Tuesday, April 23, 2024


"Standing on the corner 

watching all the girls cars go by"

The Captain said these words this morning,

 "Rugby and I are going to go stand on the corner 

and watch all the cars go by" 

which made me think of this old Dean Martin song. 

 Of course, one word in the title of the song is changed from the original

 but in my mind it made sense for the title of this post.

We, as a neighborhood,

 have been trying for the last few years

 to get the city to do something on our street 

to slow the traffic down. 

 I guess it was named Race Street for a reason. 

 We pleaded, to no avail, for speed bumps. 

 They did stencil 25 mph on the street, 

which was washed off when the first rains came, 

and installed a few signs saying slow down, 

but when you are pushing a large vehicle 

at a high rate of speed 

who has time to read some silly little sign?

  In the last month 

they started digging up the asphalt 

and we were all excited to see what was happening 

and when we found out

 they were putting in a speed bump AND a crosswalk,

 we were overjoyed. 

 With all the on and off again rains

 it was a longer process

 but yesterday it finally was finished.

The speed bump IS the crosswalk. 

 The city workers put big bright orange signs 

up and down the street saying "BUMP"

 so for now, cars are slowing down, 

just dipping their toes in the water

 to see how it feels to go over a speed bump, 

but by the looks of things 

I give them a few days to get used to it

 and then move back to their old ways...! 

 As you can see,

 after the speed bump, in both directions, 

there is a long stretch of street 

where you can make up any time

 that you might have lost

 slowing down for the bump 

and drivers have already figured that one out! 

 I don't think it will make a very strong statement when it comes to solving the problem.

  Hopefully, I'm wrong, but we shall see.

In other news, 

the front garden is greening up nicely.  

We are having some nice weather now 

so with the amount of rain that we had

 plus the sun shining brightly in between, 

the weeds are coming out in full force also.

"Weeds are flowers too, 

once you get to know them."

Winnie The Pooh, A.A. Milne

In spite of the weeds,

 the Valerian is bursting out in blooms...

...the Old School Phlox 

is a mass of green before

 the white clouds of flowers come on...

...the dainty Lily of the Valley 

is beginning to peek out of the green leaves...

...the Lady Banks is starting to shine...

...Cecil Brunner is soaking up the sunshine...

...and above them all

is the gorgeous lilac

 starting to show off.

Before all of the above happened

 the buds of the Lady Banks

 were peeking into the parlor window. 

I thought this shot was interesting 

as it shows the flaws in the original Cottage windows. 

 Most of the Cottage's windows are still original 

and even though it is not exactly energy efficient,

 they are just too wonderful to change. 

 Some "old" features need to be changed, 

but, in my opinion,

 this is not one of them.

The blooms on the inside of the Cottage

 are coming forth

 and I have chosen a new pillow cover

 with the prettiest and cheerful 

embroidered daisies on it...

...another happy purchase from Temu

 with a $6 price tag.

I started putting this post together a few days ago

 and, guess what, 

the weather is still beautiful and sunny. 

 We might have made it after all.

Have a wonderful week.


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  1. Your garden is looking pretty. Love the new pillow cover. I just saw that cover in a little shop and it was not $6 so you got a great price. Speed bumps do deter but with that long of a street they would have to put them every few feet I think to really work. Not sure what the answer is with speeding cars. We have a similar problem here. Hope you are doing well. Hugs. Kris

    1. Thanks so much, Kris. It is a cute cover and a really good price for the quality. We need about four bumps for the street. A neighbor is already complaining about them speeding by his house after they go over the bump. People just need to use common sense when driving but are often too stupid to figure that out..xxoJudy

  2. Wow, Judy, your garden is gorgeous. It's the perfect cottage garden for your perfect cottage home. Love the pillow, too, and the price. I still haven't ventured onto Temu. Must put it on the list. I hope your speed bump works a bit, we have the same speedy drivers in our sleepy neighborhood. It's sad...I hope you have a sunny day!!

    1. Thanks so much, Kim. Well, our sunny days are behind us it seems. Looks alot like rain coming any minute. It will be good for the garden and hope that it will be time to plant some pretty something soon. The only sure thing that would work for speeding is that people use their heads occasionally. Think that might happen?? xxoJudy

  3. The garden is looking great! I just love that lilac. And I'm very glad they put in a speed bump. I wish they'd do that on our major cross street going through the subdivision.

  4. Your garden blooms are so glorious, and give me something to look forward to ... our blooms are just getting started. Your flair with vintage items is so evident, and beautiful to see - I love how you style and arrange your beauties! I understand the problem with traffic going too fast on our private roads. Hopefully the speed bump helps out! Blessings to you dear friend :)

  5. Thanks so much, Marilyn. I guess we had enough rain this past winter as things are sprouting out big time this year. What is sad is that our street isn't private. It is one of the main city streets so you would think the city would be more concerned about possible accidents. We are now having beautiful sunny weather..xxoJudy

  6. Your garden is looking good.
    I do hope those speed bumps keep on working!

    Wishing you a happy new month of May.

    All the best Jan

    1. Thanks so much, Jan. The speed bump is kind of working, fingers crossed, and the Cecil Brunner is showing lots of color. It is loaded with buds..Happy Spring..xxoJudy


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