Archive for January, 2009

Children’s gardens

One of the reasons I’ve always been enchanted with gardens is that my dad let me play around and dig in his gardens. I’m not exactly sure where he got his passion, but all three of us kids got some of it. Here are some pics from the Chicago Botanic Garden’s Children’s Garden. I never had anything like this! I just made mud pies and apple leaf salads and picked lots of violets.

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Gardens on my mind

Hmmm, starting to think about gardening!  Been helping Steven move some stuff to his new place and we keep bumping into my full sized heavy duty spade that I keep in the trunk.  Mind you, not a snow shovel, a spade fit for an agronomist, just in case I get the urge to dig a hole!



These were taken a few years ago when my sis and I visited the Chicago Botanic Garden.  Maybe this will help warm you up on a cold winter day!

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Friends Stick Together


I love this adorable picture that Ian sent of three friends I met in Poland! I’d seen pictures of these girls before I went to Poland, but it was so wonderful to meet two of them in person when I was there. I can’t say as friendship is my forte. In grade school, I had a best friend, but I was pretty bossy and she was easy going, and that’s probably the only reason it worked. In Jr. High I was often the lone girl out in a three-some of friends and it was pretty much ditto in high school. In college I roomed with some one who had become my best friend over the summer, and by the end of the year we were hardly talking to each other. Then I got married…that worked pretty well for 22 years! Anyway, my point is, friendship is not such an easy thing for me. It’s something I’ve thought a lot about in the last year and have put some effort into, even though I tend to be a loner and love my solitude. It’s another reason I am so thankful for my Sunday morning meeting (church in the home). Being with people who have the same thing in their hearts makes it easy to be friends. We automatically value the same things and even if we don’t always spend a lot of time together, you know they will be there for you and love you in spite of yourself.

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Happy Birthday Ana!


I know I am a few days late on this…but that’s kind of how it’s going around here.  On another Ana note, I made her Filipino egg rolls last week for Meagnon’s Thursday supper group, and I have to say, they were almost as good as hers!  I love you Ana!!

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“ain’t no sunshine…”

I think there is a song that goes something like that. We have a pretty good cloud cover today, although a couple of times the sun has broken through for a few seconds. Do you ever have times when the sun breaks through? All of a sudden you have a burst of energy and warmth and the whole world looks different. Ya gotta catch those sunbeams, put them in a bottle and make ’em work for you!


This photo was taken through the pine tree behind mom and dad’s house in Sterling. Oh and by the way, happy birthday dad!

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Happy New Year!

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