up…Softball and baseball. Oh the joys of grandchildren.

Say “Hi” as you pass by . I love hearing your responce to my madness…and Remember…this is the Lords day…Rejoice!

Guest Post: Three Dangers of Theology

The Domain for Truth

(Note: Carey Bryant is kicking off our marathon of guest posts!  If you have thoughts and questions, feel free to comment and when he has time he will respond.  His blog can be found here.   He also tweets.)

Every Christian is a theologian; you are either a good one or a bad one!

Being a good theologian is not just about knowing what the Bible teaches. Good theologians also allow their theology to shape their relationship with God and their character.

And like anything else, theology has its dangers. When I was earning my Biblical Studies degree in college, there were three particular dangers that I struggled with. Thankfully, I also discovered ways to fight against them!

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Examine Evidence for the Bible’s Reliability | Amy Wang

Time is sooner rather than later.short…we need to get our act together

Reasoned Cases For Christ


This is a WordPress repost of an excellent article originally posted by Amy Wang that is a lengthy and relatively extensive investigation into the evidence for the Bible’s reliability. Be sure to bookmark it for future reference!

To believe the claims of Christianity simply because “the Bible tells me so,” begs the question, i.e., it assumes what we are trying to prove. What if instead of blindly believing the Bible, we checked the Bible against external historical, scientific, and geographical evidence? This is exactly what astronomer Hugh Ross did and he found to his surprise that the Bible contains many verifiable references, in contrast to the world’s other religious books. He then committed at least an hour a day to check the accuracy of these references. After 18 months, he believed the Bible was supernaturally inspired (Ross, Creator and the Cosmos, 17-21).

Hugh Ross is not alone. Many skeptics or…

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