Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Hawaiian Plumarias

For those of you who like plants on your back porch
but have a hard time remembering to take care of them...
this plant is for you!!!

This is a Plumaria. I have had this plant for
almost 20 years!!!
It grew so big that I had to put in into a bigger pot
because it kept blowing over in the wind.
When It continued to grow I decided it needed to be
cut back. I knew that if I placed the trimmed branches in water
they would root and I could replant them and have two plants!!!

What I didn't expect was for the original trunk to
continue to grow if I left it in the pot.
(Which I did because at the time I couldn't get it out)

So now instead of just having 2 fairly big Plumarias...

I have 3!!!

I also only water this plant about once a week
(or when I think about it)
And during the winter I put them in the garage,
the leaves fall off but they always come back to life
when I bring them outside in the spring!!!

This is only the second year they have flowered
but maybe cutting them back was the trick!!!

Gotta love hardy plants that can withstand our
hundred degree summers!!!!

Sunday, June 12, 2011

My newest project...

Last month was Wayne's mom's birthday.
So for a combined Birthday and Mother's Day gift
I decided to make her a table runner.

But while I was deciding on a design, I
found this round table cover and new that she
would love the little chickens
running around the edges.

She really loves roosters which we have given
her many over the years.

It was a bit of a challenge but a lot of fun to do.
I was hoping that it would brighten up her
kitchen and make her smile!!!

I think she likes it!!!

Sunday, June 5, 2011

Back home from Southern California....

I loved being with the family but after
2 1/2 weeks I guess it was about time to
get back home.

We had a fabulous time!!!

One of my favorite spots is Yogurtland!!!
They have at least 12 flavors of frozen yogurt
to choose from and of course you can mix the flavors
and then add your favorite toppings.

My new favorite flavor is guava pineapple with
chunks of pineapple added in. But a close second is
Red Velvet cake dough.....heavenly.

Did I mention that we went back 3 times?

One of the reasons we went back so often was because
we had dollar off coupons...but who could
resist these sweet, happy faces eating
sweet, yummy yogurt?

And of course I can't go to California
without visiting Mickey Mouse!!!
(with thousands of other people)

We decided to spent two days and get a park
hopper pass so we could also go to
California Adventure.
This was the first time I had been to this
park and it was super fun!!!!
My favorite ride was Toy Story...

We needed 3D glasses!

I think Berkleigh looks like a rock star!!!

We stayed until the park closed on the first night
and watched the "World of Color." It was amazing!!
They showed different Disney movie shots on the
fountains of water.
Next time I will probably believe the sign that reads
"WET ZONE..You will get wet!!!"

A couple of days later we went back to see the
few things we missed the first day...
Like feeding the ducks.

...and Winnie the Pooh!!!

And the kids rides in storybook land...
like the Merry-go-Round!!!
So fun.....and more sweet smiles!!!!

On the last day of my visit, Jennifer reminded me
that we hadn't eaten at "In-and-Out" burger!!!
They make the best burgers, fries and shakes...
how could I have left without eating at my favorite
burger joint!!!

So we went for lunch and had a picnic at the park!!!
I think Merrick was tired of getting his picture taken!!!

But we did have fun!!!

A few other activities....

2 days at the beach
2 movies
at least 2 shopping days
a favorites party turned shower for Jennifer
flying airplanes with Tyson
bike ride to the beach and eating breakfast on the pier
kite flying
strawberry picking
and having a lot of fun hanging out and playing
with the gang...

Which is what I will miss the most!!!
Love you guys and thanks for
letting me stay forever!!!!