Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Bloomin' Tuesday!

Some of these pictures were taken at Mom's house on Saturday after her surprise dinner. The rest were taken in our gardens.

Click HERE to see more flowers from Bloomin' Tuesday.

Sunday, June 28, 2009

We Did It!

The four of us (Me, Chris, Kim and Tabatha) planned a surprise birthday dinner at Alfie's on Saturday Night. I don't know how, but we managed to keep it a secret for almost a month.

Most of the people that were at the surprise party had been into Mom's shop to get their hair done. Thank goodness none of them slipped.

Mom was totally shocked when we walked into the restaurant and there were 30 people there to celebrate her birthday.

It isn't an easy task to hide stuff from Mom. All 4 of us had a difficult time with it, so we tried to stay away from her. Read more about her birthday surprises HERE and HERE.

Thank you to everyone who helped Mom celebrate her 60th birthday.

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Happy 60th Birthday!

Today is Mom's (Ms Greenthumb Jean) 60th birthday!

We hope that you have a great day today Mom!

Stop over to Mom's blog and wish her a Happy 60th!

Guest Writer!

There was a young person named Jean
Whose life was a young woman’s scene,
Beauty school was right
And she raised hell at night
Then went to work for a beauty machine.

She was married but the marriage was bad
Except for the kids that she had
They were raised by her nearly
alone, for dad clearly
Was no help and that was quite sad.

So she started her business, with strife,
While trying to build a good life
Her beauty shop grew,
Her clients were true,
The kids aged, took a husband, a wife.

This person named Jean is now old
With opinions she speaks out quite bold
60 today it turns out,
A shame, it’s making her pout!
‘Cause 2 Grand-girls she’s got in the fold.

This old grandma who’s still known as Jean
Has developed a thumb that’s quite green
Her knowledge of plants she imparts
To her daughters, granddaughters hearts
And of gardens she is certainly a queen.

Now an epoch will seldom be seen
In this limerick style, somewhat mean
But in truth I will state
If you look at the slate
You could consider her epoch obscene.

Concluding I must say one thing other,
Your mom said that you could sure smother.
You say "not like her a bit,"
But even you must admit,
Each year you get more like your mother!

Writen in love by your older but younger looking brother!

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Bloomin' Tuesday!

The Spider Wort is in full bloom right now, it is so pretty. Here is a close up of the flower for you.

I have three different colors of Dianthus in my rose garden. I was able to get pictures of two of them.

The third one is white and I have a very hard time getting good pictures of white flowers for some reason.

This is my first rose for the season. It smells so good. It is a light lavender color.

To enjoy more of Bloomin' Tuesday click HERE.

Saturday, June 20, 2009

Taking A Walk!

The last couple times Chris and I have gone for a walk we were greeted by these deer. It was starting to get dark, so the clarity of these pictures isn't the best.

This one looks like a lawn ornament. They stayed completely still when they heard us. The only thing that moved every once in a while was their ears.

We took a walk in the early afternoon the other day and this one was out and about. They sure are getting brave.

They must know they are in the city and that no one can hurt them.

Thursday, June 18, 2009

It Has Been Gloomy!

It has been raining off and on for two days now.

Look at the great water drops I found in our gardens.

Lupine leaves

Columbine leaves

Lady's Mantle



Anyone who says sunshine brings happiness has never danced in the rain.

~Author Unknown

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

They Are Driving Us Crazy!!!!!

These little guys are cute to look at, but they can be a pain in the a$$.

We watched this little guy from our kitchen window. He is going after my new bird feeder that was supposed to be chipmunk proof.

Well it isn't!!

In one day the bird feeder was half empty. We hardly saw any birds at the feeder. By the looks of his cheeks he is storing up for winter.

This little guy just came out from our garage. Great! Where are they putting the seed?

Chris built this live trap for mom a few years ago, so he called her and asked if she was using it.

We have caught 3 chipmunks so far. We saw another one in the yard today. We let them free at a park close to our house.

Then we caught a bird. Yep a hungry bird. He was let free and is fine.

Monday morning the trap was empty but was moved across the lawn and the food was gone.

What the heck could that be??

When Chris got home from class Tuesday night he pulled in the drive way. The trap was across the lawn again and there was a raccoon in the yard. I guess we need a bigger trap.

Oh by the way we live in the city!!!

Monday, June 15, 2009

Bloomin' Tuesday!

We have two Spirea bushes at the front of our house that are almost in full bloom. They are on both sides of our front steps.

A walk around the neighborhood.

The wild roses are in bloom. I love that a wild plant gives off such a wonderful scent.

We aren't sure what kind of plant this is. The seed ball is about the size of a baseball.

This tiny white flower is no bigger than your pinkie finger nail.

Here is a different type of Daisy. They are about the size of a quarter and the petals are very thin.

To enjoy more of Bloomin' Tuesday click HERE.

Saturday, June 13, 2009

What was that noise???

Last Saturday while Chris and I were running a few errands we heard this awful noise when he stepped on the brakes. We were hoping something was just sliding around in the back. We turned off the music and the AC and rolled down the windows. Sure enough it was the coming from the back area of the car.

When we got home Chris took the back tire off to see what he could find. He found that the brakes were worn down to the metal. If he changed them now they wouldn't ruin the rotors. So he made some phone calls to see who had them in stock.

We went and got the new brakes. We got home and Chris was all set to change them. Next thing I knew he was back in the house making a phone call. They gave him the wrong brakes. Back to the store he went.

With all of the running around, he got the brakes done in a couple of hours. Thank God he knows how to do all this stuff or we would be in a lot of trouble.

Tuesday, June 09, 2009

Bloomin' Tuesday!

We went for a walk the other night and these daisies were growing in our neighbors yard.

I had to stop and take a few pictures of them.

Daisies are one of my favorites.

While walking my gardens I spotted this columbine hiding behind the downspout on our house. I thought I had lost it. I don't remember it blooming last summer. I will have to make sure I get some of the seeds this year.

Our chives are in full bloom. This little guy was hungry.

To see more Bloomin' Tuesday click HERE.