This weekend, I finally weeded (well, kind of) a little strip of "garden" between our back sidewalk and house:
Can you see the little hosta?  I had completely forgotten it was there:  it's usually hidden by weeds plants.  I didn't get all of the weeds; I figured I could hit the rest with weed killer and take care of it.

This weekend, I was finally going to plant some bulbs since we shouldn't have any more frosty mornings.  But, when I looked at a couple of places in the front yard where I wanted to plant them, I noticed there are a lot of weeds poking up through the ground.  So, I started to weed, but then laziness came over me and I wondered, "Why am I trying to pull up all of these little weeds?  Isn't that why we have weed killer?"  Unfortunately, we're out.  I started to buy some at the Wally World, but then realized that weed killer is considered an "outside" thing, and I'm not responsible for those.  My husband can buy it!

As I was "weeding", I found this surprise:
In that area of our front yard, under the big Hickory Tree, my husband planted azaleas.  Now, before you look at the picture, I need to tell you something about him.  Charlie Brown Trees.  Does anything else need to be said?  We would have a Charlie Brown Tree every Christmas if:  1) I hadn't put my foot down when the boys were little, and, 2) we didn't finally give in and get an artificial tree about 6 years ago.  So...last year (I think it was) we bought these little azaleas.  I think he likes to watch the plants grow.  Me?  I'm into immediate gratification!  Anyway, here are our little azaleas:
Here is our biggest one:
And our smallest one:
I had to check and make sure the bloom was actually attached to something, and wasn't just a bloom that had come off of another plant!  Maybe someday they'll grow up into our neighbor's azaleas:
I had another surprise on my little field trip in the front yard.  My husband bought this little tree (or plant) a few years ago.  We weren't sure it was going to make it, and every winter it loses it's leaves, so we're never sure if it's going to live or not.  In the winter it looks like a big stick someone stuck in the ground.  I was really surprised when I saw the blooms on it.  I had no idea it was suppose to do that!

This weekend I finally got my princess to the "beauty parlor".  We laugh when she gets this furry because we think she looks like a miniature sheepdog:
I finally got her to halfway cooperate so I could take an "after" picture.  She is afraid of the camera.  I don't know if it's the noise or the flash, or what. I call her my little "chicken dog":  She's afraid of everything.
You'd never know it by the way she looks in that picture, but she loves to go to the "beauty parlor" and get beautiful.  Now, if you ask her if she wants a bath, she'll put her ears back and trot out of the room! Of course, she may like going to the beauty parlor because she can finally get away from her little sister.

YS' high school band banquet is coming up.  Every year they have an "End of Year Presentation" which is really a slideshow.  Since I went to band camp with them (it really was fun, y'all!), I have some pictures from the beginning of the year.  The only problem with copying them to a cd is that the cd drive in my pc is not functioning.  I think a virus I had earlier this year did it in.  I went ahead and bought a few blank cds, thinking I'd just transfer them from the thumb drive to a cd via my husband's laptop.  Apparently his laptop takes DVR, not CDs.  But, a miracle happened!  Sunday morning I thought I'd give it one more try on my pc, and the drive actually worked!  Hallelujah!  The pictures (including a short video of the band director during camp) are finally on the cd, ready to be handed off to the student who is doing the presentation.  Here's a sneak peak of the video:

And, last but not least, I finally sucked it up and had my first pedicure.  Talk about heaven!  I'm extremely ticklish, so after at least a month of polling everybody from grandmas to teenagers, I went and had one.  The girl kept me talking so I wouldn't kick her in the face when she touched the arches of my feet, so it wasn't bad at all.  I have a feeling it won't be my last!
Oh, how I long for long, skinny feet and toes on which to wear toe rings, but, it wasn't in the cards for me.  My oldest sister said one of her previous doctors called them "peasant feet":  Made for working, not being beautiful.  *sigh*  Story of my life.  But, somebody's gotta do it, right?

Last Thursday, one of the teachers I work with brought me one of these t-shirts (I had forgotten that I ordered it!):
Apparently there have been "Skunkape" sightings not too far from here.  He said that the Travel Channel contacted him; they're doing some episodes on Skunkapes.  (Of course, he may have been kidding...I'm soooo gullible!)  What?  You don't know what a Skunkape is?  Well, you'll have to go to the website to find out! 

Sunday night marked the beginning of the end for MS:  Baccalaureate.  He said he didn't want to go, but I told him he had to; it was one of the last times he'd be with his Senior Class, and it's a rite of graduation.  By Sunday afternoon, he said he wanted to go.  I think he's ready to graduate and get on with his life.  And I think that's a good thing!


  1. I *loved* having a pedicure when I had one. Yes, I've only had one. But I have a gel that I use on my makes them very soft.

  2. that is a hoot. Love the post. I took pictures today of my azaleas...before the wind reeked havoc on them and there was not a bloom to be had. I have Flintstone feet...I do wear a toe ring feet splay out...from all the years of going barefoot. I hate shoes...excluding flip flops....I love pedis...and my feet are also very ticklish...I really struggle when they mess with the bottoms. Have a great week....the count down rolls on for both of us!

  3. I love the Skunk-Ape! Only in TN!!!

  4. I've only had 1 pedicure in my life...and it was SO awesome lol. Don't feel mom has some plants in her yard that look like 'sticks' year round lol!

  5. I love finding little treasures in the yard...not the weeds though. I planted 20 tiny crape myrtles last year...they are small still but give me such pleasure.
    I vowed to get a pedi for myself every 6 weeks or is a treat, but hey, I deserve it!!
    Princess is so cute!!! Ruff Ruff!!

  6. I've never had a pedicure myself... afraid of the Ticklish factor!

  7. Great job on the weeding.

    I love pedicures. That sounds like I have them all the time, and I don't, but what a wonderful treat when it does work out. :)

  8. I'm enjoying being your new blog buddy. I was a first grade paraprofessional for 15 years, and teaching is in my blood. I can identify with counting down those last days...

    Your azaleas will grow quickly. I think they must be in the weed family. They are one of the few plants I can't kill--well almost! I've "done in" a few...

    I've had one pedicure. It was a gift from a student at the end of the year. My feet looked so much nicer...but I'm sort of embarrassed to have someone handle my feet. My wonderful daughter gives me a home pedi every now and then though. Maybe I'll throw out a hint for Mother's Day...LOL

    So you have one graduating? Been there, done that--3 times. They are all 3 grown, 2 are married, the youngest is 24. Whew...what a relief. Now to get him married...LOL

  9. Wow! You sure had a packed weekend! I would love to get a pedicure, but I'm afraid the nail tech would run in fright the second she saw my feet! I'd have to do my own pedicure so my feet would look good enough to go get a real pedicure! How did you muster up the courage? I don't know if I can do it!

  10. Ahhhh pedicures *sigh* I have had 3 (On my peasant feet LOL) and each has been fabulous!
    I am impressed woth you azaleas! I have black thumbs :(

  11. Love the polish you chose!!! Glad you got to treat yourself!!

  12. I have yet to get my first pedi. My sister told me she'd treat me one for my birthday, but I have to go visit her. I'll make it there eventually!


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