Flower Appreciation


This week felt, really truly felt, like summer was here and chilly, cold days are behind us.  I worked twice this week and I usually take her on a stroller walk before lunchtime.  Thursday we walked before 10:30 a.m. and it was hot!  I enjoy walking around the town, seeing flower gardens and listening to her chatter about everything and nothing.  Oh to be little!  She carried a bag of wooden play cookies and in her other hand some phlox I picked for her.  By the time we ended up home, her sweaty death grip made all the flowers wilt.  So sweet! 

Seeing the world through her eyes and the newness of it all makes me appreciate the little things all over again.  Like wilted flowers - and pretend cookies in a bag.


I found a new-to-me podcast The fruity knitting podcast, what a delight to watch!  They interviewed the inventors and owners of Ravelry.  Speaking of knitting, I am four rows away from finishing up my purple shawl and binding off.  I'm giddy just thinking about the big finish, the blocking and of course starting something new!


We (he) opened the pool this week and we need a new pool cover.  The bear (grr) ripped two big holes and we originally thought we could fix it ourselves or hire a company to repair the holes.  However, the cover is over 13 years old and appears to be brittle in other places.  Why throw money at a repair when more holes will appear anyways? 


Our daughter and son in law are arriving tonight for the weekend and I have lots to do to prepare.  I'm thrilled to be seeing them again.  Our son is adjusting quite nicely to Cambridge and already feels at home in the city.  He loves to walk along the river near his apartment.



Besides the roadside wild phlox, the daisies will arrive shortly thereafter.  Our flower gardens are blooming and pops of color appear overnight.  We have a resident chipmunk that lives under the steps who is driving Frodo and Holly crazy right now.  The chipmunk is using old snake holes for his underground passage ways. 



Holly loves Frodo and frequently will lay on the tile floor less than three feet away from his ottoman.  Supposedly he 'knows' she is there at least that's what the dog trainer says.  Frodo is still going for the epic cat chases, he is an opportunist but a slow running one.  However, our house is slowly becoming calmer. 

Holly knows the different barks that Frodo uses.  She will run and hide when there is a warning bark - sometimes we do not see her for hours!  However, the 'play with me' bark is met with Pablo Picasso ears (sideways like wearing a beret) and no running and hiding,  just the hissing. 

On June 9th she will be living here for six months.  Can you believe it?

being together!

being together!

Comments

  1. Your pool looks VERY inviting.

    I totally understand your son loving Cambridge. That walk along the Charles is GORGEOUS!

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  2. So much news, so much going on in your life. Glad things have settled down between Frodo and Holly. I hope your weekend is full of love and joy!!

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  3. Love these colorful chevron stripes - must be so addicting to knit! And the pool looks divine. Though I am dreading an unbearable hit coming this summer, I am really looking forward to swimming.

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  4. I love the mental picture that your description of wilted flowers and pretend cookies gives me. I miss receiving those wilted yet very precious bouquets from my sons! Hope you and your family have a wonderful weekend!

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  5. You always have such beautiful projects going! I think I would like to watch a little one or two in a few years, once my house empties out. There really is nothing wonderful as spending time with small children. Holly is such a pretty kitty. Things are going much better between Presley and our two kittens, but I still don't trust him with them completely. My husband plans to open the pool this weekend, and I am looking forward to sitting out by my little oasis in the sun. :) Have a wonderful weekend with your daughter and son-in-law. Much love to you! ♥

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  6. Seeing the world anew is one of the blessings of time spent with young children.
    Holly is so adorable.
    Your purple shawl is lovely. Perfect for cool summer evenings.

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  7. What an awesome pool! It's so fun to read the Holly and Frodo Chronicles. Have a great visit w/your daughter and SIL.

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  8. Love the colors in your True Colors ... and those beautiful flowers. Have a wonderful weekend!

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  9. I hope you are having a wonderful weekend! Such gorgeous photos and your knitting! Beautiful!

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  10. Your pool looks so inviting on this hot weekend. Aren't little ones so much fun? They help me see the world with fresh eyes and new wonder. Beautiful knitting. Enjoy your family.

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  11. Holy & Frodo sound like typical siblings to me. :) Your knitting is lovely and the pool looks SO inviting!

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  12. It's lovely to hear about your day with little Holly. I love that name . The first flat that we lived in was in a beautiful big old house called The Hollies. Named after the Holly bushes flanking the drive. Thanks for directing me to a new-to-me pod cast too. My husband chuckles when he hears me listening to The Gentle Knitter on my phone in bed at night while he's reading his historical novels... He can't understand how I can listened to information about shades of wool or tension. I remind him that he used to read maths equations in bed... dx

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  13. Oh wow your pool, that looks so lovely. Love the way Holly has learnt the different barks and the meanings behind them. Seeing nature through a child's eyes is wonderful, they see and imagine so much more than we do, I love the phlox flowers, we have some cultivated ones in our garden they are stunning.

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  14. Cats are so so smart. People dont give them enough credit. I Find them extremely intuitive. I have to ask my neighbors about their cats. A cat has been on our front stoop lately at night. I need to see if he belongs to someone. He stares into the window lookingat Beatles......

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  15. Hope you have a great weekend with family.
    The weather is a bit chillier than hoped for.
    6 months.. wow.. it's seems like just yesterday and also forever.

    http://www.henatayeb.blogspot.com

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  16. It’s so good to see Frodo and Holly getting on, I love the photo from a previous post of them on the sofa, Frodo does look as if he is taking a selfie :-) Your babysitting little girl sounds like a real sweetie, it’s so good to hear children chattering away, it makes me smile. The knitting in your first photo is beautiful.

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  17. Have a great day with family. Love your new projects and also glad to hear about the Frodo/Holly detente!

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  18. Great shot of Holly in her "tree." And, Frodo watching.... Those two I think are already fast friends but just don't want the humans to know. Gorgeous flowers and such an inviting pool. Sometimes I think I would love a pool in our yard (we have the room), but then I get lazy and realize I don't want the work involved with a pool.

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    1. I would be happy without a pool :) He loves it!

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