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I'm a mother of four grandmother of seven and great grandmother of three. I live with my husband in the house that we built with the help of my brothers and will have been married for 57 years this February.

Friday, May 24, 2013


It's been raining and raining here this week too and I managed to get one section of my garden weeded when the sun came out for a short time last evening. I weeded till 9:20 pm and it got dark. That brought a smile on my tired face.

The cool weather and the rain is making my crabapple blossoms to last a lot longer this year. They are so beautiful that it brings a smile on my old face. I took this picture yesterday when the rain stopped for  short time.

I love those blossoms. Just can't get enough of them.

Isn't Mother Nature grand. Thank you Mother Nature, they are beautiful.

My daughter picked, clean, blanched and froze 6 bags of nice fat fiddleheads for me. Now that brings another smile on my greedy face.

I've been begging for a genuine smile from Daniel. Today my daughter Christine sent me some photos in an email.  Now that's a genuine smile and it's catchy because it has caused me to smile the biggest smile of all. Thanks Christine.

Here's another one for good measure.

Seeing updates of James also is cause for smiling.  Hope his dad has picked up playing his guitar again.

It's good enough for another smile. I hope that my post has caused you to smile on a dreary day. I Hope that you are keeping dry.

My  blogger friend Kim is celebrating her birthday today and that should make her smile. It does me. HAPPY BIRTHDAY Kim.

Having 142 followers  is cause to smile too. Thanks for visiting and keep on smiling.

Happy Memorial Day on Monday to my American friends.


  1. I love that you have smiles on your lovely face and that the things that make you smile are really love for living things.

  2. sweet grand boys! :) love your blossoms - wow!

  3. What wonderful, happy pictures, especially of those little ones! The blooms are gorgeous! We chuckle here some days about the sun. It will appear just as it is time for sunset!

    Have a good week-end!

  4. Smiling right back at you! Beautiful baby boys! Your crabapple tree is absolutely gorgeous!
    Have a great weekend,

  5. What wonderful smiles from your Grandsons...they are the best! :) And I guess the up side of all the rain is, that the weeds pull easier...right? :)

  6. Love the smiling babies! soooo precious! what's a fiddlehead? a plant, I guess. I know there's a fiddlehead crab but that doesn't look like crab in the bags ;)

    you and your weeds! gorgeous place you live on m'dear. just beautiful.

  7. All your pictures put a smile on my face as well, but I must say the ones of your Grandbabies made my smile even bigger!!! Good job on your weeding, I bet the soft rain soaked soil helped!! Looks very nice as well as those pretty blossoms!

    Have a great weekend Julia!!

  8. Always love looking at your pictures. Babies and flowers make me smile too!! Grandchildren are the best. Lots of rain here in Rhode Island, so I won't be getting out to weed and plant either. Enjoy your weekend, Julia!

  9. What beautiful blessings! A baby smile is always contagious, isn't it? And your garden is coming along nicely. Ours is small but tenacious - we, too, are getting lots of rain this Spring but so far the veggies continue to grow. Have a great weekend, Jan

  10. Hi Julia,
    I was smiling through your whole post and the grandsons are just too cute! Oh the gorgeous crab apple blossoms....and I bet they smell heavenly too! Gosh...not a weed in sight in your garden.... that makes me smile!!
    Cathy G

  11. Lots to smile about! Life is good! :-)

  12. Life is good! Have a beautiful weekend!

  13. Love your smiles too. It has been raining and dreary here alot too. And cold...I'm sure the hot hot weather is just around the corner. Your blooms are just gorgeous. And getting all that weeding done sure makes you feel great. I know been there done that.

  14. That is lots of things to make me smile too. Your crabapples are really pretty.
    I am so glad you shared these today. Have a lovely weekend Julia.

  15. Julia,
    Your crabapple blossoms are beautiful!
    Daniel's smile warms the heart and James has the most beautiful eyes!!!
    Pug hugs :)

  16. Julia- I am so jealous over your garden plot-- it's just wonderful!! I could be so happy digging in the dirt there. Your crabapple tree was glorious this year-- those blooms are my favorites.,

    You are so blessed- beautiful precious grandbabies-- it's the best thing in the world to be a grandma!!


  17. Wonderful smiley post for sure! We need some of that rain. I love the sun, but we're behind in moisture. It's been cold with freeze and frost warnings. I haven't even planted a veggie yet..good thing because they would have gotten frostbite last night. Your garden looks perfect and so do those cute Grandkiddos of yours. Our Memorial Day should be warmer and sunny so I hope to finish the last of my outdoor projects. I'll plant next week when it's suppose to get warmer. Have a great weekend!

  18. Hi Julia, Grandkids are the best!!! I love your garden and I wish we had some rain.Everything looks so green. Hugs Cheri

  19. Your Grandchildren are darlings. Big eyes. I am enjoying your blogs.

    I have 6 Grandchildren and now they are teen and oldest is going into third year of University to be a teacher to the KK grades.

    She has helped teach once a week with regular teacher and loves it. She said the children made a card for her at end of University and printed their names. My Graddaughter sings lovely. So they said. Will you be back next year and bring your voice. Ha,ha.

  20. I am reading all of it here.

    So nice the kindness of the roaster rug to cheere you up

    made for you. Are you okay now?

    The garden is beautiful the tree.

    Wow a lot of T.L.Care in your blogs of reading and pictures.

  21. Your garden looks wonderful. And so are those smiles.. :)

    Blessings, Debbie

  22. Spring has finally sprung here too. Your garden looks great.

  23. So much to smile about! That grandbaby is absolutely precious.

  24. You have a bunch to smile about- including that sweet little baby!

  25. Those crabapple blossoms were lovely! That's cool that you have such a nice garden. I get so weary pulling weeds out of my family's potted plants, that I can't imagine weeding a whole garden. Good for you for being able to keep it so pretty! With such blooming flowers too!