surprises…

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this morning it was beautiful and I couldn’t leave the garden without a wander around… noticed how the babies are growing… could see at least three different sizes…

found these lovely flowers in the purple begonia basket…

20140730-212950-77390777.jpgthey were a lovely surprise because I wasn’t expecting flowers on that plant…

tonight when I arrived at home the plants all needed a drink so I wandered around and gave each one a soaking…

as I was standing by the pond I looked down and saw more new babies… about the length of my little fingernail…

another great surprise was that the water lily that over wintered in the pond has put out some leaves…

unfortunately the water isn’t running yet as I wait to hear from a couple of people about how to clean out the pump which is under rocks… think it is clogged with string algae… now I am looking for String Algae Buster in Canada…

technology…

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been thinking about technology quite a bit lately…

when it works it makes everything go well… when it doesn’t it makes life so frustrating…

the changes over the last few years have been amazing…

can you even remember when you didn’t have a smartphone… or a laptop and/or tablet…

we purchased our first cell phone when our older daughter was sixteen as she was taking a road trip with a bunch of her friends… we wanted her to be connected if she needed help or had trouble with the van… that phone was large and cumbersome and didn’t work everywhere on the main highway…

and here I am, writing my blog on my iPhone and texting with my daughter at the same time…

earlier my other daughter was sending me pictures from Montreal where they are visiting for a few days…

while we were in a shoe store, in Fargo, North Dakota, the clerk went online and ordered shoes that they didn’t have in the store, and had them delivered to us at the border…

fifteen years ago email was just becoming a new tool… cannot imagine being without it now… and, on the phone, as well as the desktop and laptop and maybe even the tablet…

all of my kids watch movies on the computer…

people complete forms on their home computer and submit them online, or use an iPad when they arrive at the office… I remember trying to decipher handwriting and guessing what a name or phone number was supposed to be…

the internet has changed our lives… not sure if young people know what an encyclopedia is, lol…

I need to remember all the great things that technology helps us with, particularly when some of it might not be working at its best…

20140729-222009-80409601.jpgview of the pond tonight…

bits and pieces…

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discovered a few pictures on my phone that I wanted to share from our weekend in Fargo and Grand Forks…

this one shows the boys at a charging station in Starbucks… we were taking a break with a variety of beverages and resting our feet… phones and tablets were plugged in for a brief time so that no one would end up with a dead piece of electronics…

20140728-230740-83260217.jpgthen we moved on to a final bit of shopping… even the little boys were getting tired…

20140728-230859-83339575.jpgtonight I got a couple of excellent shots of the hibiscus… today it has two red blooms and two yellow ones…

20140728-231118-83478622.jpgthis one looks nice against the purple door…

20140728-231219-83539436.jpgI am wondering if the plant puts out more blossoms when it is stressed, because every time I look at it, seems it is in need of water… but there are numerous buds ready to open…

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and tonight I saw two boy goldfinches at the feeder… yay…

home…

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finally home after a busy and fun weekend with the kids in the States…

we got up around nine this morning and after breakfast went for the last visit to the water park… it is lovely to watch how the boys spend time together as well as separately in the water…

final fun in the water park...

final fun in the water park…

then we packed up all of our stuff and headed to Grand Forks… visited three or four stores… had tacos for lunch and a very lovely dinner at a great steak house the kids had been to before… final few items picked up, and we were on the road home…

the sky was lovely…

clouds on our drive home...

clouds on our drive home…

the final purchase had been a few movies for the trip home…

"watching" a movie...

watching” a movie…

happily we breezed through the border and drove past the wind mills (turbines) as the sun was setting… sadly the car windows were covered in bugs again, but I was able to get a few good shots…

sunset at the wind mills...

sunset at the wind mills…

kids dropped me off and I brought in all my goodies…

my shopping...

my shopping…

too late for a hot tub… I am going to bed!

 

fun…

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lots of fun was had today…

started out in the morning when everyone piled on daddy, who didn’t want to get out of bed…

20140726-214623-78383963.jpgbreakfast in the hotel was good… some ordered from the menu and some had the buffet… then it was on to the shopping… we went into many stores and bought many bags full of treats for everyone…

20140726-214858-78538407.jpgCrystal took this picture when we got home from the first trip…

back at the hotel everyone except me went to the pool while I had a snack, read, and laid down for a rest just before the family arrived back in the room… headed out to Buffalo Wild Wings where we over-ordered, by a lot…

20140726-215516-78916634.jpgearlier in the day there was the odd sanity break…

20140726-215657-79017699.jpgquick trip through a store to pick up a few items requested by friends at home, bought a few things to drink and returned to the hotel for some time at the water park…

20140726-220248-79368093.jpglights are dim and drinks and snacks are being prepared… even having mini facials tonight…

Fargo…

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well, we made it…

left the city around five and had to take a detour to pick up something in Niverville…

and then we were on our way…

as we got near Emerson we saw the windmills… they look so peaceful in the distance although I wonder what they sound like close up…

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no wait at the border, where our middle guy corrected the security person’s pronunciation of his name, lol…

eventually, after quite a bit of construction, we arrived in Fargo, found the hotel and checked in around 9:30…

boys headed to the water park – not just a pool, and Crystal and I went and had dinner…

we brought back pizza for the guys and now everyone is in their beds watching a movie…

20140725-233952-85192361.jpgbusy day…

snacks…

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on my way home stopped at Safeway to pick up some snacks for tomorrow evening’s road trip

I am going to Fargo with my kids…

it is a three hour drive so I thought we’d need something to keep us all entertained and busy… apparently the tablets and phones will all be charged for the trip…

in our family, trips have always been an excuse to eat treats… of course, because we are crossing the border couldn’t include fruit or meat, lol…

got sunflower seeds for the dad, pretzels for the mom, a variety of chip-y things for the younger crowd, as well as Goldfish, pistachios, sesame crackers, and gummies…

think it should be enough to get us through the drive…

20140724-211831-76711807.jpgthankfully, my suitcase is packed so now I just have to figure out what bag the snacks will fit into…

injured…

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first thing I went out and watered everything with my fabulous hose…

discovered some flowers in one of the pots on a plant that looked like a potato vine… very cute…

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stopped on the way home and picked up a few things for supper…

was very happy to see beautiful local green beans…

between getting the supper ready I did laundry…

as I was cutting the beans I sliced right into my thumb… ouch…

20140723-205611-75371087.jpgwas thinking of George as I put on the bandage… he always had a bandaid on some portion of his body… he even carried them in his pockets and wallet, lol…

wander…

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spent a little time wandering in the garden tonight…

the hibiscus was quite lovely…

20140722-211215-76335625.jpgstill waiting to see if the baby’s breath is going to smell – like urine…

20140722-211345-76425652.jpgcan’t decide about the pink flowers… but I do have a friend who will take them if they don’t make the cut…

20140722-211643-76603053.jpgthe basket with the begonias in it continues to look amazing

20140722-211751-76671851.jpgI turned the waterfall off as it was barely going… waiting to hear from the pond people about what I should be doing…

might have my son-in-law come and dig the pump out of the rocks and see if it is obstructed… don’t think our cheap sump pump ever got plugged up, lol…

going to get up early tomorrow and water everything before heading to work…

evening…

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rushed home to meet young friends who were wanting to borrow a prop for a birthday party…

they left and my friend arrived to pick me up to go for a walk at the Park… as we left home it had just stopped spitting… we had a lovely walk through the English Garden and around the Duck Pond…

the delphiniums were stunning in purple and blue,

delphiniums in main garden...

delphiniums in main garden…

lovely water lilies in the Leo Mol garden although all the ponds were filled with algae… not so pretty for us but likely make the ducks and geese happy…

water lilies in Leo Mol garden...

water lilies in Leo Mol garden…

and a wonderful rose in the main garden… think this was my best shot…

rose with rain drop...

rose with rain drop…

the datura were also quite amazing… in our zone, these are annuals… the gardeners lift them up in the fall, overwinter them in the greenhouses, and then put them out again the next year…

datura, also known as Angel's Trumpet...

datura, also known as Angel’s Trumpet…

we arrived back at the car just as the rain began…

then we went to my friend’s place for a lovely tenderloin dinner with rice, Asian vegetables, tomato and cucumber salad with peach pie and shortbread cookies for dessert… what a lovely treat…

home to watch a few shows and then as I was heading to the computer to write my blog post I looked out at the sky, found my camera and went to the front door…

the sky was orange… the colour in this picture is the exact shade…

sky around 9 pm...

sky around 9 pm…

very busy evening for me… now to bed, lol…

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