A lot of help from a very dear friend

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

I'm so thankful for my dear friend Penny, she has truly been a blessing to me. She has been here in town for most of the past month to get my mom and dad's house ready to sell (she is the executor of the estate; she was listed in the trust to take over if I wasn't able to do it, and I stepped down because of my health issues) but she has also been doing everything she can to help me personally.

I have a small shed in my yard that is over 20 years old; it's never been painted the whole time I have lived here, though it's something I have always wanted to do. The original owners had it painted kind of a "blah" light greenish color, and left the trim unpainted. Before the cancer, when I had the physical ability to do it, I just never found the time, and after I quit working a few years ago and went on disability, I had the time, but not the physical ability. Anyway, I just mentioned it one day in a casual conversation, and Penny offered to paint it for me, and she said she had already thought about it and was going to ask me if I wanted to paint it before I even brought up the subject. So I decided on white, with dark green trim, which will match my house. She got the white paint on Saturday, but hasn't been able to do the trim yet; we've had rain every day since Sunday, and there's rain in the forecast every day right through Saturday, but hopefully early in the week next week she'll be able to do it. She's going back home again, where she lives in the U.P. of Michigan, on June 4th.

Monday, she did some housework for me, including some heavy duty cleaning I haven't been able to get done. Yesterday, she took me to get my lab work done, to Rite Aid to pick up prescriptions, and grocery shopping; then she stayed and helped me with another project I've had to put off because of my health- cleaning out and organizing my spare bedroom that I use as a storage room. It's not quite done yet, but it will be finished up before she leaves. She is making room in there so I can put a couple of storage shelf units in there that were in my parent's house, which will make it easier for me to keep things neat. I am getting rid of a lot of clutter too; some of it will be donated, the stuff that is not suitable to donate will be thrown away.

Today, we went to Menard's where I picked up a few things I needed. I wanted a couple of hanging baskets for my porch, but they didn't have anything very nice looking there, so we went to Lowes for those. I got a fuschia and a calibrachoa with very pretty purple flowers on it that kind of look like mini petunias. I wasn't going to get any other plants but the baskets, but I saw a caladium that was just so pretty, pink and green, and Penny told me to go ahead and get it and she'd pot it for me. I also got a couple of small white wave petunias to put in with it. I'll keep it on the porch; I think even with my fatigue issues, I can handle just keeping 2 baskets and a potted plant watered.

I also got some mulch for my perennial flower bed in front of the house, to try to keep the weeds down, since I'm not really physically able to do a lot of weed pulling anymore. Also some edging for my other smaller perennial flower beds around the yard; I'm not able to do my own mowing anymore so I have to use a yard service now, and Penny is going to put the edging around those plants so that they don't get accidentally mowed down or hit with the weed whacker, and I don't have to worry about somebody mistaking a plant for a weed.

Penny got back over here about an hour ago; she potted my caladium and petunias for me, and now she is weeding my perennial bed, and then she will put mulch around it. Even though I can't actively garden anymore (and I do miss it!) at least I can still have a nice looking yard. I'm glad that I planted all the perennials that I did when I was able to.

Here is the fuschia I got today; it's not as big as I would like, but they are hard to find right now around my town, and I got the last one that Lowes had. I think with some TLC and some plant food, it will grow some more.

The name of this one I can't pronounce or spell, so I'm not even going to try, LOL; but I love the purple flowers. They aren't petunias, though they do like kind of like mini petunias.

And this is the caladium and petunias, after Penny repotted them.

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    I am praising & thanking our Abba that you have Penny in your life. I am sure that the friendship y'all share enriches both of you in ways untold. God bless you both!

    Your flowers are so lovely! I have always liked the look of the caladium plant - yours looks especially inviting sitting by your front door, Shari. It is amazing to me how much plants add to ones home.

    We have had such an unusual Spring with so much rain & an unusual amount of heavy hail - we did not dare put out any plants. The hail has really done a lot of damage to the foliage in our area. Our huge trees have a lot of dried up leaves on them, so we are forever dealing with those that the winds continue to blow off the trees. We have yet to plant seedlings in our little veggie patch; however, that is a must for this weekend, now that the weather has turned more normal. Although we still appreciate the rains for the benefit of the newly laid blue grass sod that my MrV put down in our "back forty". The old lovely & lush carpet of green was destroyed by Winterkill.

    God bless you, Shari!

    1900 days ago
  • JANET552
    Your potted flowers are beautiful!! I agree about Penny -- what a wonderful person she must be.
    1900 days ago
    If you have any kids in the park, maybe you can 'bribe' them to do some yard work for you for a cheap price. I really hope to do that when I buy a manufactured home. Though I'm sure it's just great to see the yard looking nice and having it worth cost.
    1900 days ago
    Dear Shari,
    How wonderful that Penny has been helping you in a myriad of ways. I am so glad she is there for you, and I am sure she feels the same about you. I love the new pots and hanging baskets. Flowers have a way of brightening up one's surroundings. I hope the weather fines up so the shed trim can be finished. I am sure it will look terrific once it's al done.
    Hugs, Nattacia

    1901 days ago
  • GABY1948
    She is more than a friend...she's a GEM! emoticon emoticon
    1901 days ago
    I am so happy you have Penny! She is really an amazing friend and a powerhouse!
    Maybe you need some of her blood...I know I do...she just goes and goes! Your
    Plants are BEAUTIFUL...the purple one is awesome! The pot Penny did will be overflowing in a few weeks! I have always loved Caladiums, too! So glad you have them to enjoy! thanks for the will have to do a follow up in a few weeks!
    Take care...have a good rest of your week!
    Prayers, Love & Hugs,
    1901 days ago
    Wow. So amazed at your home make over. The flowers make a place cozy. So glad you have this dear friend who can help. emoticon
    1902 days ago
    Your flowers are beautiful. Nice that you can still
    have your garden to enjoy. Penny is not just a friend.
    She is your personal angel and Sh is also lucky to
    have you for a friend as you are too. Have a beautiful
    day and keep enjoying the beauty around you.
    emoticon Glad you got the shed painted.
    1902 days ago
    I love your plants!!! Your friend is amazing! I'm so glad you have her in your life.
    1902 days ago
    What pretty plants! They are beautiful. = )

    Penny is really sweet. It's great that she can help you!

    I love your mulch idea, I need to put some out too. The yard needs a lot of attention this year. It's been raining a lot, and all the weeds are growing tall by now. My mom wants her irises moved, so I think I'll help her with that soon. And I want to plant some California poppies.
    1902 days ago
  • KERRYG155
    How fantastic to have such a wonderful friend. It sounds like you not only got a lot of work done but had fun doing it!
    1902 days ago
    What an emoticon FRIEND you have Shari,you are so Blessed to
    have her in your life!Love your flowers!Prayers and hugs for you and
    Penny BOTH!TRUE FRIENDSHIP! emoticon emoticon emoticon
    1902 days ago
    All 3 are beautiful. God bless Penny. She loves you.
    Enjoy looking at your flowers everyday.
    Hugs and Blessings for your evening,
    1902 days ago
    1902 days ago
    Looks like your day is filled with a beautiful friend and beautiful flowers.Bless the kindness and care of Penny!Purple is my favorite color,and i have 2 baskets like yours hanging in the front yard.Flowers has a way of adding cheers to our days.Wishing you a restful evening Shari! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
    1902 days ago
  • JUDITH316
    Shari, I did comment on your post on our Team page but wanted to come here, so glad I did, your garden and flowers are beautiful, so nice to have friend's who come and help like she did. You are so blessed to have a friend like Penny..

    emoticon emoticon for sharing and posting the lovely flowers!
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    Comment edited on: 5/27/2015 6:18:06 PM

    The flowers are beautiful. Thank God for friends like Penny.
    1902 days ago
  • PHOENIX1949
    Pretty plants. Penny is an angel on earth.
    1902 days ago
  • MISSM66
    emoticon and prayers to you my friend,and happy that you have someone to help you emoticon emoticon emoticon
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    Hugs & Prayers for you & Penny (your Angel)

    1902 days ago
  • no profile photo CD4212235
    beautiful plants. You have a wonder friend in Penny. You are really getting things organized and pulled together. I know also it is frustrating not able to do the things you use to before your health issues.

    I got to tell you. You are emoticon . You face each day with grace and strength. Losing your mom so recently and having your health issues is enough for anyone to handle but you do and I feel you do it with a smile. I know also when alone, you do your thinking. T you so much for sharing your experiences. I believe you are helping others that are facing similar situations.

    God Bless you Shari and please know (which I know you do) that you have many people on here that care about you and think of you daily and are sending our prayers your way.

    Hope you have a relaxing evening and sleep well tonight.

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    1902 days ago
    What beautiful flowers and plant. Penny is a God- send for you. You two are blessed to have each other as friends. emoticon emoticon emoticon
    1902 days ago
  • PICKIE98
    Very pretty flowers.. My home is such that the huge red maple tree in my front yard blocks the whole front yard and house. No sun either. Never could grow any flowers there..
    Doesn't it feel great getting all of that done? Having your angel Penny there triples your stuff getting done..The shed sounds nice..

    Get some rest and see how much yo did get done. Great day for you!!
    1902 days ago
    Such a positive and uplifting blog......Love the bright flowers...a spirit lifter, for sure!!!
    1902 days ago
  • UNICORN212
    I am glad you have such a wonderful friend!
    1902 days ago
    Wow, she's amazing. Lovely photos; I love how plants perk our day up with their beauty. Penny astounds me with her boundless energy and kindness. Figures you'd pick a friend similar to yourself. (smiling)
    1902 days ago
  • no profile photo CD5707126
    Your flowers are beautiful! I am so thankful that you have Penny to help you get things done. Enjoy your new beauty around your home! emoticon emoticon
    1902 days ago
    Happy sparking!
    1902 days ago
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