Tuesday, March 30, 2010
Thursday, March 25, 2010
My sweet Texas rancher friend sent me this warning in an e-mail today.
Cocoa Mulch, which is sold by Sainsbury's Homebase, Home Depot, Foreman's Garden Supply and other Garden supply stores, contains a lethal ingredient called "Theobromine". It is lethal to dogs and cats. It smells like chocolate and it really attracts dogs. They will ingest this stuff and die.
Several deaths already occurred in the last 2-3 weeks. Just a word of caution -- check what you are using in your gardens and be aware of what your gardeners are using in your gardens.
Theobromine is the ingredient that is used to make all chocolate -- especially dark or baker's chocolate -- which is toxic to dogs. Cacao bean shells contain potentially toxic quantities of theobromine, a xanthine compound similar in effects to caffeine and theophylline. A dog that ingested a lethal quantity of garden mulch made from cacao bean shells developed severe convulsions and died 17 hours later. Analysis of the stomach contents and the ingested cacao bean shells revealed the presence of lethal amounts of theobromine.
Slug and snail bait is also deadly to pets.
I hope these warnings will save some innocent animals
Friday, March 19, 2010
The Weeping Flowering Cherry has one blossom and here it is!
Nothing says Spring to me more than these lovely, fragrant Hyacinths.
The sweetness of this white Violet can't be ignored. Look closely and see the pale lavender tinge at the edge of her delicate petals.
Sunday, March 14, 2010
Sometimes we get so excited we just gotta hug someone! At three, Tori has a pretty good idea what a birthday party is all about. It is so fun to watch these little ones react to what they are feeling. They are like an open book.
When her mama brought her cake she was just plain tickled.
For the record, that is not a baby at the far end on the table. It's a porcelain doll sitting in a dolly highchair against the wall
When we sang Happy Birthday she was embarrassed and leaned on Madalyn for a little comfort. This is interesting actually because Madalyn hid under the table then left the room when we sang to her on her last birthday. LOL
And now the fun begins! Ahhh yes, the gifts. This is the part she may remember a while. She had her brother Kenny and her cousins all ready and willing to help her rip open the gifts. Her brother offered several times but each time she gave him a flat "NO!' This little lady knows her mind.
This picture really touched me. Not the actual photo but if you look at her sweet little, dimpled hand on the side of the bag you can see that she is still a baby at three, but next year her hand will be that of a little girl. They grow up so fast. If only we could slow it all down.
This is my great granddaughter Hailee Michelle who will be nine in May. She wanted and got a sewing machine for Christmas. I didn't know they made such nice ones for children but she got a super model. Hailee has been creating blankets and other projects since she got it and for Tori's birthday she made her this dress. She had some help from her grandma Cyndi. I am absolutely impressed that this little girl could do such a great job. This is the dress front.
Here is the back of the dress. Hailee should be sooooo proud!
Tuesday, March 09, 2010
Another fun sister day. We are so blessed to have so many fun times together. Thank you Lord!!!!!
!!! If you click on the picture it will enlarge so you can read about this beautiful trail of ancient trees.
I only walked a short distance but far enough to see some of these magnificent evergreens. It was awesome to walk among them. The small trees in this picture must be great great great grandchildren of the sentinels!
Here are some of the larger trees. The one in the back looks so stately. Just imagine all the storms it has weathered. You will notice that the trees in this area are covered with many years growth of moss, some draping down and resembling Spanish moss. This place was on the way to Baker Lake.
Here is a closer view of all the stumps and logs. This is usually all water. I heard that because we haven't had the usual amount of snow, water levels are low in many places. Makes sense to me.
Tuesday, March 02, 2010
My sisters and I are blessed to live close enough to one another that we can spend some wonderful time together. We occasionally drive to a beach not too far away that is actually quite secluded. We walk in the wave washed gravel looking for agates, jade or whatever strikes our fancy, but ostly we just enjoy having time together. I thank God for them and the precious time He allows us.
The sky was gray that day and even though there was a breeze it wasn't cold at all. I took 100 pictures and whittled them down to about 30 when I got home and viewed them on my computer. The trees are leafless still, but inside those cold, barren branches life is awakening and soon they will be covered with new green leaves, fluttering in the wind, and providing hiding places for the nesting birds. Seasons come and seasons go and there is something good about each of them, but Spring....well it's just special!