Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Well the Hot Weather is Not Waiting for Summer!

Hi All! Hope everyone had a Splendid Memorial Day, We had no plans for this long weekend, just letting Wayne have two days off in a row was special! We usually just have the Sunday together, so we chose to just rest up. Went over the the Daughters to visit just a bit, celebrated a belated Birthday of our Son in Law Scott, and of course always fun seeing the Daughter and the Grandkids. June 3rd Kingsley Graduates High School ! Now that is still something I'm trying to comprehend! Then she leaves in August for College..wha??
Alot of my Friends are going through this too..damnit the time is just going too fast. Grandson Evan will be 21 this year!! Come on.!!..stop it..
We are already in the throws of Summer heat, 90 degrees in the screened room!! We went to the nursery a couple of weeks ago to get a few plants, annuals for their blooms, but the pick'ns were slim! I ended up with Marigolds, Petunias and Coleus, and they were on the skimpy side! And it's May! The thing is, I've planted them and they have stayed the same size, not spreading out being all nice and full like they usually do.. disappointing. Don't know if the early heat is to blame, but the gardener in me will keep trying! Thought I would put a few of my Garden Pics up for your sheer enjoyment! LOL

 Oh and I forgot to mention the prices!! What is on my bench is $13.00!! Y'all do know I Mosaic, well I did this bench years ago and it still looks fantastic!

 Looking through the Heart in my Gate toward the side yard.

 My PomPom Shrimp plant is blooming, I have about four of them throughout the yard, just such a striking bubble-gum pink.

 The yellow Hibiscus is from my Daughters yard, this bloom is the size of a lunch plate! Beautiful  The Lavender Althea Patio Tree is just loaded, bloom'n it's little heart out!

One of our Kitties, Dixie Boy, rest'n in the Screened Room. Only one Day lily Bloomed this year, but I managed to get this pic before it was gone.
Monday is June the 1st, wish I was a child again, Mom, Me and My Brother heading to Midland City Alabama to spend the Summer at my Grandmom Vera's small farm. Most times it was just the three of us traveling from Florida or Virginia, depending if Dad was out at sea on the Ship, serving with the Navy. We always seemed to arrive at two in the morning, Lord driving down those two lane country roads at night, never meeting another car, Dad would have the Brights on so we could see, and when I say pitch black I mean it,! not a light to be found! Our eyes fixed on the road ahead, straining, afraid a cow or something might run out of the  rows and rows of tall corn! Kudzu Vine covering everything like a carpet, even taking the shape of an old farm house that was abandoned. On one trip, Mom looked over at Dad "Good Lord Jimmy! What's that Smell"? We had passed through a Skunk Cloud!! Whew! even the windows down didn't help! We all laughed the rest of the drive to the farm. It was always fun for us kids. I can remember in the morning I would get one of the stick brooms, and then find a spot to "sweep out" my playhouse. I would find a cool spot under a tree, and start sweeping until I got down to hard pan, take the loose sand and pile it around the edge, making the outline to my rooms, then dash around the yard and get the small chippy blue painted rocker, the small pot bellied stove, bricks and a plank to make like a shelf, then I would find discarded Mason Jar lids, and they would be my plates!  Ahh so much fun, cuz now I got to spend the rest of the Summer "Not" letting my Brother in my house!! LOL! Grandmom would get me a small flour sack , with the prettiest flower print, about the size of a tea towel, fold it in half, then roll it up, take a piece of string and tie it tight,about three inches down from the top of the roll, then she would whip stitch in some eyes, nose and a mouth, then fluff out the rest of the roll, and that was my Dolly for the Summer! Awesome! I have so many fun memories, kinda makes me sad.. But now we all  have this Summer ahead of us to enjoy! I just need someone to whip me up a Doll. ♥

Thursday, May 7, 2015

Missed April! But I'll Catch You Up With May!

May Day, then Cinco De Mayo (that we spent at an Irish Pub!), now Flower Planting and Mother's Day!  Also my Granddaughter Kingsley turns 18! wha?? It's very stressful as she Graduates in June, and then in August, off to College. How did all this happen? I took her shopping for her Birthday , she said she didn't need any new clothes or shoes...?? now who turns down FREE clothes and shoes..well she said she really would like new make-up, so off we went. It was just a wonderful day of sharing, and you don't get those too often, ended our afternoon with a trip to Dairy Queen for IceCream! and the best chat ever..

 Ahh I wanna be 18 again! Well actually I'd love to go back to the age of 33, and from that day forward I would just say NO!

                                                                Brain Freeze!

 Here in Neptune Beach we have had a glorious Spring, this Mother's Day weekend it is predicted to be 92 degrees! I baleeze that is Summer weathah!!  It has taken me so long to get all the beds weeded, for one reason I waited too long to plant and mulch, so all the weeds came back and I had to do a repeat performance. Ahh but there is nothing like working in the garden.The problem  is that I have trouble with my right knee, so as I'm weeding I have to do the bend at the waist, with my legs spread eagle, making my ass stick up in the air!! As to not offend any passersby, I make sure said "ass" is always facing the house!! Avert your eyes!! LOL Just a little Southern Decorum..

Things are really quiet in the garden, the Cicadas have not started their endless Summer singing yet, but I did hear one the other day..soon enough it'll be a cacophony of sound!  The top picture shows my Ligustrum Patio Tree blooming it's little heart out, I love the aroma, the bottom picture is a weird plant, the leaves are sawtoothed and it has these fuchsia blooms that just hang all over it. I just don't know the name, but it is over three feet across and about as high!

 18 inch stepping stone I designed and mosaiced about 12 years ago, African Iris are in the forefront.

                                    My favorite Alamanda, cuz it blooms all summer long!

   Close-up of African Iris 

 Shrimp plant blooming, my back side yard is loaded with these! Very prolific plant,  but they do love the sun!
Well we have two birthdays in May, Kingsley and my son in law Scott, Graduation in June , then enjoy the summer...but dreading August..oh I'll be posting all along too. So chat with ya soon!