Wednesday, May 30, 2012


"Jazz" aka " Jasmine "  is my sisters dog.

My brother in law, Joe,  had some surgery
that required that he be "quiet" for a few days.

So last week...

Enter Jazz..
She's more wary of Max than Max is of her..
No big deal..

" I guess we'll  all have to drink from YOUR dish".

"How long are you going to be here?"

"Oh well, she'll keep Mollie occupied."

This was the only sun we had during her visit.
They both love lying out in the cool grass.

Another favorite past time...

Gutting Mollies toys..

I decided to forgo keeping the house clean.
After all, 
I had a three day weekend for that.

" Dogs..silly creatures.."

"I think I've earned a nap on my favorite rug."

"Come on Jazz, Let's go for a walk..."

Walks result in ......

That's pretty much how the week went.
Now I've earned a nap !!!

Happy Birthday Mollie !!!

She's 4....

Monday, May 28, 2012


A day of reflection...

Memorial day was originally called
Decoration Day.
It is a day of remembrance for those who died
serving our country.
There are small flags placed at all headstones
in national cemeteries.

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Memorial Day has been observed since 
The Civil War and has it's roots in Boalsburg, Pa.

Annually, the president lays a wreath at 
The tomb of the Unknown Soldier.

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While you are celebrating,
 take the time to remember why.

Friday, May 25, 2012


I just love these Poppies...

They are the perfect red.." Indian Chief ."

I wish they would last longer...
This rain isn't helping but we need it.

My Hydrangeas are starting to bud..
I wonder what color they'll be this year...

I'll get back to you about that...
I actually like the green.
They'll probably be blue but this is three plants
all planted together so, we'll see.

Froggie update...

       My neighbor was cleaning out his fountain ..
It had a few inches of rain water in the bottom of it.
Funny thing...there were lots of tiny tadpoles
swimming in the muck...
 Franny frog is the same size as the others now..
I know her because she doesn't spook easily.

We're going to take the weekend off..
Monday too..
Have a great Memorial Day weekend.
It sounds like it's going to be a hot one.  
The newly opened pools will be a welcome relief.

I'll be back on Wednesday.. 

Wednesday, May 23, 2012


The speed of development from bud to flower
is pretty amazing.
The last four pictures were taken
 over a four day period.

Voila !!

This is my neighbors Rhodie which,
because it's right across the street,
 I see it more than my own. 
There is a Rhododendron Society
that meets regularly and prides itself 
in protecting the breeding and genetics of the Rhododendron.
They are a world wide organization.

These are the Poppies that I planted last year
 that were supposed to match
 my old red ones that are called "Indian Chief".
These were obviously mismarked 
 but are pretty anyway and still have loads of buds.
The red ones bloom a little later and are breathtaking.

Monday, May 21, 2012


" So sleepy.
Where is that cat?"

This cat wasn't wasting any time.


" I've had a hard day Mom. 
Can you hold me for a little bit?? "

" So comfy..."

" Nite, Nite..."

"Thanks Mom." 

( She's not at all spoiled. )

Friday, May 18, 2012


If I had a day made to order,
 it would be a day like today.
It was in the 50's this AM and never went over 65.
A little humidity.
I just had to be outside...
What to do??

I decided to make "trim and weed rounds".

I "trimmed up" my red maples so they weren't
hanging all over everything around them.

I cut the flowers off of the coral bells..
I really don't like the way they look.

Did some dead heading.

Weeded here and there..
Now what is there to do??
 All that only took about an hour.
Things could stand some power washing.

I don't do this every year..uses a lot of water.

But my, what a difference...

Robins favorite perch...

Much more inviting...

I did the bird bath too...
I never know when or where to stop..

So, the windows,siding and screens got cleaned.
There is no sun at the back of the house so
because of the dew, it mildews...

Much better..screens are are a little streaky.

Let's not get carried away...

I should probably do the front screens and siding.
 It really gets dirty from the road.
It's still a beautiful evening and we're to have
two more days just like today.
I hope yours are just as lovely.