So here we are heading to the end of summer when the annuals are at their best. Let's show our photos of our late summer annuals showing off their colors!
ARGHHH! I even checked before starting #488. Let's keep this one going for sure! Sorry for the messup!
I'll have to take some photos Deanne, but none will compare to yours!
I'll just add this over here. ;)
Before Autumn's arrival I am determined to find that summer that got lost somehow. There are bits of it around. For example tonight was a perfect evening for gardening! I enlarged an island bed and planted a thing or two. Edged another bed, etc. It all sure beat a trip to the dentist.
We got lots of small jobs accomplished today too. Right now the sprinklers are in action!
Cats are hungry, so away I go.
Oh Bug!!!!! LOL! I've been waiting all day for someone to start a new Idyll and so decided to leap in.. Jeesh.... Anyway, thought I'd post your thoughts on this thread?
Before Autumn's arrival I am determined to find that summer that got lost somehow. There are bits of it around. For example tonight was a perfect evening for gardening! I enlarged an island bed and planted a thing or two. Edged another bed, etc. It all sure beat a trip to the dentist.
We got lots of small jobs accomplished today too. Right now the sprinklers are in action!
Bug, LOL, we are obviously thinking the same thing at the same time..
You two are definitely of the same mind this evening.
Nick and I paddled just over 7 miles. It was a lot longer than we imagined :) I am so tired! Today I saw 3 herons, a group of brown headed ducks, 3 turtles, a giant dragonfly, and a bear print in the sand! We pulled over to eat our lobster and I spied the bear print. Neat.
Okay, I'm off to bed. Deanne, that shot is a beauty! I don't know if I'll find anything alive when I return...I sure hope the sprinkler system is working :)
Right now all my pots are grouped together to be watered while we are gone. I have lots of annuals in my gardens though. The wind was a bit hard on this cardoon the other day.
I like this combo. It makes me think of Kathy. I found these 3 Purple Flamingo Feather celosia on clearance recently. They are growing nicely.
Autumn Palette Amaranth
This last one isn't annuals but I really like this grouping. The Caryopteris 'Summer Sorbet' and sedum 'Xenox' were new last year, so this is the first year to see what they really do.
Saucy, I worry about my sprinkler setup when I'm gone. I hardly dare look when I get home. I love the lime green kayak. A bear print - I'm getting nervous just hearing about it. We are heading into grizzly country.
Deanne, the pink grouping is wonderful. Everything is so nicely coordinated from the pots to the blooms to the shrubs in the background. Fabulous planning. I fail miserably in that area. Most of the things that turn out well here are by chance. Wow, wow, wow on both the fuchsia and the brug. You must be extremely pleased.
Denise, Ein looks fairly content in the picture. Hopefully, it doesn't bother him too much.
Cyn, I happy to hear things are going well for your DH.
'bug, I've not roasted beets before. It sounds good, I'll have to try it. I usually steam them. I have some miniature Lady's Mantle called alchemilla erythropoda.
Its still just so hot and humid here. I think it was around 95 again. We don't normally have this much heat for such an extended period. Along with the rain it reminds me of when we were in Florida last summer. You can't really do much or you are drenched. The gardens are loving it though.
We are planning to leave in the a.m. so I'll talk to you when I get back.
Well we are in for a glorious weather weekend here. The weather is supposed to be in the low to mid 80Âs with low humidity! Woohoo! The annuals here are all looking fantastic right now. Unlike myself they seem to have been enjoying the hot weather this year.
Saucy, you rock and roll lady!!!!! Seven miles in the kayak?! Wowza! IÂm impressed my friend. Sounds like you had a terrific time.
Michelle, just love all your photos. Your combinations are so fantastic. That celosia looks like my purple amaranth. Is that Matrona behind it? Love that first photo with the amaranths and castor beans next to each other. ~~ Your groupings always look great to me and I donÂt believe itÂs an accident! ItÂs because you have a terrific eye for color and design. Have a great trip!
More annualsÂÂ There are just so many of them, LOL
Have a great day all
Love that bright green kayak! In a way I'm reminded of a good used book when I see that photo. It lets me think of all the pleasure it gives.
Michelle, I've already written down Sedum Xenox. I have so many dark sedums that just don't keep their color. I love them mixed in with autumn grasses. I agree with Deanne, your eye-catching combos can't possibly all be accidents!
I have lots of hopes for things to accomplish today. Let's see if I can manage to do at least a few of them!
'bug,'Purple Emporer' is a nice dark on that I have also, but it doesn't have as strong of stems as 'Xenox'
Deanne, that is 'Matrona' I love the red stems on that one and have quite a few, but they tend to do the split and flop when they get too big. I have dividing them on my "to do" list. I love the orange corner - I really like the way you group your pots together. Is that creeping Jenny in the ground? Does it spread as fast as I've heard? I really like that plant.
Got to go - I should be packing.
Some quick photos of containers...from this morning. I've really enjoyed Salpiglossis this year.
I managed to dig the edges of these two island beds last night and this morning. Makes a big difference. Next, weeding them!
Off to make DH some lunch. Sometimes his working at home really interrupts my days! ;)
Here is a link that might be useful: salpiglossis
Ein looks like he's tolerating the cone well, poor guy! Just six weeks, eh? POOR GUY! ((Ein))
Annuals!? Well, the lamb's quarters are going great guns, but I have no pictures of them ;) Deanne, with the weather you've been having, it's beyond me how your containers can look so marvelous. It's a tribute to your dedication, for sure. Just gorgeous!
Bug, I'm hoping to find a bit of the lost summer, too. There's a rumor going around that next week is supposed to be gorgeous. Let's hope so. I miss playing outside, and there are plants in the ghetto that are begging to be planted.
Michelle, I'm just going to have to get Xenox. I'm a sucker for sedums. Matrona is wonderful, I've got several. I try and clip them back twice in the spring. If I don't, right when they're looking marvelous...the dreaded split and flop.
LOL, Lisa! I haven't checked Jim's toes. Now you've got me wondering if those boys sat around drinking beer and painting each others toenails :) You might be right about your toes looking like lures. Jim's got some really pretty purple, pink and blue ones. Let us know what you catch! 7 miles in a kayak!? Good for you, girl!!! It sounds like you're having a marvelous vacation. I'd love to see a bear track. Not necessarily a fresh one ;)
The wandering fisherman made it home this morning. All progress in the house came to a screeching halt, lol! He does seem to be suitably impressed. We'll see how many days of skydiving I can squeeze out of this next week.
Christina just called and said, "Listen to this." Jude was just screaming with laughter. They're at WalMart. Evidently, the best thing ever invented is the ball, lol! Her hubby was bouncing it, and Jude was just losing his mind. She couldn't believe that of all the cool toys he already has, a ball is just the best thing ever. Welcome to motherhood, little girl ;) We're going to have him for a couple of hours tomorrow while Mommy goes and gets beautified. Grandpa hasn't seen him for two weeks and is a little antsy. The little guy is 6 months old today. That FLEW by!
Time to go scare up dinner. I think it's going to be some odd combination of whatever is in the fridge. It's been a lazy day, and looks to be an even lazier evening. Just a couple more days of this miserable heat.....
Some items to read...
Here is a link that might be useful: Polar bear
Read the stories, take the quiz and see the Hall of fame too.
Here is a link that might be useful: poison ivy
Once again I am reading too fast, and find myself wondering why Jim has really pretty pink, purple and blue toes. But I did get a good chuckle from Deanne and 'bug's single-mindedness. I just hope that the cats got fed, once and only once!
It's quite an exciting day here - I found our very first egg! A small, lovely brown egg that was sitting on the coop floor. I haven't decided yet what to do with #1.
We had a lovely evening last night. We got to attend a dinner for a local conservation group that was held on the shoreline of Lake Michigan. We were greeted with glasses of champagne at the parking area, shuttled down to the beach for hors d'oeuvres as a string quartet played, heard a program about the Perseid meteor shower, then served a dinner featuring grass-fed beef. It was a great evening, and I was surprised to find Bill Kurtis seated directly behind me.
So today I came back to reality. The clueless wonder cooked some edamame that had been in the office fridge a little too long. Later in the afternoon, she looked me in the eye, dumped the edamame in the open garbage can that sits between our desks and left the office. Yes, I carried her garbage out, because the smell already was turning my stomach and I just can't imagine what it would have been like by Monday morning after a hot weekend. Since she's consistently 15 - 20 minutes late every morning, there's no chance she would have had to deal with it before I came in.
Such is life!
Off to bed early tonight - last night's festivities left far too little time for sleep.
I'm bushed and will offer a full post in the morning.
However, here is an annual offering, from Grant Park in Chicago, yesterday morning. From Chicago 2010
From Chicago 2010
Kathy back in Napa
No annuals here except veggies and a few petunias in pots by the front steps... But here is 'Penelope' from the bonsai show at RBG (Royal Botanical Gardens) this afternoon:
We've got our fingers firmly crossed for some rain tonight and tomorrow... It'll probably miss us again though :-(
I was disappointed not to hear from Mario this week. I hope it doesn't mean more health problems in their family. I was really hoping to have the tuteur in place this week.
I hear thunder in the distance Woody!
gb - not a drop of rain here overnight and isn't looking promising for today either.... did you get rain?
We need rain, too.
A week of vacation has been profittably used. Bench extensions for machines are now in place, "service pack 3" arrived on CD the other day and with BIL's help perhaps wireless to the bahn will happen. (I'm not holding my breath).
The Great Drainage Project is nearing fruition; met with the equipment guy yesterday and time frame is roughly 2 wks.. Not holding my breath there, either.
Gardens are basically untouched since spring but still yield some "pretty", though the poor lilies desperately cried for digging and fertilizer this year.
I've made some clothes and visited a designer "show house" and now I really don't want to go back to work in dirty land. But there is still work to be done and the time is not yet right. So, I'll draw a deep breath, lower my head and pull into the yoke once again.
Good to hear an update from you Chelone!
I have company so will join you all LATER.
Not a drop here either, but gads, the humidity!!!! 88F predicted for today...
Good Morning Idylls !
I arrived home from Chicago yesterday and just enough energy left to cook a light meal, upload my photos and water a few containers . We got up early yesterday after a night out with vendors and had transportation issues getting to OÂhare , plus a 45 minute security check line and we missed our flight by about 5 minutes. The airline was able to get us a connection through Denver , and we ended up home about 3 hours later than the original itinerary. I tried to stifle my aggravation at the whole episode, as IÂve been going to these trade shows in Chicago for 20 plus years and I always take a cab to the airport for the flight out, not wishing to put myself at the mercy of a shuttle that makes multiple stops. On the plus side , it was a beautiful day to fly, no weather , on-time flights , smooth sailing all the way.
I felt the pain of my east of the Rockies friends too, it was pretty miserable weather in Chicago-I got up early on Friday and walked several blocks to the Lurie garden to take photos thinking that it would be a tad cooler at 7:30 am Âit was a tad , but the sun was blazing at that early hour and (one forgets that there are no hills in the way there, when that thing comes up, itÂs up !) and the humidity Âai yi yi, I was happy to get back to the frigid air of the convention center. The photos I took the last time I was there were a little better exposure wise-that trip I had taken them 5pm ish and the sun was blocked by the skyline of the city. I was however , just about the only person in the garden which was cool, and it was alive with bees, crickets, dragonflies , birds etc.
Ah Chelone , always a pleasure to get a report from the busy and productive time at the Compound. It sounds as though once you are ready make the Âjail-breakÂ you will have put all your ducks in a row . We await the next chapter in the saga Â
Michelle, love that autumn shades Amaranth and am unspeakably jealous of your Purple Flamingo Feathers. I will make it a crusade to get those up and running next year-I think our lack of heat this summer (though splendid for me ) derailed my germination success with some of these warm season plants. Your combo with the two Sedums , the Cleosia and the grasses in the back groundÂso appealing !
Âbug, I didnÂt plant any Salpiglossis this year, and I am crazy about them, this would have been a great year for them too with our mild temps. I might grab a couple 4inch Âers to spruce up the containers for the descent into fall-
Time to zip outside for a coffee WALAT and plan the grocery visit ÂIÂm off to Oregon in 3 days ! The travel schedule continues..
I'll put up some pics of the Lurie later today..
Kathy in Napa (for now)
How strange to sit here watching the cursor blink. Normally my fingers are flying over the keys to keep up with my thoughts. WeÂve had an upheaval in our lives. FIL suffered a stroke a week ago leaving him partially paralyzed with impaired speech. HeÂs soon to be moved to another wing for specialized therapy and rehabilitation. The prognosis is cautious at best. Many things changed for us literally overnightÂ an educated guess tells me we are in for the long haul. Added to the stress is MIL aptly deemed as a very high maintenance individual. DH and I took on immediate responsibilities since we are the local family members with his other siblings an hour or so away. An all too familiar scenario is unfolding as to how sorry they are that their busy schedules and distance donÂt allow them to be of more help. And while IÂm not disputing the sincerity, whatÂs disheartening is to hear it said with relief in their voice at having an excused absence.
Today, in an increasingly rare moment of free time, I thought it would be great returning to Idylland only to find myself unable to concentrate on the reading let alone comment. Right now IÂm expending a lot of mental energy in positive support of DH and trying to give our days and nights some semblance of normalcy. DoesnÂt seem to be enough leftover for me to be myself right now. My down time is really thatÂI tend to zone out or let my thoughts drift away. Not turning in my Idyll passport just yet, though.
((Candy)) , thats the great thing about an Idyll Passport;it never expires and the picture always looks good. Sometimes a visit with imaginary friends is just the ticket.
Kathy in Napa
Kathy's right, your passport never expires! For now, zone out and enjoy the pictures while you wait for normal to settle back into your life.
I'm in the car on the way to pick up the kids from the airport...more from me later.
((Candy)) ditto what everyone else says... conserve your energy; enjoy the pictures here and focus elsewhere on what you need to do to get through.
Candy, I know what now faces you. I am truly sorry and "excused absences" really are inexcusable.
Indeed, passports never expire here in Idyll-land. Ask me how I know.
((Candy)) Like Chelone, I also know what you are facing. Be sure to take time for yourself now and then-WALAT as much as possible. It seems that the role of caregiver is one that is rarely shared. Sometimes, I wish I had been more assertive in saying "You really need to come take over for a while." In reality, I know that wouldn't have made any difference, but maybe I would have felt better! Sending all good energy your way and hoping for a best case recovery for your FIL. I imagine he will be incredibly frustrated by the speech and paralysis issues. ((all of you))
Good to hear from you Chelone. I understand how you feel about going back. I would so love to stay home and not go back to school this year. Hope the wifi in the 'bahn' becomes reality sooner than later. Also, glad to hear your gardens have been ignored. Makes me feel better about mine-teehee. Of course, yours are probably still pretty magnificent despite the benign neglect while mine...oh well.
Kathy, glad you're home safe and sound. You always manage to find something positive in every situation! Oregon in three days-fun! That is one place (among many) that I would love to visit. Your pictures of the gardens in Chicago are great!
Poor Ein, Denise. Six weeks seems like a long time!
Woody, that bonsai is incredible. Someone was fun and creative to come up with that idea. Hope you hear from Mario on Monday!
Michelle, your combinations are so lovely. Hope your trip is terrific and that any grizzly tracks you may see are old.
V, you are so good. I think I would have moved the trash can under the CW's desk and then taken a sick day on Monday! Then on Tuesday, I would have mentioned that it must have been something she ate (that made me ill-lol). Congrats on the first egg!
Saucy, your kayaking expedition sounds grand. Not sure I would have made 7 miles, but it would be fun to try.
Waving to Deanne, Norma,'bug, Cindy (need pics of Stella), Brenda (lol at the story of Jude and the ball), Julie, Drema, and all other Sunday evening Idyllers.
Oh, forgot to mention that we went to see "Get Low" with Robert Duvall this afternoon. Terrific-of course, I am a huge fan of his movies in general, so take the advice for what it is worth. We both enjoyed it a lot.
Candy, there are many of us here who "know"... so please keep your passport renewed. You will need it I'm afraid, but very sound help and advice from your friends here, imaginary or not. Shared experience can be ever so helpful....
My sister and brother were conveniently absent from parental care...and that had its blessings too.
Not sure what I did today, but the staging area for the trip to Oregon is open , some laundry is done, and a warning that I am running out of disc space on the C drive had been addressed, at least temporarily.
I am posting a link here to my closet blog, which continues to be less closeted by the week. I am having fun with it, and was loathe to share until I had posted on it consistently for at least 6 months. Past that benchmark now, and feel like I will keep going with it. So, I posted several of my pics from the Lurie there and rather than duplicating the effort, I invite you to visit and view them thereÂ
Here is a link that might be useful: Gardenbook
Kathy, your blog is wonderful. Such glorious photos!
A beautiful day here! Company has gone and I am tired. A few photos to share though.
The path around our pond
This morning I was "in a mood", as Saucy so eloquently described it once. Annoyed at my messy house, after spending all day Saturday tending to my little suburban lot and all day Sunday entertaining family members. I decided to start with the kitchen, and noticed that the diswasher hadn't fully drained....added a cup of vinegar and turned the empty machine on to extra wash - and immediately the water started pouring out of the door! I turned it off but the water kept coming....DH was away and poor little Adrian was racing around in a panic yelling "What should I do? What should I do!" Turns out that the kitchen sink is clogged, or somewhere a pipe is clogged. We have Plumber Insurance so I called...and yes they can come next Wednesday at 4 p.m. WHAT!!! After hearing my panic stricken voice, they are sending someone from Ottawa, an hour away, at about 8 p.m. tonight. Meanwhile I have used every bath towel in the house to mop up, have bailed the dishwasher using a 1/4 cup measuring cup because nothing else is small enough to get near the bottom, have pulled out the fridge and stove to get at the water and so have cleaned the backs of those appliances, washed all the dishes in a bucket and hae made numerous trips to the garden with buckets of gray water. I am in a mood.
p.s. hugs to those who need one, I have sort of read. (Cindy, Chelone, V) and beautiful annuals all you guys.
Aw, Julie! There definitely is "that voice" that people recognize and respond to-I call it my nearly completely hysterical woman voice. Thank goodness someone is coming tonight. With Aidan and the 1/4 cup bailing tool, you really will be able to get some laughs out of this once everything is fixed and back to normal. Truly, it sounds like one of those great movie scenes.
Lovely, lazy summer pics, 'bug. Phoebe is such a cutie! I would love to be walking that path with her!
Back later all.
Good evening all,
Well Doug and I just returned from a wonderful trip to DC. We visited our dear friend Cindy and her new little sweetheart Stella. RE Stella, IÂm a convert! Love, love, love the breed. That puppy is as sweet natured as it gets and a little furry ball of fun. Oh yes Cindy, we had a most wonderful time visiting with you too! LOL. Seriously everyone, Cindy is a fabulous hostess, treated us to lovely chilled, homemade salads for dinner, Thai food and a guided tour of downtown DC. I got to see her lovely, charming gardens filled with interesting pots and objects dÂart. (love all the heads!) ~~ Doug is over the moon so to speak because heÂs wanted to visit the Udvar-Hazy Air and Space Museum for years and that was the focus of our visit. We spent all day Saturday at the museum and Doug is so thrilled to have finally gotten to go there. Sunday, Cindy, brave woman that she is, drove us all into the city. We first visited the Vietnam Memorial because Doug had never been. It was pouring rain and seemed very fitting somehow. The polished surfaces of the memorial were even more reflective so the dark, wet, granite surface engraved with the names of the fallen reflecting back the images of the visitors with their colorful umbrellas was a poignant juxtaposition and the faces of the beautiful bronze statue appeared to be weeping. It was one of those moments I wonÂt forget. We went from there to the Holocaust Museum and spent a couple hours there, again time I wonÂt forget. We walked out of that museum and agreed that it is a place that everyone should see, once. I donÂt think I would want to go there a second time. We are all so very fortunate in our freedoms and it is a good thing to be reminded of that from time to time. From there we walked over to the National Gallery and had a lovely lunch, visited the Dutch Masters exhibit because I wanted to see the Jan van Huysum painting there. It is MAGNIFICENT! Then from there to the Air and Space Museum then a walk through the Enid Haupt garden at the Smithsonian finished up a very busy day. Many, many thanks to our hostess!!!! What a terrific weekend. (pictures to follow, IÂm too tired tonight to get the photos sorted and uploaded.)
Candy, so very sorry for your familyÂs troubles. Hugs to you and family.
Bug, great pics, that Phoebe is such a beauty!
Julie! Ooooo nooooo!!!!! Dreadful! Hope you get that sorted out and dried up soon.
Kathy, WOWZA!!!! Love, love, love your blog! Wonderful!
OK time to run for now. IÂve got to go and unpack and do some laundry and get ready for a very busy week. DougÂs sister and family are coming over for dinner tomorrow, (SisterÂs DhÂs birthday and thank you for taking care of kitties while we were gone) then Wednesday, another set of friends over for dinner and garden tour, egads, then Friday MJ is over for her birthday dinner, then Sunday, patio party for garden friends Sue, Monique, Les and AliceÂ.. Whew!
Oh my! If you enjoy hummingbirds, watch this on full screen!
Here is a link that might be useful: hummers
Candy - I'm so sorry -- echoing all others here, you'll find a pop in every now and then to be quite refreshing, so keep the passport nearby when you feel the need for a lift, whine or fuss.... we all understand.
Kathy - I just love your blog -- I was wondering when you'd lift the lid off it - and your photos are amazing. It's all about the plants, LOL -- love your "motto".... I think you and Deanne may get the awards for most long-lasting batteries in energizer bunny mode. Off to Oregon next? Amazing -- cant wait to see and hear about Joy Creek, among other things....
Count me as another one toasted - it was marvelous fun to have Doug and Deanne for what seemed like such a short visit but we did pack a few things into it -- I can't believe Deanne has so much energy -- you even posted upon your return and you've got more social responsibilities for this week, to say nothing of manicuring your gardens!!! Amazing. I'm glad Doug got to see his "dream" planes -- and I havent gone sightseeing in ages, so it was a lot of fun for me too.
Golly -- well, it was great great fun - and I hope next time or for other idyllers (the door is always open) to visit this area -- and we could manage to get a little social group together w/ more time. And hopefully Miss Stella will have gotten thru the teething stage, among other things.... it was hard to have a full converation without me constanting popping up to haul her outside for "potty training".....
What a mess, Julie -- I imagine you will laugh at some point in the future.. but only after it's all back in shape. What a mess!
Phoebe is looking sweet, Marie -- and such lovely green photos for this time of year.
Glad to hear Chelone managed to get some vacation in too -- it's such a sense of accomplishment to get home projects finished - I've got several pages of things like that I'd love to take a month off to do.
V -- Clueless Wonder sounds similar to my Toaster-woman colleague - I wonder if they're related.....Congrats on the first Egg -- what does one do with the very first one? It almost seems a shame to crack it.... maybe gold leaf it or something? Silly me...
Off to the salt mines now.
Thought I'd share this with the Idylls as some of you folks aren't on FB. Sweet Stella!!!! She's a doll and tons of fun.
Stella certainly is VERY appealing!
Cindy, this is for you...
It's been a gardening day, but instead of a big project, many small ones, each quickly completed.
Hola friends, a very brief visit tonight as I am packing once again for my road trip to Oregon- IÂll leave directly from the awfice tomorrow afternoon. Have to finish up the watering and packing tonight. Taking the laptop so IÂll be checking in occasionally from the road. IÂve decided to add Swan Island Dahlias to the itinerary, itÂs right along the way back home when I head back next week, and it should be at peak bloom too. A great way to select the catalog buys for next spring-makes a big difference when you can see them Âin personÂ.
All for tonight Âwaves to all
Oh my Kathy, Swan Island Dahlias!!!!??? I'm so jealous! Can't wait to see the pics
I think you should start documenting these trips (with food to boot) and sell them to us garden types. Kathy's Garden Travel :)
Well, Deanne's been on a little jaunt, too. What fun to meet Stella and go garden hopping with Cindy. Nice that Doug got to see his air museum, too. He is such a good sport about our garden adventures.
Julie, I hope your plumber arrived. If I don't make sure the garbage disposal gets cleared out before I run the dishwasher, the same thing happens. It's not pleasant!
GB, we're going to check out the hummer link this morning. Sarah and Jake were amazed by the hummingbird's in TN, epecially how many there were compared to our one lonely hummingbird :) I keep hoping our little bachelor bird will mate someday and bring his family by for the floral buffet.
The woodpeckers and crows are being loud here this morning and I hear the children stirring in the loft. Sarah's been fussing about not being able to sleep in late, and I find it quite humorous.
Here's the girls at the beach yesterday - we took a little trip down to York Beach and visited the amusement park as well. Sarah had already written her report of what she did this summer, and this was something she needed to experience so that paper would be truthful, lol! Get your homework out of the way, I guess :)
I just love everyone's terrific photos. Saucy, the girls look just like they are supposed to on a beach! Adorable. I got a good laugh over her "My Summer Vacation" essay already being completed!
I imagine Kathy is on her way to Oregon, armed with gifts? I'm anticipating a road report from our photo-journalist....
Deanne is quiet because she's multi-tasking: housework/ cooking/ garden tidy-up. Have a lovely week with friends!
Woody, last evening I prepared pop-overs. Do you remember my failure last year? Well these were just fine! I do love them. Our nearby friend has offered to take Phoebe on the spur of the moment should DD phone about baby's arrival. I know you guys offered, but DH thought this would be easier for us given that things might be in a rush. We still need to solve the cat issue, but that should work out. No idea about Christmas though....
Chelone (and others!) be warned that it is soon bulb buying season! You asked to be reminded, so THIS IS IT!!!
This morning we went to pick up a large board of ash for our bridge. Noah Hoover is the man at the local Mennonite sawmill and he had this ash brought in for us. It was a pretty comical scene fitting it into our tiny tiny vehicle with ropes etc. All worked out well. On scene were 3-4 children being pulled in a wagon by a hard working pony. Behind them, another child in a contraption pulled by a rope. Along side was a handsome dog, enjoying his job of protecting the kids. A perfect day for play...but somehow not what you expect in the middle of a sawmill! I certainly did NOT photograph any of it, though it would have been fun.
Later, I pulled off a first for me. I locked the keys in the car. Fortunately DH was working from home and came to my rescue. I HAD to buy a book for Ivy at the toy store while I waited. I've bought her an entire library's worth! Oh well, that's a Nana's duty, right?
We've had 3 wonderful cool summer days in a row. Now they warn of thunderstorms. We'll see.
gb - congratulations on the popovers! :-) Give your friend our contact information so we can be back-up if they need it at some point...
Mario called today - it looks like we should be getting an addition to the garden tomorrow!
YEAH for Mario!
Will do Woody. Thanks!
Yippee for you Woody! Can't wait to see pictures of the tuteur in situ-sorry, couldn't resist-that just sounds funny to me!
"bug, my mouth is watering at the thought of popovers. Back in high school (late 60s) there was a place on Mt. Desert Island in Maine called the Jordan Pond House that served the most wonderful popovers with butter and strawberry jam on the tables, so you could slop them up however much you wanted. After a warm day of hiking, they were the best. I don't think the place is there any more. So sad. Of course, then I could eat like that with no repercussions. Times change. Oh, cute picture, too (dogs...)!
Deanne, that picture of Stella is priceless. She is such a little cutie. Glad DC was so much fun.
Saucy, perfect summer picture of your two little cuties there. Funny about the essay. My kind of kid! That view is one I would like to get up and see every day!
Kathy, guess you are on the road or checked in for the night. Safe journey, friend. Awaiting your always-marvelous pictures.
Woke up last night around 3 (heavy rain-yay) and didn't get back to sleep until around 5, then up at 7 for a day of workshops. Keynote and first workshop were a total waste of time, but the last two were okay. Still, I did get 5 points toward recertification and lunch out with a couple of my co-teachers, so not a total waste. Nonetheless, feeling tired, so with a yawn, I am trundling off to bed.
Sweet dreams everyone.
Greetings from southern oregon..the frozen Whole Foods entrÃ©e is is the microwave of my road stop motel , a glass of moderate white wine poured, and baseball is on the boob tube. DD and I chatted on FB and she reports that at long last her horrid 1 year plus unemployment ordeal has ended, such great news this is, I canÂt tell you. So discourageing for someone who has never been out of work since 16. I feel badly for all of those who still struggle.
No pics today but kicking myself for not taking a photo for you all of Mt Shasta as it loomed over my refuel stop. The drive was very pleasant, and IÂm off to Portland in the morning after coffee !
Kathy in Medford
I smile every time I open this thread and see the blazing glory of Deanne's magnificent annual & tropical container splendor.... what amazing color for August....
Trying to recover here from 3 inches of rain -- it's terribly soggy everywhere -- guess I always find some complaint about the weather, LOL..... if I can make it to the weekend, will attempt to do some garden reclamation from weeds and pestilence.
Saucy & family are having a marvelous vacation -- I love that last beach photo -- brings back great memories - and what I wouldn't give to be on the beach right now!
Looking forward to seeing the amazing tuteur installed, Woody. You've been waiting a long time but I know it will be worth it.
I know we have more cool photos to see from Kathy upon her arrival and more garden hopping and shopping in Portland - the garden Mecca!
Limping towards Friday I am...altho I definitely am feeling and seeing signs that it appears summer may be on the wane - the days are definitely much much shorter.
I hope Kathy gets to meet Maurice Horn. He was such a fantastic tour guide of his nursery!!!! (Joy Creek) So enthusiastic & interesting too. The first Roguchi in the USA grows there thanks to him. He speaks Japanese.
I finished the hat to match the papoose I knit for baby. Thought I'd share.
Hey folks, just checking in. Have been enjoying all the great pics.
Candy sorry to read about your father-in-law. Not easy to deal with so I'm wishing for the best scenario possible.
Cindy Stella is so cute, and how great that you , Deanne and Doug had a fun weekend together.
Bug I love that picture of Phoebe. Frameable for sure.
I want to be on Saucy's vacation. Looks so relaxing.
As far as annuals go. I don't have many this year mostly what reseeded and what I bought on clearance. I was reluctant to pay the prices for them in the spring, and what I did buy didn't do that great. I'm for sure going to direct sew more annuals next spring.
I think we were to wet and cool early on. The containers didn't like being constantly wet. I alo think the potting soil I used was just to acid. I have started making my own mix from garden soil and compost.
We are still pretty green here for the latter part of august. Treewise anyway. The grass is browning out somewhat from the extreme heat. Due to the lack of annuals my garden is kind of blah right now. I am still reworking beds in the backyard. We had a couple of nice days temp wise but it is going back up again. I usually quit working early afternoon and have been doing some reading.
So happy for Woody to have her tuteur installed in the garden. I really like it.
Kathy, love your blog. Hope your having a good time and congrats to DD on the job. Thats terrific news for sure.
Cyn the schools have started here too, but many are letting out early due to the heat.
Not much new around here. Callee is feeling pretty good after being so sick. She is looking for a job too. I hope something opens up for her now that many have gone back to school.
Julie I can just picture Adrian trying to be of help with the overflow. I ha'ven't had anything like that for a long time and hope not to.
Chelone how goes the wireless? There's always next year for the gardens. Right?
Waving to all. Norma
Oh so cute and tiny Bug.
Greetings from Portland..just a few photos today..
A couple view from the BILs front garden From 2010-08-19
Rose Garden at Washington Park From 2010-08-19
Joy Creek tomorow !
WeÂve been pretty busy here with a couple dinner parties this week, one again tonight, birthday party for MJ, then the CT IU gang is coming up on Sunday for a garden party. IÂll jut bet it rains! LOL The gardens here are looking like mid to late September at the moment. Some of the hosta foliage is beginning to turn, the phlox are done their first flush of bloom and the daylilies are just looking worn out. The third tier in the terrace garden is really sad and IÂm thinking I need to cut it back to the ground and put in a layer of compost to clean it up. So much to do!
Kathy, love the pics! Your BILÂs garden is lovely and those roses are to die for. IÂm guessing it hasnÂt been 95 degrees out all summer there. Looking forward to more pics.
Norma, so glad to hear Callee is feeling better.
Bug, love the hat and papoose. DonÂt know how you can stand to knit in the summer. LOL
Cindy, Hard to believe it was a week ago already we came to visit. So happy you like the annual pic. Thanks!
Saucy, love the pic of the girls at the beach! Looks and sounds like you are having a terrific vacation.
OK IÂve got to get my day started and get the watering done. Have a terrific day everyone
Should anyone be interested I finally finished up the gallery of pics from the Smithsonian Udvar-Hazy Museum. I'm not particularly an airplane person but it was an amazing museum wiht a fabulous collection
Here is a link that might be useful: Udvar-Hazy Air and Space Museum
Yeaaaa for Friday..... yeaaa for Kathy's DD landing a hoped-for job.... yeaaa for Norma's DGD feeling better.....yeaaaa for 'bug's adorable ensemble for the newest to-be munchkin.....Yeaaaa it's going to be cooler this weekend!!
Wireless is not going very well. All requisite "service packs" are in place. All the information contained on CDs that came with the wireless router and the adapter has been pumped into the computer. The signal is being sent and BIL's laptop picked it up perfectly and received it at 5 bars out in the Salon. However, there seems to be a problem with my machine... it either can't or won't connect to the internet wirelessly.
After two days of farting around trying to get it to work the problem still hasn't revealed itself. I'm terribly discouraged by it all.
In my own pea brain it seems as though there are two "doors" to the internet and my machine keeps going to the old one, rather than going to the new one offered by the wireless router. I don't understand any of it and that makes it even more frustrating because I don't even know how to describe what's going on/or not. (And if I hear one more crack about buying a Mac I think I will either A.) cry or, B.) break something over his head). Neither of which will get me one step closer to the ultimate destination.
Glad you asked, Norma? ;)
Wonderful outing today to Joy Creek and Cistus, more nursery crawling on the agenda for tommorow !
A few pics from Joy Creeks display gardens: From 2010-08-20
Kathy in Portland
Joy indeed! Grasses with Sedum and a hose... That's what this time of year brings! Thanks Kathy!
Chelone, I'm with you on computer technology. I'm the last one to be helped too because everyone else's work is far more important than mine, or so they believe. Grrrr.
It is already cooler here and I accomplished some yucky stuff in the cleanup department outdoors. I'm afraid I need many more days of work there though to complete the weeding in that area. I wish I could afford slaves. I have been attacked by stinging nettles.
Tonight DGS returns on a bus from his first overnight camp experience and has dinner with Ivy, DD & his Dad. A nice chance to chat about his week! Then back to his Mom's.
Good morning! It is cool and crisp like Fall is in the air and Zeus and I took the longest walk of our vacation. He's napping in his crate and I'm enjoying a cup of decaf.
On today's menu: kayaking the Songo River with a picnic before we paddle back up river. Tonight we pack and either leave tonight or early in the morning depending on how Nick feels (I'm betting on the morning since we're having a birthday dinner for him tonight).
Joy Creek and Cistus! Wow! I want to be on Kathy's trip (though mine is nice). I'm having floral withdrawels up here in Maine and no matter how I tried, I couldn't get the family to get on board with the botanical garden.
Sadly, I am the computer repair person in our home and I must research all my problems heavily before I can even begin to understand the scope of the work! I am disgusted that a computer, which I believed would do EVERYTHING (I got this idea from cartoons), can't fix itself! Geez. Wish I was there, Chelone, I could at least scratch my head with you.
Okay, I'll leave you with a picture of Jake in our boat hammock (we pack it in the boat, find a beach and set it up)...you see boats in the inlet behind Jake, as we're on a sort of pennisula.
Have a great day!
Late summer brings such interesting transitional moods, waiting for something to happen, leaving or returning from vacations. This idyll seems full of that mood, with travel pictures, knitted garments, new puppy pictures. Not to mention the arrival of Woody's splendid tuteur!
Can't wait for more PNW photos. Is that Clematis balearica? And get a load of that stand of helenium. Dang!
Wondeful to see Jake's smile in that hammock. What a great vacation, Saucy.
Candy, I'm so sorry to hear the news of illness and upheaval in your family. Steady on, and let us know how it goes.
Sounds like Cyn is back to school. Duncan started his new semester too,
Things are quiet around here, knock wood. Ein's recovery is going really well, and he's surprisingly spunky in the collar of shame. What a good patient.
Waving to all. Beautiful Saturday here, slightly cooler, probably only upper 80s today.
A much-needed 1 1/2" of rain overnight and this morning! The garden is breathing a sigh of relief I'm sure :-)
DH worked on bridge repairs last evening and then we went out for dinner. And then, YES, rain last night here as well.
This morning I moved 3 clematis and planted another. Weeded, watered, etc. Good weather for it!
Time for making some lunch for the 'boss'.
Hope everyone is enjoying the weekend!
One of those wake-up moments this evening.
I received an email from an old boyfriend who by coincidence was attending out of state services at the church which my brother attends. It seems my brother lost consciousness during the service...and was attended to by several friends and emergency medical people. It is suspected that hypoglycemia may be the cause.
My brother is a hypochondriac, and I am sure that he is alarmed. I do not know where he is spending the night, whether with friends or at the hospital.
And so the wake-up call is to make sure that I have phone numbers to gather information on him. He lives in NJ, while I live in Canada.... and I have sent email but can't do much else at the moment.
I think of the brother & sister stories from my Idyll friends: V, Brenda, Chelone, Deanne, Eden, Woody and others. Family is a blessing as well as a great concern...
We have returned. Glacier was fabulous. The weather was a joy. It was warm during the day but cooled at night. The humidity and mosquitoes that we have this summer were absent. We didn't run into any bears either.
It looks like Saucy and family had an equally good time on their vacation.
I'm quite envious of Kathy's nursery crawls on her vacation and the BIL's have a pretty special garden as well.
Deanne and Cindy, what fun to have a mini IU. How nice that you indulged Doug and were able to have a garden fix all in the same trip.
As for the pets, Stella is adorable with those dark eyes and nose. I was reminded of Phoebe at a rest stop where there wasn't one but two of her cousins.
Candy, so sorry to hear of your FIL's stroke. Like the others have mentioned you have a support group here or a get-a-way which ever you need.
'bug, we ate at a restaurant last summer that served a large popover with your meal. I love them.
Norma, so glad to hear that your GD is feeling better.
Kathy, what great news about your DD's job. That has to be the pits to want to work and not be able to find something suitable.
With all the rain we had before we left, the gardens, lawn and weeds all grew unbelievably. So that will be the task for the week is to get things in order. I may just leave the containers in the potting area since in a mere week and 1/2 we will leave again for our annual family camping trip at the lakes. Hopefully, our camper will be repaired by then. We had a little accident while we were in Glacier. Nothing serious but it does need attention. We also had to spend a little time at the repair shop. The pickup was making a noise. Rick knew what it was and said it would be best to fix it before it actually broke. We were happy that they could get it right in, had the part and it was relatively inexpensive.
I'd best get to bed.
Well IÂm plum tuckered out. Between our four day trip to DC, returning last Monday, entertaining Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday IÂve declared today a day of rest. WeÂve gotten some lovely rain in the last 24 hours and today is a beautiful 62 degrees outside with heavy overcast. IÂm loving it!!!! ItÂs hard to believe, but what a treat to have a cool damp day for a change. The gardens are loving it as well and look pretty perky this today.
IÂve finally gotten the rest of the photos from our DC trip downloaded and edited and I thought youÂd all enjoy a few pics from CindyÂs gardens. IÂve included a link to a gallery below. This was one of my favorite combinations. I need to find some space to include those two clematis here. So very pretty!
I also really love her front garden. Such a great selection and combination of plants.
Michelle, so glad you had a great vacation. IÂm waiting for pics? I canÂt believe youÂve had so much rain when weÂve been so dry this summer. YesterdayÂs rain was the first since May that soaked under the trees in the back yard. What a relief. The weather people are predicting more rain for late this afternoon and tonight and IÂm hoping for another good soaking.
Woody and Bug, we got that rain here too! What a relief!
Bug, I hope your brother is OK.
Denise, so nice to hear from you and glad that Ein is doing well. So true about this time of year being full of transitions. The days are noticeably shorter and quite a few of our trees are beginning to color up early after the dry summer. The Mountain Ash berries are orange now and itÂs losing its leaves. Fall will be here in a blink of an eye.
Saucy, so glad you and family had a terrific vacation
Kathy, those photos from Joy Creek are splendid!!!!! IÂm wondering how they keep that bamboo in check! Have you been to Swan Island Dahlias yet? That should be incredible t his time of the year.
Chelone, I surely hope youÂve gotten your wireless issues resolved now.
OK must run, have a great day
Here is a link that might be useful: Cindy's Garden
Home again, and greeted by the hottest day I think weÂve had this summer..more for tomorrow. And back to the awfice !
I had a very nice trip, though short Â had some great meals, visited gardens, bought plants, watched baseball games on an HD boob tube ..just a fine time all in all. I have more photos to share and will put them up sometime this week .
I fear that I will not catch up well here, but have taken note of Chelones WiFi woes (donÂt feel badly, my BILs have wireless and didnÂt know it , had to call Qwest for their password so I could get into the network ) and I assume you have done all the basic windows diagnostics ?
Welcome home Michelle ! Will we have some photos ? ItÂs astonishing how few days it takes of neglect for the garden to look unkempt.
Deanne, thanks for posting those pics of Cindys garden ! It always amazes me to see how lush places with summer rain look Âeven Oregon is pretty much bone-dry. I put some photos up of Swan Island on my blog last night , and will put up more here as well- I took a bunch !
All for tonight , waving and reading along..
Ahh, the pictures. For some reason my old computer thinks that 450 pictures is just too many to upload. I've been working on deleting duplicate or near duplicate pictures.
There's a possibility of rain tonight and surprisingly we do need it. Since its so hot things dry out fast. Tonight I tackled Marvin Gardens, in case you have forgotten this is my wildflower area named after my dad who gave me the seeds. There was a large amount of giant ragweed. Some of it was nearly 8' high and loaded with seed. I knew it was time to work there.
Cindy, how nice to have Deanne photograph your garden. Its like inviting a professional photographer over to shoot your garden. I'm sure its fun to see it through another's eyes as well. I'd love an ID on the pink and the white clems.
I've bookmarked and have been enjoying Kathy's blog. You've done a wonderful job with it.
Happy Birthday Deanne !!
From Portland 2010
I'm so glad I checked in today - lots of exciting news -- Happy happy Birthday, Deanne!!! I hope you have a lovely day. (This container I call my Deanne pot...)
Happy birthday, Deanne! Hope it is delightful!
From Drop Box
Deanne, nothing in my yard is pretty enough got your birthday, so I went back to the Phila. Flower Show pics! :)
Happy birthday, Deanne!
(from South Coast Botanic Garden, not mine. This datura was massive.)
Cindy, I loved seeing your garden through Deanne's camera. What a cool entryway you've made.
Hope your computer sorts itself out, Michelle. Awaiting photos...waving to all. Stay cool!
We take the good with the bad.
First off, my brother has an aneurism in the back of his brain that will be operated on, not yet sure when.
On the good side of things, DD has professional photos of them taken a while ago. I've seen a handful, but there will be more in a week or so.
I'm in a moody state, thinking about these things, the Make-a-Wish trip Skyler will likely be taking (with whom?), the expansion of our gravel pit, the emptying of the festival staging from our barn, the start of classes for DH, the weeding which never ends, the new baby! It's enough to make an old woman stressed.
'bug, Im sorry to hear of your brother's illness - I hope it goes well for him. Life is such a series of highs and lows isnt it? One never knows from day to day what to expect.
I love that beautiful photo of your DD -- I have news on that front as well, but not with anything so lovely as that photo.....
Sunday evening August 22 brought the arrival of Isla Charlotte W. -- 3 weeks early -- things were a bit dicey but have improved to lovely -- parents went home today and we are hoping Isla will depart tomorrow. It's Scottish name pronounced "Eyela" for anyone curious... the much kept secret name that they wanted no comments or discussions on, LOL....and then Charlotte is for my marvelous MIL who's been such a glorious grandmother to my DD and friend to me as well.... I was very pleasantly surprised they sought to honor her. Isla is petite right now, at 6 lbs and 18 inches....
Here is glowing Mom and Isla:
Thanks for the kind words re the front garden and Deanne's gorgeous photos -- it's always a work in progress for me -- and that's a year to year project, LOL.
Michelle -- those 2 clems are Cl. texensis Duchess of Albany that bloomed for a long time and then just started a rebloom along with Cl. Paul Farges that's been going since late July. It gets huge - 20 feet in all directions but on my fence it kind of cascades over shrubs and things and I like the look. I seem to end up with a lot of white at this time of the year.
August has been a whirlwind for me......maybe that's the blur of white, and of course there's white Stella in my house too, crazy little pup whose antics delight me every day...
Hi Nana Cindy! What a lovely photo you have shared with us! Isla Charlotte is a beautiful name, especially with the sentimental bits added on. (My friend's daughter is Aila.) DD's first child was 6 pounds even at birth...and 2 weeks early. He was healthy as can be.
Isla's look in Mom's direction is adorable and the hair is wonderful too! I guess you'll keep her? ;)
There's a full moon and coyotes howling and Ms Phoebe is agitated.
Aw Cindy, she looks so sweet, and seems to have her mothers features. Congratulations to all of you. Enjoy her! I'm so happy it turned out ok.
Bug, I really like that photo of DD.
I hope the aneurism operation goes well for DB. My younger brother had one and I remember a really long operation, but that was a long time ago and I'm sure things have improved since then.
Having just gone through a stressful time I know how you are feeling.
Happy Birthday Deanne! I hope you have been enjoying your day.
Oh Cindy what exciting news! I'm glad to hear that things are going well now. Your daughter looks so happy with her new little one. I love the name and I'm glad you added the pronunciation. Congratulations Grandma!
'bug, Sarah is positively glowing. What a lovely photo. Sorry to hear about your brother. I hope it goes well for him - scary stuff.
Some stunning photos for Deanne's birthday. Please tell me that I'm not the only one that see's Kathy's message in foreign looking letters. Earlier when I looked they were regular letters. Weird!
Tonight was a elevator supper of which Brenda can identify. It was the open house of the new high tech fertilizer plant which was Rick's SIL's project. There was a tour of the facility as well.
Upon return home I picked a huge basket of tomatoes, a couple of beets and lots of weeds.
I hope Deanne had a day as special as she is.
We have finally had our heat, and it didnÂt arrive subtlety either, hitting 100 plus in many parts of our valley today. ItÂs expected to start cooling off tomorrow, in the meantime IÂve been hiding inside but I need to venture out and water the containers at some point.
DD has had her 1st couple days ate her new job and all goes well thus far, and DS has won the lead in the college repertory theater production of Alladin - his 1st lead role and heÂs really excited about it !
Cindy, new Mom and baby look lovely ! What a pretty girl your DS is !
And Âbug, wonderful photo of Sarah, bonding with the little one. Good vibes out to your brother, I hope his road is smooth.
ItÂs getting dark, so I better suck it up and go water the pots !
What a beautiful new baby, Cindy! Mother looks happy, too. I love her name and it's significance.
GB, I am sorry to hear your brother will need an operation. I hope you hear more news soon and that it is good news. It is hard to be far away from family.
Sarah always looks radiant through pregnancy! It's nice to have a professional photo to capture the mood.
I heard my first coyotes while in Maine. It was 3 a.m. and a bright cool night when they were howling. I saw lots of porcupines crossing the roads this year, too. I guess they're impervious to coyotes :)
This is the third day of rain, and while I don't want to complain, I can see a direct correlation between my mood and the weather. I don't feel like doing anything! I wanted to get the house organized. Ha!
When the weather does return to "normal" it is going to be hot hot hot again. We wouldn't want you to suffer alone, Kathy :)
Michelle, did you come home with any pictures to share of your vacation? I'd love to see. An elevator picnic sounds fun :)
I guess I'm going to leave the computer and go make a cup of coffee. I've got a bit of a sore throat this morning and I'm hoping a hot liquid will soothe it. Have a good day, folks!
Good morning all,
What a busy time here in the last 24! Wow, many, many thanks for all the beautiful birthday greetings.
Bug, love the pic of your lovely daughter. ~ So sorry to hear about your brother.
Cindy, huge congratulations to you and family for your lovley new granddaughter! Fabulous!
Kathy, bummer about the heat. Hope your gardens aren't suffering too badly. If the plants haven't been dealing with that kind of heat it can really toast things in no time. ~~ So happy for your DD's new job and glad to hear it's going well.
Saucy, The rain the last several days has left me with a feeling of inertia. It's been so long that I've had to water, water, water every day that the respite from that task is leaving me feeling like a lump in my easy chair. I'm getting that urge to do something about major fall cleaning though. Must be the day length. Seems I get a desire to clean in February then again in September. I started washing windows last week. LOL Must be why it's finally raining.
Michelle, nope, Kahty's message is in regular letters. That's really strange. ~~ Did you say 8' tall ragweed???? Holy moly!
So I always remember V's birthday because its the day after mine.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY V!
Have a great day everyone!
Happy birthday, V!
(I have to laugh posting this little guy after Deanne's. Stunning photo, Deanne! I won't even say how many tries it took me just to get this, and he's even sitting still!)
Happy Birthday, V!
Is there no end to this madness? more kids? what's the world coming to? it's gone mad, I tellya!
(OK, so some good wishes are in order, Cindy... but did you have to get that damn puppy, too?).
Happy, happy birthday, V!
From Drop Box
Congratulations, Grandma Cindy! Beautiful, beautiful girls!
'bug, Sarah looks luminous in that picture. Also, sending good energy your brother's way. Maybe the weeding could become a therapeutic exercise???
Chelone, you really do make me laugh. Hope the wireless is working and the awfice isn't too bad.
Saucy, hope the sore throat faded away. If not, lemon, honey, and bourbon might work. Of course, you could skip the first two ingredients and just go to the third and that will work, too! lol.
Kathy, sorry about the heat. We finally have a break in that this week. Ground here is still way dry, though.
Deanne, I never tire of your spectacular photography. That hummer is wonderful.
Denise, too funny-I like your bird photo, too!
Back to school next week. The in-service last week was just a one day thing. Hoping to win the lottery before Monday. Unlikely since I doubt I will actually stop to buy a ticket! heehee. It sure is going to be hard to go to work all day when DH gets to stay home. Oh well. It will be good to see all my kiddoes in two weeks.
Gotta run! Waving...
Happy Birthday V!
Happy Birthday V !!!
From Idyllunion 7
My new desk has arrived at the office. It looks huge and bare, especially compared to my rather cluttered current desk. We started interviewing today so I will need to move soon. 27 years of accumulation in the current desk. It may be just like moving to a new house and lots will get pitched. I was quite giddy when I saw all the drawers had the full extension glides and are self-closing. I think the two young cabinet builders that built and installed it thought I was a bit off.
I actually mixed up some concrete tonight and cast a large castor bean leaf. Of course you never mix up the right amount so there was enough left for a alocasia 'Coffee Cups' leaf and then with still more left I dug a mold out of the basement of a butterfly stepping stone. I've never used it, but I figured Kenzie would love it for her garden. There was the perfect amount of cement to fill the mold.
It was a beautiful day today and the evening was practically cool.
Deanne, I am once again absolutely amazed at your photography skills.
Saucy, I don't believe I've ever seen a porcupine. I don't imagine that they have a lot of enemies, somewhat like a skunk. Your lavender picture reminds me of a recipe that I heard on TV last night for lavender cranberry lemonade. I thought it sounded so good. One of my lavenders is blooming I may have to try it.
I just pulled two trays of oven dried roma tomatoes from the oven. I had sprinkled them with a rosemary garlic seasoning, so the house smells divine. I think I'll have a couple with some fresh parmesan cheese on top. I made roasted beets for dinner after 'bug gave me the idea. They were delicious as well.
Theres nothing like a late summer 3-day heatwave to spur one on to sharpen the pruners and stage the yard waste bins. My poor plants were not hardened off for 100 degrees , thus there will be a major dead-head and Âsummer dormantÂ pruning going on here this weekend. Not to mention the grocery store-the meals have been pretty unimpressive since my return from Oregon. I didnÂt add my usual ÂrecuperationÂ day to the trip , so the larder is bare.
Michelle, I always feel so inadequate when I read about all the stuff you do after the awfice ! I try to get home between 4:30 and 5 but always feel too burnt out to do anything of substance . I try to do one small chore at least every day Â today I swept the floor and paid bills.
All for now, almost bedtime !
Kathy - you took the words out of my mouth -- I'm always amazed at all the things folks here do after work -- like they take on a whole new energetic field.... Stella's lucky to get my attention for a couple hours and that's it...
I'm kind of drooling tho at the sound of those oven tomatoes, Michelle -- Yum - I bet they'd be good breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Kathy - congrats on the good employments news for your chicks -- it's great when things start to work out for them isnt it? Especially in this terrible economy -- so many folks still looking and scrounging for opportunities. I hope it is continued good fortune for them.
Hey - wow - a Chelone sighting -- those nasty little urchins will bring her out, LOL. I'll try to keep the drool to a minimum, but not sure I can guarantee that re the hated dogs...
Puppies are such amusement (and exasperation too, I'd forgotten that part).... It took me an hour last nite to assemble a new pet gate for the kitchen door opening -- and it took Stella exactly 2 minutes to figure out how to walk thru one of the areas ( apparently a 2.5 inch opening is just enuf for a 3 lb to squeeze thru, despite assurances it wouldn't happen)... so much for that gate! Now I have to disassemble and return and go in search of another one, darn it..... in the meantime, the walker today will find 2 gates up - back to back -- as I didnt have time to take the new one down and had to ensure she wouldnt be mosing about the place in my absence....
The heat is returning here, altho only upper 80s... I had to drag the hose out tho and Stella had fun jumping and chasing the sprinkles and spray.
Think I'll close this puppy out.. pretty sure everyone except Michelle the Night Owl has retired for the evening ..new Idyll coming up !