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Hello everyone and HAPPY SPRING!!

It’s been a wonderful spring in our family.  We were all reunited with a grandgirl we hadn’t seen for four years!  She’s now 10-years-old and just as precious as ever.  It was a blessing to have 10 of the 11 grandchildren together just before Easter.  We hope to see much more of her this year.

Our yard has been alive with flowers and trees.  Although, not nearly as many tulips as we used to have (see this page’s top photo).  They just seem to have disappeared.  The daffodils were plentiful and beautiful.  And the lilacs! Oh the amazing lilacs!  (I hope Heaven smells like that.)  I’m even adding a few new bird feeders.  Later this spring or summer I’ll tell you about my birdbath project.

If you recall, last year my husband built a brand new raised garden.  This is probably the biggest project we’ve ever undertaken.  Also, a huge blessing to our family.

This year we are adding to the garden space and putting up a new fence.  And when I say “we” I, of course, mean “my husband”.

Planted so far in our raised garden are (in no particular order and some plants/some seeds): lettuce, green beans, carrots, cherry tomatoes, snap peas, jalapenos, kale, arugula, onions, cucumbers…gosh I must be forgetting something.  Yet to be planted are: tomatoes, asparagus (which we will hopefully harvest next spring), spinach, Brussels sprouts, and all the herbs.  I’m also planting peanuts in two large containers and strawberries in a great salvage yard find which you’ll see in the pictures below.  I know it’s late for the strawberries, but we have the plants and should get a nice crop next spring for sure.

So, are you planting anything this spring?  Do you have raised beds or containers?  Or a good old fashioned garden patch right in the ground?   I urge you to plant SOMETHING this year!  Even if just one tomato plant in a container.  Be sure to give it something to vine on.  You won’t regret it!  PLEASE share your gardening stories and photos with us on my FACEBOOK PAGE!

HAPPY GARDENING!

 

Our beautiful spring tree.  It seemed to be much fuller and lush than usual.

Our beautiful spring tree. It seemed to be much fuller and lush than usual.

 

The lilac!  This is a very old bush that faltered for a while.  But the last few years it's been glorious!

The lilac! This is a very old bush that faltered for a while. But the last few years it’s been glorious! Yes, the little dog is cute. You want him? No, seriously.

 

I hope Heaven smells like this...

I hope Heaven smells like this…

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We get our plants and seeds at a local Heirloom market.  I encourage you to search for heirloom seeds and plants in your area.  No GMO!

We get our plants and seeds at a local Heirloom market. I encourage you to search for heirloom seeds and plants in your area. No GMO!

 

 

One of our little helpers.  She did a great job digging the little holes and getting the plants in the dirt just right.  And, she's little enough that she can stand right in the garden to get it done.

One of our little helpers. She did a great job digging the little holes and getting the plants in the dirt just right. And, she’s little enough that she can stand right in the garden to get it done.

 

It won't be long and this lettuce will be much larger and on our plates!

It won’t be long and this lettuce will be much larger and on our plates!

 

We had a couple of onions reappear on their own this spring.  But had to plant new seeds.  My daughter talked me into buying kale this year.  Wish me luck.

We had a couple of onions reappear on their own this spring. But had to plant new seeds. My daughter talked me into buying kale this year. Wish me luck.

 

And THIS is our fun salvage yard find!  A large metal gutter-type contraption.  I'm told it's a chicken feeder.  It's going to sit there on our NEW FENCE and be home to our strawberry patch!

And THIS is our fun salvage yard find! A large metal gutter-type contraption. I’m told it’s a chicken feeder. It’s going to sit there on our NEW FENCE and be home to our strawberry patch!

 

We have this great space available now too!!  But for this year it will be hold a row of sunflowers and the containers of peanuts.  We'll mulch over it this year.  Plenty of other projects to keep us busy.

We have this great space available now too!! But for this year it will be hold a row of sunflowers and the containers of peanuts. We’ll mulch over it this year. Plenty of other projects to keep us busy.

 

Don’t forget to visit my Facebook page and let me know how your garden grows! 🙂

 

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Hello Everyone!

I haven’t written for a while.  But if you “like” my page on Facebook you’ll know I haven’t fallen off the face of the Earth.  I’ve just been either busy or too tired to commit to writing.

Today is the five-week mark following my total knee replacement surgery.  I’m doing pretty well!  I’ve returned to a few normal activities, but have a long way yet to go.

Last Saturday I worked for a few hours.  And plan to stop in the office briefly again tomorrow.  It’s nice to go on Saturdays though because I can get the most work done and am tempted less to chat with friends.

Then on Sunday I actually went to church!  It hadn’t been since before my surgery.  It was so nice to see everyone and just BE at church.  Then we went out to lunch.  Another big deal! On Monday we spent a nice chunk of a beautiful Labor Day afternoon on the deck of our favorite restaurant in town.  It’s right on the Mississippi River.  Perfect weather for a leisurely day.

Physical Therapy is going well.  It’s not fun, but there’s a little more progress every week.  I even ride the stationary bike for a while.  Nice and slow, but it’s a great exercise for the knee.

Today I have all to myself.  Hubby is working.  Daughter who visits a lot is working.  No PT.  I have been able to do some work from home and write to you while sitting on my back porch.  There’s been a sweet little hummingbird buzzing and chirping around.  It ate from both our feeders, sitting briefly at one.  And it ate from both the hanging flower plants bought especially for it.  I think I held my breath the whole time it visited! haha

As the end of summer approaches, I look forward to getting back into an even BETTER than normal life.  “Normal” to me wasn’t all that great.  But now, with both knees replaced, things should get better.  I’m looking forward to our favorite fall activities that include a trip north to view fall foliage.

GARDEN UPDATE

How did your gardens do this summer?  Did you plant in ground, raised beds, or in containers?  Share pictures with us on my Facebook page.  Ours has done very well.  We’re buried in cucumbers right now.  And the tomatoes are amazing!  Hubby replanted some green bean and snap pea seeds several weeks ago in hopes that we would get another harvest before it gets cold.  They are doing very well!  The green beans are stretching skyward with all their might and should be just as good as the early plants.  I am so glad I planted a few sunflower seeds too.  They’ve been beautiful!  And the bees have been constant as they fly in and out of the flowers all covered in the yellow pollen.  We’ve done our part for the local ecosystem.  🙂

Well, have a great end of the week everyone.  I hope you can all get out this weekend and enjoy one of the last weekends of summer.  Be sure and visit me on Facebook for other news and brief updates.  And let me know WHAT’S NEW with you!

(Did I mention that I’m on Facebook? haha)

Our view on Labor Day afternoon.  So nice to visit this local favorite again.  Perfect weather.

Our view on Labor Day afternoon. So nice to visit this local favorite again. Perfect weather.

Our Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle tomatoes!

Our Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle tomatoes!

Garden Candy.

Garden Candy.

I know, you've seen them before.  But ain't they beautiful?! :)

I know, you’ve seen them before. But ain’t they beautiful?! 🙂

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Hello everyone,  I have a few new followers, EXCITING!  Welcome to all!

The final countdown begins.  Two weeks from tomorrow I have (another) total knee replacement surgery.  My first was in April of 2012.  Every day I think “I don’t want to!  I don’t want to!”  But my knee reminds me each day in it’s own special way that I must go through with it.

I’ve done the MRI and X-rays, the pre-labs and pre-registration.  And today I scheduled my first week and a half of physical therapy (PT) appointments.  Dread.

And that’s all I have to say about that.  Except to request your prayers.

OTHER STUFF

Let’s see, what else is going on?  Yesterday was hubby’s 50th birthday.  Now we’re the same age again.  Shhh, don’t tell anyone!  I look so much younger than him.  Giggle! No gray hair here folks!  Ask my stylist.  🙂

Anyone on Twitter?  I follow Melissa Gilbert (of Little House on the Prairie fame).  She’s just like the rest of us on Twitter.  (@MelissaEGilbert by the way).  She’s humorous, shares pictures of her life and food as we all do. And passionate about the things she believes in.  Recently she began blogging and disclosed that she’s beginning the hormonal stages of menopause.  IT’S LIKE WE’RE TWINS! haha I highly recommend you follow her.

GARDEN UPDATE

The weather in Iowa is hot and humid.  Which means the garden is in heaven!  In a days time we’ll have ginormous zucchini where there was just a flower.  It’s hard to keep up with this time of year.  A little overwhelming for us.  But then we knew it would be.  Maybe we’ll set up a fresh produce stand in the front yard?

That’s really all I’ve got today.  Some random A.D.D. thoughts.  Thanks for stopping by!

Remember to find me on Facebook.

You've all seen it before... but it makes me laugh every time!  Have a great week.

You’ve all seen it before… but it makes me laugh every time! Have a great week.

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Hello everyone!

We have a couple of the grandgirls over this weekend while their mom works.    No big adventures planned, just time together at home.  The weather is perfect, the sky is blue.  They’ve had fun playing outside and even got in the little wading pool and splashed about for a while.  The four-year-old is watching a movie (grandma hopes she’ll fall asleep for a nap).  The old wise one (Eden who is almost 11 and I’ve written about many times) is out on the shady porch with her Kindle.  No harm in a little time alone like that. Good times just hanging out at home.  Here are a few things going on in my life…

GARDEN REPORT

The garden is overflowing!  Well, most of it is.  Some things never did grow.  And if they did, they didn’t grow fast and big enough to hold their own and were over taken by things like zucchini, tomatoes, potatoes, and the trilogy of broccoli, cauliflower and brussels sprouts. We’ve harvested small quantities of green beans and sugar snap peas this past week.  Today we ate a small amount of the peas with some delicious bean dip.  (RECIPE HERE AT AN OLD BLOG OF MINE)  Feels so healthy to eat fresh from the garden!

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Our first harvest of green beans. So delicious sauteed up with some prosciutto.

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Potatoes as far as the eye can see. Well, from this angle anyway! The little white butterflies danced over these flowers all morning today.

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Sugar Snap Peas! Get in my belly! 🙂

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Homemade bean dip with fresh herbs and those beautiful fresh-picked snap peas. Yummmmmm

A GENEROUS DONATION

This week the oldest grandgirl… Eden, you remember her.  Got a hair cut.  Big deal?  Well, it was.  She got exactly eight inches cut so that she could donate it.  I’m so proud of her.  We will send it to either Pantene’s Great Lengths or Alopecia as suggested by our hair stylist.  We’re told that the Locks of Love program charges for their hair.  Whereas the other programs give it for free.  As we have not yet researched, we can only take her word for it.

Before...

Before…

Last chance to change her mind...

Last chance to change her mind…

It's done!  See how the front of her hair was more blond? (top of the picture)  Bittersweet to see it go.

It’s done! See how the front of her hair was more blond? (top of the picture) Bittersweet to see it go.

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Ask her to “smile” and this is what you’ll get. haha

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That’s better. My beautiful girl. Love!

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She gave exactly eight inches to be donated.

AN AMAZING PHOTO COMPARISON

This photo shows my youngest daughter who is now 28-years-old.  She had to be four or five in the picture.  She is on the LEFT in the red outfit.  On the RIGHT is her daughter who is 2 3/4-years-old and was taken a few days ago!  I can’t stop looking at this remarkable comparison.

My daughter Rachel (28) on the left when she was four or five-years-old.  On the right is HER daughter who is 2 3/4-years-old.  Amazing!

My daughter Rachel (28) on the left when she was four or five-years-old. On the right is HER daughter who is 2 3/4-years-old. Amazing!

SURGERY UPDATE

The date is set for July 31st for me to have my second total knee replacement surgery.  My last one was done in April of 2012.  Still dreading it.  But it’s obvious that it must be done.  I’ve had my MRI and X-rays, the pre-lab work and pre-registration.  I have a “physical” on the 22nd with a doctor chosen by the surgeon.  Which is weird, but whatever.  🙂 Really counting down the days.  There’s SOOOOO MUCH TO DO before then!  Both at work and at home.  Stressful times.  Prayers appreciated.

HAVE A GREAT WEEKEND everyone!

And as always, remember to find me on Facebook and share your garden pictures there.

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As some of you know, I had a total knee replacement last April.  You can read a little about that HERE.

I’m afraid it’s now time to replace the right knee.  July 24th is the big day.  Which means that the pre-op appointments are already being scheduled.  There will be several; most of them out of town.

I’m dreading the surgery and recovery.  My last experience was pretty awful.

This time, I hope to blog my way through it.  No idea how that will work out.  If I disappear you’ll know why.

For those of you who are so inclined, I would appreciate your prayers now as I begin the process and work through my anxiety.  And prayers for my husband as he works so hard to take care of me.

GARDEN UPDATE

Our garden is doing very well!  We have had a ton of rain in our area and that helps.  Although, my cherry tomatoes seemed to have been eaten.  The little sprouts I started from seed are disappearing one by one.  None of the other plants, just those little tomatoes.  So, I will plant new seeds and hope they grow big and strong.  I also need to replant a few of the sugar snap pea seeds as they didn’t all grow.  We have taters!  A lot of tater plants that are loving this rain.  I was going to take a picture to share with you while home for lunch today…but IT’S RAINING!

Have you got a garden growing?  In the ground, raised or in containers?  Share your pictures with us on my Facebook!

Have a great week everyone.

Good gardening tip! ;)

Good gardening tip! 😉

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Hello!

Today we finally had a load of dirt delivered for the garden.  I can finally start planting!  That is, if my knee will let me.  But that’s a subject for another day’s blog.

I thought I’d share some pictures from the last week.  Thanks for stopping by!

AND… don’t forget to visit me on Facebook and share your garden pictures!  No matter how small the garden, share.

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It’s official! Once the dirt gets moved into the garden (poor hubby) we plant!

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That’s a lotta’ dirt!

SCENES FROM MOTHER’S DAY…

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Flowers from Genevieve. 🙂

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Grandkids exploring the garden again. Hopefully, they’ll find tending the garden as much fun!

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Mother’s Day cupcake frosting fun.

GARDEN…

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You can see the green fencing. One the back and the side. It will come in very handy for vining plants!

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The old dog. He’s almost all blind now and has a perimeter path around the yard. This project has really disrupted his yard and routine. He gets in the garden and seems stuck for a time. Poor old dog.

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The herbs are doing well. I will eventually move some of them out by the garden for full sun.

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Chives already wanting to flower!

WHO DOESN’T LOVE LILACS?!

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Inhale deeeeply!

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Perfect color combo

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A little slice of Heaven at work!

A little slice of Heaven at work!

THANKS AGAIN for stopping by.  Do visit me on Facebook too.  

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Hello everyone!

What a great weekend we had.  Perfect spring weather in the Midwest, USA.  We (and by “we” I mean my husband) have been constructing a rather large raised garden for the last few weeks.  This past weekend we got it almost finished.  It’s amazing.  I’m so proud of my husband.  I showed him some pictures and ideas I found on Pinterest, he then made a couple of simple plan drawings and was unstoppable.  He’s made plenty of trips to Home Depot, but has never once had to stop and go over those drawings again.  I’d have to have a step-by-step plan to accomplish this! (Photos below)

We’ll be planting a large variety of veggies.  Then we will enlist the help of our children and grandchildren to maintain and harvest.  This is going to be a family project throughout the summer and fall.  Our children and grandchildren will benefit from the work and produce.  Can’t get any better than that!  The kids have already had a great time helping grandpa with construction.

YOUR TURN:  Who else is gardening this year?  Do you have a raised garden, in ground, or in pots?  No matter what the size of your garden, please tell us about it.  Share your pictures on my Facebook page!

Grandkids on groundbreaking day. They really did help. Carried lumber and moved dirt to fill other dog-made holes (their idea!) Plenty of dirt digging and worm finding that day.

Grandkids on groundbreaking day. They really did help. Carried lumber and moved dirt to fill other dog-made holes (their idea!) Plenty of dirt digging and worm finding that day.

Herbs!  I've planted a big pot of basil (my fave), Cilantro, Parsley, Rosemary and chives is a  perennial.  I'll be adding to the chives this year and also planting thyme.  The pots will be placed in various locations around the yard.

Herbs! I’ve planted a big pot of basil (my fave), Cilantro, Parsley, Rosemary and chives is a perennial. I’ll be adding to the chives this year and also planting thyme. The pots will be placed in various locations around the yard. (This was planting day, they look must better now)

Hubby found this buried in the yard the day he was tilling!  On the bottom it says "Mentholatum Reg. Trade Mark".  An exciting little treasure!

Hubby found this buried in the yard the day he was tilling! On the bottom it says “Mentholatum Reg. Trade Mark”. An exciting little treasure!

Grandgirls chillin'.  They walking around inside, on top of, and climbed over this structure all weekend!  I told the oldest she looked like Dorothy (Wizard of Oz) walking around the pigpen.

Grandgirls chillin’. They walking around inside, on top of, and climbed over this structure all weekend! I told the oldest she looked like Dorothy (Wizard of Oz) walking around the pigpen.

Under construction

Under construction

End of the weekend's work.  How amazing is this?!  Green fence along the back for vining veggies.

End of the weekend’s work. How amazing is this?! Green fence along the back for vining veggies.

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Almost done. I planted sunflower seeds alone the edge too. Even excited about those. Another exciting addition to the yard this year will be privacy fencing! No more hoarder’s yard in view! heehee 🙂

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