Friday Meanderings

Hey!  How are ya?

I keep thinking that I’m going to catch up and do a lot more posting now that the after-school program is over at the Old Homosassa Learning Center.  But, stuff happens!  Sometimes fun stuff!  Sometimes really b-o-r-i-n-g stuff.

Anyhow…

It’s been raining here.  Like a lot.  Like almost tropical storm raining. Like. Um. Like.

My yard is SO happy!

Before the rain started, went on a cocktail cruise.  Haven’t done that in LIKE forever.

Here’s 3 photos that I liked.  For no particular reason.

Haven’t done a “Dogs in the Hood” lately.  These guys were protecting their territory.  Nope.  Won’t go in your yard!

But This cutie, just wanted to come with us!

Take me, please. I’ll be good. I’m a great sailor. Take me. PLEASE!

The rain has made some great views and HIGH water.

the view

One last photo.

great blue heron

Have a great weekend!  We might get rain.  HA! Understatement!

Kathy

Friday Meanderings

I’m a wee bit late on the Friday Meanderings.

I usually pull it together on Thursday evening but had a bit of a set back yesterday and really didn’t feel like posting.

So here I am 24 hours later and ready to post (whine).

Having some major construction going on in our back yard.

Which means….

the sprinkler system is down

the pavers paths are destroyed

mountains of dirt and rocks everywhere

my flower gardens are very sad

a major hill of dirt in front of the house.

The project was supposed to be FINISHED next week.

But.

No one worked on it this week.

Called.  No return calls.  This company was highly recommended by more than one source.

One of the workers that did show up for 10 minutes said there was a problem with Swift Mud.  For my non-local readers, that is our local state water district.  We live on a canal on a creek that leads to the Gulf.  Swift Mud is GOD.  This could be a very major set back.

So. Here. Are. Some. Happy. Photos. That. I. Took. Today.

These are my beautiful white caladiums from the “white and blue garden”.  You might note the leaves.  I don’t use mulch.  I did when I first moved here.  Then we had a flood (first of numerous floods) and all the mulch floated away.  My neighbor thought it was pretty funny.  “That’s gonna fly when you go to mow over it!”

caladiums

Pink Caladiums in the back.

pink caladiums

When my dad passed away many years ago I received a pot of peace lilies. At the time I had two houses and knew that the beautiful lilies would die with no water while I was gone.  Planted them in the back yard where the sprinklers would hit them.  They die back every winter.  We cut them to the ground.  And they come back.  We have more every year.  I’ve given them to neighbors.

peace lilies

Shooting star hydrangea that my niece Michelle gave me many years ago.  It’s SO beautiful.

Shooting star hydrangea

Even beautiful when it’s not fully bloomed!

Shooting star hydrangea

And my BLUE “endless summer” hydrangea that continues to defy me!

hydrangea
Oh yeah, that’s pink!

To be fair, I’ve moved this poor little bush so many times.  it has not been happy at all until it’s current location in the “white and blue” garden.  So I’m glad that it’s still alive.

But this guy has been around for awhile. He gets an ugly fungus every year.  Used a fungicide that Southern Living magazine  recommended.  Didn’t work.  Cut it all the way to the ground last winter.

How pretty is he now????

hydrangea

He’s quite stubborn but is slowly turning blue–thanks to chemicals.

I think these pretties will be coming into the house in a pretty white vase!

hydrangea

The only rose I can grow here. (believe me, I’ve tried others) Don Juan.  Love it SO much!

Don Juan Rose

Okay.  So because of the construction, these pots that are normally on the back deck are huddled here until a huge live oak.  Because we have to paint the deck AFTER the construction is finished.

planters

Just a little close up.

pots

This is just a pot of vincas and pentas.  But I love the blue and those bunny feet.  Makes me happy.

planter

These chairs have been upside down on my potting deck since Hurricane Irma came through LAST SEPTEMBER!  I usually give them a new layer of paint and have them out by the water in March.  Yes.  I’m blaming the never-ending turmoil in my back yard. But I have pulled them out and they will get their lovely new coat this week!

chairs

Okay.  So. You might be able to tell that I’m not VERY HAPPY about how things are going.  Hopefully next Friday I can give you a happier update.

But at least I have this view.  Swift Mud can’t take that away from me!

view

Have a great weekend!

Kathy

 

Friday Meanderings

Well, I screwed up and put up my Friday post on Tuesday.  That’s what I get for trying to use the iPad.

Anyhow, our sweet pooch Maggie passed away on Monday.  She was 18 years and 5 months old.  Up until two weeks ago she was still taking a 1 mile walk on most days of the week.  Then she just quit–wouldn’t go past the end of our road and that was just so she could check to see if her best doggie friend Gus was out. So we started taking her on bike or golf cart rides instead.

Maggie came to us when she was only six weeks old.  She traveled throughout the country–Terry often said that she flew more than most people!  After she started going deaf and blind, we drove with her since she couldn’t hear or see commands.

I could possibly write a whole book about her and our adventures but I thought I’d just throw some photos up of her.

Maggie the puppy

Travel Dog Blog, St Louis
St. Louis
Travel Dog Blog, St Louis
St. Louis
Travel Dog Blog, Fort DeSoto
Ft. Desoto Dog Beach
travel tote
A modeling shot for my blog
Guard dog. Ready to take on any squirrels that ventures on to her deck.
Magster the wagster
Morning bike ride to the river
Maggie liked the water this high. She could easily pull her own ball out of the water after she tossed it in.

Maggie

Cooter on the Withlacoochee State Trail
She did not appreciate this Kodak moment with the Cooter at the Withlacoochee State Trail in Inverness.

Maggie

Dogs in the Hood
Maggie REALLY didn’t like the grandkids at first. But then she figured out that once they start walking, they usually have snacks that they like to share! Besties!
Maggie's big adventure
Headed out on one of her many trips.
Cookie Day, North Dakota Style
Mandan, North Dakota
Travel Dog Blog
Maggie’s first trip in 2004.  Went to see Grandma Shirley in Longmont, CO.
Travel Dog Blog
At the airport in Bismarck, North Dakota
Travel Dog Blog, Colorado
Here’s Maggie in the “Thinking Rock” in Longmont.. She’s thinking as soon as she gets out of here she’s going to bite me.

Travel Dog Blog

Travel Dog Blog, Maggie on the Water
If we were kayaking, Maggie was, too.
Dogs in the Hood
Maggie in the Blue Bonnets in Katy Texas.
Where's Maggie
Pymatuming Lake in Greenville, PA.

Maggie and me taking a break
Maggie and me taking a break on the Withlacochee State Trail.
Maggie and Me
The Farmer’s Market in Dupont Circle.
Heart of my Heart Quilt for Piper
Piper doesn’t like dogs and always kept a wary eye on her.

Maggie

Maggie

maggie Maggie

I miss you Maggie.