Friday, July 26, 2013

Five Random Things

This has been a week filled with lots of different things, so it seems fitting to finish it by participating in Random 5 Friday.

1.  I caught a groundhog shortly after I put out the trap on Wednesday.  I loaded him into the truck, took him a few miles down the road and let him go at an abandoned/dilapidated house.  There are lots of outbuildings and places there where he dig to his heart's content and make a new home.  I think the rest of the groundhogs got the memo about cantaloupe, though, because no one touched it yesterday.  I can hear them now, "Eat that stuff and you disappear, man."

"I smell cantaloupe."
"Oh, crap, I can't get this thing open."

"No!  I don't want to go for a ride."

"Hey, Lady, you need to wash your truck."

2.  I took my camera out with me early this morning when I went to bait and set the groundhog traps.  Everything was covered with dew, making for some really pretty photo opportunities.

A frosted flower on 'Plain Talk'

New leaf on 'Sombrieul'
Japanese Beetles are still here ... and there were a LOT more of them than in the past few years.

3.  I'm working hard to get my new rose garden along the fence behind the greenhouse finished.  The weather has been terribly uncooperative, with hot temps and stifling humidity ... so I worked in short shifts and took lots of water breaks, planting 10 or 12 roses per day.  Yesterday, though, was unseasonably cool and wonderful, and I got a LOT done.  It doesn't look like much yet, but it's going to fill in and be fantastic!  (I'll give you a start-to-finish post about this when I actually get to the 'finished' part of the process.)

I'm being a good girl and finishing each rose completely before I move on to the next one.
See how they are all hooked to the irrigation line?

That little patio table is shading a small rose so it can acclimate to its new location without getting scalded.

4.  This is where Dorothy spends her mornings ... sitting at the kitchen door watching birds.

5.  As of today, The Husband and I have been married for 33 years!  We met at a college party in December 1979, went on our first date a few weeks later in January 1980, were engaged by mid-March, and four months later we were married.  Three daughters, numerous homes, untold challenges, and we are still crazy for one another. 

Today will be another beautiful day.  The Husband has to work, and I plan to continue planting roses ... at least until lunchtime.  We'll have to see about skipping out and doing something special this evening.  Honestly, it doesn't have to be much because any time I spend with him is special.

Happy Anniversary, Sweetheart ... I love  you!


  1. Happy anniversary! That is so sweet and wonderful that just being with your husband is a treat. :-)

    There's a groundhog that sometimes takes to digging under my husband's shop. He keeps filling in the holes, hoping the groundhog has had enough.

    Those photos of the roses with dew on them are beautiful! It looks like powdered sugar has been lightly sprinkled on them.

  2. Happy Anniversary to you and your sweetheart.
    I love photos of flowers with dew on the petals and leaves. Pretty pretty pretty!

  3. Happy Anniversary. That photo of 'Plain Talk' should be framed.

  4. happy anniversary! i love that little groundhog and it makes me happy you set him free in a nice new home! such a cute shot of your kitty lol

  5. Happy anniversary! This was my first visit to your blog. Great pics and stories. Planting the roses sounds like a huge undertaking!

  6. Happy Anniversary!! Love that photo fo the two of you.

    That groundhog has guilty all over him.

  7. Adding my wishes for many more "happy anniversaries" to you and your husband. Those cool days that surprise us every now and then in the heat of summer are so delightful! Very nice new rose garden.♥♫

  8. Happy Anniversary to you and your sweetheart! We fell in love quickly too, moved in together within two months, but the wedding didn't come for 10 years. He's a slow one at proposing. LOL But it's been so worth the ride.


  9. Happy 33rd wedding anniversary. You were a lovely looking couple. I wondered what a groundhog was, but now I see they look like our hedgehogs. Looking forward to see which roses you have planted.

  10. Happy Anniversary, Connie. You made it this far- the next 33 years will be the easy ones!;>) xo Diana

  11. Happy Anniversary to you and your love! Wonderful occasion. And 33 years. You two rock!

    Dorothy is adorable, and this photo of her is priceless. It's as if she's thinking.. 'if only i could open this door. I just need opposable thumbs!'

    Your gardens are lovely. Roses grow very well here in Portland Oregon. They are a favorite of mine.

  12. Congrats to you both on 33 years. Hope your groundhog does not find his way home. After all cantaloupe is pretty fragrant.

  13. Hi Connie, Congrats on your anniversary! Cute ground but he had to go. You are tough, planting roses in July. Thanks for your lovely blog.

  14. (¯`v´¯)
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    (¸.·´ (¸.·´ .·´ Happy, Happy Anniversary!! I wish you many more happy and healthy years together!!

    I also hope the groundhog has many happy years in his new home too!!

  15. Happy anniversary! We are 10 years behind you. :)

    We meet, dated 3 months, and then got engaged. We were married 6 months later. We would have married sooner if the in-laws had approved. They're slowly coming around. ;)

  16. A sweet love story of your wonderful partnership -- love this!

    Take it easy in the heat -- hope it cools off for you soon.

    And thank you for joining in at R5F this week. Much appreciated. xo


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