At that point, I tuned out. I don't want to know what the other boys will be. I will, however, pick them up, no questions asked, from the police station later tonight...
Knocking on doors late at night.
Moving garbage cans right behind cars parked in driveways.
Ringing doorbells and running.
I want to think it's funny and cool, but for some reason I'm a little freaked out about it. 2 weeks ago, I was sitting in the living room, watching TV, when someone rang the front doorbell. The dogs went crazy and I went to the door. No one was there. I never am afraid to be along, but this got to me, so I let all 3 big dogs out and encouraged them to "Get'em boys!" The sniffed and woofed a bit, but no one was nearby...
A false spirea putting out its last big show. I cut it back hard in late July, hoping for this result!
The last new hydrangea in the back...
A LEATHER-LEAF HYDRANGEA. If you could feel the texture of the leaves, you'd understand the name...absolutely huge!
Care for a cup of...succulents?
A new "candytuft," waiting to go into the ground...
Beard-Tongue, aka penstoman. I love this late Fall burst of color.
The Himalayan Honeysuckle had huge, juicy berries, which are drawing in all sorts of beautiful birds.
The bench my wonderful hubby built for me years ago. I found a picture in Sunset Magazine...and he cut up my old waterbed frame!
My Tulip Tree is getting big! Just look at the Fall color setting in!
This is Joe Pye Weed. The leaves are turning golden and the flowers are showing!
If there were one flower I would want every gardener to add to his/her shade garden, this would be it! I collect these rare Toad Lilies. I buy them from Dancing Oaks Nursery, up in the Coast Range. You should see their website!
Another Toad Lily...close up.
An old-fashioned lace cap hydrangea. This is a very rare shrub that I managed to beg from my friend, Tom, the nurseryman. I love its large, rough leaves and dangly flowerheads.
Black-Eyed Susan surrounding my test-run sculpture...I'll complete it next Spring!
Another big-time recommendation for all gardeners! This is called a "Turtle-Head Lily." It's so funny...looks like little turtles poking their heads from their shells! I have several in different locations and this one is my favorite.
Fall Asters, falling over due to excess flower weight! Gee, nothing to complain about here!
I've been going to this cool place in Eugene called CJ Banks. I've bought 4 complete outfits and am FINALLY comfortable! No more pinching! No more squeezing! Bright colors! Pretty professional clothing! wow!
Here are some shots of the jacket I wore today:
People stopped me in the hallway to say, "Wow. Where'd you get that jacket?" I'd reply, "From the Big Girls' Story!" Everyone chuckled. I felt just fine, as it honestly did fit well. Plus, I had a matching sleeveless t-shirt and midi-length black skirt. I had on my cool, spiffy cross-strap Clarks with opaque blac tights. Man, I felt professional AND comfy all day!Let's give it up for comfort! YEEEEEAAAAAA!
Trouble performing familiar tasks
Changes in personality and behavior
Poor or decreased judgment
Inability to follow directions
Problems with language
Impaired visuospatial skills
Social withdrawal and less willingness to interact with others
Loss of motivation or initiative
Look what I found growing in the compost pile!!!
We ate Carnival Squash last Fall and threw our kitchen compost out into the big bin outdoors! The seeds germinated and now look what we got!
I could only get to 5 of them, so far, due to excessive vine growth all around the bins. There is a combination of honeysuckle, trumpet vine, clematis, scarlet runner, and beautiful squash vines!