Saturday, June 27, 2009

A Grad, a Garden, and a Gadget

Pete "graduated" from 8th Grade on Friday! Thank God! All the praying my mother did paid off. We hope that someday he'll understand the value of homework and will start doing it on a regular basis. He's looking forward to high school and we're all glad summer is finally here.

Pete was drooling all over himself when I showed him Jodi's post about this cake, so we made one for his special day. It was yummy!

Julia and Josh insisted on going to the beach as soon as they finished their final exams on Thursday, even thought the sun wasn't out yet. It's so nice living just 10 minutes from the beach.

The sun did finally emerge and we got to see this glorious blue sky for the first time in over a week.

My plants have been happily soaking up all the rain. There is a lemon thyme in the planter on the deck that is about 7 years old. The long, cold winter didn't damage it at all.

I couldn't kill this yellow rose if I tried (not that I have). It is a beast!

This huge potted Osteospermum was a lovely gift from a Girl Scout friend. It's not happy in it's pot and I'm note sure if I'll give it a bigger pot or put it in the ground.

I've been enjoying watching the hummingbirds flutter between the honeysuckle, the feeder and the annuals on the deck. Not photos. I'm not quick enough.

Here's the Gadget: a Bucilla Daisy Knitter. Julia and I wandered around the shops on Main Street this morning and ended up in my favorite consignment shop. I never walk out of there empty handed and rarely spend more than $10. I think we'll have fun this summer with this nifty tool.

I did a little searching and it looks like mine was made after 1935 because it has the patent number embossed on it. I found a pattern book dated 1931 on Etsy and an ad from the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette from 1932. I paid slightly more than 50 cents for it and it was worth every penny!

Have a sunny day!


Lurline said...

Wonderful family and flora pics!
Hugs - Lurline♥

Exuberant Color said...

I have one of those rosette makers. I was born in 1940 and my mother made those when I was a little girl.