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Garden Pic Wednesday: Evening Color

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Garden Pic for today is a evening shot of these brightly colored 4 O'clocks in one of my front beds.  It was around 6 pm, still light after a rainy day. They stay open all night, feeding moths and so on.   Other news: I got all Dave's clothing boxed up, plus a box of odds and ends to give away, such as mugs and other household type things. Plus, a few pieces of furniture are ear-marked to go. It was harder then I expected, though, to find a charity to swing by for a pick-up. Goodwill isn't doing home pick-ups. Salvation Army had one guy and a small truck and couldn't pick-up the desk I wanted taken away as well. I wasn't sure who else to call, then found a website that pairs people to charities that do pick-up in your zip code. (free) They connected me to the Waterfront Rescue Mission and they set up a pick-up date later this month to do the pick-up. However, the form had me fill out exactly what I wanted picked-up and that's all they will pick-up as that's

Mama Kat Thursday: What Most People Like & I Don't

The  Mama Kat prompt I chose today is, "Share something other people like, but you don't." How Other People Feel About Ranch Dressing: via GIPHY   How I Feel About Ranch Dressing : via GIPHY Give me anything but Ranch Dressing---something that actually tastes like something!!

Garden Pic Wednesday: Purple Butterfly Bush

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The Garden Pic for today is my purple Butterfly Bush! This one is a "dwarf," so it remains a compact mound   Other Garden Work: I've been working my way around the house, cleaning up various beds. This view is what I walk past out the front door. It has mounds of Asparagus Fern & is home for my house plants during summer. Before I took this picture, it was thick with pine-needles, Bay tree leaves & overgrown with wild blackberry's, which was interfering with the Asparagus Fern. It was a mess. So I cut off all the Asparagus Fern in order to rake it out, pull up blackberry stems and so on, put down newspaper over exposed soil, mulched the rakings with the mower and put that mulch down on the newspaper around the Asparagus Ferns.  So now the Fern can get a fresh start and it looks neater. The job took 2 or 3 hours one afternoon.

Garden Pic Wednesday: Red Hardy Hibiscus & Mango Calla Lily

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Two Garden Pics for you today: First, my Red Hardy Hibiscus is in full show right now!    Next: My Mango Calla "Mango" is it's color. This shot was it's first flower, but it has since put up a second. Gradually the yellow part turns green as it's actually a leaf and not the flower---the flower is inside. It's in my container garden out front. You'll notice it has polka-dot leaves. Not all Calla's have polka-dot leaves, but I chose this for it's leaves in particular, for visual interest, since the leaves remain all season to fall.   Other Things: I'm starting to work on  organizing stuff for a Salvation Army pick-up. I have some furnishings and plan on boxing up the majority of Dave's clothing. I can ask for a truck. I considered trying to sell some of his clothing, but what sells is rather picky and most of Dave's clothing is Walmart---so not that sellable. Plus it would involve me doing all the mailing---tired of that already with the

Garden Pic Wednesday: Evening Garden View

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Today's Garden Pic is my backyard garden view in the evening as the sun slides toward setting---usually between 5:30 and 7 pm. I sit on the loveseat inside the house with a cup of coffee, just peacefully watching the sun slide over my garden while small birds visit the feeder and larger birds hop about hunting for bugs.   Other Things Going On: I joined the local 24 Workout gym that's located in the plaza close to where I live--maybe a mile and a half. It's only $19 a month. Just a equipment place; no classes. But it's actually really nice and part of a national chain that I'm now a member of and can use anywhere. I did recently added some new thank you card designs to my Zazzle store---first time in 7 months. Fortunately, sales have been ticking along even without me doing much of anything.  You can visit:  My "Say Thanks" Collection  here.

Garden Pic Wednesday: Nice Hydrangeas!

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Today's pretty Garden Pic is this blue Hydrangea that's right opposite my front door. Mostly it's blue---though I have seen it bloom both blue and pink heads before. If the soil acidity gets low, it's blooms more pink. I just add Epsom salts around the base periodically to keep it blue.  The rain gutter re-do won't start until around the end of June. It will be nice to have gutters that actually work well. In the meantime, I'm working my way around the house, edging beds. Also still trying to get some annual flower seeds going. The Forget-Me-Knots I got from my sister while home for the Celebration of Life for our Mom, are sprouting. I collect blue flowers, so these are perfect. My sister had a pile of them on the table for people who attended the celebration to take home. Neat idea.

Garden Pic Wednesday: Rain Garden Border

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Today's Garden Pic is this pretty boarder of yellow daylilies and sunlit blue agapanthus with spikes of Liatris that will open lavender in a few days. You can see the rock edging. (A rain garden is a planted spot where rain water typically pools and the plant roots help absorb the water.)   So About the Rain Gutter  Replacement Estimates... I already said I didn't like the first gutter company guy's over personal texting when I simply asked if he was going to come by as promised. I didn't want to use him, regardless of his estimate. He was the owner/worker/estimater for his company and he arrived in his sweaty work clothes, had a critical attitude and wasn't all that cheerful.. All 3 gutter companies I called claimed being super busy and "backed up" with gutter work, so I was discouraged. (they blame last season's hurricanes.) Anyway, considering I have lovely & extensive flower gardens all around my house, I decided to ask the Lord to show me who