Memorial Day Weekend

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I hope everyone had a fabulous Memorial Day weekend.  I was busy in the garden, attending our hometown parade, cleaning the grill and a myriad of other tasks that made the weekend fly by.  I think I might have been attacked by a poison ivy vine as well.  I have a breakout of itchy patches on my legs! UGGGHHHHH!  It seems that every year I am afflicted with a nasty rash from this vine. I guess that is the life of a novice gardener….I should know better by now and only garden in long pants but it was so darn hot over the weekend.  C’est la vie!

Anyway, enough of my whining.  

I was gifted with a beautiful butterfly bush for Mother’s Day and I planted it in the backyard on Sunday.  It is in just the right spot, plenty of sun, good drainage and I can see it from my bedroom window.  Perfect.

My backyard had a large slope on one side.  It has been a challenge to landscape and truthfully I have neglected it for several years.  I am determined that this will be the year I conquer it.

The backyard does not have the best soil and what is there is full of stones.  This is part of the struggle….dig out the stones and amend the natural soil with organic material and try to produce something better than what is already there.

So pretty. 🙂


Our town parade is an annual tradition.  The boys and I always attend and for many years they have marched in the parade with their respective boy scout troops or sports teams.  This year however they opted out of marching.  They really just wanted to sit with friends, cheer on the marchers, catch candy, eat our picnic and enjoy the day as spectators.

Old time fire engines, marching bands in traditional dress…classic small town parade.
Veterans marching always make me choke up a bit. So handsome in his uniform.
Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts marching with their troop leaders….I never get tired of seeing this.
It’s not a parade unless there are kids on floats.

I hope you all had a moment to enjoy a parade, family, bbq or just a quiet weekend to yourself.  


Baby Chicks

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Hello Readers!  I guess you have noticed that I have been absent from my blog for a little while.  I have received some very lovely emails asking where am I and is everything alright.  Let me bring you up to date on what has been happening.  My dear old dad is having some health issues and I have been flying back and forth to California over the last 2 months doing what I can to care for him pre & post surgery and helping with the follow-up visits to UCLA Medical Center, etc.  It has been emotionally draining and physically exhausting with round the clock medication and care.  My sister is doing the most work and I am trying to support her in any way I can…it is an ongoing process but I think we have gotten over the biggest hurdles and now it is about letting my dad take time to heal.  Fingers crossed that it’s all good news from here on out!

Baby Chicks have arrived at the farm!  My husband called me at work the other day to tell me that baby chicks had arrived via the US Mail.  Of course I had to go see the little beauties and let me tell you, they are precious!  The picture below shows the box they were shipped in from the hatchery.  26 fluffy little babies. 

chicks in box

Sorry the photos are a little blurry….I snapped them quickly with my cell phone.  This buff colored beauty was running around chirping her head off until I picked her up. 

blond chick in hand

The little guy below was the only one of his color in the shipment.  Funny thing about the chicks, each one I picked up immediately closed its eyes and snuggled in for a nap.

tiny black chick
It looks like this little guy is picking up his face to look at me from the rim of the water container but no…..they all have to lift up their beaks so the water goes down.  I am not sure if this is something adult chickens do as well.  I will have to wait and see if it continues as they grow larger. 


Here is a shot of some of the babies huddling in the corner of their new pen.  They really are adorable and sooooo noisy.  


Here is about 10 seconds of video. Can you hear how noisy these little fluff balls are?



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OMG!! what a nightmare the last few days has been.  My blog was DOWN!! Send in the cavalry….database error, tables crashed…mayhem ensued.  

It has been ugly but I persevered and we are back up and running.  Whewwww.  I was dreading having to recreate the blog from scratch. 🙁

Thankfully the blog gods have smiled upon me and all is well.  I am running backups and will have some new posts shortly.

christmas snowman

 Only 5 days until Christmas Day, I have been so preoccupied that I am wholly unprepared and will be doing some marathon shopping this weekend.