Archive for April, 2009


Thursday, April 30th, 2009

At the present, I have 5 credit cards that I am paying. I can smell pay off success in the air for 3 of them with a total balance of less than $500.   I will either pay them off in May or surely in June unless something unforeseen happens.

I am thinking I will do a little cheating on income in order to do this in May, but it will be done.  I have to go into my retirement fund to make repairs at Mother’s house, so while drawing out for that I will draw out a little extra to cover the pay off.

It is a known fact that the interest charged on the credit cards is much more than the interest paid on the IRA.

I am still trying to decide what I will do.  I really hate to draw money from the retirement unless necessary.


Wednesday, April 29th, 2009

Granddaddy, can we ride, please?

baby girls 3 & 5

baby girls 3 & 5

Flowers in our yard.

plain petal iris

plain petal yellow iris

pale lavendar iris

pale lavender iris

ruffled petal iris

ruffled petal yellow iris

not flowers-food - 18 hills of squash

not flowers-food - 18 hills of squash

first rose of the season--after its glory

first rose of the season--after its glory

wine and pink iris

wine and pink iris

white iris with tiny purple stripes

white iris with tiny purple stripes

a better view of the yellow ruffled petal iris

a better view of the ruffled petal yellow iris

alphea tree, purple verbena, 3 tomato plants and alphea bush

Althea tree, purple verbena, 3 tomato plants and Althea bush

Ignore the briers and weeds you see, we’ll get to them one day.

As time goes on, we will probably dig up quite of bit of the area along the fence 4′ feet wide. This will allow more room for flowers and food.

I will post a pic of the blueberry bushes in a few days. They have lots of berries now but as they ripen the birds and grandchildren will probably get them before I do.


Monday, April 27th, 2009

What a book!  Andy Andrews has written one of the most inspirational books ever.  It is all about perspective and encouragement.  This book is helpful to anyone that will take the few hours to read it and each scenario can be self applied.  I use the word scenario, but this is bo0ok is based on a true story.

Perspective is the main thought and advice of Jones, the Noticer.  He appears out of nowhere in this small town to give advice and help to several of the citizens of Orange Beach, Alabama.  Usually one has to do their own thinking.  Jones only plants the seeds for thought.  This book is about everyday happenings, either to you or someone you know.

I will read this book again!  The book was very interesting and I could apply much of the content to myself.  I highly recommend The Noticer to anyone who may be having problems,  even to those that think they have the world by the tail, or if one just needs a good book to read.

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Sunday, April 26th, 2009

Water is really good when one has been outside working in the heat. I did not get as hot as I sometimes do.  My face is not nearly as red as it would be if I were hot hot.



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Saturday, April 25th, 2009

Yesterday I had fun in the yard as I snapped this pictures.

Iris in one of the backyard corners

Many buds are still to open so I will enjoy this spot a couple more weeks.

Graybeard tree in backyard-smells good

Graybeard tree in backyard-smells good

After the beard falls off, this tree will have lots of pretty green leaves.

<b>red amaryllis</b>

red amaryllis

I want more of these but have no idea where I will put them.

<b>Nellie Stevens HollyTree</b>

Nellie Stevens Holly Tree

DH’s birthday is not until June, but he has wanted this holly tree for a couple of years. I finally found it locally rather than catalogue order, so he has an early birthday gift.

Today I worked!!

not much accomplished

not much accomplished

I worked digging up grass in this area probably 2 1/2 hours.  I only cleared a space about 2′ by 4′.  I only have to do 8 more feet in length, and continue with 4 feet across and this section will be done.  That section being from one fence post to the next.  I want to plant these flowers there.

purple verbena

purple verbena

Hopefully, I will get it finished and DH will plant the flowers before they die down for the winter.

The picture that I was to show after the one of the cleared space will be my SPS tomorrow.

Must be an age thing, the older I get, the more I enjoy the flowers.


Thursday, April 23rd, 2009

One of my adopted sisters came today to get some of my trash which was a treasure to her.  You know the saying ‘one man’s trash is another man’s treasure’.  I am glad that she wanted the items.  I was going to take them to good will, but rather that she have them.

Oh, this is suppose to be about flowers—so it is.  I gave her several tubers of the iris that I posted pics of taken by the shed.  She also got some day lilies, unknown varieties of daffodils, a few little bulbs that Mother called wood hyacinths, and a couple of the red and white stripped amaryllis.  I was stingy with those.  She said “well, you could not even share”.


Thursday, April 23rd, 2009

What a supper!  Tonight we had roasted chicken, creamed potatoes, little green butter beans, rice, chicken juices as gravy and watergate salad.

The chicken was a bagged one from Wal-mart already seasoned.  All I had to do was remove the outer bag, put inch slit in baking bag and place in baking dish and put in oven to cook.  This was really good.

Creamed potatoes were good, especially if you do not like salt.  I forgot to salt them.  I put them in the crock pot on high and cooked them about 3 hours.  I added boiling water in the beginning to help them to a faster cooking time.  I usually cook them 4 or 5 hours.

Beans were those that I put in the freezer last summer.

Rice is always good.  The juices from the seasoned chicken made a good thin almost water consistency  gravy.

Watergate salad is always good to me.  I did not put any nuts in it.  I like it better without.  DH does not like this, so I have to eat enough for both of us.


Wednesday, April 22nd, 2009

I was desperate!  I was in need of a hair cut and having lo-lights put in my hair.  Not surprising, DD#2 came to the rescue.  As usual, she did a very good job and I am well pleased.  She cut my hair quite short and I do like it.  I also like the color.  What can I say except “she is good at what she does”.  I need to do something special for her because she will not let me pay her and she could possibly be working on a paying client when she is doing my hair.

She is planning to come one day next week and do more decorating for me.  I am ready to get all done that we can do.  The trim molding, faceboards, new sink and counter tops will have to be done by our husbands.


Wednesday, April 22nd, 2009

These are the same amaryllis that were in the last post.  These were taken about 8:10pm.


dscf1675@@@ same flowers

This is first yellow iris bloom of the season. dscf1678

I hope the ones on the other end of the deck will soon bloom. They have ruffled petals.

I do not need to tell you, I am not a photographer.

MORE of the SAME

Monday, April 20th, 2009

This post is for my web friend, Karen, in Peru, Indiana.  She has several interesting blogs.   Anyone is welcome to look at the flowers and the much needed weeding.  Comments are also welcome!


dscf1669 ***

dscf1670 ***These 2 are the same plants, view from each side.



dscf1673 This is sister to the Easter lily.

dscf1674 I should have yellow iris open in a few days.