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Month: September 2017

Come along for a breathtaking ride on the lavish Empire Builder

Come along for a breathtaking ride on the lavish Empire Builder

So many of you responded to the Facebook posts about riding Amtrak’s Empire Builder out west I thought I’d write about the first leg of our journey. Go pour yourself a cup of coffee and settle in, this is a long post. Prince Charming grew up riding the rails during the heyday of rail travel in the 1950’s.  He remembers the romance of the observation car, sitting with his father and the other men in business suits smoking cigars and…

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Friday Flower

Friday Flower

This week’s Friday Flower is the hydrangea. This one blooms in my front garden.  It’s a happy accident that the rose bushes in front of the bush mingle with the cone shape of the hydrangea flowers.  Lovely, no? This is the small tree form of the hydrangea.  I have loads of hydrangea bushes too. These live in an area of the garden so deeply shaded and wet that before I planted these NOTHING grew here. The hydrangea’s with over 70…

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Got a letter!

Got a letter!

Occasionally my sweet niece, Melynda, sends me packages of goodies. Usually the packages arrive as a surprise filled with interesting articles, magazines, clothes and tidbits. Melynda knows I hate to shop. When I say, “I hate to shop”; I mean I’ll wear rags before I darken the door of store. A root canal sounds like more fun than shopping. Melynda is my own personal Stitch Fix. Yesterday the newest package arrived. Full as usual of fabulous clothes that fit! Better…

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Friday Flower

Friday Flower

The Friday Flower this week are these lovely Dahlias. This is the first year that I’ve grown Dahlias. I didn’t know exactly what to expect. I planted a mix of forced bulbs and bare bulbs. The forced bulbs flowered all summer. The bare bulbs just started blooming mid-August, normally a quite time in the garden. What a fabulous pop of color. I’ve been putting my Friday Flowers on these sweet hand embroderied hankies, a gift from dear friend Barbara.  …

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