Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Today's Blooms, May 15, 2018

I love May. It is the month where my perennials do all of the work because I can't.  This is the busiest time at my job so the only thing I am able to do is rest for a few minutes and enjoy the blooms.  Isn't that what they are for anyway?

The columbines have almost finished blooming but I don't mind because the iris took their place in center stage.

Three different colored blooms on one Hellebore's stalk.  Isn't nature amazing!

This is the view looking to the right while sitting in the chair under the arch yesterday.  It is surprising to see how much the garden has changed since I shared an exhaustive tour on March 28th.  Within six short weeks, my garden has gone from barren to lush and the weather has gone from winter to summer.  Yesterday we hit 90 degrees, broke some kind of record and today we hit 95 degrees. We didn't have much of a spring this year.

This is the left view while sitting in the same chair.  As of today, the iris are almost finished and the peonies are just beginning to bloom.  

The arch in the corner is not covered in morning glory vines yet. A few have sprouted but that is all.  It is my big goal for the year to finally have the arch covered.  I keep showing it to everyone because it motivates me to haul water up there to keep the seedlings alive.  I want to plant a clematis in this spot come fall and let it take over next year.  Well, at least that is my dream.

Since it is ALREADY too hot to go outside, I will share my garden and enjoy other people's blooms from around the world at this month's Garden Blogger's Bloom DayI invite everyone to join me.

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Sunday, May 13, 2018

Happy Mother's Day! Or is it?

Nana, I would like to wish you a Happy Mother's Day! Mom got some very expensive presents which she can't wait to tell you all about but I know you prefer a picture of me grinning.  It is much better than anything else in the world.  

Love ya, Scooter

Scooter is right, I received some very expensive gifts this past week.  It all began when I was in the middle of nowhere and my tire began to make a funny noise.  I called Bill and said, "Got to talk fast because my cell phone battery is dying.  My car tire is making a funny noise and a light on the dashboard is flashing.  What should I do?" 

Bill asked, "What does the light say?"

"I have ten pounds of pressure in my left front tire.  Is that good or bad?"




"I see a nice big shade tree a few feet ahead and I will park under it while I wait for you to rescue me.  You will come to my rescue...won't you?"

"Of course I will come and get you.  You have my car."

I rolled a few feet down the road and parked under the large shade tree - which was covered in POISON IVY!

I sat and waited, and waited, and waited.

A very flat tire.
When life seemed to be the darkest, a Good Samaritan arrived.  He offered to pump up my tire and of course, I accepted.  He tried, but it would not hold air.  Then he offered to stay until my husband arrived and of course, I accepted again.  Being bored, he began to amuse me with bits of gossip about all the people who lived close by.  He knew everyone and all of their news, even from thirty years back.  I decided it was not sinful listening to gossip since I didn't know any of the people.  That is my Gospel Truth from the book of Second Opinions.  

Eventually, my knights in shining armor arrived after their GPS sent them the wrong way.  I was extremely happy to see them. 

Watch out for the poison ivy!
They quickly discovered there was not a jack or a spare tire in my car trunk. However, there was a tire wrench...

...which broke the first time Bill used it to loosen a lug bolt.  The Good Samaritan knew someone close by who had all types of tools.  He offered to run borrow another tire wrench.

Dustin to the rescue!  He had a jack in his car plus he was young, had a strong back, no arthritis in his knees and could bend down without feeling pain.   All us old folk voted unanimously to let him jack up the car.  It was a good education and he needed the experience anyway. 

A very flat tire with a very big screw!

I'm screwed.
The Good Samaritan offered to take Bill and the tire to his friend down the street who also worked on lawnmowers in his garage. Bill rode with him and waited while the man plugged the tire.  It only took him a few minutes, then he refused to take any money from Bill, another Good Samaritan!

When they returned we all agreed Dustin should continue to crank the jack.  Wait a minute...do you see what I see?  

Dustin is wearing my fancy, diamond sparkly sunglasses!  I thought I had lost them because they disappeared from my car.  Where did he find them?  Doesn't he know they look very feminine?


Tee hee hee. I look fabulous!

They fixed the tire, we limped back home then Bill went shopping for my Mother's day gifts.  This year I received a doo-dad called a "cigarette lighter plug to USB adapter" so I can charge my cell phone in the car.  It was paired with a new jack, a portable tire pump, a heavy-duty lug nut wrench and since all my tires were worn, four NEW, VERY EXPENSIVE TIRES!!!!!

Sometimes you get what you want, other times you get what you need but this year I got both.

Ain't she purty?
For the first (and probably last) time, I gave Dustin a Mother's day gift.  He received a $1.00 pair of masculine sunglasses equipped with a beer bottle opener on the side.  Oh, so manly.

Sometimes you get what you want, other times you get what you need, but the worse is when you receive what your mother thinks you need!

Happy Mother's Day!

Thursday, May 10, 2018

Spring is Here!

Spring is here!  Finally!  It has felt like winter would never leave. Yesterday I went searching down back country roads to find the perfect picture as proof it is truly springtime.

This was it - the perfect spot! A warm soft breeze was blowing through the sunlit trees.  Insects were buzzing around the yellow flowers blooming in the grass.  An idyllic pond in a green pasture surrounded with fresh grass...almost perfect...but not exactly.  It was missing something...something to show it was in the country not on a golf course in the city.  It needed TWO HORSES calmly munching fresh grass enjoying the perfect weather.

"Hey, ya'll! Come over here!" I yelled.

"Lucy, would you and Ethel be interested in doing a favor for me?" I asked.

"I might be persuaded to negotiate. It all depends on what you are willing to offer. Hey, Ethel!  There is a crazy lady here who wants a favor.  Are you interested?" neighed Lucy.

"I walked all the way down here to hear your offer.  Make it good."

"I am all ears."

"If both of you will stand in front of the pond, let me take your picture, I will post it on the internet and you will become famous!" I offered.

"Not impressed," said Lucy. "We would prefer a bag of oats, apples or carrots."

"How about a good nose scratching instead?" I offered.

"Do you think we are pushover horse traders?  This is not our first rodeo." snorted Ethel.

Scratch, scratch, scratch.

Scratch, scratch, scratch.

"A deal is a deal, so quit dragging your hoves, trot on over to the pond and give me your best side!" I said.

"Sure thing," snickered Lucy and Ethel.  "Snap the picture fast because you only get what you pay for."