Maximum Garden-Minimum Cost

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On Sunday, Douglas did a 62-mile run. I was exhausted just writing this post; I had to take several breaks. My excuse is that I have been sick, but I still feel like a big wimp. I am proud of him, though, despite questioning why he does what he does. I do appreciate that he never gives up when there is something that he wants. Here he is with Junior after the race.

Douglas and Junior

Douglas will never give up on a race and I swear not to give up on my garden this year. After three years of living in the Cape of Dreams and taking care of the yard, I finally feel that things are starting to come together the way that I want them. I was fortunate when I moved in that the house was surrounded by wide flower garden bordered with Belgian blocks. There were some bushes and flowers in the garden and yard, but not nearly as many as I wanted. The gardens looked rather sparse and the side and back of the yard was a tangle of overgrown bushes. I did not have the money to do what I wanted in the beginning, but I have been slowly filling things in with plants that I love.

Cape of Dreams in April 2013

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Decorating with LOVE

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I hope that everyone had a wonderful Valentine’s Day yesterday. In my opinion, it is a nice reminder to do something special for the people that we love. My husband is good about doing things throughout the year that make me feel loved. They are not always “romantic” actions, or at least not the kind of romantic that Hallmark and the jewelry companies would lead you to believe is necessary. He always makes sure that I eat well and shovels all of the snow. He cooks, cleans and does laundry. What else could I ask for?

Douglas at our wedding in white suit

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Stop and Smell the Flowers

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My wonderful husband brought home flowers for me two weeks ago. He is very sweet like that. Every once in a while, he likes to surprise me with flowers. I like to spread the flowers out around the house so that it feels like there are more of them. I also want them to last as long as possible. There are several things that will make flowers live longer. The first thing you need to consider is the kind of flower. Weed-like flowers last longer, as do buds.

Flowers in vase

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