Monday, July 06, 2020
Late start today. Been sorting through pictures for you. Was a busy week half the time and recovering from the busy half the time--LOL! Before I forget--last Tuesday it was three years since Annie came over from McFamily's. Wow! Sure glad she's happy here with me. :)
After my Sunday visit to McFamily's it took me till Wednesday to be functioning again--LOL! (So worth it!) I got out to take pictures of the patio flowers. I have my first marigolds!
They finally took off outside in the heat...
...as did the red geraniums.
The coleus on the one side have grown into bushes!
No marigolds yet on that side in the round pot.
The coleus on the other side haven't fared quite as well, but they're doing okay.
You may remember I had a hole in the bottom tray. Well, I didn't think it would matter and only fixed the huge crack. Well, it did matter as all the water drained out much faster. So I got out the terra cotta duct tape again.
But it is still leaking quite a bit at the bottom of the duct tape. So I need to try to lift up the planter and tape around underneath...maybe today. They should be fairly dry and I am going out to water this afternoon when they are all in shade...well, they are already. Okay--after I finish blogging--LOL!
The little teeny tiny coleus--I thought I had killed them because I forgot to water them! So I doused them and added some more seed. A few have survived!
Well, so far.
I stuck them outside to see if that would help and apparently it is.
Before I went back to McFamily's on Friday I worked my way through a long to-do list. One of the things was to make Ian his very own little book so he can do whatever he wants inside of this one.
Metallic gold cardstock cover...
...white cardstock pages (so they should stand up better to markers or watercolors, etc)...
...and sparkly gold thread.
I also sent over a set of his markers, a gold brush pen and a gold sparkly gel pen. He really liked the surprise.
Leah popped over to pick me up before Blaine and Kathy arrived.
We did social distancing in the backyard...in the sun...over 90 degrees...for two hours. It flew by and we had such a nice visit...but I discovered later that I was bright red with sunburn--LOL! (Still am.)
We had a wonderful day. I was there from 11:30am till 9:30pm. Yup, another ten hours--LOL! Since Liam didn't get to watch Wall-E last time we made sure we had it on this time for afternoon quiet time.
Liam fell asleep on the couch again halfway through, but he woke up for about the last 10 minutes or so.
We had dinner out on the deck (in the shade) and I read the boys a chapter of Ian's new Star Wars book before bed. Liam is warming up to me and even sat cuddled up on my lap with Ian for the storytime.
Leah had some pictures this week, too.
Ian has gotten really good at riding his bike and loves to zoom around in circles in the church parking lot behind their house.
Liam is working at the balance bike and getting a little better with his bike, too.
They do love their bikes.
They also used sidewalk chalk and made this big thank you to Karen, Leah's friend, who picks up odds and ends at the grocery store for them once in a while in-between our big 2 month grocery trips.
On Friday the old, well-loved golf clubs were dropped off in the McFamily garage...
...when Blaine and Kathy arrived.
Ian came to sit with Gramma a couple times. Leah lent me a sun hat (so glad she did or I would have a red nose as well right now--LOL!)
I didn't realize that Leah caught a picture of Liam's first time of coming up to me out of the blue to talk to Gramma and show me something!
I think being Video Gramma for months has helped make Liam able to trust me more. Gramma was delighted! :)
Oh, and Leah cut my hair for me, too! :)
Big event for Ian--4th of July he was allowed to stay up late to watch the fireworks with Mama and Daddy for the first time! They have a display really close by so that they can sit in front of the garage to watch them.
They brought chairs from the back yard and even the little fire pit thingie.
Fireworks exploding--looking right down their driveway! I bet Ian loved it! I'm sure I'll hear about it.
Oh--weird thing...I have been getting a lot of spam comments on the blog lately. I moderate them before they are posted so I mark them as spam and delete them, right? Well, I noticed that I wasn't getting as many blog posts in my inbox this last week. I checked my spam folder and I had hundreds of those actual spam comments that I had never seen because I had marked the sender as spam. But somehow blogger thought a lot of you were spam, too!? So I went through and marked which ones were "Not Spam". This may have been going on for more than a week, for all I know. But during the shutdown I have noticed a whole lot more spam of all kinds, have you? I didn't have too much trouble with it before the pandemic. I have seen some get through in the comments on other people's blogs, so I know there is more of it out there. Not much we can do about it, I suppose, but just wanted to say...it's annoying--LOL! I don't want Blogger to think my friends are also spammers!
I watched a couple of Netflix DVD rentals this week--Jojo Rabbit and Rocketman. I enjoyed them both. Jojo Rabbit is such a unique concept. Has anyone seen it?
Well, that's it for this week. Got to go out and water the plants...and the dryer is buzzing, too. Have a comforting, enriching week. :)
"I've found that there is always some beauty left--in nature, sunshine, freedom, in yourself; these can all help you."