Tuesday, September 7, 2021



We are about getting to the end of sunflower season. 

 A pretty bouquet for the dining room table

 and then we are going to tackle a project in the kitchen.  

Don't commit to thinking about something quick and fast 

because we don't work that way.  

It may be tomorrow or it may be months from now!  

It isn't a big project, 

but I think I will like it 

and I hope you do too.

The Captain brought home some very long stemmed sunflowers.

  Usually, I tend to trim any flower to a shorter length 

as that is how I usually like to arrange them,

 but I left these alone and added 

some of the lime light hydrangeas from the garden.

When the lime lights started blooming

 they didn't seem as full and lacy as usual, 

but as they matured

 I think they look pretty good.

I don't know yet if I will let these dry

 as I have pitchers full already

 but each year, I say 

I am going to throw out the old and bring new ones in...

...but the old ones have retained

 their great shape and soft colors

 and I hate to get rid of them.

I think I will take next week off 

and maybe get that project in the kitchen,

 at least, started.

Kai has been experiencing

 some health problems 

and he has been in for tests.  

Come to find out he is diabetic.  

We have started him on insulin

 and will know in two weeks if they can adjust the dosage appropriately.  

He seems to be handling it

 really well so far, 

and we are finding it is not hard 

giving him the two shots required daily. 

 We have changed his diet and he likes the new food, so that is a plus. 

 We have to watch him like a hawk as he can't control his bladder. 

That is a down side so far,

 but when they get him adjusted, hopefully, that will stop.  

We are just beginning on this journey 

and will learn as we go.

We are having beautiful fall like weather these past few days 

so we are enjoying it. 

 An unexpected piece of art

 is exposed

 in a late evening snack. 

 Can you see the autumn leaf?...

and oh, so, good 

dipped in peanut butter.

Hope you all 

are enjoying 

the waning days of summer.


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  1. Hi Judy! Oh, your sunflowers are so pretty and I love your hydrangeas. When we lived in upstate New York I had some gorgeous Hydrangeas - I love them. But in south Texas it seems to be too hot for them. Poor little Kai, he is so cute and I hope his meds will help him to get better.
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

    1. Thanks so much, Shelia. I love the hydrangeas too, and would like to have more of them. Kai seems to be doing well. I don't know if it is just wishful thinking, but it seems he feels better since on the insulin. We will know next week..Happy Tuesday..xxoJudy

  2. Hi Judy. The sunflowers are gorgeous with the hydrangeas. Poor little Kai I hope the insulin will help him to feel better. Glad you are comfortable with giving him the insulin. That is a big undertaking when a pup has diabetes just like in humans. With new food and insulin sounds like he can do well. That little cutie just needs a little help. Hope you had a great holiday weekend. xoxo Kris

    1. Thanks so much, Kris. We are hopeful and it really hasn't been too hard giving him his shots. I do the measuring and Jerry gives the shot, soon we will trade off so we know both things. He does seem to act like he is feeling better, but could just be wishful thinking.. Happy Tuesday..xxoJudy

  3. I am glad that Koi is doing well on insulin. I keep telling my son to stop giving his little dog so many treats, not good for him. He is gaining weight. They are doggy treats but reading the ingredients, they need to be limited. Maple leaf apple, how neat a picture it makes. Good energy snack with the peanut butter. I reached for chocolate which is bad.
    Can't wait to see what you are doing in the kitchen. We have so many projects that need to get done but something like our washer dryer is seeing it's better days, so we put stuff off. Love those beautiful sunflowers. None of my flowers did really well this year, too hot. Hugs, Betsy

    1. Thanks so much, Betsy. Those treats are not that good for them but we all spoil our doggies. He is on a special food and now the only treat is the 3 Cheerios they get each night before bed. I just couldn't take everything away from him. We take him back to the vet next Tuesday and will see if they have to adjust the dosage. They say it takes awhile to get it just right. Hopefully will get to the kitchen project soon..Happy Tuesday..xxoJudy

  4. Oh no, poor pup! I'm sorry, hopefully, the meds will help in big way. And your place looks lovely in fall...those flowers. Lovely!! Can't wait to see your kitchen project. I've been at work on one of my own! xo

    1. Thanks so much, Kim. I understand it takes awhile to get the meds regulated but so far he is doing well. I can't wait to get started on the "real" fall and it seems we will be starting our kitchen projects at about the same time. Bet you finish first. We are always so slow at doing anything..Happy Tuesday..xxoJudy

  5. Love your hydrangeas with sunflowers! Glad the season has mellowed a bit for you. Hope all goes well with your sweet pup. Apples with peanut butter are one of my favorite snacks. Makes me think of caramel apples, but so much better for you. I usually have one of those too once in the fall. Yum!

    1. Thanks so much, Jacqueline. The hydrangeas turned out pretty well this season after all. We will find out on Tuesday how Kai is doing and I wish they were caramel apples!!..Happy Sunday..xxoJudy

  6. Your hydrangeas and sunflowers are lovely - sad to see that season go. Love seeing the beauty in unusual places like your peeled apple. Poor, sweet little Kai. Hoping his new health plan will help him. Jane

    1. Thanks so much, Jane. The seasons do seem to fly by, but that is wonderful about faux flowers, you can have them anytime. Kai seems to be doing well, but we will find out for sure on Tuesday..Happy Sunday..xxoJudy

  7. What a lovely post. And what a lovely thing to be given such glorious sunflowers. They look beautiful there. Your home is so cozy and lovely. I'm glad you have a diagnosis for Kai -- now you can move forward and be doing the right things. It's so hard to see our fur family have something askew -- you just want to do the right thing but they can't really say what's up. Hang in there. He's well worth it, as you already know!

    1. Thanks so much, Jeanie. I have a thoughtful hubby! Kai seems to me to be doing much better. He has so much pain with his poor back and has to have the pain meds quite often, but he doesn't seem to complain as much since he has been on the insulin. Maybe that was more a part of it than we knew..Happy Sunday..xxoJudy

  8. Judy,
    Beautiful flowers!!I am glad that Kai is getting the treatment he needs but yet I can only imagine how hard it is know that he has a medical condition like this..I would be so upset if something was wrong with our Grand pup Faye.....Since they can not tell us what is wrong, that makes it so hard.....Thanks so much for stopping by!! Stay safe, healthy and happy!!

    1. Thanks so much, Deb. I think he is doing really well, but we will find out for sure on Tuesday. He has complained of pain because of his spine for a long time and has to take pain pills quite often, but since he has been on the insulin he seems so much brighter and doesn't complain at at all. Hope that is a fact and not just a figment of my imagination..Happy Sunday..xxoJudy

  9. Always such a pleasure to visit your lovely cottage and gardens. Hope all goes well with the puppy...that is so hard! Hugs, and hope you have a few more lovely days, Sandi

    1. Thanks so much, Sandi. I always enjoy your visits. Kai seems to be doing well so far. We will find out more on Tuesday. It is hard but he seems to be feeling so much better, that we are hopeful..Happy Sunday..xxoJudy

  10. Hope Kai is doing good. We have had some cooler temps here too in Michigan. Been eating outside for a change. Love your sunflowers! Janice

    1. Thanks so much, Janice. He seems to be feeling quite a bit better. Will have more tests on Tuesday to see how good it is actually working. We had a nice, rainy night last week and it sure smelled good the next morning..Happy Sunday..xxoJudy

  11. Beautifully written! You have a beautiful, very cozy house :) Fantastic atmosphere :)

    1. Thanks you so much. I am very happy for your visit and hope you have a wonderful week..Happy Sunday..xxoJudy

  12. Awww so sorry little Kai is having health problems. Your sunflowers are beautiful Judy. We are getting a nice break from the smoke and I am loving the cooler temps. Take care. Hugs

    1. Thanks so much, Linda. Hasn't it been nice lately? and it was so good to see a little rain. We will take what we can get. We will find out Tuesday how Kai is doing but he seems to be handling it well so far..Happy Sunday..xxoJudy

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    1. Thanks so much, Kinga. He is a good little boy..Happy Weekend..xxoJudy

  14. I think that both the sunflowers and hydrangeas are great.
    Sorry to read about Kai, but pleased you have a diagnosis and the insulin is working.

    Take care.

    All the best Jan

    1. Thanks so much, Jan. Two of my most favorite flowers also. Kai is doing really well and seems to think he is a puppy again!..Happy Week to you..xxoJudy


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