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No Wonder the Hummingbirds are happy!

Saturday, April 03, 2010



I put a cover on my back deck because the Texas sun is so blistering.



I added the trellis and planted one coral honeysuckle vine and one crossvine.



They've outdone themselves this year and the hummers love them!

  
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CATHY629 4/9/2010 7:56AM

    We dont have humming birds in the uk,but i saw one for the first time last December in Cuba,it was so small i thought at first glance that it was a large butterfly.

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MY4KITTIES 4/7/2010 8:03AM

    I love to see hummingbirds but it's too early for them in PA. There is a tree in the adjacent yard that they absolutely love. I can't wait to see them!

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DUMBELLE 4/5/2010 11:50AM

    Yes, I too was wondering when the hummers would be coming. Your flowers are beautiful. If I was a hummer, I would be happy too!!!!!!

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MORTICIAADDAMS 4/5/2010 11:49AM

    Beautiful!!!!!

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MORTICIAADDAMS 4/5/2010 11:48AM

    Beautiful!!!!!

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JUSTJO66 4/5/2010 10:35AM

    Beautiful and they smell soooo good. We have the hummers every year, too. Just love them. :o)

Jo

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NCDEB13 4/4/2010 1:20PM

    ahhh, very nice! I love the hummers too, they haven't arrived here in NC yet, should be soon! (reminder to self to get the feeders out!)
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INKEDSHUTTERBUG 4/4/2010 12:05PM

  Still waiting for all chances of frost to pass us here, so glad you posted the pics, absolutely beautiful! emoticon

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NEEBREW 4/4/2010 11:18AM

    That's BEAUTIFUL! I planted a bunch of zinnias year before last and the hummingbirds went CRAZY over them. Aren't they so fun to watch?

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EMMABE1 4/3/2010 6:34PM

    I've never seen a live hummingbird - but they are so pretty in the pictures I have seen - and fascinating to watch I'd think!!

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GOALIEGRANDMA3 4/3/2010 5:19PM

    Hope you all enjoy them.

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FISHINGLADY66 4/3/2010 5:12PM

    Doesn't that just lift your Spirits in the morning. So beautiful just like you. Thanks for sharing your beauty with us. Happy Spring to you.

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JUST_TRI_IT 4/3/2010 3:22PM

    These photos reminded me that it IS, in fact, mid-spring somewhere in the world!

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--KREN 4/3/2010 3:14PM

    The sun is so bright, the photos look a little faded. They really have glorious color!

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WYWIWOMAN 4/3/2010 3:12PM

    Lovely - and so lush. I haven't seen anything like that around here - yet! (Wisconsin)

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Take an Easter break with me.

Friday, April 02, 2010

For all my wonderful Spark Friends.

www.jacquielawson.com/viewcard.asp?c
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Karen

  
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READINGDOC 4/3/2010 12:54PM

    Thank you so much. You are always so thoughtful.

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BELTONWALKER67 4/3/2010 9:22AM

    Enjoyed the break and watching the peacefulness of nature. Thank you so much for sharing.

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MORTICIAADDAMS 4/2/2010 9:37PM

    I love her cards!!!

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ANNANN63 4/2/2010 9:05PM

    Have a blessed Easter.

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GOALIEGRANDMA3 4/2/2010 8:50PM

    You share the neatest things with us. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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FISHINGLADY66 4/2/2010 8:31PM

    Thank you so much, That was beautiful and inspirational. May your Easter be Blessed.
God Bless

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SERENITYSEL 4/2/2010 8:16PM

    Karen, that was beautiful. Thank you for sharing. Sharon

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GABY1948 4/2/2010 7:54PM

    Thanks so much, Karen! This is so like you and I thank God for you. Have a wonderful weekend!
Gaye

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WYWIWOMAN 4/2/2010 7:17PM

    Thank you for sharing your good wishes and the lovely card. Have a wonderful weekend!

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JENNY888 4/2/2010 7:07PM

    Thanks for the break. It was wonderful. It was nice to pause and see all that we have been given. This was a great idea and I hope many see it. Happy Easter!

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Hardwood flooring Photo

Tuesday, March 23, 2010



Don't have the drapes back up and haven't moved everything back in yet, but here's a good view of the floors!

Of course, Rosie is on the new area rug, very happy not to be locked up today, lol. Me too!

Karen

  
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INKEDSHUTTERBUG 3/28/2010 3:57PM

  Beautiful Floors! And what a nice bright room, love it!

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KAYYVAUGHN 3/25/2010 5:50PM

    Your entire room is so pretty. The floors are beautiful. I love hardwood floors.
Kay

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JUSTJO66 3/24/2010 8:10AM

    Beautiful... I love the light color. So clean and airy feeling.

Jo

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LADYNLI 3/23/2010 10:51PM

    The floor looks great. I know you will enjoy it.

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FISHINGLADY66 3/23/2010 9:14PM

    WOW!! Beautiful...Just like out of a Better Holmes and garden magazine. It was worth the effort, wasn't it? I'm so happy for you. emoticon

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MORTICIAADDAMS 3/23/2010 9:06PM

    Very pretty!!!

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ANNANN63 3/23/2010 8:13PM

    I am in the process of removing tile in my foyer and kitchen before installing wood in the kitchen, great room, den, and hallways. Your floors are beautiful.

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GABY1948 3/23/2010 7:53PM

    It all looks GORGEOUS Karen! Good Job!
Gaye

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JANDREWS031 3/23/2010 5:10PM

    Your flooring is beautiful. I am very happy for you!!!!

Janet

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PJSTIME 3/23/2010 4:35PM

    Wow Karen that wood floor is gorgeous and it looks like it matches your mantle wood perfectly and your coffee table too.
Your really making me want to do that now. Thanks for posting the picture. I'd say it definitely was worth being cooped up for a day and besides that you had an excuse for pizza too:)

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BELTONWALKER67 3/23/2010 4:22PM

    What lovely floors! Surely, they were worth being cooped up for one day! They look great.

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MOM2ACAT 3/23/2010 4:08PM

    Beautiful floors!

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Beautiful hardwood flooring!

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

The wood floors are IN! So beautiful! So glad it's over. It was very noisy and sooooooo dusty. The kitchen is open to the dining room and you can write your name on any surface in there. Fortunately I had been warned and cleared all the countertops.

They are coming back this morning to clean up and put my furniture back. Yay!

The installers were here for 12 hours. I sat in front of my computer almost the entire time. I was as tired at the end of the day as they were.

Poor Rosie is running around trying to figure out what happened. She spent yesterday hiding in a tiny space between boxes in the closet - terrified.

The appearance of the house has changed so much and it's spectacular. Photos later.

I ordered pizza delivered for the workers and had two slices myself. Had them bring me a grilled chicken salad and that was my dinner. This morning I weigh the same as before. I was afraid I'd sit here and munch but seem to have avoided that.

The wood samples I saw when I chose the color of wood looked a lot lighter. I was really worried that I had not found the right color and had chosen one too light. Now that it's in, it's a beautiful honey oak and matches my fireplace mantle and cabinest perfectly!

I'm so glad this is over! I'm so glad I had it done!

Karen

  
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SUPREME5 3/23/2010 2:43PM

    i too love hardwood floor

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MORTICIAADDAMS 3/23/2010 2:21PM

    Sounds beautiful. Can't wait for the pictures!!

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SERENITYSEL 3/23/2010 12:42PM

    Congratulations! Wood floors are so beautiful and so much easier to keep clean! Glad you are happy about them! Sharon

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FISHINGLADY66 3/23/2010 11:21AM

    emoticon Glad it's over. I can't wait to see the finished produce. I bet it is Beautiful.
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AZURELITE 3/23/2010 8:34AM

    When it comes to wood floors... ain't nothin' like the real thing! We will soon be having our 150 yr old pine floors refinished in 2 rooms... good to hear that there is a light at the end of the tunnel of all the expected mess!


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THROOPER62 3/23/2010 6:19AM

    congratulations! Hard-wood flooring love it.

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REILLYGIRRRL 3/23/2010 6:17AM

  We have the original parkay wood flooring that was installed when my house was built in 1959. They are beautiful. Congratulations!

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EMILY-THE-GOOD 3/23/2010 6:16AM

    Congratulations! Now that we are homeowners, I am finding the process of choosing colors and eventually flooring to be so stressful!

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Tech preview of the future.

Friday, March 19, 2010

tiny.cc/sEPgt
I guess you'd call this a "tech" link, but I'm always so interested in what's next in hi tech evolution. Long ago I kept saying one day we'd be hanging our tv on the wall like a painting and people just "humored me" lol.

We're all familiar with "smart phones", no matter if we have one or not. Smart TV couldn't be far behind, could it? The end result is bound to be a blending of all our technology into one application.

Any avid reader of Sci-Fi has always known that one day we'd have just one Console where we link up do to everthing! It will be phone/communications/tv/internet - who knows? Maybe you'll be having consults with Doctors and nurses, interior decorating stores, plant nurseries, etc. and live your typical day from the console in your living room!

Of course, the tech advance I'm really waiting for is the Transporter Closet. There will be one in every home! Key in your co-ordinates, step in and close the door and Beam Me UP Scottie! You open the door again and find yourself having dinner in Paris, or giving your grandkids in another state a real hug.

Since those Star Trek days, I've always thought that while you're transporting and re-arranging atoms, why not leave a few pounds of that belly fat behind instead of reassembling ALL of it upon arrival! LOL.

Ok, now you know how my mind REALLY works!

Of course, nothing will ever replace a walk in fresh air or some real sweat and the good feeling you get from healthy eating!

Karen

  
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JUSTJO66 3/19/2010 3:55PM

    We really do think alike. :o). I've always loved the Star Trek transporter idea. But for now I guess we'll just have to keep using our old "brain boxes" to transport ourselves in our minds. Hmmmmmm, I love the idea of just thinking myself somewhere.... someday. LOL.

Jo

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FABN50S 3/19/2010 1:57PM

    Every Friday when I am driving 2.5 hours after work to be with my husand I pray for the day when I can go to one of the bathroom stalls at work, punch a button on my cell phone and walk out of the bathroom at my lake house. No driving involved and there in a matter of seconds! emoticon

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BELTONWALKER67 3/19/2010 1:52PM

    I want that transporter closet!! Thanks for my laugh of the day! Oh, what a wonderful thing the mind is!! Have a great afternoon.
Linda

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--KREN 3/19/2010 1:02PM

    ME TOO!! Wouldn't that be great? I've been thinking about that for about 20 yrs. I KNOW that one day, the real thing will show up, lol. Karen

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MORTICIAADDAMS 3/19/2010 12:59PM

    I'm an so for leaving behind the blubber on the transporter. LOL.

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FISHINGLADY66 3/19/2010 12:54PM

    WOW!! What can I say. I can't keep up with Teck now. I don't even have a cell phone. I guess I'm still in the OLD School. lol. Love your blog.
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GOALIEGRANDMA3 3/19/2010 12:06PM

    You should work for NASA or something!!!

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SUPREME5 3/19/2010 11:07AM

    GREAT BLOG
YOU MADE MY DAY

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PJSTIME 3/19/2010 10:37AM

    Thinking about the future can be both scary and exciting at the same time. Love transporter closet idea. Wouldnt that be fun.

Onward and Downward in 2010. PJ and who knows what in the future maybe the moon or mars.

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GABY1948 3/19/2010 8:13AM

    Such great things to think of, Karen. Not sure I want the transporting closet though...did you ever see the movie the Fly? LOL Seriously technology has moved way fast for me. I live in dread of getting a new television and having to set it up! LOL but that's me!
Have a great weekend.
Gaye

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