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can't you see the sunshine….

How’s the yard looking?

Very well, that is so nice of you to ask… Except for a difficult 10 days of 90 degrees plus dry weather in MAY, it is been a fairly decent Spring. A good bit of rain. Sometimes too much. But more or less spread out.

The bee balm is being a little pushy, but the day lillies held their own. I’m real pleased with them and the blue salvias.

The butterfly bush has finally gotten settled in (only took two years!). It is doing well this year.

This is where the ramp from the deck ends, at the back of our condo. The hydragenas in the pots were $5 half dead ones from Lowes. They have perked up and are about to bloom again. My friend, Jim, gave me the vinca in the two pots in back.

Here’s the deck. Doesn’t it look great! It is so nice to sit out there. Guppy now sits beside me in the blue chair. I’m waiting until she starts expecting her own glass of wine….

I finally figured out something to do about the ugly telecommunications post.

I relocated some of the elephant ear forest and the flamingos… much nicer looking than the ugly box.

I am aware that we are fortunate to have this space, the time and the means to be able to indulge in something that is just pretty. It does provide me with a huge amount of enjoyment and the activity that I look forward to every year.

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Hummingbird Heaven

My friend Debby lives near Jordan Lake. She is out in the country and has a beautiful yard. She also has two hummingbird feeders and a whole lot of hummingbirds. She makes a gallon of food a week for them.

It was great fun to stand between the two feeders and watch the 10 to 12 hummers fighting over space at the feeder.

She also has the coolest dragon flies that I have ever seen.

It is in the lower right corner of the picture. White body/tail, very flashy wings!

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This and That

Sometimes I have a picture or two that I don’t have much more than a sentence to write about it. This is that colection.

The ‘color wash’ of our car.

Yes, the holly is growing out of the bottom of this pot.

A night time visitor when the parking deck was being constructed.

Evidently, the bushes out front were hosting a convention.

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Spring Reading

I just finished reading On the Bright Side, The New Secret Diary of Hendrik Groen. It is about a Dutch gentleman who lives in a retirement community.

It was a good read and I think true to what happens in those types of communities. I believe there was one book before this one that is similar. I will try to read it before the summer is over.

I was thinking about this book as I was upstairs picking out clothing for Ben and I to wear for the day’s outing to exercise class. I picked it out. Stopped at the top of the stairs to make sure I had all the pieces I needed. Realized I had picked out same style tee shirt in the same colour for both of us. How Matchy Matchy! I quickly fixed that!

Anyway, this is an entry in the book that I especially enjoyed.

I have decided to strive for being ‘in touch with perfect happiness’ at least once each day.

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Gosh! It’s HOT!

Guest Post by: Guppy, The Lucky Dog 3

I was really glad that She Who Must Be Obeyed washed the deck. It was really nasty. You know I sit on it.

It is much nicer now. And She has finally finished with all those plants. At least that is what She says. I’ll believe when I see it. Seems like for months now it has been “oh, look at this plant.” Oh, I’m going to buy plants. No you can’t go!” Oh, don’t eat that plant!” “Quit whacking the plants with your tail!” Blah blah plants….blah blah plants. Seems like a lot of money that could be spent buying fun dog toys was spent on PLANTS! Not to mention all this time she spent on PLANTS! And now watering…. I don’t like it when she is throwing a hose around.

So I just get all comfy and there She is “Let’s go out and sit on the deck!” Doesn’t She realize how HOT it is!

I’m just gonna have to start dropping hair again! Don’t ask me to leave the nice cool house!

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