Sunday, July 31, 2016

Meandering Through The Garden

Not much going on. Surviving the heat. It reached 115 degrees here this week. A lot of watering was needed to keep things alive, but we made it!
Here is what is going on here today...
 
Apples....we have a ton!
 
Shoes!

 
Cannas!


 
Happy Fish



 
More shoes. Actually, these shoes were given to me when I first made my shoe garden over 10 years ago. They are Brooks. They have out lasted everything! So no matter how you feel about those type of shoes they do hold up to the extremes(-: LOL

 
 
Lemons! I have a bunch! So excited to have my very own crop this year!

 
 
Some people call these weeds! Ha! Love them!
 aka Datura
And yes, I know they are poisonous. You never know when you might need some!(-:

 
Naked ladies. Seems to be a good year for them in the garden. They are everywhere!

 
 
And the pineapple lily. It is still going strong. Love it!

 
 
Two rock faces I got from my Mom




Summer daffodil
 
 
Large Mosaic Sun



Toilet float fish staying cool.
 
 
 Verbena bonariensis
 
 
And last but not least a new face for the garden from my Mom.



Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Pineapple Lily

This little bulb stole the heart of the garden.
It is quite the gem.
It has been blooming for a few of weeks now.
Just lovely!
It is sitting on the deck in the boat garden. Somehow it just fits right in.(-:
 




Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Moving Along

It is difficult after someone passes away to move forward with a smile on your face. I have been through this before several times with lost family members. I know there are good days, bad days and very bad days. I just wish I could fast forward sometimes, but then I don't want to wish my life away. So, it is just about muddling through and getting things done and looking forward to a better future down the road. Yup I got this!
Summer is flying by...I want to enjoy it somehow. I am trying.
This was a picture of me and my Mom in 1980. A friend took us to Tahoe, NV on their plane. That was my first and last trip there. I can still remember going to the casino and not being old enough to gamble. I never have liked it. It was interesting.
My Mom enjoyed gambling more then anything. Well that and drinking. I decided to take my life in a different direction and focus on my family. It has been a great life. I am a lucky person to have the life I have. Very blessed and grateful.

Monday, July 18, 2016

Unbelievable

Well Friday was the day we buried my Mother. It did not go off without a hitch though.)-:
 
I was told to arrive an hour early to set up the table for the grave side family service.
I arrived with flowers, picture, music etc. all ready to get to it. Only one slight problem...They did not have anything ready. Not even the hole dug!!! They forgot!!! Yup you read that right!
 
Here is my brother talking to the grave digger volunteering his help if needed...

The cemetery manager was picking up sticks before we could walk over to the burial site.
 
 

So after we waited for 2 hours in the car with the air on because it was 100 degrees outside and I did not want the flowers to wilt, we finally laid my Mother to rest!
There could have been a bad word or two said to the man in charge of the cemetery. I am not sure.(-:
 
What an ordeal, but I am happy it is over and we can all move on to the next step which is getting her house cleaned out and sold. Yippeeee(-: Not an easy task by any means. Did I mention she was a hoarder? Yup not an easy task.

Friday, July 15, 2016

Final Goodbyes

Today is the day we lay my Mom to rest.
It is the end of an era.
The end of this chapter.
One day we will see her again.
Until then we will all move forward.
Goodbye Mom. May you RIP

Thursday, July 14, 2016

More Fun With The Princess

Another Summer day to enjoy with the Princess.











Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Wednesday Fun With The Princess

We took a walk in the morning.




Played out side in the afternoon.
 
And last but not least, we enjoyed popsicle's!
 
Tomorrow I get to spend the whole day again with her. What will we do?(-:

Saturday, July 9, 2016

Memorial Garden Rock

I ordered this memorial rock for my Mom.
 I thought it turned out perfect.
 

I put it in the butterfly garden.
Incase you wondered where I found this:
 
I ordered another rock from them last year.
It has been out in the weather all year and is just like new.
I still love it every time I see it.
They are not paying me to say this, I just thought I would share that
info with you. I always appreciate honest reviews that are not being bought by someone. (-:
 


Friday, July 8, 2016

Evening At The Boat

I was able to sit out at the beach garden and enjoy the boat for a few minutes the other night.
The light came on and it was so peaceful. With the Tiki torches burning, it almost felt like I was on a tropical island.
O.K. you have to use your imagination...the fog rolling in....darkness gathering around(-:
Yup...I love my boat!
 
 


Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Life Goes On

 
You can always count on that for sure.
It will be o.k. I have learned that too.
The garden keeps growing no matter what.
 
Today's bloomers
 
Lotus
 
 Pineapple lily

 
Rose of Sharon

The beach garden. Wishing I had more time to sit and enjoy.
Soon...very soon.

Sunday, July 3, 2016

A week Has Passed

It has already been a week. No burial yet. Soon I am told. Papers need to be filed...The same routine we went through three years ago. It is a long process.
Death is not easy even after you are gone from this world. So many decisions to make. What kind of urn/casket do you want? What kind of burial do you want? Sometimes it is overwhelming. A good thing to remember is to tell your family what you want to do when you die. It makes it a lot easier. Also set money aside for all the expenses. You need thousands of  dollars for a cremation and burial. Keep that in mind. Dying is not cheap. If you want a casket and a plot add several thousand dollars to that. It is all out of this world crazy. And, don't count on your wishes to be granted unless you have planned ahead. A family that does not know...does not know, and will take the easiest way out.
Death is not the time to decide what to do with a loved ones body. Seriously, sit down and tell your family what you want done. It is one of the most important things you can do for the loved ones you leave behind. If you don't care tell them you don't care. Just do something. We are all going to die someday. It is not something you can get out of.
 
So...that being said...on to the garden...Today's pictures include a blooming canna, a picture of the CAT fan blade flower, A new to me crab trap my brother got me, and last but not least an old crate with a bloomer and some old bottles left behind on the boat. Enjoy!