What’s Up?

In the Azalea world these Rosebud Azaleas are my very favorite. We have two mature bushes and two newer struggling bushes. The Azaleas are waning and other things are thriving. Spring is such a beautiful season in the Pacific Northwest.

Our patio covers are up, too.

We’ll bring out the patio furniture when Dear gets home from Chicago just in time for the next batch of rain showers, wink wink.

I’m in want of another dose of this little cutie pie.

While Dear has been in Chicago I’ve been able to sort through a few more boxes of papers we do not need to store. Lots of shredding, recycling and dumping going on. Amongst the sorting I found some jewels and some journal entries that were wise for me to dump, worthy of the dump. The middle to late 90’s were some years of suffering that brought out the worst and the best. There was darkness around us but I’m happy to say God’s light overcame the darkness of these years and He brought us through.

The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases;
    his mercies never come to an end;
 they are new every morning;
    great is your faithfulness.

Lamentations: 3:22-23

I hope you are depending on the light of the world.

Abundant Garden…

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Our kids have a nice large garden and we’ve been enjoying some of it’s bounty while we are staying with them.

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Last night we had potatoes, butternut squash and green beans from their garden for sides with our barbecued pork chops. Delicious.

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Some of the squash is escaping the confines of the garden.

Dear and Dan are hard at work today getting ready to install a new pump and build out a new pump house for the well. This old pump house you see in the photo below is now demolished. The new pump and pump house will be twice the size.

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I went into town to the Farmer’s Market and did some shopping at a couple other stores. I’ll share more on that another time.

Hope you all have a good weekend.

A Garden Party!

Looks like there are several link ups for this party. Hope I didn’t miss anyone!

Have a Daily Cup of Mrs. Olson

At Home With Jemma

Poofing the Pillows

Decor to Adore

White Spray Paint

This has been a banner Spring in the Seattle area with many things blooming early because of the weather this year. Here are a series of lovelies from our yard. Calling it a garden is a bit of a stretch.

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Pink Dogwood is one of my very favorites. We planted this tree just a few years ago.

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Our lilac bush was planted the same time as the Dogwood. This is the first year it is full of blooms. Last year we only had 3 blooms!

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I love these sweet Violas.

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Our Camellia was at it’s fullest a week ago. It is waning now but the azalea bush you see next to it is now in it’s glory in the photo below.

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Next to this vibrant azalea is our Rosebud Azalea that will bloom next.

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This next photo shows what the sweet little rosebud azaleas look like when they open up. As of this morning this is the first one to open.

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We have a few established rhododendrons in our yard. This yellow rhoddy is the youngest and we had some beautiful blooms this year.

13062421_10209416118108177_8720609380336203899_nThese last photos are of our very old and established Rhododendrons that were here when we purchased this old house. The Rhododendron is the Washington State Flower. These next photos were taken this morning in the rain.

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One lighter pink and the other one deeper. The third bush always blooms later than these two.

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Our patio covers are not up yet so on the next couple of photos you can see the frames without the covers. We usually put the covers up on Mother’s Day weekend.

rhoddies 012Here you see a little view of our deck patio and the Dogwood, little yellow rhoddy, and the side of our barbecue.

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This is a view of the french doors from our family room that are the most used doors at this old house. You step out on the deck from them and this path takes you to our detached garage/shop. I’ll leave you with some shots that show our deck with the covers up. This one shows the deck looking out from our family room.

Another view with our new privacy fence. Whew…you made it through. Wish I could have strolled through with you and a cup of coffee!

We just got home from a trip across the mountains to visit our son and his new bride of 10 months. It’s a 5-1/2 hour drive to get to their home. Now we are rushing about getting things ready for a trip to San Antonio, Texas for Dear to work at a conference there. I will be on my own and will explore this city that I’ve never been to and also drive to Austin to meet up with my brother and his family who will drive down from Dallas. Woohoo. Better get the laundry going. Hope you all have a good week!

 

Garden Fences!

When you live in the country you have to put fences up around your garden so that you can enjoy the bounty instead of the deer and other wildlife. Our son built this fence for his soon to be wife. Jamie’s Garden is producing some great vegetables already. If the deer could read the sign they would know they are not welcome in Jamie’s Garden.

I see lots of fresh salads and salsa in their future!

I’m linking up to Signs, signs with Lesley and to Good Fences #63 with TexWisGirl!

Phase One Planter Project…

Over President’s Weekend Dear and I worked on phase one of our sprucing up the yard project. I promised before and after photos and here they are.

I decided on the Primroses in the Cinder Block because the property our home sits on used to be called Primrose Acres.

Phase Two will include digging out these stones and leveling out the pathway beside this planter and putting in a flat walkway using pavers. Our plan for the pavers will help support the planter wall and we will be able to take out the temporary supports you can see along this section.

The walkway will extend to the existing deck and we will add a step next to this section of the deck which will make stepping up and down easier.

We are enjoying the fresh clean look. We hope to get started on Phase Two this coming weekend. It will be another Ibuprofen weekend around this old house!

In Between the Constant Dripping…

birds-squirrels 038… we had fun watching the birds and squirrels in our yard and we managed to prune our apple tree. The Pine Siskins were quite active and numerous at the feeder.

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birds-squirrels 001 This industrious squirrel thought maybe it could get to the feeder from the un-pruned branches of the apple tree. Silly squirrel…

2015-02-07 birds-squirrelsThree squirrels, the most we’ve seen altogether in our yard decided it was easier to pick up the droppings below the feeder.

pruning 002 We braved the dripping skies and started to prune the apple tree on Saturday.

pruning 005 On Sunday we managed to get the majority of the unwanted branches removed and cut down to size for the yard waste bin with just a few stragglers that we may or may not trim. We wouldn’t have been able to get so much done without the help of Andrew and Katie who came over after church on Sunday.

So we are feeling quite accomplished here at this old house. How was your weekend?

 

Happy 4th of July!

Before I take you on a walk about the yard I wanted to wish everyone in the good ole U.S.A. a very Happy Independence Day.

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Because of my early Thursday morning walk about I found myself another job to do and another request to make of our house guests before we left the country.

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July yard 017I love the hydrangeas at this stage of coloring.

2014-07-03 July yardWe also have white ones and a small potted pink one this year.

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July yard 013The lavender has made it’s debut, too.

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July yard 005I’ll leave a note for our guests to feel free to snip the fresh thyme for their meals.

July yard 014The apples won’t be ready until we return home.

So how’s your garden/yard growing?