Thursday, July 29, 2010

What's Going On

Word is, purple coneflowers are hardy and will spread.

That hasn't been my experience. I plant them pretty much every year and count myself lucky when one comes back in the spring. Then I buy a few more. Never, yet, have I had a nice patch of them. But I keep trying.

The highlight of the week so far has been a visit from Little Kath, who came out Monday and left yesterday afternoon.

She is the daughter of an old beau who has three kids; when we met, the kids were 11, 7, and 4. Kathy is the eldest, and she was never really a child, and although her dad and I were only together four years, she and I have remained in touch. His youngest sister has also been a close friend since then. I figure boyfriends might only be a way that gal-pals are brought to me. The beaus fall by the wayside, though I still count them as friends, but the relationships with women last a lifetime. I think I was 23 when I met his kids and did my best to "stepmother" them during summer holidays and school vacations, but now, since having two boys to raise from infanthood, I know I could have done a lot better by those three kids and wish I had.

Scott has been busy cutting clover.

And fixing machinery. Seems to me a lot of farm labour is repairing machinery. He bought a used baler last week and has been working on it for two days already. This morning he headed off to the field to cut hay. It hasn't rained for two days. Woo hoo!

On Sunday afternoon we went to a barbecue at Faye and Rick's. Rick is the burger-meister.

Today I'll be making raisin-rye bread, working here at my computer, perhaps running to town to pay my Revenue Canada late-penalty at the credit union, and looking forward to Shelly's arrival. She's leaving Edmonton in the early afternoon and will get here around suppertime.


  1. Looks like things are busy for you. Its nice to spend time with old friends. Good luck with the farm, and the flowers. You must share your recipe for raisin bread when you get the chance.

  2. I've stayed friends with my ex's ex-wives, family and friends---just not him, and I'm still friends with many of the exes of my kids and husband. You're in their lives somehow anyway---it may as well be pleasant.

  3. "I'm a woman, not his domestic servant" I LOVE it, thanks for the comment. Will keep your suggestions in mind. Have a great weekend.

  4. I always love your photos. The one of you and your friend with the dog in the bg is priceless!

  5. That raisin rye bread sounds yummy! And for years, I have wanted a patch of echinacea. I almost succeeded on the Coast, but have so much more trouble in the interior. But I always buy again in the Spring...try, try again!

    How great that a former love gave you such wonderful pals...isn't it great how the Universe connects our soul group!

    I love your photos.

    I discovered that exact same thing when I had kids.

    I could have been a way better aunt to all of my nieces and nephews. Far more patient and accepting!

    I guess it's that perspective that you can only learn through parenting that makes grandparents so great.

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