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spring blossoms

27 Apr

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It seems like everything is beginning to take on color.  I love that about spring.  Dogwood tree are blooming, my crabapple tree, and now the perennials in my flower beds are opening up. 

One of the objectives for my gardens has been to gradually transition from mostly annuals to perennial flowering plants.  Last year I planted the clematis vine (picture) and this year it is already a bunch of pods that are beginning to open. 

 

 

side-of-fence1The area by my fence contains this clematis and a dianthis which I planted two years ago.  This year, this is how it came up.  NO work on my part, I did nothing and I think the flowers are so beautiful.  I would love to have all my gardening be this easy. 

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This is another variety of dianthus.  It is not as hardy as the one above and I think it is only biennienal.  (I have these across the front of my house)   Once again, they just came up like this.  I didn’t have to do anything.  You just have to love it!!!  

 I had been concerned that the megabucks I invested last year in rubber mulch may have been a bit extravagant, but it has held up really well.  I have only had to pull weeds around the perimeter of the beds and they were much easier to pull up than last year.   So, I think over a period of 3 years, it will prove to be more cost effective and less labor intensive.  It has taken me so much less time to get things cleaned up after winter.    

In other areas of I have hostas that are poking up. In some places they are already really big.  I have bulbs and more perennials that I hope to get out soon.  Spent Saturday afternoon trimming shrubs.  Yes, I still use the hedge trimmer that requires manual empowerment.  I DO NOT allow the hub to do this because the last time, I ended up with a bush that looked like pacman.  It is still trying to grow and fill in that gap.  Trimming shrubs required the use of muscles that don’t typically work when sitting at my computer all winter.  Needless to say, Sunday morning I was hurting. 

But, today is Monday, muscles have made amazing recovery, I am back at the computer in the office, but looking forward to getting out the gardening gloves and starting again this afternoon.

More pics to come.   

 

 

From my bedroom window

23 Apr

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After what has seemed like a long 3 1/2 months, the tax filing deadline has come and gone!  Feeling a tremendous need to be in a difference environment and kind of “reset” ourselves, Hubbie and I took an overnight trip to Louisville this week.  It was such a treat.  We had dinner at the Cheesecake Factory, went shopping — two hours in a super scrapbooking store for me,  the sporting goods store for him.  Lots of walking and talking about summer plans, about the kids, etc., etc., etc.,  Finally having a conversation without a phone interruption (which isn’t happening here today). 

One place I got to visit was a camera shop – these just don’t exist in smaller towns.  I have been wanting a 18/200 lens for my Nikon and had the money saved.  But, the price at the camera shop was TOO much.  So, she sold me a Tamron.  It is Nikon compatible, (much better price) it is an 18/270 (more zoom, still with the wide angle feature) and I took the picture above from inside my bedroom, looking out the window.  This picture has only a very slight amount of cropping – the detail is very good with this lens.  So, I have a new toy to experiment with.

We looked for a bicycle shop the hub remembered from a previous trip but couldn’t find it.  That will have to be another excursion. 

Today, it is Thursday.  I am back at the office, but I have to admit that I feel a bit more focused and ready to get moving on to summer.  If you see me running around with my camera, please be nice and say cheese! 

 

 

Awesome, amazing

23 Apr

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Last Saturday, I was out in the yard pulling weeds and looked up at the sky and saw this.  This photo doesn’t do it justice because it was a HUGE multi-colored ring around the sun.

My first thought was, “What does it mean?”  Not really thinking of any sort of apocolyptic significance, just wondering if it meant bad weather, good weather……….. what? 

So, I googled and learned that this is a solar halo and it was caused by ice crystals in the earth’s atmosphere.  Apparently, this and other very photogenic atmospheric phenomnon are not uncommon during the spring of the year.   

Awesome, amazing, almighty God!

15 Dec

Can anyone paint a picture like our God?  This is totally, off the charts, gorgeous.  Did any of you local fellows see this sunset last week?  I don’t remember which night it was, but it was BEAUTIFUL.  I stand in awe at what God can do!  Check out the next three photos.

thanksgiving morning

3 Dec

Thanksgiving breakfast has become a set tradition with our household.  Here’s how it played out this year: 

Guys got up early to work out – priorities, please.  

Cooking begins.

Grandma arrives ready to supervise.

Rest of the family trickles in. 

Food is ready and they line up to eat. 

They eat, and eat, and eat! 

To work all that off, and since the weather was GORGEOUS, all the guys decided on a game of touch football.  It was like a summer gathering with the grandparents sitting on the porch watching.

Around 1:00 everyone leaves to join other families and we head to grandma’s house. 

After dinner there (more good food), we pulled out the decorations and put up her Christmas tree – under her supervision, of course.  At each phase of the day, there were things that came to mind to be thankful for.  God has been good to us and our blessings are beyond even counting.  Hope you enjoy the pictures! 

Salt Lake City

17 Nov

This past week has been a hectic one and this week looks about the same and then Thanksgiving and then……

I think you get the picture.  Time is moving on pretty fast.  We have been back for a week and I am just now getting to look at the photos.  The above is just a sampling of the pictures from our trip to the Xango convention in Salt Lake City, Utah.  The day (night) we arrived, there was 6 inches of new snow and the taxi driver was playing Christmas music.  It felt like we stepped into a storybook. 

The next day we did the corporate tour thing and I got some really gorgeous pictures of the mountains surrounding SLC.  These are just a few of the ones I took.  It warmed up pretty quickly and all the snow disappeared and the storybook setting was gone.  Oh well…….

Xango is an international company and there were people from all over the world.  We sat behind the section for the Norwegians (hence the flags).  We have had the chance to meet and make some super friends through this business.  We were able to meet up with another couple out there from Mass. and had a nice dinner with them.  We also met a very nice couple from British Columbia – its so cool to talk to people from different places.

One of the things we enjoyed was watching the Mormon Tabernacle Choir rehearse  (open to the public) on Thursday evening.  They were AWESOME.

Finally, the week was over and we were on the plane headed back home.  I managed to get a picture from the air of the Great Salt Lake.  (I think it looks kinda yucky-not the kind of lake I’m used to seeing)

We arrived home about 12:30 am on Monday morning.  It’s now Sunday night.  Kids have come home and gone back to school.  Church service tonight – special time -prayed for shoebox gifts that will go only God knows where.  Finally taking a moment to catch up on blog reading.  Now, getting ready to start another week!

Babysitting

15 Nov

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This is my great-nephew, but for the sake of tact and diplomacy, he will just call me Aunt Cindy (none of the great-aunt stuff here).

I babysat tonight while my niece and her husband went to the football game.  I volunteered.  He is adorable and it has been a long time since I’ve had a boy this little to take care of.  My two guys came in the back door from school, not long after the little one was delivered to us.  At first, you would have thought I had an alien in the house, but it wasn’t long before they were on the floor, making ridiculous sounds just like I was.  He is 3 months old and at the age where he is cooing and making goo goo kind of sounds.  He told us numerous times what a “good” boy he was. 

I supposed this is my preview to being a grandparent.  I certainly do hope my boys finish school, get established, buy a house, find God’s mate for them and marry that person and THEN…….bring us lots of grandbabies.  Until then, I’ll just enjoy someone else’s.