Monday, June 14, 2010

I've Been Missing In Action...

I can't believe it's been so long since my last post.
The end of the school year always gets crazy,
so many year end meetings, award ceremonies,
end of church activities for the kids are
just a few of the commitments filling my calendar.

Last Thursday my son Jason turned 30

(not sure how this happened since I barely feel 30 myself)
That meant, baking a cake, planning a get together
and having company to celebrate.

Then this young man, my youngest son Alex,
made his Momma quite proud by
earning his third Academic Letter Award in high school.
This meant  attending an award ceremony.
All wonderful reasons to celebrate...
but keeping me very busy!
Add to all of this year end book studies,
final meetings for High Schoolers at church,
etc, etc, etc...
So all of this brings me to a huge apology
for not posting and not visiting your blogs
as often as I like :(

I've been busy using my new
zoom lens, an anniversary gift from DH.

Our yard is full of birds nesting, enjoying
the feeders, bird baths and splashing in the pond.

My oleander trees are in full bloom!

They aren't winter hardy in this region
so I plant them in very large pots
and then winter them over indoors.

Some of my lupines,

and portulacas,

my yellow tea roses

and orange climbing roses...
all doing quite well right now.

I hope this little visit to my yard
makes up for my absence.
Now I'm off to visit all of you!
Have a marvelous day, whatever you choose to do :)


  1. Oh, my friend, it's good to hear from you. You have been a busy lady! Congratulations to your son for his letter. You have good reason to be proud of your kids. I loved seeing your flowers, especially the yellow tea rose. Your yard is gorgeous - and such an inspiration!

  2. Gorgeous photos!!! (and I love that song, Big Black Horse and a Cherry Tree!)

  3. Those bird pics are gorgeous. How neat to have them nesting in your back yard.

  4. Congrats on all the reasons for celebrating and thank you for sharing the wonderful pictures.

  5. You are so right it is a busy time of the year. Congrats to both of your boys and you deserve some of the credit also. Very lovely photos. Seems like you got a nice camera!

  6. Hi Diva! Such lovely pictures! :) And congratulations to your son - a job well done to him and to you, too. :)) I am SO happy summer is here, but it's a busy busy time! xox - Pam

  7. Hey Ya Sweetie,,,all the pics are GREAT,,,thanks for myemail last week. My family went back home to Calif and its nice to have our home back again ,,,you know, a bitter sweet thing..I soooo get what you mean about when the kids are out of school. Our teen boys are well, shall I say,very energetic and VERY HUNGRY like allllll day long it seems. Praise God our 17 yr old works a few days a week or his boredom being at home would cost us BIG in the fridge dept. here ;0) They have YMCA passes but wouldn't you know it,,,they say its tooo boring there too..Go figure!!!
    I too have a 30 yr old who finally found his wings and is living in Omaha NE now..
    Well, Sweetie I just love your email you sent and hope pray we can really get to know one another better..
    Big Iowa HUgs~~~and BLESSINGS on you,,,Dena

  8. Such beautiful pictures Diva and it is a very busy time of year. WE are busy getting ready for our trip to Canada in just a few short weeks now! I can't wait!

  9. Well, I'm glad it's joyful things that have been taking up your time! :)

    Love the bird photos especially!!!!!!

  10. Ok, ok, you're forgiven:-) hehe Actually I think many of us have been very busy, I know I've hardly had time for blogging the last few weeks. Now that everything has been planted that needed to be planted, I should be a more regular visitor again!!

    Loved the pictures of the birds and your flowers, absolutely gorgeous! Isn't it fun experimenting with a zoom lens? I love mine and am always amazed at how far I can zoom in and yet still get a clear picture:-)

    Yup, you're right, how can our kids be that age when we're only 30 ourselves????? lol My baby will be 29 this month and Shawn just turned 32 in April...I'm still shaking my head over that!!

    Take good care and hope you're having some wonderful sunny days:-) xoxo

  11. Lovely boys! And lovely photos!
    You have some beautiful birds in your part of the world.

    Thanks for stopping by my blog today. Please let me see a picture of your jar if you make one from the tutorial. Thanks :-)

  12. Lovely boys, and lovely photos. Such pretty birds and flowers.

    Thanks for stopping by my blog today. I'd love to see your jar if you give it a try.