Friday, June 26, 2015

BACKYARD GARDEN TOUR

 
With the dryer than normal weather we are experiencing I am finding it hard to keep up with the watering and such.  Hopefully all the plants and flowers will thrive.
 
Here are a few pictures of what is blooming right now in my back yard.
 
 
 
 
The grass is already turning brown which usually doesn't happen until July.  We can't afford to water our lawns because our water rates are ridiculously high.  Here we live in the Pacific Northwest where we have tons of rain and numerous rivers and lakes but our water isn't affordable.
 
 
This is one of the few daylilies that I have kept in my garden bed.  They can be quite aggressive and tend to take over so I have to really keep this one in check.
 
 
Not sure if this is a salvia or maybe a member of the lavender family but I sure like the color of it.
 
 
 
I have yet to find something I like to plant on this trellis so it will just have to hold it's own for now.
 
 
 
The tomatoes are quite agreeable to the hot temperatures.  
 
 
And that's what's happening in my back yard for June.  I am looking forward to July and August to see how these all fill in and take off.
 The watering can started leaking around the bottom so I cut out some vinyl and stuck it on to spruce it up a bit.  I think I will keep it even though it is useless.

Friday, June 19, 2015

GRANDchildren

SILLY, GOOFY, FABULOUS AND PERFECT JUST THE WAY THEY ARE.
 
 Looking back through some pictures in my Picasa files some of the cutest kids ever just seemed to jump out at me.  These kids are the light of my life but seem to be growing up way too fast.  A magic potion needs to be invented that would freeze these kids right now.
 
 
 

 

 
 
 
 

 

 
 
 
I COULDN'T ASK FOR MORE, THEY ARE MY WORLD.

Saturday, June 13, 2015

QUALITY FAMILY TIME

We spent a few days with our daughter Natasha and her family in Spokane.
 
 

 
Hubby Jim with Paige and Lucy.  These two dogs LOVE to play together and fetch a ball.  Actually Lucy fetches while Paige races her to see who gets to the ball first.  It's a given that Lucy get the ball.
 
 Matthew loves to play cards and games as much as I do so we were often found playing highly competitive games of  Rummy.
 
 
 
 
 
Grandpa Jim and Spencer spent quite a bit of time throwing a baseball and riding bikes.
 
 

 
 

Next we were off to Nampa, Idaho to spend a few days with Maria and her family.
 
 We got to hang out with this cute boy, what a ham he is.
 
 
 
 This is one of their dogs, Soley.  She is getting to be an old timer at 13 years old.
 
 
 
 Skipper is their other fur baby.  He is quite the sweet little guy, always happy to see us come.
 
 
 I thought this picture was funny, Landon is holding the binoculars upside down.
 
 
 
 
Granddaughter Addison took quite a few pictures trying to get a good shot of this butterfly.  It joined our little gathering in the front yard flying around for about 20 minutes.
 
 
 
Logan (top left), Addison and Landon (top right), Addison (bottom left) and the cute little creek we stopped at to have dinner of Dutch oven potatoes and bacon along with some hotdogs for the kids.
 
We took a drive up into the Ohywee (sp.?) mountains of southwestern Idaho.  Although it was a dusty and bumpy ride we did make it to a tiny little town (that is putting it mildly) called Silver City.  It looks like a town from the 1800's.  I kick myself for not taking pictures of the old buildings.
 
I did get this picture from up high in the mountains looking north east in southern Idaho.  This picture just doesn't do justice to the view from where we were.
 
 
Of course what is a little getaway without some excitement?  In Spokane we had a doozy of a thunder and lightening storm with advisories for flash floods.  Once we got to Idaho we had to deal with a couple of wildfires.  I am afraid this year is going to be remembered for all of the wildfires here in the west.
 
 This particular fire was about 12-15 miles from our daughter's house.  We drove to see it, luckily it was across the Snake River.  The smoke was awful and you could really feel the heat from the fire, such an eerie feeling.  This fire started on Saturday, June 6th but was put out by the next day, thank goodness.
 
 
 
 
This was the second fire we witnessed in the five days we were there.  It was about 10 miles away and across the Snake River also. 
 


 
Beautiful farmland surrounds the area Maria lives in, it would be a shame if the fires were to reach them. 
 

 
Our final night was spent at the Cheesecake Factory for dinner.  These three put together couldn't even finish one slice of Oreo Cookie cheesecake, it was SO rich.
 
 
 

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

MOTHER NATURE IS SHOWING OFF

 

Nothing man makes can compare to what Mother Nature produces.

 
I wouldn't necessarily put these colors in combination with one another but when nature does it is stunning.  This is a Mother's Day hanging basket from my son Ryan.
 
 
 
 
This is a hanging basket of purple bucopa.  The camera lens cannot do it justice, the flowers are so pretty and dainty.
 
 
This is a double petunia I planted in a hanging basket, I can't wait for it to fill out.  
 
 
For the second year now my Iris's have done an outstanding job of blooming and showing off.  Again, I wish the camera could capture the beautiful colors.
 
 
Impatiens are always a favorite of mine.  These sweet plants bloom all summer.
 
 
 
Geraniums, white lobelia and sweet potato vine make great container friends.
 
 
 
I have posted about this hardy geranium before (it is a perennial).  This is one that puts on quite the show each year.  I have divided it several times, re-planted it in other beds and even given starts away.  The bees are in love with it.
 
 
Here is a bee enjoying one of the blossoms.
 
 
It seems like the older I get the more I love to plant flowers and watch the wonders of what Mother Nature puts forth.  We are so blessed by the beauty all around us.

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

WHAT'S YOUR OPINION ABOUT THE NEW GREY HAIR TREND?

Have you noticed the new Hollywood trend of young women having their hair dyed grey on purpose?
I, for one am not a big fan of most of the colors they are sporting these days.  For instance these young women in the first three photo's seem out of place.  Images of outstanding beauty with young flawless skin seem to be overshadowed by their hair color.
 
 
 
 
 
In this next photo we have a more mature woman who is beautiful in a more seasoned and experienced way and handles the softness of the grey hair much more confidently.
 
And of course we can't forget  how distinguished greying men can be.  Oh George, you wear it well.
 
 
Look at these lovely mature women, don't they exude confidence and class with a little bit of sass?
 
 
We have Jamie Lee Curtis to thank for giving older, uh hum, more mature women inspiration to be beautiful and graceful while going with what nature gave her.  She rocks that cut and color.
 
Is this woman gorgeous or what?  Look at that beautiful hair!  We should all be so lucky.

 
So I guess this brings me to my point.  I have decided to stop coloring my hair, which I have been coloring for decades, and see what nature has in store for me.  I will admit that about 10 years ago I let my hair go natural grey...I HATED IT!  Now that I am fifty-seven I think I will give it a go again.  Once it gets grown out I will do another post and show some before and after pictures.