I hate it when stuff gets in the way........ after 8 hours of work, and then a trip to the post office, I finally hit the yard at 4pm and finally I have all that stuff planted with the exception of one teensy weensy little "sweet woodruff" which I haven't decided where to put it yet. But everything else is in.... now we just see what happens. Let's turn up the juice and see what shakes loose. LOL.
With great exception, I do not plant annuals. How in the world would I have time to replant stuff every single year? Eek. I'm from the school of do it once, do it right. I do some pansies in the spring, but that's about it. One exception was last year when I took a whim to fill up the planter box in front of the house with a bunch of stuff like dianthus, snapdragons, some kind of crawly minty thing, and dusty miller. It looked nice, if a little overgrown. I didn't think any of it would come back, but look what's here. A freaking HEDGE of dianthus!! And the crawly minty stuff has come back too....... I couldn't have done it better if I had tried. Nature knows what to do. This is such a nice blast of color right by the front door.
And with my yard chores done, and no more TV to watch this season because all my shows are over with.... guess what I'm going to do? I'm gonna scrapbook. :)
Edited to add: HOLY CRUD. Check this out and see who left me praise on this layout.
This is our screened porch these days..... in the summer it is a thing of beauty. We are so happy to have it (and there was a lot of work that went into that, but that's a story for another time)! The 3 cats love it too, maybe even more than us? Dave and I eat supper out there a lot of times. We have shade, and sun, and a big expanse of grass to look out on. Our view of our neighbors is relatively obscured by trees and evergreen shrubs, so it's nice and private. New Hampshire ain't half bad in the summer months.
It has been one of those weekends where I am amazed by how much I got done. WOW. I really think that if I didn't have a job to slow me down, I would just run myself ragged and never stop! But thankfully I have a dumb job where I have to go to rest 8 hours a day, LOL!!! Yesterday's crop went very well and I am pleased that I was able to pull it off with Dave's help. I love having people come over, but it's stressful getting everything cleaned up for the occasion. I just have to have everything perfect.
I am so inspired lately by Jamie Waters...... her recent article in the May CK has been an unending source of ideas for me. LOVE her style!! So pretty much everything I've done this weekend has been with her style in mind. The past 3 nights I have done 1 scrapbook page..... unbelievable for me! 3 pages in 3 nights. What has gotten into me?? Check it out......
Busy. Busy. Busy. Today has been incredibly busy and SO fun......
Today my husband gave me a lovely gift of this beautiful perfume.......ahhhhhhhh! It smells so incredible. I have not smelled a perfume that I liked even half as much as this one in a looooong time. Incredible! All it took was one whiff of a sample card. This one is going to be my signature for a while.
In other Friday afternoon news (THREE DAY WEEKEND!!!!!)....... I came home this afternoon to the power being out, and a stream of traffic curling around our cul-de-sac. We live on a very quiet road, where you could hear a pin drop usually, at the end of a cul de sac. But during times when a road is closed out on the main road, people get detoured back through the little residential area where I live. They never provide directions for this detour which is a shame because it's an ant farm back in here....... we see so many people coming this way, no clue where they're going, and mad as hell because they're trying to get home and don't know how to get there. So today, on a Friday afternoon and Memorial Day weekend, heavy rush hour traffic is being re-routed right past my house (at least those unfortunate enough to take a wrong turn and end up right in a cul de sac). It's funny to watch. We figure we should sell directions for $10 bucks.
Good evening! Tonight is the American Idol finals! What excitement. Although there really is no competition, I think. We vote for Taylor! I say WE as in everybody in the whole world that I know. Not much else going on here.... the weather is very cool but it's not raining, so I try not to be too partick-lar. We'll take it! I made this for dinner tonight..... it was okay. Minus the curry, but only because I don't have any. :) Then I spent a good long time outside weeding, and trimming, and deadheading and clipping and otherwise making pretty around the yard. I love that! Nice quiet time to be outside, peaceful, just letting my mind and feet wander wherever they take me.
I'd like to show you something hysterical. To give you an idea of what we had to work with, and how far we've come....... the first picture is the front of our house when we moved in the summer of 2002. These people who lived here were animals. Don't you just love the border haphazardly formed by firewood, the poor little struggling Japanese maple propped up with a hockey stick, the black weed plastic oozing out, the ugly-ass "bushes", and weeds galore.
This is how it looks this year:
See how my baby has grown? (the tree) A few years of selective pruning have turned it into quite a beauty. Dave and I were so young and naive when we bought this house, and I think that was kind of a good thing. We didn't really SEE all the ugly things about it. If we'd been older we never would have bought it. I guess our naivete worked out in the end, because we've made something decent out of a train wreck. It's been an adventure! A fun one.
How does your garden grow? I KNOW you all have been missing my gardening updates. Ha ha! The hostas are coming in nicely...... the azaleas are blooming now. This tall hosta here has no name. I found it, believe it or not, back in the woods a couple/three years ago. I have no idea how it got there. But I dug it up and brought it home..... and it has taken off!! Happy happy. It has nice "substance" which is a hosta term referring to the heaviness and thickness of the leaves..... the better the substance, the more slug resistance it has because they can't bite through it as easily. More typical of your "blue" hostas which this one is.....as the season goes on this one will develop a bluish tint.
This little cutie here is called "Yellow Archangel", I have two of them that I planted last year. Awesome shade plants... they're like the last to go in the winter and the first to come back in the spring. TOUGH little things. And so pretty and nicely shaped.
Yesterday Dave and I went jogging in the evening, wahhooooo! Those Backroom potato skins that I ate for lunch had the effect of JET FUEL in me, because I was off like a shot! Boundless energy. Then I came back to the yard and did some trimming and weeding on my plants, and planted 3 purple sage babies.
I think today we had one of the more pleasant experiences that we've ever had in the 3 years we've been going to the CK Convention.... in 2004 it was hot and there was no air conditioning so they had emergency water stations set up at the end of each of the aisles. in 2005 it was so crowded you couldn't move. This year for some reason there seemed to not be as many people there. Which suited us just fine! There were just way too many booths selling $300 die cutting machines. What the heck. Paper and scissors, people!! Keep it simple. Anyhoo, my scores were some Heidi Swapp chipboard, and some Scrapworks "tailored tags" fabric labels that were sooooooo cute. My isolated self has never seen such cute things. Candy went with us but had to separate because she had to leave early--Candy, how did you do? Find anything cute?
Kristi, Karen and I also went in together on a Prima flower special.... buy 6 bottles and the 6th bottle was only 99 cents (we saved $2 each in the end). So we bought one of each color they had, and then afterwards at lunch at the Backroom, we sat there in the middle of the restaurant and dumped out all 6 bottles and proceeded to divide all the flowers up so that all of us went away with 2 bottles containing 6 colors. As we all know, no normal person could use up a WHOLE bottle of one color of Prima flowers. It was a hysterical experience.... somehow 3 educated and intelligent women had a REALLY hard time figuring this out...... we were using our appetizer plates to dump the flowers in, and trying to divide 6 colors into 3 equal parts amongst three pairs of bottles........ yeah, it was a comedy of errors. In the end we were successful, and we even got it all squared away before the food came!! God I love scrapbooking friends......... with whom else can you get away with stuff like this??