Here’s an early August Family & Gardening Slice of Life…
My DIL’s grandma passed away recently. She had a mild stroke and every member of her family and all of her friends and church friends and pastor got to spend time with her in the hospital and the rehab facility. When she had the next one and everything started shutting down it went very quickly, she was not in pain, she slept through it, she died at home within a matter of days, surrounded by family, and went peacefully.
My DIL’s twin sister found many treasures….one was a get well card that she’d made for her grandma when she was seven years old.
Another was this picture of their grandmother when she was a young girl; they are guessing that she was around 8 or 9 years old at the time.
The funeral home had a lovely area in the back…what would have been a ‘morning room’ in a rich person’s home years ago. Windows on every side, window seats, wicker furniture, toys and books, and an area to make coffee or tea.
The children were quite enamored with this tea-making. I simply went down the hall and got some cold water from the fountain to ensure that it was not too hot.
Another thing that the little ones like are cherry tomatoes. I noticed last year how they thought of them as candy, so this year I planted more of them. A colander-full went down the road the other day, picked by Brent and Javis with my help, and another batch is ripening…
Their dad’s birthday is August 5th. They are just going to have some people over in the evening…I made a jello poke cake with whipped cream topping; always a favorite when the weather is hot and you just want a light dessert.
This is on the side of the house where I pull in and park my car. A few more zinnias have bloomed and I am still waiting on the sunflowers though it looks as if one should open any day now.
The hyacinth bean vine has her first bloom or two now.
The temperatures remain high; for instance it was around 94 degrees on the day of the funeral. I managed to get some bush trimming done one morning and grass mowed in the back, weeds pulled in the front, but it gets too hot too quickly.
Bees buzz happily around the Rose of Sharon bushes and the Russian Sage spilling over the sidewalk, but it is flies that surround the hydrangea each year. I trimmed this back quite drastically last year and it repaid me by growing to twice the height and width that I’d left it at in the fall.
My grapevine was growing profusely as well. However most of the vines held no grapes. As I was trimming, the Bible verse section starting with “I am the Vine, you are the branches” started going through my mind and took on a whole new perspective. Whack, a vine branch falls. Whack, a vine branch falls. Whack, a vine branch falls. “Please Lord don’t whack ME so much on my Judgement Day…I think I am going to try harder to be a better person.”
Seriously, the Lord of Love speaks in a still small voice and advises us for all of our lives things that we should trim. I just don’t obey enough.
Meanwhile, as I wait for my sunflowers to open, here’s a shot from a few years ago:
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