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Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Changes on the bank

 

Today the landscapers came to redo our area around the pond. The weeds had just overwhelmed me so I starting over. It looks so sparse now with very little plants. I have to have faith that they will grow and spread.

 

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Another week in the eighties

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You have to live in Bradford to know that this is an unusually hot summer. The forecast for the week ahead is all in the eighties. In the normal summers we have some days in the eighties but mostly in the seventies which is a delightful summer temperature. There have been so many weeks in the eighties that I can’t count. Every time I go outside to do some gardening I get overwhelmed with the heat. I am in the process of cleaning up the gardens. Thank you Becky for your wonderful article on caring for summer flowers. Becky is a Master Gardener and writes for the Warren paper. Her gardens are gorgeous and she is my go to gal for all things plant related.

  Yesterday I trimmed the bushes out front with an electric trimmer. Even though I had the help of electricity this morning I awoke with a stiff neck from holding it and trimming. I was even so tired last night I was sleeping a little after nine. And I slept for ten hours…a record for me.

   I know I should be enjoying these last few weeks of summer. It was 54 this morning and so cool and cooler days will be ahead.

OMG....it's Tuesday

 

It's Tuesday night and Sadie and I are sitting outside enjoying the cooler weather that has blown in. As I sit on the swing with my iPad browsing through Facebook I realized that I forgot to blog yesterday and today. Ain't it funny how time slips away?

We are still waiting for a call from the eye specialist in Pittsburgh. Time moves slow when you want it to hurry.


Bees have invaded the hummingbird feeder and are quite contrary when I am out watering the flowers. So I got out the wasp spray and they scadaddled. Is that a word?

I had great news this weekend. My son Ryan from Tennessee has some vacation time and is coming up in September. The kids will be in school and Jenny is teaching but it will be great to see him. He said to make a list and he will help us get things done. Joy, joy!today I took some pots to a nursery and they will plant some Emerald Green Arborvitae in them. When they bring them back they will sit on each side of the lion fountain. I also got a boy holly. I have a girl and she needs a boy in order to have red berries. We had a boy several years ago but it seemed to be a favorite of the deer that bad winter and they ate it down to the roots..pricier you leaves and all. We will wrap this one in burlap in the fall.

It is so peaceful out here tonight. It's one of those evenings when all is calm. What a blessing.

 

Saturday, August 20, 2016

Class Reunion

Last night was the first night of Don’s 55th class reunion which was held at the Bradford Club in town. I had a haircut that afternoon and it was really, really short.
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Friends of ours from out of town were coming but I was afraid that I wouldn’t know too many of Don’s classmates. IMG_1711

But I discovered that I really remembered quite a few. We sat at with a tableful of fantastic people…an old neighbor of mine, a former boyfriend, and friends of Don’s from high school.
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My old boyfriend Cyril is on the left and our good friend Bob on the right. Cyril has a phenomenal memory and we reminisced about our old dates and fun times. My most vivid memory is when he let me drive his car (I wasn’t legal yet) up on an old back road. The road dead ended and you had to make a sharp left turn. Being a complete novice I didn’t know that and started to go straight down a dirt road. He grabbed the wheel and told me to put on the brakes pronto. So fun laughing and thinking about dating in high school. 

IMG_1712But I met Don and we broke up. Never been sorry for that decision.


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There was a band playing oldies and we were singing along and playing name that tune. Dancing was even involved. What a great night and a fun time after the harrowing week we had been through.

Friday, August 19, 2016

Dog Days

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Sadie is camped out in her favorite spot..relaxing by the living room sofa. She seems to be doing a little better these days. We are only giving her one pain pill for arthritis (similar to taking Advil).. Her joints don’t seem as swollen as before. I’m also trying her on a new joint drug EXTEND which has gotten rave reviews. I will try anything to improve her condition. She has only been on it for a few days. I will let you know the results.

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Look who was in my back yard. Her momma and sister were close by too.
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You can see how low are creeks are. I remember as a kid having the best time with a paper cup and a little stream. I wonder if kids still find that thrill. I took this picture of a mom and her child and wondered how much she was missing out by having her head in her phone. How could what she was looking at be more precious than that little darling?
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This mom was more engaged.
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I took these pictures at Callahan Park right near the Bradford High School.

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Update on Don. We saw the eye doctor today. His hemorrhaging in his eye is getting worse and so is the swelling. She recommended that we see a neuro-optimologist in Pittsburgh. We are waiting for an appointment. She believes that he will not regain his vision in the top half of his eye.

With age comes wisdom

Do you find that you've mellowed with age? I now seem to know what is important in life and what to not waste my energy on. I'm living in a positive light as much as possible and trying not to let the problems of life get me down.


 

 

 

Gracie

 

Meet Gracie, my little boarder. I'm watching her for my friend who is on the hospital.

 

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Hydrangeas

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One of my favorite summer flowers is the hydrangea. I often see gardens on the web which have mature hydrangeas blooming but I haven’t had much luck with the one that I bought. It is still very small in its second year and I don’t see any blooms on it at all. Maybe I should try fertilizer? I admit that gardening isn’t my forte. If I could afford it I would have a full time gardener who actually knows what to plant and where. My planting is hit and miss…mostly miss. These hydrangeas are faux unfortunately. They sit in my living room .IMG_5957IMG_5962
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Do you listen to podcasts?

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A world opened up for me when I discovered podcasts. With my ipad or phone I can listen to any podcast I want whenever I want. When I’m laying down at night resting my eyes I can listen. Just recently I discovered how to listen to podcasts in my car. I still am discovering different ones so if you have any recommendations please let me know. I am listening to Gretchen Rubin, one of my favorites, and Million dollar Decorating and a few TED talks.

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Breathe in, blow out.

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Just trying to lower my stress. I love this little wreath! I’d like to make one like it for next year.