Saturday, June 18, 2016

Random Rambling ~ Celebrating, Gardens, New Neighbors, Camping, Health, and Moving


June, can you believe we are nearly half way through the month already.  Nearly half way through the year!   Time is flying so fast.  June has been a busy month so far.  I am struggling with the being healthy part. My sugar levels are all over the place, the highest has been 148 but my lowest has been 49.  I made too much of a drastic change where the sodium levels in me are too low between that and the low sugar levels I felt like I was out of it and so forgetful.  I hate it.  I have to work on one thing then the other.  I don't know what is worse, the sugar levels or the blood pressure being 143-156.  The doctor will help me though.

We celebrated Taj's 5th Birthday.   Yes, my darling grandson is now 5.  Time is going by so fast with this little guy.  This year's birthday Mama wanted to do everything on her own.  The day of the party, she told me never to listen to her again because she needs the help.  (Awh... I am here for you any time.)  She did a great job though.  His party was at our neighborhood park.  She bought pizza and cake.  The kids played, ate, and celebrated.

 
 
 Taj playing soccer.
 Below: Noah and Kameron on the left. 
On the right Madi (Ethan's girlfriend) and Ethan
 
 Below: Kameron (Emily's boyfriend) playing with the boys.
 I just love his smile!
 
 

Our gardens are in full swing now.

 
 We do some container gardening too.
One corner of our garden: Broccoli, Cabbage,
Chinese Cabbage, and Lettuce 

We have new neighbors in our neighborhood.  I have noticed we have less squirrels and the rabbit population is down.  Oh, don't worry I still see squirrels but not in groves like they were and now we may see five rabbits in our backyard compared to a couple of dozen.  Here is a picture of our new neighbors.

 
Yes, we have a pair of Great Horned Owls.  This picture I am standing in the door frame of our back porch and deck.  The tree is next to our deck.  We definitely have to watch out and not allow the cats on the deck any more.  They primarily hunt at night but they are also known to hunt during the day.  This one's companion was on the ground by my butterfly/hummingbird garden.  Todd said the wing span was nearly 3 feet.  (I hope they do not scare the hummingbirds away.)

I have learned Great Horned Owls do not only Hoo Hoo Hoooo at night.  They can screech and screech like ever 10-15 minutes, it was difficult to sleep in our back yard.  What?  Yes, we did a little one night camp out with Taj to see how he would do.  He was awesome.  Now once the weather cools down some we are going to go with whatever kids can go and Taj camping one weekend.  I am so excited for this.

 He loved the campfire.
He enjoyed the tent.  We used our small tent 
we bought for camping in Yellowstone last year.

Raising children to be independent is what we parents do.  I am proud of each one of my children, biological and step, and sometimes growing up means moving.  They have to follow their dreams and do what is right but it does not mean a parent has to be happy about it.  Wait, that is wrong, I am happy for the opportunity but I am not happy how far the opportunity is for this child.  My second oldest, Joshua very much impressed his higher management when he went to help open the new center in South Dakota, so much they wanted to do everything in their power to keep him and McKenzie working for them.  The two will be transferring to Florida.  They will be working at two different centers and live in between.  Joshua will have a 45 minute drive and McKenzie a 35 minute drive.  They will be moving 30 hours away from us.  When I first found out about this two weeks ago, I was trying to mentally prepare myself because I was told it would happen some time in October or December, things have changed.  It will be within 30 days now.  This will be our first moving out of state.  I am happy for him but a little piece of my heart will be moving to Florida.

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Monday, June 6, 2016

Fairy Garden

It is not very often I copy an entire post I publish on my garden blog but I just love how my little Fairy Garden turned out and it is on my 55 x 55 list, so enjoy!

A couple of years ago I saw a Fairy Garden and thought how much I would like to make one.  I have been looking online and thought that I would make one this Summer.  I wanted to use my old wash tub my Mom gave me about 20 years ago.  It was her Mom's.  ( I feel I need to explain here, I never got to meet her Mom, she passed when my Mom was 13 years old.)

At first I planned on gluing rocks on a bird house.  I went to Michael's to look for my bird house only to find a very nice sale.  I found by the time I bought the bird house, which was way too large or way too small and the items I needed to decorate I would spend a lot more than if I were to purchase one of their Fairy Garden homes.  I figured I would pick up a few things pre-made and spend less to have more to spend on the plants.  I had already picked up my little Fairy from Earl May the week prior.  I wanted to have a little vegetable garden for the Fairy since we garden but I couldn't find my clay you can bake and I did not want to buy the clay because I know once I buy some I will find it.  I picked up a little planting box of lettuce for now and some gardening tools for the Fairy. 

Memorial weekend we cleaned the deck, stained the main surface, and then cleaned our back porch.  It was now time for me to start my little garden.  I added the Phlox, which was labeled for Fairy Garden.  A bonus is it will attract butterflies too.  I also added a Columbine plant, this will attract Hummingbirds.  I also planted a tiny rose bush which was also labeled for a Fairy Garden.  All of these plants are perennials so they should grow back next year.  I had some left over Dusty Miller plants from other planters and chose to add it as well.  Here is a picture of the first day's planting.
 I think the little mushrooms are one of my favorite things.

It was a nice start but I knew I wanted more.

Last Wednesday while I was shopping for work, I drove by Earl May and decided to stop and pick up some more plants for the little garden and moss to add.  I bought three house plants I can transplant late fall and take indoors.  I picked up a little Palm Tree, an Umbrella Tree which I was able to divide and Hirt's Baby Tear Plant.  Here is my finished product for now.  
 I really liked how it came together. 
 One thing I definitely need to add is a little trellis for the rose bush.
Isn't it cute?

I plant to paint something special on the wash tub and adding a few decorative pieces to the garden later.   I am very pleased with the first little Fairy Garden.



I hope you enjoyed as much as I did sharing.   If you ever want to check out my other blog, there is a link on the side bar was well as a tab at the top.  





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Thursday, June 2, 2016

June Goals


The Monthly Goals: a Goals Linky Party at My So-Called Chaos and A Peek at Karen's World

RECAP OF MAY GOALS
  • Celebrate Matthew's Birthday  SUCCESS - We celebrated a week later due to Matthew having all four wisdom teeth pulled and he then developed dry socket.  OUCH.  Everyone was able to get together and his choice for dinner was Tacos.
  • Celebrate Joshua's Birthday  SUCCESS - We celebrated the last Sunday in May because Joshua was in South Dakota for work the weekend of his birthday.
  • Celebrate my cousin's daughter graduating  SUCCESS - It was so nice to see some of my cousins and an aunt.  My cousin limited who she invited to have a drama free party.
  • Celebrate Mother's Day SUCCESS - We went to see Todd's Mom the day before and the weekend after we went to Des Moines to visit with my Mom.  Me, it was low key and I was perfectly fine with that.
  • Go to the Tulip Festival (weather permitting) SUCCESS - I loved it and was able to cross off something from both my bucket list as well as 55 x55 list.  You can read about it by clicking here.
  • Complete the pillow cases for the spare bedroom  FAILURE - No excuses I just did not do it.  I still need to buy the lace.
  • Make-over the corner stand  FAILURE - I did not even start it.  I am sort of having second thoughts, so I need to think a little more about it.
  • Complete one Pinterest project IN PROGRESS - it will definitely be completed in the month of July.  I cannot wait to share my Fairy Garden.
  • Complete one book.  IN PROGRESS -  Nearly Complete
  • Work out 5 out of the 7 days in the gym.  IN PROGRESS - I worked out 3 of the 7 days a week.  Improvement but I need to do better.
  • Complete Seasonal Paintings.  IN PROGRESS - 2 of the 4 panels are done.
  • Finalize vacation plans  FAILURE - This must be done soon.
  • Plan trips around Iowa. FAILURE - We just have not had time to sit down and plan anything this month.
  • Plant more flowers and complete the Butterfly garden. SUCCESS -  I will be posting pictures soon.  My Butterfly/Hummingbird garden is complete. 
  • Plant my flowers in my planters. SUCCESS - Planted
  • Work on re-organizing my blog.  IN PROGRESS - I have a lot of post to work through
I feel like May flew by.  A lot of activities and a lot of accomplishments.  One thing I need to improve is the working out.  I have to have success here.  I am in hopes weight off will help the diabetes and the high blood pressure.  I am still struggling with trying to cook healthy meals between sodium and carbohydrates, for now we are strictly eating chicken breast and salad, with occasionally salmon.

JUNE GOALS
  • Complete the 4 Seasons Painting.
  • Decorate the wall above the headboard.
  • Finish planning for our vacation.
  • Plan some trips around Iowa
  • Attend the Arts Festival.
  • Celebrate Taj's 5th Birthday
  • Work on becoming healthier.
  • Complete the throw pillow for the spare bedroom.
  • Finish Fairy Garden
  • Finish another Pinterest Project.
  • Work on re-organizing my blog
  • Post in my Garden blog.
  • Try to find what is biting us while we are in bed.  I think I am afraid to find out the results of this goal.

What type of goals do you have this month?

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Saturday, May 28, 2016

Friday Confessional ~ Pre-School Graduation 2016

FRIDAY CONFESSIONAL at HIGH-HEELED LOVE
Come join the fun over at Aubrey's High-Heeled Love. She host this little party every Friday.

I confess...

I cannot believe my Taj graduated from Pre-School last night.  When did he grow up?


I confess...

It was a cute little ceremony.

 
Our little graduate is the one sitting down making a goofy face to us.
 
I confess...

He had a lot of family there.  Three of the boys were not able to make it because they were working or out of state and missing two aunts as well.  He had both set of grandparents there.
 Above: Proud Mama and the little graduate
Below:  Proud Papa, Nana, and Uncle Ethan.  
I love the goofy faces Taj and Todd were making
I gathered his little decorations, cap, and diploma for the picture below.

I confess...

Taj was having problems with his tassel, partly because he kept playing with it, partly because it was swinging and hitting him in the eye.


The graduates sung to us.

I confess...

He is the cutest little graduate of 2016.

What do you have to confess this week?

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