We Love a Good Movie!

We've seen several movies lately because of all the rain we've had. 
The sun is shining now and summer's arrival is upon us but the movies are still so much fun. 
 Here's a few we've seen that I'd recommend.

I'll See You in my Dreams with Blythe Danner and Sam Elliott.

Hello, Sam Elliott!!
I could listen to him all day long.

This was an interesting and entertaining movie.
I might call it a little artsy. 
It's the kind of movie has a great story but doesn't necessarily end the way I would have chosen.

We needed a good laugh too so we saw Hot Pursuit.
That's the word I'd use for this movie.
Reese Witherspoon and Sophia Vergara are perfect together.
They both remind me of Lucille Ball in different ways.
Definitely see this movie if you need to laugh. :)

 Now I'll confess that we kind of love the type of movie where some 
terrible natural disaster happens and San Andreas did not disappoint. 
Was it believable? Nope but it was still fun.

Just yesterday we saw Aloha.
It was enjoyable but not memorable.
Well actually, I would mostly remember the beautiful people in this movie.
I liked the movie but my husband definitely considered it a chick flick.

What have you seen lately?

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The Sun is Shining!

 The sun is out today for a little while and I could not resist the urge to take a few pictures.
The neatest thing has happened though.
Today I saw things through the lens that I didn't notice just looking at the plants and flowers.
Do you ever do that?

Look closely at the daisy.
Do you see the food chain in action?
So cool! That spider is white like the flowers. ;)

Salvia anyone?
I showed you this last summer.
This is Henry Duelberg Salvia that we picked because it does well in North Texas.
Um, it might take over. I'm plucking pieces out and sticking it around the beds.
Works like a charm!

Our very first crepe myrtle bloom of this summer.
Hello beautiful.

And last, let me show you how I'm practicing patience.
Let me confess that keeping plants over the winter isn't something we do much around here.
Too messy in the house and no greenhouse to hide them in.

Last year my neighbor to the south, Lisa at Texas Decor kept her ferns over the winter 
and they came back beautifully.
So this year I decided to see what would happen if we kept the Kimberley Queen Ferns from last year. To begin with, we could we could see a few specks of green when we peeked down into the brown stems. So we started waiting. And waiting.

One has taken off and the other is a slowpoke.
Again, through the lens I saw something that I didn't notice in person.
Do you see the interloper in the right picture?

Dang weed! 
I'll take care of that in a jiffy!

We are so grateful for a little sunshine today. More rain expected in a couple of hours.
Prayers for all of my Texas friends who have experienced flooding. 
If it's not one thing it's another!

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So Many Great Books!

Hi Everybody!

I'm ready to kickoff the beginning of summer with a reading list.
How about you?

Reading for me is fun and relaxing.
Southern fiction is my favorite so most of the books on this list reflect that love.

I'll be reading these in no particular order and it will depend on the availability at the library.

What's on your list?
I'd love to know...you see I saved room for more. :)

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Just when we were all surrounding a watermelon and slurping away...

...our puppy dog spotted this guy for the second or third time this week.

So we had to share. :)

Have you had watermelon yet this year?
It's a sure sign of summer!

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No Wimpy Pots!

We are off to a great start in the flower pots on the patio.
The weather has been amazing for us this spring.
We've finally been blessed with the rain that has been missing for several years and
every living thing is soaking it up!

There's just something different about rainfall as opposed to water from the hose.
Plants love the real thing.

That's my scientific opinion and I'm sticking to it. :)

We are in the no wimpy pots club meaning large pots work better for us.
They don't dry out as quickly and give plenty of room for plants to grow.

So far so good.
Of course, it's not hot yet and I kind of forgot that we don't 
have that much shade which is needed for some of the plants I selected.

I might have to pop umbrellas over my plants. :)

I want to say thank you to all of you for answering the blogging question that I posted here.
You all are the sweetest!

Also, lately I've gotten several comments from non-bloggers and I'm not able to respond to you because there's no link back to you.
Please know that I love reading what you have to say and would respond if I could.

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Precious Babies

Sweet Babies

These sweet little baby mockingbirds are nesting in the jasmine right by our garage.
I love knowing they are hiding in there. 
The mama works so hard to feed them and she's always around. 
We love seeing nature's magic. :)

Did you know Mockingbirds are the Texas State Bird?

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Ordinary Days :)

Happy Tuesday Friends. 

 This is just a really normal day today. 
Nothing out of the ordinary happening.  I love days like this. 

Made banana and walnut muffins because the bananas were mushy. :)

Vacuumed dog hair and then watched it fall some more.
She's so worth it!

Sometimes "ordinary" days make me wonder if everybody
else is out there having an exciting out of the ordinary life.

Do you wonder that too?

It's silly really... I am so incredibly grateful for my home and my people.
That includes my dog.

Home is where I want to be.

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Drifting After the Rain

This year we've had rain.
That might not sound like much but in our part of Texas we've had extreme drought for a few years.
This spring has brought rain and we are all so grateful.

These drift roses were planted a couple of years ago and never did much.
This year is different and so much better. :)

How is your garden growing this year?

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A Battle for the Porch

We try to keep our porch welcoming.
We add a new wreath for each season.
We change the plants in the pots to keep them fresh.

But right now I'm battling barn swallows that want to build a nest on our 
porch right over the front door.
Not pretty at all.  Poop everywhere.

I love birds but these beautiful beneficial songbirds aren't welcome on my porch.
They might poop on my wreath. Or somebody's head.

Any suggestions?

Fake eggs on the wreath. :)

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