My Helper

Sophie loves to dash under the covers help me make the bed.

I'm sure you can imagine how well this really works.  :)

Hope you have a wonderful weekend!

Starting With Fresh Ingredients

BLT Pasta Salad is on the menu tonight.

Started with onions, celery, and tomatoes. 

Of course, there's pasta and...a pound of crispy fried bacon.

I'll share the recipe tomorrow if we like it. :)

Happy Friday!!

Yes I Know It's Hot Outside

But if you don't come outside with me you'll miss the view!

Just look at that wisteria reaching for the sunshine.

Puffy clouds on a summer day.

Do you think it will rain?

Spotted this butterfly from inside the house.

I came outside to look at her and she didn't seem to mind.

The pennywort is filling in very nicely in the path.

Little baby frogs or toads jump all around here when you walk by.

Do you remember studying about Pavlov's dogs?

These are Paul's fish.

Same thing.

I just love a summer day!

Linking to Show and Tell Friday at My Romantic Home.

Please visit Cindy's beautiful blog to find a list of other participants.

Friday Blessings

Met the nicest lady named Diane the other day at the Edmond Farmer's Market.

She's living a gardener's dream. 
She grows all these pretty flowers and sells them in vintage and reclaimed containers. 

Aren't they wonderful?

I just love them.

Water Garden Tours 2010

Hi Friends! 

I'm so glad you could join me today to see a few pictures of the water garden tour we attended last Saturday.  It was a blazing hot day but we took off with our water and Diet Coke to have a look at the beautiful ponds and gardens that people have created.

My pictures are of gardens and flower beds as much as ponds.  I just love to see the plants that people put together and the spots they choose.

Here in Oklahoma we fly our university flags proudly.  See the OSU whirlygig?

Cathy and Carol, the OSU pictures are for you. :)

The huge yard above belonged to an elderly couple.  They still do all the work themselves.  It was park like because it was just so beautiful. They had a lovely pond in the trees.  Guess I didn't get a picture.

This pond was huge and meandered through a large area of the yard.

You know, someone commented last week that they could never participate in a pond tour because her pond is little.  Truthfully, on a tour like this you see every size and shape.  It's really all about meeting the nice people, sharing ideas, and visiting.

Aren't the fish pretty?

Love this view. These nice people were hanging out on their porch in the shade.

I took so many pictures that I'll have more to share on another day.

Please stop over at her blog to find many more inspiring participants.

Don't You Just Adore...

...the way ooky-smooshy-forgotten-black bananas can be transformed
into the most wonderful banana muffins?

Ooky-smooshy is an adjective I just made up. :)

A Touring Tradition

Each summer our friends John and Cheryl, my Dad, my husband and I attend the pond tours that take place in our area. That's where we are today!

Here's a few pictures from last year. Come back later this week to see what we saw today. :)

Peeking Under the Glass

Happy Friday Girls!
Today I'm joining Marty for her Summer Cloche Party.

What do you have under your cloche?

Pretty birdnests?

A few red apples?

Maybe the perfect plant?

Can't wait to see what you do!

I know you will inspire me.  You always do.

Sunflower Days

"Keep your face to the sunshine and you cannot see the shadow. It's what sunflowers do."

-Helen Keller

 This sunflower is a little gift from the birds. 
Growing right in the middle of hostas and impatiens.

The Books You Wish Wouldn't End

If you love to read like I do, then you know that you finish some books and think, "That was pretty good." 

Then there are the very rare books that you just absolutely hate to see end.

Saving Cee Cee Honeycutt was one of those books!

Girls, I thought I would write down some of my favorite parts of the book to share with you because I loved Beth Hoffman's writing style so much.  However, after awhile there were just so many parts.

Here is a short synopsis in my own words:

Cee Cee Honeycutt is a young girl whose mother, the former Vidalia Onion Queen, is mentally ill. Cee Cee's father is absent most of the time because he can not deal with the situation.  When mom is killed in an accidental run in with the ice cream truck Cee Cee is sent to live with her Aunt Tootie in Savannah, Georgia.  For the first time at about age 12, Cee Cee has people who love and take care of her. 

I call this genre southern fiction and it is my favorite!

If you enjoy stories about women, the south, and loving relationships you must read this.

Sweet Old Katie

At the veterinarian's office there is a sign that says,

"Heaven is the place where all the animals you have ever loved are waiting to greet you."

That's what we are believing in our home today.

Katie was with us 7 years.  We think she was about 15 years old.  She passed away this morning.

It's a very sad day for us.

Fertilizer Friday

Happy Friday Girls! 

Today I'm joining my Canadian friend Tootsie for

Fertilizer Friday.

Everything is just beautiful here in Edmond, OK right now. 
We've had cooler than usual temperatures and the plants are lovin' it.

What's blooming at your home right now?

We have happy geraniums, several varieties of daylilies, crape myrtles, hostas, and more.

Our pond is looking great this year.

Hubby has it down to an art now! 
We've had the pond four summers and it has been a learning process.

By the way, never let anyone tell you that a pond is not much work.

It's very worth it though.

The path that we put in recently is filling in very nicely with pennywort.

(Please ignore the random weeds and volunteer oak trees.)

And last, this is the bed that we put in just a few weeks ago.
We planted this bed with abelia, crape myrtle, and duckfoot coleus.  The coleus grows in a mounding ground cover manner.  Love it!

Can't wait to see what the rest of you have happening outside.

I'm off to supervise a little tree trimming. :) 

Be sure to visit Tootise and the other Fertilizer Friday participants.