Saturday, June 17, 2017

Summer fun

Summer fun MANY years ago, me in the middle of my sisters at the time. You will notice this was 62 years ago, but who's counting.

Looks like we are enjoying Vess Pop, anyone remember Vess?  I'd love to still have that table and chair set!!!

My current summer in 2017 has been busy planting new perennials and grooming my gardens. Some fresh paint here and there too.

Some bright yellow paint.



New Poppy plants.





Hybrid Miranda Lambert Hybrid Tea Rose

Been watering early in the mornings--the heat is getting pretty hot here.

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Ann

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Winky Dink and You

Something fun to remember today about my childhood.  In the 1950's there was a children's show called "Winky Dink and You".  I can remember watching it on Saturday mornings and playing along with Winky Dink.

The host was Jack Barry and he along with Winky would create stories for us to solve.  Bill Gates applauds this show as the first interactive TV show.


You had to actually order a special packet with a vinyl plastic sheet included  that would stick to the TV screen to play along.  You would trace on the screen to attach whatever you needed to help solve the story.  I can't remember is special markers came with it.

Many kids wrote directly on the TV screen to their parents horror!! (my husband says he was one of them).


From Wiki:
Most of the TV sets were 17" and of course black and white.

The show lasted until the end of the 1950's many were afraid of what affects the TV tubes would have with X-rays on the viewers.

So many fun shows back then, I long to see more wholesome subjects for today's youth but I'm afraid that video games are here to stay---we just have to be vigilant watching what they are playing.


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Ann 

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Variegated

Variegated is an adjective in foliage means having or consisting of leaves that are edged or patterned in a second color.  Multicolored plants are my favorite and they usually catch my eye at the nursery.

These are some of my yard plants that are variegated this year.

A trusted Lillium which comes back prettier every year.


This Coleus is in a planted box on my front porch. I love the ruffled edges.

I also love a VARIETY of color in one plant.  You get that with Rose Moss which hangs in metal planters on a brick wall in the front.

I love the soft pink, violets and oranges in this plant.

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Ann

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Uncommon Valor

"Uncommon valor was a common virtue" - Chester Mintz, March 16, 1945.  Mr. Mintz was an American Admiral who was reflecting on the sacrifice of the Marines who fought at Iwo Jima.

I thought this would be appropriate for today since Memorial Day or "Decoration Day' as we called it growing up was just celebrated for our fallen hero's.

Here is a hero in our family who was in WWII as a radio-tower operator bringing the war planes to a safe landing.

My Dad





Other than leaving flowers have you ever seen or heard of placing coins on top of service men and women's headstones?


There is a practice of placing coins on the grave stones of the soldier that you visit.

Penny -- a friend has visited

Nickel -- the visitor trained with the deceased

Dime--  the visitor served with the deceased

Quarter ---  the visitor was with the deceased when he died


Ann


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Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Trees

Trees in your yard add so much interest and beauty.  They can be quite an investment so taking care of them is essential.

I have three two trees that I really enjoy watching grow.  Three years ago I planted this Capalta tree from a seedling that a fellow blogger sent me.

It has grown to about 6.5 feet, the leaves are very large and look almost tropical. This is the first season it has flowered.



It will probably grow to 20 feet and hopefully shade our front windows.

Additionally I really enjoy my Japanese Maple that I bought about 5 years ago, it was on the isle of markdowns--she looked pretty sad.  I got her into the ground and she looks wonderful in our back yard. I love the purple color!!




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Ann

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Sewing Chest

Many moons ago when I was 19, newly married and living as a wife to an Airman 3rd Class making a wee salary I started searching for a job.

I landed a job in an insurance company and needed to have some nice things to wear.  No pants or jeans then-just nice dresses.

I had never sewed before but began to teach myself.  My Dad wanted to make something special for me and sent me this sewing chest.

It has lasted 50 years and is still is great shape.  The front opens for patterns and the top opens up for all the necessities.





A constant reminder of a Father's love for his daughter.

On our Second Wedding Anniversary I was able to make this dress and jacket.


Sewing has been a joy for me and still is.

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Ann

Friday, May 12, 2017

Mothers Day Memories

When our Son was in elementary school he created a Mothers Day Card for me. He is now 47 and I have kept my treasure all these years.




Mind you I was about 29-30 years old when he made this!!!!!Don't you love how they view age when they are kids!

My Mama is now 90 and this is a picture of her standing by her garden at the home I grew up in.  She loved growing Zinnias. She was around 40 years old.


Praying everyone has a fabulous Mothers Day!!!

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Ann

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Yellow Brick Road

R stands for road (yellow brick one) that runs  through our back yard. I've been wanting to get this done for awhile, I needed some sunny days but not too hot. It was perfect weather the last few days.

Follow the yellow brick road, follow the yellow brick road, follow follow follow follow follow the yellow brick road. I do need some road signs though.



I gave my hot air balloon and Lion new coats of paint for the summer. Toto too!!!!






Toto is happy in the basket. The bicycle is my bike that I got in 1957 as a gift from my parents, I have restored it to its original colors.

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Ann

Friday, May 5, 2017

Ornamental Allegro Poppy

Last fall I purchased two poppy plants and they came up this spring and I have been waiting and checking everyday for a pod to open.  YEAH !! It happened yesterday, and I have plenty more pods to open.

Orange scarlet.




This one is on the verge!!




Poppies always remind me of the Wizard Of Oz being a Kansas girl. How all the characters took a deep sleep in the poppies.

Poppies are used to symbolize peace, death and sleep. They grew in the fields where trench war was occurring in WWI.

Hoping everyone is enjoying planting and reaping the rewards.

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Ann


Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Quarter

Per Google, a quarter is each of four equal parts into which something can be divided.

 1.  A period of 15 minutes or a point of time making the transition from one fifteen-minute period to      the next.

2.  A coin representing 25 cents, one fourth of a US dollar.

3.  One fourth of a measure of weight.

I could list numerous definitions but today I'm going to focus on 15 minute intervals.

I spent eight of those 15 minute intervals working in one of my gardens yesterday.   I'm planning on making a perennial  garden.  It now houses my vintage windmill and Mr. Tin Man.  I'm planning on moving my peonies there and adding some miniature roses.  It sets in the center of our yard so I'm looking forward to the scents fill the yard.

I alternated from a shovel to a hoe and taking breaks at those quarters pulling up weeds!!!! Next is newspaper and mulch. I took some breaks on that little yellow chair that is still sitting there!





It's been raining here in the Midwest for the past week and we got a break yesterday so I could work. It's back to raining again but hope to get back out there soon.

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Ann


Friday, April 28, 2017

Happy 80th

My youngest Aunt just turned 80 this past weekend and her daughter and granddaughters threw her a surprise party.


We thought she might faint when she first hear us all singing Happy Birthday.



We had such a great time with about 75 in attendance. Here's my sisters and their spouses along with me and my husband. Our Mom takes center stage!!!





Us sisters getting silly - me in the gorgeous glasses daling!!!

L to R  my Mom Nellie, Aunt Ruby, the birthday girl Aunt Wanda and Uncle Earnest the siblings.

Isn't she lovely!!!!!



Ann
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