Thursday, May 31, 2007


Brothers and sisters. Have any? I have a few...3 of each, actually. We range in age from 12 to 30-something (ya, I'm NOT telling anymore...actually, I can't remember). Here are some recent pix.

Bo, me, Pud, Jodi and Miss Stella looking at her momma. We were all in Wichita visiting...Mackenzie's baby shower was that weekend and Bo was getting ready to move there from Manhattan.

I love this picture of Jo with her two girlies. We were on the tram at the Sedgwick County Zoo.

Jim graduated from 8th Grade this, is he supposed to be this tall? He was only 2 months old when I left for college--and he's still just as cute!

Hey, this one actually has everybody but Jodi (I guess Elena was her stand-in). Paige, Mom, Mackenzie, Bo, Jim, Me, Jodi (Elena), Mark.

Not so into sweating...

I'm not so into freezing either, btw. But today it wasn't so bad being all sticky gross after a good workout mowing the lawn. Yup, I mowed our football field. First time behind a mower for what, 10 years? Okay, I did do the front lawn on Tuesday, but that's just a quicky. And with E's new super-dooper personal-self-propelled Toro the job wasn't half bad...that means the actual effort put into mowing...not necessarily the result. (I saw lot of those little lines of missed spots tonight while out pushing munchkins on the swings.)

But Eric is home from his 3 day trip to Oak Ridge, Tennessee now, so this event probably won't be reoccuring anytime soon. Yay.

Tuesday, May 29, 2007


Is anyone ever satisfied? Well, tonight I experienced satisfaction, if only for a brief moment. Part of our dinner tonight was a salad...all from our garden--the very first harvest. Crisp Romaine, ruffly green leaf lettuce and baby spinach. I carefully trimmed each leaf from the plant, washed them gently with cold water and patted dry. YAY! I really thought the rabbits would eat everything before we got a chance. Plus, it saved me a trip to the grocery store for some veggies as the shelves are gettin' bare around here.

Here are pictures from around our gardens from tonight. We had rain showers on and off today and it was sprinkling when Kai and I went out to take pictures. He is bending down saying "look how cute" to the baby strawberries and tomatoes...he says it in a real high falsetto voice that makes us giggle!

Kai is standing on one of their "stepping stones" i.e. turned over saucers I put in their flower garden so they could water the babies w/o trampling seedlings.

This is my "fancy" iris. I don't know if it's Siberian or Dutch or what, but every year ONE will bloom. I think it's in too much shade, but have been too lazy and inundated with other iris to find a new spot.

Ahhh, my BEA-U-TIFUL purple clematis! Elena gave this to me on my first (maybe second) mother's day. I've moved it a few times, and it really likes this home next to the front steps. I added a twine trellis to get it up higher this spring and am excited to see how high she'll climb.

This is the first of my two new clematis vines to bloom...small white blossoms with purple centers...I love it!

We'll see how long this lasts. Very shallow for all the plants I put in those New Guinea impatients are in small pots. At least it's a pretty addition to our entrance for now. I bought the shelf at the LifeBridge garage sale and spray painted it, added cocoa mats and soil and wha-la!