Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Jimmy Buffet Concert

What a beautiful day we had with our girls and their friends... The weather was perfect (at least for me) hot,92 degrees,sunny, and a beautiful breeze...
This is Tom and I just at the start of the concert... Him in his lei and me with my flip flop earrings on...LOL
As my husband says this isn't just a concert it is an event. You see everything at this concert. You go early and tailgate all day. You walk around to see all the sights and find lots of friends... This was our first Buffet Concert, along with 8 others that went with us. But not for my oldest daughter. She has gone for a few years and loves every moment of it.
This Concert was an Anniversary gift from both of our girls. I must say it was one of the best gifts they ever gave us!!! We really enjoyed our time with them and the concert. What an experience.... I danced for 3 hours and today I can hardly move... LOL
 Someone in the parking lot had a hula hoop and I just couldn't wait to try it. I used to love doing this as a kid... and at 56 I can still do it!!!

 Don' make fun, I couldn't find my glass that was packed somewhere in the car... and I got caught taking a sip from the bucket!!! Life is good in "Margaritaville"..
 In "Margaritaville" you meet all kinds of people willing to get their picture taken with you...
 Here Colleen and I are having a little fun at someones site, you really could find all kinds of things in this huge parking lot of fascinating people... and Colleen wanted me to see as many sights as I could on this first trip!!!
 She was even equipped with signs and all all kinds of things to decorate our site, our hair, our flip flops. She was surely prepared for everything...
 Our neighbors parked beside us gave us girls all umbrellas for our hair...
 Coleen said last year it was really hot, but this year even with the high temperatures we had a great breeze so we were all comfortable... and of course a few cold drinks helped too... LOL

Tom loves the song Son of a Sailor and he is "Truly the Son of a Sailor" so he was proud to hold this sign Colleen had made just for him when they played this song...

 Amanda's boyfriend was having a great time in his Shark hat... "Fins to the left-Fins to the right...

 Lots of blankets here on the lawn just before things got started, what a crowd they had...

Amanda and I

Look at all the people, we stood all evening and danced the night away... and believe me my body feels it today!!! LOL

Here they are at the end of the evening it was just wonderful, I can't wait to go back next year!!!

Hope you have a great week,

Saturday, June 18, 2011

Up - Close Weeding

      I think I could write a passage everyday from this book. So many that have to do with our every day lives in the summer in our gardens...

    Have you ever noticed how beautiful a garden looks from a distance? Orderly rows, evenly spaced, with sturdy plants that appear healthy. Yet, when you get close and peer underneath the green plants, you can see small weeds or even pests hidden in the soil or leaves.
     The garden that from a distance looks beautiful and well-cared for is, in reality, in need of a gardener to remove all the camouflaged hindrances to its growth. The caretaker must get close to his plants, down on his knees, where he can see the true problems. Only then will the garden be healthy.
     Often, our lies an give the appearance of beauty, a life lived for God. We fellowship, we worship,we pray, and we study God's Word. To all who look at us, we seem to be perfect Christians; yet we, too, can have weeks and pests. invisible without intense examination. We must get down on our knees, or on our face, before the Lord,where we are humbled so God can show us the impediments to our faith. The Psalmist says, "Who can understand his errors? Cleanse me for secret faults" (Psalm 19:12 NKJV).
    When we bow before the Lord and ask His help to search or live for those obstructions, He will always help. "The Lord... rises up all who are bowed down" (Psalm 145:14 NKJV). God will cleanse us of those weeks and pests that steal our beauty. He will help us be pleasant to view from a distance-and up close, too.
From: Inspiring Thoughts for Gardeners

   This day started out cloudy and quite rainy. But as the day went on it was a wonderful day to be outside. We have gotten over 2 inces of rain in the last 3 days. Not that we didn't need it, but enough already!!! We had soooo much rain in May we didn't think it was ever going to stop so we could get our garden in. Than a few weeks of hot hot hot weather almost like August weather. So we were very grateful for the rain we are getting now... It was nice not to have to water anything taday. Now if the skys would open up to some beautiful sun our garden will really start coming up by leaps and bounds. Which is what we really need right not. So things will start to catch up. They always say the corn should be "Knee High By the 4th of July"... Well it is about 1/2 inch tall right now, so we really need that sun to help us along a little...
    We got the yard mowed today and things picked up in the yard so we could have a cookout today for Fathers Day. Both our girls had the evening off today, so we celebrated a day early. We were almost finished with dinner when the sky opened up again with pouring rain. We ran for the house to have our desert inside. So for the most part it was a great day!!!

     These were from last years garden... I sure hope we can do this well this year... I sure am ready for a great tomato right off the vine...

Have a Great Day,

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

What We Love About Gardening

The other night I picked up just a little book that looked interesting. It is called "Inspiring Thoughts for Gardeners." Sometimes when you least expect it, bam it is right there. I was in a little discount store looking for a gift and it just popped out at me. As if to say "Buy Me, you need this." Well I guess I did and I just want to share a little of it with you. So I will be putting little bits and pieces of it on here for you to enjoy too!!!


Before God created man... before He created animals,fish, or the stars in the heavens...God created vegetation.
God not only provided seed-bearing plants for our sustenance; He gave us beauty to enjoy in the flowers and the varieties of flora found throughout the world.
Why do we enjoy gardens of all types? Imagine God's delight as He spoke the words and new growth sprang from the earth. That delight in mirrored in our faces as we marvel at what we've nurtured, weather an herb in our kitchen window or a large plot of vegetables we plan to sell.
Each experience is like sharing something with God. Gardening gives us the chance to see the miracle of life spring forth from a seed or cutting. Watching a plant grow and produce in a vision of God's care for us as His children. Gardening is a way to provide for our family and friends, just as God provides for us. Every time we share fresh produce or a plant we've raised, we are extending God's love to those around us. I can't imagine a better way to share Christ than to give to others from the fruit of our hands.

Then God said, "I give you every seed-bearing plant on the face of the whole earth and every tree that has fruit with seed in it. They will be your for food."
Genesis 1:29 NIV

This is a new Geranium I picked up the other day, I love the shape of the flower petals. Just something a little different...

This picture was taken last year near fall. My 55 gal. water barrels are behind all this beautiful foliage. You could hardly see them. I hope they do as well this year...

My daughter Colleen just got new patio furniture after helping her father put it together it was time for a rest. It looks beautiful with all that stone on her house...

Hope you all have a great week,


Sunday, June 12, 2011

Take Time to Smell the Roses...

Remember this: Whoever

sows sparingly will also reap

sparingly, and whoever sows generously

will also reap generously.

2 Corinthians 9:6 NIV


Gardening is one activity that promotes good health.

Being outdoors in the fresh air or even busy with

the care of indoor plants can improve physical and mental well-being.

Wearing appropriate clothing- a long-sleeve cotton shit and

wide-brimmed hat-- when outdoors will protect from harmful

sun rays or some plant irritants. For areas of your skin that

aren't covered, be sure to use a good sunscreen.

Even spiritual fitness can be improved as the gardener meditates on a

scripture verse or spends time in prayer while working.

From: Inspiring Thoughts for Gardeners

Today I came in the house and this is what I saw, now this is comfort. Only I can't imagine being comfortable using a table as a pillow. But this is where she likes to lay and I guess she is comfortable....

Because it wasn't long she was sound asleep...

We have had Mia since April 2000. She was born Feb. 18,2000.

Just a little fuzz ball when she arrived that day. Ready to take on the world, running and playing all over the house. Now she is content to just lay with her head

propped up on this little table, with not a care in the world.

I think in my next life I want to come back as a dog. At least one of my dogs!!!

They are such a part of our lives. I really don't think I will ever be without a dog,

as long as I can still care for one. Unconditional Love is what you always

receive, and I love every minute of it!!!


This purple just jumps out at you. Purple is one of my favorite colors in the gardens.

This Campanula was just in full bloom when I took this picture...

I wish they could stay looking like this just a little longer...

Mountain Laurel
Mountain laurel is also called ivybush, calico bush, sheep laurel, lambkill, clamoun, and spoonwood (native Americans used to make spoons from the wood). The mountain laurel is one of the most beautiful of native American shrubs. The fragrant star-shaped white and pink flowers have attracted travelers since early colonial days (first recorded in America in 1624).

This Mountain Laurel has been in my back yard for years, even before we moved here

33 years ago. I don't remember ever looking at it this close. It was in full bloom just a

few weeks ago and I decided to take a few pictures. To my amazement after looking

at the close up pictures, they are just beautiful. So something so close and here for so

long how could I have missed this beauty?

We really need to take the time and Smell the Roses as they say!!

Life just needs to slow down a little sometimes.

Everyone have a great week!!!