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Grocery day

Sunday, August 07, 2011

While Bill brings in the bags I will try to write this quickly. I am always amazed at how much we spend on groceries. almost feel guilty sometimes. But I had many many years where I had to count every penny to to get necessities and still couldn't sometimes. So I do appreciate the fact that I now can buy what I want.
Bill has the butterfly garden addition about ready to move plants around. We found the gazebo we want but it is out of stock It is suppose to be available in 8 to 10 days. So we will have to wait.We are getting a octogan shaped aluminum one.

Her is Bill's ginger plant with more blooms and my blackberry vine. Bill says the blackberry will never have berries but I say never say never.
This dove was confused by my tinted windows. And here is a skipper moth/butterfly
And this was what Roxie did yesterday while I was outside taking pics. her favorite places to sit. She loves that sand. But she is so dumb tho.She is licking inside the flower pots. Makes her sick some days.

And some odds and ends

Ok I need to get groceries put up. They had skinless boneless chicken thighs on sale and I love that. I usuallt have to sit and debone and skin them.
Hope you are having a good weekend
Boy I am glad i copied and pasted this blog to word before I did spell check. Lost the whole thing.

  
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PATRICIAANN46 8/8/2011 2:17PM

  Hi Eleni.....
Have you ever planted Cleome? It is an annual, but it self-seeds, so wherever you plant it, you will have many more like it the next season. It is a beautiful plant and has many pink and white or purple and white blossoms. They can get to be about 5 feet or even more depending on where you plant them. They do best in lots of sun. This morning I had a Humming Bird, Bumble Bees and Butterflies (many different kinds), all on one blossom. If you don't want them to get that tall, plant them closer together or in a more shaded area. They will grow anywhere.
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CANBDONE 8/8/2011 1:04PM

    I think we both lived our poor years together. I was a single mom for many years with one payday at the end of the month. It was feast or famine, sometimes! Jenny's birthday is on the 29th and she kinda got gypped or a late gift, but usually Jon was fine since his was on the 30th. (good thing September doesn't have 31 days. Jen's bd is in October) The computers weren't as sophistacated in the grocery stores and I bounced more than my fair share of checks! I used to microwave them...someone told me it messed up the code on the bottom and would delay it for a day or two. I also took a black pen and traced over one or more of the code numbers, as someone said it would kick it out of the system for a day or two. Poor people have poor ways! Life is so much easier now!

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MPARKER67 8/8/2011 11:16AM

    So glad you didn't lose it as the pictures are amazing. Loved yesterday's blog about the butterfly. emoticon

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SUGARPUNK52 8/7/2011 11:15PM

  I went grocery shopping today too.Thanks for sharing your pictures with us.

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KATIE233 8/7/2011 11:08PM

    glad u did save it! Roxy is making sure garden area is going to be ok. i found a good way to keep the squirrels away from my yellow peppers i but one moth ball in the four pots and they haven,t dug there anymore.nice picture of the bird and flowers and of course miss Roxy.miss queenie is feeling better she is nibbling about 4 times a day.she is making up for those 3 or 4 days she couldn,t eat.but i,m glad she is better.we had burgers and i made a pan of zucchinni and summer squash from garden and with mushrooms and onions it was good.i got 3 more lemon cucumbers today and one of the tomatoes sunny boy is still green tomatoes but i got 17 tomatoes on it.it is doing well. well take care and have a super day tomorrow. emoticon

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DEE107 8/7/2011 10:38PM

    thanks for sharing and the pictures are very nice thanks

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GLORYB2014 8/7/2011 7:58PM

    I love the pics Eleni! You have a yard that is inviting to butterflies, birds, and many little critters. Aren't those doves curious, we have some that will sit on the shed roof and watch me feed the fish in the pond. Bill is doing a lovely job out there!
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JOANNS4 8/7/2011 7:46PM

    Your garden looks so nice. emoticon

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OURELEE1 8/7/2011 7:41PM

  Bill has put in a lot of work for the garden. I hate putting up groceries. Have a good evening.

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TILLIEBEE 8/7/2011 6:27PM

    With the amount of bees you get you will for sure get blackberries. They will come, I promise. We have raspberries, blackberries and cherries.

Your yard looks beautiful. It will be a garden wonderland!!! I love that you share it with us. Always such pretty photos!

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Life of a Butterfly in pics

Saturday, August 06, 2011

I was so lucky to witness the new life of a butterfly.
Here it is yesterday

This is what I found when I got up this morning. It is still attached to pupa

Drying his wings while still attached

This was seconds before it detached itself and started to move

Here he has detached and is moving to plant

Shortly ater this one it flew away

This what was left behind

Bill said it is officially a butterfly garden now. It took 6 days to become a butterfly.

  
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FLORIDASUN 8/19/2011 9:32AM

    I'm REALLY telling you...you HAVE something of value with these amazing photos. Just think of the school kids that would LOVE to have a book on your butterflys...will you please look into this...you could become a PUBLISHED author you amazing little angel you...think of all the things you could do if you made a little extra $$....MORE butterfly houses...YIP! emoticon

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RURAL3 8/8/2011 11:34PM

    How cool is that. How many of us ever see the "metamorphasis"?

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1COUNTRY_GAL 8/8/2011 3:24PM

    Thank you for sharing,that was fascinating.Mother nature is emoticon emoticon

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MICKEY341 8/7/2011 2:44PM

    Thank you so much for sharing the pic's. Have enjoyed seeing all the pic's of the progress.
Hope you are well. The soup sounds good, think I will make some tomorrow!!! emoticon

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SCIFIREADER 8/7/2011 11:21AM

    Thanks for taking the time to photograph this and share.

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SHIRLEYX 8/7/2011 9:07AM

    Nice pics!

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MIZCATHI 8/7/2011 7:58AM

    Oh my gosh, so lovely and mysterious! Way to go in observing your surroundings so keenly, and then being able to see it for yourself! Absolutely awesome!

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NEWSTART127 8/7/2011 2:17AM

    So amazing! emoticon

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ANGELWENDYMAMA 8/7/2011 1:34AM

    I love monarchs. How wonderful to witness that birth/rebirth. :) Thanks for sharing!

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DEE107 8/6/2011 11:58PM

    wow thanks for sharing so pretty and amazing tooo

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FLORIDAFLUTIST 8/6/2011 11:21PM

    How lovely! Thank you for sharing the beginning of the beautiful butterfly's life!

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KATIE233 8/6/2011 10:29PM

    i bet that was cool. very interesting.

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SHAY72 8/6/2011 10:09PM

    that is cool,thanks for sharing those pics butterflies are beautiful creatures.

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0309COOKIE 8/6/2011 9:57PM

    That was some great photography that you captured. Thank you for sharing it.

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JOANNS4 8/6/2011 9:35PM

    Amazing , thank you.


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OURELEE1 8/6/2011 8:48PM

  Thanks really enjoy your pictures.

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CANBDONE 8/6/2011 8:15PM

    That was so beautiful...thank you for sharing the miracle of birth! All 4 grands are with me now and I'm bubbling over with joy! The house is full again! The Tennessee DIL called and sounded jealous and wanted to know if I wanted two more! (They spent over 3 weeks with me in June) She said Jen didn't know how lucky she was to have me in the same town. They want me to move to Tenn. (nope, not anytime soon)

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LOSINIT52 8/6/2011 6:39PM

    Beautiful... I am so glad you shared it. Here's to new life, new starts and the wonder of nature.

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TILLIEBEE 8/6/2011 5:56PM

    Incredibly amazingly cool!

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Soup making day

Friday, August 05, 2011

Well the soup is made and bagged and in freezer.It turned out better han usual.Bill even ate some.
The back yard is slowly looking better. Bill has most of wall done and will try to complete butterfly garden.He picked up the small stones.He was going to get a plant hanger to put the butterfly house on.

It is so hot out there I am going to have to watch him and make sure he doesn't stay out in heat too long. While we were sitting out here talking I saw the temp and wow.The thermometer is on patio wall in shade. I had him take it out in the sun for a few minutes and it went way up.Then we had a short afternoon rain and it dropped.
On patio it was
In sun it was
After rain it was
The pupa hasn't changed much today.maybe a few more little bumps on it
earlier today Bill told me to come see the wild looking mushrooms that popped up pot with the cactus. They look like little Tiki huts and were bright yellow.By this afternoon they were all shriveled up.

And my big momma orchid is getting ready to bloom again.So far I see 5 stems coming out and there will be more.The plant is close to 4 feet across
Just a pretty flower

We will try to find a gazebo this weekend if we can find one. If not I will order one from the internet.
So Hope you are having a good day

  
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FLORIDASUN 8/19/2011 9:30AM

    The yard is REALLY coming along....I'm SO behind on your blogs because I've been too busy writing my own and trying to make it through this miserable time. I'm going to be sure and catch up...your blogs ALWAYS cheer me up...whoop da! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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FLORIDAFLUTIST 8/6/2011 5:11PM

    The heat has been pretty crazy lately! Plus, the humidity.....ugh! Love the photos, and LOVE butterfly gardens. Lucky lady!
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SHAY72 8/6/2011 9:26AM

    pretty pics,hope you can find the gazebo you want.Hope you have a great weekend.

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SHIRLEYX 8/6/2011 9:20AM

    Nice blog! Wow is that hot, hope Bill is ok.

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DEE107 8/6/2011 12:05AM

    sounds like a good day and enjoy your soup

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KATIE233 8/5/2011 11:32PM

    yes that is very hot. Bill shouldn,t be out there to long in that heat. like your pictures. the wild mushrooms different. it only gets in the 80,s here. you take care and try to stay out of the heat and sun.

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VALEREL 8/5/2011 11:29PM

    Oh my gosh!!! How hot, but really exciting about your backyard!!! Can't wait to see the after photos!

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MPARKER67 8/5/2011 7:12PM

    Wow. That is hot. Sure you were glad for the temperature drop after the rain. Amazing pictures as always.

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CANBDONE 8/5/2011 6:58PM

    It's a good thing you can't see my measly 4 plants! I do NOT have a green thumb like my mother did.

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LAURALOVESSPARK 8/5/2011 5:57PM

    Amazing temps!!!!
Loved your pics!!
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Nice Day With Bill & Brianna. Pics to share

Thursday, August 04, 2011

It has been a nice day. Bill met Angel early this morning and got Brianna.He took her to breakfast.She was looking forward to that.She doesn't get much one on one with him.Then they came home and got me so I could go get my ICD checked.She went in with me so she could see how it is done.It was a new person and she wasn't very friendly. From there we headed to library so they could go in and buy me some large print used books. But library wasn't opened yet so we went over to Books a Million which is right around the corner to kill time.. They had a bunch of books outside and I got 5 new books at $1 each.Can't get them that cheap at library. I did pay $14 for a hummingbird book.

Then we went back to library and Brianna and Bill went in and got 8 used large print books for $1.50 each. So I am well stocked on books. I let Brianna pick the first one for me to read and it starts off really gruesome.
I did finish reading a book published by another Sparker Patricia FloridaGhost called The Double KK Ranch. It was interesting.She did a good job.
Then we took Brianna out to lunch. And then came home. Brianna did some work around the house like change our bed covers and empty dish washer..
Here are a couple of pics she took outside and one I took thru window. Mine is much brighter
I took this of bumble bee thru window

Here is new butterfly house for garden

The pupa hasn't change today

And here you can see that Roxie loves Brianna and vice versas

And Bill stopped yesterday and got a cover for my phone that has butterflies on it

Ok Hope you are having a good day. It is 96 here and it takes your breath away when you step outside. I hear thunder in the distance.maybe we will get a shower later.

  
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FLORIDASUN 8/19/2011 9:25AM

    LOVE your pics! I think you could easily publish your OWN book. It could be called the 'Life and Times of Ms. Eleni...a VERY wise woman with HEART'. The pics of Brianna are just gorgeous...she is a lovie bear. And Roxy can't quite manage to steal the show in the pics of both of them! emoticon

Darn...why could'nt I have had a MIL like YOU...why, why, why?

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FLORIDAFLUTIST 8/6/2011 5:13PM

    What a lovely day and such wonderful photos! I love the phone case!

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CANBDONE 8/5/2011 12:05PM

    I enjoy your pictures so much! We're under a heat index warning today, also. I've got all my errands done early: pick up a bag of ice, go to the bank, and drop off another load at Sally's. I let go of my daddy's hats and a couple of Larry's. Do you watch Hoarders? "Feel the feeling and let it go." I'm trying to declutter inch by inch. We both were such "savers". Took the kids to the beach last evening. They loved playing in the surf.

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SHAY72 8/5/2011 10:38AM

    I am glad you had a great day with Bill and Briana,and you found some deals on books. Also great pics.

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MIZCATHI 8/5/2011 7:04AM

    Your blogs always remind me of the simple joys in life and what is really important. Puppies, Granddaughters, butterflies and gardens. It's true. I always smile and feel a sense of peace when sharing your day.

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DEE107 8/5/2011 12:24AM

    love your new pictures and thanks for sharing them love the butterflies and the books way to go

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KATIE233 8/4/2011 11:20PM

    nice pictures, like your phone cover. you sure did get alot of books at a good price. the hummingbird book looks interesting.Roxy sure loves lots of love doesn,t she.glad you had a good day with Brianna,yes she is a beautiful young lady.it is nice she does things for you too.you take care and have a great day tomorrow. hugs emoticon

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LOSINIT52 8/4/2011 7:04PM

    You will enjoy that hummingbird book.
What a nice day having Brianna for the day . She is a sweetie and I love the pics of her and her Aunt Roxie.
Can't wait to see the butterfly when it emerges. Is it near a window where you can check it regularly?

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GLORYB2014 8/4/2011 6:52PM

    Another great blog to read, you have some interesting days Eleni! I see we read books from some of the same authors, I love mystery books. And your granddaughter is a beautiful young lady and so good to you and Bill, she'd be a delight to have come and visit.
Have a nice evening!

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JILL313 8/4/2011 5:41PM

    It sure sounds like a wonderful and busy day for all! It's great that you got a lot of good books to read and I love your new butterfly phone cover--Bill is such a super husband. Enjoy your evening.

Hugs,

Jill

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TILLIEBEE 8/4/2011 5:31PM

    Fun!
Hope you love your books! Brianna is a beautiful as ever. Is she getting ready to go to college?
And....coool-oh phone cover.

Happy Thursday!

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OURELEE1 8/4/2011 5:30PM

  What a great day.

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Special Visitor Today

Wednesday, August 03, 2011

I was very excited to look out my window and see a hummingbird. i grabbed camera and got a quick pic. At first it just looked like a blur on camera but when I downloaded it to my computer I was in for a great surprise. Needless to say I was thrilled by what I saw. It does give me hope that I will be able to attract the hummingbirds. It was also nice to see more than one butterfly in garden at same time again today.
Here is the hummingbird. It isn't a great pic but much better than I thought I had

All I have to do is be patient which I am not good at being.
Here is my grand daughter Felicia feeding her daughter my great grand Abigail. Seems like just yesterday I was feeding Felicia.
I am not doing well on my weight loss. But it will happen.
Brianna is coming to spend the day tomorrow. Grandpa is taking her to breakfast for some one on one with her. Then later we go to docs for my ICD check.
I need to make a pot of soup so maybe I will have her help me do that.
Ok nothing new for now. Hope you all had a good day

  
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FLORIDAFLUTIST 8/6/2011 5:15PM

    Sweet photos of Abigail and Felicia.
What a lucky shot of the hummingbird; love it!

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CANBDONE 8/4/2011 2:10PM

    Your great grand looks like a dollbaby! I haven't held a baby in so long...nothing better!

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LOSINIT52 8/4/2011 10:51AM

    What a lovely feel good blog.
Your hummingbird photo is beautiful and nothing like a toothless grin to make you smile. Your kids living nearby really is a bonus even though there are times it might not seem so. Nothing like family. My kids live near, but as far as extended family they are thousands of miles away.
No doubt Brianna is picking up some great cooking skills from you and 50 years from now will think of you every time she makes a pot of soup.
Thanks once again for your comment on my blog. I think I will keep blogging, for August at least and see how it goes.


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FLORIDASUN 8/4/2011 10:36AM

    That little hummer just made your day didn't it...and ours too! I SO love those beautiful little creatures. The first thing I did when we went to N.Carolina at our cabin was put up the hummingbird feeders. They gave me such pleasure watching them flit around!

I'm glad you got the shot..that is a wonderful camera to catch those little whizzers!

The GG is so cute...it is nice to see that your grand-daughter includes you in such special moments. You are truly blessed in that regard! emoticon

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GLORYB2014 8/4/2011 5:57AM

    The photo of the hummingbird turned out great Eleni! Aren't they the sweetest little birds to watch?
Our children/grandchildren/greatgrands sure do grow quickly ... we need to enjoy every second of them!
I started a book of photos yesterday of my new great-grandson and have almost 20 pictures in there already and he is only 4 days old, lol.

Have a great day today!
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MIZCATHI 8/4/2011 5:49AM

    The baby is growing so quickly and so pretty! Just like the hummingbird - it does feel like a treat to see them. We have a Mom and baby that enjoys our mountain salvia everyday.

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SHELLYANNE14 8/4/2011 4:04AM

  Its a lovely pictures.your grandaughter is so beautiful.

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VALEREL 8/4/2011 1:44AM

    Thanks for your words and video. I need all the inspiration I can get!

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KATIE233 8/4/2011 12:06AM

    nice pictures of hummingbird that was a surprise i bet.and good pictures of abigail and mommy.take care and have a super day tomorrow. emoticon

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DEE107 8/4/2011 12:01AM

    that is great you got to see a humming bird and your pictures as always great

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MICKEY341 8/3/2011 11:53PM

    Enjoy those butterfly's. I have some that will come and hover in front of me when I sit on the patio in the AM. They act like they are really looking me over. Of course, I never have a camera.
Hope you have had a good day. Not so much at our house! Maybe tomorrow will be better!


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COVEGIRL1 8/3/2011 8:37PM

    Hurray for you! I love to watch them.


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2BFREE2LIVE 8/3/2011 8:37PM

    I have a few hummingbirds that visit my flower beds, I tried to get pictures but they are to fast for me. Great shots. Love the baby photos seems like yesterday when she was born, how time flies. Have a good evening and enjoy your visitors. Sandy

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JILL313 8/3/2011 8:30PM

    I also love hummingbirds and see them often while sitting out in my patio--they just are the cutest little birds! I enjoy just watching them. I also love butterflys but don't see many around for some unknown reason. Enjoy your Grandaughter and Great Grandaughter as they have a way of growing up so fast. I'm sure they all adore and respect you.

Hugs,

Jill

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TILLIEBEE 8/3/2011 8:09PM

    Yay!!!!!! You will get lots of hummingbirds!!!!

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OURELEE1 8/3/2011 8:08PM

  I made 7 quarts of chicken, sauage and orka gumbo. So go figure 110 heat index. I'm ready for the fall.

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JCBCPAE 8/3/2011 8:08PM

    Good pictures of the hummingbird. I love hummingbirds. You have a beautiful great grandaughter.

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