Saturday, April 18

Weekend Doin's

On Friday, hubby and I decided to clean out the flower bed at the front corner of the house. This is one that we made by removing the grass when we moved here. We had rose bushes and many other perennials in this bed. However, last summer it was neglected. Everything went wild and it was a mess. The roses were like bramble patches and some of the flowers had died out because the weeds choked them to death. So, on Friday we got the young man who helped with last year's renovations to come and give us a hand.

Last night at dusk, I took the photo above. There's still a lot of work to do, but we're thinking of planting some tomatoes, green peppers and leaf lettuce here instead of replanting it as a flower garden. We have made a definite decision yet. The area still needs a lot of work, but at least it doesn't look like a jungle. If we do decide on the vegetable garden, we will have to move the Oriental poppies and the Iris that are planted there. I love homegrown vegetables and wish this area was ten times larger.

Friday night, I noticed out the computer room window that a lovely sunset was beginning to make an appearance. I put the batteries in my camera and headed out the door.
As dusk deepened, so did the beautiful colors in the sunset. What beauty. It was breathtaking and the photos don't really do it justice.

Today the boys wanted to come and play with Dakota. It was a beautiful day, so we went and bought 50 feet of line. We fastened a clip on it so we could fasten it to Dakota's collar. Then we took him to the park across the street to play a game of fetch.
Above are the boys and Grandpa. Seems that Dakota is often behind hubby's legs when I take the shot. Here are the boys. Jordan has the ball in his hand and Dakota is on the lead. He would run after the ball and then bring it back.
Dakota isn't always willing to give up whatever he fetches. Here is Brandon trying to get him to drop the ball.
As we headed for home, Dakota spotted the neighbour's little Pomeranian, who had been barking at him the entire time. They barked at each other through the fence and had lots of fun jumping at each other. One of these days we will take both dogs out to get better acquainted.

I do hope tomorrow is as nice as today. I really wanted to work more on the gardens, but decided since the boys were here that we'd just chill out and have some fun. Hope you're enjoying nice weather as well. I do believe spring has finally arrived. ~Blessings, Mary~


  1. Yes Spring has arrived and with it comes Spring showers.... man, the rain.

    Glad you are doing well and that Dakota and the grandkids are all okay.

    Hope you have a wonderful weekend
    Lots of love to you

  2. What a beautiful sunset. I didn't know you had a park across the street from you - that must be nice!

  3. Hi Mary,

    Just a couple of thoughts about your garden. The tomatoes could be in pots, the lettace could be a border. The peppers and onions could also grow in a pot. You could also put basil and some other herbs in amongst the flowers.
    I have my lettace in a window box right now, I get the varity. when it is grown I pick off the outer leaves for salad and the plant keeps growing.
    Looks like a fun day was had by all.

  4. oh Mary, those sunset photos are gorgeous, you're like me, the minute i see something like that I"m outside with my camera. I can't wait to see your garden when it's growing.

  5. Thanks for sharing your day, Mary. Looks like y'all had a grand time and Spring has indeed sprung in your part of the world. :o)

    Have a blessed Sunday, and hope your knees are less painful for you.

    Love and hugs,


  6. I am like Mari..... I did not know the park was across your street....... I would love to have a park across the street.... We took Mom to the garden center today and bought a LOT of flowers for her to plant....... She loves the flowers.... I will take her back next week and let her pick some hanging baskets...... so glad that your weather has turned pretty...... I will email you tomorrow ........

  7. I'm glad all the snow is gone and you can start your garden now.

  8. I have been posting about our schitozephrenic weather - today it has dawned bright and beautiful. I hope it stays nice for a few days at least!

    Sounds like a fun time at the park.

  9. I hope the fact that you've been gardening means your knees are better.
    I think you should leave the perennials in the garden and just plant the veggies with them. After all, the veggies are annuals. It will look good if you do the tomatoes at the back near the wall then come forward with plants of different heights. My grandmother lived in government housing for the many years after raising her family. She always planted tomato and pepper in her flower gardens near the house.
    Have a good day, my friend.
    Mama Bear

  10. What a lovely, lovely day y'all had! How super to have the boys bond so well with Dakota. I bet Dakota is extremely happy to see them come over and play with him. That sunset, Mary, is absolutely gorgeous. You can beat the matter what time of day, it's always beautiful.

    That Pomeranian and Dakota are going to be best buds!!!

    Oh yes, I agree....homegrown veggies and fruits can't be beat.

    Have a glorious Sunday my friend. We are lazy today...for Bud's birthday we kept quite busy and weren't home much at all.

  11. Hi Mary, I am just catching up. Yes the sunset is beautiful!! Dakota is growing fast too, I am going to plant a few things this year also, BClark had some great ideas. . .I am planting in pots this year just a few things also. hope your Knee is feeling better. God Bless:)

  12. Mary,
    What a amazing sunset!!! That is one thing I long to do this summer is sit with my youngest on the porch more healthier and him home and watch the sun go down beautifully! I missed it last year! Lori

  13. Your dog is a lovely little dog. I wish I had gotten Heidi when she was just a pup. They are so interesting when they are young and learning new things.

  14. Mary the sunset photos are so pretty. Glad you got the flower bed cleaned up-and it looks like you all had a fun day at the park.