Sunday, May 22, 2011


Last week was a blur ~ busy beyond words!  Monday, a friend took me to see some wonderful hooked pieces ~ that will be for another post ~ and then off to a fun day of lunch and chatter ~ as only we can do!  Wednesday ~ greenhousing with friends, Donna and Cathy ~ look at the bounty I gathered!  Hanging baskets ~ I cut off the hangers and put them in stands or pots and voila!  Instant beauty!

Flats of impatiens, beautiful coleus, lantana and the hibiscus planter were all waiting to be planted or set in the garden somewhere!  Some of it has been placed ~ impatiens still waiting! 

Thursday, friend Vivian and I went to a small wholesale market ~ and I mean small.  Found a couple of things there and went to lunch at Molly's Tea Room in Medina ~ pretty yummy!  Then I took her with me to plant my Memorial Day flowers on my mom and dad's graves ~ it was all in the same area and I have to make my time count!  It's a pretty place ~ peaceful ~ and I'm always glad to that ~ my dad died when I was a little girl and I always went with my mom to do that so now it's my tradition to do for them both.

If you click on this photo ~ taken out the front window ~ you'll see this sweet little yellow bird ~ who has practically been banging his little brains out, flying repeatedly into the window!!!!!! He makes a career out of this activity ~ and if it's not the front window, it's the one in my office!!  I don't get it ~ does anyone know why birds do this? I've heard it's their reflection that attracts them but holy crow ~ you think they'd tire of it after a while!  But it keeps Mr. Kitty entertained for hours!

I just wanted you to see this flowering crabapple tree that I started from a little seedling that came from the tree to the left!!  A landscaper friend told me it would never bloom ~ well, look at those blossoms ~ it's more showy than the 'mother' tree!!

Bluebells ~ don't you just love them?  Maybe not everybody does ~ but they're such a pretty flower!

Thursday, after Vivian and I returned from our field trip to Medina ~ Sonny and I and Tad went to the lake to join some fishermen friends for dinner!  Sonny and the guys went on a fishing charter Friday morning and I just putzed around the condo and went out to buy flowers for the condo pots!!  It was a relaxing day ~ most of it!  Until ~

When the charter got in at 5,  we were waiting to pick Sonny up and drive straight home so that we could go to Miss Luci's dance recital!!  It's that time of year again! We had to drop Tad at home and Sonny got ready in short order and away we went!  A little late but in time to see Luci's (Star # 1) three minutes of fame on the stage!!  What grandparents won't do for their grandchildren!!  She and the other little court jesters looked very sweet as they popped out of a box to dance across the stage! Our daughter-in-law, Cheryl brought her little not-quite-three year old granddaughter, who was very good and very interested in all that she saw!  Sonny and I looked at each other and said ~ guess we'll be coming to recitals for many years to come! Of course, we ended our evening with a little beverage and a bite at one of favorite haunts ~ our reward to us from us!!

Saturday morning, we headed for the ball fields for opening day ceremonies for Little League!  This is Logan (Star # 2) ~ I didn't get a picture of Luke or Luci! Only three of our little people are playing this year ~ we really do wish the other three would ~ but their parents might be relieved!!  Kids and parents today are so busy ~ it makes me wonder if they don't do too much (I should talk) ~ but then a tired kid is a good kid!!   We went to two games after that and then to a funeral service and luncheon for a relative of our good friends. It was a full day and the end of a full week.  We are grateful for all our kids and grandkids and  a host of friends to do things with ~ it definitely keeps us on the go ~ and hopefully, keeps us young! 

Today, the sun is shining and it's actually warm here in Ohio!  I'm having a quiet day and enjoying it immensely!  Kind of a busy week ahead of me so I'm resting up today ~ resting consists of laundry and a little yard work!  I haven't hooked in over a week ~ my rooster rug is calling to me!!!!! 

Here's to a quiet, restful day for you!


Jacque. said...

Wow, Alice, you are one busy woman! Love the photos of the grandkids. Can't wait to see photos and hear of what you're up to this week.

ShabbySheep said...

I think you're as much of a plant-a-holic as I am! Isn't it fun to be obsessive compulsive though? Be it hooking, flowers, flea marketing. I can do it all for hours~then in another instant, be done with it!!!
I'm resting today.
xo, Sheri

Lori Ann Corelis said...

I think I needed a nap after reading your blog post!
ha ha ha! I think you are like me . . . never enough hours to do everything we love to do! I love that your little "crab" turned into a beauty!!
Can't wait to see pics of your gardens this year!
So . . where is your favorite nursery, greenhouse etc.?


weaverpat said...

Love all the flowers. Wouldn't have thought of clipping off the hangers and just sitting the baskets around for instant beauty.

The Eveningstitcher said...

My goodness, have been busy! I love the flowers..that's exactly what we have3 been doing...planting, planting! Your home is beautiful!

mdgtjulie said...

Wow, you have been really busy, except for that little bit of putzing you mentioned. And even that didn't last long!! I just don't know how people go go go like that. It would kill me!!!

acorn hollow said...

I know the bird answer it happened to me this year. the bird sees its reflection in the window and doesn't want that bird in its area. so they are fighting their reflection they will kill themselves doing this. you need to put something up that cuts the reflection like paper or something until it moves along. Love all of your wonderful flowers we have been so rainy and cold.

Rugs and Pugs said...

Alice ~
As usual I am tired just reading what you have been up too.
Miss Luci is just too sweet!!!
Hugs :)

Julia said...

Wow, Alice, you have been a busy lady this week. I love your instant garden idea but I'm too cheap to buy lots of flower baskets. They are expensive in our area.

I love planting my own seeds or starting plants from slips and watching them grow to maturity.

You little granddaughter looks so cute in her Harlequin costume. Enjoy the moments because they grow up way to fast.

Have a great week. JB

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JoJo said...

Alice, I've always been in awe of your home and gardens. Your flowers and plants are gorgeous. Love the picture of Luci....she's adorable.

marly said...

You are certainly a busy bee! I love your landscaping and all the hanging baskets. When I saw the picture of your flowering crab, I had to look twice! Your house looks very similar to mine in that photo!