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Garden Pic Wednesday: Garden Blues

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I flew down and visited friends in Orlando a week ago. It was a nice getaway and got to know them a whole lot better. This week for Garden Pics, I'm featuring some "Blues." I collect flowers that bloom blue because they are uncommon. Bloomed earlier this spring: Portuguese Squill    Blooming now: Blue Clematis It's sort of a soft lavenderish-blue. I bought it for this color and because it's smaller stature for a clematis (5 feet), but my soil is acidy, so it was much more violet last year. So I watered it often last fall with water with baking soda and also added some lime--so this year, it's more the proper light blue color!

Garden Pic Wednesday: Good Year For Azaleas!

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 Yesterday, I had lunch with an Air Force Chaplain who was really good friends with my husband. The Chaplain was deployed at the time Dave died, but has since returned and reached out for a lunch chat. He's reassigning in a couple weeks elsewhere, but gave me the number for a different Chaplain Dave and I had known quite well in the past, but had lost touch with. So, I'm glad to be reconnected with that Chaplain & his wife once more! I spent 2 hours at the local T-Mobile office which is close by now here where I live, because I was having HUGE problems with Sprint billing because T-Mobile owns Sprint. Unfortunately, they allow them to operate separately. Some bug in the Sprint system was rejecting every avenue I tried. I find T-Mobile oh-so-much more friendly & helpful. We resolved the problem by paying Sprint off and switching me to T-Mobile. It didn't cost anything to do and I ended up in a plan nearly like the one I'd had with Sprint that was, in fact, about 

Garden Pic Wednesday: Setting Sun Yellow Flag Iris

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  Hello----I've been away from blogging for awhile, but I feel ready to at least blog about my garden and flowers. Things in life happen and daily life can be suddenly and radically altered. Mine was. Hubby died unexpectedly in December.  On the up side, my schedule is entirely my own now. I have plenty of uninterrupted time to work on my flower beds and garden. Being spring, I've begun working from bed to bed, weeding out the borders around each. I'm still working on the front beds and today I cleaned up one of the two beds with an unruly Pampas Grass. I trimmed off it's grass skirt around the bottom. Tomorrow or the next day, the other bed with an unruly Pampas gets trimmed. I also have a luncheon with my old friends from yoga class tomorrow at a favorite local Mexican restaurant. Todays Garden Pics are a couple of nice of late day shots of my yellow Flag Iris in the glowing rays of the setting sun:

Garden Pic Wednesday: Butterfly Weed & Basil

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We had a hard freeze the past 2 nights, but I covered the tomatoes, lettuce and peppers and a few other things a day ahead, so they're okay.  I was surprised to see a sparkle of frost glittering on some plants in the front yard. Funny thing. The Vinca weren't effected. I guess it wasn't freeze enough for them.   T oday's garden pics: New Butterfly Weed: This butterfly weed is something I just planted this fall. I've already seen a few Monarch's visiting the flowers, but it's fall and they are really on their way migrating someplace else. So it was just a snack-stop. Tray of Basil for Drying: Knowing a freeze was expected Monday night, I scurried about collecting Basil to dry in my electric Presto dryer. Because the frost will kill the Basil. It's the only herb effected by frost. This is just one tray. I did 5 trays just like this.

Mama Kat Thursday: If I Could Have Any Holiday Celebration...

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The Mama Kat prompt I'm doing todays asks, "What would you do to celebrate the holidays if you could do anything you wanted without money or time constraints?" I live in Florida and Disney World is about 7 hours away by car plus a 1 hour time change. (If you didn't know, the Panhandle is Central Time, thank goodness, while the main Peninsula of Florida is Eastern.)  Disney World is decorated for the Christmas season by early November and if I could celebrate the holidays any way I wished, I'd book a room at the Shades of Green Resort, which is for all military & DOD personnel.  I'd book for like Thursday through Monday night in early November or early December.  (Thanksgiving and the week of Christmas are normally already all booked up.) The Shades has wonderful food: a daily buffet of different themes: Asian, American, Mexican, etc. Also a wonderful breakfast buffet where you can have a omelet made-to-order. Because we're seniors without kids, the pa

Garden Pic Wednesday: Veggies & Bees

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 I haven't posted much this past couple weeks because stuff has been going on.  Hubby has been sick. He's in the hospital right now, since yesterday morning. It's pneumonia. He's in our local military hospital here and getting excellent care. Visitation isn't allowed nowadays, which is a bummer, but that's how it is. I spoke with him on the phone this morning and he's in good spirits. This evening I just sent one of our military friends over there to the ER to deliver Hubby his cell phone & charger. They'll send a staff member downstairs to get it from him and deliver it to my Hubby in his room. That's what the nursing station suggested. So hopefully that will work. Prayers for his full and speedy recovery are welcome. So I'm home alone for Thanksgiving. I got a pre-cooked turkey and fixin's from the local grocery today, so I can have some delicious tasting food over the next few days without having to actually worry about grocery shoppin

Mama Kat Thursday: Worst Inspection Ever--Jose Sarduy

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The Mama Kat prompt I'm doing today I'm shortening to a "video I recently enjoyed," since I really don't watch many videos. I more then enjoyed this video, I laughed till I cried.  It's hilarious! Hubby watches Dry Bar Comedy vids, which specialized in  clean comedy and he showed me this one with Jose Sarduy (sar-dooy), who is an Air Force Academy grad and currently is an Air Force Lt. Colonel pilot in the Reserves, who also just happens to be a fantastic comedic story-teller. Since we're both veteran Air Force, Hubby and I get the Air Force Academy. We get room inspections.  I suppose some might not know that much about military academies--just think of them as college on steroids. Imagine combining the toughest science and engineering college with all the worst aspects of any military Basic Training multiplied by 5 and you've got the picture of military academy.  In this video, Jose recalls his "worst" Air Force Academy Inspection. You mig