Nice second harvest of rhubarb today. Picked in the rain while waiting to move a water pump -- which is really the story of the day: 3+ inches of rain so far and no end in sight. We spent much of the day dealing with water in the basement and yard. I also took a picture of a window well full of water. Yuck. This picture is much happier!
(Our third day of deep cleaning the girls' rooms came to a sudden halt when the water problems started. Hope we can get back to it tomorrow. But we have other commitments, too.)
Our lilies are coming along. Looking forward to those blooms! Our yard looks awful as we haven't had time to do any yard work. For now, this is about all of the yard I'm willing to share. Hoping to get out there and make a real difference on Sunday. A free day, finally.
The girls were delighted to take home these cute table centrepieces from their Auntie's wedding shower on Saturday. The plants are Orange Mint, Melissa All Gold Lemon Balm, and Oregano.
Sophia participated in the first day of the city track meet and earned a 4th place in triple jump. She's looking forward to high jump, long jump, and relay tomorrow. Madeline is in high jump tomorrow, too. Neil is helping with Mosaic set up today and tomorrow, as well as working extra hours at Prairie Sky and serving Grocery Freedom customers every weekday. The girls have stage rehearsal tomorrow night. Busy week!
It'll still be awhile before my rhubarb is big enough to cut. Can't wait - I love it!
Today was Victoria Day, and I'm off all this week. Lots to do around the house and yard. (I could easily fill three weeks!) Sophia is excited and getting ready for Outdoor Ed at Camp Monahan (3 days and 2 nights).
Lantana camara and Osteospermum hybrid Orange Symphony.
We continued our tradition of going to greenhouses on Mother's Day. This year, we went to West 25th (owned by the family of one of Madeline's school classmates), Cherrylane, and Doorn's - all locally owned and operated. We enjoy chatting with the owners.
Here's what we bought and planted in 2013. Far more annuals than I intended to get, but the girls loaded our boxes with flowers they wanted, and my mind was on our van purchase - which happened right before we went to the greenhouses - instead of policing the plant purchases!
Tomatoes (1 of each)
Sweet Million (60-65 days)
Lemon Boy (72 days)
Manitoba (62 days)
Bush Beefsteak (62 days)
Rambling Red Stripe (62-68 days)
Sunsugar (62 days)
Tumbling Tom yellow
Peppers & Herbs
Jalapeño pepper 4
Flat leaf parsley
Celery 3 (from Laurel)
Corn Golden Beauty Hybrid
Carrots: Red-cored Chantenay, round (ball shaped), orange, purple, and white
Lettuce: green, red, and butter
Trumpet lily Regale
Longiflorum lily Triumphator
Goat's Beard (Aruncus dioicus)
Stock Vintage Mix
Snapdragon Chimes Mix
Aster Pot 'n' Patio
Cosmos Sonata Mix
Osteospermum hybrid Orange Symphony
Viola Sorbet Mix 6
Pansy Matrix Deep Blue w/ Blotch 6
Gazania We Day Mix 6
Nicotiana Saratoga red 3
Pansies 3 (free from Cherrylane)
Begonia Fairyland Mix (free from Cherrylane)
Sweet Potato Vine - 1 purple and 1 green
Acalypha Chenille Fire Tail
Here are pictures of our greenhouse visits from 2009 to 2012, and then a shot from this year at Doorn's.
We enjoyed visiting greenhouses on this beautiful afternoon. It's becoming a Mother's Day tradition for us. We went to The Plant Ranch, Cherry Lane (near Grand Coulee), and Doorn's (Hwy 6 south). I had some good SwarmJam coupons for The Plant Ranch and Cherry Lane.
We plan to do our planting next week when I'm off work. Looking forward to it!
Early Girl 4 (54 days)
Patio (70 days)
Red Cherry (75 days)
Golden Honey Bunch 4 (75 days)
Oxheart 4 (90 days)
Bush Beefsteak (from school)
Peppers & Herbs
Jalapeño peppers 4
Banana (yellow fingerlings)
Asiatic Lily Tango Dot Com - G's choice
Asiatic Lily Cappuccino - M's choice
Asiatic Lily Tiny Dino - S's choice
Echinacea Harvest Moon
Echinacea Fatal Attraction
Sedum (from our neighbour)
Himalayan Blue Poppy (added later)
Spiderwort 'Sweet Kate' (added later; to replace one that didn't come back)
We're enjoying our first blooms of the season: Pasque flowers we planted last year. We're also enjoying our new camera and learning more about photography through Fundamentals of Digital Photography with John Greengo at CreativeLIVE (excellent workshop!). Neil took these photos April 23 & 24.
I dipped into my archives for Picture Inspiration again this week. Time and daylight aren't on my side these days. I took this picture in early June this year, and I'm happy to share it now as I hadn't previously. It's the seed head of a pasque flower (with some spider webs, I assume) -- and a fascinating bit of nature, don't you think?
I decided to share three photos for Picture Inspiration this week. I took the photo above specifically for the prompt (we have a wonderful crop of garden tomatoes this year -- yum!), and the other two are from our trip to Yellow Grass on Saturday. They struck me as "back to basics" as well.
A basic childhood pleasure. I love how you can really see the big weed seeds in the air. So much easier to photograph than dandelion seeds! And below, some of my parents' bison herd. I don't usually crop my photos into unusual dimensions, but I really wanted to zero in on the cow-calf pairs and eliminate the fence in the foreground. I also applied the Pioneer Woman Heartland action. I think it turned out pretty cool.
I got up a little earlier today. I was laying there wide awake anyway. I know it's because I have only two days left in Marketing at Head Office and it seems a bit surreal. I was thinking of all the things I need to do today and tomorrow at work, including getting my office completely packed up.
The past week or two have been full, and I'm feeling behind on my blog posts. I know it's not a life requirement but I do pressure myself to capture what's happening. I have a terrible memory for details and a very strong desire not to lose them. This is my record! Anyhow, I can't cover everything I've missed today, but I want to mention a few things.
Georgia had her ears pierced last Wednesday! She had been wanting this for a few months and I told her we'd do it when she was the same age Madeline was when she had her ears pierced -- right before kindergarten. Georgia chose cute Hello Kitty studs. You can see them in the picture above. She was very quiet and sat perfectly still while her ears were pierced one at a time. She has been great about making sure her ears get cleaned with the antiseptic three times a day, and they look very healthy. When I turn her earrings, I say her kitties are doing somersaults. :) I should mention also that shortly after her ears were pierced and while the Claire's lady was explaining the care routine to me, I started feeling faint. I had to sit down on the ear-piercing chair and take my jacket off. I don't know why this happened; I wasn't even thinking about it in detail, and there was no blood at all. Embarassing!
The girls are enjoying their last two free weeks before school starts. Madeline's friend Mattea has asked her over for a few playdates. Sophia had a sleepover at Meghan's house last night. All three are spending lots of time outdoors playing with Zoe and Nadia on our street. It has been very nice to have these playmates so close (sadly, Zoe is moving in a few days). Plus, the weather has been great. We were truly blessed with a beautiful summer this year. The girls have been able to run through the sprinkler the past two days.
Yesterday, all three girls went to the dentist for a cleaning and check up. Neil had to take them on his own this time. I usually go, but I was unable to get an appointment when the girls had no school and I was off. Neil and I are going next Friday morning when all the kids will be in school. Happily, Sophia and Madeline's teeth were free of cavities. I have to make an orthodontist appointment for Madeline as her top teeth are very misaligned. (Sophia will have her 4th or 5th ortho checkup in October, too.) Also, Georgia needs to go to the pediatric dentist because she has three cavities. Boo.
I'm bracing myself for the onslaught of school and activities, and anxious to get the new calendar updated for the school year. I have numerous messages in my inbox with date information, and I feel uncomfortable until it's out there where everyone can see it. This will be a top priority for this weekend, as well as labeling the girls' school supplies. I can't wait to get them out of our house! The girls drive me crazy with things like this because they can't stop touching them and spreading them all over the place.
Well, it's time to get going to work. I still want to write about the past two weekends, but it likely won't happen until this weekend. This evening, I'm planning to make Buttermilk Blueberry Breakfast Cake for my last "cookie club" coffee break tomorrow. Thanks to Pinterest, it took me about five seconds to decide what I want to make!
This is borage, also known as starflower (I learned on Wikipedia after taking this picture). We've had borage in our yard for years, originally from a wildflower seed mix. They're quite prolific and I weed most of them out, but always leave a few to grow. Thankfully, they're super easy to pull compared to most weeds because the roots are very small and shallow. Next are the stars that remain after sedum finishes blooming. I was delighted to find these examples of stars in my own back yard!
Peace does not mean to be in a place where there is no noise, trouble, or hard work. It means to be in the midst of those things and still be calm in your heart - Unknown
Knowledge is of no value unless you put it into practice. - Anton Chekhov
You miss 100% of the shots you don't take. - Wayne Gretzky
You are getting your wants confused with your needs. - Stacy Julian's dad
We are weaving character every day, and the way to weave the best character is to be kind and to be useful. Think right, act right; it is what we think and do that makes us who we are. - Elbert Hubbard
I have made this letter longer than usual, only because I have not had the time to make it shorter. - Blaise Pascal
Better to write for yourself and have no public, than to write for the public and have no self.
- Cyril Connolly
To laugh often and much;
to win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children;
to earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of
to appreciate beauty, to find the best in others;
to leave the world a little better;
whether by a healthy child, a garden patch or a redeemed social condition;
to know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived.
This is the meaning of success.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson