My mother-in-law (who lives downstairs in a completely efficient separate living area) came down with pneumonia and spent several nights in the hospital. I've been going to physical therapy for a fall on my knee. Our garden is growing and needs tending. Insert some small violins playing, here!
So, as a small departure from doll reviews, I wanted to share some summer pictures. First, our blueberry bushes are just bursting and have to be picked daily.
We live on three acres and have a raised bed garden. Planting, weeding, harvesting .... I've been working like a field hand!
Don't get me wrong. We love gardening! Whenever we travel we seek out new plants to add to our landscapes. This is called a "lucifer plant" and was purchased from Biltmore several years ago.
One of our hobbies is rescuing plants from local nurseries. Last year we purchased a stick for $5.00. It was in the nursery's "throw out" pile. It is a cephalanthus occidentals. The common name for it is a "buttonbush". It is native to southeastern North America. We got it home and researched it on the computer. It likes swampy, wet areas - like along creek beds. My husband had the neat idea of putting it near the A/C overflow pipe. This is what it looks like this year.
It has all of these really cool little pom pom shaped balls on it. Bugs love it - especially bees.
After blowing up a photo, I saw that the little pom pom is actually full of individual flowers. It's a remarkable plant.
Although I've been gardening, I did get an opportunity to redress and photograph Kesenia. I think she appeals to me so much because my first "grown up" doll as a child was Malibu Barbie. What do you think? I have to include at least one doll photo - that is why you read the blog, right?
I promise to get better with the blog. I may have to get Chaundra to help out!