May 20, 2018:

Hola!

Yesterday Prince Harry married American Meghan Markle and I couldn't get enough of the royal wedding. What a gorgeous dress, the bride was radiantly beautiful and the church at Windsor - oh my goodness, the flowers alone were soooo beautiful. There's nothing like a good love story to make one appreciate how precious we can be (and should be) to each other.

I'm glad the weather was perfect yesterday for the new Duke and Duchess of Sussex's wedding. I can't say the same for around here. Spring keeps teasing and then going away. This morning I woke up to a "balmy" 47 degrees F outside, rain, damp, and I turned the heat back on! It's May 20th, the heat. should. not. be. on. Period.

Last Thursday, however, was beautiful. I was able to get a goodly amount of yard and garden clean-up done over several days last week. I also took some photos of my flowering tree anchoring the north corner of my house and made the current collage. I think it's an ornamental cherry, and on the the other end of the house, I think that's called a purple sand cherry? I'll have to check that. The blossoms on the tree do not have a distinct fragrance, but the purple shrub that wants to be a tree (despite my hacking it back, back and back yearly - I'm losing, by the way) has myriad blossoms with a distinct fragrance. I can't decide if the scent is too beautiful to bear or too awful to smell, it certainly can be overpowering!

This coming week will be the third cut of the grass this season. We had rain late Friday night and then for several hours earlier this morning. This rain, on top of the rain we had over four days the prior weekend, and the grass is growing like nobody's business! I don't mind doing the grass, though, as long as it's not too hot, too cold, not raining, and not too windy. I'm not picky at all, am I...

I still have a lot of raking out of areas that suffered from snow mold over the winter, and have not yet really tackled cleaning out the north flower bed in the backyard. That will be a chore!

But Memorial Day weekend is coming. This coming Saturday I will be out with a friend (who has a nice large van - goody!) stocking up on potting soil, top soil to fill in never-ending low spots in the yard, grass seed, and lots of plants! For some reason, this spring seems busier than those in prior years. I can't figure out why that is...

Jan

Sunday, October 2, 2011

Ooooh, I Like It, I Like It...

More things I want (and cannot afford):
Jones of New York kimono sleeve cowl-neck cableknit sweater
$129 (currently less 15%) at Macy's.  Love everything about this sweater.
I love this sophisticated look. Black and white are
always chic.  I'm not into leggings, though.  I'm
still trying to find a pair of fashion boots I can
wear with my new sweater dress and tights!

Kensi color block sweater $88 at Macy's.
Love the detailing and the texture.

I've been shopping online for wide-width fashion boots - the kind to wear with knee-length skirts, sweater dresses, etc.  I've found about five pair at One Stop Plus - may pull the trigger on a purchase or two later today, depends on how the Packers game and the Brewer game go!  If they're winning and I'm happy, I will buy buy buy...

I also decided I want a bright red winter coat - better yet, a coat with a zip-out lining I could wear three seasons.  I need something that's a plus size (like 16W) but cut for a femme under 5'4" or a more generous "petite" cut like LL Bean features -- except they didn't have any red coats that I liked, boo hoo.

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