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...


Tuesday, December 31, 2013

My Five WORST PERFORMING Posts in 2013

Hola darlings!

NUMBER FIVE!!!!!!! Banana Nut Bread.
Happy New Year's Eve!  It's snowing here and will be through Thursday morning.  Sigh.  We are in the deep freeze, too, with temperatures well below normal for this time of year, windchills down into the minus twenties F at night. 
NUMBER FOUR!!!!!!! Gallery wall.
For the first time in three winter seasons, I pulled out the old tights, an extra button down cotton sweater to wear underneath the down coat, the Sorel heavy-duty boots that weigh at least 20 pounds each, I swear!  Plus extra socks, and turtleneck sweaters underneath extra warm and thick sweaters.  I look and walk like an overweight polar bear when I'm done dressing before heading out -- takes at least 10 minutes to put on the boots, the scarf, the hat, the extra scarf, the extra sweater, fumble around for the coat zipper then do up the snaps, pull up the hood and get that velcroed into place, and the final step is inserting my Hot-Hands packs into my down LL Bean mittens.  Love those mittens, and especially love Hot Hands!  I only learned about them four years ago or so.  How did I ever survive without them?  With lots of cases of near frostbit fingers! 

NUMBER THREE!!!!!!!! Crumble-top apple pie.
I'm home, safe, warm (I will enjoy a fire in the fireplace later on), having a glass of wine and contemplating this end of the year.  The office closed at 2 p.m. and I was able to leave just before 3 p.m.  A friend gave me a lift and I asked her drop me at the Pick 'n Save near where I live, which was an absolute mad house!  I do not recall ever seeing so many people buying so much spirits and beer in my life, Holy Hathor!

NUMBER TWO!!!!!!!!  Naked front room.
It seems that almost everyone in blog land is writing about their top five or top ten posts of 2013.  Well, this little blog doesn't perform like theirs, LOL!  So, I decided to share with you my BOTTOM FIVE 2013 BLOG POSTS!  Ta da!

Many were tied with 9 page views, but there were some that had less -- way less!  And so, without further adieu (drum roll please).....

Worst #5:

February 13, 2013:  My baking banana bread fiasco!  The banana bread ultimately turned out just fine, but what it took to get there -- oh my!  And there was a snow storm, too!  Six (yes, 6) page views.

Worst #4:

June 10, 2013:  Gallery Wall: I Think I Finally Got It (Nearly) Right.  After working so hard to get this right, putting it up, taking it down, putting it up, taking it down, rearranging over and over, it seemed like dozens of times but was probably only six or seven times, I was very happy with the "final" product and I wanted you all to be happy with me.  But at six page views, I realized nobody was interested.  Ugh!  And then there was the patching of all the holes in the wall, LOL!  I have since tweaked the bottom two rows of the gallery wall and swapped out tables, and I'm madly in love highly gratified with it all.  I have to tell you too -- brag brag -- that visitors who are invited to the back of the house (the gallery wall is in the dinette, part of the rooms running across the back of the house) spend lots of time looking at all the photos and asking questions!  I LOVE that reaction, which is exactly what I wanted to happen.  I wanted my precious photos of family and friends to tell a story and evoke curiosity and questions!  Plus I like to talk a lot (can you tell???)

Worst #3:

October 26, 2013: National Apple Day.  Maybe it's the title - B-O-R-I-N-G!  I included my favorite crumble top apple pie recipe that - honest - has gotten rave reviews over the years and is not difficult to make at all.  The "hardest" part of the process (takes the longest) is paring and slicing up the apples!  It has lots of photos, too.  Don't we all love looking at photos in those "how do do this or cook that" kinds of posts?  Well, I do anyway.  But with only six page views, the little tips I learned from my beloved Grandma Newton, who could bake like an angel with NO recipes were seen by practically no one. My apple pie is still damn good, though. 

Worst #2:

November 29, 2013:  Thanksgiving:  Removing All Traces of Fall and Naked Front Room.  This as one of my shortest posts ever.  I thought it would be a big hit because people would think "oh look, she kept it under 10,000 words!"  But nah.  Four page views.

Worst #1:

December 21, 2013:  A Frank Discussion About "Domestic" Violence.  Admittedly not the thing to talk about around the holidays, I suppose, but it was important to me to speak out when I was moved to do so by another blogger's posts about the recent death of a fellow blogger and her teenaged son at the hands of her former husband.  This post had seven views.  I believe that this is one of the most important topics a woman can discuss with other women, and it got seven page views.  This I count as a major failure, and I have to tell you, it's disheartening.

Well, this is no time for a pity party.  One keeps on keeping on!  In 2014 I will continue to try to do what I did in 2013 and in each year of my life since I became a responsible adult:  work to make the lives of others better.

Goddess bless you all, dear two readers (actually, I think I may have twelve readers) -- Goddess bless you all, dear twelve readers.  See you in 2014, woo woo!!!!!

Sharing at Cozy Little House's Tweak It Tuesday.

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