Family/Plants/Family/Rocks/Plants = Perfect Day For Me!!

Today was amazing!! I started early, for a Saturday.

All five of us went to a potluck brunch and had a lovely time with lots of other families that we have gotten to know the last few years. After this we went home.

Once home, I spent some time in the garden. I got some help from my younger daughter too, so technically I also got some more family time too! It started out kind of sad when we realized that our corn had been chomped on by something, so that was sad, but I found the rest of the corn seeds and planted more. I did a little research and think it was a crow that did it, I tried to send messages to the one I saw on our chimney and mentally explained that the plants meant a lot to the family, hopefully he/she is as perceptive as I believe and understood me!

I decided to then tackle the lilies. This little bunch of them really looked like they needed space!:

Crowded Lilies

I dug up the bunch of crowded Stargazer Lilies that aren’t doing so well, split them up, and replanted them where they have more room, a very satisfying job! I also put two of them into pots for my youngest as she asked me to. I just hope we remember which pots are the lilies! I’ll need to get some masking tape or something to mark them!

Once I finished with the lilies it was time to go to grandma’s house. Once we got there I got to spend some time in her garden too, so this one is also combines family and plant time. First I cleared out a bunch of morning glory from where the recently planted raspberries are planted, and then did a bit of trimming away of ivy and other plants that blocked paths etc. In the end I got five tomato plants too, score! I left from here with my older daughter, and went on to our next adventure.

I took her to the NW Rockhunter Shop! It was just last week that I discovered it and now I’ve taken both of my daughters here as well, and they definitely share my love of colorful rocks and learning about them. On top of this there was a very friendly dog (who is always there, he’s awesome!) and also there was a recently adopted kitten today!


After leaving the store my daughter agreed to go to a restaurant that we hadn’t been to before, it was near where we “thought” we were going and it was great! We both really liked it and I enjoyed being in a “hip” Pho restaurant that reminded me of some of the restaurants I used to go to when I lived in NYC, and to share the experience with my very grateful daughter who is normally quite picky made it even better!!

Once we got home I got started with the tomatoes right away…I wanted them to get into the fresh soil/compost and get busy making us tomatoes! I started out looking for some bigger pots..I only found about 3, and so I started doing some investigating. I had a few plants that I thought would be good companions, so I did some research and also while I was looking for decent companions I also found a couple more medium sized pots. I thought it was more than I needed! I was also pleasantly surprised to see this!:

First Lavender Flower of 2016

I laughed out loud when I saw the flower! I had been convinced it was rosemary, I looked up what rosemary flowers look like and sniffed the flower and (of course) it is definitely lavender. I thought it was so funny because I have been trying to get another of my lavender plants to bloom (unsuccessfully) for years!! This one was adopted a few weeks ago when I found it on and old toy outside of my sons preschool. I remember them telling me it was lavender and still being convinced it was rosemary…well that shows me!!

My next surprise was when I got started with the tomatoes, what I thought was five tomato starts, was actually closer to 12! Each of the 5 little containers with the starts had 2-3 strong tomato starts in it! I planted about four with either the lavender or oregano that I had in pots already and used the rest of the potting/compost that I had putting the rest of them in the big and medium sized pots that I found. I used every single one and they all are now happily planted either in a bigger container and less root competition or alongside so plants that will hopefully be good companions.

I feel absolutely exhilarated at such a wonderful day, my cup is completely filled up with both family and plant time, both of which make me so happy! Plus I got some one on one time with each of my daughters today, one at the rock store and the other in the garden. I had to write it so that I can always look back and remember, I want to make sure I have a LOT more days like this!

I hope that you had and amazing day too and that tomorrow is even better for all of us!! Maybe I’ll get some laundry or dishes done even, lol!! Today I didn’t have any symptoms come up related to Multiple Sclerosis but I really believe that it is days well spent like this one that help me to stay as healthy as I am.

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