Friday, May 17, 2013


First of all I want to say thank you, thank you, thank you to everyone who commented on my last post. What wonderfully caring people all of you are. It made me feel so loved and cared for and even a little teary eyed. My bloggy friends are the best and all of you are so supportive. I'm trying to get back into the swing of blogging slowly. I've really missed being on here. I have been keeping up with your blogs though not commenting very much. I will do better. I just needed time to shake these feelings.

As some of you commented, I do think I was dealing with some depression. It gets really hard to deal with day to day pain that never really goes away. It might lessen on some days but it's still there. I've had to slow down on crocheting because of my right hand. It is swollen most of the time and the fingers just don't want to hold that hook and turn to pick up the thread. Ah well, I'm still plugging along and take lots of breaks. Sometimes I think the breaks outweigh the production.

I did manage to get so photos of some of the trees and flowers in my yard last month.

My pretty pink dogwood.
Red and yellow tulips. (I think these need to be dug up and separated and replanted somewhere else) 
The irises sending their green leaves up. Soon.
Petunias in the pots at the mail box.
And finally, the willow oak starting to green up.

I went out today and took some more photos around the yard. The above photos were made in April. The ones below today, May 17.

White Irises with yellow centers. I had forgotten I had these. 

The petunias are growing.

One lone purple iris getting ready to bloom.

My sweet, treasured magnolia tree loaded with blooms. This tree was an anniversary gift one year and I love it.

And then there is the damage to my poor Magnolia. We have new neighbors next door and the kids (a girl and a boy) have been stripping leaves and breaking branches to "play" with. I almost cried when I found this on Wednesday. I saw them outside yesterday and asked them to please not pull the leaves and break the branches on my tree. I told them it was very special to me and I didn't want to see anything happen to it. They were very polite and said okay and I thanked them, but you better believe I'm keeping a close eye on them.

A bloom getting ready. I call my Magnolia "Maggie May" (yes, I'm a Rod Stewart fan) and she has the biggest, whitest blooms that smell heavenly.

Yes, I know it's a weed but look at the sunshiny yellow.

The Willow Oaks are filling in very nicely. Lots and lots of lovely shade.

Life moves on. Doctors' appointments like crazy this month.  I've had 3 appointments already and one more to go. Whew! Thank goodness for insurance. So far everything has been fine and I hope it stays that way. The last appointment is with the rheumatologist and she and I will be talking about the pain and the depression. 

On to brighter news. My grandchildren!!! Oh how wonderful to be a grandmother. Sweet Ella has finished her first year of preschool. It's so hard to imagine she is old enough for preschool. At 4-1/2, she is such a little lady. Lilly, our little Minnie Mouse loving ball of fire, is 2-1/2 and so full of energy. When we Skype, she yells, "Grammy, watch this" and takes off to who knows where and then laughs and laughs. Elijah, the baby of the family at 1, is such a sweetheart. He looks so much like his Dad (my son) that I get teary eyed each time I see him. 

And then, there is James. Sweet Baby James who was 3 months old on the 9th of May. My goodness where is the time going? He is such an adorably, happy baby. He's discovered his feet and Abby sent me a picture of him with his toes in his mouth. Love it!

I am so proud and happy to be a grandmother of 4. Life is so much better with grandkids around. :)

Okay, I've rambled enough for today. I hope my blogging mojo is back and I will be posting more often. Thank you for listening to my ramblings and my whining. It feels good to have all of you to support me. I love you guys!

Thanks for stopping by. I hope you have a wonderful day wherever you might be.



  1. Glad you are feeling more uplifted, and who wouldn't with all those lovely plants....spring has definitely sprung over there! Take care :) x

  2. Your pretty flowers and trees remind me of some I have enjoyed at other places I have lived, but are not at my current location. I especially enjoyed the dogwood trees we had because they were beautiful in all seasons...even when they were leafless.

    Grands really are GRAND, aren't they. I have two young grandsons on the East Coast, and we have face-time visited a few times, but I hope to visit more frequently.

    Blessings to you and yours, Sharon

  3. Oh Sharon, I missed your last post. I do hope things *really* pick up for you soon m'dear xxx

    I'm quite looking forward to having grandkids. But that won't be for a while yet!

  4. That is the kind of Magnolia I remember from California ... it's good to see one again. I do hope those neighbour kids behave themselves and keep their little hands off it!

    So glad you're getting back in the swing of things. Take your time and take it easy! No rush. We will still be here waiting.

    Hugs to you, Sharon, and enjoy those lovely flowers. :)

  5. My dear Grammy B (Sharon) Your comments about a touch of the crambleys has won you a gift from me - email me your address and a little pressie will soon wing its way to you my dear - your flowers are looking gorgeous, glad your blogging mojo seems to be on the up! xxxx

  6. Lovely ramblings! And what a great garden you have, I love magnolia trees, they've just about finished flowering here. Hope you continue to feel better. Jay

  7. I had a pretty severe depression after the birth of my first daughter and it took a lot to get me through it. Nature was one of the best remedies so I'm happy to see that you have some beautiful nature to keep you smiling!!! Hope things stay on the up and up!!!