Archive | August, 2009

School Shopping

August 13, 2009

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Unbelievable. After a soggy spring, a frost in June, and a cold chilly July… now that it’s August, we’re sweltering under high 80F/ low 90F degree temperatures. Hey, I know it’s nothing compared to what you guys in the Philippines and Malaysia suffer, but I’m one of the Frozen Chosen up here in the frosty New York wildlands! And now that it’s August, the kids are gearing up for school… which means we are shopping for AUTUMN and WINTER clothing and shoes in sweltering hot weather. Ick. Now don’t get me wrong– I like shopping! šŸ˜€ But trying on sweaters for January when it’s 90F in August… not so hot.

But some stores do make the shopping experience fun. I try to shop as much as I can online, too. GREAT DEALS are online, people! Here’s a premier online store with some of the best outdoor clothing and school gear I’ve seen: They are based in the UK, and are having an end of summer sale with great prices. MessenBg Messenger bags are a very hot commodity (plus they are SO convenient). I saw this bag, here. Wouldn’t it be perfect for one of the girls? I love it! And I think messenger bags are better than backpacks– less strain on the back, they are big enough for books, and they are padded to hold netbooks and laptops.

If you’re looking for superior, quality clothing, footwear, camping equipment, backpacks and carrying bags, clothing accessories for active kids, and more, you really should look at what has to offer. And on top of their end of summer sale, they are offering free shipping across EU. They also have a 60-day ZERO Hassle Return policy. Their inventory is great– perfect for the active family, the outdoor family, or for those who just want to ooze style and coolness for school. šŸ˜Ž Check out!

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Find the Kitty #7

August 11, 2009

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Livvy, our Tabby-point Siamese, has been on a “Find the Kitty” spree. Perhaps because it is so hot and humid in Upstate New York these days.. or perhaps she’s going through some “growing pains,” having recently turned 1 year old. Can you find the kitty?

(P.S. Please excuse the messy desk. It’s not mine! šŸ˜€ )

Find Kitty LR 2

Find Kitty LR 1

P.P.S. And yes, our house REALLY is THAT crooked. :S

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Yes… MORE Garden Photos

August 8, 2009


I hope you’re not sick and tired of garden photos. Because I’m surely not tired of taking them! I could gaze at them for hours. So I feel compelled to inflict you, as well, muahahaha!

This is the time when everything finally bursts into color. Because I use only perennials and late-flowering shrubs in my garden, my garden is green usually until early July. Then, late-July and August, the whole yard goes colorful. It’s so lovely.

My Althea, also know as Rose of Sharon, are blooming, too. They have survived being chewed to death by the deer.

Althea Buds

Blooming Garden

We’ve added to both side of our Secret Garden this year. We removed a tangle of weeds and overgrown plants under the Maple tree, and finfished it off this past week.

New Garden Bed 3

New Garden Bed 2

New Garden Bed

In case you’re wondering, this is what it looked like before:

Around Tree before 1

Here’s my purple Butterfly Bush. I love the color. When the kids ask why it’s called a Butterfly Bush, I tell them, “Because that’s where butterflies come from.”


We got a visitor in our garage, too. Don’t know what he was doing in there, must have taken a wrong turn. We got him out.

Dragonfly 2

I love this time of year!

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My Blue Hydrangeas Won’t Bloom!

August 7, 2009


I’ve had these Nikko Blue Hydrangea plants for YEARS. They bloomed the first two years, and after that, NOTHING. I cannot figure it out.

Non Blooming Hydrangeas

One Plant Guy told me to cut them down in autumn, and new blooms would appear in the spring. Nothing. Another Plant Guy told me to leave the shrubs alone (no trimming) and in time, they’d bloom. Nothing. GAH!

The plants are well-fed, they are obviously not starving. They have plenty of green growth. I’m out of ideas. Can anyone help?

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Miscellaneous Gorgeous Garden Photos

August 2, 2009


My gardens always come into beautiful bloom about this time of year. Here are my pride and joy– the gorgeous Stargazer Lily. The scent is knock-off-your-socks heavenly.

Fuschia Stargazer Lily

The Asian lilies are beautiful, too.

Stargazer Lilies 1

Stargazer Lilies 2

Here is my beloved Secret Garden on full bloom, finally!

Secret Garden Blooming

Mandeville plant with Black-Eyed Susans.

Mandeville Plant

My first year with grapes are doing well.

Little Green Grapes

Unfortunately, the bugs are loving our grapes as much as we are. I have been beating back the Japanese beetles (HATE those things, wish they’d stayed in Japan), and now Irecently found out there’s a bug that loves grapes so much, it’s called the GRAPEVINE Beetle! Gah!!

Weird Yellow Beetle 2

I got a measly pepper from my plant. Peppers just don’t do well here. This is my second pepper from three plants over three years. OK, I quit now. I’ll stick to the turnips and potatoes!

Measly Little Pepper

And I’m thrilled to see my young apple tree loaded with small fruits! The bugs, of course, are getting there before us. :S

Baby Apples

And we’re still working on expanding our Secret Garden. More on that later! It will look so beautiful!!!

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