She works SO hard, following a strict diet and exercise program, to get into shape to compete. It paid off, because she placed FIRST in her class!! Way to go, Sweetie ... your dad and I are very, VERY proud of you!
Sunday was one of those days where I had to hit my marks all day long. First up ... breakfast at IHOP with Daughter #3 (a no-holds-barred breakfast off her diet to celebrate her win the previous night) and Daughter #1 and her family. Caleb is almost 8 months old now, and everything he touches goes straight into his mouth.
While we were at breakfast, a customer stopped by the house to pick up a replacement rose that I left for her ... the one she bought last year was accidently mis-tagged. (No questions asked, she got the correct replacement ... that's how we do things around here.) When I got home, I saw that she had brought me two BEAUTIFUL peony flowers. I love peonies as much as I love roses. This one is Kopper Kettle Itoh ... the copper/apricot color with subtle stripes is gorgeous, and it smells HEAVENLY. Note to self: must see about adding some Itoh peonies to the garden next year.
At 1:00, Ruby and I went to spend an hour at HealthSouth, our hospital's rehabilitation facility, for the second part of her therapy dog test. The objective is for us to interract with patients and their families in the presence of a therapy dog evaluator. As we expected, Ruby loved all the people, sitting politely to be petted and loving all the attention.
Here is our group, after we finished our visit. This is a great group of dogs and humans! Notice TJ, our Greyhounds Rock spokes-dog, in the center ... his human Kim is our evaluator.
I finished the day with a few hours of shopping with Daughter #3. Her new body-building body doesn't fit into her jeans, and she is on the hunt for ones that DO fit. Our first stop was Goodwill, at her suggestion, and she scored a pair of jeans that we can alter to fit her perfectly! I bought a dress for myself and some Waverly curtains that will most likely end up as chair seats.
This week will be a blur. I have the plant sale at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden in Richmond on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday ... the photo they use on their plant sale page is one of me ... I was surprised to see it because I don't know when it was taken. Hartwood Roses is opening for the season on Sunday, May 6. (More on this in a day or two. Follow Hartwood Roses on Facebook for the latest info first.) I have LOTS to do to prepare for both of these events ... so I should turn off the computer and get to it.