Friday, June 23, 2017

Rhododendron


Our rhododendron bush is blooming profusely.  

We didn't plant her. 


She came with the house.

A memory comes to mind when I think of rhododendron.


When I was a little girl, my father always made up stories to tell us at bedtime.

One made us scream in delight because it was about a creature called the "Rhododuntie."



At the end of the story, he'd always yell out, "The Rhondoduntie's coming" and we would all squeal and put the covers over our heads.




Now, remembering those hilarious stories, I think he got the name "Rhododuntie" from rhododendrons that are so reminiscent in spring. 

Wasn't he a riot?

DO YOU LIKE RHODODENDRONS?  HAS A RHODODUNTIE EVER CHASED YOU?

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Plan Ahead to Enjoy Your Own Party



Summer brings so many good things.

If hot, sticky weather is not to your liking,  at least just concentrate on all the fun get togethers with friends and family.


You can always take refuge in an air-conditioned room when the temps climb too high.

The July 4th holiday is right around the corner.



If you plan, in advance, it takes the stress out of entertaining.


For instance, on Memorial Day last month, a get together had good food and nice company so it was a successful event.


It even turned out to be a dark day and rained torrents so we moved everything inside, lit the candles, pulled out the Bavarian china and managed to have a good time.


We even hauled the barbecue grill onto the side porch to prepare the hamburgers and hotdogs!



All planned in advance, here was the menu that all guests seemed to enjoy:

      * Top quality hamburgers including some studded with bits of 
          blue cheese
      * Fruit cup with coconut on the side
      * Carrot sticks with ranch dip
      *Hummus with pita bread triangles
      * All beef hot dogs
      * Cheese and pepperoni tray
      * Chips and dip
      * Homemade oatmeal raisin cookies
      * Water, beer, etc. 



WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE DISH TO SERVE AT SUMMER GATHERINGS?
      

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Never Hesitate!



Outside a supermarket the other day, there were some exquisite rose plants in gallon containers.


The peach colored ones were especially lovely but they had pale lavender and passionate red roses, too.

I didn't buy any. However, thinking how much hubs loves roses, I decided to go back a day later and buy the peach colored and red rose plants.


Too late. The peach colored ones were all gone. 

"He (she) who hesitates is lost."

So I bought just the red rose. 

He loved it, even though I gave it to him before Father's Day.

HAVE YOU EXPERIENCED HESITATING THAT TURNED TO LOSS?

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