Karma's When I Feel Like It Blog

November 9, 2014

Sharing Answers to Interesting Questions

I found today while reading Carol’s post at Wanderings of an Elusive Mind that Cee has some intriguing questions this week. Sharing my world with Cee is always a great place to jump start a blogging block.

1. What is your most vivid memory of the kitchen in your childhood? I have this really strong memory of my parents doing some remodeling in the kitchen. I think they were taking down the paneling you see in this shot to left of me (that’s my sister in the foreground) and the big yellow refridgerator:
1970's kitchen
I can’t remember what they put up in its place, but I remember that my sister and I were allowed to doodle on the wall before whatever the replacement was went up. When my parents sold that house, we always wondered if the new owners would have a laugh when they some day discovered what was on the wall!

2. As a child, who was your favorite relative? I’m assuming this question means a relative outside of your immediate, nuclear family that you grew up with, at least that is how I am interpeting it. I’d have to say my Uncle Sonny. He’s pictured here between my mom and her husband:
sonny
Uncle Sonny (real name Maurice, but my grandmother called him “sonny” therefore he became Uncle Sonny to me) is 21 years older than my mother – he is the eldest of 9 children in the family where my mother is the youngest. He is much more like a grandfather to me than my actual grandfathers were, neither of whom I knew very well when they were alive.

3. What did you like or not like about the first apartment you ever rented? I never rented an apartment. It’s one of things I feel I missed out on in life – living in a place that was just mine. I went from living with my family to living with my husband in the house we still live in today.

4. What kind of TV commercial would you like to make? Describe it. I’d make a public service announcement for taking responsibility in life and passing that responsibility on to your children when you decide responsibly to become a parent. I feel there are so many bad cycles in life that could be broken if everyone was responsible for their own actions and didn’t expect other people or the government or lawyers to step in and fix things. Take credit where credit is due and accept the blame if it is yours.

Because I don’t feel I could leave a blog post on a sour note like this and because my daughter just sent me a video clip of ballroom contestants marching into the room to the famous John Phillips Souza march that opens every episode of Monty Python’s Flying Circus…

and now for something completely different…

So relaxed

A totally relaxed kitty from our last visit to Pickity Place who cares nothing about what I choose to babble on about in this space!

June 30, 2013

A Childhood…

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The party has come and gone. We had a great time. We are exhausted. I wanted to share a project I’ve been working on that I presented at Meghan’s party. Please enjoy a slideshow of Meghan’s life from birth to high school graduation.
(There is music included, so please make sure your speakers are on for best effect!)

P.S. I will be looking for your June-photo-hunt-thingy links tomorrow! I will be working on my contribution today.

June 22, 2013

Want to come have a look around my backyard?

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My summertime hangout
I spend so much time here each summer – happy summer, by the way! – I thought I’d show you around a little bit. I haven’t really “prettied” things up for you all that much, I hope you don’t mind. You might notice the bits and pieces of a life lived here in suburbia if you poke around some.
step down, have a look around
Come, step down off the deck. The garden is doing nicely. I was worried about it for a while after the wet, cool, spring we’ve had, but these last few days of glorious sunshine and perfect temperatures have given me hope all will be well.
garden looking good
I did some weeding on my first day off from school for the summer. So far so good. I planted tomatoes, cucumbers, hot peppers and summer squash this year. Kinda funny story: I decided to cut back a little on the amount of plants I plant this year – figured spacing them out would keep them healthier. I decided not to grow squash at all since they always get away from me and grown into giant clubs before I get to eat them. I came home from the garden center and realized I had purchased yellow summer squash instead of cucumbers! Oh well! I planted them anyway.
tiny yellow summer squash
I did go back and buy cucumbers.
cucumber plants
Summer without fresh cucumbers would be like summer without fresh garden grown tomatoes!
early girl tomatoes
Anyone who knows me knows that would be simply unacceptable! I was thrilled to find these little early girls when I had a look around the other day.
Hot peppers are on the way too:
hot peppers on the way
Here’s the little table that holds my gardening supplies. Some of the stuff here is new, some of it old. I found a pair of scissors here this spring that apparently spent the whole winter outside!
my garden work table
Let’s head out the gate now and look around the rest of the yard. Hubby crafted this new gate for me since the old one had rotted away. I installed the new length of garden fence it is attached to myself! (You can see it in the picture of the whole garden up above)
new garden gate
If you look to the left, you’ll see the remains of childhood past.
Of childhood past
My girls spent many wonderful hours playing here. I do miss those days. Teddy does occasionally make use of the space.
Collie cave
Just past the swingset, you’ll see a large bushy area of daylilies.
A swarm of daylily plants
Years ago my mother’s friend gave me a few daylilies that she had removed from her yard. This is what has happened from the planting of maybe a dozen plants! They will be in bloom next month sometime.
Farther down the fence, you can see where hubby has had to make some impromptu repairs. The fence is actually our neighbors’ but we do use it to help keep our dogs fenced in. The various strong storms of the last few years have taken their toll on this fence.
fence repair
I’ve randomly tried different varities of flowering plants along this fence. Wildflower mixes, plants that didn’t make it in other parts of the yard, cast-offs from neighbors and friends. Some have survived some have not. I’m often surprised by the little flowering jewels I’ve found along the fence.
Still blooming after all these years

Hidden jewels

Looking across the yard from the fence, you can see the expanse of lawn that I mow. It takes me about an hour and a half to do my whole yard. You can see another beloved object too:
The still-loved tire swing
The tire swing. Every now and then, someone still jumps on for a little swing. Friends of Meghan’s stopped by the other day to say hello to the dogs and then spotted the swing. A group of high school seniors all had to have their turn on the tire swing.
Heading back up the yard, you’ll encounter the pool.
more work to do
As you can see, it isn’t in great shape. The liner ripped over the winter and has to be replaced. Hubby and I will be at work on that nasty chore this weekend.
Past the pool, back near the deck again, are the raspberries.
after a strong pruning this spring
I gave them a good pruning this spring. It seems to have done some good. The crop of berries looks much more promising this year than last year.
almost raspberries

Come around by the buttefly bushes (also strongly pruned back this spring!) and you are back at the deck.
zooming butterfly bushes
It looks to be a glorious summer. I can’t wait for all my favorite season has to offer! Ahhhhhhhhhhhh!