It is so lovely to wake up, open up the windows and feel the sweet summer breeze hit my face. It always puts me in the best mood, even better than my cherished cup of coffee can. I think that the reason I wake up happy in the summer months is because I know that my days are going to be spent outdoors and being active in the sun. Today was no different. Today was the day that I decided to start preparing my gardens for this weekends planting. I almost always plant on Memorial weekend. Memorial weekend usually signals warmer temps here in Michigan and the risk of a frost goes down (slightly).
Besides tilling the back vegetable gardens, I also had a fun little project that I wanted to work on today. Last week I happened across a yard sale at a sweet old ladies house. She was moving and was really having a hard time letting go of some of her possessions. I could see why; she had the most lovely treasures! My favorite item of hers was a little black cow coffee creamer. There was just something about him! She told me that the creamer came from an old restaurant in Tennessee where she had gone to eat as a kid. It apparently closed down and she purchased this cow and a few others before she moved away. I love a good story and because of this one I was sold. I promised the lady that I would treasure him just as she had. I paid her and brought my new treasure home; but what to do with him?
I really couldn’t see myself using a coffee creamer except on special occasions and I wanted to be able to see this guy everyday. Instead of putting him away in a cupboard I decided to re-purpose him into an adorable succulent planter. This way he could sit in my kitchen window and I could enjoy him all the time. Perfect!
Since gardening was already on my to-do list today, my son and I decided to put together this little succulent planter before we headed out back to till the veggie gardens. I had thought about painting the cow first, but just couldn’t bring myself to do it. So instead we simply filled him with soil and slipped a small succulent into the open space on his back. Done.
My favorite part of this little guy is his back end. Turn him around and he has the sweetest little blue bow on his tail. Isn’t that cute!
Now that the fun was done we put him in the window sill and headed out back to do the hard job; preparing these gardens for summer. I got one out of four done. Not too bad right? Agh. Back to work.