It's been a long and relaxing Monday for us.
I've enjoyed it. Most days speed past in a blur and this is the first day in a very long time that has seemed to linger.
Every morning Facebook shows us the memories they have preserved for us through our pages and posts.
This is the one that came up today. My youngest two children, Amber and Benjamin, from 9 years ago in 2007. I am thankful for photos because I would never remember moments like this without them!
I find the most interesting things at Central Market!
These Maple Bacon potato chips made a plain sandwich lunch a little bit special!
It was a cool and cloudy day - perfect for working in the flower beds.
Louis Dean asked me if I wanted help and I jumped at the chance to have him dig up some of the overgrown grass in one flower bed and then dig holes for a few pots of things I bought at Lowe's last week!
The rosemary, the roses, honeysuckle, the mint - everything just smells so GOOD!
The attic fan pulls all these fragrances right in through the guest and music room windows.
The cedar mulch I put down last year sure helped with weed control so I am using more of the same this year!
It's not perfect but it IS looking so much better!
Louis Dean dearly loves his roses!
This is the project we are working on. I think we are nearly half way done!
Louis Dean put in a sewer line and electric for when we had the camper on the driveway.
It's there and available if you happen to want to visit us someday in your camper or RV!
I'm trying to get flowers to grow up in front of it.
Back in 2005 when LD and I married, this flower bed was low maintenance. A large red crape myrtle grew here as well as lots of liriope. For whatever reason, Louis Dean does NOT like crape myrtles and since the camper backed up to this bed, he dug the whole thing up! He was 'new' then and got away with a lot more than he does now. Still, I treasure him more than the long row of elegant white crape myrtles that lined our driveway....and the three pretty pink crape myrtles in the back yard.....and the large red one at the curb by the driveway! They sure were pretty!
This little guy kind of reminds me of Louis Dean!!!
After the yard work, I came in and finished laundry and making up the guest room now that Mother is back in Fort Worth with Deanie. She will be coming back next month!
Doing routine chores is rather comforting in a way. I lit the candles and together Louis Dean and I cooked dinner. He made shake and bake chicken only without the 'shake and bake.' I bought some Italian bread crumbs at Central Market yesterday and he used that instead. I made microwave baked potatoes and steamed broccoli with cheese sauce to go with it.
After dinner we sat outside on the patio by the kitchen pond for a little while.
The baby possum came strolling along and was about to go inside the kitchen when I told him NO!
I guess he understood because he went back across the deck and down behind the pond.
Louis Dean said that when he saw one by the gazebo deck the other day, he yelled at it an instead of running back in the bushes, it ran straight into the sewing room. Guess that's the one that spent the night inside underneath the guest room bed.....where Mother was sleeping!
It's only a little after 10:00 but we are winding down and going to bed.
A long slow day is a good thing ever once in awhile!