July 8th – Garden Magic

It is so magical to watch our garden grow and change every day!    I could spend all day outside puttering about.  I hope you enjoy the photos, I snapped this morning.  I have to stockpile them for when winter inevitably returns!

Pretty in Pink (Petunia)
Better Boy Tomatoes (Grown from a slice of fresh tomato!)
Hot Peppers
One Perfect Mini Red Pepper
First Little Cucumbers!
Miniature Magic (Just magically grew there!)
Recycled Magic

That is my magic to share for today! Dan is on ‘days off’ so I am off to enjoy his company. 💞

I hope you are having a productive and magical day!

July 7th – Morning Magic

There was something rediculously magical about being outside at 5:30 this morning. The sun was shining, there was not a breath of wind, the only sound was the birds chirping in the trees. Kat was very deliberately wandering around the yard, sniffing and searching – ensuring that all was right with her little backyard world.

Apparently, we are good to go for another magical day!

Keep safe! Wishing you peace, love, and magic to fill your day. 💞

Day 25 – Photographic Genes

It is the 25th day of my June ‘Accentuate the Positive’ challenge.  My positive for today is photography because “A picture is worth a thousand words” and I have always run a little short on words.  🤭

I have said that I did not get anything genetic wise from my Mother.  I  did not get her looks, her temperament, her domestic talents, her singing ability, or her construction skills.  (I once taped my cell phone to a crate at work trying to operate a tape gun. 🤦).  Recently however,  I have discovered an appreciation for my Mother’s  love of photography.   In her later years, she even started taking pictures of her pictures. (When I take a picture of a picture for my blog, I can hear her saying “Who’s laughing now?”). Actually, most of the pictures that I take picture of were her pictures.

I will never be organized enough to have the dedicated photo albums that my Mother had, but I do have a few new photos to share today.   I hope a bit of my Mother’s photographic skill come through.

I don’t know if Dan and I have a running disagreement on where Tinkerbell should be this year, or if she is flitting around on her own, but I am pretty sure she keeps moving.
Kat before and after her grooming. 💞
Yea, I put on makeup and jewelry to take Kat to the groomers.  Not too wierd. 🤣🤣🤣
Where did that pansy come from?
Little visitor 💞
Grandpa’s Bleeding Heart going through yet another round of blooming.  💝
I’ll stick with real grass 🤔

Twenty-five days down and only five to go!

Wishing all a good day and a nice weekend! I hope to see you tomorrow. 👋👋👋

Taking Over

With our recent rains and a couple of days of sunshine, our plant life seems to be taking over.

Our little cat is still holding his ground but Grandpa’s Bleeding Heart has obscured the bike riding frog.
Little frog trying to fight off a fern.
Wild flowers trying to take over the birdbath. Yertle the Turtle is looking a bit nervous.
The chives are done sharing their pot with our metal mushrooms.
Buddha gone into retreat
A couple of weeks and the rocks will be struggling to peak out through the ground cedar.
Even our houseplants are starting to go after our elephants. 😯

Take care and enjoy your Sunday! 🌤️

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. 🙄
The petunias are still small but starting to bloom 👍
The wildflowers under our bedroom window seem to be fine – a bit messy, maybe 😉
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! 🌞

Our Yard

Dan is out working on a few of our planters so I thought I would share shots of our latest yard acquisitions.

Great deal on a new birdbath from Canadian Tire. It will move to its permanent home once Dan gets water flowing through it.
Dan picked up another little metal sign. 😊💞
A friend for Kat
Same old Kat but she is sporting a new spring haircut.

We also have a variety of new holes in the sand around our garden planters. Our squirrels take the peanuts we put out for them and bury them in the sand. Kat smells the peanuts and goes around digging them up – leaving a new hole for every peanut she finds. Fun times! 🤦

Our grass is turning green and the trees have their leaves coming. By the time I post pictures of our yard again, we should have the garden cleaned up and the bedding plants in. Summer is coming! Yay🥳

Keep safe and have a nice 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. 😋

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 pics🙄

September Sunday

I am taking it easy today. I went for a walk with Kat this morning. She’s taking it slow lately due to a bum leg. I take her for a walk around our route, bring her home for a treat, and then go back for a brisker walk by myself.

Kat resting after her nap.

I snapped a few pictures in the garden while I was outside.

Our bell peppers are amazing this year.
Our jalapenos and other hot peppers are prolific.
Our Roma’s and San Marzanos are finally ripening
Kat has Tiny Tim tomatoes ripening faster than she can eat them.
A couple of our carrots have gone to seed. I have never seen that before but we have plenty of them and they are huge this year.
Out geraniums are still in bloom!

Time to rest and relax for a bit before I start supper.

Have a nice Sunday💐

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🌞

I Was Right!

For years I have been doing battle with a typical retractable water hose. I would wrestle the miserable thing out to our front lawn while it would try to retract every time I got a foot further.

Miserable Beast

When I eventually finished watering, one quick tug and the hose would retract at a manageable steady pace – theoretically. In reality, one quick tug and either nothing happened or fifty feet of solid hose would shoot back to the reel at a hundred miles an hour. If it was the latter, I had my choice of holding on for dear life or letting go. Letting go was not the best option.

Years ago, we started seeing advertisements for an expandable, lightweight cloth hose.

Sweet!

My husband and I would go to the garden centre every spring and I would see these expanding hoses. I would reach for one and my husband would say “you don’t want that do you?”. I would assure him that I did want that – at least to give it a try. At this point, I would get his whole speech extolling the virtues of our sociopathic retractable hose – with a bonus speech on operator error.

On Friday, we went to a discount store to pick up some economy (disposable) paint brushes that I can use for painting our planters. I saw my dream hose – on sale – in a discount store! I snatched it up and stormed the til to pay for it before Dan could talk me out of it.

My ‘Amazing Hose’ is amazing! It is lightweight, manageable, easy to extend, and easy to put away. The nozzle on it is equally amazing. I have purchased half a dozen nozzles in the past twenty years – some cheap, some stupid pricey. I did not love any of them. I love my new nozzle. My new hose and nozzle are perfect! I do not get to be right very often – but this time, I nailed it. (We won’t discuss the ‘Easey Peazey jar opener’ 🙄)

I had so much time left over from watering plants yesterday that I cleaned up our bird feeder and put fresh seed out for the birds. 🐦