Tuesday, June 5, 2012

A Flood Story

~A Flood Tour of Town~

I had no sooner finished yesterday's post when John arrived home looking shaken. He had checked on his tenants and found that they had had way too much excitement. Though the Ponderosa is not "on the river" it is on the flood plain and, in all the rain, the driveway had filled with water. The young wife had driven her car into the water hoping to get out to the street. Unfortunately, the car swamped and she had to rescue herself and her two-year old daughter. The mere thought of what could have happened if she had fallen while walking in all that water is unnerving. Believe me, we are thanking God for His mercy and protection. 

There's another week of showers coming. We saw brief sunshine first thing this morning, but it has clouded in and started to sprinkle again. Even still, if the torrential rains stop, the water can go down some.


~Rescued Posies Make a Scraggly Bouquet~

My neighbor pulled his car over and yelled, "Surely, Vee, you are not watering your garden!" ☺ It was true that I was out there with a bucket of water gathering up those posies that had fallen to the ground. They do add a bit of cheer to the house.

~My Pink-tinged Buttercream Peony~

So that's nearly my story for today. Leaving you with a little video of the rushing river in the center of town. We live in a former mill town and this little river was its power source.  


There are flood boards that can be placed hence the walkway out over the water.  There is a filter that prevents big branches and debris from entering the intake area for the water wheel in the mill. Now I have definitely told you more than I know. ☺ (A very nice young lady attempts to engage me in conversation. I grunt at her. Don't interrupt me when I'm getting a great shot! =D I did have a nice chat once I turned the camera off.)

Have a lovely day. And oh how I wish that I could help you sun-scorched folks out by sending along some rain. 

Love Vee

Monday, June 4, 2012

It's Lovely Weather for Ducks They Say...


Translation: Good morning!

Quack Quack?

Translation: How're you doing?

Quackety-quack quackers. Quack?

Translation: I'm feeling pretty well. What makes you ask? 


She did it again! Kim. She sent me another beautiful photo of *her swans making the sign of the heart. Believe me,  it's much more lovely than this photo of her photo.

Now that John and I have put in a lake, I'm sure that the swans will feel right at home!

~Swan Lake~

Wonder how large it'll be when the rain ends on Thursday. Hmmmm, perhaps we'll be able to put in a dock.

Quack! Have a great day!

Love Vee

Sunday, June 3, 2012


I'm getting a wonderful object lesson on "waters that never fail" this weekend and over the past several weeks. It makes me smile for I know that the Lord Himself is that water that never fails. Water: a great Bible study for a Sunday afternoon!

Saturday, June 2, 2012

Our Lame Tame Adventure

It's so embarrassing that I hardly want to tell you. What do two old duffahs from  our corner do for excitement? Follow along, but I'm warning you: Dullsville.

 On the Road Again

Straight to one of John's favorite spots on earth for lunch. His: Lobster Salad Roll - Hers: Haddock sandwich

 A little rest area along the Crooked River in Western Maine

 John may have had too much lobster roll!

 The water was roiling


Rushing — Such beautiful colors

 Our Destination: Sherman Farm in North Conway, NH

 For these babies (bottle toppers for glass cream and milk bottles)

 Hmmmm...someone is a little roly-poly herself... A vintage map of my town  (found in a thrift store) and before my street even existed

We've got to stop ending our days this way!

Love Vee

Friday, June 1, 2012

Time for an Adventure

Late last evening, I asked John of his plans for this day...the one sunny day in the middle of ten rainy ones. He had plans involving errand running and the work he's doing at the Ponderosa. I gently suggested that perhaps he could do some of those things on a rainy day as we have plenty of them in our near future.

~Day's End Last Night Suggesting a Bright Day Today~

He hemmed and hawed a bit. I said, "Well then, I am leaving you. I must get out and do something different for a change. I need a change."

"Oh," says he, "where are you going?"

"I have no idea. I am filling the tank, aiming the car, and allowing it to go where it will."

I remember when we used to do that more than we do now. That would've been  2008. ☺ The following two years, we came into a place of responsibility for others that prevented us from deciding on a whim to go anywhere. Those days are over for now. We are without an excuse!

So I'll let you know, on the next rainy day, how the adventure went.

When was the last time you struck off on a whim for nowhere in particular?

Love Vee

Thursday, May 31, 2012

Garden Before and After

Oh I can't leave that nasty former post sitting there staring at me and you. My mood is swinging improving as I count my blessings instead of the raindrops.

Thought I'd share a quick before and after today. You may remember that I had to dig out all the Lily of the Valley because it took over the front garden. I'm happy to report that, though my back hasn't gotten over it yet, so many of the plants and flowers are happier and doing better than they've done in a long while.

So while John was building the planter, I finished digging up the garden and replanting displaced plants. Then I thought that the crimson azalea should be replanted. The one logical spot for it was under the path to the front door. True! So I dug out the asphalt leaving dirt and amended the soil and then John came to help me dig up the azalea and give it a new home. One additional benefit is that that corner has stopped flooding. How odd!



I reset the stones making a little path instead of the little landing or whatever it was before; I made a big boo-boo with the distance between the first and second stone, but I must wait for a stronger back to do it right. John helped me set in edging and the little fence to keep the critters out. So far so good!

Love Vee

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Irritable and Annoyed

I am in a foul mood and have no business being here. If it's not rain for weeks on end and thunderstorms for an entire day, it's Google telling me that there are problems at Shabby Blogs that are foundless. Nevertheless, I have dutifully removed the "offender." Wish I could do the same for the other things that offend me like stupid programs that wish to protect me from nothing.

The plants sit waterlogged waiting to be planted. The compost and soil sit waiting— waterlogged. At this rate, it appears that it will be late into next week before things have improved enough to be planted. It's enough to make one tear her hair out. And that's another thing. I'm sick of my hair.

Don't you hate it when someone's irritable and cranky and nothing can be done to jostle him/her out of it? So I'm dispatching myself until my mood clears even if the weather doesn't.

Hope that the weather is much better in your corner... Hope that your plants are planted... Hope that your hair is cuter than a button, too...

Love Vee

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Memorial Day Weekend

 Run a lot

 Watch a lot

 Play Streamer Tag

 Keep those streamers airborne 

Take a break

Try on your super hero capes (made by Auntie)

 Tie on your jet packs (as seen on Pinterest by Auntie)

 Dream of Flying

 Keep on Trying

Get some help with the dream

Flap your wings a little and believe

(Mama does some encouraging; John does, too, while some of us can't help but giggle.)

What a guy!

Hope that your weekend was as much fun as mine...


My heart is full when I think of all those who have laid down their lives so that children can romp on a lawn, dream of flying, and live in a free country. We never forget that freedom is not "free." 

Love Vee

Sunday, May 27, 2012

Psalm 66: 8–9

Even if the path is winding...

Many blessings this holiday weekend!

Love Vee

Friday, May 25, 2012

Hemlock Planter

Did an entire day slip me by? Hmmm...

John sure has been busy. He's even worked through rain.

~Making the Mad Dash through Torrential Downpours~

The measurements are 8 ft by 3 ft and it is 2 ft deep. I will fill it with a 60% screened topsoil and a 40% compost, which will all be mixed in together. 

The results sure are pleasing. Next time you see this, perhaps it'll be filled with lush plantings. Currently, John's considering using it as a poodle pound. Poor Molly!

Diane had this suggestion for me: Hope you gave hubby a Yankee dime for all that hard work! 

Now John and I had no idea what a "Yankee dime" was never having heard the term. We did come up with an interesting theory. John suggested that it is a post Civil War term meaning that a Confederate dime wouldn't be worth much. Not so. According to Diane, a "Yankee dime" is a peck on the cheek. 

Well, that's pretty cheap pay. In addition to a peck on the cheek, I made John a strawberry-rhubarb pie. It didn't come out of the oven until after ten p.m. and John waited up for it. Now that's saying something!

It wasn't pretty, but it tasted great.

Have a wonderful start to the weekend!

Love Vee

Wednesday, May 23, 2012


If you were to take a foreign language which one would you choose? When I was a student in high school, I selected French because my corner is right next door to Quebec and there are a lot of people in my area who speak French. If I were to select a language today that I may communicate with the minority in my area, I suppose it would be Somali.

When Jill told us about Captcha and Duolingo, I signed up for German lessons. Don't ask. No, no, you may ask. Duolingo offered two choices: Spanish
and German.

When I went to college, I tried to sign up for more French classes. Because I had done so well just skated by in high school. There were two languages open on that registration day: Spanish and German. Every time I have been given a choice between Spanish and German, I have selected German.

It's just as well. German is the closet language to English. (Sometimes John, having never taken any language, French, Spanish, Somali or German, comes in and translates my sentence for me making it all look so very easy-peasy. He says it is "logical."  I say he's a show-off. )

Anyway, I had been waiting patiently for my invitation to Duolingo for a while. It arrived last week. I have been studying dabbling ever since.

Yes, I have been learning ever so much.

 I'd just like to say that I have, by now, reached Level 5

 When in a bind, tell the truth. It will confound the green owl.

Either that green owl needs a taste of Lux or this is going to come in handy.

John needs two more of these. Verdammt!

Love Vee