Monday, May 30, 2016

New Bowls!

Mom bought me some new food bowls. They are different from what she usually buys. (Mom likes Japanese rice bowls.)
I like the sentiments on this bowl.

This striped one is pretty.

This one is fun. However...


I know it's just a bowl, but... MOM!!!!

Friday, May 27, 2016

Finally Friday

Lookit where Mom found me when she got home from day hunting yesterday.

Of course, that doesn't mean I can't spend any time anywhere else...

Thursday, May 26, 2016

The Escape Route

This window in the living room opens onto the front porch.

When Mom opens the window and the screen, it makes a perfect escape route for me if somebody comes on the porch when I am already there. It also makes it possible for me to enjoy the front porch any time I want.

I love my Mom.

Sunday, May 22, 2016

More, More and MORE Plants!

OK, Here are the other plants that came in the mail the other day. These are for planters for the front yard.

One of these is for in front of our big "Crocodile Rock",

 It will be tall and full of bright color. At least, it is supposed to be...

One is so Mom can look out the kitchen window and see something pretty,

and two to flank the entrance to the carport. Mom thinks some creature got to this one because one of the plants looks like it got crushed. Oh well. We'll see.

The stuff Mom had in planters on the front porch steps last year didn't make it through the winter. Mom was a bit bummed, but went to the local garden place and after a lot of thought came home with all this.

I think Mom is happier with these planters now. All these things like "part sun, part shade" and will grow to be very pretty and colorful.
Even I think these are going to be very pretty.

Hey, check this out, this was the shade garden exactly a year ago today. Mom was planting it.

 This was taken this morning. What a big difference! Mom has added a couple of things, and shifted a few plants around. Everything looks really good, and Mom is very happy.

Well, maybe not. Mom went to the Big Box store and brought back these herbs for the vegetable garden. Remember Mom got Lyme Disease last year and wasn't able to do much with the vegetable garden,  but this year she has made up for it. Here is Parsley and Dill, Basil and Thai Basil.

 They joined the Rosemary, Thyme, Oregano, Chives, some Basils and Tarragon that Mom has already planted.
In the corner under the carport, Mom has put some other planters of pretty colored shade loving plants in containers, partly so visitors won't walk into the big wind chime we have hanging directly above.

Mom also planted the Mint plants on the other side of the house. That area really needs work. There is kudzu back there, and it will take a lot to get rid of it, or to at least beat it back. The back yard is a real mess and Mom will work on that last.

There are seven bags of mulch stacked up just to the right of the planters in the photo above. Mom has to spread that around the area to the right of the driveway, where the peonies are getting ready to bloom, but that will have to wait because Mom is tired. (Gee, dunno why!)

Mom is two years into a five-year plan for redoing the landscaping of the house. Now she thinks it might be six year plan. All the plants she planted in the shade garden are doing very well, but that's because she had good dirt put in. She has lost some stuff she planted in the front yard, so she knows to fix that she has to put good dirt out there too. Still though, it's a good start. Mom has contracted an exterminator to spray the yard for ticks and mosquitoes throughout the summer, so she won't have to worry about that again this year.

Me? I'll be on the front porch.

Saturday, May 21, 2016

Saturday Caturday

So here is the picture of the Shade Garden I wanted to show you yesterday. It is really looking good.

Mom is very happy.  She went out last night and bought dirt and a very big pot. AND she brought home MORE PLANTS!!!!

These aren't them. These are for the gigantic pot she bought, and they are going out in the front yard.

Me, I'm gonna enjoy being on the front porch all day long. Photos later...

Friday, May 20, 2016

The Garden

Mom has been working in her garden, and of course I have been snoopervising.

Every day this week, the man in the bloo shorts or Mr Brown has brought boxes of plants. This is twenty mint plants for the studio side of the house. It doesn't get much sun, and it's kind of ugly there now. Mom wants the Mint to take over and give her a lovely "sea of green" to look out at when she is in the studio sewing. Plus it will smell nice.

These plants will fill in the empty spots in the shade garden. Actually, it's funnier than that. Mom was surveying the garden one morning and noticed that three of her Hosta plants were not coming up. So she ordered replacements.  Guess what "came up" after all!! So now we have a few extra and Mom has to figure out what to do with them.

This doesn't look like much, but it's Thyme, Rosemary, Tarragon, Sage and Oregano. Mom's got to plant seeds for Basil, Parsley and Chives this weekend. She will also plant Kale and Arugula and lettuces.

I have other picture I want to show you, but they are stuck somewhere on the innernets so they will have to wait.

In other news, Mom and I have made plans to visit our Mary-land family. I am so excited.

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Tuxie Tuesday

I am NOT going to get into this bag. I just want to smell it.

Friday, May 13, 2016

Mom's Shade Garden

Mom is furry excited about her shade garden on the side of the house. Everything is coming up and it is looking good. It will take another year for the plants to fill out to their full size, and she is enjoying watching it.

Me, I like watching the Cardinals (noisy red birds) while I sit on the front porch.

Sunday, May 08, 2016

Happy Mother's Day

Happy Mother's Day, Mom. I don't sit on your lap much, but today is special, so I'll indulge you.

Happy Mother's Day to all Moms everywhere.


Friday, May 06, 2016

Finally Friday

Mom took this selfie of the two of us.  She was sewing the binding on a quilt, and I wasn't getting quite the attention I wanted.

Can you tell?

Wednesday, May 04, 2016

Sunday, May 01, 2016

Easy Like Sunday Morning

It was sunny and warm yesterday so I spent a lot of time on the front porch, but today it is cooler and cloudy, so I am in my tent.