Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Pissing and Moaning


Stink Bug on the front porch and on my camellia this morning
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That's me, pissing and moaning.  Or at least I was before getting a new knee.  I had a total knee replacement recently.  Surgery went beautifully but physical therapy is a bitch.  I like to think my knees look better than the bug's knees above.

Observation: If you are "double jointed" as I am, don't expect your two knees to function the same as they did prior to injury/surgery. So, now I have a knee that can pop backwards and one that won't. Feels strange but hopefully I will get accustomed to the different feel.

Confession: I am still pissing and moaning as I recover.  But I do it to myself, as Tall Husband just had a total right hip replacement and needs a brave person nearby.  He will get a left hip replaced as soon as he recovers from this one.  Hope we both live through his next one!

Monday, March 23, 2015

Well Hello!


I planted a dozen bulbs two years ago.  None showed their petals until...I found this one hiding under the azaleas this week.  What a great surprise. Little Tulip, what took so long?


Monday, November 10, 2014

My Cosmos





I have attempted twice to have a wildflower garden here at the Bungalow, however, the flower gods are against me.  In frustration, one rainy, gloomy day, I put on my rain slicker and wellies, then took my little crank seed broadcaster into the alley.  I let the remaining wildflower seeds fly where they would, not caring if the birds ate them or if they were mowed down (as were my previous plantings.)  Then I forgot about them.  Until, I happened to glance down the alley one summer day while walking the dogs back home. There were dozens of bright flowers dancing in the breeze.  The dogs and I ran down the alley sniffing flowers here and there.  That was a happy day!  The Cosmos are still blooming, giving off a gentle fragrance not unlike the spice clove.  So, I think my Poppy seeds would do well in the alley over the winter, blooming next Spring.  What do you think?

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

What's on Your Floor?


Scooter, our Maltese/Poodle mix has often helped me hose down those carpet tiles from Flor.

Dogs teach us so much...such as Oriental rugs and rover do not mix.  Then, jute rugs are wonderful if you don't live with puppies who love to tromp in the mud after a rain.



Skipper, our Labrador/English Cocker mix, inspecting a linen blanket that's been through the wash as often as he has.

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Since becoming parents of these two wonderful creatures, Tall Husband and I have adjusted our concept of luxury.  Luxury is anything that can be thrown in the washer or hosed down on the patio.

So, what's on your floors?


Monday, September 8, 2014

Rangoon Creeper

Quisqualis indica


One morning, while the dogs and I were out walking, we paused to chat over the fence with my friend and neighbor Susan.  Her lush, cottage garden is the treat-of-the-day for us. I spotted a wonderful vine growing on her fence.  She told me it is a Rangoon Creeper.  After doing a computer search, I learned that it blooms all summer and is heat and drought resistant.  So, Tall Husband and I were off to our local nursery...Buchanan's.  Sure enough, they had a beautiful Rangoon Creeper, swooning with clusters of blooms.  The Creeper will replace the Star Jasmine that only blooms a few days out of the year and didn't make it through last winter's freeze.

There is an unexpected bonus, the Rangoon blooms make sweet-scented, long-lasting cut flowers for the Bungalow, changing from the palest of pinks to the beautiful color you see in the photo above.

Wishing you a wonderful week, Dear Friends.

Annie

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Walking Tall




Tall Husband is bravely, if not quietly, recovering from neurosurgery (spinal).  The surgery was outpatient, this past Friday...if that makes you catch your breath, join me in breathing exercises. He had surgery in the morning and I drove him home that evening, with the anxiousness of transporting fragile eggs...Faberge at that!  Scooter and Skipper sniffed all the strange smells that Tall Husband brought with him from the surgical suite. Of course during their sniff/see, they discovered his zipper in the back.  Then it was, "We can make it better, let us just pull the tape off and lick it."

Thank you all for your well wishes.

A special Note:  The beautiful bouquet in the photographs above is from his colleagues at the GXT R&D Department.  He sends his thanks, R&D!