envious…

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so, my daughter has been sending photos of her African violet… there are four plants in one pot and currently there are over 50 blooms…

mine has one bloom, and I am trying really hard not to be envious, lol…

pictures on left are my 3 plants and the one bloom… on the right is hers, sigh…

strange…

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seems like a strange Easter… even more so than last year, for some reason…

I hadn’t put out any decorations, but this morning I dug out the Easter box and put out the sign, bunnies and bag that I got last year;-)…

I made everything for tonight’s supper yesterday, as well as packaging some ham and potatoes for a friend and my grandson… really happy to cook for others… this morning I finished up the ham and pea soup…

I set the obelisk into the pot on the deck, put cushions out, and spent the afternoon in the garden, reading and watching the birds…

had a lovely visit with my grandson when he came to pick up his dinner… a friend dropped off some delicious pickerel for my supper, when she picked up her ham and potatoes…

still didn’t feel like Easter, but all in all, a lovely day…

fancier…

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today I made a new and fancier version of scalloped potatoes… was a bit of fun…

made up packages for a friend and my grandson…. felt good to prepare food for others, lol…

also moved the rain barrel, swept off the back deck, put out the solar lights, and set up a few chairs…

my Easter dinner for tomorrow is basically ready… ham is cooked and I will just need to make some asparagus or Brussels sprouts… not sure which it will be…

currently, soup is simmering on the stove…

brackets…

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the adjustable brackets have arrived, the adjustable brackets have arrived;-)…

we’ve had our garden reclining lawn chairs for longer than I can remember…

they are just right in the space and have the ability to recline… a great place for an afternoon nap in the shade…

over the last few years I’ve replaced the cushions, but the brackets have been wearing out and breaking… I had no idea what to call them so wasn’t able to find replacement parts…

I even looked for new chairs, but there don’t seem to be any that recline nowadays…

I mentioned it to my son-in-law and he found the parts online… I ordered them from a business in the States, hoping they would work and they arrived yesterday…

today, I went out to the garage to see if they would be just a simple screw into the tube or whether we will have to drill some holes…

they fit;-)… one hole is in the wrong place, but I think only using the other two holes will be perfect…

I am so happy… now to clean off the deck and wait for some nice weather…

loosened…

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since the reminder in January that my eating habits had loosened up a bit too much, I’ve been eating less and much better…

I’ve also been reaching my step goal every day, even though it is not a huge goal…

I am walking a figure eight in the living and dining room, and sometimes on the deck… if I walk on the treadmill my hip gets really grumpy so I am not doing that just now…

looking forward to a better A1C result in April…

soothe…

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anyone who follows me knows that I am trying to keep my diabetes in check with diet and exercise only…

when I started I absolutely gave up any type of sugar… that was hard, and also included potatoes, one of my favourite foods, lol…

over the years I have loosened up my diet to include some of the things that had been removed… always done in consultation with my doctor, so that my life was less focussed on the fear of my A1C number…

at my last appointment, my number had gone up to the edge of needing meds…

so, I cut back all sugar once again, which meant that I wasn’t having any chocolate;-(…

I was excited a few days ago to learn about Happy Mail for Chocolate Lovers (through Patreon)… it is a monthly subscription that will send me an envelope of goodies each month… all chocolate-themed, but no actual chocolate…

a great way to soothe my chocolate craving, without any of the sugar content, and provide support for an artist…

there is even an app for Patreon so I can see any items going up about Happy Mail for Chocolate Lovers (also on Instagram @happymailforchocolatelovers).

looking forward to see what will be in my first envelope;-)…

sprouts…

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more time working on/in the garden…

changed tables in the living room window to make space to be able to put more of the deck planters in the sunlight… once they warm up, I am going to fill them with alyssum and morning glories…

kind of exciting… I also moved the big planter onto the front step and will put it back into the flower bed in a few days when the weather is warmer…

filled the other planters with datura and morning glories and planted a few additional tomatoes… I’ve moved the tomatoes onto the dining room window ledge…

it will be interesting to see what sprouts

soak…

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did a bit more planting

already have grape tomatoes and milkweed going…

added white alyssum and dahlias… I am not expecting anything from the dahlias… I brought them in and bagged them in the fall, but they don’t feel full, so we will see if anything pops up… if not I already have new ones ordered which should come sometime in May…

also put datura and morning glories in to soak before they get planted…

found this sunflower smiling at me in one of the planters where I will be putting morning glories, lol…

bag…

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spent a little time preparing some Easter treats for my grandkids…

was watching tv and saw a cute bunny made from a paper lunch bag, and dug some out of the storeroom…

it was such fun crafting them… not hard, but enjoyable… filled them with a few goodies, found ribbons and made nametags…

sorry I can’t show you what is inside, lol, but who knows who might see this post;-)…

they look very sweet and are waiting to be picked up and delivered for next Sunday…

clamp…

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well, it took most of the day, but I got the obelisk put together;-)…

started first thing in the morning… put a couple of layers together and then made a mistake and couldn’t remove a pipe that was stuck… left it and kept thinking about it… was really missing my beloved… he had the strongest hands and that was what I needed…

eventually I remembered the clamp that is attached to the workbench in the garage…

after using cloth, the clamp and pliers, I was able to separate two of the pieces… finally was able to add a piece upside down and connect the remaining pieces together…

looks great;-)… hoping for a few warmer days so I can set it into the pot on the deck… the morning glories are going to look great on it…

way to go me…