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Monday, June 3, 2013

Gardener's Delight

I'm so far behind in blogging, don't know where to begin, soooooo I'm starting with my green thumb delights. We have had some beautiful weather lately, so I have been able to weed my gardens, put out the deck furniture and make up my herb and flower boxes. Lots of fun, maybe not the weeding!

                                             I have three boxes of herbs

                                  Here is fino verde basil, curly parsley and oregano for salads

                                    Rosemary for oil dips and seasonings and mint for iced tea

                   Parsley, basil, dill, basil, and parsley. Can never have enough parsley or basil in my book

                                       Two cherry tomato plants, will definitely be enough for us

                         Flower box with lobelia, petunias, geraniums and then repeated

                                 Almost florescent geranium, photo does not do it justice

                                               Peaceful spot with a view

                                                    Hanging basket in front of house

                                              Nantucket basket with lobelias and vivid geranium

                                    Lastly purple and green variegated petunias, like the combo

So summer's here and time to enjoy.

We travelled to Martha's Vineyard over Memorial Day weekend. Weather was fierce, by that I mean windy, torrential rain and cold. The last part of the long weekend was saved by a break in the rain and some sunny sky's. We could then walk the beach and Jack was in doggy heaven. Here take a look.

My attempt at a video, sorry in advance!!

                                                      Washed ashore.......where's my lobsta!?

                      This is what we got after all the horrid weather, I think it was worth it!!!!!!

A few treasures from my walk. I pick up treasures almost every walk, normally just one but I had to make up for all the rain.

                        Finished two more hats for the shop, but only one had its picture taken!

Painted the living room a lovely green, was beige.......we wanted color!!! It's a Benjamin Moore paint "dill weed". Not the most attractive name but it looks great in the room, nice change!
Sometimes all you need is fresh paint and the rest all looks NEW!

Well, that's all the show and tell today! But what else I've been up to is my dear sweet mom. She just turned 86, although she doesn't know that :  (  She is pretty healthy except for the Alzheimer's. It's such a sad disease and I have trouble coping with it in my mom's case. My last visit was a few weeks ago now and she wasn't even aware of her own home. That's what started the second phase of what to do. My brother and I have kept her in her home with 24 hour home care because that was her wish, but now it's a different story. I have been looking into memory care units up my way.  I have found two in particular that I think are lovely. So it's just a matter of time before she comes up here or goes to where we have had a deposit on a nice place in Pennsylvania. I would love to have her up with me. I just don't know if its wise because of the traveling and change. Not even sure of how long she will last in a nursing home. It's so difficult but her home is not safe for her any longer with all the stairs. We have been successful so far with being able to take everything slowly and having time to think and plan, so hopefully we will make the right decision in her next care.

Thank you all for visiting, sorry to be missing for so long but I have been busy. Hope you all enjoy your summer days, holidays and vacations. It you are looking for a good book I just finished "The Light between Oceans" by M L Stedman. It was fabulous! A story about a couple, a lighthouse and a baby set in Australia. I highly recommend it.

I leave you with one of my orchids that I broke off by accident watering the other day, so I'm enjoying it this way!!



  1. Wow, you caught up with us with this post. LOVE your herb pots, you have lots of different things in yours. As for your mom. My 2 cents is that she won't know the difference if you move her by you. My mom had that and when she got to a certain point, she didn't have a clue about where she was and who was taking care of her. But she does need to be near someone who will visit a lot and make sure they are taking proper care of her. Email me if you have any questions. ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

  2. Dear Robin. I love all your sweet new season plantings, so much to enjoy! You are so kind the way you care for your lovely mother, and I hope you find things work out well for the next stage of her care.
    I always enjoy reading about your trips to Martha's Vineyard too.....I know I would love it! Wishing you a happy new week.
    Helen x

  3. Your garden is looking so lovely Robin, isn't it just wonderful being able to get out there again! Martha's Vineyard looks so beautiful, your little shell treasures are very pretty.
    Wishing you well with your decisions about your Mum, I'm sure everything will fall into place and everything will be sorted to suit you all, not easy for any of you I know.
    V xxx

  4. Hi Robin! I have missed you! LOVED the video! Loved hearing your voice, and seeing Jack play in the ocean! Wow, it sounded windy!! Love the garden boxes! Love the hat.....love the new living room color!!! Let's see...what else??
    I read with understanding, what you are going through with your Mom. My Mom and I moved Nana a week or so ago, to a skilled nursing facility. She simply needs more care. Unfortunately, it has not been an easy move for her. We are hoping she will settle it. I will be thinking of you, as you make the decisions that need to be made regarding your Mom's care. It is so hard.
    Don't be a stranger!
    xo Kris

  5. Hi Dear Robin, your outdoor space is looking gorgeous. It is so good to feel the sun again isn't it. You have obviously been really busy, you will reap the rewards of all that hard work in your garden. I'm so sorry to hear about your Mum but I agree that now is the time to get her nearer you. I hope everything goes smoothly. Sending you a hug and take care, Jane x

  6. Hello sweet Robin,

    I am so happy to hear you've enjoyed some beautiful weather, and all those flowers blooming are so beautiful! And oh my, Jack-boy seems so happy in there too, he is clearly enjoying summer too! I am sorry about your Mom, and I wish you can get everything organized so that you can see her often, and she can be safe and happy. I am sending a big hug your way!

    Have a wonderful June, dear friend!


  7. Dear Robin, How fun to see all of your herbs and flowers. I love late spring and early summer.I've been thinking of your family a lot. I hope you and your brother will be able to find a caring place for your Mom.

    with love and all best wishes from Michigan,
    Anne D.T.
    PlumCreek Studio