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TODAY WAS AN EXCELLENT DAY. It is really shaping up but patience is needed.

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

This morning DH and I had our usual 4 miles walk with friends, DH did 2 miles and myself and friends did 4.5 miles. We walked fast just as we did yesterday. I noticed my new OMRON Aerobic pedometer I bought from the Spark store does not give me the same number of steps it actually gives me more. I like it even more than my other one. I have given that OMRON to DH and he loves it’s simplicity and it always goes to zero and keeps the number of steps in the memory for 7 days. My walking buddies were definitely impressed.
After walking we in the bakery and shared a HERMIT, walnuts and raisin how good it tasted, Just a small piece for all of us was all that was needed to feel special.
DH and I had needed to use separate cars so we drove home and had lunch.
After lunch we went to find the plants, we were looking around and DH saw a sign no debit or credit cards. OOPS! We did not have much cash with us and no check book. DH went home to pick up the check book and I browsed in the greenhouses.
I wanted Blue Lobelia and white Alyssum. The flats I found were variegated white and purple and purple being my favorite I abandoned the red white and blue theme we had chosen.
DH cam back and he was surprised, but not really, he knows my penchant for purple for as long as I can remember.
The Alyssum varies from white through Fuchsia to purple. I purchased 4 flats and found Snapdragons that matched the Fuchsia so I bought those and we wanted some height so we have bought a variegated Cosmos. It grows to 2 feet and the colors were so lovely. I bought Pansies, I love those, I like the ones with the big happy faces, I feel I have to always smile back at them.
We brought these home to harden outside in the garage to protect them from the cold nights we are anticipating.

I went out to the flower beds did a lot more preparation work and discovered a lot of the leafy plants I put there in the fall are really well through the earth so that is good.
I have one more Hosta to move from the front. It is so big it kills a lot of grass and it attracts too many slugs who in turn attract too many skunks. Now I was able to plant three more perimeter areas with the big Hosta, ELEPHANT ears it was called when I bought it years ago.

Now I will be replacing the Large Hosta with some sun loving colorful annuals, That will help us to have better access to the roof shoveling in winter.

Tomorrow we are gong to the professional AKA the more expensive greenhouses. They have many more to select from and I have in my mind some tall grasses and some delphiniums or the old fashioned hollyhocks. I also want a clematis. I wanted blue but I am hoping to find purple.
Today I walked 16062 steps. 4.5 miles on the trail and came home to really heavy lifting and digging in amongst the tree roots, 2.5 hours later I had to go in and wash up and fix dinner.
DH said lets go out, I declined I had cooked chicken ready to use so, we had Squash, Roast chicken and a concoction of Apples, Onions and Cabbage a recipe I found in a Laura Ingalls Wilders book. Little House on the Prairie series. They called it Scrapple and it was served with sausages and it was Almanzo’s Favorite meal. Our second son read the entire series in Kindergarten and he was forever talking about what went on in those stories. I too fell in love with them. We never had them in England, hope they do now. HUGS Pat in Maine.
Now I am off to the tub to soak away the aches from my fighting the tree roots. An earlier night is very necessary.
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MTPOETNH 4/19/2012 10:49AM

    Pat - sure sounds like a wonderful and productive day !! Wow , you sure keep busy!! Your gardens must be very beautiful. Enjoy !!

I love the idea of splitting one hermit with four people !! What a great way to get a taste of something and not get a lot of calories. I always feel I need to eat the whole thing if I get a dessert .. feel too guilty throwing out food ... this is the perfect solution - I will have to try it myself - Have a great day ! emoticon Peggy

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1CRAZYDOG 4/19/2012 10:08AM

    Fantastic job!!!! I'll bet your flowers are beautiful!

Have a great Thusday my dear.

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LORIBEL1 4/19/2012 10:06AM

    I'm jealous of all of your flower planting! We just got another foot of snownlast night. emoticon

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OAKSHAVEN 4/19/2012 9:51AM

    Sounds like the perfect retirement--busy and productive all the time. You always seem to be enjoying life. I get so much pleasure from reading about what you are doing.

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MILLISMA 4/19/2012 9:43AM

    It all sounds so beautiful! You are going to have to post pictures.

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NEEDSHELP52 4/19/2012 8:55AM

    We had the Little House on the Prairie books for our kids and I loved reading them. I had to smile just thinking of the pansies. :) Thank you for the lovely report. Terry

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BETHGILLIGAN 4/19/2012 8:05AM

    I love how this project continues to evolve!!! Putting only flowers and colors you love in there is a smart move. This area is all about things you love!! Take it easy! This is hard work--makes my muscles ache just thinking about it!

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TERRI289 4/19/2012 7:37AM

    Good morning Beautiful Pat!! I just sent Steve out with a strawbery smoothie, a bagel, yogurt and a scone.(the scones make us think of you and Fred).

Getting ready to do situps and shower for the day. I am supposed to teach summer session one and two so we will be free the last two weeks. We really hope to be able to come up to Maine then to see you two and those gardens and those dragonflies adn lighthouses!!

Have a Sparkling day!! Thanks for my goodie too!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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123ELAINE456 4/19/2012 5:07AM

  You are very busy now but it will be well worth it when you are done. You will get hours of enjoyment out of the flower beds ane yard. Take care of yourself and husband. Don't over due it please. God Bless You and Have a Wonderful Week.

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2WHEELEDSHARON 4/19/2012 12:29AM

    I'm glad to hear you're getting to bed early after all that work. Way to go Pat!
Your yard will be beautiful. I'm excited for you!

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MORTICIAADDAMS 4/18/2012 10:55PM

    It sounds like you have wonderful garden centers there. We used to have nice ones here but they left and now we have a couple plus the usual Lowes, Wal-mart, and KMart which are the worst places to get plants.

My brother loves hermits. They used to be his favorite cookies.

I love my Omron too and My Lifefitness. They are made by the same people.

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