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{Pretty, Happy, Funny, Real}~ June 28, 2015

Joining Like Mother, Like Daughter for {phfr}!

Dave's brother and his wife are visiting from the west coast.  We don't get to see them very often, but we are enjoying our time together.  Last Wednesday, my mother-in-law joined us for dinner.  It was a rare occasion for us all to be together.

Our quirky and adorable Hannah and her grandmother are so much alike.  They each view the world through her own binoculars and neither cares if it makes her unusual.  Lots of strength of mind is represented in this photo.

Our town is home to a couple big insurance companies, and one of them maintains a beautifully and immaculately kept garden for public use.  I think it's one of my favorite places.  A sample of the gorgeousness~

Thanks for stopping by!

{Pretty, Happy, Funny, Real}~ June 21, 2015

What's the weather like in your neck of the woods?  It's been almost nothing but rain and gray skies around here for the past six weeks, though yesterday was clear and sunny. . . and very hot!  The problem is that it's hard to keep up with outdoor chores.  Also, the poor vegetable garden is kind of scraggly and waterlogged.  But first, some {pretty} and {happy}

The zinnias are blooming!  Have you ever grown zinnias?  My goodness, they are so hardy and robust they are almost fail-safe.  The soil here is not great, it's been cloudy and too wet, yet these little beauties practically spring up overnight from seed and then bloom profusely until frost in the fall. They aren't even picky about spacing or depth of planting.  And then they oblige with lots of color and blooms that are great for cutting.  And this is just the start!

The dahlias are also about to bloom.  I've never grown dahlias before, but I'm excited to see how these do.  Honestly, when I pu…

{Pretty, Happy, Funny, Real}~ June 14, 2015

Hello, everyone!  As usual, I'm joining Like Mother, Like Daughter for {phfr}!


There are two, possibly three, herons living at our pond this summer, judging by the various shades of blue/gray we see.  I hope to see babies soon, but no luck so far. These birds are so different than the raucous geese who splash around in the pond, announcing their every arrival and departure.  The herons are silent and hardly ruffle the water when they catch a fish.  The only way to see them is to happen to glance pond-ward at just the right moment.  Then you might see one swooping noiselessly above the water or perching on a stump, like this one.

My husband the turtle lover spotted this gal in our driveway.  She made a dash for the woodpile when she realized he was intending to pick her up.  He did, but no harm came to her.  Turtles always look like they are smiling!

Dave says you can tell him and her box turtles apart by the bottoms of their shells and their eyes.  Boy turtles usual…

{Pretty, Happy, Funny, Real}~June 7, 2015

Hello, there!  I did not mean to disappear last week, but it's the way things fell out.  I'm glad to be joining Rosie at Like Mother, Like Daughter for {phfr} this week.


Masses of vivid, multi-colored geraniums at the local nursery.  I wished I could have rolled up the entire greenhouse and taken it home.  Gorgeous!


I recently used my pressure canner for the first time since we moved here last summer.  I made vegetable beef soup from a leftover pot roast plus a few odds and ends.  It's thrifty and tasty, a good combination!  I love having jars of homemade soup on hand for busy days.  Our garden is in full swing now, and if all goes as planned, I will have veggies to can this summer.  Since this is our first year of gardening at this location, the soil is not great, so I'm trying not to get my expectations too high.  We shall see . . .
I have wanted to do a fairy garden for the past four summers but, for one reason or another, just never mana…