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Monday, May 11, 2015

Is It July Already???

For the past two weeks it has been more like the middle of July than the middle of May.  It's been very hot and dry.  This makes me fear for what the rest of the summer will be like.  I'm praying for a thunder storm tonight.

Mother's Day started off with Zip and I taking a drive through the country side. We love going by the Mennonite churches and seeing the buggies all lined up.

The adults with the little children travel in the buggies.  The teenagers ride the bicycles, with groups of girls and then a group of boys following.

The horses stoically wait to be on their way home.

The kids worked in the yard and flower beds all day.  They went above and beyond the call of duty.

They set up the small water garden.  We still need to get some plants so the fish can hide in them.  It looks kind of bare not, but once the ferns start to grow out, it will be lovely.

They added to the plantings beside the wash house and put mulch on it.  The larger hostas were the ones we planted last year.  That's Kami in the background working hard.

Brad and Kami love yard sales and always find really nice stuff.
They found two of these benches for $5 each.

Now those of you who don't live with cats and love them beyond reason and don't think they are the most perfect (maybe a few tiny idiosyncrasies) creatures that ever walked the earth, you can skip over this part because you will not understand.
We were so glad to get a bench that had already been initiated!  Yes!  There were cat scratches all along the top rail of the back.  And look at the leg  .  Cat barf!!!

Our kitties don't have to do a thing.  The bench has already been made acceptable by  other cats.  What a find!

I was in charge of planting the hanging baskets for the front porch.  I swore I would not plant petunias again because they didn't grow as full as I wanted them too last year.  But somehow they sneaked in to the planter again.  Just couldn't resist the lovely pink color to go with the geraniums.

Instead of getting a flower planter for our little back porch, Zip and I liked this planter of lettuces that we can use in salad.

Brad and Kami had a lovely little Japanese maple growing by their water garden in Fayetteville.  They dug is out and brought it along when they moved in but unfortunately it didn't survive.  They have been so expensive at the greenhouses that we've visited that we decided not to replace it. Then much to our surprise, they had them for $12.99 at Aldi.  Who would have thought there would be pretty little trees in the grocery store?  We bought two.  They will have to grow out a bit to be really pretty.  We can wait.

Earlier in the spring we put shutters on the addition.  It's looking like home!

The kids had planned to cook a Mother's Day dinner on the grill.  After working so hard all day, Zip and I decided that they deserved a break.  Instead we had Japanese for dinner.  Mom was very happy to have sushi and tiny shrimp dumplings.

Happy Mother's Day, Mom!  Snore!!!

I want to thank all of you for your kind comments on my last post.  So many people suffer silently from depression.  I don't feel that it's something to be ashamed of.   I hope talking openly about it can maybe encourage someone else to seek help. 

I am taking the medication the doctor prescribed and it is helping.  There aren't huge changes in my mood, but it's enough to be encouraging.  I would still like to have more energy.  Don't we all want more energy???  So far I'm happy with the results.  Every day I feel the urge to get up and out and do a little more.

So thank you all for your support.  I really appreciate it!


  1. Glad to hear the medicine is starting to help. Hang in there.

  2. Hi Pat, it's so nice reading a post from you. I'm so glad that you are starting to feel better. I know a lot of people who suffer in silence and I agree, talking about it is a good thing.

    I can't believe that your Maple trees are all green. Ours are still in buds and are dropping the red little blossoms.

    You always have such tasty food on your table.

    I love seeing those Amish buggies all lined up too. It's such a nice way of life they live.

    Take care and I hope your Mother's day was special.

    1. Love that cat bench too.
      Will they share with you?

  3. Happy Mother's Day to you. Sounds like you had a wonderful day. How lucky to have Brad and Kami with you to help. I'm happy to hear the medication is helping and yes, we'd all love more energy (except maybe for Julia ~ she's like the Energizer
    I adore your little water garden. I got mine cleaned out but haven't yet gotten my sweetie to put in the sandstone fountain. It's too heavy for me and he is having some back and leg issues. This getting old is not for sissies, is it?
    Great deal on those benches!
    Hugs :)

  4. Hi Pat,
    Love your post! It's always so interesting seeing what it looks like in your part of the country! Brad and Cami are sure doing a gorgeous job on your yard! Wish they'd come do mine... it's not getting the loving care it has in the past...
    Sure hope you continue to improve and know you are being thought of each day! I know the struggles with health and keep thinking I need to share more on my blog.... it's hard to talk about it though! If It could help others who are going through these things to be more vocal maybe I should give it a go! You have inspired me to at least try! Thank you for sharing all the photos and continuing to blog! You've always been my inspiration!
    Cathy G

  5. lol! That Dieter is crackin' me up! :-) Love that Geranium in the planter! Maybe those petunias will full out more than last year. Could have just been the season as the ones I planted were kind of small tool Great score on the benches! Enjoy the sunshine! :-)

  6. Hi Pat, I just popped over from Dot's Fibre to Fabric blog and had to say hello and of course become your newest follower! I love those horse drawn carriages the Mennonites use. I recall seeing quite a few in upstate New York when I still lived up there.

    I just love your blog and most certainly your kitties. I agree that life without a kitty in it is just not much of a life! :D I am so looking forward to visiting and reading your blog posts. We seem to be kindred spirits in many ways, alas including the depression thing. I go into funks off and on and take meds for both my fibromyalgia and depression/anxiety. I am pretty new to weaving and spinning but I also love making crocheted rag rugs as well as twined rugs. Ahhh, so much fiber so little time, :D

    I just love the photos of your home and really must do some nosing around your blog to get to know you better. Looking forward to a long and fibery friendship...
    Hugs for now,
    Beth P
    Harrisville, New Hampshire via NYC, upstate NY and NJ


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