Wednesday, May 27, 2020

Where's My Flowers????

 Last year my clematis looked like this. This year I have only seen a half dozen buds.
They have not bloomed yet. Keeping an eye on them.  I need to get some plant food for it I suppose. This year I am once again sticking fake flowers in the containers on and around the porch. I do have some Pachysandra growing in them, which give the pretty green color.
  Ted was to have chemo this week. He had his blood work yesterday and they said one count was too low and they put the chemo off till next week.  I have a dentist appointment next week also. When it rains it pours. No breaks.It's disheartening.
  I have been edging the brick walkway here. Too hot for me to do it all at once, So I am 2/3's of the way done. Slow but sure I guess. Ted did get home in time to mow yesterday before the rains came. He can mow if he wears a mask. I do not want him mowing if it's too hot though.  He enjoys it , because it's about the only work he can do. Good thing it's zero turn mower. 
   Hope all of you are well. Please try to stay that way. Staying healthy is our full  time job these days.  Keeping you all in my prayers. XO





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  1. Oh it’s so good to see you blogging, I’ve missed you! I’m glad Ted is doing better,, sorry the numbers were off but they have to be so careful, we have to trust their judgement don’t we. Your clematis has always been lovely but with all the stress of this year maybe your plants are so fine tuned with you they have felt it as well, or just the world around us,, it’s a stressful time for sure. You take care,, I keep you both in my prayers always.

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    1. Laurie, I am glad to blog again. I like to know what all is happening with my blog family and I like to give up dates on how we are. It so good to pray for one another. And as you said with all that is going on in our world, we need to show kindness with prayer. Oh I did not have many lilacs either. Hoping our property will spring back . :) Take care Laurie, Blessings to you and yours, xoxo, Susie

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  2. Flowers are so important to our lives aren't they. That's one reason I love our balcony. Since I can't have a yard, I will be happy with my potted plants.
    Glad to see Ted is able to do some light work. Chemo and dentist in the same week. Ouch!
    My dearest is getting stronger and we are taking longer walks with a little faster stride. You are loved. Stay well.

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    1. Wanda, I loved reading that you and your husband are walking together. I always feel my spirits rise when I see Ted gaining some of his strength back. Even though his maintenance chemo is milder , it takes him down.
      I tell everyone that if you drive by the house and the fake flowers are in the containers , they look okay. LOL My daughter sent me pics of her containers with real flowers, there a difference. LOL. Blessings to you my friend, stay safe. xoxo,love, Susie

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  3. Love the pictures, hope they do twice as well this year. That is great Ted has the Zero turn, good for him (and you). Sorry to hear another set back, but proud of you guys and your stamina in such tough times. Prayers here your way.
    Sherry & jack

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    1. Hi Jack & Sherry, Thank you for the prayers, they mean so much. I do not mow here, because Ted hasn't taught me to use that mower. I mowed in town with a push mower,of course that was a yard , not an acre as out here.Stay safe there. Blessings to you both, xoxo, Susie

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  4. Hope you get lots of blooms, dear Susie. Also hope that Ted's numbers are better. We've got summer in NYC and it's beautiful. I realize I can switch to short sleeves now. Keeping well and expect that in the next few weeks I'll start to schedule medical appointments I've delayed. Take care and hugs and prayers.

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    1. Carol, I know I have delay many of my own appts. But I absolutely need the cataract surgery , hoping for the end of this month. I looked up the count that was low on Ted's labs...it's part of the white blood cells, the infection fighters, hoping it's up for next week. Glad you are enjoying the weather. Please stay safe . Blessings to you my friend, xoxo,love, Susie

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  5. Your clematis is a beautiful color...maybe it's taking a break...ha! That late hard frost didn't help anything. Our Japanese maples got bitten and leaves are falling off. They were so beautiful. Woohoo, go Ted! Riding a lawn mower is actually therapeutic. My brother used to love to get out in the fields with the tractor...same sort of activity. You and Ted deserve a lifetime of breaks after all you've been through. Sending lots of hugs and prayers.

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    1. Thank you Donna, I truly appreciate every prayer. I pray for all of us, we need some powerful prayers. Ted has always loved mowing too. Weed whacking not so much. LOL Now I have to do that part. Gosh, I had forgotten about the frost and freezes we had. :) That could easily be why not many blooms. Blessings to you, please stay safe. xoxo, Susie

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  6. Maybe you'll still get a few beautiful blooms! Or something else will shine in your garden instead. I'm glad to hear there is something normal that Ted can still do and likes to do. Wishing you both well! -Jenn

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    1. Thank you Jenn. Ted has always loved mowing. With this heat and the rain, he has to mow about every 4 days. So do the neighbors. :) I am hoping the lilies on the west side of the house are awesome, so far they are so thick and healthy looking.:) Blessings to you and your family, be safe. xoxo, Susie

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  7. Hope you get more flowers, later on. Sorry to hear that Ted's chemo got postponed by a week and that's the week when you have your dental appointment, too! Hope it all works out well, though. Continue to stay safe and healthy. Take care.

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    1. Thank you Bless. I know our weather is to improve for next week, that might help our spirits. :) Right now I am using fake flowers , Never have to water them. Although we have had rain galore..Blessings to you, be safe, xoxo, Susie

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  8. that's one of the prettiest clematis vines I've ever seen!!--love it. We've tried and tried for years to have one....seeds/bulbs....everything. Then finally THIS YEAR we finally have one! It blooms one or two at a time....but I am thrilled with it because IT'S ALIVE AND IT'S BLOOMING! ha ha LOL. How's Ted feeling today? so glad you are blogging again!

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    1. Thank you Debbi. Yes, Ted does feel well, especially after he mows and I compliment his work.:) Glad your clematis is blooming. It may take off. Ours gets sun till late afternoon. Blessings to you, keep walking and stay safe. xoxo, Susie

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  9. I am glad to hear you have an appointment even though I know the dentist is not your favorite thing. You have put off so many 'taking care of yourself' issues and understandably so. Still....I am praying you get caught up with YOUR health issues.....and you can better take care of your beloved.
    Love you both! But my heart of hearts want you to be healthy and well, too.

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    1. Thank you Linda. I would love to be able to get all the things done I have postponed. But it seems if I make an appt , then Ted's gets changed to that time. So I think Why bother with myself. Get Ted thru this, then I can possibly have a bit of life .But when it comes to my teeth, I am a huge chicken, can't stand the thought of dental pain or loss. Thanks for all the prayers and well wishes, they mean so much to us.Hope all is well there. I think of your sisters and the grands and Summer, you and LD. I pray for all. Blessings, xoxo,love you, Susie

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  10. yes, I've been eating fried green "maters" all my life! LOL They are so so so delicious, I love to try up a big skillet of them. One of my favorite treats.

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    1. Isn't that strange Debbi. My mother made them and my family seemed to all eat them, but I just could not. But those at the Hyman's with that sauce, OMG.LOL Bless you, xoxo, Susie

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  11. Hi Susie, I'm sorry Ted's chemo had to be delayed and that you have a dental appt. also. I hope your Clematis will be ok. It sure was gorgeous last year. It is definitely summer here in Georgia. I started a new blog after 7 months of being sick and not blogging. It is great to catch up with you. God bless you both. Mildred xoxo

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    1. Gosh Mildred, I did not know you were sick, although you are always in my prayers. So glad you have your blog going again. I was lost without my internet. I would get the blues, then realize I was mostly lonely. I text or talk with my children everyday. But no contact, no hugs, no loving n the babies. It's rough. Please stay safe and healthy. Bless your good heart my friend, xoxo,love Susie

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  12. One day at a time is always a good mantra. May next week be just right for Ted to get his treatment and for you to see the dentist. Now I thought I should do some edging, but decided against it. 😊 I did do some driveway blowing and deck cleaning. Next is the power washer. Then deck painting. Maybe. We'll see. That clematis is gorgeous. I am sure that a bit of a bump in plant feed is all it needs to become prolific in blooms.

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    1. Thanks Vee. I needed that pep talk. I am going to put plant food on that clematis and keep digging away at the edging. LOL Good luck with power washing and painting. My gosh Vee, It took me over a week to do our porch floor last time and rats it needs it again. I do know what stain not to get again. :( Blessings to you, stay strong and safe. xoxo, Susie

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  13. Our Clematis bloomed it's little heart out this spring, didn't last very long, and now the canes are just left standing.
    Let's hope yours will return !
    Hope Ted's test results are better and he can continue with his treatment plan. Take great care of yourselves, and stay safe.
    Hugs,
    ~Jo

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    1. Thank you Jo. I had forgotten about the frost and freezes we had here , that may be why my clematis does looks so good this spring.
      Ted's counts were low , I think he needs 5 weeks in between treatments. Gives him time to build up his strength and his counts seem better. We just keep plugging along. Hoping the next couple of months will be much better. Blessings to you and yours, stay safe, xoxo, Susie

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  14. So nice to see you back here again, Susie! I like to use a combination of real and faux in planters, too! The brick edging sounds pretty!

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    1. Linda, Those fake flowers will have to do. I did them the last two years. Haven't time to plant stuff, and could not go to the greenhouses for so long this year. Blessings to you , be safe, xoxo, Susie

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  15. That is a beautiful clematis! The blooms are so big. Hope it will open up soon and be just as pretty this year. Funny how plants do. Last year I posted pictures of our pink dogwood. It was beautiful! This year it is completely dead. It had been growing here since the early 1990's. Best wishes for Ted, and for you too.

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    1. Thank you Henny for the good wishes. We are grateful. We lost our dogwood the second year, this year we lost the red bud. I do not understand it. But my only gardening is by trial and error. I learned about plant by reading some of the seed booklets. LOL Stay safe there. Blessings, xoxo, Susie

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  16. Slow but sure is the only way I do things these days. It was so humid here yesterday, I didn't ever have to move to work up a sweat. Take care, I'm praying things work out for the best .

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    1. Thank you so much. My gosh, I think some times if I get any slower , moss will grow on me. LOL This weekend is suppose to really nice sunshine and low humidity. That's for me girl. I will finish that walk edging. Take it easy and stay safe, blessings, xoxo, Susie

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  17. I can see why mowing would give Ted a sense of purpose, so long as he doesn't overdo. My climatis is no more. I'm not sure where it went or why but it no longer exists! Sending you all good wishes for the upcoming appointments.

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    1. Thank you Jeanie for the good wishes. I really hate going for dental appts. Ted knows to stop mowing if he feels over heated and have a cool drink and sit on the porch. We have the whole day to get the yard done, some times two days. LOL
      Hope all is well where you are, stay safe. Blessings, xoxo, Susie

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  18. Hi Susie! I was so glad to see your comment just now. I had to re-do my friend list, and didn't have your blog name!

    Y'all are so busy! My prayers for both of you, and your family.

    Take care, and stay safe!
    xoxo

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    1. Thank you so much Sally. Ted will be getting his maintenance chemo this next week. One of his white cell counts was low , so the oncologist said to wait another week. I just want to get into and our of the dentist office in one pieces. I really am scared of dentist.
      Have a great weekend and be safe. Blessings, xoxo, Susie

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  19. YOUR FLOWERS ARE ALWAYS BEAUTIFUL TO SEE. HOPE YOU HAVE A PLEASANT WEEKEND.

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    1. HI KAREN, I HAVE BEEN THINKING OF YOU WHAT WITH ALL THE RAINS WE HAVE HAD IN OUR STATE THESE PAST FEW WEEKS. tHIS WEEKEND IS SUPPOSE TO BE WONDERFUL, HOPE YOU CAN GET A WALK IN. TAKE CARE MY FRIEND, LOVE YOU. BLESSINGS, XOXO, SUSIE

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  20. Oh Susie, I'm so glad Ted is able to get out and mow the lawn. I know how much he enjoys doing yard work. Your Clematis is a beautiful color - my favorite color. I remember you saying that your Mom loves this color also. I hope it starts to bloom for you soon. Sometimes those silk flowers look almost real to me. I bet they look so nice around your porch area.

    Can you believe it's almost June, oh my!

    Take care, dear Susie, and stay well.

    ~Sheri

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    1. Sheri, I think of you when I see purple flowers too. My mom absolutely loved purple. Gosh I miss her so much. Ted has been more like his old self getting to mow. Oh Sheri, I am not ready for summer time yet....I wanted to stretch our nice springtime out and that way summer would seem longer. It all went to fast with the worry of the covid virus. Praying all of you are safe. love you little girl, blessings, xoxo, Susie

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  21. Glad to see Ted is doing good. Terry like to mow too. It must be a man thing lol! I bet your clematis will be blooming soon. Everything is a little late with the crazy weather. Have a great weekend.
    Hugs,
    Kris

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    1. Thank you Kris. When I use to push mow in town, I would hurry and mow my yard , then go do my mom's (half block away) then hurry get a shower , eat lunch and go to work. LOL. One fellow I worked with , said I probably mow so fast I just bend the grass over. LOL. I am hoping this nice weekend weather we are to have will help my clematis. I really wish I had that big flower basket on your bike. LOL. I am going to make one soon. Blessings , enjoy this weather. xoxo, Susie

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  22. It's so good to read your words and see what is happening in your world, Susie!! I'm happy to hear Ted can mow the lawn. Hopefully your flowers will come. It's been such a weird winter and spring here. But looks like we will get hydrangeas for the second time in 6 years.
    Please take care and have a great weekend!

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    1. Thank you Doris. I am hoping the next 5-7 days, the weather is suppose to be awesome, things will grow. I love hydrangeas, hope you post some pretty pictures of yours. Blessings to you and all the family, xoxo, Susie

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  23. I love those purple blooms. Flowers are extra special to me:) I am trying my best to stay well, take care of YOU and TED! Enjoy your day dear friend, HUGS!

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    1. Theresa, I got out by 6:40 to get to the grocery. try to go when none many are there. The hard part is wiping everything things done once you get home.
      Hope we can all stay well. We sure are trying. Blessings to you and your family, xoxo, Susie

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  24. Susie, thank you so much for dropping by my blog and leaving such a sweet comment. I am so sorry your hubby is having to deal with chemo. I have been so blessed with good health for many years but in the last year it seems like one thing after another...nothing gravely serious so I'm thankful and try not to complain (except to my husband, poor guy!!) Hopefully you will get some blooms soon...our lantana has bloomed so beautifully this year. Of course, we get terrible heat here in the summer so in another month or so everything I've planted will have fried!!! Love and hugs to you and your hubby...God bless.

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    1. Thank you Cheri. I hope you get better soon. I know exactly what you mean. I have tended to Ted since Nov. 2018 to now. I have had to do my normal chores, his and be nurse too. Well I just could not keep up....so many things went undone. I have decent health but put off mammo, scopings and other health checks. But this past year has taken a toll on me. I have very little strength. It took me three days to edge the walk with my shovel. Last time I stained the deck floor was over a week worth f work. I thought it was my new career. LOL Stay strong honey, you can make yourself push thru. Maybe mine isn't so much strength as it is being stubborn. :) Blessings, xoxo, Susie

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  25. Hi Susie :)) I hope your clematis blooms, they look so lovely. You're right, and for so many people, staying healthy is a full time job - more so for you and your Ted. Take care! xx

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    1. Thank you Rain. I really wish we could be with our loved ones . I miss the backyard gathering. Miss my daughters and their families. Hope you are doing well. I know you love to cook, so I bet you are having some nice meals. It's hard to think of things to fix everyday. LOL Blessings to you, xoxo, Susie

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  26. Hi Susie, your clematis looks so much better then mine. It is doing better then it did last year but still not the beauty it should be. Like Ted, Steve also likes to mow, I guess it is a guy thing. Keep taking care.

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    1. Hi Nonie, I think mowing is calming for Ted. Now he does and feels good to be able to do something he always did before all his medical issues. Today's weather was wonderful and we got a bit more done . We feel pretty good about that. Stay safe there. Blessings, xoxo, Susie

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  27. I wish I could grow Clematis, I grow Morning Glories, I love the Vines, It's easy to lose sidewalk to overgrowth of grass ! Glad Ted was able to mow. Mowing is a Man's Thing, LoL !

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    1. Woody, Mowing must be a man thing...all of you seem to enjoy it. Both of our neighbors mow down to the roots. :) We do the 3 inch cut. I like morning glories too. My honeysuckle is doing very well this year. Blessings, stay safe. xoxo, Susie

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  28. I hope you get your beautiful flowers! I too am glad Ted is able to mow the lawn. Hope all goes well next week.
    Dolly

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    1. Thank you Dolly. We are good now...but I get a big knot in my tummy whenever I think of the dentist office. I am a big chicken when it comes to going there. I am still hoping for the clematis to shine. :) Blessings, xoxo, Susie

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  29. My daughter gave me a clematis this year, sadly, it is not doing to well, I think we have had too much rain, I am hoping it will do better.
    I agree it seems when it rains it pours, prayers for your Dh and that things go well at the dentist, I am needing a visit to my dentist, but due to covid19 it won't happen soon.
    Like you I can only work outside for a few hours at a time, it was a couple of years ago I could work out in the sun all day, wow, age takes care of everything..
    Praying for a great week, thank you for visiting and for your sweet comment.
    Blessings,
    Sue

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    1. Sue, Thank you for your prayers. We need them so much. The dentists are practicing safety in their offices. One in the lobby at a time. Masks till you are in the chair and the help wears masks and shields. It seems anymore, we get too much rain or not enough. We had 7 inches in less than two weeks. Blessings to you, xoxo, Susie

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  30. Susie, it is good to see that you are posting and that you and Ted are making your days as normal as possible under the restrictions of quarantine, doctor appointments and chemo. I know how hard it can be, my prayers are with you both. Crying breaks your heart when your going through it, but do not hold it in, that is worse, believe me.
    God bless you both.
    Your blogging sister,
    Connie

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    1. Connie, I do cry, some days I cry many times. Then I pray. I know we are to pray and then not worry. But when it's our loved ones, it's hard not to stress. I know you truly understand. Thank you for finding the time to send us good health wishes. sending love and hugs, Susie

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  31. the flowers from last year are gorgeous...and the perfect color (wink)!!!!

    the walk turned out beautifully, the benefit of reading backward!!!

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