Wednesday, April 30, 2014

BUT IT'S MY CHAIR

"What are you doing in my chair, Mollie ?
My chair AND my window !" 



It took her awhile but Mollie finally discovered
the new window with new, exciting things to see.




"Maybe if I just settle in here, she'll get bored and leave."




"There sure is a lot of entertainment value here.
Circus acts and everything."



" By the way Max, It's MY chair."
 

Monday, April 28, 2014

PROCRASTINATION

For the past several weeks, when I have needed "summer shoes",
I just went through the "summer shoe boxes"
 and pulled out the ones I needed.
This left quite a mess on the floor of my closet.





So it was time to do something about it.


Get the summer shoes out of their boxes and on to the shoe rack.








Of course the winter shoes had to be put in to their boxes.



Voila !! Wasn't that fun ??


Have a wonderful week.
I hope it gets more interesting.
Big Hugs !!


Friday, April 25, 2014

A HARBINGER OF SPRING



Have you ever seen a Pussy Willow Tree ?
I've always thought they were bushes.
"Live and learn"  as they say .



This is a Weeping Pussy willow.
I just had to bring a few inside...




Pussy willow trees are native to the eastern U.S. and Canada 
 and usually found around wetlands..
The furry buds are known as "catkins".




There are male and female catkins..
I'm not sure how one tells the difference but the males appear late
in their season so these could be males.



They are easy to propagate.
You can just insert a cut branch in to moist soil or 
place it in water to root and then plant it.
Leave several nodes above the ground.
They are known to be quite invasive and enjoy a moist habitat.




Enjoy !!
Have a wonderful weekend.



Wednesday, April 23, 2014

SPRING SURPRISES

Last year, my newly planted Peony bushes were trampled
by our erstwhile landscaping service.




They were totally dead (above ground) all summer.
I'm happy to say that it looks like they could survive
if I can protect them from unseeing feet.
 


There are some things coming up that I really don't recognize.
I think this is a Cone flower. 
 As usual, half of them didn't winter over.



I have no idea what this is....
 


Coral Bells...



Hosta....

 


I hope your garden has some nice surprises for you as well.
 

Monday, April 21, 2014

MARAUDING FINCHES



I have a Weeping Cherry Tree that is beautiful this time of year.





Beautiful until the Purple Finches have their way with it.




Blossom by blossom, they deflower the tree.







It only took them two days to do this.



The tree is stripped with the exception of the branch tips
 while the ground beneath is covered with the petals 
discarded by the finches.
What is it about the base of these flowers that attracts them ??




Friday, April 18, 2014

OUR ANNUAL FASHION SHOW


This past week BV held their annual
 "Fashion Show and Luncheon" which benefits our auxiliary.





Volunteers solicit local businesses to donate items 
that can be used in gift baskets
 which are raffled off at the luncheon.














My sister won the gift certificate from the local Art Center
that can be used for an art class.



I won this one that included two massages..Yay !!





Corrine and Leroy are picking numbers...
JD  is deep in thought.



Sandy is our Wellness Director and sometime model.




Ellie is one of our residents.




The womens clothes were from Chicos.
The mens clothes were from The Mens Warehouse .




Cute vest !!



I bought this shirt..



This guy was a hoot..really got into the modeling thing.
I don't know who he is.





Sorry his picture is blurry but he was always on the move.






Maureen had to strut her stuff too..


It was a fun afternoon for a good cause.
PS
The food was good as well.