Lainey’s School Project

When my granddaughter Lainey was at my house about a month ago, she and I were discussing school.  She is a freshman in high school.  Wait!!!  How did that happen?  She was telling me about a group project that involved developing a small business.  Her suggestion to her group was a flower business.  That made me swell with pride!!!  And the best part was that her group liked the idea.  They chose “Marigold Memories” as the name for their small business.  Lainey’s job was to create a marketing handout for a mock job fair.

Since we are in the midst of a record cold winter here in the Midwest, farm fresh flowers are not an option.  And I refuse to buy shipped in flowers from the local grocery store.  So we decided to make flowers.

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HAPPY NEW YEAR – HAPPY NEW KNEE!!

Happy New Year, everyone!  I realize the New Year is about seven weeks old, but I am just getting back into the swing of things since my knee replacement in mid-December.  This is my second knee replacement.  My left knee was replaced twelve years ago.  I vowed that I would not wait so long to have my right knee replaced.  But I did.  Too many things kept coming up and my procrastination was in full force.  And, ironically, when the time came, it almost didn’t happen.Read More »

The Last Beautiful Bouquet

I was hoping that freezing temperatures would hold off until November 1.  I don’t know why, but to me it makes more sense to end the growing season on November 1 instead of mid-October.  But such is life and seasons in the mid-west.  And with frost last week and a freeze warning for tonight, it is time to say good-bye and thank you to the beautiful flowers.

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CHOCOLATE CUPCAKES

What an incredibly busy summer this has been!!  Ella and I finally made some time last weekend to do some baking.  And we came up with some very delicious chocolate cupcakes.  Since we both love cupcakes, we have decided that we are going to focus on making all sorts of delicious varieties of cupcakes.  And what better way to start than with chocolate cupcakes with buttercream frosting.

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FLOWERS – FINALLY!!!

 Is it spring or summer?  The temperatures outside would say we are in the middle of a blazing, hot summer.  The calendar, however, says that it is still spring.  It is hard to imagine that just two months ago in mid-April we were still getting snow.  Not the case now!!

Ella and I have had so much going on that we have fallen behind on our big baking adventure.  But look what I have!!  Yes!!!  Flowers!!!

The grandkids are all busy with Church confirmation camp, Vacation Bible School, mission trips, and lots of swimming.  I have been busy with these beauties!

Due to the extreme heat and humidity, I have been out tending the flowers early in the morning.  Like 5:00 a.m.!  This is the beautiful sight that greeted me this morning.

Good morning, Sun!  It looks like another gorgeous day.

After a slow start, these beauties are ready.  It is time for the flower cart!!

Rain is in the forecast for the next couple of days.  We could certainly use a good inch.

My plan is to have the flower cart out this weekend.  I will have updates on Facebook.

The sunflowers and marigolds are not ready yet.  We will also be planting pumpkins (5 varieties this year including some white pumpkins) and squash.  Until then, we will just have to love these amazing Zinnias!!

Thanks for stopping by!  Hope to see you at the flower cart this weekend!

Until next time,
Pat