Monday, May 29, 2017

Memorial Day Remembered at Arlington National Cemetery

Arlington House, former home of Robert E. Lee
 Tomb of 2,111 unknown soldiers who bodies were found at the Bull Run and the route to the Rappahannock

Fields of crosses and the view to the Pentagon as seen in late January.

To every family that has made the ultimate sacrifice for freedom, my deepest thanks.

Sunday, May 28, 2017

A Sunday Garden - Memorial Day Edition

So, guess what?  They are predicting rain for today.  Just what I do not need.  I cannot dig without water coming to the surface.  Ah, Mother Nature.

So, here I am, waterlogged.  I truly had believed that I had no garden projects this year.  That was before I went out this spring and saw that a large area of grass had turned to weed grasses since last year.  Quack grass, bent grass, nutsedge... all had invaded the area and overtaken my Kentucky Blue.

My first thought was to just kill it all and resod.  Then I looked at the mess in the yards on either side of me and figured it was a losing battle.  One neighbor has never used any fertilizer or weed killer since he moved in about 15 years ago.  The other house has a single woman living in it who does not do yard work and does not hire anyone to do it.  Her ex, or whatever he is, shows up every few weeks to cut the front lawn, but not the back.  I could put in new sod and just replay the invasion all over again.

So, after several weeks I decided this week to just cover up the grass and put in a new bed.

This is the area that had been covered since spring waiting for the grass to die.  It is also the area where I have a swale for all the water to run off the property.  Also, it is the same are that was invaded by a mole a few years ago.  While the trapper I use says moles do not eat roots, I still think the tunneling damaged the roots of the grass enough to allow the weedy grasses to take over.  As to where those weeds come from, the local garden center said that they are moved around the neighborhoods by the large lawn cutting machines that do not get cleaned between mowings.  And the fact that seeds blow all over town.  I cut my own lawn, but these crews move their machines up and down the streets going from one home to another.

So, I set out yesterday to re-landscape the area.  Ugh.  It was nearly 80 degrees F when I came inside.  I was beat, but although not done, I have this new planting area.
It was too wet to dig the edge and I just gave up.  I'll do it when and if the area dries up.  I am also thinking that I may remove more grass on the right side of the photo.  Actually, the grass looks better in the photo that it actually does in person.

So, this week in the garden.  Green.  Lots of green.  This is the view from the bridge:
And here are a few flowers, a tree peony, Cup Race iris, and those wild columbine that are having a magnificent year.

And two views for you, back by the dry creek and looking out the front door:

Have a great holiday weekend.

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Me in 30 Odd Questions and Answers


So, here I am doing a 'tell all' about me as I join the Doglady in her latest blogfest.  Read my answers, visit her blog, and play along if you so desire.

1. What did you want to be when you were a kid?
Grown-up?  I remember thinking about acting, directing, being the next Perry Mason...until I decided in junior high that I wanted to study laboratory medicine.  I did get my degree and then worked in the profession for ten years after college.

2. Which “Friends” character do you relate to the most? Why? 
I never watched the show, so...

3. Do you like your name? Why?
I like my name now.  I hated it growing up because no one else had it.  And, no one pronounced it the French way except my godfather.  It's De-neeze, not De-niece, but oh well...

4.  Are you messy or neat?
I am fairly neat, but not obsessive.
5.  How tall are you? 
5'4" ?  Depends on who is measuring.

6.  How tall were you when you were 10? 
Really?  My feet touched the ground.  And I was taller than the boys.

7. What is your guilty pleasure? 
Food wise?  Sander's Sea salt caramels or Private Selection Sea Salt Caramel Truffle ice cream

8. What are you saving money for right now? 
Nothing.  I'm spending, lol.  I hate that I turn 70 1/2 this year and have to take money out of my IRAs just so the government can get their taxes.  It's stupid.

9. How many Pringles can you eat at once? 
I don't like chips, so not even one.

10. Tea or coffee? 
Coffee usually, but herbal tea if I am feeling down.  If I have made scones, then definitely tea, preferably English Breakfast.  Vanilla shot, milk and sugar in coffee.  Honey in tea.

11.  Are you an introvert or an extrovert? 
Introvert, but I can be extroverted when need be.  Or is that bitchy?

12.  What will be your Halloween costume this year?
Granny D

13.  Sweet or salty?
See question 7

14. Favourite social media?
The blogosphere

15. Who is the last person you kissed?
My grandson Charlie.  Several times today despite his runny nose.

16. What is your favourite breakfast?
It's my favorite meal so this is hard.  But if I am going out to eat, then eggs Manhattan with smoked salmon and cream cheese are probably my favourite.  One of these days I must post my French toast recipe.  I love omelettes.  And my cranberry pecan pancakes...

17.  When is your birthday?
On the day I was born.  Okay.  It's a national holiday and falls on the same day every year.  Take a guess.

18.  When did you start your blog?
January 1, 2010

19.  What is your opinion on the Kardashians?
I try to refrain from using foul language.

20.  How would you describe your style?

21.  What colour is your hair?
Did my hairdresser put you up to this?  I have not colored my hair since November.  I was trying to see what color it is.  I have been coloring it for 50 years.  I've had everything from platinum blonde to carrot red and black.  Only once in all that time did I even get close to my natural color and my father said it looked awful.  That was 40 years ago.  So, my ends are the blondish colour in my blog photo.  The rest is kinda grey and ash, but dull.  I think I may get it frosted on the ends.  Then again...  I can't decide.
Me, before I started coloring my hair
 Me in 2004, when I still had eyebrows and was trying to be closer to my natural color - whatever that is
Current color, though I had it all cut off and it is super short

22.  What colour socks are you wearing?
It got to 70F today, so no socks.  But most of the time they are black.

23.  What is your dream job?
I retired nine years ago and am certainly not dreaming about a job.  I enjoyed the lab work I did and I enjoyed my last position.  Neither was anywhere close to being a dream.

24.  Dogs or cats?
I am allergic to both.  That being said, I had dogs and cats growing up and have owned three dogs in this home.  I dog sit, but have no interest in having a pet.  I'm too lazy.

25.  What makes you weird?
Weird?  Who's weird?  Well, maybe some folks think my extreme independence makes me weird.  Tough.

26.  Celebrity crush?
Not since I was a teenager

27. Opinion on cigarettes?
Hate them.  Hate the smell and the smoke.  No smoking allowed in my home ever!!!  I only had one friend who smoked and he was super considerate about it when we were together.

28.  Do you want/have children? How many?
Three sons.  A computer engineer, an accountant and a financial advisor.

29. Three favourite boy names?
I'm going with Mark, Jason and Scott, lest my kids read this.  We'll throw Charlie in for good measure.

30. Three favourite girl names?
I've always liked the name Laura.  And I said if I had a girl I wanted to name her Amanda.  But then Amanda Hammond would have been awful.  When I had to choose a name for my confirmation, I chose Veronica.  Update:  She is such a new addition, I neglected to mention my other grandchild, born last week, Mackenzie, Charlie's little sister.

And there you have me in 30 questions.  Did you learn anything?   How about joining in?
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And if you want to know more, here is the link to last year's questions.