Tuesday, June 10, 2014

DOG DAYS & FLOWER POTS


Anyway, I have been up to my ears in gardening and a lot else has gone to the wayside as a result.  I'm spending hours outside weeding, planting pots, watering, sweeping up birdseed. That bird feeder has become a battleground.  The sparrows scare the wrens and the cardinals scare the sparrows.  They line up on my porch railing waiting their turns.  I'm filling the feeder everyday and what I sweep up I toss into the grass.  They are everywhere!!  The Husband politely suggested I move the feeder near a tree and I said, "No!  I want be able to hear them!"  To which he replied, "I don't think you want to hear what they are saying."

Take a close look at the sign above.  It's attached to an old hoe.  I'm trying to nail it to the house, but it's really difficult to hammer nails into brick.  I've done it before though, just have to hunt for the right nails.  Again, The Husband sighs at my outdoor decor and swears one more nail is going to make the house crumble down.



So I brought him inside, I figured he'd do less damage there.  Well at 8 weeks you can pretty much figure he's not housebroken and he proceeded to relieve himself on my living room area rug.  By the time I came back with paper towels, he was doing #2 next to the spot.



 












Well, I'm off to get some reading in before bed.  Now remember, if you read my blog and were never able to comment, now you can.  And you can leave your email address if you want. 

Have a great week all! :)

XO,
Jane

47 comments:

Cindy @ Dwellings-The Heart of Your Home said...

Tulo is adorable! The picture of him sleeping is just so cute. Your grow planter, it's perfect...
Blessings,
Cindy

Laurie M said...

your grand puppy is so sweet, lots of work but so sweet, your flowers look wonderful, the picnic table is perfect and I am like you in that I rarely make large purchases like that on my own, maybe we both nee to do this more often, lol, keep our husbands on their toes!

Vicki @ lifeinmyemptynest said...

Everything looks pretty Jane! It is a lot of work, but it feels so good when it's done :-)

Doreen@househoneys said...

Awwwwwwww...that picture of Tulo is so precious, and no, you are going to be a wonderful grandmother! I couldn't help but crack up thinking about what he did. Such a typical 'boy'.

I staying away from the yard...too much poison ivy and I don't want to take any chances before the wedding. Maybe when you're finished with your place you can hop on a flight and come east and take care of my really,really, ugly yard?

Btw, I love lobelias too. So feminine and airy! Just wish they were perennials.

Linda@Coastal Charm said...

Hello Jane,
I haven't been visiting around much too...just so dang busy with my business and doing a lot of yard work. I too, love to work out in my yard. Love the story about your granddog...I can soooo relate! Have fun at the late with all your family...we will be attending a family reunion out in the country.

Blessings,
Linda

A Quiet Corner said...

Jane, your choice of planters, plants and grand-pups are right up my alley!!!...:)JP

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

All your flowers look so pretty, Jane. The puppy is adorable, but I know what a handful they can be. I see you had the time down almost to the second! : ) Nice find on the table. I think some husband's do get hurt when a "big" purchase is made with their input. Although, I have to admit I would want in on the decision for something "big", especially for the house. Go relax ~ you deserve it!

Rita C. said...

Jane, it's looking good out there, especially when you can add cute props like your dog and granddog! Love the picnic table too - you go, girl!

For the planter that you want some height, how about adding a single dracaena spike in the center, and then maybe a little diamond frost on each side of it? I think you could squeeze them in there; 4" pots should do it, and you could even split the d. frost one. They do well in sun, and would fill in the back nicely, nice and airy, but not overwhelm it.
I'm taking the day off from the yard, but it's a bit of an obsession every time I walk outside - always something to do.
Happy gardening!

podso said...

Good for you on the picnic table--it looks really nice and who can argue with not having to pick it up or assemble it? And what a cute puppy. They are exhausting aren't they? But make you smile at the end of the day as you so said so nicely!

Primitive Stars said...

Morning Jane, oh sweet puppy but a lot of work... Love all your planters, looking great, Blessings Francine.

Theresa said...

Love all of your pretty flowers:) My favorite is the picket fence planter, LOVE IT! That is ONE PRECIOUS little Grandpup! It is a lot of work to keep things blooming but you are doing an awesome job:) Have a blessed day dear Jane, BIG HUGS from Georgia!

Kathleen Grace said...

God must have made puppies so cute so you would forgive the naughtiness, because that naughty little Tulo sure is cute! Lol
I have been busy in the yard too. We are hosting a Christian Education appreciation dinner this friday for the workers in our church's children's department so I want the area by the garden where the tables will be set up to look good, and it does! It sure takes a lot of time though. Have youtried raised bed gardening? We abandoned our big tilled garden several years ago, it was too far from the house so it got neglected, and added raised beds. We love the look and ease of taking care of them!

Karen said...

What a beautiful pup! and your garden touches are awesome, especially love the planters

Curtains in My Tree said...


Yes your puppy grand dog is cute however in that terrible chew up everything stage which is hard to deal with
thanks for stopping by my post on my old dolls they are from late 1800's I am sure. I never knew why they had the old gauze like material wrapped around them? maybe they used that for body padding?

Traci said...

Everything is so pretty! Tulo is sooo cute! I still have a few pots that need things planted but I haven't made time to do it. Maybe this week!

Jeanette said...

Adorable puppy! I see some sort of starburst or garden plaque hanging in the middle there! Everything looks wonderful!

Shirley said...

Hi Jane, I have been trying to catch up with friends this morning. I have enjoyed catching up with you. I hope you don't have rain at the lake and I am hoping that we don't have any here. I decided against trying to have any flowers. I just don't have time for them. I enjoyed your trip. Have a wonderful day. Hugs and Prayers from your Missouri Friend.

Stacey said...

Sorry but I was just really laughing out loud as you described the puppy's adventures. I guess a puppy is a little like a toddler. :)

Your yard work sounds like fun to me!!

Susie said...

Blondie, Your thumb is going to turn green ...LOL. Oh my gosh, that pup would have worn me out. You need something called a masonary screw to use on brick, I would use a small diameter also. You do not want to break the brick...scary. Blessings, xoxo,Susie

20 North Ora said...

Can just see you and the grandpuppy out in the yard!! LOL Be sure and read my post this evening about Grandparents. Your post made me think about this post I wrote last night and am posting today.

Your plants look great. It's so much work tho. Love your new picnic table.

Judy

Anonymous said...

Blondie I have the same breed of puppy. Our puppy is 10 months old. We named him Seger. He is a joy and a handful too. He did get the potty training down easy. It helps when you have another dog and they go out together. They love to chew on things so we have alot of toys for him to play with. The mother of the puppy is from Traverse City Mi and she breed with a dog in the Battle Creek area and his name was Dazzle. The mother just had her second litter on May 27th and my brother and sister in law gets the pick of the litter. They are exited. The yard looks good with all that your doing.

Thanks for opening up so us non bloggers can commit.

Michelle Wright
dn91191@yahoo.com

Vel Criste said...

You have been pre-occupied! Tulo does seem quite a handful, so hopefully, once he's house broken, your relationship with him will so much better! ;-) I suggest putting something circular in the middle of your planter, a clock? anything decorative that's made of terracota or steel. Have a fun weekend on the lake, you do have a lot to celebrate about. I'm dropping of our son to Camp on Fathers day, so it will be bittersweet. :-)

Kit said...

Love all the photos! Especially the Grow planter. How clever! Have a great time at the lake. :) Kit

Lisa @ Texas Decor said...

Your grand pup is adorable! He really did seem to be smiling in that pic too! Enjoy your time at the lake!

Gina said...

You have definitely been busy outside! Everything looks great and just think of how happy you'll be when its all in full bloom. It'll be so pretty!

Have a great weekend at the lake!

Balisha said...

Aren't puppies the most fun? They are such a handful. They play and play and then just plop and fall asleep.
Love the new picnic table. Wonderful place to visit and enjoy your beautiful yard.
Have a lovely weekend,
Balisha

sissie said...

Hi Jane,
Your little grand puppy is a real cutie and I can just imagine that he needs constant supervision.
Love all your planting too. It's just way to hot here to do much outside. Seems every time I look at my plants they are wilting an needing water.
Hope you have fun at the Lake.

hugs
Sissie

lynn said...

oh, my, but the puppy is so adorable! you love him best when he's asleep, right:) love the grow planter--too cute!

Beth said...

Your garden looks great, Jane. I'm going to try to copy that planter with the picket fence around it. It's adorable...and speaking of adorable, Tulo is a cutie. A spunky little guy! Hope your week is going well. Enjoy your new picnic table!
Hugs, Beth

cathy@my1929charmer said...

Tulo is one cute puppy, but they can get in trouble quicker than a rabbit turding! Like you I've been spending my time out in the garden, it seems like I get one area weeded, head to another and the one I weeded before is weedy again? I can't keep up. We spent 3 days getting out pond up and running again, I'm so happy. Gardening is the best work I've ever done, but my body is achy all over.

xinex said...

Your garden is looking so pretty, Janie, and it's making me miss mine. Your grand puppy is very cute, lol. Thank you so much for your continued prayers for Rea. I am staying with Rochelle now which is a little over a 2 hr drive from Tina, who lives next door to the house we bought. Anyway, after Rea comes home, we all plan to go there so the girls can swim....Christine

Bluebird49 said...

Oh Jane--you're never boring--I love the way you write. If that puppy wasn't so darned cute, he'd be in the doghouse. BUT...he's stinkin' cute--well, your house is probably stinkin', too, with him using it for his bathroom. Human grandchildren, well, they're different, nessy, too, but somehow you can get more attached to them! And you can give them back when you need to! I've been looking forward to you posting again. In the meanwhile, I've read your whole blog! :) Trudy

Bluebird49 said...

Oh by the way, I've lived in the 1950s forever, always feeling as if I had to get permission to buy anything, but since I don't have any money to spend--it hasn't been a real big thing. I just wonder how we're going to live at all when our tiny retirement runs out--we spend it all every month on insurances, prescriptions, and electricity and food. Ah, retirement-NOT what we thought it would be!

Pondside said...

Jane I want to be reading your blog when you're a grandmother - you'll be a riot!

Cindy (Applestone Cottage) said...

Jane,
You always make me smile gf! Yes, being a grandma is a bit like chasing after a puppy! It's probably why I am always so tired. I love all your flowers and plantings,boy have you been a busy one. My fave is that picket fence planter...oh cute!
I want to get blogging again, so maybe I can get a post up. All I have done lately is sew, babysit Addison and my flowers...that desperately need weeding right now.
We need to get a date huh?
Hugs gf,
Cindy

deb @ frugal little bungalow said...

I have enjoyed all of the gardening updates and then there's TULO / LOL he is so darn cute!!!!!! :) I hope that you do a lot of babysitting, lol!

Art @ Home said...

Puppy woes....I'm in touch with that emotion. Finlay is hell, I tell ya!

But your little grand puppy is so cute. I bet he gets away with murder, LOL!

Debbie said...

I LOVE the garden sign that's attached to the hoe! I also like the sign in your little cottage garden in front of the little bench.
Isn't it a labor of love to be out in your yard all day, Jane? Then to be able to wake up the next day, and look out the windows to see all the pretty plants, and flowers? So worth the time, and effort.
Your pots, and planters are all wonderful! The new one with the Lobelia is so unique!!
Have a grand time at your lake house, Jane!! You've waited so long to get up there this year.
I bet you have some lovely flowers waiting for you when you arrive.
Debbie
xoxoxo

Maria Elena said...

Your flowers are so pretty, but Tulo is sure the star of the show. So darn cute!!! :)

Ivy and Elephants said...

You are going to make a fabulous grandma! Such a sweet story. Hope you have a fun time at the lake!
Hugs,
Patti

bj said...

Love that grow planter...how fun.
Everything looks so pretty...and I know how hard the work is to get it looking so good....
Hope your summer is going good.
xo bj

Jen Vandervoort said...

I'm still giggling over the poor puppy...#1 AND #2 in the house...you are one very good Grandma. LOL.

That's a lovely picnic table, and I bet it's going to get a lot of use.

Jen

Melanie said...

I'm finally catching up with your blog...I think all your gardening work looks great. That "grow" planter is very unique and cool! I love lobelia too. I have some light purple ones planted in a vintage colander along with some vines. It's filling out right now and looks so pretty. Your grandpuppy is so darn cute...good thing he is so that he can get away with naughtiness!

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