Used to be a ‘new’ Jersey Girl   : now A Colorado Girl

Monday, June 25, 2007

Feeling a bit better

Lynne Robinson, Hewitt, New Jersey
Thanks to all of you for your caring thoughts and wishes. It was like getting a caring cyberhug in return. I am feeling a bit better and not as strung out. I have to get a handle on my emotions and not allow the actions of other people to contort my life so. Really, should I be making myself miserable over events that I cannot change and that are beyond my control? Wasting precious moments of life being depressed? I think not, but it’s so hard not to fall into the same pit time after time. Maybe I can blame it on my cayenne temper from the Italian side of the family. Then again, maybe not ...  I am going to try and do a better job of keeping emotions in check.

The stress brought on another scary incident of sleepwalking on the night we learned about the cancelled contract on our Colorado house. I haven’t had one in a few years, and they are creepy. I found myself opening doors in the hallway outside our bedroom, looking for the bathroom which of course is not in that direction. I even picked up the gate we lean against our bedroom door opening to keep the dogs in with us at night and placed it across the stairs instead. Of course, I didn’t realize it until morning dawned and it was time to go downstairs that I had even done it. I don’t remember going through the gate the first time, but I do remember fussing with it on my “return” trip. I don’t like sleepwalking!

In the meantime, our weather has been delicious—cool, sunny and non-humid. I think that’s about to change this week with temps in the 90s and the return of humidity. Pool time! The day lilies that surround the pool are now blooming (see above), the phoebes are adding to their nest in anticipation of a new crop of babies, we now have a red fox prowling the neighborhood, and I have a wonderful supportive husband who understands my dark, stormy moods. All in all, life is pretty good. So what if we go broke?

Friday, June 22, 2007

Florescence

Lynne Robinson, Hewitt, New Jersey
No filters, no adjusting in Photoshop; just the way this photo came out! These small, white butterflies are everywhere in our flower beds. Everything about them is white, even their legs and antennae.

Thursday, June 07, 2007

a-potting I did go

Yesterday I bought some flowers to put into pots around the yard and for the front porch steps. Today my plan was to get them all potted.
Lynne Robinson, Hewitt, New Jersey
Lynne Robinson, Hewitt, New Jersey
I gathered up my gardening gloves, trusty trowel, soil, and pots and prepared to dig right in. Then I saw this:
Lynne Robinson, Hewitt, New Jersey
Oh, dear. Slight snag given that I don’t ‘do’ power tools. I am not at all tool-inclined. In fact, I’m a bit dangerous in that department. My hands get clammy just thinking about it.

Recipe for Disaster:

1 Lynne
1 power tool of your choice
Mix well

Caution: stand well back

Stupid, I know, and right now I can see my friend Linda out there laughing away at my trepidation over picking up a drill to make a few holes. When Rick called I told him of my dilemma. Jeez, Lynne,  just drill the hole. You can do it, he said. Could I? If he had confidence in me, well ... sure, why not. I’ll give it a go. What’s the worst thing that could happen? I drill right through my foot? Best not to think of what could go wrong.

I picked up the big orange monster and chose a drill bit. It took me a few minutes to figure out how to change out the bits, but it was simple. Look out pots, here I come!!!
Lynne Robinson, Hewitt, New Jersey

In a matter of seconds the first hole was done. Huh, is that all there is to it? What was I so afraid of? Now I felt really stupid for having made such a big deal over it. I drilled the other three holes and felt disappointed that there weren’t more. I can see more power tools in my future. Just don’t get too close when I’m wielding one…

As I potted the geraniums and was taking out the plant tags, I noticed that even though they all appeared to be the same color of red, one of them was different. Take a look:
Lynne Robinson, Hewitt, New Jersey
How very apropos. Just like me; another Rocky Mountain transplant. I hope this little geranium’s roots take hold and it flourishes in its new home; just like I have done over the past year.
Lynne Robinson, Hewitt, New Jersey

Wednesday, June 06, 2007

Secret bower

Lynne Robinson, Hewitt, New Jersey
What lies beyond yon wild rose-bedecked bower?

Tuesday, June 05, 2007

Garden walk

Yesterday after the rain stopped, I took a walk around my yard with the baby camera. You never know what you might find. Come; join me ....

At first I thought these might be fireflies, but my hopes were dashed when I discovered they were not. I love how their wings are so transparent and diaphanous that the color of the flower comes through them, infusing them with yellow.

Lynne Robinson, Hewitt, New Jersey

The flowers that are now blooming in the perennial beds were more than grateful for the moisture. They seem to be drinking it in through their petals. It’s always a surprise to me to watch the different plants bloom since it’s only the second year I’ve seen their cycles. They never disappoint.

Lynne Robinson, Hewitt, New Jersey

Lynne Robinson, Hewitt, New Jersey

Lynne Robinson, Hewitt, New Jersey

Lynne Robinson, Hewitt, New Jersey


Other creatures were out as well, doing their garden clean-up jobs.

Lynne Robinson, Hewitt, New Jersey

Lynne Robinson, Hewitt, New Jersey
[I don’t care for caterpillars and wormy things any more than you do, fellow reader, but they demanded to be included.]


I love how colors become more saturated and drenched after a nice rain.

Lynne Robinson, Hewitt, New Jersey

Lynne Robinson, Hewitt, New Jersey


Hmm ... which way do you think is North by looking at this tree?

Lynne Robinson, Hewitt, New Jersey

And that, fellow reader, concludes our little garden walk. See you next time!<

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Welcome, I'm Lynne. You know me better as a 'new' Jersey Girl. But now I've moved back to my 'home' state and I am living in NoCo (Northern Colorado).This blog will be about my thoughts, good food, and of course, dogs.

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