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garden girls

hey y’all!

hope everyone had a wonderful holiday. i celebrated by going to a movie (hangover, which was v. funny. oh, and bradley cooper wasn’t so painful to watch, either) in a cool, dark theater with my sweet, accommodating hubby. but for those of you who braved the extreme temperatures to see the fireworks, etc. … better you than me!

WHO can even junk in this heat?! not moi. i noticed there were only 14 yard sales (compared to 70-something on previous weekends) listed in the classifieds (okay, okay. i know i said i wasn’t gonna look, but i couldn’t help a little peek) for this weekend. doesn’t surprise me. even the most gung ho junker has to hang up her junking bonnet for a while when it gets this hot.

however, i did host a garden party a couple of days ago in honor of the july birthday FAGs , jannetta and bonnie. yes, it was hot as hell, but with the help of a patio table umbrella and a couple of oscillating fans, we managed to enjoy a relaxing and yummy brunch in my new garden area.

in an effort to duplicate a tea room atmosphere and menu, i served various flavored iced teas, chicken salad on a croissant, a baby spinach salad with fresh mushrooms, fresh-off-the-vine cherry tomatoes, black olives, and a banana nut muffin. for dessert, a yummmmmy fruit pizza.

my daughter tara volunteered her services as waitress (thanks again tara!) so that i could sit and relax with the girls. she wore one of my vintage aprons (actually she wore two because she couldn’t decide between them) and did an excellent job of pampering us.

it was a delicious brunch and a special time of making memories. i think the birthday girls had a good time and enjoyed their very own garden party brunch. happy birthday to my dear pals!

enjoy the pics. you can see that my garden is coming along. it’s a work in progress that will be years in the making. but i’m trying to enjoy the journey, despite the july texas heat.

love and hugs,
terry lee

“I went to a garden party to reminisce with my old friends
A chance to share old memories and play our songs again”

the birthday girls are greeted with a lei ...

the birthday girls are greeted with a lei ...

... and a hug

... and a hug

let's get the show on the road!

let's get the show on the road!

our adorable and gracious waitress tara

our adorable and gracious waitress tara

the scene of the crime

the scene of the crime

hunkering together under what umbrella shade we could find

hunkering together under what umbrella shade we could find

lovely brunch served on my vintage pfaltzgraff

lovely brunch served on my vintage pfaltzgraff

jannetta takes it all in

jannetta takes it all in

gorgeous and delicious fruit pizza, made by my own two feet. i mean, hands.

gorgeous and delicious fruit pizza, made by my own two feet. i mean, hands.

jannetta gets silly with her lei

jannetta gets silly with her lei. it might be the heat ...

bonnie sits, contented and peaceful. just like a birthday girl should be!

bonnie sits, contented and peaceful. just like a birthday girl should be!

the birthday girls, full and happy

the birthday girls, full and happy

our pretty waitress takes a much needed break

our pretty waitress takes a much needed break

the official FAG ring photo (in case you haven't been paying attention, the Head FAG wears the pink ring ... that would be moi.)

the official FAG ring photo (in case you haven't been paying attention, the Head FAG wears the pink ring ... that would be moi.)

turn out the lights, the party's over ... one last pic before they leave!

turn out the lights, the party's over ... one last pic before they leave!

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welcome to my garden

hey y’all,

lazy. i must be lazy. i thought it was the heat. even the humidity. possibly my blood pressure? my thyroid?? that’s always a likely culprit. OR … i could blame it on the cancer treatments (some might call that playing the “cancer card”).

but no, it’s laziness. i confess it to you, my dear readers. all 4 of you. i just can’t seem to get myself in gear lately. or perhaps i should say i’m stuck in one gear: neutral. or is that even a gear?

okay, enough whining! i just had my 3 month oncology checkup and all is well. yea! also, i’m about to reach another milestone in this journey of survival: at the end of may, it’ll be two years since my cancer diagnosis. YEA again! thanks to each one of you for your prayers, good thoughts, words of encouragment and support. i wouldn’t be here today without you and your faithfulness.

after every good 3 month checkup, it feels as if i’ve been given a gift. another three months! which isn’t a bad thing for someone who’s learning to live ONE DAY at a time. three months sounds like a LONG time to me.

speaking of living … and having faith in the future, this is the first time in over a decade that i’ve actually planted something. i call it a garden, but it’s just barely. a garden, that is.

if you’ve done your homework, you know that we recently filled in our backyard inground pool (if not, back up and read my blog about it). it was a nasty affair, the pool and filling it in, so it seemed apropos to use that area for The Garden.

at this point, it has a little straggly apple tree (shades of charlie brown’s cmas tree … but sweet and sentimental and represents the ONE life that ben and i are making together), 3 rose bushes (significant number, for the three children i bore … and bore … and bore), two crepe myrtles (one for me, one for my sweet hubby) and a GORGEOUS vintage arch/arbor thingy i found in lampasas a couple of weekends ago. what it represents i do not know. maybe the welcoming of family and friends into our life (garden). i fell in love with it as soon as i saw it at crazy nana’s.

lordy me. but this business of planting is a painful proposition. first there’s the shopping (which i do well, unless it’s walmart and/or a payday … arghh), then the lugging of the plants/trees/soil mix/tools/gloves/pots/watering can/plant food/rose food (see?! i told you i shop well!) TO the car, then OUT of the car, then TO the patio/backyard. already i’m pooped and ready for a nap.

THEN you have the actual PLANTING of the plants. gawd-help-us. now, being the OCD middle child that i am, i had all my ducks in a row, as it were. my plants and bushes were lined up on the patio, sorted by color and variety, alphabetized and ready to plant. okay, i’m kidding about the alphabetizing. but truly, i had a PLAN for my garden. okay, so it was only in my head, but it was there: this plant would go here, that plant would go there. so on and so forth. blah blah blah.

i knew that my dear sweet hubby wanted a couple of trees, which was great (because i wanted them too). but i thought we would choose them.

together.

one day, he came home dragging a big pot with a tall stick shooting out from it.

“what is that?” i asked.

“a TREE!” he replies, and continues to drag it through the house, out the back door, straight to the virgin garden area. he grabs the shovel and before i can even speak (and that’s pretty quick) he’s already shoved the shovel into the ground.

whaaa??? what about my plans? my layout for the garden?? is that where the tree is supposed to go?!?! he has absolutely NO concept of my master plan, nor does he seem to care. i quickly weigh my options. is it worth saying something? stopping him, mid-shovel? he was determined and intent on planting that sad little stick of an apple tree.

right there. in that spot.

in the end, i didn’t have it in me to argue. i’d work around that little tree. i took it as a sign that THIS little apple tree would be the beginning of our garden, and as corny and as cheesy as it sounds, it would be a new beginning … the first day of our future. and so i pulled the bag of miracle grow over to the hole and we planted that little tree together.

i hope it survives. we’re watering it, feeding it, loving it (and yes, i’m talking to it every day … i read somewhere that it’s good to talk to plants). maybe one day it’ll surprise us with grand-apples. haha

geez this is getting long. time to stop the insanity. my word count is already 729. i can’t help it. verbosity runs in my family. my mom could never tell the simplest of stories in under an hour. i guess it’s true the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree. 🙂 more gardening stories to follow … for now, enjoy the pics. and remember, it’s still a WORK IN PROGRESS!

love and hugs to all,
terry lee

The kiss of the sun for pardon,
The song of the birds for mirth,
One is nearer God’s heart in a garden
Than anywhere else on earth.
~Dorothy Frances Gurney, “Garden Thoughts”

Gardens are a form of autobiography.
~Sydney Eddison, Horticulture magazine, August/September 1993

Mary, Mary, quite contrary,
How does your garden grow?
With silver bells, and cockle shells,
And pretty maids all in a row.
~English Nursery Rhyme

great rusty crusty arch for my garden. it's flanked by two crepe myrtles which are still in need of planting ...

great rusty crusty arch for my garden. it's flanked by two crepe myrtles which are still in need of planting ...

close up of arch design

close up of arch design

our little apple tree. bless its heart.

our little apple tree. bless its heart.

i call these my strawberry-banana roses ... pink and yellow

i call these my strawberry-banana roses ... pink and yellow

i think this is such a beautiful pink

i think this is such a beautiful pink

had to have yellow (rose of texas)

had to have yellow (rose of texas)

my three little rose bushes ... for alan, tara and matt

my three little rose bushes ... for alan, tara and matt

tara admires her work

tara admires her work

my patio table with new cushions and lovely pink begonias ... with a view of The Garden ... love that arch!

my patio table with new cushions and lovely pink begonias ... with a view of The Garden ... love that arch!

searched high and low for just the right cushions. didn't find them high, but found them at lowe's. haha

searched high and low for just the right cushions. didn't find them high, but found them at lowe's. haha

my patio makeover. it used to be verrrrry scary. now it's an outside room! very lovely and inviting. love it!

my patio makeover. it used to be verrrrry scary. now it's an outside room! very lovely and inviting. love it!

found these beads at the GW barn last week for 75c. they were a tangled mess that took hours to straighten out. but worth it!

found these beads at the GW barn last week for 75c. they were a tangled mess that took hours to straighten out. but worth it!

when the wind stirs the beads, it reminds me of raindrops. a perfect place for those silly 70s disco ball beads!

when the wind stirs the beads, it reminds me of raindrops. a perfect place for those silly 70s disco ball beads!

sort've the focal point of my patio ... an old metal shelf i picked up for a dollar. put some real sweeties on it (love my rose plates, saucers, cups, etc) and flanked it all with the two tall white shutters i got for a song at the lampasas city-wide

sort've the focal point of my patio ... an old metal shelf i picked up for a dollar. put some real sweeties on it (love my rose plates, saucers, cups, etc) and flanked it all with the two tall white shutters i got for a song at the lampasas city-wide

another view of my patio room ...

another view of my patio room ...

LOVE these pink hydrangeas! set them next to an old lawn chair covered in a vintage pink and white bedsheet, finished off with a pink pillow from big lots.

LOVE these pink hydrangeas! set them next to an old lawn chair covered in a vintage pink and white bedsheet, finished off with a pink pillow from big lots.

lace chandie i bought from sue a while back. added some color by putting pink roses on the ends

lace chandie i bought from sue a while back. added some color by putting pink roses on the ends

the little white wicker chair (from sue's) is perfect for my flowers!

the little white wicker chair (from sue's) is perfect for my flowers!

this is an old cracker barrel rocker that i found a few years back at an antique mall. painted it antique white and had been using it inside. i think it looks great on my patio. the mosaic piece next to it was marked way down at 'tuesday morning' because of a small chipped area. lucky me!

this is an old cracker barrel rocker that i found a few years back at an antique mall. painted it antique white and had been using it inside. i think it looks great on my patio. the mosaic piece next to it was marked way down at 'tuesday morning' because of a small chipped area. lucky me!

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easter-terrylee-1964

hey y’all!

it’s easter weekend and this is the first time in almost 30 years that i haven’t made easter baskets for my children. i mean, does a package of reese’s peanut butter cup eggs count for anything? that and some other bags of candy i hastily bought at target last night. it’s not that i didn’t WANT to make baskets, it’s just the old “my spirit is willing but the flesh is weak” thing goin’ on.

don’t mean to sound sacrilegious, but for me, this wasn’t exactly a “holy” week. it was more like “holy hell” week. feel free to stand clear of me … wouldn’t want the lightning strike to hit you too. 😉

ANYway, in addition to all the humdrum daily routine business this week, i also spent HOURS and HOURS on the phone with incompetent service representatives (i won’t name names, but their initials are TXU) and with banks getting mortgage refinancing options. the latter being a fricking full-time job by itself.

ALSO, i had a crew tearing up my backyard most of the week. okay, actually they were filling in my old, useless, eyesore of a pool … a dream of mine that was a long time coming. i took pics of the fill-in progress and the finished product.

however, unless you saw the pool before (something only my inner circle of peeps have experienced … and you know who you are, OR you’re a nosy neighbor … and you know who YOU are), then you probably won’t or can’t fully appreciate the “after” pics.

still. i’m gonna share them with you. after all the crap i’ve been through this week from hell, this is my reward. i have grandiose plans of a lush garden retreat (think english country) with rose bushes, flowers that attract butterflies, a birdbath (a nod to the once-upon-a-time pool), vintage cement statues, a gazebo (after i win the lottery) and a lovely sitting area.

for now, i have “planted” a single pink metal flower smack in the center of the pool (i need to stop calling it that) as a promise, a hope of what is to come. what will be. and besides, it’s cute and makes me smile. 🙂

i hope you all have a blessed easter and find something to give you hope. and peace.

love and hugs,
terrylee

crew member in my pool, hacking holes for drainage (again, hate to name names but his rhymes with bus, as in, 'hop on the bus, g-s.')

crew member in my pool, hacking holes for drainage (again, hate to name names but his rhymes with bus, as in, 'hop on the bus, g_s.')

an ugly site, but you gotta crack some eggs if you want an omelette

an ugly site, but you gotta crack some eggs if you want an omelette

it's getting there!

it's getting there!

matt and tara horsing around on the heavy equipment ... when the crew's away, the mice will play!

matt and tara horsing around on the heavy equipment ... when the crew's away, the mice will play!

matt and me

matt and me

a princess and her ride

a princess and her ride

matt, master of his domain!

matt, master of his domain!

another view

another view

nosy neighbors ... you can't see it from here, but they probably have their binoculars on me at that very moment

nosy neighbors ... you can't see them from here, but they probably had their binoculars on me that very moment

the sun sets on another day of pool filling

the sun sets on another day of pool filling

next day, gus stops smoking long enough to pick up a shovel

next day, gus stops smoking long enough to pick up a shovel

little did they know we'd been playing with their toys last night

little did they know we'd been playing with their toys last night

the completed project!

the completed project!

matt, taking a "dive" into my future garden

matt, taking a 'dive' into my future garden

sweet pink metal flower from hobby lobby

sweet pink metal flower from hobby lobby

the pink promise of my future garden ...

the pink promise of my future garden ...

ps. if you ever find yourself in need of a “dirt crew”, i’d recommend Shed’s Construction in Belton, Texas. they were v. helpful, obliging and inexpensive (compared to other quotes i obtained).

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