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Friday, June 22, 2018

My Girls Are Covered in Flowers and Blooms!

I have six window boxes full of my pretty girls, and they have all been covered in blooms and then flowers for a couple of weeks now. I normally don't get blooms or flowers until July, but this year I started watering them early, in my mud room. Since they can't take cold temperatures, and definitely no frost or freezing, I wait each year until I'm certain those weather ailments have passed, so it's anywhere from mid to late April before I bring them outside and start watering them. This year, I started in March.

I was curious to see how an early start affected the arrival of flowers … and I was rewarded with a profuse display two to three weeks earlier than I've ever had them. Now, I have to see if the wane before normal, which is generally sometime in September. If they don't start showing signs of distress in August, I may bring them up even earlier next year. I'm not in any hurry for summer to be over, so I'm more than willing to be patient and wait.

They prefer morning sun and afternoon/evening shade. With the exception of the ones outside my kitchen window, my girls get more afternoon sun than they should, but they still do exceptionally well. The only sign that they are getting too much sun is some gold flecks on the leaves.

I've had these flowers for a couple of decades now. I've divided them to make more and gave away more pots of these beauties than I can count. I adore these flowers!

Wednesday, June 20, 2018


It will be a while before this guy is ripe, but I'm already salivating! My dad always had tomato plants, so there was an abundance of fresh tomatoes to eat every summer … and I enjoyed them every day. Daddy would be happy to know I grow tomatoes now.

Monday, June 18, 2018

The Osterich

My son and daughter-in-law came over the other day ... with all their animals ... including their turtle. I allowed the cats (all three of them) and the two dogs inside, but I put my foot down on that stupid turtle!

One of their cats was particularly stressed and "hid" the entire time. I don't know how he kept from suffocating!

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Shoulder Rides

Thing 1 put her baby on her shoulders. (Note: I do not keep milk on my coffee table. It's been rinsed out and is now a toy. The little monkey on his Mama's shoulders loves to bang it  and make noise.)

So the other two babies grabbed their Ernie's and gave them a shoulder ride. It's so fun watching these sweet little ones mimic our actions. These three babies fill my heart to overflowing!

Sunday, June 10, 2018


When you're too little to play with Play-Doh, but they let you chew on the lid ...

Thursday, June 7, 2018

I Saw Mumford Yesterday!

Mumford and his son were picnicking in the grass at one of the middle schools yesterday! (In case you don't remember Mumford, click here for a refresher.)

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Lopsided Mustache

This guy is narrating a documentary series about the old west. I can barely pay attention because all I can think is "Why didn't someone tell him to trim his mustache?!!!"

Thursday, May 31, 2018


Burdette pool opened for the season this past weekend. When my kids were young, I always bought us season passes. We spent nearly every weekend there, so it was a no-brainer when Thing 1 called and asked if I wanted to go to Burdette with her and her baby boy. Of course! I snapped a photo of the little guy enjoying what he had to think was the world's biggest bathtub!

And ... in case you've ever wondered what this little guys daddy would look like in a Paddington Bear hat ... look no further!