Category Archives: In The Garden

Wednesday Hodgepodge

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Hi Guys, it’s good to be back at the Hodgepodge! My thanks to Joyce, who has a LOT going on these days and still made time to host our little gathering!

1. What would you say is the best and worst thing about moving house?

The best thing? Well I am looking at this as a good move to a beautiful new place, so there is that. It’s always nice to have a new and different home.

The worst? Going through all of your STUFF!!! This next move for us is going to be a purge-fest. We have 31 years of life we need to sort through, with huge amounts to get rid of!
2. What’s moved you recently?

An old friend passed away on September 29th and her funeral was last week. Watching her family rally around her, and manage all of her care in her last days was very moving. Her funeral was a celebration of a life firmly grounded in her Christian faith. Our pastor spoke touchingly of her desire to live a life of caring for and serving others, while loving her family well. I was moved.

3. Do you feel your life is moving forward, backward, or is on hold? How so?

A little bit moving forward, a little bit on hold. Time is marching on, I see the changes. Kids grown, graduations, a wedding, life changes. But we are also a little on hold. Honey will be retiring in about a year or so and it feels a bit like we are on pause until we get there. We are anticipating some changes, we just don’t know what they will look like!

4. On the move, move mountains, get a move on, it’s your move, or bust a move...which phrase best applies to some aspect of your life right now? Explain.

I feel like I need to get a move on with this blog!! For goodness sake, I have been a poor blogger this summer! I think I have just gotten out of the habit. I have busy mornings so I need to make sure I get to the computer in the afternoons or evenings. If I don’t, it appears I don’t blog. At ALL!
5. What song makes you want to get up and move?

Can’t Stop the Feeling by Justin Timberlake! Dance, dance, dance!
6. Your favorite snack to grab when you’re ‘on the move‘?

Probably mixed nuts. They are pretty portable.
7. What one accessory makes your house feel like home?

Hmmm, our kitchen table or the couch. We gather there.
8. Insert your own random thought here.

Maybe I have been on the move a little bit. The weather has gotten a little cooler here in The Mitten.  I switched over my summer/winter clothes and I made a pretty big dent in getting rid of our potted plants. Hung the fall wreath on the front door and hauled out all the pumpkin and fall decorations. That feels like victory to me!

Thanks for stopping by, have a good week!

A Whole Lotta Stuff

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Hey Guys, just checking in from the summer of sketchy blogging. I seriously feel like I have forgotten how to do this. There is a way to think bloggaly, and I have lost my way, clearly.

How about a random, hopscotch kind of post? Thanks, because my brain is all random and full of hopscotch. I don’t know if I have ever written the word hopscotch before and here it is 3 times in 1 paragraph. Who made up that word anyway?

It is hot in The Mitten this week. And in celebration, my hot flashes are about an 8. I long for the good old days of shivering in air conditioning.

We went up to my Aunt Phyllis and Uncle Bob’s cottage last weekend, that was FUN! I have pictures to show you, but that will be a post in itself. In the meantime, I leave you with this to sow the seeds of excitement. The earth, sun and the moon aligned and we got a good group picture!!!!!! GLORY BE!!!!!

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Saw this on the Facebook. Loved it.

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The Little Mister. I was surprised how glad I was to be reunited with this fur face after last weekend. He is an A # 1 pest but I kind of like him. And in his defense, he can be totally sweet, until he’s not.

Here he is lying on the comforter at the foot of Abby’s bed. It kind of reminded me of those posed shots we used to get at the portrait studio. I never liked the dorky library or outside backgrounds, so I always told them up front only blue, white or black for me please.

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Pretend like it says Olan Mills 2016 in the lower right hand corner.

This is a pretty from the garden. I heart the coleus SO BAD! Mousey always refers to these as Jurassic Park flowers, I can see the correlation, I really can.

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I have been looking for our wire cat brush all summer. Mama Mia and Halle Berry have undercoats, which really just means they have twice as much fur as other cats. Cats with undercoats like a wire brush, while it proves too hurty for single coat cats like Lucy and Sy. I needed to find that brush because we have tumbleweeds of cat fur blowing through our house. We also have had quite a bit of cat hoark, which is natures subtle way of telling me I need to find that cat brush, pronto.

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We are supposed to have a meeting with a financial planner this week to talk about Honey’s impending retirement. Can I just tell you that I feel like an imposter at these sort of meetings? When did we come to the age to talk about such adult topics??

Ok. I need to get out there and cut the grass before the heat gets to be an abomination. Have a good weekend, stay cool and drink lots of water.

List, Snapchat, In the Garden and Some Books

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Hey Ya’all, still living on that hectic fringe. How about a list to chat about some of the doings?

Have not been walking much the last couple of weeks. The holiday weekend joofered us up a bit because Keelyody was out of town, then we had appointments, car things, and then Jip the Farm Dog up and went to San Antonio, Texas for a week to get all up into the book of John so she can lecture us this coming year at BSF. All good, necessary things, but walking took the proverbial back seat.  And it’s been so BLASTED HOT that I really didn’t care all that much. I can sweat like a pig in the comfort of my own home and backyard.

Doing a study this summer with a few gals from BSF and a whole bunch of women at our church!

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I believe I have mentioned before that I love Priscilla Shirer, and if you haven’t heard that, welcome, you must be new! We have one week under our belts and I love, LOVE, L.O.V.E d last weeks lesson. The enemy is real Friends, and he is living to wreak chaos in our lives.

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I don’t want to live a futile and unproductive life, be suffocated by sin, insecurity, fear and discouragement. I want to REJECT the enemy, and his intimidation to render me ineffective and paralyzed. To quote our dear friend Diana, “The devil is a LIAR”. Remember that when he starts in on you, his fingerprints are all over our fears and the lies we tell ourselves.

Still loving the Snapchat!

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The Good Eater and The Ab-Cat. Truly unnerving.

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Even more unnerving!

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No words.

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Clever.

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Sometimes I laugh just thinking about him doing these at work! What must they think if they happen to see him????!

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Mousey and The Good Eater spend an enormous amount of time on this app. It will always be a part of their museum of recollection.

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Abby still won’t be my friend. Her great loss.

I sent this picture to Dear Sandra to show her how loverly the viola she gave me is! That is our look In the Garden for this week!  I heart those coleus, they grow so well in our yard. Mousey calls them Jurassic Park plants.

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The Ab-Cat’s van has been in the shop all week so I have been her chauffer. I dropped her off for an appointment on Tuesday and I needed to occupy myself for an hour or so. I went to a couple of stores downtown and then had the great idea to go to the library! It was a good place to sit and read, it was FULL of bought air, and it had a public bathroom! Plus they were having a used book sale, who can resist that kind of catnip?

My purchases. Not bad for $4 American bucks! They even had a French College dictionary, I took a picture of it and asked my Aunt Phyllis if she had need for it. She is a serious French student.

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I left to pick up Abby, and excitedly told her about my finds. We then had to go back so she could peruse the selection as she is a lover of books as well.

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Four hours later Phyllis answered the text! Yes, yes, yes, she wanted that book! Which necessitated another trip to the library. It was still there, YESSSSSS!!!!

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And because we were right there, the Girls and I went to The Dairy King. As you do.

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What have you guys been up to?

In the Garden

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This year I chose Portulaca in the hanging baskets, one on either side of the covered porch. They are a succulent type of plant and the flowers close up at night.

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I like the orange and bright pink together, in the garden and in attire. Doesn’t seem to need as much water as the other plants, and has never gotten wilty. Wilty is too a word Spellcheck.

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Glorious!

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In the Garden

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I had an idea for some blog posts and I’m going to write it down right now before I forget! I should be able to show you something from the garden at least once a week this summer, right? Here we go!!!

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The peony bush my Mama gave me is loaded with buds and blooms this year!

Mousey and I agree that peonies are one of our favorite flowers to gaze upon, with the added bonus of smelling DELICIOUS! And daisies, don’t you think daisies are the friendliest flower? Yes, Kathleen Kelly, I agree!