Friday, April 9, 2010

Flowers and Fish

Spring time...I love it! Meantime, in the house... I made this for a sweet young lady. I mean, I made it for her cats. Erin has two cats: Cricket and Bug. Do ya think the fabric is appropriate?

I keep telling Sam...I will never ever make another! At supper, he asked who I was talking to earlier. ??? I had not been on my phone. That I could remember. So, I pulled it out of my pocket and checked. Nope. No incoming or outgoing calls. I started laughing. What? He asked. I was cussing the fish!

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Laughter in the Air

What a glorious sound! I stepped out on the front porch to clip my fingernails. Broke one the other day and can't stand the jagged look of one shorter than the rest.

Our neighbors have a little boy...and enough toys in the front yard for a preschool nursery! They have a fenced in backyard so we haven't figured out why the front yard is the playground. But it's nunya...none of your (our) business.

They are outside with the child constantly. As were he and his mother this morning. I loved the laughter and the giggles and found a couple of weeds to pull, untangled a wind chime, just stood and smiled while enjoying the sound of the little boy at play.

My little boy is 26 years old...and not so little either. ;o)

Monday, April 5, 2010

Roadside Ramblings

Remember this photo? Here's what Sam did with the beefed up jack hammer...It took less than one day to bust up the concrete pad. A whole lot better time than if he'd gone at it with a sledge hammer!! When the rubble is gone, he intends to make a gentler slope. His brother wants the rubble to control some creekside erosion. So...

LOOK! I have two new things! A new hummingbird feeder and...a Japanese maple to replace the Mountain Laurel I had to remove. The laurel required sweet soil. Did you see the azaleas? Acidic soil. I would add lime to the soil around the laurel and an iron supplement for the acid around the azaleas. LOL And I truly thought it might work. Not!

Oh. Funny story time. We bought the maple at Lowes. I was on one side of the trees, Sam on the other. A man - customer - walked by me and said, Oh. Those are synthetic Japanese maples. Excuse me? Yes. Real Japanese maples that size are $500.

Well. It was the right color and in a price range I was willing to shell out. The label stated it was a Japanese maple. I said something to Sam. The man realized... Hey...she's with someone. So he buggied on off and even said something to Sam about the trees. I leaned over to Sam. "He doesn't know what he's talking about." ;o)

After I got home, I did a search on the variety of maple that I came home with. It is the original variety brought to the USA in the late 1780s and cultivated in a nursery on Long Island! LOL

More azaleas are blooming. One of the three bushes here hasn't burst open yet. Be sure to check out my hosta...The bluebonnets in the bed are about to explode. Can't wait until they bloom down by the road! Yippee!!

We made two more purchases at Lowes. Live oaks. They aren't synthetic either...the Latin name had Virginiana in it...True Southern live oaks. ;o) Hmmm...Can't see them very clear here. So here's a close-up.Another variety of daffodils blooming.On the way to Mama's for a visit, I had to pull over and inhale the heady scent of wisteria. It's gone WILD and crazy on both sides of the road through here. I would love to have a vine (and know where to get it too!) but I can't handle this out of control-ness. Indian Paintbrush.Not very good photos of dogwoods speckled throughout.

Then...there is THIS! Both sides of the railroad track. I live in an area of trashy TRASHY people... And a county without a landfill... That won't set up dumpsters for tax-paying county residents to dispose of garbage like T H I S!!! I deserve to be a Cranky Old Woman today!

Sunday, April 4, 2010

Happy Easter

What a beautiful day the Lord has made. It's been a little overcast and muggy, but still gorgeous!

Baby brother, Joey, you remember him don't you? I've promised myself not to refer to him by the Brat any more. I think I'm doing rather well...don't you? ;o) He sent this photo. It's a neighbor's dogwood in all its majestic glory! I don't know if it's the rain or the extended cold, but this year's dogwoods are really putting on a show.

Thanks Br...oops...THANKS JOEY! Love you!! ;o)