Posted in Garden, GardenNess, In Bloom

Monday In Bloom

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It was a pretty lovely day Sunday when I went out to take some pictures of the garden.  The weather was chilly, but not exactly crisp as it was still pretty humid.  But my hands and feet got chilled while I was out there, so that was a nice Autumnal touch. 

We had a lot of rain this past week so everything got soaked really well, and with temperatures above freezing still, and even a day in the 70s coming up this week, I have a feeling there will be some last minute growth happening in the garden.  It’s kind of exciting, waiting to see what it will do with such a tiny bit of time left. 

Things are still basically holding steady from last week, so that’s pretty good.  The grass sure has been loving the rain!  It’s in its Autumn growth spurt and it looks so lush and full.

The yellow of the dying lilies adds an interesting layer of color to me. 

The side patch is still pretty bright and sassy, although some of the coleus have lost a few leaves. 

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I keep waiting for this tree to turn red.  I thought it was a sumac, but perhaps it’s not.  Maybe I’m just impatient.  Sumacs get so amazing looking in the Autumn.
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This tree almost looks like the top of a cupcake peeking over the building when the sunlight hits it just right, lol.
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The burgundy colors on these trees just enthrall me.
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The shrubs across the way have finally exploded into their brilliant red glory.
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The side patch.  Gloriously colorful, still!
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Oh sweet alyssum!  Watching you fade is so sad!  I shall miss your lovely fragrance!
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Geese!  Flying low and … northeasterly?  They must be heading toward a lake or retention pond or something.  No goose in its right mind would head toward Canada this time of year.
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Ha!  I knew it!  It will get another blooming!
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I love the variations in the colors of this one. 
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Looking for new blooms on this one but I don’t see any yet.  It’s supposed to be a lovely week ahead so maybe in the next few days there’ll be some blooms.
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Clearly the lavender likes Autumn!
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The flowers on the sage are dying back, but some of them are still pretty vibrant.  The bees are happy about that, working hard to get the last bits of pollen before Winter.
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And that’s how my garden’s growing.  How’s yours doing?  Do you have any Winter preparations done?

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To see all my pictures from the garden this week,

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Thanks for looking!

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Posted in Quiz

The Halloween Costume Generator

This cracked me up because when I was little and still went trick-or-treating, I’d usually dress up as either an angel or a princess.  Honestly, I never (and still don’t) understood why people dressed up as ugly things.  I figured for one day of the year when I could be anything I wanted, I wanted to be beautiful. 

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You Should Be a Angel for Halloween

According to our quiz, you’d make an ideal angel.
Your runner up costume: Geisha

Posted in Funnies, Jokes, Laughing

Funnies

The Case of the Lawyer, the Farmer and the Bull

A big-city lawyer was representing the railroad in a lawsuit filed by an old rancher. The rancher’s prize bull was missing from the section through which the railroad passed. The rancher only wanted to be paid the fair value of the bull.

The case was scheduled to be tried before the justice of the peace in the back room of the general store.

The attorney for the railroad immediately cornered the rancher and tried to get him to settle out of court. The lawyer did his best selling job, and finally the rancher agreed to take half of what he was asking.

After the rancher had signed the release and took the check, the young lawyer couldn’t resist gloating a little over his success, telling the rancher, “You know, I hate to tell you this, old man, but I put one over on you in there. I couldn’t have won the case. The engineer was asleep and the fireman was in the caboose when the train went through your ranch that morning. I didn’t have one witness to put on the stand. I bluffed you!”

The old rancher replied, “Well, I’ll tell you, young feller, I was a little worried about winning that case myself, because that durned bull came home this morning.”

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See, this is why you don’t mess with old ranchers! 

Have a wonderful Halloween weekend! 

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Posted in Garden, GardenNess, In Bloom

Monday In Bloom

On Tuesday!  Been feeling rather discombobulated lately, sorry I’m late with this!

It was a pretty nice day Sunday when I went out to take pictures.  The late afternoon sun was hitting some of the trees in a most amazing light. 

This are definitely dying off, in a sort of painful to watch way.  We’ve come close to freezing overnight a couple of times but haven’t fully gone below 32°, so many plants are brown, but it’s still too soon to cut them back for Winter.  Soon though, I’m sure, because Winter waits for no man.

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Oh it hurts to look at my daisies!  They were so proud and full just a few months ago! 
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The side patch is still full of color, although it’s losing some of its vibrancy and fullness.
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The pink polka dot plants do seem to be a little happier after I cut off all the long, straggly branches. 
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Yep, purple sweet alyssum still thriving under there!  I think the coverage from the coleus is protecting it from the weather.
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Bee!  Big ol’ fat bumble!
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I’ve let the coleus go to seed, because I like how it looks.  It looks like a bunch of little arms raised in praise, lol.  It reminds me of a little Pentecostal Flower Church.  Open-mouthed smile
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Just look at those spikes!  They got so tall in this pot!   LOL, you can also see the monster eyes Halloween decorations I had the kids put up.  Open-mouthed smile
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After cutting off all the dead flower heads, the mums seems to be doing pretty well.  They’re nice and bushy and look like they might even go through a 2nd flowering, if they hurry.
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The potato vine is turning some interesting colors.  Has a rather bronzy look to it, I think.
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I am so please with these speedwell.  I took a chance when I got them, because I’ve never grown them before and wasn’t familiar with them at all.  I didn’t know how they’d do in my little patch here, but they seem to be thriving.  Even as Winter looms, they still look green and bushy.
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My “twins.”  The flowers on the sage are dying off, and the bees are sure making sure to get every last little bit of pollen, but that lavender has really taken off recently!  I thought it was going to start dying off because a branch in the middle of it died, but the rest of it is going gangbusters.
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Pop pop pop!  Love the color of these globe amaranth!
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That’s how my garden’s growing this week.  How’s yours coming along?  Getting ready for Winter?

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Thanks for looking!

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Posted in Personal, Sorrow

SadNess

Why is it that when we grieve the loss of someone, it seems like not just the anniversary day of their birth or death is hard, but the entire month/s in which those events occurred?

And this morning I got news that a lady from the church I used to attend passed away last night.  She reminded me of bubbles – shimmery, floaty, swirly, filled with light and joy.  I can’t believe she’s gone.

I’m going to miss you, S.  It hurts knowing you’re not here being your beautiful self.  Please tell my brother I said Happy Birthday when you see him!