Thursday, June 27, 2019

SO WHAT DID WE DO TODAY?


We have had some yard work done and are enjoying it all neat and tidy. We were rescued after a terrible time with poison ivy that was totally out of control, but it is finally being handled.  In the photo above is a coneflower that came back this year, brave little thing.  One of us pulled it out when they were weeding, not realizing it was a newly planted coneflower. It was tiny when I bought the pot and there wasn't anything to identify it as being anything other than a weed.  The marker I stuck in the ground next to it disappeared.  After replanting it was a sad looking jumble for the rest of its blooming season.  I am happy to say I found it sprouting out of the ground a week ago.  Another weed I thought?  But no, I left it well alone, and after a few days I allowed myself a little dance of joy. I was also hoping for a bloom.  Wouldn't you know it here it is, and there is another one coming.
We went to the supermarket around 2.00 p.m. and the sky was very pretty, full of clouds.  The temperature was 90 degrees F. but low in humidity.  

It is our favorite place to shop and we made our main grocery run for the week.  We have been coming here for several years now. 
I passed by the sunflowers but kept my hands away from my purse. Aren't they gorgeous? I managed to get Gregg in frame before he disappeared around the corner.  (The Peruvian Lilies are still hanging in there on the kitchen table.  I have been babying them with fresh water every four days, trimming the ends as recommended, and feeding them with the food packet which came with the flowers.)
The succulents were being sold outside.  The ID on them said they were called Hens and Chicks and are members of the Sempervivum group of succulent plants.  They are commonly called houseleeks and grow well indoors and out, in cool or hot temperatures.  Hens and chick plants are so called because of the rosette shape and habit of the plant producing numerous babies.
Not too far from the Hens and Chicks there were Zinnias on sale.  I took a double take at this one.
When I looked closely I saw that the petals hadn't opened up completely and caused this strange look.

I am trying something new today, for me its new.  I bought a packet of Halloumi.  It is an unripened brined cheese that is meant to be grilled, according to what I read here.  A lot of recipes I have browsed through lately have had it in their ingredients.  Curiosity has been peaked.  There are recipes and tips on how to cook Halloumi at this link.

The day went by quickly.  When we got home it was time for dinner.  By the time we cleared away the dishes, it was time to do a little relaxing.  I turned on my laptop, Gregg turned on his iPad.  This was my screensaver that greeted me.  I have a different one sent to me every few days, scenes from here and all around the world.  This scene was in San Francisco.  

Lastly but by no means least, it is our son and daughter's wedding anniversary today.  
Happy Anniversary My Sweet Babes.  

A quiet day but a fun one.  I hope yours was too, and that the rest of the week will be equally so. Thanks for listening to my rambles.



28 comments:

  1. color of flowers so beautiful, especially on the top...
    You seem have a wonderful day...
    May God bless you and yours

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  2. Quiet it may have been - but filled with beauty. Which makes it an excellent day.

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    1. Couldn't have said it better myself EC, thank you :)

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  3. I really love your screensaver. So did you buy any plants at Wegmans? I love Wegmans! Unfortunately our closest one is over the mountain about 45 minutes away. But I do manage to get there maybe once a month. I've never heard of this kind of cheese, I bet many other grocery stores do not sell it. I've never seen a zinnia like that. Your Coneflower is a little miracle.

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    1. Hi Ginny, no plants this time. That's a ways to go to do some shopping at Wegmans. We do have a closer supermarket we use for convenience, but their prices are not only more expensive, I like the variety more at Wegmans and it's not that much further away.

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  4. I have completely forgotten how to change the screensaver. It's a good job I like the one I have!
    By the way, Zinnias are one of my favourite flowers.

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    1. Hi Valerie, the screen savers I get automatically turn up on the screen. The laptop already had them installed.

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  5. Piękne kwiaty kwitną w twoim ogrodzie. Miło spędziłaś letni dzień . Pozdrawiam

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    1. To był piękny dzień, dziękuję i pozdrawiam z północnej Wirginii :)

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  6. Flores muito bonitas de que gostei de ver, aproveito para desejar a continuação de uma boa semana.

    Andarilhar
    Dedais de Francisco e Idalisa
    O prazer dos livros

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    1. Obrigado, flores sempre me fazem sorrir. Uma boa semana para você também :)

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  7. Hi Denise, We love Wegman's too. Happy Anniversary to your son & DIL. The Coneflower is beautiful. Enjoy your day, wishing you a great weekend ahead.

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    1. Hi Eileen, thank you, and thank you for your anniversary greeting for our son and daughter-in-law. They will appreciate it very much. You have a great day and weekend also :)

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  8. I was going to ask if you looked at so many plants did you get any groceries!!!

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    1. Hi Red, yes we got a load of groceries, which included more birdseed for our feathered friends :)

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  9. Life finds a way to endure like that coneflower.

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  10. Denise, much as I love flowers and your photos of them, I must say those sky photos stole the show!

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    1. Thank you Jean, it was a beautiful sky that day.

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  11. Your cone flower is persistent, isn't it. Lucky for you, you didn't pull it up the second time. Take it easy, it's hot here in Virginia....

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    1. Hi Latane, it has a hardy attitude:) and yes I am very lucky. As for the heat it sure is and I will. Thank you :)

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  12. Hard not to spend money there. Have a good day Diane

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    1. It certainly is! I agree with you there Diane. Have a good day too :)

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  13. I enjoyed all of your photographs, especially the sky ones, loved the clouds.
    Happy Anniversary wishes to your son and daughter-in-law.

    All the best Jan

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    1. Thank you Jan, the clouds were really beautiful that day. Thank you also for wishing our son and daughter-in-law a Happy Anniversary. They will appreciate that greatly :) All the best to you too.

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  14. I would have found it hard to pass those sunflowers, but then I do pass so many things like that. This is the second year in a row that I do not have a single sunflower growing. Nor a tomato plant. Things have kept happening all along.

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    1. It was indeed very hard Rose. Today, the 24th July, I saw a goldfinch sitting on top of a huge sunflower. It was magical :)))

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