Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Watching A Magnolia Bloom...

If you could time lapse a Magnolia flower blooming, it would look something like this...

Magnolia's, a popular flower in North Carolina.

Monday, June 26, 2017

Spending Time With Mike...

As you all know, for the past week we were in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, 
visiting youngest son Mike and his girl Lila.
Mike had surgery on his right eye so we went down to help out.
I was so happy to be with them.
I brought some food I cooked at home and meal ideas for each night,

 a huge bag of games and a 1000 piece puzzle.

The procedure went well on Monday and he felt better each day!

In order to pass the time, there were some pretty competitive card games,

- War and Go Fish -

and this new to me game,
- Rack-O -
I fell in love with this game, I'll have to get one for myself.

There were many games of 
- Uno and Scattergories - Categories -

We let Mike win a lot, since he was the patient...
We're back home now - it was a great week - I enjoyed every moment with them.
It was so hard to say good-bye!

Sunday, June 25, 2017

A Warm Welcome...

Have you ever gone somewhere where you have received the warmest welcome ever?
A place where you are greeted with huge smiles and warm hugs.
A place where the eyes of your greeters are smiling too.
I know that perhaps I am over doing it...
but I felt so loved when I arrived at Mike's place in Chapel Hill.
Both he and his girl Lila greeted us with so much warmth and love,
and after an 8 hour drive, those amazing hugs and all that love felt so good.

Beyond that, there was a goodie bag...
Be still my beating heart...
Yes, you read that right, a goodie bag, packed full with all of our favorite things.
I'm not sure I know 2 more thoughtful people!

My goodies were wrapped in pink tissue paper, the hubs were wrapped in white.
oooooh the details...
goodness, this girl had me at goodie bag!!

Is this not the BEST goodie bag ever?

Tea...Caramel and Vanilla, I made some yesterday and it. is. amazing.

PeePs know me for sure...this yarn is awesome.
70% Baby Alpaca - 30 % Bamboo Viscose
It is so soft and "purple" I am going to make an infinity scarf with it.

Flavored Popcorn - Yes please!

Chocolate - for the hubs.
These are empty, Chuck and Mike took care of that during our visit.

And there were flowers too...purple flowers!!

Stop it now...it's all just too good to be true!!

Saturday, June 24, 2017

Saturday Critters ~ 184 ~

In Capel Hill, North Carolina, murals are huge - in both size and quantity.
My unique critters today are murals we saw while in North Carolina.

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Friday, June 23, 2017

Road Trip...

The hubs and I are on a Road Trip.
We left early Sunday morning, 
headed for North Carolina to see youngest son Mike and his girl Lila.

I print these Scavenger Hunts before we leave...
It is game on as soon as we back out of the driveway...
The hubs knows what to hunt for because he has studied the list.
I am in charge of checking off his boxes once he finds his.
This is a lot of fun and great for passing the time on a long road trip.
I have an IPad hooked up to the LTE network,
and I love knitting in the car so passing the time is never a problem for me.
I do try to converse with the hubs also, so he doesn't get too tired.
It's not so easy - to find things to talk about...
Married 38 years, together 24/7 - what's left to talk about.
I googled "things to talk about when there is nothing to talk about"
that had some amazing topics and questions that kept us entertained for some time.

We had a wonderful trip, great weather, no traffic.
We had dinner Sunday night with Mike and Lila at
Venable Rotisserie Bistro,
our favorite restaurant in this area,
to celebrate Fathers Day!

I am composing this post on Thursday and we are still here.
We have had a great week.

Are you wondering who won the Scavenger Hunt,
it is a contest you know...
Well...I won, but it was close, 51 - 50.

Better luck on the way home!!

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Summer Blooms...Make Me Feel Fine!!

The Summer Flowers are starting to bloom...
many more are coming but here is a peek at what's blooming right now!!

The first three pictures are from my wildflower garden.
These are Sweet William

Next up, three pictures of the Spirea that line the walkway to the backyard.

There are two Hydrangea on either side of the fence,
by the gate, leading into the backyard.

The flowers are just starting to come on these.

Day lilies line the garden edges in the front yard.
I have a love/hate relationship with them...
the hate part has already begun...
as they already need deadheading and cleaning up.

This is the Endless Summer Hydrangea I showed you the other day,
I have three more getting ready to bloom!

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

The Red Winged Black Bird...

I love the Red Winged Black Bird.
They are all over this area but I never see them in my yard,
or at my feeders.
When we went to Cattus Island Park I saw a lot of them,
and had great opportunities to photograph them.

Here are some of my favorite photographs...

I love their coloring and they are so beautiful in flight!!

May 28, 2017

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

The Cookie Lady's Cafe

Breakfast is one of my favorite meals for dining out.
Breakfast at home is usually a light meal, 
unless it is a special occasion.
When I cook breakfast for a special occasion, 
it is a sports spectacular and the kitchen is always a disaster zone.

Last Friday we had breakfast here and what a delight -
the decor was awesome, the food even better!!

The place was packed when we arrived, empty when we left.
(After posting this - I noticed that all the stools were similar, but each one is different - kinda' cool)

How nice of everyone to leave so I could take pictures.

I had fresh squeezed Orange Juice...

and Eggs Benedict with Pork Roll, it was divine.

The place was loaded with cute - funny signs.

The Cookie Lady's Cafe, open for Breakfast and Lunch,
- We'll be back -

June 16, 2017

Sunday, June 18, 2017

I Do Not Help My Wife

This is a great read - the title is deceiving!!

A friend came to my house for coffee, we sat and talked about life. At some point in the conversation, I said, “I’m going to wash the dishes and I’ll be right back.”

He looked at me as if I had told him I was going to build a space rocket. Then he said to me with admiration but a little perplexed: “I’m glad you help your wife, I do not help because when I do, my wife does not praise me. Last week I washed the floor and no thanks.”
I went back to sit with him and explained that I did not “help” my wife. Actually, my wife does not need help, she needs a partner. I am a partner at home and through that society are divided functions, but it is not a “help” to do household chores.
I do not help my wife clean the house because I live here too and I need to clean it too.
I do not help my wife to cook because I also want to eat and I need to cook too.
I do not help my wife wash the dishes after eating because I also use those dishes.
I do not help my wife with her children because they are also my children and my job is to be a father.
I do not help my wife to wash, spread or fold clothes, because the clothes are also mine and my children.
I am not a help at home, I am part of the house. And as for praising, I asked my friend when was the last time after his wife finished cleaning the house, washing clothes, changing bed sheets, bathing her children, cooking, organizing, etc. You said thank you.
But a thank you of the type: Wow, sweetheart !!! You are fantastic!!!
Does that seem absurd to you? Are you looking strange? When you, once in a lifetime, cleaned the floor, you expected in the least, a prize of excellence with great glory…why? You never thought about that, my friend?
Maybe because for you, the macho culture has shown that everything is her job.
Perhaps you have been taught that all this must be done without having to move a finger? Then praise her as you wanted to be praised, in the same way, with the same intensity. Give her a hand, behave like a true companion, not as a guest who only comes to eat, sleep, bathe and satisfy needs…Feel at home. In his house.
The real change of our society begins in our homes, let us teach our sons and daughters the real sense of fellowship!

My husband says this to me all the time!! 
Happy Fathers Day to the most amazing man alive!!

Saturday, June 17, 2017

Saturday Critters ~ 183 ~

I use to call them "Snowballs" when I was a wee one,
I'm not sure when I learned their real name,
- Hydrangea's -

This plant is an Endless Summer,
It blooms at least 4 times during the summer, 
I have had new blooms on it as late as October.
It is huge, a real show stopper.
It provides blooms in blue, purple and pink, all at the same time.

Here is my critter for today, a Cloudless Sulphur Butterfly

I wanted to photograph the butterfly on one of the blooms,
It was quite still...and easy to photograph.
I gently tapped the leave and it fluttered off,
 but when it came back, it once again landed on a leaf, never on a bloom.
I have 22 pictures that all look like this...

I am now searching for a live caterpillar,
to bring indoors so it can morph into a butterfly - like I did last year.
If you have never done it, it can be fun and very rewarding.
Most caterpillars don't survive in nature,
bringing one indoors insures it will not be eaten and it will indeed become a butterfly.
Now that's something wonderful you can do for the butterflies!

If you are interested in raising a butterfly,
you can follow this link to read my blog post about Raising a Butterfly
And this link to Butterflies Are Free when we set it free.

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