When you drive up to our house...these two pots are the first thing thing that you see. We had Blue Rug Junipers planted in this spot for a few years. As the years passed...they needed trimming, grass grew up even though there was a barrier put down when they were planted, and they started to look shabby. We just couldn't bend down and pull up the tough grasses anymore. Joe wanted to do something different. This was his plan. The man who mows for us pulled out the shrubbery and put new landscaping cloth down. We went to Lowe's and bought some new pots. When the mulch was down, I bought 20 geraniums...10 for each side. It's been a breeze to take care of this summer.
I was sitting on the porch the other morning when a man pulled up in front of the house. He leaned out the window and said, "Would you settle an argument between my wife and I? Are those geraniums artificial?" I told him no and he said that they look so perfect all the time....he thought that they must be artificial. I don't know if that was a compliment or not. Joe said to tell him that there's nothing artificial in our yard. A little story about artificial...I used to walk past the mayor's house in Hampshire, Il. The house was up a little hill with a split rail fence in front. All along the brown fence...were these so pretty yellow sunflower like plants. They were short and always in bloom. I walked my dog everyday and saw those flowers. At the end of the summer, I talked to his wife. She said that she had a secret...they were artificial and no one could tell.
I got a haircut today and stopped at the grocery to pick up some chicken. I waited for the chicken to cook and visited the produce dept. Peaches were on sale. They were hard as a rock. A gentleman was picking some out and putting them in a bag. I mentioned that they were really hard. He told me that he leaves them out for a few days and they have been delicious. So, I took his word for it a bought a few. Then I passed the watermelons. A woman said that she never picks out a good one. I showed her my way of picking one out...I hold the watermelon and thump it with my knuckle.If it sounds kind of hollow like and I feel a vibration from the thumping in my arm that is holding it...it's ripe. I usually have good luck picking them. I bought some peaches, tomatoes, avocado, radishes, and a few Pink Lady apples. Leaving the store, I thought how lucky we are to be able to buy what we want and need at the grocery. I shudder to think what people in these war torn countries have on their tables.
It's clouding up and getting ready to shower. I didn't water my containers today....hoping for this rain. The lawn man said that it was starting to get dry here...and that we need some rain.
I got my order today with the two swimsuits. I've had so much trouble finding one that fits and looks good. Finally I have two...they fit perfectly and hide some of my bodies imperfections :)
Talk about imperfections...it's time for me to get going and take care of some jobs around the house. Doing work outside really takes it's toll on my housework. I love being out and love to do things away from the house, but I need to do housework...so I'm torn most days. I love rainy days when the decision is made for me. Joe and I are only two people....we are both pretty neat, but sometimes I feel like I'm always picking up and putting away.....how about you?