Thursday, June 22, 2017

a day to myself...

one of the guys has been home with me now for the last week or so...

but tomorrow is mine...

Craig had to call in today because his car was in the shop...
over $700 worth this time...

so he will be back to work tomorrow...
and then be off Saturday...

while DH works Saturday and will be home Sunday...
so Friday will be my rest up day...
I am having trouble keeping up with them...
and the back pain is worse...
got rain moving in...
always does that to me...
:)
we could use a good soaking...
before the hot and dry happen again...
but that looks like it won't be happening for a week or so...
long range has us in the 70s...
it will be open the windows back up time!
next weekend is our town's 4th celebration and I am hoping to make it up to see part of it!
y'all have a great weekend and hope your weather is nice and cool like ours!

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Happy Summer!

terribly sad to see spring go...
but we have done much this season in spite of all the flooding and bickering...

and there is always more to do...
because a garden or flower bed is never "done"...

beginning to look like a small English garden now...

so I think that is what we will embrace in this space...

and keep adding it to it through the years and see where else it goes...

got a handful of smaller projects we will be knocking off soon...

I love the heart shaped shadow on the roof of the bird house...

I think next year will see sweet peas...

enjoying my down time today...
had a good hour or so long talk with Craig...
just talk...
nothing special...
just a lot of if this were to happen or that...
funny times and sad ones...

I hope you are enjoying these days flying by...
that you take the time to walk barefoot in the coolness of the evening grass...
that the smallest of things hold the biggest places in your heart...
and that you are grateful for all that you have...
share that joy...
don't keep it all to yourself!
big hugs, everyone...
:)



Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Good Morning!

DH had a 4 day weekend and we worked out in the yard for most of it...

I did ok the first 2 days...
slowed up big time the 3rd...
and couldn't move much the 4th...

the trailer that the kids were in and trying to fix up...
burnt one night last week...
arson...

and we slept through it...

and a group of us confronted a trouble making neighbor...
let him know that the lies stop here and none of us are believing anything...
(he's been telling fibs on each of us to the others, trying to cause fights)
but we aren't falling for that...

even said he was suing me for texts I never sent to people I don't know...
claiming they are the reason he lost his mowing jobs...
( he lost them because he isn't good at it)
green beans here and a purple leaf sand cherry behind...
we planted 3 more of the purple leaf sand cherry bushes here...
and 2 more on each end of the rose garden...
(they were on sale at Walmart and Craig just grabbed them and brought them home)
$1 each and we have 6 now...
and then there is 2 other bushes...
called  Loropetalum- 'Carolina Midnight'
and they are a purple leaf bush with blooms...

and over the weekend the field popped up behind us...
we haven't had enough rain at one time yet to see if the drainage is really fixed or not...
only time will tell on that...
we are holding off working on the north side of the house until then...
there is much to do in the rest of the yard anyway...
:)
I can't believe how fast the warm weather months are going by...
and there are more plans in the works around here before it turns cold again...
the plans I made last winter hit the trash can early on...
:)
and still with all the set backs and reworking ideas that we thought were good before...
its all turning out better than we could have imagined...
even with the crazy neighbor and the arson...

Craig scored some really good deals for the yard...
and we have some more plans to expand the rose garden area as time moves on...
and the plants get bigger...
kicking around border ideas and have decided to just wait and see what goes on sale...
and just rolling with all the punches...

Craig's car threw a belt last week and DH had to go in and pick him up after work...
he's been driving our van to work all weekend and left us afoot...
so we couldn't get out to eat or shop...
which is ok...
got a lot of yard work done...
DH went back to work this morning and Craig has today and tomorrow off...
so its working out so far...
his car should be done today...
the clutch went out on his ac unit...
that can be a little pricy, but he has more than enough in savings to cover it...
so nothing to panic about...

so that's what we have been up to...
nothing exciting and no beach lounging here...
:)
just dirty knees and sore muscles...

have a great week!

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

been busy...

things are blooming here...

but we are so dry!

the city and a tiling company have been working on the drainage problems...
and looks like they found the problem on the other street and will not be tiling across our yard at all...

the field is still dry and they even replanted it yesterday...
our guess is beans since its too late to plant corn...

we got some work done outside over the weekend...
temps were good, but now it has really heated up here...

had to get some dead heading done, too...
things are getting out of control!

we had new neighbors for about a week...
such a sad situation...

a grandmother "sold" the property which has an old, junk mobile home on it to her grandsons...
and it doesn't belong to her!

its next door to the crazy lawn mower man...
who started telling lies about all the rest of us...

the poor girl on the corner is running a whore house...
one guy is mean and does drugs...
the other is a gay Mexican who speaks no English...
and I am the crazy lady who spends thousands of dollars on professional landscapers to get my yard to look this good!
all completely untrue!

our home was grand central station for about a week...
trying to figure out what was going on and all the rumors...
the one neighbor has told mower man twice now to shut his pie hole...
and he wasn't that nice about it...

the rest of us get along just fine...
:)

and I took the opportunity to be a light house and let my inner light shine for these poor boys...
ripped off by their own grandmother...
and the one neighbor who is the "mean one doin drugs" broke up with the love of his life...
she packed up and moved out...
and he is so sad, mad, confused...
DH has been calling me Dr Phil...
LOL
they all come knocking when they need to talk...

and the saddest thing of all for these boys...
they are homeless now...
living in a tent behind their parents home...
we hope...
in another town- DH drove the last one home...
and it was not a good home...
when he left, he cried and said no one has ever treated him like a real person before...
he and his brother both have seizures...
one or two a day...
and he had a dog that he asked me to find a place for her...
so I called our animal shelter and paid the pick up fee for him...
this one boy's name is Micheal....
and he needs prayers...
he is searching...
for answers, for love, for hope...
but mostly, for salvation...

he is Craig's age...
such a different outcome between the two...
home life was so bad for him...
dad is an ex marine who knocked his front teeth out when he was in high school...
wears a partial...
and he had to go back there...
just ask for his safety and his well being...
God's love and peace...
the dog he had to give up...
Jules...
had given him a reason to get up in the mornings...
a reason to try harder...
and all the unconditional love that animals bring...
and he kept asking me why would God do this to him...
I said God didn't...
but, in all of this...
there no where to go but up now...
and someone else might just need Jules more than he does...
he trained her to take care of him during his seizures...
and they have her listed as such...

the past week has been heartbreaking...
and there have been more tears shed on this little deck of ours...
its just amazing how God works...
who he brings in and out of our lives...
even for a week...

hope you have had good days...
and special moments...
and please, keep praying for this boy/man...
that the next person he is sent to treats him right...
and things keeping happening for him...
;)



Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Good morning!

got into the walk in clinic on Sunday morning...
gave me antibiotics to get rid of the sinus problems and bronchitis...
so I am on those now...

we did get this done over the weekend...
was going totally checked pattern until they ran out of the gray...
so improvised here...
can always change it up later when we find them...

the rubber mulch is cushy on my knees and butt!
works great weeding...

got the tomato plants in, too...
and they are growing fast...

found this old girl Saturday morning...
not from around here...
we know all the dogs...
she is old, hips and spine showing...
swayed back...
blind in one eye and severe eye infections in both...
so I called the Humane Association and they came and picked her up for immediate vet care...

there's been much drama on our little street lately...
and last night we put a lot of it to rest...
getting to the bottom of who started it and talking things out with the others...
some people just have nothing better to do, I guess...
we don't need their drama on this street...
:)
so, have a good day!
coughing my head off here, so that's a good thing...
its breaking up!



Friday, June 2, 2017

weekend projects...if the rain doesn't come...

we have all the pavers now, I think, to finish this...

and there's the weeding...

dead heading...

planting...

decisions to finally make...

did I mention dead heading?

why are peonies rusted this year?

and I know we need the rain...
but I would like one day out there to finish some things up...
and we are so not ready to start that pump back up...
but it will be what it will be...
:)
we HAD to water last night...
the pots were bone dry...
and you can see the cracks in the dirt...
the lake is receding...
little by little...

and I heard the tree trimmers on the surrounding streets yesterday...
so I am sure it will be our turn today for them to trim around the electric lines...
the dogs will go insane!


have a good weekend...