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Saturday, June 19, 2021

Bumble Bees Love Lavender Flowers

 Good morning,

The bumble bees love our lavender flowers in the half barrel on our patio.  I tried to be as inconspicuous as possible as I grabbed a couple of snapshots with my camera.  The pups saw my interest and wanted to investigate, too.  They've been eating cicadas and I didn't want them to make the mistake of trying to chomp on a bumble bee.  Had they not been so interested in what I was doing, I would have gotten a few more, hopefully more clear shots.

Happy Spring!


Friday, June 18, 2021

Checking Out of Lowe's Garden Center

 Good morning,

This is just the beginning of the plants and supplies we've gotten for our new flower planter and other planters this week.

I was like a kid in a candy store getting these flowers.  This image was taken at Lowe's.  The next day I did the same thing at Meijer.  ;) 

More to come!


Thursday, June 17, 2021

Dock Divers Extraordinaire

 Good morning,

Our Elsa and Wendy participated in an entire weekend of Dock Diving competition last weekend.  

Our girls each had 12 "splashes" and qualified in each one!  Wow! What a weekend haul!  The qualifying jumps count toward titles and toward an invitation to the National Competition.  See the link below of other posts and the pictures of Wendy at the National Invitational in Orlando, Florida, a few years ago.

 The Dives are called "splashes" for good reason when the pups are doing it.  Wendy relaxed on a chair between splashes.  

I've posted quite a few images of these events here on my blog.  The events last weekend were held at a natural pond.  Some events are held in above ground pools. All of the venues adhere to AKC requirements.   Click here to take a look and be sure to click "more posts" at the bottom of each page

Such fun!  Congratulations to our daughter Catherine who is their trainer and to Wendy and Elsa.  


Wednesday, June 16, 2021

Resident Lab Tester

 Good morning,

Last weekend Erik enjoyed being an only child while Elsa and Wendy were with Catherine at Dock Diving competition.  

Erik had the total responsibility of Kitchen Testing while Daddy was cooking one evening.  Erik is very attentive to his job.  ;)

Retirement is good!



Tuesday, June 15, 2021

Our New Planter

 Good morning,

My Honey built a planter for me where I can have flowers and herbs high enough off the ground so I don't have to bend over.  After years of gardening, my activities came to a screeching halt when my back told me it was finished with that silliness of crawling around on the ground.

Soon I'll have some plants to show you in this lovely new addition to our garden.

Thank you, Sweetheart!  

Love you!


Monday, June 14, 2021


 Good morning,

We've finally gone out to eat in a restaurant since before the Covid-19 lockdowns.  We were invited to join daughter Catherine for her after-tax-season dinner with her CPA office staff.  

We were in a private room in our favorite sushi restaurant where we enjoyed a fabulous dinner that started with sushi.

 Next came soup and salad (sorry no salad picture), then

a delicious salmon dinner.

Thank you, Catherine!  We enjoyed our first trip out of the house post Covid for an excellent meal with wonderful company.

Love you,


Sunday, June 13, 2021

Lavender in Bloom

 Good morning,

The Lavender in my Half Barrel Herb Garden is blooming.  I just love my little garden of thyme, sage, mint, parsley, and basil.  Everything in the garden is thriving.  It's so much fun to be able to come out and pick fresh herbs when we are cooking.

 I'm no longer able to do much gardening because my back keeps reminding me I'm no longer 30 years old.  This little garden gives me the satisfaction of growing beautiful, yummy plants that I used to grow on a much larger scale.

What are you growing today?