Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Let's Step Outside for a Moment

I would like to start out this post by Thanking each and every one of you who stop by my blog to see what I'm up to. Sometimes I have interesting stuff to say or I'm doing and other times I'm just plain ranting. Thanks for putting up with me ; ) I also forgot to tell you that the same morning of the phone call to my son my coffee maker quit working too!!!!!! UUUGGGHHHH... so let's just say some of my rant was due to no coffee consumption. LOL.

Sunday was beautiful in our neck of the woods in Ohio so I decided Steve was going to take me flower shopping. Every year by mid summer I swear to myself that I am NOT going to buy flowers the next year because of the watering. Every time I have flowers they either die or wilt because I forget to water, since there is not more than 24 hours in a day, and no one else will help. Or I buy the wrong type of flower for where I live and I put a part sun in a full sun place. Anyway, while I was cleaning I found a $50 dollar gift certificate my parents had bought me 4 years ago to my favorite plant nursery. I wasn't sure if it was still good, but lo and behold they took it!!!!!! Woot Woot!!!!!!! After much contemplation and looking this is what we came up with... Now remember my planters are on the North side of the house. I think we're going to do a few more planters, but I thought I'd show you the progress. Normally we are safe to plant at the end of May for fear of frost so I'm keeping my fingers crossed we are done with that so they don't die. Though I should be concerned with too much water as it's been raining here for 2 days now.

Lobelia (the blue ones both light and dark), New Guinea impatiens (red and white), and of course spikes (not sure of the real name)

Now lets take other looks...

After we got done planting an older couple walked by and yelled from the street that my house was looking good. YAY!!!!!! So other people do notice. We also had a weird thing happen too. I happen to notice a guy walking down the street. Now I'm not generally quick to make a decision about people, but something in my gut said there was something weird about this guy. He was dressed all in black and had a shaved head. Again I don't make judgements... He stopped a couple houses down was turning around rubbing his head anxiously. I told Steve somethings wrong with this guy is he lost or something. We have a group home for developmentally disabled guys around the corner and thought maybe he had walked away from the house. I kept watching him and then I saw him go up to one of the houses, but I couldn't really see because there were some cars parked in a driveway. So I went back to planting. Next thing I know I see the guy again and a policeman driving up on his phone. I know this one because his daughter is friends with mine and he lives in the house next to where the guy went. Anyway, next thing I know the guy is being frisked and is talking to the policeman and walks away. So I text the policeman's wife and tell her thanks if she called her hubby about the weirdo. She comes over and tells me that this guy doesn't live around here now, but grew up in the house he went to and just wanted to sit on the front steps to reminisce. Odd don't you think? Anyway, she proceeds to tell me this guy just got picked up last week for running from the police and being caught with two knives and binoculars on him. WHAT??????? So her hubby says if we see him again to call the police right away. Uhhhh yea you better believe I will!!!!!! Thankfully we have two policeman living in the neighborhood.

Other than that I haven't been able to work on the dining room due to working, but have no fear I will. LOL. I wanted to go to Michael's for pantry looking boxes but we ended up not having time on Sunday. BUT while I was in Fairlawn I noticed a Hobby Lobby will be coming in soon!!!!!! I've been to one once. I'm so excited I can't wait.
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Tina said...

Got to keep an eye out for creepy guys like that. Be safe my dear.
The house looks wonderful!

Carmen at Primcatshouse said...

Your flower boxes look BEAUTIFUL! Good Job! Now run out to walmart and get yourself some of those selfwatering globes so they have water even when you forget! :o)

Have a great day!

basketsnprims said...

Mary, your flower boxes look wonderful. I love lobelia tucked in with red and white impatiens and the bunting is perfect. Thanks for sharing. Great about the gift certificate, too.

Jo-Anne said...

You are doing such a fantastic job with making your place look (and i am sure, FEEL) cozy and prim!! It is wonderful!!!

Sorry about the scarey guy.
You are not judging if you feel something in your gut....Usually those feelings are pretty close to actuality. :)

Wendy/TheCozyYellowHouse said...

They look great Mary!! I love the Americana look too when decorating outside. I planted Zinnia's in my flower boxes this year, never done them before so we will see how they do!!:0) Hope you have a wonderful day!!~hugs~Wendy

simple~needs said...

geez, i am so glad you postd some pics of your posies. i have been waiting for days!!! tee hee
it looks really great!! i need to do something with my deck. maybe i will go out in the rain and get some pics. i need ideas from all my blogger friends. :)

we have a group hom within a block of us, i am always on the look out. stay alert. :)

Tammy ~ Country Girl at Home ~ said...

Goodness, Mary, talk about creepy! Be careful!

Your home ALWAYS looks so inviting! I would be slowing down and hoping to see you outside so I could stop and chat if I was driving by! I love how everything looks!

Have a great Tuesday!

Tammy ~ Country Girl at Home ~ said...

Sure thought I was already a follower, Mary, but evidently not. Oh well, I am now!

I don't get by as often to visit all my blogging buddies as I once did, but I enjoy catching up! Hope you're well!


Sheila said...

What an awesome display of Patriotism Mary! Beautiful job.
Had a similar situation with a young man who grew up in our house. A few summers back this car pulls up with 3 guys in early twenties or so. One gets out and asked if he could see our house! I said your looking at it. He wanted to come in-said he grew up here and his family moved away when he was 12. Just wondered how things changed. My hub wasn't home so I made up a white lie and said he was sleeping and I didn't want to disturb him! He was good with the answer and then they left-but it creeped me out for some time. Nothing ever became of it since but one never knows these days do we? Better safe than sorry. Had my hub been home it may have been different I might have been a bit nicer to him, not usually that rude.
Have a great day.

Pam said...

Way to go girl...your house sure is looking good!!! Great outdoor displays for sure!
Now you keep an eye out for those weirdo guys...hopefully he won't be back!

Anonymous said...

I love the look of the front of your home with the planters and flags..Also I have a Hobby Lobby near me and love the store..Great sale when candles are 50% off and their fabric department is awesome..

Bonnie said...

The flowers look great. They make the entrance to your home very inviting. I still haven't planted my flowers. Maybe this weekend I'll have some time to do this.

colonialhomestead said...

Great flower boxes. You should do a how to for them. Flowers are pretty. Everything looks so nice outside and inside. You gave me such a great idea for my sewing machine. Will be posting about it soon. Thanks much!

Jan said...

Love the look! You are so creative!!

Anonymous said...

Creepy people scary me!!! The front of your place is looking great! By the way we have a Hobby Lobby here...I love it! Come over to my blog and check-out one of my new crafts, it will be one of the items in my give away. I hope you like it!

Linda* ~ TheKeepingroom said...

Always go with that gut feeling.

Your flower boxes and beds look great!


Angie Berry said...

That's so awesome about the gift certificate! I can't believe they still took it.

I love what you are doing in your yard, that is awesome! Of course, I'm loving the patriotic accents very much! It's all looking so good!

Well that's a bit scary! You can never be too careful anymore. I hope you don't see him around anymore.

I think you'll like Hobby Lobby. Their fabric selection is not as big as Joann's but it's bigger than most places. I love all the homespuns we carry, even more than Joann's. It's been a great place for me to work but I think the time is coming for me to part my ways with them. I'll probably end up quitting sometime this summer. I'm sure gonna miss my employee discount! =[