Catching Up…

After being gone so long from my home I’ve been spending lots of time catching up and getting things around this old house back to normal.

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We don’t have a gardening service so the first thing I addressed was our lawn and some beds and shrubs. I spent four and a half hours last Thursday and my body is still recovering from being taxed like that.

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I came home to blooms that were spent and blooms that were thriving. These are the sweet rosebud azaleas I bought with a gift card from the Mennonite Girls Can Cook to purchase something to plant in memory of my mom who passed away last September 13th.

This next collage is of my older azalea plants.

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overgrown yard 009Most of my rhoddys are on their way out but I’ve been able to enjoy a few blooms.

2014-05-22 May Yard GregWhile I was gone my pink dogwood bloomed and Dear took some photos for me. This is the fullest it’s bloomed since we planted it a couple years ago. The green leafed shot is the stage it is at now.

2014-05-22 overgrown yard2I’m so excited that my young peony bush has over 6 buds this year. Last year we only had one.

overgrown yard 035After I mowed and watered I took this before photo of our patio. Yesterday Dear put the covers on. I’ll take more photos of the after shots when a couple more projects get done like pressure washing.

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When we went to barbecue steaks yesterday our barbecue would not cooperate so Dear has some extensive cleaning and de-clogging of the poor old thing before it lights up. Plan B went into effect and we broiled the steaks inside and microwaved the corn. It all tasted good and sharing the meal with our kids was wonderful.

It’s so so good to be home again. It’s so nice that Dear gets a long weekend at home before he has to travel again next Friday to Chicago.  I can’t stop thanking God for the fact that our son-in-law is home from Afghanistan. We continue throughout this Memorial weekend and beyond to be thankful for those who have served and are serving our country.

What have you been up to this weekend?

About Ellenhttps://happywonderer.com/I am a wife, mother, baba (grandmother) and a loyal friend. Jesus is my King and my hope is in my future with Him.

5 thoughts on “Catching Up…

  1. Your satisfaction at being at home jumps off the post. It sounds like you’ve had a grand time getting things back to normal and getting ready for summer on that deck. Now you can relax!

  2. Wow! You really whipped your lawn and garden into shape! It looks terrific. Me? I have just been trying to get rhe lawn mowed. This will be the first year in my life the yard has not looked trim and nice for Memorial Day, but with the incessant rain…what’s a gal to do? Love that your husband took photos of the dogwood in bloom. Such a thoughtful thing to do!

  3. Last May, we went to Maine to visit my son and his family. We were gone for nine days, and when we got home, we were amazed at all that had happened in our yard while we were gone! I can only imagine how many changes you found after weeks of being away! But you have it all looking so neat and tidy…and beautiful!

  4. There’s nothing like a sunny day outside after some rain. Everything is clean and clear. Your flowers are looking great. There’s also nothing like coming home after a long holiday.

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