Friday, June 24, 2011

Everything is coming up roses...


We used to have a camper that we parked in this space, but now I have utilized this area as a flower garden. I've planted some of the flowers that I received from my students.

I have the blackest thumb, but for some reason, these are looking pretty spiffy. We recently transplanted the rose bush in the background on the left, (you can zoom in by clicking the photo) which never did very well at all in the back yard. It is flourishing here on the side of the house. Every other day it surprises me with a different colored miniature rose in shades of pinks, yellow, salmon. It is gorgeous.

The azaela bush is going to produce deep pink flowers and grow wide and tall. The flowers in the planter seem to love the full sun. It is 80 degrees, sunny, breezy and I am happy.

This is my new, summer haircut.

To my right is our Bosnian neighbor's garden, and those six footers are Bosnian beans climbing up poles. They remind me of Jack and the Beanstalk. I used to tell that story to my first grandchild. Paw-paw would bellow, "Fee-fi-fo-fum" and chase Ashley through the house as she giggled, "Catch me Paw-paw."

Funny, the things we remember. She came for a visit, sat outside on the patio and shared her wedding plans and the book of ideas with us. Her date is next May 19th.

She said, "Grandpa, would you dance with me at my wedding to a very special song?"

We imagined a touching ballad, a traditional wedding dance song.

She said, "I want you to fast dance with me to Itty Bitty Pretty One, (a 50's rock and roll song) like you did when I was a little girl. You used to twirl me, and you'd let me dance on your feet. I remember that."

Brought tears to Bill's eyes. Made me so proud of him. He is the best grandpa ever.

Every man's memory is his private literature. ~Aldous Huxley

17 comments:

Terri Tiffany said...

LOL I love her request! Thanks for taking my friend request-- now I can keep up with your posts better!

Chatty Crone said...

I have a black thumb too! And I love your haircut - looks great.

Bookie said...

Dancing is something to look forward to next spring...nice hair cut. From looks of coming heat, you will be glad it is short! :) Have a good weekend...

Debora said...

Oh my, you brought tears to my eyes. Grandpa and grand-daughter dancing at her wedding...it doesn't get any better than that. Can I tell you a silly secret? I don't dance well. So I've downloaded a YouTube video of Waltz Across Texas and I practice it every night-all by myself! Maybe I'll waltz at a grandchilds wedding!

irishoma said...

Love your haircut. What a great summer do. The story about your granddaughter and hubby is so touching. You are truly blessed!
Donna

Patti said...

Thank you for stopping by my blog yesterday and for choosing to follow my blog. It's really nice to meet you...I'll be following your blog as well.

Your story about your granddaughter getting married next year really resonates with me. I did a post about this about 2 weeks ago. I recently attended my niece's wedding. I lost it and got quite emotional when her maid of honor (my other niece) walked down the aisle. Maid of honor niece had been the flower girl at my wedding in 1986. I had such a dejavu moment when she walked down the aisle. I could hardly believe that little girl is all grown up and now a maid of honor for her sister. Time sure flies, doesn't it?

Hope you have a wonderful weekend.

Blessings,
Patti

Val Thevictorian said...

Things I Can Tell Just By Looking
(1) You did not get your hair cut by my Butcher of Seville. (2) You don't have goats.

Nice haircut, it looks very summery. Glad your flowers are thriving.

Reflections said...

Wiping the tears... beautiful request! Love the garden stuff.

Janet, said...

How sweet! Good luck with your flowers, looks as though they are doing quite well. I don't have much luck with azaleas and roses.

Sioux said...

The haircut? Cute.
The flowers? Beautiful.
Your story about Bill? Priceless!

Thisisme. said...

I can imagine that your hubby was really touched by your granddaughter's request. You see, we do store up some lovely memories for them, which is wonderful. I'm glad you posted a photo of the new shorter hairstyle. Looks great! Enjoy your weekend.

Linda O'Connell said...

Thank you all for dropping by and commenting. It added to my happiness on a very happy day.

Odie Langley said...

That was so sweet.

Claudia Moser said...

Great haircut :)

Tammy said...

Sweet roses and sweet story. Love the haircut.

Karen Lange said...

Thanks for sharing your garden with us! Wish you the best with it for the rest of the summer. Oh, and what a sweet story - your granddaughter and the song! Will there be any dry eyes when they dance?

Have a wonderful week! :)

Lynn said...

That was a sweet post, like your sweet flowers.