Saturday, February 28, 2009
Friday, February 27, 2009
Thursday, February 26, 2009
My intentions are good & I always dream of planting massive beds of daffodils or tulips. And sometimes I actually find myself in the garden centers at the right time & will fill my cart up with bulbs. But they end up in my garden wagon, get push aside & are forgotten, usually to be found wasted away come Spring.
This year I just couldn't pass up the amaryllis bulbs so bought a couple of packages. And not to disappoint myself, I did the usual & forgot to pot them.
In January I discovered the bulbs still in their Lowes bag (no wonder I didn't see them!) so decided to find out what would happen if I actually did "just add water" as directed.
Much to my surprise, & delight, in just a few days green sprouts began to appear. I tried to remember to faithfully water them.
After we got home from our trip I was startled to see a very long stem full of buds about to burst open. And in just a few days this gorgeous amaryllis appeared. The companion one is growing along beside it so I'm hoping to soon be doubly surprised!
I'm not kidding you when I say all I did was "just add water". There was a small fiber disk in the pot which expanded & filled the pot with "soil" when wet. It couldn't have been easier.
Already, I'm making plans to load up my cart next year & hope to have a beautiful display of amarylis in bloom...this time for Christmas instead of the end of February.
Spring is coming girls! Get your shovels, rakes, knee pads out. I'll race you outdoors!
Monday, February 23, 2009
On top of the Causeway And look what I spotted as we drove through Bradenton!
You can't go to Florida & be in the sunshine without having ice cream!We actually had lunch first & topped it off with their delicious frozen custard.I was about to pop after devouring a to-die-for Concrete of vanilla custard with raspberries, blackberries & blueberries!
Our last big spree was at Orlando's Mall at Millenia.
Wednesday, February 18, 2009
The boys would have loved this shop & I'm sure if they were along I wouldn't have walked out empty handed.
In these shops I was wishing for Kerrigan & Paige! They would have loved to pick out an outfit, have their hair done & been sprinkled with pixy dust. I could just see both of them all dressed up...
Disney definitely knows how to tug on your purse strings. Fortunately I had mine tied in a double knot before I stepped into this shop!
As I was snapping pictures of the eye catching displays, I looked up to see this guy snapping one of me. You never know who's watching!
When I went back out into the sunshine I found Mrs. Lego Lady snapping pictures also!This friendly Lego dragon has been in this lake for years!
Sunday morning we headed out of Orlando towards Daytona Beach. We drove right past the Speedway. Of course I didn't think to take a picture there either as we whizzed by.
We spent a couple of hours driving along the coast. I love the ocean & if it had been warmer, I might have made Bob take a walk with me. But in spite of the sunshine, the temperatures were still on the chilly side.
On to Steve & Suzanne's for two nights. Here Suzanne is preparing a delicious meal for us on Sunday evening. Suzanne is English & cooks a little different than I do but we love her food! For dessert we had Plum Pudding with custard sauce & I loved it.
Bob & Steve are both builders. Therefore, they never lack for something to talk about! Steve always takes Bob around to show him his projects. Once again...I failed to take pics of the houses! One job is a remodel project right on the beach at Daytona and the view from their living room was breath taking. Another project was a new home on the Intercoastal Waterway & the view there was almost as beautiful as the ocean. Kind of makes you want to move--until you hear of the Million Dollar prices!
This is the bridge across the Halifax River at Ormond Beach, which is the Intercoastal Waterway. Beautiful area!
It was good to visit with Steve & Suzanne "one on one". We seldom get to visit other than in a large family gathering & once in a while it is nice to just sit & catch up on our life happenings. Thanks for a great visit! Now you have to come to Indiana. : )
Saturday, February 14, 2009
My beautiful sister, Carol Jean!
Garry & his Groomsmen
Larry (Garry's twin brother), the handsome groom, & his brother Fred
Kevin Grabil, Will Russell, Jeff, Garry's nephew(I forget which one!) Steve (our brother) & Larry Riggs
Carol & her Bridesmaids (& one old matron!)
Karen, me, Carol & her flower girl Tammy Beckham, Sharon Kramer,
Liz Wheeler (Garry's sister) & Fran (Carol's friend)
The reception was lovely, done in red roses & hearts.
Mr. Romantic even whisked Carol away on a honeymoon to Austria!
Just think, Carol....3 more years & we you will be celebrating a Silver One!
Happy Anniversary & Happy Valentine's Day!!!