Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Victoria gardens

In 2007 I was in New Zealand to visit my family. One place I always go when I am there, is the Victoria Gardens. Besides all the wonderful flower gardens, trails, rose gardens, and conservatory, there is a rather large aviary housing many native and exotic birds. The pictures are taken through the front of the cages, so sometimes you are seeing the wire. I would spend quite a long time walking from enclosure to enclosure, standing at each one watching the birds as they went about their daily lives.

Saturday, April 25, 2009


Gee I thought I would blend right in!

Friday, April 24, 2009

Skywatch Friday

Wednesday evening 8:15 pm, and I couldn't get outside fast enough, to snap these pictures of the most glorious color and formations. The setting sun painted the most beautiful shades of pink on the wind blown clouds.

What an awesome sight from our deck.

Go and check out more Skywatch images at the Skywatch Site

Thursday, April 23, 2009

I am still alive and kicking.

No, I have not left the country, gone on vacation, or are too danged lazy to write anything. I have been spending all my time on my other blog, Keewee's Garden. I have been spending hours outside tending my flowers and getting the vegetable garden planted.

I love this time of year when the garden starts to wake up after it's long winter snooze. I go out every day to see what has survived the severe winter we had, it seems almost everything has, except for an Agapanthus and perhaps one of my favorite Hostas Whaaaa! I know for sure the Agapanthus is a goner, but I will wait and see about the Hosta, it may just be late in showing it's self.

Well, I'll be, It is hailing outside. Two days ago I was outside in the garden wearing a tee shirt because it was so hot, and here we right now, having a hailstorm. Sheesh! the weather is crazy. I hope my veggies are OK, danged if I am running out there to check on them.

It is just one month until we go to Amsterdam, I am becoming so excited. I have not been to Europe before, so it is going to be quite an experience. I will have some thing to blog about for weeks. You are going to be so sick and tired of seeing and reading all about my trip. *grin*

Well, as I am still working part-time, I had better get moving, and ready myself for my day.
You all have a wonderful day, and I hope where you are, there is a little sunshine.

Friday, April 17, 2009

A pretty yellow calendar

These days, the only way I can keep my schedule straight, is to keep a calendar, updated with my work and vacation schedule.
This year there is almost more fluorescent
yellow highlighter on the pages than there are white squares.

May, MrC and I are off to Amsterdam so he can shoot in the European Steel Challenge.

June, is our annual camping trip to Banks Lake with the Fishin' Club.

July, we pack up our RV and drive down to Missoula MT to compete in the Montana Shooting Sports Celebrity Bowling Pin Shoot. This one I will be shooting in.

August, we fly down to California where MrC will compete in The World Steel Challenge in Piru.

September, is the annual Gun Blogger Rendezvous, held in Reno.

October, I can't believe there is NO yellow highlighter on this page. Hmmm! better do something about that. *grin*

November, yours truly, is going to visit family in New Zealand.

That is all the big stuff, there are smaller trips in between. There will be an exclamation at the end of the year "whew! we made it!"

Monday, April 13, 2009

Just playin' around

I have two cameras and with one of them came, MGI Photo Suite. It has been so long since we downloaded the program that I don't even remember which camera it came with. Anyhow, I decided it was about time to figure out all I can do with it. There are shapes, frames, collages, photo albums and a quite few other things you can amuse yourself with. I have the first version, and there is a second you can buy, which does a whole lot more, but I figure this one will suit me just fine.
Creating the images and figuring out all that the program can do, is a whole lot more fun than trying to amuse myself watching all the junk they are putting on TV these days.
I thought the crocus turned out OK and I have several other images saved for future posts.

Sunday, April 12, 2009

Now I am convinced

The plum trees are smothered in blossom, daffodils are nodding their heads in the breeze, and some of the tulips are beginning to bloom. Now, I believe spring is finally here, and about time too.

Saturday, April 11, 2009

Easter greetings

You all have a Blessed Easter weekend.

Tuesday, April 07, 2009

Something to look forward to.

My very first tulip opened it's petals today.

These are some of them which bloomed last year.

Monday, April 06, 2009

If you are a gardener go check this out.

I for one, am a follower of Urban Garden Project. They have some very useful information on their site, and as a newbie gardener, and for those of you who have had their fingers in the dirt for years, I say, "you are never too old or young to learn." With the economy in the state it is in, many families are turning to raising their own food by creating their own vegetable garden, raising chickens etc.


The Urban Garden Project™ is the initiative to encourage people to learn from history, become more self-reliant, save a significant amount of money, and eat healthier, all as a result of planting their own urban garden! The goal of The Urban Garden Project™ is to encourage and catalog the creation of 100,000 urban gardens by 2020. We know that this is a large goal, but we will accomplish it 1 garden at a time!

Go check THEM out, sign up, doesn't cost a penny, and who knows you may learn something to help you in your gardening endeavors.

Sunday, April 05, 2009

A beautiful day On Whidbey Island

What a fantastic day we have had here in the Pacific North West. It was in the 60's and the sun beamed down on me all day long.
I spent almost the entire day getting some gardening chores done, and by golly I sure feel tired. Of course, feeling tired could also be a side effect from the large glass of Merlot I drank a while ago.
Here is my check list from Keewee's Garden :
Sheets removed from over seedlings ~ check
Compost spread on front flower garden ~ check
All gardens soaked in llama tea ~ check
Leaves raked up ~ check
Weeds pulled ~ check
Nasty thorny bush( don't know the name of) cut back ~ check
Roses fertilized and dead branches pruned ~ check
Shower ~ check
Pour glass of Merlot ~ check
Finish blog post and go to bed ~ check.

So there you have it. I am tired but very happy with all I accomplished today.

Thursday, April 02, 2009


1. Wear your glasses. Make sure your partner is actually in the bed.

2. Set timer for 3 minutes, in case you doze off in the middle.

3. Set the mood with lighting. (Turn them ALL OFF!)

4. Make sure you put 911 on your speed dial before you begin.

5. Write partner's name on your hand in case you can't remember.

6. Keep the polygrip close by so your teeth don't end up under the bed.

7. Have Tylenol ready in case you actually complete the act.

8. Make all the noise you want. The neighbors are deaf too.

9. If it works, call everyone you know with the good news.

10. Don't even think about trying it twice.

(This was done in large type so you can read it.)