Canada Garden: 2019

Saturday, May 25, 2019

More in May

 We had a happy birthday dinner at Mark's favorite Mexican restaurant. 
and we went to Jacob and Lindsay's beautiful wedding

Saturday, May 11, 2019

May Report

Remembering Judson every day, but especially on his May 1st birthday.  It was beautiful weather this year and the dogwoods were blooming exactly as I remember them when he was born.
The yard is as pretty as I've ever seen it. 
The front door garden, red hibiscus, yellow petunia and portulaca, and crotons for this early spring.
We had a lovely trip to Kentucky Lake, lots of fishing for Mark. 
I had never seen other birds at hummingbird feeders, but the orioles loved these.  We also got to watch a little bluebird pair coming and going, although they didn't seem interested in the sugar water.
Sunset from the boat.
Isaac and Jennifer are out in California where they are enjoying beautiful scenery too.

Saturday, April 20, 2019

Daffodil Season

Tahiti daffodil bulbs are going in the shopping cart for this fall:  big double yellows with splashes of orange. They were everywhere at the botanical garden. 
We went to St Louis last week just to have something to do, something to think about. A lot of thinking has been  going on around here as we passed the six month mark since Judson's been gone. 

We've been thinking about buying a new house.  Mark is thinking about walking the Appalachian Trail next summer.  I'm thinking about writing a keto book--actually this is supposed to be a committed project but I have to confess I've been thinking more than writing lately!  Anyway, we're getting by as best we can and finding projects along the way.   We planted sweet peas in the garden today.  

And I'm going to add some of these Lightening Fire bulbs to the fall order too 💗


Tuesday, March 26, 2019

March 2019

 Mama and PJ came to see us last weekend :)

I stopped asking for a "nice" picture because the the laughter from clowning around was so sweet <3 p="">
Love these pictures of mama from their sedum sphere class at Mrs. Grae's.  And she gave me the one she made!  I hope I can keep it going, keeping my fingers crossed.
Isaac and Jennifer still in Costa Rica on their adventure.
It was good to meet one of Judson's co-workers last week. She shared this photo taken of Judson in early October, a couple of weeks before he left.  I so appreciate her kindness and support and the chance to hear her memories.
 I've been reading quite a bit about grief and life after life and that's been helpful.

The weather is getting warmer, the days are getting a little longer, 
and the daffodils are up in the back yard. 
I seem to have found a few more wrinkles, but life is still good and I am thankful for so much.

Saturday, March 09, 2019

Birthday Card

Our Betsy's hand-made drawing of me, Mark and Skye on my birthday card.  I love their cards! You can see she got my hair color just right :)

Monday, March 04, 2019

Another Birthday

We went to Sgt Pepper's for a late lunch on my birthday.   We all miss Judson terribly, but it was good to be together.   I had a call from Isaac who is on his annual Costa Rica adventure, also phone calls and messages and lots of facebook birthday wishes.
 Mother Nature sent snow. 
Mark gave me Ninna Ricci perfume.  I haven't had any in years and I never see it in the stores anymore.  It was Nan's favorite and it makes me think of her.
I can't resist picking up another pot of bulbs every time we go to the grocery!
Keto birthday desserts-cheesecake and chocolate peanut butter pie.  Next time the pie is just going to be peanut butter cups.  Why bother with pie when you can have peanut butter cups?

Saturday, February 09, 2019

Birthday Money at The Crack

 We went to lunch with V for her 81st birthday and had good food at The Cracker Barrell.  Betsy was sick, so she wasn't with us and we missed her.   Kyle  was focused on his birthday card from Grandma Peggy and didn't seem to mind my taking pictures, so I took advantage :)
It was a nice birthday lunch celebration with V. Kyle was funny and chatty and it was so good to have him and Rachel with us. 

Wednesday, February 06, 2019

and now Kyle is 9

Memories from Kyle's birth nine years ago. . . 
 Kyle has a couple of broken toes from Betsy's birthday party last weekend but he's on the mend.  We celebrated with him in the new house.  He looks so much like Judson did when he was that age. 
Lots of presents! And this week's birthday girl is V.
Another memory from 2010.

Sunday, January 27, 2019

Happy 11th to Betsy!

 Our Betsy is 11 today.  She had such a nice birthday party in their new home. 
 I went through all the Betsy pictures here--there are a lot!  We have so many good memories, all recorded right here on this blog.  I'm so glad I've been keeping it.
Kyle's turn is next weekend.  He'll be 9!

Sunday, January 20, 2019

January 2019

Thank you to my mama for finding this gem.  
Everything is so messed up, but we are planting flowers.
I went to see mama and PJ for a few days.  It was cold, but we were together.  Love this picture of them at Mrs Graye's greenhouse.  I brought back several plants. Hope they make it to warm weather and the back yard.
Jordan and Beth.
PJ always makes me laugh. She's good medicine.  
Brandi, Crafton's girlfriend, made me this beautiful sign.
 Mary Oliver, the poet died this week.  I thank her for sharing her comforting words.
Rachel and the kids at their new house.  I am so thankful they have a new home where they can heal and rebuild their lives.  Here's the poem that Rachel posted with the picture:
“The world has been abnormal for so long 
that we've forgotten what it's like to live in a peaceful and reasonable climate. 
If there is to be any peace or reason, we have to create it in our own hearts and homes.”
Madeleine L'Engle