May 20, 2018:


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...


Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Gump's 2012 Halloween Sale!

Hola everyone!

I've been exhausted and no time to post.  Started a new position at the office working for someone else and it's been go go go!  So far, so good, but today was only the third full day of working with him so - we'll see.  We're both on our best behavior right now :)

In this evening's email I received notification of a Halloween sale at Gumps', one of my favorite places to shop!  Here's the link, you can check it out for yourself if you've a mind to.  I'm showing you two items that caught my eye, both under $20!  It's a 50% off sale - lots to love!  If you into collecting Limoges (cha ching!), they're Halloween items are 50% off too. 

Halloween Web Votives, $24.99 for the set of two.
  • Large, 19 1/4"H
  • Small, 15 1/2"H
  • Set of 2, one of each

  • Glitter Flying Witch Tablepiece, $17.99.


    1. Hi Jan,
      You commented on my blog but didn't link back an email!!
      I don't know why the discrepancy.
      That is what the recipe was when given to me.
      All I know is that it tastes amazing with the amount I suggested.
      I hope this helps!

    2. Hi Jan,
      Ok, here is a link to a blog that gives you a tutorial on how to get rid of the "no reply". Essentially, after doing this, when you comment on a blog it goes to their email and they in turn can email you back!

      I hope this helps!