Sunday, June 26, 2011

even though its been a spring thats more like fall...

My Peony still knows its time to do this....
And I always know its the middle of June, because my Peony tells me so.  Its like clockwork.

And it smells amazing.
They say peonies are kind of touchy and I don't consider myself as having a green thumb, but somehow I have these growing in my yard.  I plant something and it will either live or die. If it struggles, I have no idea how to help it. I'll do my best to give it a proper start, but for the most part my plants are on their own.
My peonies and my lilacs are superstars though. They make me look good in the neighborhood.


Fortunately, I planted my Peonies in the right place for them to do well...it was purely accidental, believe me.
They were one of the first things I planted when we moved into this house 16 years ago and I wish I had planted them somewhere different. But here they are, and I dont intend on moving them. There are two main clumps and I have split off 2 smaller plants to other areas of the yard. Those are not doing quite as well as the two original plants, yet. Peonies take time to really bloom well....and they don't like to be moved. Mine are growing right smack in the middle of a big patch of ivy. Somehow, they always seem to grow up through the ivy and bloom like crazy. My bushes are truely amazing and always FULL of flowers, and I love them for making me look like I know what Im doing.

The blooms are the size of a dinner plate which is awesome because one two or three flowers is a stunning bouquet. Many more and the fragrance might overwhelm you. They are VERY fragrant.
I love plants that make me look like I know what Im doing

Sunday, June 19, 2011

chick chick

So on fathers day my sister received a box full of chicks she had ordered.  They were so cute!
They'd been in a box overnight and once they got let out, they had a big drink of water, a nice warm clean rubbermaid box, and a heat lamp.
Every one of them was a different kind of chicken.  I loved this one


There were several that had zebra stripes on them. I don't know what its going to look like when its a grown chicken, but as a chick its pretty darn cute...
Here's a look into the box...lots and lots of chickies...

here's another shot of my favorite.  Cute and fluffy for now.

This guy has a big pom pom on his head. It'll grow into a big feather poof.  


Chickie butts...hehe
They were really entertaining. We watched them hop around, peck at the newspaper and drink water. My sister put rocks in their bowl of water. When I asked why, she explained that chickens are so stupid they will fall asleep in the water and drown so you put rocks in the bowl so they can't go too deep in the water...haha. Chickens are fun to watch. I could do without TV for awhile watching chicks peck

Wednesday, June 08, 2011

She's a Mama's girl

I've never seen a dog more attached to one person, than this one. Although she loves everyone, she is totally and completely a Mama's girl.
Paul says that when he's home alone and Im gone, she lays on the rug in front of the door, or sits on the back of the couch watching out the window and waiting for me to come home.
When Jen had her last back surgery, I spent a few days with her. Paul said he would go to bed and she refused to leave the front door.  He said when he would get up in the morning, she'd still be there...waiting.
I love that she's so attached to me, but it's a little scary too. I wish I knew what made a dog so attached to one person.


When we were on vacation in Sunriver last summer Paul bought this charm for her collar in the resort giftshop.  It says i love my Mom more than you. When you flip it over, the other side says... Go Away    
I doubt they intended it for a dog collar.  

I won't even tell you how much this stupid little silver charm cost...it was crazy expensive, but so totally perfect for her that he couldnt resist.