May 29, 2009
May 28, 2009
To my surprise, he
He kept going down the street to the
His first words after being safely
back in our driveway were,
"I can't believe some kids don't
know how to ride a bike.
It's easy peasy."
He went from not being able to ride a bike to riding it like he'd been doing it for a long time, all in the blink of an eye. I was thrilled for him but there was a part of me that felt like he was riding right out of my life. I'm 100% in favor helmets, just ask my son and dil, but on this particular day, he took off quickly and I didn't want to call out to him for fear of distracting him and causing a fall.
I love this boy!
May 27, 2009
May 26, 2009
May 24, 2009
My honey husband fell asleep almost immediately but I was curious about the stories I might find if I walked around visiting grave markers and I wasn't disappointed.
Many of the grave markers from the 1800's gave the age at time of death in years, months and days.
I couldn't help but wonder about the headstones that were damaged. How long had they been that way, how did it happen and why didn't anyone try to put them back together?
It would be nice if when the time comes, a peony would grow on my grave or even a sprig of dandelions like in this photo.
Kyle Steven Goodearle most likely would be graduating from high school this year had he lived. Oh, how his family must have grieved and their hearts probably still hurt. He was born on my birthday, April 18.
Robert F. Flanagan received a Purple Heart for being wounded while serving in the U.S. military during World War II. Someone who respects our Veterans still sees to it that an American flag flys at his gravestone.
Seth H. Weed died in the Battle of the Wilderness in 1864. I was still thinking about this when we got home. The date told me the American Civil War but I wondered about this particular Battle. Wikipedia says it was fought May 5-7, 1864 in Spotsylvania County and Orange County, Virginia. The Nation was reunited in 1865 but not before 620,000 American died in the war with disease killing twice as many as those lost in battle.
May 22, 2009
Apple orchards all around us are in bloom and that means in a few months my favorite apple will be available....Honeycrisp. We're able to buy these locally grown apples until the first of December. This photo was taken at an apple orchard owned by the Oneida Tribe of Indians and it's not far from our house.
Last weekend we traveled to Wisconsin Dells with the Corvettes of the Bay. We had a caravan of 40 Corvettes and drove the country rodes all the way there, making our way through two places I'd never been before; Kettle Moraine State Forest and Horican Marsh.
May 20, 2009
After all these years of gardening, you'd think I would remember that when the month of May arrives I spend more time outside working in the yard than inside on the computer. I haven't been reading my favorite blogs (or new blogs) and Mamma Mia Days hasn't had a new post since last Friday. Hope to change this, starting this evening.
Usually, I only use Nemesia as a filler in containers but this year I put some in a pot without any other plants. The tag calls it Berries & Cream Sachet and I think that name fits it perfectly.
One of the things I did last week was take my parents to Pansies Country Store & Gardens, where we bought some tomato plants. Although Pansies has been in that location for almost as many years as I am old, it wasn't until that day that my Dad told me that when he was a young man, he did some of the masonry work on the building.
Hardly anything makes my Dad happier than growing a tasty tomato. He already has four plants in the ground. He digs the holes and my Mother gets down on her knees and plants them. She's the younger of the two, only 80 years old. Here he is checking out the tomato plants at Pansies.
This afternoon I planted three very large gem-colored containers for my daughter-in-love. It's almost more fun to work in their yard than my own. Maybe it's because I choose the plants and do the planting and they pay for everything! In no particular order, this is what went in the pretty pots. Among their requirements; plants that can take a lot of sun and don't drop flowers petals all over the place and need little or no deadheading.
May 15, 2009
Single Trillium Flower
Mayapples & Snow On The Mountain
Ferns Making An Appearance
Fern Leaf Peony
May 14, 2009
May 12, 2009
The Oriole feeder has been out for a few days and this morning we had the pleasure of a visitor looking for a sweet treat. The picture was taken through the window, so it won't be winning any prize in a photography contest. I'm not pleased with this feeder, bought it last fall on a clearance table at Mill's Fleet Farm. Maybe I can find a nicer one at the Green Bay Botanical Garden's 25th Annual Garden Fair coming up in early June. There will be over 100 vendors selling plants, garden art, landscape ideas, garden demonstrations & presentations, music and food.
This is the new birth bath I bought at Stein Garden & Gifts for $19.99. It's been out there for a couple of days and no birds, so far. Maybe they don't like cheap garden tubs.
Saw this pretty yellow Hibiscus at the coffeehouse and couldn't resist taking its picture. I've never owned a Hibiscus and so to be sure about its identity, I did a google search. Found out that Hawaii's State Flower is the yellow Hibiscus. Good choice!
May 11, 2009
The pretty purple "whatever they are" flowers
And so did these white flowers growing in the grass.
He might not be as tall as the other boys, but that doesn't mean he's going to let them take the soccer ball away. He's our little star!
After he left here on Sunday afternoon, I found his Teddy on Grandpa's chair and it made me wonder how much longer Teddy will be part of his life.