Tuesday, June 25, 2013


Do you remember when the Secret Garden was revealed last summer?

It was exactly as we had envisioned it and we were so proud and happy over the way it turned out.


It is now but a distant memory.

It first started with the falling leaves.

The gazebo sits under a large walnut tree and another tree that constantly drops leaves and large seed pods all summer long.

It actually looked pretty in the fall after adding a few seasonal touches, but it was not conducive to summer relaxation.


Then came the birds, who totally believe that this is their very own playground.

"Waiting for the 4th of July?
My feathers!!
This is just your own personal space to experience the softness of Charmin!!"


So we've changed things around a bit...

We've put the table under the gazebo, which is a larger space than the porch.  We've added a screen netting to keep the leaves off and the birds out.

We placed the wicker pieces up on the porch which the birds haven't found yet!

And we've added a few different plants and accessories that were not here before.

Do I like it as well?

It looks prettier to the eye then it does in the photos, I think.

But, I can't really say that I like it as much.


Right now, as I'm sitting in my office car writing this, and the Captain is walking his dogs, it is pouring down rain.

As we return to the Cottage...

The only two plants that were really looking good in the garden now...

...have become a flattened mess.

This is our neighbor's flowering plum tree.

I have never seen it like this even in a snow storm.


...yet again we have a mess in the Secret Garden.

We knew the rain was coming so we stacked some of the things on the porch.

I didn't pick up the table as we thought the umbrella would be able to keep a little rain at bay!

Well, nothing that won't dry out...

...hopefully in time for the holiday.


"It was the sweetest, most mysterious-looking place anyone could imagine.

Mary Lennox, when she first saw "The Secret Garden"


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Tuesday, June 18, 2013


I read someplace that all famous writers experience what is commonly referred to as "writer's block" at one time or another.

Now, not that I include myself in the "famous" arena, by any stretch of the imagination, and the term "writer" only applies because I can hold a pen to paper and make a mark.

But, I am experiencing "writer's block"...

...big time!

I usually take a photo that stirs my imagination...

...and from that comes the story.

But, lately, I haven't felt that my pictures have any stories to tell.

I'm not discouraged.  I will keep trying and eventually, I have hope that the "magic" will return.


P.S.  The glimpses of future "magic" that you have been seeing in this post will be story worthy soon...

...but in the meantime...

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Tuesday, June 11, 2013



                                                                     ACT I


The elegant, Lady Lavender, is the star of the opening act of this performance of love.

She has taken the stage in her colorful and beautiful costume.

Her perfume is as sweet as a breath of heaven.

I truly LOVE lavender.



Jake and Jacinda

The hero of the show is Jake.

He is such a kind and caring young man and a great supporting player of all of us that love and adore him.

He called me the other night and the script went something like this:

"Hi Grandma."

"Hi sweet boy, what's going on?"

"Oh, nothing, just wondering if you were doing anything on Sunday?"

"No, not anything planned."

"Would you like to go to a concert with me, Jacinda, and my mom?"

"I would LOVE it."

I just LOVE a good concert and I just LOVE, LOVE, LOVE, Jake.



The third act consists of bright lights, loud music and a tight T-shirt, all performed under the stars...

I will take this opportunity to apologize for some of the photos. They were taken from a large screen, by a little camera, from a great distance.

...one of the stars shined much brighter than all the rest...

Do you recognize this guy?

Oh, sorry, he's just not any old guy!

I mean this leading man.

And, Man, I do mean MAN!


He performed for over two hours and took three curtain calls.

It was a great concert and a great night.

Jake, I thank you so very much for including me in your cast of characters.

And, in case you couldn't tell...




Our encore act is a sweet little carved, wooden Jay that Tami gave to me in honor of
"The New Kids on the Block."

Thank you, Tam.

I LOVE him!


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