Thursday, August 30, 2012

This Moment 8.31.12

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Monday, August 27, 2012

Boy Crafting 2012

My nephew came up for his annual visit a few weeks ago. We try to do fun and entertaining things while he is here--we have gone to amusement parks, museums, putt putt, and movies. A few years ago I dragged him along on a visit to the craft store and we started an annual crafting tradition. We have painted the past two years...this year we tackled some duct tape crafts and tie-dying.
It has been such a long time since I attempted to dye was an adventure.  I am thankful that he wants to hang out with us for a solid week (not sure this will last too much longer since he is about to be a teen...) and thankful that he humors my craft habit while here.

summer reading shirts...slightly altered

white t-shirts--love the finished products

Black Thumb 2012...topsy turvy fail.

Well folks, I am sorry to report that round two of the topsy turvy tomato gardening was an epic failure. I started earlier, got a better variety, plant food, and good soil=I was prepared for garden success. I was so excited to actually have four baby tomatoes, but alas, the black thumb found me and this is as large as they grew.

still looked promising...

my baby tomatoes next to a real one...

My dear sweet hubs actually watered it religiously for me, because he is better about remembering to do things daily, and the tomato plant still died. The plant actually broke completely off and was lying sadly under the topsy turvy one night. I think I am giving up on the topsy turvy. I might try a regular plant pot next year...if that doesn't work, then I truly must give into the taunting black thumb. I love the idea of urban gardening...not so sure my condo is an ideal spot for it. Maybe I will rent a square in the community garden...and hope the tomato death black thumb doesn't find me there. Anyone else have a complete gardening fail this summer?

Friday, August 17, 2012

This Moment 8.17.12

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Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Crepe Myrtles

I love trees of all shapes and sizes, but these trees greet me every morning on my way into work. I just love it when they are in bloom. They are beautiful crepe myrtles. I was thrilled to see Crepe Myrtles featured in the August edition of Southern Living. The author, Steve Bender, starts his article with the proclamation that "nothing says summer in the south like crepe myrtles." A lot of things say summer in the south to me besides crepe myrtles, but I am lucky to work in such a pretty spot with these trees all around. My city has approximately 40,000 of these beauties growing around town. We definitely have an abundance of crepe myrtles. Aren't they gorgeous trees?

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