My Sunday Garden – Springtime March 2015

I have been off my blog for so long they have changed the formatting and now I need to figure out how to add the pictures because I know that is what you are here for, right? Spring is on it’s way here in North Florida for sure, but how about Georgia? Mr. Understanding and I took a quick trip up to North Georgia this past weekend to see my Pops and the lovely younger sister and her husband man.

I was hoping to see the daffodils blooming at the King homestead, but we had missed them. We did see plenty of other people’s blooms along the way. We got off the highway and took the back roads up through Warm Springs and Newnan. Very pretty. Mr. Understanding just wouldn’t go 20 miles an hour so I could take pictures, he said something about other people on the road wanting to go the speed limit or something. He is so understanding. He did stop for a couple of minutes in Warm Springs so I could snap a few pictures.

This is a big snowball bush just starting to bloom. I can only imagine what it must look like when all those lime green flowers burst into white. My kind of snow.

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Now the next few are not flowers exactly however they are beauties in their own right. Remember we are driving so I tried my best  to get pictures of these Southern Belles.

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I did see a sign on the one below that said something about being built in 1853. I really like the swans guarding the front porch. Ok, I am having trouble with this new format. Grrrr, I can’t stand it when something that was working changes

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Eleanor’s Alley is in Warm Springs. We did not get to Roosevelt’s Little White house on this trip. Maybe next time.
At this point I feel like I am working on a project with Mr. Understanding if you know what I mean and if you don’t well you are just plain lucky. You know he did stop in some little town because he needed to stretch his legs. Of course this town was rather non descript except for these cute little wildflowers. I have no idea what they are? Do you?

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I wasn’t going to show you these little wild violets yet, but this picture popped in when I put the other one on. What is going on here? I used to be really good at this. Like they say “use it or lose it” I don’t know who “they” are but in this case “they” seem to be correct. How about some of those daffodils I was talking about? The yellow one is from my Florida yard via the King homestead in Georgia and the white ones are at my mother’s home via the King homestead. You know we Southerners like to have living history through our gardens. I didn’t notice the drink cup in the background until just now courtesy of the young’un or Mr. Understanding.

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I did get a picture of the Forsythias blooming over at the King homestead. You know I can stand it when people cut their forsythias and azaleas into round balls. They look ugly, not natural, and most of the blooms are cut off. Why have them if you are going to force them into some weird shape, just saying.

Here are some in their natural state

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What else can I show you this Sunday. I could have taken a million pictures. I love this time of year. I know, I will show you our driveway with the blooming ornamental pear trees. We are back home. Have a great Sunday and I hope Spring is on it’s way to your home.

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Enjoy

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My Sunday Garden – Think Pink

I had a little surprise this past week when I pulled up behind Southern Crossing to drop off some goods for my booth. Now it is late October so what I saw was quite surprising.

pinkl Is this a beautiful hibiscus? I don’t know if this is a normal time of year for them to be blooming or not. I can’t resist a pink flower. Here is another shot

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Quite stunning if you ask me. Another little surprise this week is my African violet. I have had this plant for about 6 years. I planted it in this fishbowl when it was very little. I never guessed it would decide to grow right up and out of the bowl. I don’t know what to do about it now, so I am not going to do anything unless it starts to look like it is dying. This plant blooms all the time. I have it on a table that faces a north window. It gets bright indirect sunlight everyday. I only water it once every two weeks.

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That’s all I have for today. Enjoy

 

My Sunday Garden – It’s Looking Seedy Around Here

Mid October and the summer garden is just about gone to seed. I walked around in the way back this afternoon and captured a few wild flowers.

What I want to show you about today’s garden is how editing the photos certain ways can really change the perspective.

Now I am no photographer and I don’t even have a camera that will capture images that clearly, but I love to play around with the pictures I take.

Here is the same picture cropped and edited several different ways.

First the original

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now the edits

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I took all of these pictures with my Samsung tablet.

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Last of the zinnias

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I am working on some Christmas projects for Southern Crossing hope to show some to you later this week.

 

My Sunday Garden History and Statues

What a beautiful day we are having here in North Florida. The birds are whistling the sky is an incredible blue, there is a gentle cool breeze and we have the windows all open. Rare, I tell you. It is usually either to humid or way to hot for open windows.

I would take a walk about the yard to show you some of what’s blooming, but we have had an incredible amount of rain this past week (6 inches) and so the ground is pure mush. You may or may not know here in Florida when you dig down you hit water at about 3 feet so when we have a lot of rain there is not much place for the water to go.

I had a few minutes this past week to stop and take a couple of pictures (with my Samsung tablet) I have been carrying my camera around, but left it at home on the day I had time to take pictures.

The first couple are of San Marco Square. 1SanMarco This is a picture I got off of a Jacksonville Historical Website. See the fountain right there in the middle. This area was developed in 1925

 

Here is the fountain as it appears today. The Lions weren’t added until 1997. The original design for San Marco was after Venice’s Piazza San Marco. It is a lovely part of town full of trendy little shops and restaurants and lots of historical homes. twolions

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Pretty awesome, don’t you think?

I also, stopped by Memorial Park in Riverside. The next photos are of a bronze statue titled “Life” This park was completed in 1924 and was designed by the Olmsted Bros who also designed Central Park

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Just look at that beautiful Florida blue sky. There are Eagle statues flanking the main statue

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This is a great park right on the St. Johns River. A nice place for a picnic or to let the kids run around.

I just love these wonderful parks we have here in town, just don’t get enough time to enjoy them. Ok, now I want to show you a little more history. This is family history. I was up in Georgia this past week and had a chance to take some pictures of family.

The first one is a picture of my mother, her sisters, mother and my sister. I believe this is circa 1956, before I was born, at a time when my sister was an only child. What do you think? My sweet Aunt Roseanne is on the right of my sister.

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My mother is on the left of my sister ( the little cute one standing up). My Grandmother is in the back and on the far left is my lovely Aunt Marty. She is the one who painted the rocks I showed you here

Here is a picture of my Dad with one of his all time favorite cars, and my sister again before I was born.

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That’s enough of my sister. Just kidding. Ok, fast forward to say 1969 – Morrocco. Even though this is a picture of me, the story is about my sister. She got to take horse back riding lessons in the morrocan countryside from a lovely English lady while I got to ride the —-donkey. Who would not budge.  He acted like it was his first time every to nibble fresh Spring greens. What fashion style I had in those days. Not.

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When we first got to Morrocco we lived in a hotel for several months. Mary Poppins the movie had come out and I loved it. My Mother came up with the idea to recreate a scene from the movie. Me as Mary Poppins, my brother as the “Chimney Sweep” and my little sister well, as herself. We are standing on the roof top of the Mamora Hotel in Kenitra Morrocco. My Mother was always so creative
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Thanks for dropping by and enjoy your Sunday. Hope you enjoyed seeing some of the statues we have around town. Oh, the picture at the top of this post is my sister and “her gang.” My sister is towards the right, hands down and looking directly at the camera. Got to love these vintage family photos.

Enjoy.

 

 

 

 

 

My Sunday Garden – Counting Down the Last Days of Summer

Well, it is the beginning of August. My the Summer has flown by. I get wistful this time of year thinking of all the things I planned back in the Spring before the day time temperatures were 100 and the air was full of moisture so much that if you are outside for more than ten minutes you are soaked from the humidity.

No, the Summer is not gone completely, but school starts back in a couple of weeks for the youngster so if we are going to do anything else, we better do it fast.

The flower garden is going to the bugs, literally. The grasshoppers are taking over. The butterflies are hatching out and the heat and humidity is stressing the summer flowers.

Even so, the zinnias solider on and I have to say next to daisies I love these flowers (even with the insects)

Let’s take a look and see what you think, shall we?
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These are Georgia Thumpers or Eastern Lubber Grasshoppers. They can do a lot of damage. The youngster used to catch and dispose of them for me. Can’t hardly get him to come look at them now.

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This one is a little different but I think it is the same kind.

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Look at the bright green one down in the corner. How can I combat this kind of attack?

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We had a quick visit from the Middles this weekend. We just don’t see enough of them. The little G-man is just a few days away from turning two. Here he is enjoying some ice cream – before dinner at the M Shack. Hey, it is Summer one should eat ice cream as much as possible.

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and here are the Middles, looking like their adorable selves.

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Hope your Sunday has been restful. Enjoy, go have some ice cream.

 

My (Neighbor’s) Sunday Garden

Here it is Sunday evening. I waited for the early evening to go out and get some pictures of my neighbor’s front garden. She is an avid gardener.

Well, she wasn’t home. Just the cat and her dogs, which were barking up a storm when I went over there. Since she wasn’t home, I am going to tell you right now – I don’t know the names of some of these plants.

Since I waited until dusk, the mosquitos were out in force.

Ok, here we go. This is a Rose of Sharon. I used to have some of these, but they got to much water one summer and they were gone. See my fence? I really am just next door.

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We always had this flower when I was a child. I used to make dolls out of them. See the big buds? I used them for the doll head and the flower was the dress, tie it together with some dandelion and clover stems – use your imagination.

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She has a couple of fountain/sculptures in her garden.

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Her garden is like mine, very hodge podge. She actually spends a lot of time to give it the casual look.

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Her little cat surprised me or I surprised him. I had to coax him back to get the picture. Cute

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The smell of these four o’clock flowers is incredible. Very sweet smelling

She has peppers and tomatoes in pots on the front patio.

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Ok, here is one of those plants I don’t know the name of. It is a pretty mean looking plant, just saying. To me it looks related to a holly?

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Her Caladiums are growing in the pots they came in. Pretty cool looking succulent.

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This two tone Vinca is pretty. I was looking it up and found out it is poisonous and I think the Caladiums are too.

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The Vinca grows like a weed and enjoys the hot dry weather.

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I have no clue what these yellow flowers are, but they are pretty awesome.

The neighbor has this great little pond with a cool poured concrete leaf fountain, but the mosquitos will eat you up over here. She has a couple of Koi in the pond. Sorry not pictures.

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What about these sweet little “lemon slice” petunias. I remember when she got these she said they will come back next year. Looks like she needs to do a little weeding. Just saying. Ok, I take that back after all she is nice enough to let me photograph her garden, weeds and all. Oops, there I go again. Thanks neighbor your garden is awesome.

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Ok, back in my yard, no she did not kick me out. Remember, she is not home. Anyway, back in my yard the crepe myrtles are in full bloom. Yes, the neighbor has some beautiful crepe myrtles, but the mosquitos were really getting me.

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Here is a picture of my Palatka holly. I wonder what took a bite out of the leaf. I hope you enjoyed visiting my neighbor’s garden. I will have to sneak back over there in a few months. Did I say sneak, I did not sneak over there I am sure all the other neighbors saw me over there and were wondering what I was up to. Trust me she will know I was there.

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Have a great Sunday. Enjoy the day. Oh, and what do you think about the dragonfly sitting on the top of her well?
 

 

My Sunday Garden – In the WayBack

Sweet Sunday. Got up early to check out the back back yard this morning. No that is not a typo. The Three Painted Owls spread is 3.5 acres which I know to some is not much and to others it is to much, but for us it is just right.  In the Summer time it can get away from us if, we don’t keep at it every week.

So, we have a backyard proper and then we have the Way Back which for the most part we keep in a natural state. Yes, Mr. U does mow back there occasionally to keep the pine trees from springing up, but for the most part it is what it is.

We have wild bunnies in the Spring along with turkeys, raccoons, and if you recall we had a fox (you can see a picture here) in the early Summer. We used to have quite a few deer, but I think our neighbor has disturbed the brush in his yard to much lately. Hopefully, they will come back.

Speaking of that neighbor, he recently built a chicken coop in his way back, don’t know if he is aware of the fox?

Ok, talk, talk, talk. How about some pictures. Lots of ferns and moss back there

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I think the deer like to eat this stuff

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I know something likes our grapes. Remember how many green ones we had? Take a look in the archives, you will find them. Come back when you are done looking.

I did sample these, ok it was more than a sample. Yummy. Fresh off the vine, what could taste any better?

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OOps, almost stepped on this, ant condo? I thought they only had one hole? What is going on here? Ok, the next two pictures I have no idea what kind of plants they are, but I like the colors and shapes.

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Does the above picture remind anyone else of “Horton Hears a Who” or is just me?

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Just saying.  Ok, how about some palmettos

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The youngster used to play back here. This little rise was all dirt and he drove those trucks around hauling dirt up and down. Sigh… those were the good ol’ days. Now I have to seat in the passenger seat while he is driving us around in a real car. Talk about scary. Let’s get back to the garden shall we.

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I know it just a tree stump, but the texture is awesome. I just love it.

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How about this little wild blue morning glory?

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Ok, these are not in the way back I was getting eaten alive by mosquitos so I am back out front in the side garden.

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Zinnias, who doesn’t love them? zinniii

I think that is all I have today. Going to pick up a church pew this afternoon, maybe I’ll have a chance to show it to you this week. Enjoy

 

 

My Sunday Garden – When Nothing Goes Right, Go to the Beach

Sunday is a day of rest, right? Well, I have been in a rat race lately. I haven’t had time to do anything I want to do so, today we are heading to the beach to regroup.

I have some awesome projects started, but nothing far enough along to show you. The garden is about shot what with the heat and now the daily thunder boomers. We had 3 inches of rain Friday afternoon.

Let’s all just put our toes in the sand this afternoon and…..

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We got to the beach and I thought ahhhh, this will be nice I brought my camera there are some waves today and wow look at the clouds. My camera won’t turn on. What? Last time I went to use it, when we were at Disney for the 4th of July, I had forgotten the memory card so no great Disney pics. What now?

I had taken two of the batteries out to use in my wireless mouse. Darn it. So the pictures are from my handy Samsung tablet. Not bad, but I was hoping for fantastic.

Mr. Understanding did go to the beach with us today. He is not always one for spontaneity so the youngster and I were pleasantly surprised.

Here are a few pictures from our Sunday Beach day

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Yes, that is the youngster’s head out there

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Next is the elusive Mr. U. He won’t ever look directly at the camera and if he does he won’t smile.

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There were a lot of people at the beach today I was just able to get a shot in between

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Sea oats. The tide was high when we got there this morning so we were sitting back by the dunes.

I made this little “BEACH” art for you while we were there. Cute huh?

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Bunch of broken shells. It is a good thing we got up and went early because now it is pouring rain outside. I think it is supposed to do this everyday this week:(

I do have a couple of pics of the zinnias

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Oh, and I have this picture to show you. I am still taking the youngster to physical therapy for his knee. We stopped on the way there this past Thursday and saw this by the place we stopped at to get a snack.

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Yes, the kind of art I love. Repurposed! Pretty cool.

Don’t have anything else for you at the moment. Enjoy and I think Germany is about to Win the World Cup

 

 

 

My Sunday Garden – Hot and Neglected

I am trying not to whine, but this Summer is getting away from me to fast. What started out with such promise is sliding down hill into neglect and disinterest.

Why? Time, rain, heat, to much work, and on it goes. I am always so excited when the weather starts to warm up and days get long until, the sun gets so miserably hot you can’t stand to be outside.

This is the time of year when I just say the heck with it, I am going to the beach.

I did go out this morning to try and find something that might interest me and you, well here goes.
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Beautiful right? Sorry, it is dead 😦

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Yes, we have this lovely shady spot and would you look at that. There are sticks in the hammock, we just don’t seem to have the time right now to lay back and relax.

 

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What is going on here? The leaves of the grapes are burning up and the grapes are disappearing? These are purple grapes and I am beginning to think that by the time they turn, there will not be any. I have a suspicion that the deer are having nightly snacks. Remember when they looked like this

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Like I said, we think raccoons are eating them or maybe deer. We can’t pick them since they are purple grapes.

Ok, I am done whining and it is now 9 o’clock Sunday evening.  The pears are still looking pretty awesome. These are cooking pears so I will have to come up with some recipes or maybe pear jam?

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The zinnias like this hot weather and they add a great splash of color to the garden.

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Picked a bunch of grape tomatoes for this evening’s salad. Yum, they are so sweet. Now how about that beach trip I mentioned early. There have not been any waves to speak of the last two weekends, but who cares, it’s the beach!

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Trudging along behind the youngster

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This guy was not afraid of us. He must have been looking for a hand out. Sorry, we didn’t bring any food.

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Funny little altered sign at the beach

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And the youngster, looking for waves. Maybe next weekend. Oh, actually, I will have a surprise for you next weekend. Someone else’s garden. Check back. Enjoy

 

 

 

My Sunday Garden – Fire in the Sky

You know I try to get out early to photograph my garden well, today is Father’s Day so the schedule got changed up a bit. Lucky I waited till the evening or I wouldn’t have these great shots to share with you.

First, I noticed the other day some black and yellow garden spiders had taken up residence on the gladiolus. That’s cool I thought and got my camera for a few shots.

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Pretty neat, huh? Anyway, I noticed three of them all kind of close together so I thought, they must all be from the same family. Maybe, that big yellow furry ball I showed you a few weeks ago was their egg? Is it called a spider egg? Well, this evening when I went out to get some garden pics I took a look to see if anything was new with the spiders and boy howdy.

Look at this.

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Somebody decided to get rid of his neighbor. Do you see the spider legs. This is very creepy to me. I almost wish they would all just leave. I thought they were friendly, but instead….. I don’t even want to talk about it anymore. Let’s think about……ponies for a few minutes.

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Ok, I feel better.

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I have a snapdragon blooming which is really odd since it is the middle of June, in Florida.

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My zinnias are a little slow this year. They are just starting to bloom and with all this rain the leaves are getting a little rusty.

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Daylilies are still looking awesome, see the raindrops? We have a big thunder storms every afternoon. Makes it very humid and wet.

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The crepe myrtles are starting to bloom. You will get sick of seeing my pics of them, I am sure.

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Did I mention, it just got done raining. I thought maybe we would have a rainbow since the sun was still out. No rainbow today, but just look at this sky.

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Did I tell you, it has been raining every afternoon. Guess, that is why they say Florida is sub-tropical.

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Still have roses blooming, you are probably tired of seeing them.

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Hope you were able to spend a little time with your family today. Enjoy.

Mr. Understanding didn’t get to enjoy much of the weekend since he had to work for most of it. The youngster did get him a card and some cologne. Mr. U wanted to know if we thought it was his birthday. He is so silly sometimes, but very understanding.