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Sunday, April 30, 2017

SPRING IN SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA



SPRING IN SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA



Welcome to my Spring Garden

Spring came early this year in the middle of March, due to the warm weather and lots of rain.  After 6 years of very little rain everyone lost lots of plants.  I lost about 10 rose bushes.

This rose bush is a David Austin climber and it is stunning and the smell WOW


One of my beautiful iris plants.  Really bloomed early.


Love to hear the sound of moving water from the fountain - it's so relaxing.


This is my plant "Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow", each day it is a different color.




These plants are my Bells of Ireland  and they come back each spring.


Looking at my gazebo - it needs a hair cut. All of the above photo;s are from the back yard.



Nap time for the dogs and me too.

My son Shaun and his girl friend Kim.  They stopped by to take me to dinner as they were off to Costa Rico the next day for Kim's Birthday.  We had a wonderful dinner and I loved my steak. Had a grand time with them - they are so much in love and cute together.  She is a head nurse in the Labor and Delivery Department of a near by hospital.




Just a few of my beautiful Iris's  they came so early this year and their colors are so vibrant.


Another one of my David Austin  climbers in the front side yard.  They sure smell so good.



This is the Eden rose and its a climber


Red Eden rose

Porch all dressed up for Easter.


This Iris is such a soft lavender color.  Wished they stayed longer that 2 days.  I wait all year for them to bloom and then here and gone.


This is a wild flower and I forget the name of it.  They sure are pretty and fill the garden beds so nicely.


These pictures are shots of my front yard and I would like to get rid of all the grass and just have roses and flowers in the front yard.




My Chicago Peace rose with so many buds on the plant.




That is the front yard with all the roses and iris in bloom.  Hope that you liked my Spring garden.

Today was the Fullerton Garden Tour and I didn't go on it as there wasn't a lot of gardens that I liked.
Next weekend is the Mary Lou Heards Garden Tour.  I am hoping that I can get to one of the days.  But they said rain next weekend, we will see.

So that's what i have been up to.  I just shopped the house and re-arranged my vignette with different items.  Will do another post next week with my shopping spree.

I don't seem to have a lot of time lately.  I have been taking my neighbor to therapy twice a week.  She fell and really hurt herself and can hardly walk.  Then with my Doctor visits and grocery shopping - the week is gone  and I am pooped. I also take a friend shopping too as she does not have a car. I am
the driver for the neighborhood. Doesn't take much to get me tired, then I sit down and read or nap for a little while and get up and finish my chores.

I hope all of you are having a beautiful Spring and your gardens are amazing.

Waldo, Lili and I thank you for stopping by to visit with us and hopefully you will leave us a comment.  I'm off for my nap - the dogs are calling me.

Mary

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Tuesday, February 21, 2017

HOW TIME FLY'S

HOW TIME FLY'S - WHEN YOUR HAVING FUN, I THINK

I do not know where January and February has gone too.

After putting all my Christmas decorations away (which took 2 weeks) I was kinda in a funk.  A very special friend died just before Christmas, went to bed and didn't wake up.  Gary was only 61 years old and I had worked with him at Amada America and had know him for 32 years.  With Christmas and New Years so close to his death they decided to do a Celebration of his Life in January, close to a Show so a lot of the sale personnel would be in town.  I went to the Celebration held in the Show Plaza at Amada.  It was a wonderful turn out and I got to see so many sales people that I had worked with for 20 years and had not seen in 11 years. It was a beautiful celebration and was bitter sweet.

 While I was there the President asked me to come to the show on the following Thursday.  So my assistant Ginger and I went.  What a reception we got from customers, co-workers and sales personnel - it was great and brought back so many memories.....







They had a wonderful buffet with so many good entrees and side dishes.  they also had a sushi bar, oh so good.

I was amazed on the wonderful renovations they did on the Show Plaza.  It was 60,000 sq feet of space displaying equipment.  When I worked there it was my responsibility to have the Show Plaza in mint condition with the latest equipment for the shows.  Oh how I wished they had renovated the show plaza when I worked there. No A/C- One can only dream.... Here are some of the pictures I took while I was there at the show.


I think that I shrunk... what do you think???




I know you think I am over stating the number of humming bird that I have, but look at these pictures.  When their feeders get low, they sure let me know.  I use about 25 lbs. of sugar a month making their food.  I have since cut back on their sugar and they don't seem to mind it. This goes on all day.  Refill their feeders daily.





I took s shot when we received hail, but it is hard to see.  Lots and lots of rain, but the garden sure loves it and the roses are dancing.  I have been able to pick a bouquet of roses each week and some of my Spring flowers are blooming early.  I noticed today while I was out looking  at my garden that my Cape Jasmine is ready to bloom and that normally blooms in April/May.  So everything is very early.  However, I did notice that my Mr. Lincoln rose bush has died.  I am not going to pull it up as maybe it will recover, I hope.










I have been cleaning out closets, OMG I didn't realize what a mess I had in there, but its going to GW.  Way to many dishes and dishes and dishes.  Guess what I got for Christmas, yes, your right, dishes for 12  Mary Englebret  and they are beautiful.  There are salad plates, dessert plates and small bowls.  No dinner plates, but I can use a white dinner plate to go with them.  Will do a post later.

Seems that I have very little energy due to my thyroid.  Need to increase medication.  Hopefully I will get more energy soon.  I sure fizzle out about 1 p.m. but, I should be thankful as I will be 82 in July.

February 3rd I went to a Chinese New Years Eve Party.  What a grand time I had.  There was so much good food and fun.  There we were tossing the salad with fresh Salmon on it.  It is to bring you good luck.  Then the food started - a 7 course meal with a big Anniversary Cake.  Tour America has been in business for 20 years.  Lovely woman- Gloria and her employees love her.

Then the two Dragons came along wanting you to put Red Envelopes into their mouth - that also brings you good luck.  The the Sake came with gold flecks in it - also bringing you good luck.  They gave everyone a red envelope with a brand new dollar bill in it - again wishing you good luck.....




My friends that I went with.  Most of the people that were in attance there customers.  We certainly had a wonderful evening.  Good food and friends.



As you know this is the year of the ROOSTER.


Had lunch with the owners of a bus company that I worked with after I was laid off from Amada.  I retired three times LOL.  Had a wonderful Italian lunch, since Tony is Italian and so is David.  After the bus company went back into hotels and then I retired for good.


Tony and Jill - great people.  Always call to go to lunch or dinner when they are in town.

My friend David that talked me into moving to Sunny Southern California



Well folks that's what is going on in my world.  Having lunch with a friend tomorrow, we worked together at Amada.  It's Soup and Salad at the Olive Garden......

Shaun and Kelly are having a ball skiing every weekend in Tahoe.  Shaun's girlfriend has a condo there.  Shaun says that Kelly is having a BLAST.

So you all can see that I am still kicking.  Going next week to see if I have to have heart surgery, so say a pray that I do't have to have the surgery and can keep on dancing...................

Hugs,
Mary, Waldo and Lili

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