Monday, April 14, 2008

The Week in Review

I am not really sure just where the past week has gone. They seem to slip by faster and faster these days. When I uploaded my pictures I realized that we did have a busy, busy week.

It has been a week filled with summerlike days which always tend to draw me to the outside. Sad thing is, the inside gets neglected. Sigh.

The garden has been amended for the summer crops and it is time to select what will go into the various beds. Of course we have to have our "salsa" garden with tomatoes, peppers and cilantro. I also need dill and cucumbers for the pickles, but our biggest summer crop tends to be tomatoes. We have always started them from seed, but several years ago we attended an event called Tomatomania. It is for one weekend a year in different areas of the state. They have every variety one can imagine plus ones that you cannot imagine. We now make sure that we attend each year and get just what we are needing. We came home with about 40 plants. That may seem like a lot, but I do a lot of canning over the summer months. It's a lot of work but so worth it in the winter months.

Each year our momma tortoise likes to dig her nest in one of the garden beds. Last year it was the strawberries. It would not be so bad except that she insists on digging many holes before she finds the perfect spot. Big holes are not ideal for a garden. We manage to work around it and she is usually finished digging by the end of May.

Of course we had Ms. R's birthday last week. She loved her dresses and I was begged by the other girls that that is just what they want for their birthdays too. The purses were a huge hit as well.

Her choice for birthday cake was an angel food cake with strawberries and whipped cream. As you can see, it appeared to be a favorite for everyone - including Grandpa and Ms. P.

While we were at their home, a neighbor stopped by with her mini to visit with the kids. She is an incredible gal and has made it a mission to rescue horses. I know that Midlife Mom would be stepping up to the plate for this little one.

We also got to watch Ms. H do her chores at the stable. Her new charge is Gracie whom she gets to exercise, feed, water and care for each day. She is so thrilled to be able to have chores of her own to do. Her older sisters care for Rudy and she is always tagging along to help. Now she has a big responsibility of her own.

I had to take this picture while we were watching the kid's at the stable. It just struck a funny bone in me when I saw the box that this brooder hen selected to hatch her chicks. Does anyone else see the humor in this?

As you may have noticed, I was blessed with a new award this week by Stephanie. The rules are simple.
1. Give to 3 BEAUTIFUL Bloggettes.
2. Smile because you are making their day BEAUTIFUL.
3. On the day that you send out your 3 Awards commit one (or more) random acts of BEAUTY.

I pass this beautiful award on to:

Midlife Mom



These websites, along with so many more, all make me smile. It's really tough to just pick three so if anyone else wants to pick up the award, please feel free to do so. Thank you, Stephanie for thinking of me.

I must share my beautiful bouquet of lilacs. Lilacs are difficult to grow in our area and I am so pleased to have actually been able to pick a whole bouquet this year. I have always loved the smell of them and so wish they were easier to grow here. When we lived in England our delightful elderly neighbor would bring me bouquets each day. They were just huge and smelled heavenly. I knew at the time to enjoy each and every sniff of them as it would not last forever.

One last request for all the prayer warriors out in blogland. Prayers are needed for friends of my DIL's sister. Medical tests are being performed today on David. The family would appreciate all the prayers we offer.


  1. Sounds like a wonderful week - and more sewing in your near future!

    I love lilacs too - we have huge bushes, but they don't bear much - I can't have them inside, because I am allergic to them, lilies, tulips, anything that smells really nice!

    I think that hen made a very ironic choice!

  2. congrats on the award! you deserve it! Beautiful lilacs!

    Busy week! Glad she loved the dresses and purses!

    Nice pics too!

  3. What a wonderful weekly update! I love the little sweet and I enjoyed seeing your lilacs too. I don't think they grow in Texas.

  4. love this post..looks like an absolutely lovely week. the lilacs are beautiful. happy birthday to your daughter.
    have a great week and thanks for stopping by.

  5. Congratulations on the award. It's beautiful! I enjoyed the family photos and the horses too. Have a great week..

  6. What a lovely happy week you ahve had! I loved all the photos! I must start to think about what to plant here too. I just love spring!

    Thank you so much for the lovely award, my friend. I am honoured!

  7. You have had a busy week, and like you I don't how the time flies by so fast.
    I had never heard of that tomatomania, but it sounds so interesting. My dad's wife works for a nursery and can get us almost any variety that is on the market. We're always trying something new..
    (as well as our favorites of course)
    Loved seeing all the pictures of your week.
    Blogging and a camera are a great way to remember all the things going on and share it with friends!

  8. What a busy time you have had! Beautiful lilacs and YES I did see your georgous hollyhock dolls, which I will try.

  9. What a busy week you had!!! Your pictures are great, I enjoyed every one of them, of course the horse pictures are at the top of the list! That little mini is just so cute!! Is she a rescue? So nice that Ms. H has her own duties at the stable. What a great way to teach her responsibility and I know she will love every minute of it. I was doing that when I was her age as we had horses at home.

    I TOTALLY get the humor in the chicken box! What a hoot! I'm glad she can't read!

    I got your card today and it is just beautiful!!!!!! I don't know how you make those, they look like they would be very hard to do and time consuming! I'm going to try to take a picture of it for my next post. Thank you so much!!! Hey, when is your birthday?????????

    Great picture of Grampa and the little one eating the strawberries. Tell E that I said hi!

    Had to have another CT scan today. Don't think it's anything but my primary care wanted a six month check on my head. I'll let you know when I know but I really don't think it's anything.

    Supposed to be 60* tomorrow! A heat wave! I WILL go riding! With my helmet of course!

    I'm working on a cute project this week. Will post it when it's done and shipped to the new owner. It's for two precious little girls.

    Thank you for the award! I love it and will pass it along to three more. I really have been trying to do my random acts of kindness.

    R's knee is better today. We think the rainy weather had a lot to do with his severe flare up. He meets with his doc on Thursday. No I won't make him take the Span*x back on crutches! lol!!!

  10. I love this post! It looks like such a fun week!!! Love the big tractor! My son would FREAK!!!

    Your granddaughter is so sweet! They all are. What beautiful pictures! It is such a coincidence because I just told my hubby today, I cant wait to have angel food cake and strawberries!!!! My favorite!

    I just adore lilacs. The smell is divine. And they remind me of my sweet grandmas house.

    Congrats on your award! You deserve it!


  11. How I would love to stroke Gracie abd that was certainly some seedling sale.

  12. I think you should make us some of those Red Neck Tank Tops for our Ocean Reef trip next year! We would be the talk of the convention!!!