Happy Monday!! It’s that time of year – plant shopping!!

Well it if you have been hanging out with me for long, you would know that I have an annual plant shopping that occurs between Mother’s and Father’s day. I always give my father-in-law a gift certificate to one of my favorite garden centers for Father’s day. We learned fast that we should go a few weeks before father’s day to find the best picks. So this past week, he and my Mother-in-law came with me for some shopping!  The weather was a perfect 72 and sunny. We rolled off with our little carts to see what goodies we could find and I can tell you that we scored on some beauties. We bought so much that we had to put down one side of the middle row seating to accommodate them.

This year I bought a mixture of perennials and annuals. My goal is to buy more and more perennials and to eventually only need to buy a few annuals for quick pops of color.
My FIL bought some salvia, yarrow, lupine and some other beauties. I snagged some zinnias and snapdragons which are my favorites and I bought some more bee balm to add to my others, fountain grass and many others.
After my FIL left, I got right down to business and began planting and writing in my garden journal. I managed to plant about 70% of them before my allergies and back started talking. I saved the rest and finished up yesterday. We spent Saturday on the Cape attending my niece’s high school graduation party. They rented a beautiful place on the waterfront and I walked near the water and remembered how much I used to love seeing this flowers along the beach when I was growing up.There were two large grassy areas for the kids to play and the food was quite yummy.

Apollo and my other nieces played in these funny inflatables. They would run and bounce off of each other. Some kids even went in the water at the beach but I don’t touch the water until July. It’s too cool for my taste.
Overall a great week and weekend. My allergies are slowly subsiding and I am hopeful that I can spend more time outdoors.

Today is a rainy day but instead of being grumpy about it, I am quite happy to have free water for my new and old plants.

Have a blessed day!

Belinda

Happy Monday: Mother’s Day and Spring Happenings

Hello and Happy Monday! Happy Belated Mother’s Day to all the mothers. We wait all year for the royal treatment on mother’s day. I think my favorite part is breakfast in bed while reading my books. It’s so nice to have someone else make your meal and just sit back and relax. My husband made this yummy breakfast of oatmeal, fresh fruit, an omelet and a cup of tea. My boys woke up later so they got out of helping.

We spent half the day home and the second half with my in-laws. Despite the gloomy weather, we had fun eating and playing games. Apollo gave me this sweet pot of marigolds he made in art class. He painted the container. He said that the red flower is a rose. Nick brought home a carnation for me. I love all the attention on Mother’s Day! 

This week I plan to work on some long overdue book reviews, coloring and of course some work. I love this time of year because the grass is so green and all of my perennials are rising from the soil. Today we hired my landscaper to aerate our yard and throw down some grass seed to especially fill patches that are bare. I have not begun any vegetable prep work but I plan on amending the soil in my three raised veggie beds this week in preparation for my plants. The weather has been truly wonky. Hot like late summer temps and then freezing. So I am cautiously waiting.

I hope you all had a wonderful weekend and that this week brings sweet surprises!

Belinda

Happy Monday! Comics, Books and Margaritas!!

Hello friends! Wow, what a fantastic weekend over here. The weather made it possible for us to spend a great deal of time outside. Apollo washed both cars (for a fee of course) but had fun getting wet so it was all good. He also spent time riding his bike!

Saturday was Free Comic Book Day so we did our annual run to a few of our local comic book stores and picked up some cool stuff. I pulled out some of the back issues I needed to catch up on and spent time reading on my deck. I began with some comics and then ended up on my current read (Dread Nation).

Leao made me a margarita and I celebrated Cinco de Mayo! Sunday we took the boys out for lunch and then headed over to spend the day at their grandparent’s home. I just hung out all weekend and it was enjoyable. Of course all the laundry I didn’t do is screaming at me today but the weekend was wonderful.

This week I plan on taking a trip to one of my favorite garden centers to see how things are in preparation for my annual flower haul with my father-in-law. I always pick up a gift certificate and present it to him as his father’s day gift. So we both go crazy filling our carts with plants. We don’t wait until father’s day because we miss the good stuff so right around Mother’s Day to make our trip. So I will start walking around my property and dream up some ideas to help me with my plant selections. The funny thing is I get there and I am like a kid in a candy store. I run to color and interesting and tuck away my list.  So this year, I will attempt to exercise a little self-control. More on that stuff soon.I hope you have been having a wonderful Monday. Don’t forget to stop and find some gratitude for the blessings throughout your day!

Belinda

Well Hello: Girl’s trip, New York and Spring break

Hello, my friends! I sat down on Monday with all intentions of writing this blog post to reconnect with you and realized we were having server issues. The last four almost five months of posts on this blog were gone.  So I talked with my husband who managed to sort out all the details and restore my data. Talk about a panic attack, it was a big reminder of how much I rely on technology and assume it will always be available and functioning properly. So for those of you who subscribe, you might have received a few old posts in your email. I apologize for the confusion.

Ok, let’s catch up! First, I want to thank my son Apollo for looking at my blog this past Sunday and turning to me and saying, “Mom, you haven’t been very good about your blog. You haven’t written any posts in a long time.” There’s nothing like your kids keeping it real. Thanks, my little man!

The first photo is of my desk with a surprise gift from my husband… an Ember tea mug. A friend of mine recently showed me hers and I fell in love. The tea person that I am just had to have one. It is a temperature controlled mug. My office is on the second floor in our home and as you all know, I drink tea year round.  But I spend a great deal of time reheating my teacup because it has gone cold while I work. So this lovely is temperature controlled by an app on my phone. How cool is that? I can select a temperature and every time I sip, I am in heavenly bliss. I don’t know how I lived without it. Oh, and the tiny daffodils are from Trader Joes. I picked them up on Monday to add some sunshine to my office.Now, let’s see, what have you missed? I started off this month attending my annual  4-day girlfriend getaway. This was our 9th year so next year we are thinking we need to do something special.

I rode with my friend Ashley as usual and it was so much fun. Our friend Kathryn followed us in her car and we stopped for a yummy lunch at an organic grocer. We left so early that we were the first to arrive from our group of 13! Kathryn decorated the tables and had a goodie bag for each of us.I overindulged at breakfast every morning with no shame. It’s so yummy and I typically have oatmeal or smoothie for breakfast so this was a marvelous treat. I spent each night before bed and an hour before heading to breakfast reading my book in bed with the fire going. Truly paradise. I took my usual daily selfie in my bedroom mirror to send to Leao and the boys. I started doing this a few years back and have continued the madness.The following weekend, Leao and I rented a car and headed to New York to attend a baptism. Leao was to be the godfather of his friend’s daughter. The weather was fantastic when we drove up but the rain came in for our return trip home. We listened to and completed an audiobook on our journey.

The ceremony was beautiful and what a pleasant surprise when baby Kasieobi who was meeting Leao for the first time went right into her new godfather’s arms. She eventually fell asleep. It was the sweetest thing to see. We all went out for lunch after the ceremony at the Cheesecake Factory and yummed it up. The ride home I wanted to catch this cool tunnel but the rain blurred the picture. Leao is my favorite person to travel with so if I was going to do this drive it would be with him. The conversation is always lively and also because I like being the passenger!!Last week was spring break for the boys so we staycationed it. No far away trips just hanging out at our home and visiting family. I love how they both will still squeeze into a chair with me. It fills my soul!!I believe we are all caught up and I will resume a “regular” posting schedule again.

Have a blessed day!

Belinda

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