Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Days at the Farm

It's always so much fun to go to the farm for our scrapbook retreats. We started going once a year, but now we're up to every season. It's so nice to have no responsibilities---to be able to do whatever you want---whenever you want. We enjoy early happy hours and rocking on the porch with a good book or magazine. But that wasn't in the cards this trip. It was too cool---until the last day. I spent several hours outside reading. I did 16 scrapbook layouts which I'll share when I get a chance to photograph them. 

Views from the deck.

The cows always bring some excitement. Once they got out in the middle of the night and were in the back yard. I slept through that. This time the owner of the cows was coming by quite a bit. Turns out, one of the calves was born with a pretty severe cleft palate. It died within 24 hours. Karolyn and Pam went to take a look. I didn't want to see that. I'm not a farm girl. I love the outdoors and seeing animals, but I don't want to deal with them.
"Chuck" the woodchuck lives here too. We see him all the time

We have a lot of animals in our own backyard. The difference is that we don't take the time to just sit around outside and enjoy nature at home. There's always too much work to do. Then pretty soon, it's too hot. But for now, I've been enjoying reading on my own front porch--- relaxing on the porch swing.
It'll do.

Monday, April 21, 2014

New Easter Clothes

Whatever happened to new Easter clothes? I remember when I was little, we went shopping for new Easter clothes. I was thinking about that. We got a new dress at Christmas and then again at Easter. At Easter, you also got new white shoes and a hat---we had to wear hats for Church---and dresses. Plus, growing up in St. Louis, it was usually chilly at Easter, so I would get a new spring coat too.

I figured out why that happened---the new dresses---twice a year. With the change of the season, you needed something else. What fit you the year before no longer did. That was it. You got a new dress and that was your Sunday dress all summer. Growing up in a large family, you only got one. You had a good pair of shoes and a pair of play shoes. That was it.

Now-a-days, everyone has multiples of clothes and many pairs of shoes. Kids get new things all the time. You shop for the season. You have many choices. And you can wear pants to Church---eliminating the need for dresses.

Still, I miss that excitement of finding that special pastel colored dress with matching hat---maybe gloves, purse and shiny new shoes. I guess there's nothing keeping me from buying myself something new. Except, I don't need anything new.

This is just a little reminder of what used to be---circa 1954:
My little brother, Ronnie and I with my Easter bonnet and new purse.

And this one with the whole family---circa 1965:
I should have posted this on "Throwback Thursday" but I didn't think about it until now. All of us in our Easter finest. That's me in the sailor dress. I still remember it. I loved that dress. My grandparents in the background. They always looked so old---yet my grandmother was about 51 in this picture. My grandfather was in his 60's. Grandparents just looked older back in the day.

Here we are today, Easter Sunday, 2014. We're in our 60's.
On second thought, maybe we look it after all!

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Happy Easter!

Last week, I got my first Mother's Day gift. Mindy wanted me to have it for Easter. You can see why.
From left to right: Peter Cottontail, Jemima Puddleduck, and mother rabbit with Flopsy, Mopsy and Cotton Tail. Mindy couldn't believe I remembered all the names. I have the books! Okay, I confess, I looked some of them up. I always thought Peter was Peter Cotton Tail. but he had a brother. The only way you can tell them apart is that Peter is the only one with a blue jacket. Hence, Peter above, is just Peter Rabbit not Peter Cottontail.

And there you have a little Beatrix Potter trivia for the day.

Saturday, April 19, 2014

How Old is Too Old for an Easter Basket?

I hadn't planned to do Easter baskets this year. In fact, I hadn't done Easter baskets in many years. But, Mindy reminded me that I did baskets last year. I immediately disagreed with her until she reminded me that----that was how Nicky proposed to Stephanie---by putting her ring in an egg in her Easter basket. 

I really thought I was done with baskets. Mindy, being the baby---albeit 29 now, whined a little and brow-beat me! I agreed, but told her this was going to be the last year!! And it is. By the time I bought just a little candy and a couple other little things, it cost a fortune---for eleven people!! Do the math. A $3.50 chocolate bunny adds up to---wait, let me get the calculator. That's $38.50 and doesn't even include the tax!! Now you see what I'm getting at. It ALL adds up!! 

And now, for your Easter entertainment, a little Easter quiz.

1. Which Easter candy is most popular among Americans?
A. Chocolate  B. Peeps  C. Jelly Beans  D. Lollipops

2. How do more than three-quarters of Americans eat their chocolate bunnies?
A. Feet first  B.Tail first  C. Right leg first  D. Ears first

3. Why are jelly beans a part of the Easter tradition?
A. Because rabbits eat them  B. Because they're only sold in the spring  C. Because they symbolize peace  
D. Because of their egg-like shape

4.After chocolate, what is the best-selling Easter candy?
A. Peeps  B. Lollipops C. Jelly Beans  D. Twizzlers

5. Chick-like yellow is the most popular Peeps color. Which hue comes in second?
A. Pink  B. Lavender  C. Red  D. Green

1.A   2.D   3.D   4.A.  5.A

And just like that, with a little pre-planning, 6 blog posts while I was gone this whole week without internet access!!

Happy Easter!!!

Friday, April 18, 2014

Good Friday and What I Gave Up for Lent

Actually, I don't "give up" anything any more. Each year I try to add something to make me a better person. Since I can use so much help, the possibilities are endless!

This year, I focused on other drivers that totally make me nuts!! I have little patience and could be known to suffer a little road rage. Not enough that the other driver would ever know---or that could cause me to get shot or anything, but I do certainly huff and puff and call them "stupid" while behind the wheel in my own car. I had to keep it "G" rated since I always had kids in the car, so it stuck. Still, I probably use the "S" word at least 5 times a day.

Each time I caught myself hyperventilating and calling other drivers "stupid," I immediately calmed myself down, apologized and then said a little prayer for the other driver for being so stupid. 

So maybe I didn't get it 100% but it's a start!

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Five Things Thursday

1. I think these towel clips are the most adorable things! However, since I'm not the "lay out" type, I resisted buying them from Target.

 2. For the life of me, I cannot figure out what this road sign is supposed to signify. I have never once seen a donkey crossing here. This is in the heart of Green Hills in front of Hillsboro High School. Way too much traffic for donkeys.
 3. I had no idea that there is actually a product for my chaffing problem. I just thought chaffing was the bane of chubby thighs. I didn't buy this either---is was nearly $10.
 4. Mindy had her dad put air in her tires. Actually, I don't think she had anything to do with it. I'm sure he noticed she needed air. She thought it was so funny that she sent this text to the family:

 5. Picked up my needlepoint pillows I made this past December/January. Nothing like getting a jump on Christmas 2014! This one is for Jordan. She doesn't read my blog, so she'll never see it. She texted me last December and asked if I would make her a needlepoint pillow. I've been waiting for just such a moment from my 19 year old granddaughter. I never expected it so soon!!
 I fell in love with this little print. It has nothing to do with Christmas---it's about art. It's just perfect for this colorful pillow.
I made this one for myself. The girl that does my finish work is just fabulous! I can always depend on her to do them exactly the way I want! I pick out everything and she makes it work.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

What's Happenin' in the Garden

I strolled through the garden on Sunday to see what was happening. Don't let these pictures fool you. They are pretty, for sure. But our yard is big so the color is really spread out.
 We have this Oklahoma Red Bud in the front yard. I love the horizontal nature of it.
 Close up of the red bud flowers.
 The dogwood is spectacular. It was a windy day when I took the pictures, so they are not the greatest.

 We have wild violets in the yard. You really have to look closely to find them amidst the grass.
This is a Forest Pansy Red Bud. It's a shade loving tree and doesn't get too tall. It's meant to be a tree that sits beneath other larger trees. It's also a darker---more fuscia color than purple.
 I love how it really adds color to the darker shade garden.
 The Virginia Bluebells are looking pretty weak this year. Maybe they need more fertilization.
 The same goes for the foamflower (tiarella cordifolia). I used to have several more plants.
 I seem to have only this one left.
 The bleeding hearts (dicentra) are gorgeous as always.
 The wind was really blowing when I took this picture. The "bishop's hat" (epimedium) is really low to the ground.

 This lenten rose (hellebores) is in my little white garden. It's really pretty, but wish they didn't have that droopy nature. It's kind of hard to see the flowers.
I have had this white climbing hydrangea for at least 15 years now. It has not flowered a single time. It's in a good sunny location, so I have no idea what the problem is. Maybe I got a male.
When we first moved in---19 years ago, I had bugleweed (ajuga) everywhere. I gave a lot of it away. Now I have just this little patch left. It's a nice ground cover. It looks nice next to the lamb's ear---which can really get out of control if you don't watch it.
 My lilac is just beginning to bloom.

Just walking near the lilac is heavenly. It smells so good. If I weren't going to be out-of-town for the next two week, I'd cut some for the house. By the time I get back, it will be gone. It's easy to miss.

And that just about covers what's happening in the garden right now. The peonies should be in bloom in a couple weeks.