How's that for self-indulgence? Yeah!
The pups woke me this morning, something they don't usually do. And they were all over me! Honestly, I wondered if they sensed this was a special day! It was just one of those odd things that was so nice and special to be snuggled awake, almost like when my kids were little and they and their daddy woke me with happy birthday snuggles. It's gonna be a good day!
Yesterday Linda and I did one of our little road trips. Roswell. She needed some art supplies from Hobby Lobby, and we both needed some things from Home Depot. For the first time in the history of the world, I was in Hobby Lobby, looked at things in every department, and I bought .... nothing. NOTHING!
At Home Depot, I bought a bunch of plants. Some are for hanging pots, some are for the two huge cast iron kettles, and some are for my "natural" garden. It is "natural" because I've used all indigenous plants or plants that are compatible with this climate and elevation with one exception .... I planted some Shasta Daisies, just because I love them. What I'm adding are flowers that "protect" the others from being eaten by deer. I got marigolds, poppies, and lavender, some plants and some seeds. I couldn't find daffodils in pots, but I'll get the bulbs in the fall and enjoy them next year. I love that many of the flowers I like, poppies, daffodils, marigolds, are deer repellents for the sake of my red hot pokers, columbine, lilies, and daisies. Isn't it cool how Mother Nature has provided this?
The only problem with the plants is that the next ten days we are having night time lows from 34° to 43°. I'll have to wait to plant and protect them in the meantime. Should be alright, as there aren't too many to cover on the deck and/or bring them inside overnight. It will be worth it to have a pretty, low maintenance garden out front.
Fortunately, the garden is coming along well, as I'm adding a little each year. The first couple years were nightmarish and labor intensive. I'm glad they are done, and I can concentrate mostly on the little annual additions. After I reach my level of satisfaction with this one, I will begin extending it out into the farthest part of my property, also in front, where there is a fabulous palate for future painting with flowers and plants. I will not get away from my "natural" gardening plan. Once I have enough "protector" plants in place, I will be strewing packets of high elevation wild flower seeds, too. I really look forward to the day when that is possible.
While we were in Roswell, lunch was, of course, a high point! We picked Red Lobster. Yummmmmmm! You can't imagine how you miss some of the "common" restaurants until you live an hour or more away from one! Lawdy, it was good! And Linda treated me for my birthday! I ordered a dessert, something I don't always do, but the hot chocolate chip cookie with ice cream on top just looked too good! And it was! Our waiter was one of those really fun ones, joking with us all the way through our meal, and insisted on singing happy birthday! I really could have done without that. When you reach 66, it just isn't necessary to hullabaloo a birthday, but it was OK.
Now, I gotta run into town and buy some dog food. If I don't do that, the pups will have a less friendly greeting for me tomorrow!