Thursday, May 29, 2008

A Snapshot of my flowers...

I think the clematis likes it's home. The pots of lilies on either side should be pretty showy this year, they came back twice as tall as last year! I think the purple wallflowers (in the foreground and opposite side of the front walkway) are going to have to be transplanted to somewhere else in the yard, they are too tall and hide the pond from view.

Monday, May 19, 2008

A prayer for our men and women in service of these United States of America

Lord, hold our troops in your loving hands.
Protect them as they protect us.
Bless them and their families for the selfless acts
they perform for us in our time of need.

Sunday, May 4, 2008

Can it be considered a Saturday chore when I've been looking forward to it for so long?

Finally! I was able to get to the wholesale nursery and shop for my hanging baskets! The day dawned early, cool and wet, rainy, rainy, rainy, but the radio station was promising sun breaks for later in the day.

After preparing the old van to play flower delivery vehicle, which included 1. emptying it's 'bound for the Goodwill' cargo of boxes and boxes of old household goods and bags and bags of clothes the kids have out-grown, and 2. jumpstarting the old battery; SonMySon (sleepily and grudgingly) in tow, we headed out to Pacific Growers.

I let him continue to sleep after arrival while I wandered through greenhouse after greenhouse to see all the different sizes and kinds of hanging baskets. My favorite are the ones with the large old fashioned purple petunias in them but I also enjoy a couple of mixed variety of baskets.

Here's a couple of shots from inside the nursery. The first shows all the hanging baskets above, with the flats of bedding plants below. The second shows the staging area where they pull the commercial orders awaiting the semi trucks to take them to market.

Any wonder I can lose hours and hours wandering thru the fragrances in the warm bright light?

I was tickled to find so many of the bedding plants that I've been waiting to arrive at the garden center of the local variety store (you know the one that boasts One Stop Shopping) originate here! I helped myself to a full flat each of purple double Petunias, mixed variety of Calendulas, sapphire blue trailing Lobelia, mixed old fashioned heavenly-fragranced Stock. Buying at the nursery brought the price down to $.25 a plant! I also got a variety of geraniums for the centers of my flower pots for only $2 ea, as opposed to $3.50!

As promised, by late afternoon the sun was shining and I scrubbed out my seven window box planters in preparation of this year's plants. I am out the door here pretty quickly to start planting....

The day ended on a perfect note. Family gathered around our small backyard fireplace. Soon the kids dispersed and DearHusband and I sat quietly watching the crackling fire, and listening to the soft sounds of Big Band Love Songs. Later, as the neighborhood settled in for the night, I could hear the surf of the bay just a block away, and the tree frogs calling to each other while I gazed at the stars up above. Heaven in a small backyard.

Saturday, May 3, 2008

"Can You Remember....?"

I was prompted to think about the first meal I cooked as a new bride by a website that I visit almost everyday, {edited to remove link and website and personal info per other blogwriter} comments on her daily life are qu herite often very funny and I enjoy the peek into everyday life of a busy family of 5 in the Midwest. My youngest child is the same age as her oldest and I enjoy her comments on their life as a prompt to remembering the happenings in my own life at that time. I also enjoy the regional contrasts to our way of life in the Pacific Northwest.
Engagement Portrait
24 years ago this month

I have been wracking my brain for a couple of days now, and I cannot remember the first meal I cooked as a new bride. I do remember, however, what we ate most! Turkey legs! I could get them (frozen) for $.29 Lb and cooked them in my pressure cooker with seasoning salt, onion, celery and sometimes carrots for the flavor. After deboning the meat, I served it in a variety of ways. The favorite way of my young bridegroom was in gravy over mashed potatoes. Sometimes we add a couple slices of bread and call it a Hot Turkey Sandwich.

Any one remember the old commercial where the husband sitting at the table would look at the bowl of mashed potatoes his wife was about to serve him from when he would remark, “Oh! Potatoes! How are you serving them tonight, Dear?” The next sound you heard was a resounding PLOP and cut to the product they were advertising. Not that I remember what it was, other than an change of pace from potatoes.

“How’d you fix them tonight, Dear?” became the running joke in our house.

Ah, the memories. Funny how I can still see my first pantry in our first apartment so clearly in my mind, all those years ago! Twenty fours years ago next month…how can it be that long ago? Isn’t it an oddity, to have it seem so very long ago in life and yet be so amazed at how quickly the time has gone?

Our first home on Rucker Avenue in Everett.

The livingroom as viewed from the front door.

The only bedroom,
as viewed from the hallway
coming off of kitchen.

The bedroom from beside the bed,
doorway to the right of dresser.

The tiny bathroom, at end of short hallway off of kitchen.

I apparently didn't take a picture of the diningroom. It was quite roomy as all we had in it was a circa 1950's dinette table, chrome edges and legs, formica top and 4 mis-matched chairs.