Happy Anniversary, JC

weddingFlowers2It began with a hug I’ve never forgotten.

At one point, we broke up and celebrated our breakup over a wonderful dinner where we laughed and laughed some more.

That’s when I should’ve known you were special. No one has made laugh as much as you do!

We were friends long before we were lovers. Perhaps, that was the secret no one had told us before:~)

Time passed. Eventually, we decided to get married at home. That’s when we got these flowers. Do you remember we picked them up on a whim at our local grocery store?

Well, that’s not exactly what happened. Truth be told, I insisted on having flowers for our screen porch. You tried to tell me no one would see them because it was too cold outside, but I didn’t listen. Okay, it’s been two years. I guess I can admit you were right and I was wrong :~)

After the ceremony, we were happy, but our grocery store flowers weren’t. We tried watering and sunning them, but it was hopeless. Finally down to the last plastic pot of flowers, we made a desperate move and took them outside to the back garden, figuring they’d die. They certainly looked that way all winter.

Then, we forgot about them. Last year, when checking to see which plants had survived the winter in our back garden, we noticed one of the pots seemed to be blooming. As I reached down to pick it up, I felt a tug and realized the flower had planted itself into the ground. We were both surprised.

This year, we noticed it had started to bloom again, only it was much bigger. While our other “hardy” plants bit the dust due to a very chilly winter, our grocery-store wedding flowers thrived. They were full of buds and the stems and roots were huge and strong.


When the plant finally bloomed, still in its little pot, it spread out in a cascade of bright yellow flowers that delighted us as we sat on our porch. Our wedding flowers bloomed for several weeks, longer than most of our flowering plants.


And like my love for you, they continue to grow stronger and stronger.

Happy anniversary!


Topsy-Turvy Times

At-the-beach1Things have been topsy-turvy in my world lately.

So, my sweet hubby surprised me with a few days at the beach.

We spent Wednesday through Sunday soaking up warm sunshine.

However, I went off-line, which is why I missed my visits last week.

But we’re back now. Here are a few pictures of the beach we always visit.

2015-beach-pictureThere’s something special about the many colors of gulf waters!


the-hunter-2015This Willet hunted in the pools of water for hours, even through storms.


Sunset-Beach-2015And finally, there’s nothing like a beach sunset!



Cat Predicts the LONG Winter is Ending!

AggiePredictsSpringThis is Aggie on our screened porch. It’s the first time in weeks; she’s actually gone outdoors and stayed. I can’t get her to come inside. It’s a sign!!!

Before today, like Punxsutawney Phil, Aggie’s been going to the door, meowing at us. When we open it, she sees her shadow and turns around.

I’ve accused her of trying to hibernate as she sleeps almost all day, hidden in her burrow.Aggie-Burrow-2

But today, she couldn’t wait to get to the porch. I’ve offered to let her back in, but as you can see from her face, she’s a pretty happy kitty.

So, for all of you still freezing, hang in there! Aggie is predicting the end of winter. Soon, you’ll also be basking in the warm sunlight.