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I'm a mother of four grandmother of seven and great grandmother of one. I have many hobbies and interests but gardening and rug hooking are my main interest at the moment. I live with my husband in the house that we built with the help of my brothers and have been married for 51years.

Thursday, July 25, 2013


My stove is 18  1/2 years old and has been used extensively over the years.
When I bought it I didn't take the extended warranty on it because I had to pay more. As a matter of fact I never buy extra warranty on my appliances. It worked fine for a few years and then one day after I self cleaned the oven, the convection wouldn't work on it. I checked for fuses but it looks ok and tried several times to see if it would work but it didn't worked.

 I never had convection before and I'm a kind of a girl that I make due with what I have so I've been using  the conventional oven for all these year.

Yesterday I had an itchy nose and I twitched it as my hands were busy and accidentally push the broil convection button instead of the broil button and I hear my convection fan working. I doubled checked to see if it really was working. I couldn't believe it..... I reduced the heat and cooked the most delicious pork loin chops in no time. Then I checked to see if the convection oven would work as well and it did. I used the broil convection oven today again with great results. See what I mean about being bewitched. Had I known that I was bewitched I would have twitched my nose long before this. lol...

This past weekend my van started acting up and I could feel a little vibration in the gas petal as I tried to accelerate on the highway and the car seemed to rev up so I got the mechanic to look at it and because  the warning  engine light had come on. He checked it up and took it for a test drive but couldn't find any thing wrong except it needed a clean air filter.

He took the car to his place ( this mechanic is the young lad who works on our farm's father and works on the military base as mechanic) and he took the car to his shop which was quite a distance away.

 He called and said that the car heated up and he was very afraid that I would possibly have to replace the engine. I told him that I never saw the red warning light go on when I drove as I was watching for it... and that I was checking to see if the engine was heating up. I felt on pins and needles when I drove the car with the engine warning light on. The engine never heated because the indicator needle was in between hot and cold when I was driving it. I think that he was really worried that he had overheated my engine.
He  discovered that one of the fan has ceased up and he replaced it with a second hand one that my husband found in a repair shop and now my van is as good as before the problem and even better because of the new air filter.  I call that a good week...

My daughter Christine is flying here with her boys in two weeks and is going to borrow my van to go  the lake to be at the cottage with her sister and her family. So I'm glad that my van is OK.

On a more colorful note I have some petals to show for this week and here are some of the pictures I took. There are still 5 varieties that have not bloomed yet.

Today my oldest daughter Nicole turns ** and she was flying to Santiago from Glasgow Scotland  and I want to wish her a HAPPY BIRTHDAY. Her flight to London was delayed and she missed her connection to her destination. What a bummer. I hope that she managed to get another connection.
These flowers are for her.

This variety is called Siloam Button Box

Stella Del Oro

Mary Todd

Beauty to Behold

Rainbow Gold

New Note

Siloam Baby Talk

Either  Chicago Apache or Chicago Royal Heritage. I'll have to wait till they both are in bloom to be certain.

Gay Cravat

Blue Happiness

I'll have to research this one. It's called Kate Carpenter

Little Showoff

Toltec Dial

By Myself

Decatur Cherry Smash

Siloam Button Box  bed by the drive way.

Arthur Moore bed in the back after the heavy rain got them flattened down a bit.

Thanks for visiting and I hope that you have a safe and relaxing weekend.


  1. I had no idea that Lilies had such incredible names. I will have to get some just for that I love lilies anyway. I laughed at your story about your oven. I am so glad it worked. You are going to have such fun with your girls home.
    I hope your weekend is filled with lots and lots of laughter.

  2. Love your stove story. Your lilies are lovely. I don't know how you keep track of their names. I'm lucky if I can remember my name! I'm always happy when I find one of your posts.

  3. gorgeous flowers! happy birthday to your daughter, and i hope her travels continue without another bump.

    love that your oven 'restarted' again! you go on your good roll!

  4. Beautiful lillies!
    Could you come and look at my washer? It died yesterday, after almost 18 years of hard service, and the newer ones are wider, which means that we will have to redo some plumbing to make another one fit! I could use a "fix"! :) :)

  5. Wonderful flowers, Julia! I hope your daughter made her needed connection to reach her destination.

    Good news about that convection oven! Also, hopefully the van will hold up with the repair!

    Sounds like a busy time for you. Take care of yourself!

  6. Your lilies are beautiful! I love them all...I have about 4 varieties...I need to catch up! I also want you to know that no bewitching ever happens to me or any appliance, car, outdoor vehicles, or lawn carts..just to name a few! My stove wouldn't self clean anymore...the microwave above it lost it's light. It had a fan setting but I thought we needed to use an outdoor vent so I never used it. My dryer was dead so I had a repair man come over and sign the death certificate and then asked him to check the microwave. It was a computer problem..would cost more to fix than to get a new one. And the fan? Well, it never worked because it was probably broken when we bought it 12yrs. ago. So a new dryer, stove and microwave...I must have the bewitching talents of the wicked witch of the south! Have a good weekend!

  7. What fun to see the pictures of beautiful flowers along with their names. gorgeous!

    and oh your stove story... hahaaa... needed a little mojo. I think inanimate objects pick up our vibes... I really do.

    aw, Christine coming with Daniel and James... good stuff. Look forward to pictures. Surely you'll go too?

    gorgeous birthday flowers!

  8. Oh such beautiful flowers. I never knew there were so many different ones.
    It will be fun to have your daughter and grandsons with you. Will you go with them to the lake.
    I didn't know that you had a daughter overseas.....did I?
    You keep that nose twitching. Thank goodness you didn't need a new engine or stove.
    Have a fun week-end....

  9. Well next time I have a little problem my way or something needs fixed I'll just pop on over to your blog and see if you will do some magic. I'll bet it seems like you have a new appliance to have fun with. Good for you.
    Love your flowers, they are gorgeous. The one entitled Blue Happiness doesn't seem to blue but sure is pretty. I don't have a favorite but I sure love the pink ones.

  10. Well, you have had a good week! The lilies are beautiful, all of them! We both like lilies, but do not have all of the varieties that you do. Thanks for sharing! Hugs.

  11. Oh, sweet Julia I must never forget that you are bewitched so that I can contact you to give my appliances a boost should they need one. lol. So happy for you that your convection began working. Glad you were able to get your van repaired without replacing the engine too. Your lilies are absolutely gorgeous!!! Happy Birthday to your daughter! Have a wonderful weekend. Hugs

  12. Your flowers are gorgeous, Julia. Glad you had a lucky week. When we buy new appliances now, we always get the extended warranties, because they don't make things like they used to! I am waiting for the repairman to come fix our 3 year old dishwasher for the 7th time right now! Enjoy the cooler weather. Sarah

  13. Even with all of our rain, my lilies are blooming as pretty as yours. I have no idea of any of the names though! They were given to me from my Uncle's garden and I love them!
    Wished I could twitch my nose and fix all that is wrong around here!!

  14. Hey Julia, can you come to my house and twitch your nose a few times for me? I am so glad it worked on your oven....

    Happy Birthday to your daughter and I know you are going to have fun with your daughter coming home....Car and oven fixed just in time......

    Your lilies are gorgeous...I too never knew they had so many names....I am not good at keeping up with the different names of any plant.....

    Have a great weekend....

  15. Sounds like someone is living right missy :)

  16. Your garden is gorgeous! my neighbour has some orange 'day lilies' for me to put in my new garden...it's a beginning. Yours are what I see in expensive floral bouquets, just beautiful. Your daughter will love her 'blog bouquet' :-) Glad your oven is giving you pleasure again, making your meals...what's old is new again. lol
    Have a great weekend Julia & time with your family.
    Hugs Cynthia

  17. Julia-- well girlfriend-- when it rains it pours- sorry for all of your bad luck with appliances and such!

    Those day lillys- I had no idea that they came in so many colors-- we just have the yellow ones. Wow- yours are beautiful!

    Thank you for visiting me - I'm so happy you took the time to stop by:) xoxo

  18. Beautiful flowers, Julia! You must be bewitched...both with appliances and flowers!!! Hugs, Sunnie : )

  19. What beautiful lillys! I like button box the best! You are bewitched lol,hugscheri

  20. Julia I love the pictures. Especially the Siloam Button Box. SO if I ever have trouble with my stove I can call you, right??

  21. what a beautiful parade of lilies!
    did you twitch your nose to stir them singing, too:)
    a wonderful August to you, Julia;
    may your days be merry and bright.

  22. Aw Julia your lilies are gorgeous and like Jenn said a Beautiful parade of them.
    I sure have missed you! I am so glad to hear that your engine did not blow in your van. Wow that would of been horrible.
    Sounds like a big bewitching story about your stove. haha Glad you enjoyed your awesome meals. I could use some of that kind of bewitching with my meals.
    I think of you often but with all my computer issues I am not on here much. I really should break down and buy a new one but I keep thinking this one will keep going for a while longer. Just really too slow to visit blog sites other than that it is ok.
    I guess you know I am ready for fall. These triple digits have me really tired of summer. We can not enjoy outdoors here at all.
    Hope your daughter had a very nice Birthday and wow what a trip she is on. Amazing to see those places. I hope her connection worked out good.
    You take care and I always love hearing from you.
    I am still down with the stomach virus that my brother so gave me. haha
    Love ya

  23. Just wanted to stop in and say I hope you're having a good week my friend :)

  24. It's my lucky day! You just helped me learn the names of some of my lilies!! Thanks!