Tuesday, July 31, 2007
Monday, July 30, 2007
Sunday, July 29, 2007
Saturday, July 28, 2007
In the late afternoon, we left the park and drove to the nearby town of Sutton, where we were able to find a Giant Tiger store! It was five minutes before closing!!! But we made it! One of the girl's flip flops had broken and we needed to buy some new ones in order to have dinner at the Franklin Club. This is a fishing club which my husband and I belong to. They have a great dining room there! The food is excellent and the staff is friendly.
I took an after-dinner photo of everyone on the outside deck, overlooking the lake. We went for a short walk to look at the club's fish hatchery, just as the sun was beginning to set.
We watched it go down on an absolutely perfect day!
Friday, July 27, 2007
Thursday, July 26, 2007
This is a dark corner in the northwest part of my garden. It is under the apple tree. Only shade plants grow here - ferns, hostas, Solomon's Seal. I love to sit in this dark, quiet corner and read, or take a nap. (Mimi has taught me a lot about napping!) On a hot day, this is the spot to be!
This is my side garden. It runs along the west side of my yard and is about 90 feet long and 5 to 8 feet wide. I have mostly sun-loving plants here. There is lots of colour, which I love! The table with the patio umbrella is where we gather to eat, talk, read and study. The whole garden is visible from this angle, including the pool.
This is the area under the peach tree. It is right beside the patio table. I have planted ferns and hostas here. I have also put some impatiens into pots for added colour. This is a relaxing garden, right beside the patio table and chairs.
This is the corner of the garden which needs to be cleaned up. The gooseneck loosestrife, which I bought from the Scarborough Horticultural Society a few years ago, is starting to take over! I didn't realize it was so invasive when I planted it. I think it is going to have to go! The arbour holds several Kiwi plants. I have both male and female varieties. Both are needed to set fruit, so I hope I will have some tasty Kiwis in the years to come. This type of Kiwi is hardy in our zone, so it should survive our winters - I hope! (It is always a gamble) This part of my garden gets sun and shade at different times of the day. I have not really figured out which plants do best here. I am still experimenting and I love to do that! This, I think, is the interesting part of gardening. It is constantly changing and I can try out new plants as I find them. In the shade I have planted hostas. In the sun I have lilies and day lilies. This is also the spot where my Sweet Cicely grows.
Friday, July 20, 2007
I got a call from Mark late this afternoon. He told me that he had located the part for my car. The mechanics were installing it as we spoke. My car would be ready by 5:00pm. I went over to the Service Centre at that time and sure enough! My car was sitting in the parking lot, ready for me to drive it home. It cost me $1,054! Yikes!! But I have my car back! Now I can do all the things I have to do next week! And... a bonus of sorts, I now have working air conditioning! So it turned out to be a not-so-bad car day after all! I am happy!
We're not talking about a new car here. I know it is old, but it gets me where I want to go. Besides, I can't afford a new one at the moment. So I took my old jalopy to the Chrysler Service Centre this morning. The guy at the desk, his name was Mark, asked me what work I wanted done. I told him my car was making a strange noise. He said that was a very vague description and could I please imitate the sound for him! Why is everyone a comedian when you don't need one? Anyway, he went out with me to my car and listened to the noise. He thought it was the belt or something and said it would probably cost about $200. He would have the guys repair it and he would call me when the car was ready to be picked up. Someone drove me home and I felt that all would be well.
But Mark called me back a few hours later and told me that it was the air conditioning unit that was making the noise. I had to do some quick thinking! The summer is half over! Who needs air conditioning? I've only used it once so far this summer. And, come to think of it, it wasn't working very well at that time! A new unit would cost around $2,000. A re-conditioned unit would be much less, around $850. Still too much! So I asked him if they could disconnect it. I don't need air conditioning! But I will be needing a new car soon. Why spend money on this old heap? He said that he understood and would have the mechanics do that.
A few minutes later he called me back. "Sorry", he said. It can't be disconnected because of the type of engine I have. I would have to live with the noise and risk having the thing seize up on me or put a new unit in. Reluctantly I opted for the re-conditioned one. Unfortunately they have to order that, so I am without a car until at least Monday or Tuesday. And much to the amazement of many people, I do have a life! I need my car! I have a doctor's appointment on Monday morning, my Kamajo students from Japan are coming on Monday evening and I have to drive them to school on Tuesday morning. And what about shopping? I have lots of that to do! What if my car isn't ready by Tuesday? The service guy could not promise me anything! I think the car gods are angry with me!
So I spent the rest of the afternoon moping around the house. I couldn't do anything! No cleaning! Who wants to do that anyway? No quilting! No creative endeavours of any kind! $850 and no car until next week sometime! Woe is me!
Later in the afternoon, when my depression had completely taken over, I went out into the backyard to see what damage last night's storm had caused. There were lots of branches and other debris in the pool. Several potted plants had blown over. The ground was littered with peaches that had fallen from my peach tree. What a mess! My goodness! Were all the gods angry at me?
But then I looked over in a corner of my garden where some goose-necked loosestrife is taking over. The newly blossoming flowers were covered in beautiful butterflies! I think they were Red Admirals. The flowers were loaded with them. In fact, I don't think I have ever seen so many of these butterflies in any one place before. I ran inside to get my camera. But each time I got close enough to these gorgeous insects, to capture them on film, they flew away. They weren't really afraid of me though. At one point I had three of them perched right on me! Perhaps they thought I was a flower! Okay, okay, maybe that's going a bit too far.
As I scurried around in the garden, trying not to step on plants, but still get some good shots of these amazing creatures, I was actually forgetting all about my car problems! But the photos were not to be. I decided not to bother the little Red Admirals too much and just admire them from a distance. I put a chair in front of that part of the garden and marvelled at the beauty of nature. After all, I didn't want the butterfly gods angry with me too!
Tuesday, July 17, 2007
Friday, July 13, 2007
Wednesday, July 11, 2007
Aren't these yellow lilies exquisite! I planted these many years ago and they continue to come up every spring. I don't remember the name of this one. I wish I did though. It makes each flower so much more personal when it has a name.
This gorgeous yellow bloom is a cactus flower. The interesting thing is that it is a variety of cactus that is cold hardy in our zone! I bought it on impulse a couple months ago and planted it into a pot. I was a bit leery of putting it in the garden and letting it sit there all winter. I thought it would freeze. But then my son reminded me of the cactus we had seen out in Alberta. They grew all over the place, even on top of mountains! So I think I will transplant this one into the garden in the fall and let it over-winter there. This large trumpet-like flower is called, Angel's Trumpet, Brugmansia 'Grand Mariner'. This is the first bloom to appear on it. It is absolutely beautiful. I can't wait for more flowers to come in the following months!
I know this flower does not look yellow, but it is! It's a new variety of Shasta Daisy. It's called Broadway Lights. The flowers are a very soft pale yellow. Very pretty!
Sunday, July 08, 2007
My friend had a party to celebrate the birth of her new granddaughter. Little Maggie was a charm! A most beautiful baby! She enjoyed the party along with the rest of us and did not fuss at all, except when she was hungry and when she wanted her diaper changed! It was cold in the party room, so her Mom wrapped her in the quilt I had given her. Warm and comfortable, she fell asleep immediately. The evening was a complete success! Good food, old friends and new friends, good times and good cheer!
I had forgotten to take my camera on Saturday night. But someone was kind enough to take a photo and email it to me so that I would be able to post it on my blog. So here from left to right are: Linda, me, Maggie's Mom, Deborah and her best friend, Nariy, holding the sleeping Maggie.
Oh, and one more thing! Maggie was 76 days old that day. But it was Linda's birthday too. She had kept it a secret. Her sons had remembered though, and bought her a cake. So..... Happy Birthday, Linda!
Saturday, July 07, 2007
As soon as I hung up the phone I started thinking about making a baby quilt. After all, I had a week, right? Wrong! I got confused with the long weekend. It was Monday night and I suddenly realized that I would only have 4 days!! I rifled through my stash. Took out all the pretty baby colours I could find. I needed a quick and easy pattern. Could I do it?
Well, I decided to give it my best! The pattern I chose is my own. I have made several quilts using variations based on this pattern. The fabrics went together well. I pieced the top by machine in just two days. Then I sandwiched and quilted it, again by machine, the next day. The binding and hand sewing took a few more hours! But then it was done - with lots of time to spare! It is very bright. The kind of quilt I think a baby would like! And I am happy with the way it turned out!
Thursday, July 05, 2007
You are getting sleepy! You will obey me! You will buy me Fancy Feast grilled chicken! Just go! Do it now, and don't ask any question! I, Oscar the Magnificent, have some words of wisdom for you.
"Never let a day go by without a dream"
This is a photo of me. I found it in my owner's Zoom Browser. Good thing I know how to use a computer! Cute, aren't I? See that hand, scratching those hard to reach areas at the back of my neck? Purrrr! Well, that hand belongs to one of the Japanese students who came to stay with us a few years ago. And guess what? More students are coming this summer! I can hardly wait! More scratching and patting! Oh, boy! I can't wait to sleep on their beds! Well, I can dream can't I? Meow!!!
Purrrrrrrrrr! Love, Oscar