A ray of sunshine on a bleak day.
May 20, 2013
May 19, 2013
My Hoya has been hanging out of this Colman's Dry Mustard
can, with it's feet in water for 6 years and totally loves it. To show it's
pleasure it presents me with the most beautiful pink
flowers with the most heavenly smell
and a sweet single droplet in each center.
May 14, 2013
May 12, 2013
May 03, 2013
I love it when a beautiful day is accompanied by an energy level that's
higher than usual, and this is the third day in a row for me.
Wonders never cease!
The other day I discovered that Soft Scrub, which I use on my
cooktop, does a great job of cleaning up white vinyl gutters that manage
to acquire a layer of moss over the winter. I can reach the gutters over
the deck with my 2-step ladder and it doesn't take a lot of
elbow grease to get them shiny white. Wiping down the vinyl siding
is easier than doing the windows, so....with all this nice weather
I almost have one side of the house done. The down-side, the rest of
the gutters require a taller ladder.....and a younger person, but
I can still do the bottom 2/3's of the siding with my feet firmly on the ground.
Yesterday I pulled weeds from the large bed and in the process of making
some breathing room for my hostas, I discovered that the 15 Oregon
Grape starts I planted 6-7 yrs. ago, as ground cover, hadn't died after all. I found
about 20 or so 2-leaf shoots popping up amid all the weeds. I'm thrilled.
Today I tackled the dahlia bed. I didn't dig the tubers last Fall and
decided not to this Spring, and they're already sending up shoots. Unfortunately
an unexpected frost could wipe them out so may have to cover them
with some of the grass clippings next time son mows.
I started amending my potting soil for the few pots and plants I'll do.
Decided to cut back about half since I'll be doing a bit of traveling this summer.
Son is good about watering everything but not much on dead-heading.
Tomorrow, depending on the energy level, I need to clean out the area where
I do the tomatoes....as long as I don't disturb the cat's hidey-hole under
the Laurel bush on the left. And it probably wouldn't hurt to clean
up my mess around the potting bench...or not, it will only get dirty again.
April 28, 2013
At some point during the night last night, I turned 78 years of age, but
yesterday afternoon I received a most exciting gift.....I am to become a
Great Great Grandma by the end of the year. If this child is born in December it
will have it's Mother, Grandfather, Great Grandmother, an Aunt, a Great Aunt,
a Great Uncle and a Great Great Aunt to share it with. If he/she is born on the 13th,
the mother's birth date, they will join an Aunt who's daughter was born on her
January birth date. And if this child is a girl, she will be the 5th generation in our
5 Generations of First Born - All Daughters. Now that's an honor.
The Parent's-to-be, Tyler `n Lexi
The soon-to be...each for the first time....me, as Great Great Grandmother,
my daughter as Great Grandmother, my Great Granddaughter as Mother
and my Granddaughter as Grandmother. That's going
to be one lucky Grandchild.
April 24, 2013
What a beautiful day it was today. Not a cloud in the sky,
temperature at 71 with a gentle breeze that made it perfect for
working outdoors. It's the first time this year I've been able to throw open
the doors and air out the smells of winter. It's now 9:30 pm
and time to close up, the weatherman says we're in for another frosty morning.
The "almost" full moon is shining down on the deck that I almost
finished pressure washing today, making the small unfinished area look
like a black hole, but we're in for another nice day tomorrow
and I can finish it before the rains return on Friday.
Son Randy spent part of the day pruning and shaping a cedar tree
gone awry and made worse by heavy snows this winter. Said
if he couldn't make it look decent he would cut it down,
but it looks good now so no chopping it down. I had hoped he was as
talented as Edward Scissorhands, but alas, it just looks like a
"cedar tree gone awry and made worse by heavy snows"
that has been pruned and shaped. I gave him an A+ for not
chopping it down.
I should know better than to take photos through a window....they never turn out good.
April 20, 2013
The weather can't be classed as a nice Spring day but it isn't
a bad one either. It's the kind of Spring day when you're anxious
to get your hands in the soil and start your garden, but it's
way too early for most things so you "putter".
I can see smoke from three fires around the neighborhood.....I
imagine many are out cleaning up the beds in readiness. The elderly
couple next door are tending to several young fruit trees they
planted last month. I hope they have better luck this year
than they did with the trees they put in three years ago.
The plant nursery behind me is getting ready for their opening next week
and I can hear the bleating of the 12 new lambs making themselves heard.
They're probably excited about the attention they'll get from
all the kids that come to the petting area opening day.
There isn't much to do in my yard....it's too early to dig the
dahlias, or put out my tomato plants. I did the pruning a couple of
weeks ago so I'm feeling totally guilt-free as I sit here at
the computer. Besides.....the sun just went away and a
few sprinkles of rain are clinging to the windows, so I guess
we're going to get that 40% chance of rain after all.
Have a nice weekend!
April 15, 2013
Yesterday I gave myself an "undiet day" and indulged
in a couple of forbidden goodies. I decided I owed myself a
reward for sticking to my weight loss regimen for over
a year now. It's not the first time I've taken a
bite of something on the Not Allowed list, but this was
more than just a bite. This was the whole box of four 3" square brownies
with cream cheese icing. The melt-in-your-mouth kind that
doesn't require a glass of milk to wash it down. OMG....it was soooo
good, soooo sweet and sooooo satisfying that I'm not
going to be tempted to do it again very soon. And I finished off the
day with a PB`n J sandwich. All that and I still
showed a 1 lb. 2 oz. loss for the day.
Today I'm back to 175 grams of protein twice a day, massive
amounts of veggies, certain fruits and 1 gallon of green tea a day. I had
to take my pants in another 2" on each side, so guess I better
think about buying some new ones pretty soon.
Color me Happy!!!
April 12, 2013
April 05, 2013
April 04, 2013
In 1980, two sets of friends came together at the local bowling alley to form
a team of left-overs, and thirty-five years later it's still a friendship, minus one. We lost
Kay in 2005. Priscilla and Sandy were young mothers and neighbors on the
west side of town, Kay and I were sisters-in-law from the east side. Kipling said "never the twain shall meet", but he was dead wrong (no pun intended).
Bowling day was Thursday morning, but it was a full day for Kay and I. We had lunch
after bowling then made the rounds of all the garage sales in the area.
We tried to get Priscilla and Sandy to do lunch with us, but with young
daughters in Kindergarten it wasn't an option....for a couple of years, but it eventually
happened and the friendship strengthened as we spent more time together.
In 1988 the team broke up when Sandy decided to go back to
school and I had a chance to go to work in the Aleutians with my husband. The
friendships continued, but Priscilla and I became much closer over the years. Our husbands
retired and we both moved to the country. We live about a mile apart, still do
lunch on occasion but talk or have tea often. Sandy still lives up north, so
when she called and wanted to come down and do lunch, we were thrilled.
It was a nice day, lunch was great, and it was wonderful to
spend time with old friends....would have been better if Kay had been there.
1980...Sandy, Priscilla, Kay and Me
2013...Me, Sandy and Priscilla