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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 3, 2014


I've noticed that as I get older, the temperatures are either hotter or colder than when I was younger and the time is ticking away faster too... Is it really happening or is it just my perception?

I've been putting off  blogging as it seams that it's just a repetition of what I've blogged before.  It's been so hot that by the end of the day, it requires an effort to even think. Nothing much news worthy.

Today, I decided that I had to put some efforts in cleaning calf pens as much as I hated to get started. It's very heavy work cleaning out wet bedding. I had been putting it off since I got that cold but I think that I got my energy back today. I've also been scrubbing 7 calf pens minus the gates. That will be for tomorrow. The pens are all nice and white and sanitized. My finger tips are hurting this evening as I'm typing, from all that scrubbing, in case you want to know that .lol.

I came home at 7:40 pm and showered and got into my baby-doll PJs and had a bite to eat. So far, nothing blog worthy....

On the garden front, I have some photos of some of my flowers before  Hurricane Arthur arrives.

I had an extra recycle bin so I planted some pole beans just for fun. My house needs some painting...

One of my many Peonies, notice the pot of cucumbers in the upper left corner.

Is my clematis being eaten by slugs? I found 6 fat slugs sleeping under the foliage and no sight of any earwigs.

A rosebush I planted in honor of my dad is blooming and I have another one for my mom which is not doing as well for some reason. I might have to move it to another location.

My Sundrop or Evening Primrose. I took these photos as the sun was going down.

Dianthus growing on my rock wall

and Mother of Thyme

and Sedum Acres

 I can't remember the name of these but they're hardy as hell. They also grow on my rock wall.

Happy 4th of July to my American friends.

Thanks everyone for stopping by and leaving a comment. It really feels like you came to visit.


  1. i love your explosion of blooms! and you work very hard. i'd be exhausted, too.

  2. Is there any better feeling on Earth than getting into your PJs after a long day? It's like getting in a warm bathtub! The flowers are so beautiful!

  3. I know that feeling, of being able to hop in the shower and get clean after a long, hot day working in the smelly barn! And cleaning out pens is one of the most tiring, stinky jobs there is, so I'm sure you feel wonderful tonight! Sleep well, my friend!

  4. Yes, it is too hot to think! LOL!
    I love the picture of your yard with the shed and the flower beds. I just want to grab a comfy lawn chair and sit there for a while.
    I hope the hurricane doesn't treat you too badly. I think it will miss us, I hope.

  5. Julia, your flowers are so beautiful! It must be so rewarding to see they survived the terrible winter. My geraniums are barely hanging on...I'm hoping they will make it through the summer. Love getting in my jammies at the end of a long, hard day!
    Take good care,

  6. Your stories and posts are always wonderful. You and what you do are so genuine and heartfelt. For me it is listening to a friend tell me about what is important to her. It doesn't get any better than that. Hugs.

  7. Beautiful flowers! Love those peonies! Stay cool and don't forget to relax every once in awhile!

  8. Beautiful flowers, Julia ... you really do have such a green thumb... all beautifully green and then these beautiful colors! nice and relaxing! but baby doll PJ's? lol ... what fun

    that was our sleepwear when I was a teen. slumber parties and our baby doll pj's. how cute you are!

    rascal slugs … and surely do hope Arthur decides to calm itself… scary

    Another hot and humid day here ... last night had a cool breeze ... nice for watching the fireworks.

    Hope you have a stellar day! ;)

  9. Julia ~
    Your gardens and flowers are amazingly beautiful!!!
    Hoping and praying you are safe from Arthur.
    Hugs :)

  10. Your gardens are amazing! I also think you're as "hardy as hell"! You work so hard at the farm. I hope that nasty weather leaves you all alone and you can enjoy a nice weekend. The temps dropped very low last night...about 50de! Today only in the 70's and lots of sun...perfect for our 4th celebration. Take care Julia!

  11. It seems colder and warmer to me too as I get older so you are not alone with that sweet Julia. A lot of other things seem to be more or less too as I get older. : ) You work so hard I don't see how you have the energy to take a shower, get in your p.j.s and eat when you get to the house. Hope your finger tips are still not sore and hurting. Your flowers are absolutely gorgeous!! Your bean and cucumber plants are looking good too. Hope you are having a nice and enjoyable 4th of July weekend. Hugs

  12. I hope hurricane Arthur is gentle with you; it was just a bit of a blip on the screen for us. lots of wind and waves but nothing serious.
    prayers for protection as you summer along,

  13. Beautiful flowers Julia. I may need you to plan my little flower beds next year :). I hope you're not flooded today. The rain and wind has gotten a little worse here the last hour or so

  14. I love the photo of the path up to the garden shed! I hope you aren't sore tomorrow. It's hot here, too!

  15. Your flowers are just beautiful. I think Julia we work so hard it is just hard to come up with anything interesting. Well it is for me, I always think what you write about is interesting. So how goes it after Arther? I hope you are all safe.
    Let me know okay?

  16. Like always I think everything you do is amazing. Your gardens are just another example of the woman that you are Julia. There's nothing that you can't do. What I would give to have a yard as beautiful as this. Tell me where to start?
    No you are not alone on your thoughts of how everything even the weather is harder the older we get. So know your not alone there.
    Sorry you guys were hit so bad about Author. I wondered how bad it was for you. I was praying that it would bypass you.
    You work yourself to the bone everyday so no wonder your poor fingers hurt. How I wish easier days for us both.
    I find your writing anything but boring my dear Julia so never think that.
    It is the reason though I have all but stopped my post like you I feel like I have nothing to write about. I think we are both just too tired at the end of the long day.
    Yes my animals are putting a big strain on my bank account. I wonder sometimes how I ended up with four cats to begin with it was only Tinkerbell.
    Feel better and take care of YOU! We need you to keep us entertained.
    Love ya

  17. The heat really does take all the energy and ambition out of you by the end of the day.
    Your yard is lovely.
    A lot of work!

  18. There are many day when i deel like what I'm writing id drivel, but I type it any way.
    You garden is beautiful.

  19. Your garden is beautiful! I hope it survived hurricane Arthur's visit, wow your area was hit hard! I enjoy your writings & your comments to me(your usually my one & only lol)Your cup is always 1/2 full Julia & I enjoy positive people because 'Attitude is infectious, is yours worth catching?' Yes yours is! Thank you for posting the flowers names, I've made a list for my wishlist garden for next year, love your garden! Hope that your feeling like yourself again, the hot weather can knock the stuffing out of you. Pace yourself Julia & enjoy the summer, super moon is upon us tonight, the closest the moon will be to the earth this year. Hugs, Cynthia

  20. Hi Julia
    I'm the other Julia. I first saw you on the S. B. blog. Your flowers are
    so beautiful and to think you have calves to take care of, too. I'm
    sitting on my porch waiting for the deer to come eat my wild cherries.
    They come every evening. The bad thing is that they eat the flowers,
    too. I have all of my things in big cages and have ordered a rustic
    wire fence to put around my hydrangeas. We call them "pigs from
    hell" around here but they are beautiful. I'm going to check out your
    older post now. Thanks for blogging. Julia
    P/S: My mother made baby doll p.j.s for me and she used her fancy
    stitches on her sewing machine to decorate them. Thanks for the

  21. Hi JR (Julia) Bush, I have no idea who's blog S.B is. Do you have a name for the blog you are referring to please?

    Thanks for your comment.

    1. Susan Branch
      Heading out to the yard to work.
      You have inspired me!