Wednesday, February 11, 2015

A Celebration

It’s a new year and it is February already. Today “Two Girls With a Purpose” celebrate their one year anniversary. It is hard to believe that Louise and I have been on this exciting adventure for a year.

I must admit it hasn't been easy at times, well for me that is! Now as for Louise, she seemed to come up with creative ideas and information to share. What a creative lady she is!

To reminisce the past year:

Our blog began with two ladies that wanted to share their home town, adventures and much more, hence “Two Girls With a Purpose” was born. We introduced ourselves. Shared how we met and became friends. Then it was off on our own escapades and there were a few that we joined forces.




Louise became a frequent traveler; check out her “A year in review….2014” as she reminisced on last year.

Louise in Seattle at The Northwest Flower and Garden Show
Louise in Fort Wayne at The Home and Garden Show
Louise in Columbus at The Orchid Show, Franklin Park Conservatory
As I look back on our blogs first year, it looks like I need to contribute a little more then I did. Louise was a little more active. The first couple months, March and April, we collaborated on majority of the posts. Wordless Wednesdays, I prepared the majority in order to post. However, we shared the work load of taking pictures. I guess I’m considered the tech person between the two of us. Here are just a few of my favorite Wordless Wednesdays.










Our inaugural year of blogging brought many facets of our little home town to our followers and readers. We introduced you to the beauty of Van Wert.


Central Mutual Insurance Bridge
Lovely Landscaped Home
Children's Garden Smiley Park
We had the opportunity to inform you of the holidays or special events that we celebrate in Van Wert; from Peony Festival, to Independence Day, Halloween and the transformation of our Children’s Garden to the Christmas Garden.

Peony Festival
Concerts in Fountain Park
"Holiday at Home" Fourth of July Parade
Halloween in Van Wert
Christmas Garden
We even had a couple guest bloggers.



Heather Gottke-OSU Extension 4H Coordinator
Deb Knapke-OSU Extension Administrative Assistant

Of course there was some gardening along the way too!







We both hope you enjoyed our first year. We had fun! We celebrate our anniversary with a toast, for there’s nothing better then a cup of hot chocolate on a cold February Day!

Cheers

Please come back to see what we will be up to in 2015.

Friday, January 30, 2015

A year in review-----2014

January:
On New Years Day we celebrate with sauerkraut, pork and mashed potatoes. Always a must have. It is supposed to bring good luck.

On January 16th my daughter, Kylee, and I flew off to Quito, Ecuador to visit Karina and Marcelo and all of their wonderful families. Karina was Kylee's exchange daughter 20 years ago. We spent two weeks with them and they gave us the experience of seeing their beautiful homeland in a way that would not be possible on our own. I can't wait to return. They have had a new baby, Daniel, since we left. I can't wait to meet him.

Karina and Marcelo

Our Ecuadorian Family

Ecuadorian Vendor
We were home just long enough to do laundry before leaving for Seattle to attend The Northwest Flower Show. Kylee and her co-writer Jenny Petterson presented a symposium on how to decorate with house plants. Good job girls on the big stage.

Seattle

Kylee and Jenny

Re-purposed Trees

We spent a night with Danielle and Adam Ernest. They took us to dinner at a real cute Asian restaurant. This has been a bonus with our travels getting to meet people that become a part of our lives. Thanks, Danielle.

Asian Dumplings

Kylee and Danielle

We missed the biggest snow storm of the winter.


February:
February was the birth of our blog "twogirlswithapurpose". It was a new and frightening adventure. We were so pleased for all of you who supported and encouraged us.  We thank you. Thank you Barbara Wise for igniting the spark.

Working Together

February is the month for The Fort Wayne Home and Garden Show. It puts thoughts of spring
running through my veins.




March:
It still has the feeling of winter. We are still having some snow, but when it is time, snow or not, the spring bulbs make their appearance.

Bulbs Peeking

My garden buddy, AKA Kylee and I made a road trip to The Toledo Museum of Art to experience the "The Art of the Louvre's Tuileries Garden" exhibit.                          

The Toledo Museum of Art


We stopped in Waterville to visit Carruth's Garden Smiles. I always find something to buy. It was really nice break before the spring rush.


March 26 was our blessed event. After four generations of women, Sir Anthony arrived. Our second great grandchild. Will we know what to do with him?



Great Grandparents

April:
I was invited to present a program at De Shia on "Art In The Garden". She served a lovely lunch, and had a full house



It was time to clean and prepare the gardens for a new season.
We had an overnight visitor, a beautiful horned owl.



The last weekend in April is the Master Gardeners Herb plant sale. It is a fund raiser for the support of The Garden of The Senses and The Children's Garden

I made a trip to Franklin Park Conservatory. for the Orchid Show, with the very knowledgeable Ian Kitson

Ian and Lisette Kitson



May:
The first two weekends of May is The Evergreen Garden Club perennial plant sale and The Mens' Garden Club plant sale. These sales support the flower beds around the city.

HGTVs," Out Door Rooms" with Jamie Durie was doing a program in Minster, Ohio. It is a short drive for us, so I filled a car and we got to enjoy his passion for plants.


Jamie Durie

Every spring I take a walk in our Heistand Woods Nature Reserve to experience the spring wildflowers. You should think about doing it this spring.



June:
We have a long running Peony Festival the first of June.We are known as the Peony Capitol Of the World. There is a parade, vendors and a great flower show at the Wassenberg Art Center. The weekend concludes with a concert in Fountain Park. We look forward to it every year.

1930 Brochure


Hearth and Home assisted living residents did a butterfly release at KAM's Butterfly House in the Children's Garden.

Mom and Butterfly Release

My art piece "Swirl Bird " by Dale Rogers arrived.

"Swirl Bird"

July:
WGBU's PBS came to film the Children's Garden. This was a unique experience. It will be aired at a later date.


Children's Garden

 Sue and I attended CULTIVATE14' in Columbus. This was all about the flower industry.

New Products

P. Allen Smith


The 4th of July brings a parade and the Lima Symphony to Fountain Park. This is my favorite concert.

August:
The Longest Yard Sale that starts in Michigan and ends in Kentucky on US127, intersects with the Lincoln Highway Yard Sale in the center of our town. Our city is all a buzz. Our population explodes.   HGTV did some filming here.




Diane Kirby, a blogging friend from Texas, stopped in for a visit. She captured some beautiful pictures of my garden. Social media has opened a whole new way of connecting with people.

September:
We wrap up the season cleaning up gardens and celebrating family birthdays with a stew cookout.

Birthday Stew
Kylee was doing a story on Buckeye Blooms for a magazine. It is a cut flower business. I was invited to go along. The business belongs to Kay Studer and her daughter. Kay mentored us with establishing our children's garden. I feel grateful to her.

We finished up the harvest for the hungry at the Children's Garden.


Growing For Hungry Produce

October:
My husband, Fred, and I went on a leaf peeping tour in Vermont with friends through the local YWCA. It was the best ever. Janet Mohr was our tour guide. She has to be the best.

Leaf Peeping

From the bus


Home of Ben and Jerrys

It also was a sad homecoming. R.I.P. Ivy.

Ivy

November:
We started off November with a big snow. Maybe the biggest of the season.

Our family Thanksgiving was delayed due to the flu. Fred and I are lucky and are keeping our fingers crossed. We are washing our hands a lot.

Enter-- Dewey and Otis. They are little barn cats that came with ear mites and fleas. Dr. Wilkin has cleaned them up and given shots. Next, the big one, spaying and de-clawing.They are very entertaining and make me smile.

Dewey and Otis

The Children's Gardens second season began the night before Thanksgiving The Clays light up the garden from Thanksgiving to New Years. They have started a great tradition. We thank you.

Garden Second Season

December:
This is my favorite time of year. I love Christmas and all that goes with it. We had two babies and they make it special.


I had the privilege of being a bell ringer for the Salvation Army Red Kettle. This was on my bucket list.



This year it was very special. My sister Kay and I hosted a party for our Mothers 100th birthday on December 26th. She was in great form and enjoyed family and friends. She has good health and seems to be happy. Life is good.

Great grandaughters, Jenna and Kara


Birthday Cake


A story is told

It has been a jam packed year and looking forward to 2015.

Thanks to you, our readers.

Louise