Late bloomer
I like new shoes, I like red shoes

Bloom where you are planted

Dsc00916That's a favorite saying of one of my favorite aunts and it has a funny significance involving semantics and spelling for our family.  Late bloomer, early bloomer, fading blooms... bloomin' all over, bloomin' all the same.

I just have to say, YOU GUYS ROCK!  If I ever need an after-school pick-me-up, a virtual pat on the back, a little encouragement to keep on going, I certainly know where to find it.  Thank you for all the encouragement!

Not only is there a treasure trove of encouragement and support, the comments to that last post are also packed with inspiration.  Did I mention?  YOU GUYS ROCK!  I also found some on Yahoo yesterday -- it popped up, kind of like "a sign" -- this story about Phyllis Turner earning her Master's at 94.  NINETY-frickin'-FOUR!  I need only think of my own mother, too.  She ended up in school following a divorce in her mid-30s with the eldest of five kids (that would be me) poised on the cusp of adolesence -- somehow we all got through it with minimal damage.  Mom earned her nursing degree ad was "capped" a year before I graduated high school.

I was sitting on the front porch the other day and was reminded of a(nother) cute meme -- the Front-and-Back Meme -- I was actually quite taken with the view, here's another, particularly out the back, and so have had this bookmarked in the Bloglines list.

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Dsc00917Ali's car was parked out front while she was gone on a long-weekend road trip with friends to Shepherdstown, WV.  They've a friend working on a summer theater crew there, so took in some shows, went tubing on the Potomac, drove up to D.C. for a whirlwind day on the way home.  She left her car for Maddy to use and, for the privilege, also a list of requirements to be satisfied, including an oil change.  Maddy also washed it and organized its contents, noting in her note to Ali, "Don't worry, I didn't pry."  Makes me wonder what was pry-worthy and how juicy.  If you have to say you didn't do it, it must mean that you were tempted to do it.  Anyway, Maddy was cute as a bug in that Beetle.  ; )

I will finally finish Saartje's Bootees tonight and they'll be in tomorrow's mail.  I'm so excited.  All four buttons are sewn on and two of the four loops made -- don't ask.  I managed to work my way through the decreases on the new Baby Surprise and am poised to begin increases.  I predict a weekend finish.

Happy Weekend!



I love your view. My back door looks at another persons garage and the front looks at a big pine tree...ho hum.
The hydrangea is really so delicate and beautiful. Wouldn't it make a great yarn colorway. Hurray for finishing!


What a great view coming and going! I love the flower garden in the back! :)

kathy b

Lovely front and back views. Just lovely. I too think the sisters note was very cute.

Good luck finishing this weekend.


Your views are really nice! I may do that, but mine are hardly something to beam about. The girls sound really cute :) I'm sure given the same circumstances, my youngest would have left a mess for sis to clean up!


I love that you planted that bit of ground between the sidewalk and the street. If we had sidewalks, I would want to plant there too. A house a few blocks away just planted theirs this year ---- with vegetables!


FAbulous view! Great gardens!! What type of program are you pursuing? I just graduated in May at age 58 with my MLS. But, it took me four years, instead of the normal two. You go girl!!

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