Thursday, May 23, 2013
Things are plugging along quite nicely in the gardens. The peas are ready to start climbing (I'm a bit late, actually) so I put in the tomato trellis. The beans are looking nice and bushy, and I saw tons of bitty basils starting to come up. :o) This garden was practically destroyed when we first planted it when the dogs went tearing through it. Doh!
Ah, but wait, they DO!
I hope to get in a harvest before they bolt. They're a slow bolt variety, so here's hoping!
Time to bring in some ladybugs to ward off the diners? Do I need some sort of organic insecticide? I don't want to put chemicals on my veggies, but I don't want them to be bug/slug food either. :oS
here!) And, keeping it real, if you embiggen this one, you can see all the bikes littering the yard. Toys too. Oy. We were given three bikes and already had four. It's insane. I have two bottoms who can ride seven bikes. Sheesh.
Oh, and the strawberries we started from seed are right there in the planter. This is year four for them. :o)
And, they're pretty. They really are. :o) The Bitsys are tiny and sweet and will bloom from now through October or November. I really can't complain. :o)
sticks two years ago to these healthy shrubs. :o)
Jess is going to watch the girls while B and I go away together--ALONE!!!!!--for the weekend. Hence the photo blitz today. I'm SO excited and can't wait to just have some time for the two of us. It's so important to reconnect with each other, and I know the girls will be thrilled to play with their cousins. I think Jess may have lost her mind since she'll have FIVE kids instead of her three, but she offered and I'm desperate to get away. ;o)
She's such a doll baby and a delight, but the thought of being able to sleep past 5:30 is rather alluring. :oP
Oh, and a quick recap of yesterday for personal records:
*go for walk/run and get really sweaty in the heat and humidity and look forward to a nice shower
*get phone call from school nurse just as I was opening the front door--seriously
*turn right around and go to school to pick up Lil for an orthodontia emergency (wire loose in the back)
(Did you notice I mentioned nothing about showering or changing or making myself even remotely presentable or cute?)
*try not to offend anyone with my sweaty and (surely!) stinky self and Lil says maybe I can just tell them I was working out since I have a bunch of sweat on my shirt "under your ninnies and armpits". Awesome.
*Lil's wire is repaired and our delightful neighbor (who works in Dr. W's office) told us to just call her next time and she'd make a house call to make the repair--SWEET! Her number is now programmed in the phone
*home again to a message from Discover saying we had a fraud alert--lovely--call B to have him deal with it (I have no card, he does)
*FINALLY get a chance to change and am just getting there when I get a phone call from B. The phone upstairs is without battery so I go tearing downstairs wearing nothing but my skivvies (thinking I never run through the house half nekkid) and skid into the kitchen in time to answer the phone and hear the doorbell ring. O.M.G. I think I streaked the UPS guy.
*B resolved the fraud issue (it was indeed compromised to the tune of $1600 in charges to Kohl's and $400 to Blizzard entertainment :sigh:) and I am almost recovered from flashing the UPS man...almost. I may never be able to look him in the eye ever again. *blushes*
Tuesday, May 21, 2013
Yes, I live in an area that has experienced small tornadoes, and yes, we do get hurricanes, but my goodness that was one destructive tornado. It took mere moments for it to wreak it's havoc, it takes hurricanes hours.
I'm looking at all the different ways I can help because I feel the need to do something. Something beyond praying.
For now, I'm looking around at all I have and at my girls, and am grateful. I'm blessed.
1. Ellie's creativity:
2. They're back:
3. My Carefree Peach daylily put forth it's first bloom today! :o)
4. Ellie and I picked up dahlias (for cheap!) at TJ's and will get them in the ground this afternoon.
5. It's been sunny today. Granted, it's been humid as all get out as well (which does tremendous things to my hair...) but the sun is back. We've had clouds and rain since Saturday.
Sunday, May 19, 2013
I was remembering how energized I was after our marriage retreat in January and went back through the binder Thursday evening as a sort of refresher for myself. I knew I was starting to slip back into old habits and didn't want to continue down that path.
So, Friday evening, we went to dinner at Plaza (YUM!) and then forwent our typical date of an evening spent at B&N or Lowe's (we are so romantic), and headed to CW to walk there instead. I know so many people go to movies for dates, but I've always said my time alone with Brien is precious and we get it so infrequently I don't want to spend it sitting in a darkened room where we can't talk or interact.
Instead, we walked and we talked and we explored. I was telling my friend Terri the other evening I was really lucky I had married my best friend. Even more, I can't imagine B and I will ever run out of things to talk about. Ever. We find the world endlessly fascinating and love hearing the other person's ideas.
(As an aside, can you imagine how delightful to live in that little white house with that little white picket fence and look out over this garden?? Okay, sure, except for that whole people-are-continually-walking-through-my-yard thing...if you spend that much time on your gardens, you want folks to come and enjoy them.)
FYB with photos of all that's in bloom right now.
Shortly after I snapped this, we came to a cross street where a CW security vehicle was approaching with lights on and sounding its siren in bursts. As we were about to cross that street, B and I stopped instead, moving out of the way. Suddenly, the officer steps from the vehicle (while it's still rolling--having failed to put it in park O.o!) and announces to us, "I have something that belongs to you!"
We were so confused. I had my phone. Brien had his phone and the car keys. What could the man possible have?
Putting the car in park (yes, finally), he rounded the front of the vehicle (it looked as if he were walking towards us, our faces reflecting our confusion) and headed for the rear passenger door. At this point I'm wondering how in the world he has our children. Yes, that was all I could conclude he had, when out popped an elderly woman.
Our faces were really reflecting our confusion at this point, as this man continues to look at us and the woman starts hobbling our way!
Then, we realize, she's heading for the folks who were behind us as they begin to tease her about being lazy and getting a ride with the cops instead of walking with them. Oops!! :oP
We cruised back on around the backside down Nicholson and then across the Palace Green and back to Merchants' Square where B informed me it couldn't be considered a "true" date unless we had been in a bookstore. So, we went into B&N (I think it was just an excuse for us to ride the escalators--we really are just big kids after all), read a couple of Pigeon books and then drove home, stopping along the way for a cherry Slurpee. Because, you know, it was necessary. :oP
It was a beautiful night and I thoroughly enjoyed spending time strolling along, holding hands and simply talking about nothing in particular.
2. S/he's baaaaaack:
3. Ellie managed to stay dry all morning yesterday. Brien had to go out and run an errand and the girls insisted they needed to go with him (ha!) and later, when he was putting Bean down for her nap he was changing her pull-up only to discover she had on underwear instead. !!! O.o!!! She made it dry the entire time.
4. Talking with my Aunt Hope today. I'm so terrible about talking on the phone to anyone, I really am. :sigh: But, she called and we had a lovely chat. It made me realize just how much I miss my family back home.
5. Lil's at a "Mad Science" birthday party this afternoon. So, really, this is sparkly 5a. She was invited by a little guy who isn't in her class this year but was last year and he wanted her to come. How sweet is that?
5b. Lil's at the party and I'm at home. Alone. Well, except for a sleeping Bean. And, while yes, it's true I have this during the week, the difference is, I have chores that have to be done. Today, I can just sit and veg and not feel a lick of guilt. She insisted her daddy needed to take her so he did.
6. I had a card recognized by the Paper Players this week. :o)