Tag Archives: Nature

The Balcony at the New Apartment

Here’s a peek at the new apartment…we have a lovely little balcony!  The handrail has a long planter, so I bought some pansies to give it a splash of color.

We have some other plants out there too.  These are basil seedlings.

The rest of the apartment still has lots of boxes everywhere yet.  =)  But we are making good progress.  Pictures will be coming soon.

Dow Gardens | Visit #3

It’s been a couple of weeks since I’ve updated this blog once again.  Since the last update, we’ve moved to a new apartment!  But we still have a small mountain of boxes in the living room to unpack.  Once we get things sorted out, I’ll take some pics of the apartment for you to see.

But now that the worst of the moving process is behind us, I have some time to upload my pictures!  Paul & I spent a day at Dow Gardens in Midland again a couple of weeks ago.  Here’s some pictures to enjoy:

African Violets

Here’s an update from the last time I took pictures of Mom’s African violets…  They seem to be doing well!  

From Random Pics 2009

I absolutely LOVE this color.

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From Random Pics 2009

I love African violets.  They hold special meaning to me because they remind me of my great-grandma, who used to grow them all the time.  She had such a green thumb, and always had her home filled with thriving plants and flowers!

Trip to Cali PART 6:

March 17-19
Our last few days:

From 2008 03/14-19 Trip to Cali

Exploring the golf course some more…

From 2008 03/14-19 Trip to Cali

Eating lunch at The Willows country club.  What a menu!

From 2008 03/14-19 Trip to Cali

Fresh lemonade.

From 2008 03/14-19 Trip to Cali

It’s nice to be outdoors!

From 2008 03/14-19 Trip to Cali

Lemonade.

From 2008 03/14-19 Trip to Cali

My hubby’s salad came with a pretty orchid.  

From 2008 03/14-19 Trip to Cali

Such a gorgeous view!

From 2008 03/14-19 Trip to Cali
From 2008 03/14-19 Trip to Cali
From 2008 03/14-19 Trip to Cali

I put the orchid in my hair.  

From 2008 03/14-19 Trip to Cali
From 2008 03/14-19 Trip to Cali

Back home, out on the patio.

From 2008 03/14-19 Trip to Cali

The view out towards the golf course.

From 2008 03/14-19 Trip to Cali
From 2008 03/14-19 Trip to Cali

Paul found the fruit picker could also be a vicious weapon.  :]

From 2008 03/14-19 Trip to Cali

We spent quite a few afternoons soaking up the sun by the pool.  

From 2008 03/14-19 Trip to Cali

Another flower!  

From 2008 03/14-19 Trip to Cali

Another sunset!

From 2008 03/14-19 Trip to Cali

Another trip around the golf course!

From 2008 03/14-19 Trip to Cali

The door to grandma’s.

From 2008 03/14-19 Trip to Cali

Another outdoor shopping center, where we ate lunch before we headed back to the airport.  They have OUTDOOR escalators!!  

From 2008 03/14-19 Trip to Cali

Palm trees and mountains.  

From 2008 03/14-19 Trip to Cali
From 2008 03/14-19 Trip to Cali

Inside the airport.  It’s refreshing to be indoors yet outdoors at the same time, especially in a busy place like an airport!

From 2008 03/14-19 Trip to Cali

Looking up at the airport…cool!

From 2008 03/14-19 Trip to Cali

What a trip!!!!  We hope to come back soon!  :]  

Trip to Cali PART 3: the great outdoors

At grandma’s country club:

From 2008 03/14-19 Trip to Cali

This is “The Wash” – where all the rain water drains from the mountains after a heavy rain (which only happens about 4 or 5 days out of the year).  

From 2008 03/14-19 Trip to Cali

Palm trees!  What a wonderful sight.  

From 2008 03/14-19 Trip to Cali

More oranges…..this time, using the fruit picker.  

From 2008 03/14-19 Trip to Cali

Sunset!

From 2008 03/14-19 Trip to Cali

Country club building. 

From 2008 03/14-19 Trip to Cali

Pool of water on the golf course.  Do you see the crane?

From 2008 03/14-19 Trip to Cali

You have to watch out for those sprinklers when you’re walking around the golf course.  It’s hazardous out there!  

From 2008 03/14-19 Trip to Cali

Flowers were blooming everywhere.  I love pansies!  

From 2008 03/14-19 Trip to Cali

I don’t know what this is called.  Yellow flower, I guess.  

From 2008 03/14-19 Trip to Cali

Snapping dragons are so fun.  

Our Indoor Flower Garden

Springtime brings the arrival of new blooms.  Here’s what’s blooming in our neck of the woods:

From Random Pics 2009

Orchid.  This year’s Valentine’s Day gift.  

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My new Hyacinth starting blooming yesterday.  I had no idea what color it would be.  And SURPRISE!  It’s pink!  :]

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From Random Pics 2009
From Random Pics 2009

This is a new bulb we planted just a few weeks ago.  It’s called a Narcissis (?)  — if I’m remembering correctly.  

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This is a little maple tree that is waking up from a long, winter doze.  My hubby plans to grow it into a Bonsai tree.  

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From Random Pics 2009
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From Random Pics 2009

Young seedlings…..signs of Spring!  

From Random Pics 2009

Peeps

Familiar peeps we know and love:

From People 2009

She loves her flowers. 

From People 2009

From People 2009

From People 2009

From People 2009

Okay, so she’s sick of having her picture taken now, I guess.  

From People 2009

From People 2009

The silly, singing, Valentine’s Day gift.  What a hit.  

From People 2009

He loves eating gerber daisies.  

2009/02/15