Thursday, March 21, 2019

Welcome Spring! I like Thursdays: March 21, 2019

Happy Spring!
My daffodils aren't blooming yet but I'm excited that soon they will be!

I bought a new quilt old quilt in February and it reminds me of spring too!

I also found this wonderful runner that is embroidered and crocheted!

Yesterday I worked in the garden.  I've got two overgrown rose bushes that I'm removing a little at a time.  Despite their rigourous growth, they have a virus and have to be completely be removed from the garden out front.  I'm more fortunate than the Rose Garden in our park.  The city has had to remove hundreds of bushes with the virus.  If you ever see this on your roses, it isn't good:

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I was going to change the garden out front anyway so it isn't a big deal.  I'm just glad I figured it out!

Spring makes me want to clean out things besides the garden.  This week I cleaned and reorganized a number of cupboards and it feels much better!  

This is my junk cupboard.  I cleared about two boxes of things out of here.  

Gardens grow and change like everything else.  If you enjoy gardening, check out Monty Don (books, netflix, etc.).  I love how he writes and the thoughts he shared in March which you can find here:
https://montydon.com/tips-and-advice/

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Wishing you a happy and peaceful week!  Hugs!




Thursday, March 14, 2019

I like Thursdays, March 14, 2019

"I grad-u-cated from obedience school!
Everyone says I am so cute and even when mom and I messed up we got lots of applause!  I didn't like the hat though."

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Happy St. Patrick's Day!!!


Thursday, March 7, 2019

I almost forgot it's Thursday! March 7, 2019

Things that I almost forgot to share with you today!
I love fastnachts!
 Fastnachts are donuts the Pennsylvania Dutch make to celebrate Fat Tuesday.  On Tuesday,  I walked Scout early in the morning.  It was 23 degrees with a windchill of 5.  I was surprised to see an elderly lady we know carrying a basket.  I asked her if she needed help,  but she declined my offer.  She was delivering fastnachts she had  made at dawn to the neighbors.  That counts for reason #472 as to why I love my neighborhood!

I like the snowglobe effect.
It doesn't happen often but sometimes when it is snowing, the boughs of the cedar and the aborvitae  bend with the weight of the snow and the patio doesn't get snowed on much at all.  Scout and I went out the night it snowed and it was like watching the storm from the inside of a snowglobe!

 I liked the pretty sky the next day!




Last week, Scout's graduation from obedience school was postponed due to storms.  Hopefully we will be able to celebrate with all her dog friends on Saturday!

Speaking of dog friends, she had a wonderful romp on Sunday with Eddie a dog a few streets away!  He is one of the few dogs we know who is about her age and they had a blast together!

Have a wonderful week!



Thursday, February 28, 2019

I Like Thursday: February 28, 2019


I like my puppy, Scout!  She is so pretty and a sweet girl!
Tomorrow is her birthday and her Auntie Sandra and Uncle Dennis far away in Canada remembered that her birthday is tomorrow, March 1. 

 They sent her a card!!!
"Thank you Auntie and Uncle!"
 Good memories of my darling girl!





For other positive posts, check out LeeAnna at Not Afraid of Color.  Her puppy Milo is Scout's brother and I'm sure they will be celebrating as well!
Have a great day!

Thursday, February 21, 2019

I like Thursday: Think Spring! February 21, 2019

"Despite the forecast, live like it's spring!" 
 --Alice Pulitzer

26 days until Spring!

How are you today?

It's Thursday and time for "I like Thursdays" hosted by LeeAnna at Not Afraid of Color.  Please join her to check out other happy posts!

Despite the spring countdown, it's still chilly here.  We had snow and more ice yesterday and last night.  Scout thinks it is a good time to cuddle with toys.

The weather is supposed to get warmer for the next few days and we had a nice day last week when the temps hit 60 F.  It was wonderful to visit the park with the puppy.  Hopefully we will get over there again in the next few weeks if the weather does indeed get warmer.

What do you think about when you can't sleep?  I plan my garden.  This year I am gutting the front yard garden and giving away a lot of plants to friends.  It's just time.  Somethings are growing out of control, other plants I simply regret.  Sunlight in the garden changes as nearby trees and plants grow.  It's time reassess.  
Then there are the flowers I would like to incorporate. 

I like David Austin roses and would love to have at least one in my garden.  They have this full old fashioned look to them.

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I've always had foxgloves in my garden but this spring I intend to sow some seeds for this paler color.

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I hope you have a wonderful week full of the promise of spring!






Thursday, February 14, 2019

Happy Valentine's Day! February 14, 2019

Happy Valentine's Day!
It's Thursday and time for "I like Thursday" sponsored by LeeAnna at Not Afraid of Color!

My husband was so excited a week ago because "crazy quilt" was one of the answers on his crossword puzzle!  He does a bunch of these puzzles each day but never had this answer before.  The clue was "Hodge podge".


34 Days Until Spring!

Last weekend I watched the Mr. Rogers documentary on Netflix.  It was wonderful!

This is the little lab puppy from our dog training school.  He is hilarious!

His name is "Bo" and he has grown leaps and bounds since our first class 5 or 6 weeks ago.  He is very young (I'd say about 6=8months) and refused to do anything being taught him (including walking).  Just say "heal" and the boy would lay down on the floor and do nothing.  His people would plead and cajole and bribe but he would just lay on the floor as they tried to drag him along.  Any time he actually takes a few steps, the whole class erupts in applause and laughter. We love him! Each week he is just getting bigger and bigger...but that is puppyhood for ya.

I hope you have a pleasant and fun week!  Take care!

Thursday, February 7, 2019

Happy Thursday! February 7, 2019


40 Days Until Spring!!!

We've had glorious weather this week and nearly all the snow is melted!
The snow drops are up and that is always a welcome sign.  It's true, we could still have snow in the next month or so but I'm enjoying the sunshine we have now and the more tepid temperatures.



 My mother's birthday was this past week and we enjoyed watching Scout trying to figure out the roomba type cleaner we got Mom!  My Son and Daughter-In-Law came up for the weekend and made a huge brunch for all of us on Sunday.  It was wonderful and my Mom is still marveling how wonderful it was :)



I wasn't much interested in the super bowl this week but I like the kitten bowl and puppy bowl on tv that day.  Scout liked it too.  Whenever the human announcers broke into the game, she made funny moans as if to say "Go away, I want the animals back!"

That's all for today!  Visit other positive posts at LeeAnna's here.
 Have a wonderful week!


Wednesday, January 30, 2019

Things I like: January 31, 2019

It's a bit chilly here in Pennsylvania!
I won't complain, my husband has been working in Wyoming and I know that my midwestern friends, as well as hubby, have been dealing with ungodly temperatures.  Stay warm everyone!

It's I like Thursday and another reason not to complain!  What are you enjoying this week? 

I like Scout's new coat.  It was on sale at Chewy for about $7!!!  She doesn't mind it too much.  She won't be walking the next day or two because of the temperature so we will working on her training homework indoors.  

She has has school on Saturdays.  I really laughed when I took this photo.  

Normally she is up pretty early but it's like she had sixth sense that it was a school day. 😁  Who could resist a baby that sleeps with her wubby frog?
Actually Scout loves school and I'm seeing improvement.  Even some of my neighbors have commented on how much better she is walking.

Before the snow, we were walking and saw some crows.  Did you know that a group of crows is called a murder?  I don't care for them and they were circling an area of the creek.  Turns out Big Blue (one of our local blue herons) was there so Scout and I just stood by the creek for a while and the crows eventually left.  You might wonder if the crows would take on a heron but I've seen them go after the foxes here so I've no doubt.

These days I spend about five hours a day writing or researching.  I've written two new programs.  For people who are new to "I like Thursdays", I present lectures and trunk shows to guilds, historical societies and museums.  This weekend I'm hoping to get the new flyers sent out to the guilds I visit regularly.  You can read about my programs at my website here.  

I had no sooner finished the programs when an opportunity to submit an article to an historical bulletin arose.  The editor is interested in the research I've done and I'm hoping to submit an article by the deadline of March 31.  It's a LOT of work and I haven't written a professional paper in decades so I'm a bit nervous.  If I finish and if it's accepted, I'll post more about that later.  

By evening I'm fried and I just want to watch tv and chill out with Scout.  There are only 47 days until spring and I love watching gardening shows.  They are few and far between on tv these days (remember when HGTV used to have gardening shows???).  But I've become addicted to watching Monty Don's shows on Netflix. 

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He's a wonderful British gardener and has such a soothing voice.  This show is keeping me inspired until spring!

Last night I was excited to see a gardening show on one of our PBS stations.  It's called "All Gardens Great and Small" and features British gardens as well.  Narrated by Miranda Hart (she played Chummy on "Call the Midwives"), Miranda narrates as her mother visits British gardens.  

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Oh the weather they have there!  They can grow so many more things than we can in our zone.  Anyway it was fun and lightweight and I do recommend it!

I hope you have a wonderful week!  Stay warm!
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