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Quiet Day

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Nothing much going on. Bill brought home some blocks for back side of yard and some for extending butterfly garden.As you will see he had a helper.Sorta.

Roxy got tired This was temp in the shade and Bill did not stay out long
I finally tried out my new chopper I got last week and I love it. It makes just the size i want for my salads.comes apart for easy cleaning and has a hard plastic case to store it in

One of my plumarias bloomed again.I wish the other three would so I could see what color they are.

Ok Will save the others I took today for tomorrow. Hope you all had a good day and are staying cool.
Oh Here is one of our grand daughter Alyssa with Landon. He so needs a hair cut but his Daddy likes it long.

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MIZCATHI 7/29/2011 5:53AM

    A helpful husband and puppy, a veggie and fruit chopper, a bloom, and a cute baby - what could be better? Cooler temps would help!

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KATIE233 7/29/2011 12:43AM

    nice pictures. i wouldn,t want a hair cut either if i had all those that is hot out.tell Bill not to work to hard out there.take care and i,ll send you some rain.or i,ll try. emoticon

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DEE107 7/29/2011 12:11AM

    thanks for sharing your pictures but this little one is so cute hugs

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PRAYINGSUZIE 7/28/2011 10:56PM

    Thank you so much for sharing such wonderful pictures. Your grand babies are so cute!!


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TILLIEBEE 7/28/2011 5:56PM

    Wow! It's hotter in the midwest than Florida? Crazyiness.

Your grandaughter and great grandson are soooooo beautiful!!!!

Bill sure doesn't wait long before he gets going on tasks! Impressive!

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CANBDONE 7/28/2011 5:26PM

    He looks like a little cherub...and your grand darling is a beauty! Good looks run in the family, Foxy Mama!

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Abigail stopped by for a visit

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Our Great Grand daughter Abigail

So You Think You Can Dance is awesome tonight.They are all so good.Melonie is my favotite but they are all doing great

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FLORIDASUN 7/28/2011 3:52PM

    Don't you look so cute with your new little bundle of joy and Bill looks SO PROUD! I'm surprised we didn't have a shot with the proud little great aunt once removed Roxy girl! I'm just joking of course!

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CT-FL-SNOWBIRD 7/28/2011 3:22PM

    Nothing is as beautiful as a sleeping baby! Abigail is adorable! I'm so JEALOUS!

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CANBDONE 7/28/2011 12:06PM

    Abby is her hair! The grand darlings made it in last night. We're going to Chick-fil-e for lunch (I'm getting the fresh fruit but know the waffle fries will call my name) and then off to Walmart for a few of the favorite stuff. I'm not buying a lot of junk...sorry kids, Nana is eating healthy, so you must, too!

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LOSINIT52 7/28/2011 9:51AM

    Abigail is a doll! It's been awhile since I've healed a baby. I hope it's like riding a bike because I do look forward to having grandchildren. None in the very near future though. Love that fresh baby smell.
I am so glad you are feeling better.
Hope you have a spartacular day!

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MPARKER67 7/28/2011 9:42AM

    I think Melanie is my favorite too. I keep wanting not to like her but she is so awesome. When she threw herself into the guys arms from halfway across the stage, it was amazing.
Abigail has so much hair! I love it.

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MIZCATHI 7/28/2011 6:03AM

    What a head of hair, and so cute!

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DEE107 7/28/2011 12:17AM

    she is so cute and thanks for sharing them with us

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KATIE233 7/27/2011 10:25PM

    what wonderful pictures! glad you are feeling better. take it easy for awhile and take extra naps. yes it is still hot here we are suppose to get more rain tonight. we will take care and talk later. emoticon

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JOANNS4 7/27/2011 9:33PM

    So precious. I'm going to watch the same tv program and she's my favorite, too! I do like all of them. Great!

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TILLIEBEE 7/27/2011 9:25PM

    Sooooooo dear! What a precious visit.

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Will try to show pics

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

This is pool in and pool out.You can see there are weeks of work to be done

This is about how much will be added to butterfly garden. maybe even less than this
here are a few more pics,This is a skipper mothBill scared it off before I could get a clear shot.

here is mockingbird after a bug
here is a very young cardinal.

i think he was after the monarch catterpiller That is on the milkweed.
ok Thats it for today and my sweetie just got home

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FLORIDASUN 7/28/2011 3:47PM have a monster back yard with the pool gone. How nice of you to wish it happiness with the new family!

I believe in circulating my things also with people who will enjoy them more than I do.

I can't wait to see the new backyard in progress. Just be sure to make Bill wait and do it when it cools down some. It's too DARN hard for him to exert himself very much.

Don has a driveway to reseal next week and I always worry about him being out in this horrible heat. He is such a worker bee...he just takes it in stride...but he's no spring chickadee any longer and NOTHING is worth his safety!

Roxy looks like she has just found paradise with all that wide open space for her antics! What a spoiled little rescue doggie she is...God was smiling down upon her when you and Bill walked into the animal rescue league...for sure...for sure! emoticon

Oh...and totally LOVE the all time favorite little birdies to watch in our back yard! I just love the way they take care of their family and their sweet little chirping sounds! emoticon

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CANBDONE 7/27/2011 1:21PM

    A new canvas to paint...can't wait to see what you two do that empty space!

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MPARKER67 7/27/2011 11:35AM

    SO SAD. i LOVE THE BABY CARDINAL. Roxy checking things out. Now she has a spot to run after the ball without knocking pictures off the wall.

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MIZCATHI 7/27/2011 5:17AM

    The pool is out, but it sure did open up the yard! I think that eventually you and the birds are going to love it!

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KATIE233 7/27/2011 12:28AM

    love your pictures, it is going to be fun to see what going to be done to yard now.lov the baby cardinal cute!something is eating your leaves i see probably the caterpiller or bugs.Roxy says more room for me aww nice!take care and a better day tomorrow. emoticon

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DEE107 7/26/2011 11:13PM

    great pictures thatnks for sharing

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JILL313 7/26/2011 7:43PM

    You now have a lot of space for more plants/veggies and fruits!! It will take some work and time but be really beautiful for you and Bill to enjoy sitting outside and admiring your garden and plants. Enjoy your evening!

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CT-FL-SNOWBIRD 7/26/2011 7:42PM

    I'll bet Roxie is confused! I'm going to love seeing the pics, as this new landscape project progresses!

BTW, My butterfly garden was a flop because the birds and anoles ate all my caterpillars.

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SUNSHINEGB 7/26/2011 6:23PM

    Wow, what a huge yard with the pool out, I'd say Bill has his work cut out for him Eleni! It's going to look beautiful when finished.

I love the photos of birds, catapillers, butterflies that you put on, along with your beautiful plants. Thanks for sharing.

Hope you're feeling well now .. my hubby has been sick all day, must be something catching through the computer? :-)

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TILLIEBEE 7/26/2011 6:17PM

    Wow, your photos are great! It's nice to see that big clear area. You'll fill it up with gorgeous flowers and butterfly bushes and that means more photos for us!!!!

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LOSINIT52 7/26/2011 6:14PM

    Cute pics of Roxie checkin' out the new yard!

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Been Sick But I am Back

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

I have been sick for 4 days.Altho it has been a rough few days it was not life threatening nor heart related. I went to ER on Friday with some minor stomach pain which turned out to be nothing. Pain stopped after we were there for awhile.Tests showed nothing. But once again I proved why I stay far away from ERís hospital s etc. I picked up some kind of bug and landed me in bed for 3 days unable to get up except for bathroom. One minute I was freezing and next I was sweating. It was good for my weight. Thankfully the worse when Bill was off work.
We were reminded again how lucky we are to be able to take care of ourselves and also have family that can help if needed. There was an older couple in same room as me on other side of room that almost had Bill in tears. He had just been released from hospital after having a stroke a few days ago.She was driving them somewhere and she hit something and split her chin.She had to have 7 stitches. They had no way to get home.She wanted to drive and then he wanted to. Neither one was suppose to be driving anyway. Bill went out and told nurses he would drive them home and walk back to hospital as they only lived maybe ľ mile away. But they said they would figure something out. They we head the poor thing crying and asking her hubby why was all these bad things happening. Bill was really fighting to hold the tears in.They finally came in and told them they would call a cab and they would have to get someone to get their car.they reassured them that security would watch their cars. We told nurse again we would do it as I was released but she said she was worried about the liabilities of it. What is sad is that this is so common here.Older people who will not give up driving and have no family around to help. Bill and I have always said we will give up our keys but it will be hard. When I passed out last year I wasnít allowed to drive and it was upsetting. Not that I needed to drive.It was just the thought that I couldnít if I wanted to.
But I am still going to check and see what services are available before we need help so we will know what is out there.
The pool is gone. The young man and his son came and busted but to take it they will get the deck.It makes me feel better that it will be enjoyed by a hard working young couple. Bill is getting excited about redoing the back yard, There is a lot of work. The back fence has to have all those white boards Bill put up to keep dogs from getting in our yard and hurting Roxie. It is going to look really good but will take time. Billís time table ranges from gunho to hoho. But he gets it done. Will only be extending butterfly garden a small amount. Which is all I want.As long as it and gazebo are how I want he can go to town on rest of yard.
Here are some pool up and pool down pics
Ok No pics now.Trouble getting them to upload will try again later with a blog of just pics.
Needless to say I am very far behind in my sparking. bear with me and I will catch up. Have a great day.

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FLORIDASUN 7/28/2011 3:40PM

    Oh my sweetie pains me to hear that you had to go to the hospital! I DO worry about you and would surely adopt you if you were the least bit 'adoptable'...hee..hee! emoticonI know how fiercely independent you are!

I'm just so happy that Bill has you and you have Bill..and of course that you BOTH have the Roxy girl! It's a three way love affair...for sure, for sure!

I'm NOT looking foward to going back to Des Moines at all...and then I feel guilty for not being excited about seeing Don's mom and rotten sister. Geeze...the things we hold onto eh?

I'll make the best of it...I always do. It's just a shame to leave my old kitty cat when he doesn't eat well and will miss me SO much he just might not make it. I'll have someone coming to the house to feed him...but he doesn't know them and you know how THAT is.

I told the hubs that I'm sorry but I feel like I'm desserting someone I TRULY love for someone I don't even give a hoot about. I know that hurt his feelings a little bit by the expression on his face...I have a BAD habit of being way too blunt about some of the things I say...then I have to apologize and once again the old guilt guy comes out to give me a boot in the keister.

I told him I was going back of course to support HIM...truth be known he has a hard time spending much one on one time with his mother himself and he has terrible rows with his sister. It's just SO sad when family can't support each other isn't it?

I've read that the most challenging people in your life are the very one's that you have to learn the MOST from.

How I can learn ANYTHING from his mom other than manipulating others through guilt is a REAL mystery to me....must be REVERSE psychology..for sure...for sure! emoticon emoticon

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CANBDONE 7/27/2011 1:27PM

    Eleni, glad you're on the mend! Your Bill and my Larry could be brothers...he was always helping someone out and had such a tender heart. He'd cry over a new story or a movie, especially if children were involved. He did alot for his mom and dad, too. They live in West Palm Beach. His sister lives with them, as they can't drive or live alone anymore. My grand darlings will be here about 4:00. Trying to get the house in order before they tear it up again. Will be glad for the company...July can't be gone fast enough, though I know it's a sin to wish your life away!

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KATIE233 7/27/2011 12:19AM

    am glad you are feeling better. take it easy for awhile. so i guess number one thing is fence to keep our Roxy safe for sure.the baby is so cute!felt sorry for the older couple it,s to bad the hospital didn,t say ok for you and Bill to drive them home even if Bill walk them to the door.rules are rules i guess.we in Lindsay Ontario have the Limo bus for seniors takes you right to the door just have to phone them day before i think. or the town bus but it will take half hour to get to where you want to get too. but it is there.or taxi and they are not getting any cheaper with the gas up in price. oh well take care and work at back yard slowly little steps.take care and hugs your friend kathy emoticon emoticon

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JOANNS4 7/26/2011 10:43PM

    I'm glad you are feeling better.

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PATRICIAANN46 7/26/2011 10:43PM

  Hi Eleni........
I am so glad to see you back. And glad that it was nothing serious............not fun, but not serious!!!
You are wise to check on the services available now before you actually need them. It is good to be prepared as we never know what the situation will be.
Bill is such a sweetheart!!! And isn't it sad that we can't be there for each other without the threat of liability?!? I am sure that the older couple would have loved to have met both of you and instead, they have to ride in a cab!!!!!
Take care and don't try to do too much too soon.

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OURELEE1 7/26/2011 8:19PM

  Glad you are feeling better.

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CT-FL-SNOWBIRD 7/26/2011 5:26PM

    I'm glad you're feeling better! Just don't over do it until you're all the way better.

I love the cute pic of your GGB ! She's adorable.

The senior drivers can be a danger to themselves, as well as those around them. Most towns have transportation for older folks. It's not as convenient as driving yourself but you do what you have to do.

There was a couple, in my FL neighborhood, that were both disabled. One of them had working legs and the other had working upper body, so one of them worked the floor pedals while the other one did the steering. It was crazy! They didn't go too far from home, like that - just to the grocery store.

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LOSINIT52 7/26/2011 4:03PM

    Glad you are feeling better and that it was not serious. Rough way to lose weight.
Your GGD is adorable.

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JUST_DUCKIE 7/26/2011 4:02PM

    I'm glad to see you back, and glad you're feeling better. We've missed you here!

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TILLIEBEE 7/26/2011 3:59PM

    The driving thing is a huge puzzle. I can see all sides of it. I don't like to drive now so I will be happy to give it up, but I know it's not going to be easy if I don't have people to take me places.

Sorry about your illness. It never fails. Hospitals are the worst for colds and flu, etc.

Well, you ended your blog with an adorable baby picture so that is good!


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SUNSHINEGB 7/26/2011 2:57PM

    I'm glad your illness wasn't serious, though it still isn't good to not feel well. Lucky that Bill was home, he seems like such a great help.

Only my hubby drives, I'm deaf so no license, but turning 80 in a few weeks, he has to take a drivers test and have an eye exam ... this is mandatory in Canada when you turn 80 and every two years after that you take the test again. He's worried because he's slow at writing and with his memory problem, though he knows how to drive, he might forget some rule or another on the test!! Here, we have small special 'buses' for handicap people and seniors so we already know we'll register for that when the time comes. Costs the same as a regular city bus but picks you up at the door and takes you right to your destination.

I'm gabby, sorry, lol.
I'm glad to see you back Eleni and to know you're pretty well okay. Sure missed your blogs and photos. Bill has his hands full redoing the yard now but I'm sure he'll enjoy doing it and you'll enjoy the results.

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MPARKER67 7/26/2011 1:58PM

    How sad about that couple. I am glad you are feeling better. I hope I can give up the keys before I injure myself or others.

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0309COOKIE 7/26/2011 1:44PM

    So glad to hear you are feeling better.

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Another hot day

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Nothing much going on.But have some pics from today.
The birds were doing silly things.I think they were trying to cool off in the wood chips. They would swoop down and sprawl a glance they looked dead. First are two blue jays and then a mockingbird and then a small sparrow. the last bird on edge is a fluffed up mockingbird.
then the squirrel
then a flower.and then my pool that is going this weekend.
And this is pool that will be going Sunday. The family that is taking it will get a lot of use out of it.
Ok Thats it for now.Stay cool.

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KATIE233 7/24/2011 11:42PM

    so Eleni, what are you putting inplace of the swimming pool?i hope you are feeling ok and staying cool!have you got any rain yet? take care and talk later.

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BUTTERFLYER246 7/23/2011 4:24PM

    I love animals, and you got some great photos of them doing some silly things!!!

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CANBDONE 7/23/2011 12:31PM

    I know your heart is a little heavy seeing the pool go...but you'll make the spot a piece of paradise, I'm sure of it. I'm determined to be in the Nest next challenge...officially or not. Didn't like the Bluebulls, felt like an ousider. Stay cool, Sister!

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ANGELWENDYMAMA 7/22/2011 10:15PM

    Funny way for birds to try to cool off! Why are you selling the pool?

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MPARKER67 7/22/2011 5:44PM

    So sad but if it isn't being used then it is a big expense. Love those crazy animals!

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LOSINIT52 7/22/2011 5:10PM

    No doubt it will be sad to see the pool go but I imagine it is a lot of work to keep up. It will give you lots more room forfeiture visitors in your yard. I thought of you today while I was out walking and enjoying the wildlife along my path. I am getting my spark back and it feels good. It is almost a state of mind for me. Hope your mind is in that direction too. Have a great week end.

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MIZCATHI 7/22/2011 5:54AM

    Before I read your words, I thought I was seeing a dead blue jay! yikes! Here is to a new beginning in your yard. I think you will love the gazebo surrounded by flowers.

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SUNSHINEGB 7/22/2011 5:07AM

    Beautiful pool Eleni, I'd be in it every day floating in a pool chair!
We had ours for a few years then took it out too, too much work for hubby!

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KATIE233 7/22/2011 12:12AM

    well i guess you better start draining the pool. or does someone comes to drain it in a truck? the birds must been hot and trying to cool themselves i guess.probably if u had a spinkler on they would have dive right under it.birds around here are in their trees staying cool they don,t come out til early evening when sun is going stay cool. i got holidays in the first two weeks in august.and one at christmas looking forward to august hopefully not to hot.take care and have a great day stay cool.

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DEE107 7/21/2011 11:15PM

    wow with the birds thought they were in shock for a bit and also great pictures can I use your pool thanks

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PATRICIAANN46 7/21/2011 11:09PM

  Hi Eleni.........
I have NEVER seen birds do that!!! Because of the different types of birds, I would guess that the heat is probably what caused it. If they had a nest nearby, sometimes a bird will act injured to get another bird away from its nest, but I don' think that was the case this time........not with different kinds of birds...........interesting!
I can see why you feel sad about your pool. It looks like a really nice one. You can take comfort in the fact that the person who bought it will enjoy it............a good way to look at it.
You asked me about Kohl Rabi..........I eat it raw in salads.
Take care.

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JILL313 7/21/2011 11:04PM

    Eleni, that looks like a great pool but if no one uses it you can put the large area to better use. I enjoyed all your beautiful pictures. Try to stay as cool as possible!



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TILLIEBEE 7/21/2011 9:23PM

    WOW those are super photos!!!!!!! emoticon

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0309COOKIE 7/21/2011 8:01PM

    Oh, that pool looks so inviting! It was 102 here today.

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SUNSHINEGB 7/21/2011 7:23PM

    Loved all the photos Eleni but there wasn't one of the pool!
The birds are probably trying to get cool and look at that sweet squirrel, looking for water/food?

With the humidity, it felt like 117 degrees today, NOT a day to go outdoors!

Have a restful evening!

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