July 2nd – Summer Has Arrived

Yesterday was Canada Day, my husband was home, and I was being too laid back to spend much time looking for magical moments. Fortunately, a few of them came looking for me.

We have so many yellow flowers this year, I think Mom had a hand in planting them – especially the Brown Eyed Susans.
About 50 of our lilies bloomed yesterday. I don’t know where they came from but they let us know they are here.
Close up, lilies provide so much elegance and dignity to a flowerbed.
A perfect pink blossom is always magicalπŸ’ž
This photo is from a few days ago but I love it. Our squirrel has discovered that he can avoid Kat by hiding behind the nut basket while he eats. Sneaky….
Kat’s first swim of the year – pure magic πŸ˜‚

Thank you for dropping by! I hope to see you soon.

Have a great day and if you are in this heatwave zone – keep safe!

Day 22 – Words of Wisdom

It is the twenty-second day of my June ‘Accent the Positive’ challenge.Β  Today I decided to share some of my favourite quotes by the masters – they are positively brilliant, beautiful, and inspiring words of wisdom.Β 

Raise your words, not your voice.  It is rain that grows flowers, not thunder. 
–  Rumi
What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us. 
– Oliver Wendell Holmes
Those who bring sunshine to others, cannot keep it from themselves.
– James M. Barrie
Do not wish to be anything but what you are, and try to be that perfectly.
– St. Francis De Sales
Celebrate what you want to see more of.
– Tom Peters
If every tiny flower wanted to be a rose, spring would lose its loveliness.
– St. Therese of Lisieux
You will rise by lifting others.
– Robert Green Ingersoll
What’s going on the inside shows on the outside.
– Earl Nightengale
May all your weeds be wildflowers. πŸ’ž

That is all for today! Twenty two days down, only eight more days to go.

Have a beautiful day! I hope to see you tomorrow! πŸ₯€

Day 8 – Flower Power

Our yard is not bursting with color yet, but we do have perfect little blossoms popping up here and there. For day eight of my June ‘Accentuate the Positive’ challenge, I have chosen to share a few of my favourite little buds.

Violet and pink verbena
Dan’s favourite – multi-colour portulaca
Petunias by the pond.
More Petunias by the pond.
I love these wild marigolds! πŸ’ž
And more Petunias by the pond!
Nameless gnome guarding our new marigolds.
This is a perennial that we have had for years. The cutest puff of color when it is fully in bloom.
Not blooming yet, but these Coral Bells add color to our front yard. 😊
My sister and I used to help my great uncle pick the blossoms off of his chives. I always thought it was such a pity. They are so pretty!

Spring is such a great time of year! Everytime we go outside there is a new treasure to be found. πŸ€—

Eight days down, twenty two to go. Have a lovely day and I hope to see you tomorrow! 🌞

Survival

The Saskatchewan floods and frigid weather have passed. Most of our plants have survived so far. We will see how many make it through the hurricane strength winds today!

All of the pepper plants seem good – sweet bell, mini bell, and hot varieties. 🌢️
Kat’s Tiny Tim tomatoes and our Roma, San Marzano, Beefsteak, Better Boy and multicolor all look good. Except for one multicolor plant – I think Kat ate it. πŸ™„
The petunias are still small but starting to bloom πŸ‘
The wildflowers under our bedroom window seem to be fine – a bit messy, maybe πŸ˜‰
I just loved the color of these plants at the garden centre but not so sure now. Will see once they have a chance to grow a bit.

Stay safe and have a good day! 🌞

Gardening in Saskatchewan.

We got the garden in! Our plants all seem to have survived two days of +31 temps followed by three days of snow and freezing temperatures. (They did ride out the snow and cold by hunkering down under sheets and blankets). If they can get through the next week of rain without drowning we should be good!

Kat checking out the plants.
Grandpa’s Bleeding Heart blooming like crazy
This year’s begonia for our elephant planter – love the color!
Dan did major work on our welcome planter & lights. I planted the posies.
Our white flower planter 😊
Maple Leafs vs the Canadiens – Go Leafs!
πŸ’ πŸ‡¨πŸ‡¦ πŸ†

We still have work to do getting the yard cleaned up. I have to finish power washing the patio and outdoor furniture and get the steel planters painted. Dan is working on the front lawn and rebuilding one of the front lawn planters, plus cleaning up some lights and decorations. (Once everything dries up and warms up of course!)

Wishing all a warm and sunny day! 🌞

Changing Seasons

It is hard to find a lot of ‘positivity’ in a day that rings in at +5 Celsius and the world is turning a nasty shade of Saskatchewan greige but it is there if you look hard enough.

Kat and I geared up and went for a 3.67 kilometer walk around the neighbourhood. That was hardly a record for us this summer but it is a good 3.67 kilometers further than we used to walk on a daily basis. πŸ˜‹

I have no idea what this is – the colour leaves something to be desired but I thought those hairy balls were cool. Baby tumbleweeds maybe?
I don’t know what these little cuties were either but they were blooming along the path in our neighbourhood park.

Time to get out and start harvesting everything I can from the garden. There is frost in the forecast for tonight so we will have to cover anything that isn’t ready to pick. 🀦

Have a great day! If there is heat and sunshine anywhere, get out and enjoy it! Send picsπŸ™„

Garden Update

We finally got a couple of decent rains this week and plenty of sunshine. The garden and flower beds are taking off now. Dan finished a couple of his little projects and we have a new regular visitor.

Kat will be eating fresh carrots soon.
The Tiger Lillie’s are blooming.
Hi!
The frog duo got their horns painted up.
Tinkerbell got decked out with new skirt and wings.
And – we have a squirrel! Yay🌞

Hope everyone had a nice weekend. Stay safe and have a good week. πŸ˜‰

Random Moments

Dan had the day off to celebrate Canada Day yesterday. We did not do anything too earth shaking but we (mostly he) got a few things accomplished and we got caught up on a few holidays.

Dan got the water pump/fountain on the pond so the birds could drink safely.
Dan finished repainting our mushrooms
We found the solar cover for the pool.
I Miracle Grow’d the flower beds
And the vegetables!
We popped the cork on our New Year’s champagne and toasted my retirement at the beginning of June
And we feasted on Dan’s Father’s Day supper of steak, shrimp, corn, mushrooms and baked potato.

Wishing everyone a particularly special day today🌞

Monday!

Monday is here and the sun has finally returned. Other years, I would be at work glancing out the front windows of the office, to see the sun across the street. The office faced straight north so the sun was never on our side of the street. Now I am retired and the sun is mine to enjoy every day that it shines.

Yay Sunshine!

I was just out watering the plants. Being out in our yard is so relaxing. I love nature. I love all forms of life – except for a few people. For the most part, I ignore people I do not care for but I do struggle with those who are arrogant or cruel.

I prefer to focus on the people and other life forms that I love.

I am not sure if rocks are considered a form of life but I love them. We have several rocks around our yard and Dan is supposed to be getting a BIG one from one of his friends shortly.
We have our first tomato! It is a beefsteak, so hopefully it grows a bit before it ripens or it will be Kat’s first tomato of the year.
A couple of these blossom have finally opened all the way. They have the strangest texture. They feel like tissue paper.
I bought this Hosta for Dan years ago. We have probably moved it four times but it has finally found its happy place. It is huge and getting bigger every year.
Dan is refinishing a couple of our frogs. He still has to paint the horns gold. I don’t know when I became a hoarder but I hate sending anything to the landfill – even rusty old frogs. πŸ™„

Have a good week, all! Hopefully I will have pictures of peppers and cucumbers to share soon.

Starting to Bloom

It seems like the flowers are taking their time this year.Β  I have lots of plants with buds but not a lot of blossoms happening yet.

Grandpa’s Bleeding Heart is doing okay for a first year.
My Mother’s Day geraniums are still fairly prolific
Kat and I found some flowering shrubs in the park on our extra long walk yesterday.
We have tomato plants starting to bloom
This plant has been trying to bloom for a few days now – almost there!
I should probably we pulling the blossoms off of my chives but they are so pretty.🌞
My petunias are being beaten senseless by the wind this year but I love the way Dan painted my little Dollar Store fairy. πŸ’–
Dandelions are not in short supply – I have probably pulled out a thousand of them so far this year – but being a kid at heart, I still find them to be sunny and cheerful.

I hope everyone has a few flowers to brighten their day – today and every day.