DH built me a plant holder from scrap wood for three small dahlia (mystery color and size) and found a round wooden planter while out at garage sales for four more dahlia.
He power washed and cleaned the back deck and the narrow back deck and gave that one 2 coats of deck paint. I treasure these gifts of time and energy. We moved a black metal chair and a white metal table to one end. You can see the tomato plants on the railing - I think they will be moved to a wagon for moving around for rain and sunshine - heavy already.
DGS gives me heart felt hugs which I treasure. DS gave me Cricut tools.
For a great many years I have noticed I don't want things so much as hugs and kindness and consideration and family.
Blogging has been a great venue for learning and sharing and has led to met many good blogging friends in the years since I started blogging back in December of 2009.
There was a great deal to learn about writing, photography, presentation and finding what interested me most - turned out it was repurposing after finding thrifted treasures and then sharing them through blogging and reselling and my favorite interest right now is making signs from stencils.
My interest in vintage began with rummage sales that were treasure troves when I was young and I remember picking out an ornament to buy or a fragile handmade hanky or a tablecloth or a book with hand painted illustrations or poetry... the memories go on and on.
I still find church and rummage sales and thrift stores to be treasure troves. I do notice I have kept very few of my finds during the last 20 years, just a bit here and there, to add to my own treasures. The collecting of vintage lead to becoming a reseller in an antiques mall.
The other day I bought a thrifted vintage and well worn red chair and ottaman, moved it home with help from DS and DGS, removed a bookshelf and contents, and an antique rocking chair and settled the lovely shabby chair in its new home - a comfortable place to read, visit, rest and maybe even nap. My mother-in-law crocheted my afghan many many years ago.
I have been practicing relaxing in that chair and talking over the daily bits and pieces of the day with DH, planning, sharing thoughts and plans, reminiscing.
Front yard perennials, always an early June treat.
The flowers in the front yard planters have done well since their May 11th planting.
I have learned to break my work into shorter sessions, plan, have patience and kindness to myself. When one is 70 one does not have the speed or staying power of 40 or 50 or 60 but good progress can be made in smaller chunks of time.
I planted kale and beans in one raised garden bed and seven dahlia in with the herbs in the second.
Beginning April 2016 I gave myself the gift of walking and counting steps on my iPhone. It is such a great motivator to see how many steps were made in a day and working to make the number higher whenever possible. The reward is stronger legs, becoming more flexible, self-empowerment. I really got into walking this year.
A lovely surprise after 8:30 tonight - DGS and his Mom came over with two rose trees - a yellow and a red, now to decide where their best homes will be.
This is a Sunsprite Floribunda Rose, it grows up to 75" (2.5 m) tall and likes bright to partial sun/shade. Reading the tag on planting shows lots of work ahead, fortunately DGS is going to help with the digging. The red rose is Double Delight, Hybrid Tea and needs full sun so it may be planted in the back yard.
I looked back in time and found I had written birthday posts since 2011: June 2/11 post, June 1/12 post, June 2/13 post, June 2/14 post, June 2/15 post, June 2/16 post.
Thank you for visiting today. Hugs.