Thursday, May 25, 2017

I like day, May 25

It's Thursday and I am making time to get on the computer.   Our hostess is LeeAnna at Not Afraid of Color.  Please join us and visit the many blogs that are now participating.  You can find the list at LeeAnna's blog here.

I like clean dogs and yesterday my goddaughter gave Scout her first grooming. She was a champ and Jessa said she enjoyed it all except for the hair dryer.   She smells pretty now!

 At the groomer's...

I am a pretty girl!!!

Today Scout goes to the vet for her second check up.  She has been keeping me really busy.

I like sleep.
I am grateful that for the last four nights, Scout has slept through the night.  This is part of the reason I've been so busy.  I'm trying to make sure she is ready for a full night's sleep--and it's working.  We spend a considerable part of the day playing (in the house or out) and it has paid off.  I have a tired happy puppy at the end of the day.  She takes longer naps and I've been catching up on some much needed rest!

Now ...
in the garden:

 The roses are blooming~!  Out front the pink ones are making a good show:

Out back some of my rose bushes have reverted to wild roses.  Unexpected surprises in the garden surprise and delight me but in this case, I do miss my peace rose.  However like most old roses, the scent of these are wonderful!  
 At first, I thought all the roses in this bed had reverted but yesterday the morning greeted me with these lovelies:
My goddaughter, Jessa-the-groomer has some old rose bushes at her house and she encouraged me to come out and take some cuttings which I might do next week.  I lost a number of bushes this year and love the two colors she had in her garden.  It was like a secret garden and I'm sorry I didn't take photos when we visited yesterday.  She just moved into the house in February and there is a large neglected--but magical--garden behind her house:  complete with springs, little ponds and bridges and even an old arbor that we discovered.  I walked through with her Mom yesterday and pointed out plants that I knew.  It will be fun to see what happens as they continue to work out there!

Finally I like paint buckets.
Plastic Pail - 5 Gallon, Blue - ULINE - Qty of 5 - S-7914BLU
Oh yeh they are great for gardening and doing all sorts of projects.  But this past week they became really useful.  The buckets are the ONLY thing that Scout appears to be afraid of (she doesn't like the way they sound) and therefore, I've placed a number of them throughout the garden where she likes to dig.
And--IT WORKS!  No digging since I "planted" buckets throughout the garden.  

I'm sorry I don't have more this week but I'm putting good time into training Scout these days.  I hope you are having a wonderful week!

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Happy Happy May....

It's I Like Thursday, hosted by LeeAnna, feel free to visit her website, Not Afraid of Color to learn about more participants--or better still, why not join?  This world needs as much positive energy as we can create.

This week, I like BUBBLES--and so does my puppy, Scout.  These kept her frolicking on Tuesday.  Because she is a puppy she does more fumbling than catching bubbles.  It sure is fun to watch her.

Another fun thing that happened with Scout was the old tried and true squirt gun.  I'm trying to get Scout to stop eating every piece of dirt, wood, etc. outside.  Normally the squirt gun would snap my dogs out of it.  Not Scout.   She thinks the squirt gun is her personal water fountain:
I like taking photographs of things and also collect old and antique photographs.  Lately I've been playing with the idea of making greeting cards from some of my photographs to sell at guilds when I lecture.  After many protypes and printing company I've ended up with these:

I've been enjoying the cool temperatures we've had in N.E. Pennsylvania but I'll be grateful for the two days of heat this week.  Some of my plants simply need some heat to set bloom.  Others, the cool spring bloomers are blooming an exceptionally long time.  This week I like:
the many variations of columbine:

I am a city gardener.  My back door is actually a side door and five feet away is my neighbor's home.   I like when I open the back door, I am greeted by the aroma of lilies of the valley that grow between our homes.  Soon the peonies will be perfuming that area as well.  It is a happy scent.

Weigela is blooming:

I like serendipitous surprises in the garden.  Scout digs when she is tired and in an attempt to thwart her, I placed stones in her favorite digging spots.  Now I rather like the look of the stones through this bed.
Well that is it for this week.  Have a happy week!

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Pretty Garden Girl

Scout loves being outside and especially in the garden where she can run around freely.  Just look at that face:  Isn't she adorable?  Well yes, she has trampled a lot of plants and there are paths cut through the flowers now, but she is cute.  The one thing I wasn't going for was the keep away when she runs into the bushes.  Too bad for Scout that I've had a Teddy.

And because I've had a Teddy I own lots and lots of fencing for the garden borders.
"Drat, foiled again."
Have a wonderful day!!!

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Happy Mother's Day

I hope you have a great day!
I have to go now and run after a naughty puppy :D

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Positive energy needed in this world......

I like Thursdays continue!  Created and sponsored by LeeAnna at Not Afraid of Color, please visit her blog to view more inspiring posts.

This week, I like my garden.  Although Scout is doing her best to trample most of the plants.  She likes to hide in the garden--a move which I attribute to her youth and perhaps an instinct that she is vulnerable to predators.  Or maybe she just likes the cool cool plants :)
Blooming this week:

Jewel in the garden crown this week is the clematis!

I like Scout's new collar and harness, a pretty Tiffany blue!
 And her new pretty leash!

I love that found an old favorite toy at Amazon.  It's called outward Hound Hide and our beloved Paddie loved this toy.  
That was 20 years ago and I was surprised to find it last week.  True to form, Scout loves it!  
This is a shout-out to LeeAnna...Milo might enjoy this!

Many of you have asked about Scout's color.  She is a blue standard poodle.  She seems more grey/blue each day. 

Scout continues to entertain us.  Carol said, "she is so much better to watch than tv."  😁😁😁

Yesterday Scout discovered her shadow.  She's not really sure why she can't catch it.

I hope you are having a wonderful week!

Friday, May 5, 2017

Milo and Scout

Yesterday's emails about "I like Thursdays" remind me that I should have mentioned an important thing.  Milo--LeeAnna's new puppy over at "Not Afraid of Color" is actually Scout's brother.
Milo, Scout's brother.  He really looks like our first puppy, Paddie.  So beautiful!
LeeAnna encouraged me to contact the breeder of her late son/dog, Cole after Seamus passed.  We were hoping to meet (LeeAnna and I) on Sunday but the breeder only told me that LeeAnna was going to be late (dang).  Of course there was a lot of chaos there as well Brad wanted to get home and I had a list of things I needed addressed by the breeder.
Bad photo but to the far left is Mama, then Dad, and to the far right is Grandma of our puppies.

Some of Scout and Milo's siblings.  The runt is to the far left.

I cannot tell you how nice it is to have someone else dealing with puppy chaos.  Doesn't matter how many pups you raise, you forget a lot through the years.  LeeAnna emailed me yesterday that Milo now sleeps about 5 hours straight at night.  Scout is up at least two times a night (yup, 2  a.m. , 4 a.m. and 6 a.m. is the start of her day).  My neighbor has started calling me "Merle" because I look so haggard 😐

Brad was very enamored with the runt of the litter but we already know it is dang near impossible to train two puppies at the same time.  That's how we got Teddy, our white poodle (my mom learned that lesson the hard way).

As for me, I've learned to take naps with Scout at this point.  She does sleep nicely in her crate and we know that she has a tell.  She begins to dig a nest whenever she is tired.

Yesterday I was sorting wash and Scout decided to assist.  She thinks all dirty socks should be relegated to her bed:
Some of you have picked up on her color.  
She is indeed blue (a black turning grey/blue later).

Scout is napping so I am going to get a shower and rest.  Have a great day!

Thursday, May 4, 2017

I like May 4 Edition!!!

I like May!  It's always been my favorite month!  It's the month my son was my born :)
I love my son.  But I also like him, like the person he's become and have so much fun with him and my lovely daughter-in-law, Jessica!

Of course I like love Scout too!

Having a puppy makes me grateful for this:

In May, my favorite flower blooms--lily of the valley!

This past week, before Scout arrived, I re-strung lights in the garden.  The trellis is a piece my brother rescued and refurbished.  It's a happy piece in the garden, especially at twilight and early evening.
I hope you have had a wonderful and blessed week.  Please join LeeAnna and the gang on the day of positive energy--I Like Thursdays!