Friday, May 28, 2010

Signs of Summer

About a month ago, I made 6 flower pots to put on my back patio and around the pool. Here they are when I planted them.

I am so happy they have really taken off and grown. A few of the flowers died and I will probably replace them if they have left bare spots. But I am thrilled they are still alive and looking good.

Oops, there are some dead marigolds I need to pull up and replace. I can't decide if they are getting too much water or not enough. Any suggestions?

Unfortunately, the azaleas are bloomed out. They went from this . . .

to this . . .

All a part of the life cycle.

Edited to Add:  I had this post in "drafts" waiting to be published for about a week. I forgot all about it. Since then my flowers have taken off and are even prettier.

I love summer!

Take care and God Bless.

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Wisdom teeth and Cruises

Kids are so resilient. Their wisdom teeth surgery went fine. Kelsey is back to work today. She has all 4 taken out so she is still pretty sore. Craig only had 2 taken out and he bounced right back and didn't even sleep all day on Monday.

I just realized our cruise is in less than 3 weeks away. Does anyone have any suggestions on what to pack or NOT to pack.

I'm getting excited.

Take care and God Bless!

Sunday, May 16, 2010

Happy Monday!

Happy Monday!!!!  Thirteen more school days for me. My college kids are already out for the summer. 

But . . .

Both of my children are having their wisdom teeth taken out today. My son has his last 2 coming out and my daughter all 4. I pray that they heal quickly and have to endure very little pain.

We took the cover off of the pool this weekend. Yuck!!!!!

We put the pool in 4 years ago but this was the first winter we covered it. Usually, we just let it uncovered and run the filter when the temps are below 32 degrees. But then we have to also add chemicals as needed to keep it clear. We thought we would save electricity and chemical costs if we covered it.

I really thought that the water would be clear and algae would be on the bottom and easy to vacuum up. That is what a lot of people tell me theirs looks like when they uncover.

Not us. . .

Ours looked like nasty, green pond water. Our pool cover is made of a mesh material that lets water run through it. We had a lot of rain and snow all winter and then lots of pollen that apparently went through the top with the rain. So we dumped a ton of pool shock in it and Larry will take a water sample in tomorrow to see what else we need to do to get it ready for swimming. It will probably be too cold for a few more weeks anyway.

This picture was actually about 3 hours after we added shock. So, it doesn't look near as bad as it did.

Take Care and God Bless!

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Thankful Thursday

Rhodi at Rose Colored Glasses posts what she is Thankful for each Thursday. It's been awhile since I have participated.

I am thankful for Larry, my husband.

My children, Kelsey and Craig. Congratulations Craig.

And beautiful views like this.

Take Care and God Bless!

Monday, May 10, 2010

Late Greetings!

I hope everyone had a Blessed Happy Mother's Day with their families.

I am the only lucky person in my immediate family that did not have to work. Larry is currently doing a 48 hour shift, Craig worked the 10:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. shift and Kelsey worked the 6 a.m. to 11 a.m. shift.

So, Kelsey was able to enjoy hamburgers at my mom's with most of my brothers and sisters (9 of us in all) and their families.  After eating we sat down to wild and fun game of chicken foot. Lots of laughter, accusing each other of cheating, and switching of players. As one player gets tired, there is usually someone new stopping by the house and they take over.

So, a little late greeting for all of you mothers.

Happy Mother's Day.

We all secretly know it is Mother's Day everyday. Sometimes our families forget though. lol

Take Care and God Bless!

Saturday, May 8, 2010

It's Graduation Time

Today is such a special day for us. My son, Craig, is graduating from college with a Graphics Design major. Have any of you noticed that most 4 year degrees now take 4 1/2 or 5 years to complete. I assume that soon a normal college degree will take 5 years. If Craig wouldn't have attended summer school and taken 12 hours between his freshman and sophomore year, he would not be graduating now. He has also taken at least 15 hours each semester.

Craig, I just wanted to let you know how proud of you we are.

Larry snapped this picture at Craig's Portfolio review. He is showing off some of his work.

You can see his web page pulled up on his computer.

Larry said he did a great job. Unfortunately, only a couple of the area businesses attended so only 1 or 2 jobs were offered. I think it is just a sign of our economic times.

Craig is interested in doing freelance work. I hope this summer some will come along.

I love you Craig and I am so proud of you.

Take Care and God Bless!

Monday, May 3, 2010

A Great Slightly Rainy Weekend

We had a very nice camping trip even though it rained and stormed Friday evening. I arrived there at about 4 p.m. and was able to get my things out of my vehicle and into the 5th wheel before the rain began about 5 p.m.

This is our 5th wheel. We really do not rough it. My morning ritual for camping is to get up, make a pot of coffee, and walk around the camp ground drinking my morning coffee. It is so relaxing. So this is what I did on Saturday morning. I made it around one of the loops and stopped back at the rv to get my second cup. Stopped outside the camp next to ours to chat with a man about the weather.  He asked if I thought we would get more rain. I told him I was optimistic and that we were not going to get all of the rain on Saturday that we were supposed to. I got about 100 yards down the road and it started pouring. No sprinkling, no warning, just a downpour.  So I hurried back to the rv to change into dry clothes.

Then I realized that I had dropped my phone out of my pocket. So, I got a huge umbrella out and retraced my steps. Sure enough, there was my phone lying on the side of the road about where I was walking when the downpour occurred. The man next door was chuckling when he saw me looking like a drowned rat.

The grass was pretty high which usually irritates me. But, this time there were pretty wild flowers growing.

Going to walk. More photos later.

Take care and God Bless!
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