If the rain holds off, we’re going to attend the Amateur Ham Radio Club of Fort Smith’s annual picnic this afternoon.
The weather forecast is saying it’s supposed to start raining this afternoon and won’t stop, essentially, until sometime Monday or so, so this is a big “IF.”
This is a group of people who love ham radio. My husband joined a few years ago, but is mainly listening, rather than talking at this point, wanting to be sure he knows how to do it correctly. He has passed all three tests for ham operators, and as soon as we can get him a decent antenna, he might really get into this new hobby for him.
We mainly got it so that we could find out what was going on in the event of an emergency of some kind. Others get into it because they want to talk to people in as many different countries as possible. It’s an interesting group of people from all walks of life.
I’m particularly impressed by the leader of the group. He went blind several years ago, but that hasn’t stopped him from being a very social, dynamic leader who remembers everyone’s names, everyone’s wife’s or husband’s name, plus their kids names, and keeps up with all the latest on everyone. I wish I could do this HALF as well as he does. He recognizes my husband and me quickly when either of us says, “Hi, Mike.” Needless to say, he’s a great leader, very welcoming to all comers.
We’ll bring something to drink for ourselves, a container of baked beans for the group, and go – prepared to have a good time visiting with people and having a fun picnic.
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Mary Lou Lewis
Today is “enjoy-one-last-sunrise-at-the-beach,” pack up, and travel back to reality day for my sister-in-law and her buddies. Since she kindly shared her trip with us, we can also share the relaxation, beauty, fresh air, sand, waves, sandpipers, balloons, good food, good companionship, new friends, and good alone time, too.
I had to admit that when the rain started, I was relieved to be able to come back inside. My garden needs a ton of work after more than 3 weeks of neglect due to rain and laziness.
I’m embarrassed to show these to you because things have gotten so out of hand.
I’ll concentrate on sharing the good things I found before the rain – and spent energy – forced me in.
My lettuce has done spectacularly well this year. It’s very happy with all the rain and the insects haven’t bothered it. It tastes wonderful, too!
This planter is right beside the shop door. If you’re not familiar with this, this has become one of our staples. It’s called “Yubi,” “Purslane,” or a related form, “Portulaca.” It thrives in hot, dry climates, so it loves Arkansas. It’s an annual, so we plant it every year. My husband keeps a gallon jug of water in the shop so that he can give it a drink regularly.
I’m trying to plant more and more snapdragons each year. They’re perennial, come in nice colors, and last from spring until frost. What more could a person ask?
This is a mystery perennial I planted last year. I don’t know how long it will last, but it’s blooming nicely right now. I couldn’t detect any smell.
This is a planter that has done well this year. It has a bit of everything in it, it’s full of perennial blooms, and I love the variation.
We had a surprise gift of a dry, cloudy, cooler day so far today, so I’ve been outside weeding the square foot garden. It’s been about three weeks or more since I could get out there and it shows. :0(
My asparagus spears were over 3 FEET tall, so I’ve just cut them off for the compose barrel. SOMETHING attacked the poor broccoli plants just as they were trying to grow new leaves. I’ve had to pull up about half of what I planted. If the rain will just give me a break, I’ll try to spray on something to keep the insects away.
I’m harvesting what I can of broccoli florets and trying to trim the plants that still have reasonable looking leaves. I don’t know if they’ll produce at all.
The thing that is going really nicely is my lettuce! I’m going to harvest a bunch today – if my energy holds out – and we’ll be enjoying lots of good salads fresh from the garden.
My tomato plants are still ‘iffy’ after the hailstorm. I have two other tomato plants on the east side of the house that are HUGE compared to those in the main part of the garden. I’m still at a loss to explain that – just enjoying the fact that MAYBE we’ll have some good tomatoes in awhile.
I have blossoms on my cucumber plants and my bell pepper plants, so I’m hopeful that they’ll do all right.
I’ve been glugging water since I’ve been writing this post, trying to get up enough energy to get back out there. There is SO much to do. I want to take advantage of today, where I thought we would be rained out, but my energy is a big factor.
I’ll don my sweatband and carry my bottle of water back out there and see if I can do some good.
I hope the weather is cooperating with you in your activities today.
pink radio (VIP) via vickie eisenlohr
I love this idea! I would adapt it to a series of planters on our deck railing, though, since my husband hates to move around things.
Mary Lou Lewis
A wonderful treasure trove from the beach! My sister-in-law, Mary Lou, has been kindly sharing her vacation with me. Her photographs are so good I almost feel I’m there. Very relaxing, isn’t it?
She’s particularly pleased that her beach buddies taught her to hunt for shark’s teeth!
Credit – Mary Lou Lewis
Sunrise on the beach. They think this will burn away by midday. What a glorious place. Can you hear the waves lapping at the shore? Watch for a sandpiper!
credit – Mary Lou Lewis
Thanks to my wonderful sister-in-law, Mary Lou, we get to enjoy another virtual day at the beach! Of the top photograph, she says, “A little ghost crab who showed no fear as I was taking a walk yesterday.”
credit – Mary Lou Lewis
“The sun is breaking free of this morning’s cloud cover.”
I wish I could be there with her, walking and discovering while enjoying the intense beauty, but this virtual vacation is almost as good.
My good friend, DiVoran Lites, is writing a book. Since she’s also an artist, she is illustrating it! She is providing the illustrations from her “Go West” Series in the form of 8-1/2 x 11 posters. plus note card packages of 20, 50, and 100 – the cost of the note cards is discounted more deeply the more you purchase. You can use these note cards as your ‘signature’ note cards, with DiVoran offering free personalization on each card!
Go West Series – “Touring Car”
Go West Series – “The Church”
Go West Series – “Kate and Seraphina”
Go West Series – “Aldon in Loft”
Go West Series – “Charlotte’s Blue Tea Pot”
Go West Series – “Cow and Calf”
Go West Series – “Cattle at Rest”
Go West Series – “Clifton Map”
Go West Series – “Colorado Spring”
Go West Series – “Laundry”
Go West Series – “Mountains”
Go West Series – “The Ranch”
Go West Series – “Rocky Mountain Hot Spring”
Go West Series – “The Railroad Station”
To purchase these as POSTERS –
To purchase these as packages of NOTECARDS –
Isn’t this a GREAT photo by Nicole Katano? I love it!
I decided to actually look up how much rain we’ve had this month to see if I’m exaggerating, or if we really HAVE had a LOT of rain.
Joe Pennington, one of the weather guys on KFSM TV 5 in Fort Smith/Fayetteville said, “May 2015 is now the wettest May on record for Fort Smith pushing 14″. If we get 3.80″ more, it will be the wettest spring ever recorded since record keeping began back in 1883.”
Nuts! Last evening my husband and I mowed the lawn. Today I was planning to edge, trim, and do some weed whacking, start new compost in my barrel composter, harvest some veggies, etc – enjoying spending the day outside. Guess what! We woke up to a really hard rain and thunderstorm this morning. I think the weather people said that we got between 2.0 and 2.5 inches of rain overnight!
Our yard is beyond saturated. Some places around us are having flooding, retaining wall collapses, etc., so I’m not griping TOO loudly, but it’s annoying that my plans have been ‘washed away.’
To add insult to injury, here’s our forecast –
KFSM 5 News
Great, huh? It looks like tomorrow, and then maybe Tuesday of next week I can work outside…
AND we’re planning to attend a ham radio group picnic Saturday….
gainingagebutlosingmind via cindy bassnett thurman
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I love my friends and family, but I also enjoy time to myself, where I do whatever I’d like to do, not having to adjust for others.
Today I’ve been at the computer. I probably should have been doing other things, but I’ve enjoyed myself thoroughly.
The rest of the day I’ll spend doing my ‘shoulds’ – at least ONE – but I had good fun!
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I love the ocean. I remember trying to make sand castles when I was a young child, though I don’t remember which ocean my parents took us to. Most of my life has been in the center of the country, in Oklahoma and Arkansas – a little far from beaches.
My sister-in-law is enjoying a vacation on the beach with friends this week and I couldn’t be happier for her. She sent me a picture of a sandpiper yesterday. Today I can enjoy her view of the beach from her room at the rented house!
Mary Lou Lewis
Isn’t this nice? I would love to walk right out on that walkway and go down the steps to the beach.
I got so caught up in reading about shark teeth hunts I almost missed the face that she sent TWO pictures today!
Mary Lou Lewis
Simply glorious! I hope YOU’RE enjoying our virtual vacation, too!
Thank you, Mary Lou!
“The sea does not reward those who are too anxious, too greedy, or too impatient. One should lie empty, open, choiceless as a beach – waiting for a gift from the sea.” Anne Morrow Lindbergh.
email from Marsha Koenig
With the crazy weather we’ve been having this spring, this almost looks like a regular photograph!
Mary Lou Lewis
My virtual vacation officially began this morning with the arrival of this photograph taken by my sister-in-law, where she’s relaxing and enjoying some well-deserved time off with good friends.
I asked her to ‘kiss a sandpiper for me,” and SHE DID!
This photo transported me so that I could ALMOST hear the ocean and watch the sweet sandpiper skitter across the sand.
This is similar to our garage door. We’ve had it for years and it has worked flawlessly – until it became possessed.
Now we hit the button to close the door when we’re leaving. The garage door goes down to the bottom of the travel. But, instead of staying closed, it starts back up again. We’re having to wait – watch it start back up – then hit the button twice more to send it down again – over and over until it goes down and stays down.
My husband is a very impatient man. Several times we’ve gone, only to come back and find the garage door completely open. :0(
We had the problem this morning – again – when we went grocery shopping. I DID get my husband to finally stop and wait until we could get the door to stay shut.
After a cup of coffee and the paper, we’ll get out there and see if we can drive the demons away…
Lisa Bearnes Richey
My sister-in-law and some of her good friends are on their way today for a beach trip.
Lots of sun, sand, ocean, friends, laughs, and relaxation. AHHHHHH!
I envy you – for the friendship – for the good times – and am happy for you getting to play on the beach!
Have a blast, and kiss a sandpiper for me!
“The ocean stirs the heart, inspires the imagination and brings eternal joy to the soul.” Wyland
This reminds me of a Chia pet.