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Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Thank You

Hello dear friends!  OK you guys!  I purposely disengaged the comments part on my last post because I didn't want you to feel that you must write something, but you figured out how to get around that, didn't you?  As my mother would say, "du kliener divel"! Ha!  But seriously, I want to thank you all that left comments or e-mailed me, your words of encouragement and kindness truly touched my heart.  If you are ever discouraged about the state of affairs of the world, just go read some of those comments and you will discover that the world is full of wonderful, kind, caring people in spite of what the news networks will tell you.  So thank you from the very bottom of my heart, my cup runneth over!  I've been busy and haven't been commenting on your blogs as often, but I suspect after a brief vacation from the computer, I will again, so don't think I've forgotten about you all.  This time I will allow the comments to go through, so if you want to get in contact with me to ask a question or just to say "hi", you can do so there.  By the by, I wanted to share a picture of our back forty, isn't it beautiful?  In spite of the very cold and discouraging Spring weather, it is one of the prettiest Springs I remember in a long time. I hope that you all are having the goldenest of days!

Hugs
Jane

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  1. Beautiful yard! You are going to have a glorious summer! Maybe the cold weather is good for the trees and plants. I blog in frequent, short spurts, so I don't expect you to comment every time....I should adopt your style and plan ahead and do a better post! Hugs, Andrea

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    1. You're blog is perfect the way it is Andrea! Don't ever change. I really feel bad when I miss commenting on yours, you've been such a loyal blogging friend to me. Please know I appreciate every one of your posts, just haven't been on the computer as much, but will be making more of an effort, after a little vacation.

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      Jane

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  2. Debbie in the U.P.May 9, 2017 at 4:46 AM

    What a beautiful picture! It looks like a postcard.
    Have a fabulous Summer! I wish you sunny days, cool nights and simple joys!
    Debbie

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    1. Thanks Debbie! Bet it's cold up your way. Hasn't this Spring been a chilly one? It amazes me that the trees set out their blossoms, how did they know it was Springtime? I'm still wearing my down coat! Have a lovely May, hope the snow is melting your way!

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      Jane

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  3. Lovely blossom and the open gate is so welcoming.
    I'm so glad you will write sometimes as I would miss your blog.
    The weather here in the east of the UK has been chilly, grey but no rain, some trees are very late with their leaves.In the shelter of the greenhouse my plants look good.

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    1. The leaves are really late here too, Sue. The forests are just starting to bud out around here. Hope this doesn't affect our gardens, got lots of plans for canning this year! Hoping you get some warmer days!

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      Jane

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  4. I was so sad to see that would not have your blog anymore
    I realllllllllly loved reading it -such an encouragement to me
    Hope you will change your mind
    love your yard

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    1. Thank you! I miss the little community that we have here and sometimes regret my decision. For the moment blogging is taking up too much of my time, but as they say, "never say never"!

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      Jane

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  5. Jane; I was sad to think you might never blog again--and I'm not clever enough to have gotten around the no comment feature. Many of my favorite bloggers have either stopped posting or moved to Face Book or other social media--a blog post definitely takes more time and thought. I see blogging as similar to when I kept a hand-written journal--although I surely don't put it all 'out there.'
    Sometimes we are tired--or busy--or preoccupied with things in our life that aren't for public sharing. I will be watching for the times when you are in the mood to write. Enjoy your 'spring break!'

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    1. Especially blogs such as yours, Sharon that are such wonderful essays on nature. You always find the perfect word. As I said before, you are my favorite nature writer. You compare to the greats such as Hal Borland and Gladys Taber in my book.Perhaps in the future I will write an update, but not anything on the order of a weekly post. I really don't know how others manage to write almost daily plus work. Must be better time managers than I!

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      Jane

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  6. Please do think about coming back, Jane. We all have those busy times when we forget to comment on blogs and show our appreciation. It doesn't mean that we don't love and enjoy those blogs! Perhaps you could gift us with a post every month or so? Enjoy your summer and your beautiful garden.

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    1. You've given me something to think about Isabella. Thank you for all your wonderful support. Hope that all is going well for you.

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      Jane

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  7. Dear Jane,
    I am torn. On the one hand, I want you to keep blogging because you are my favorite. On the other hand, in January of this year I deleted all my social media accounts. Even Pinterest. I wanted my life to look more like it did in the mid-90s and while I can't (and wouldn't) undo some of my present obligations (like my beautiful daughters) the one thing I could make like it was back then was less media in my life. I do still read about 6 blogs and I listen to a couple podcasts. But no more checking my phone every 5 seconds or broadcasting my life to the world. So, while I want to be selfish and ask you to keep on blogging, I totally get the desire to just live a private life.
    Thanks for giving me the chance to say my piece. I really wish you every blessing and be assured you are in my thoughts and prayers.
    God bless,
    Dana

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    1. It's a balancing act for sure Dana. One of the things that has been driving me recently is that as I approach my 60th year, I'm acutely aware that I may only have a decade or two left to this life. That's pretty sobering! The last two decades flew by in a blur. But on the other hand I love this little community of blogging friends that have developed here. So there's that dilemma. What I'd really like to do is just pose a question every week and let you all take it from there. After all, the comments and commenters have been the best thing about this blog all along. Thank you for the prayers, we all can use them!

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      Jane

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  8. Your blog was my favorite of all the ones I read. I'm hoping one day to hear from you again. Best wishes, D.M.

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    1. You all are so sweet, at times I do regret ending my blog. If only there were extra hours in the day!

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      Jane

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  9. Beautiful garden!
    Hope that you have a wonderful spring!
    We couldn't let you stop blogging without letting you know how much we have enjoyed your blog and your friendship. Thank you!

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    1. Thanks Kathy! Spring has been a beaut this year. Too bad it isn't warm enough to enjoy it! Hoping this cooler weather means Summer will be gentle on us. Thank you for all your wonderful support throughout this blogging adventure. Don't hesitate to stop by from time to time and tell me how you are doing!


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      Jane

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  10. Joan of Crystalview CottageMay 9, 2017 at 9:59 AM

    Hi Jane!! Oh happy day that you wrote a new post!! Your backyard is so beautiful!! One of the things that I find good about this chilly spring is that everything seems "preserved". I am happy to still have some forsythia and the apple blossoms are lasting longer.
    I hope that all the comments help you to know how many friends you do have!!I am happy that we may hear from you occasionally. That would be a treat!! After many "breezy" days Crystal Lake is calm today. I am off to dig a new flower bed and my husband is going to build an arbor. As people drive around the lake this summer I want them to feel the welcome of Crystalview Cottage. Enjoy your last days of spring. I see 70 degree weather on the horizon!! Love and Blessings!!

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    1. That's true about the cold, Joan. Makes for a pretty Spring. Your plans for a new flower bed and arbor sounds wonderful. I'm sure the sightseers will appreciate it. Hope you get a lot of enjoyment from it too.

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      Jane

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  11. Dearest Jane ~ I was so happy to see this post from you. You are loved and missed by your blogging friends. But I hear where you are coming from.

    Love the photo of your beautiful 'back forty'. Enjoy and hope to see you posting now and then.

    Love, hugs & prayers ~ FlowerLady

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    1. THanks, Rainey! It will never compare to your little plot of Paradise, but I'm happy with it. Hope all your days are as beautiful as your roses. Thanks for the prayers!

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      Jane

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  12. Hi Jane! It made my day to see a post here. Yay :) Love the photo of your garden, it's glorious. And I especially love that you have herbs. At the garden center yesterday I was looking at the info on their lavender plants and noticed it said not for human consumption. One of the workers told me that was to make people think herbs shouldn't be eaten. O.O Anyways, we are in the process of giving our front yard a lil make over.
    When we moved here there were five holly trees posing as bushes next to the house that had to be trimmed way too often in warm weather, so I asked Goodman to remove them. He did even though it meant digging up the stumps and roots, and we planted peach colored Drift roses and lavender behind the roses. We've worked on this for three days and hope to mulch this evening when the yard will be shady. I love spring, but it's the busiest season for us usually.
    Hope you have a lovely week,
    Toni

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    1. Peach roses and lavender sounds much prettier than holly, Toni! But what a lot of work! Why do you think they don't want people to think herbs are edible? Just in case they overdo it and get sick so they won't be liable or so they continue to buy their bottled herbs at about a billion times the cost of growing them themselves? Just like the way they try to scare people off from canning, they don't want people to be self-sufficient. No money in it. Don't work to hard!

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      Jane

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    2. Sounds like scare tactics to me, but then I'm just the jaded, practical sort. Heaven forbid we don't spend everything on drugs and health care. lol

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    3. MUst confess that I;m pretty jaded when it comes to these things too, Toni!

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  13. Nearly 60 and wondering about the years ahead? I will be 77 in July, and wonder how could this be? So wonderful to read your words today, and when we realise that for most of us, our true and very special blog friends are ones we cannot say, "meet you in half an hour " " I'm off to the shops, is there anything you need?" " Come and join in a meal/ a quilting retreat/ a fishing trip/ or a get-together" but our friendship is every bit as meaningful and sincere. I am so happy to know you are well, that spring is in your garden, and a decision is never set in concrete, Maybe an occasional post will reassure us all that life is happy and well at your home. Hugs and love from NZ.

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    1. Ha! I know Jean, I take my after my father who was "nearing 100" once he hit the fifty year mark. You might never know, might just have gotten those longevity genes and am only through 2/3rds of my life. Ha! The Bible says man is appointed three score and ten, so I guess the rest is just gravy after that. But goodness! Time flies so quickly. Used to be the either Sunday or Saturday now it's either the first or last day of the month. Another month and will be half way through this year.Can you believe it?

      I agree about the friendships we make on blogs. They are every bit as real as the neighbor down the street. We worry over each other and rejoice in each others happiness. If that isn't a friendship, what is?

      Hugs and love back at you!

      Jane

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  14. Dear Jane, Can you believe that you actually made me cry when I saw you had posted? You are my very very favorite blogger. Your posts are so down to earth and so like my life. I personally love the words and wisdom you post. I see God in your life and that is a good thing. Have a good day!

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    1. Why thank you Mary Ann. He definitely guides me daily. I may not post as often, but will certainly be posting updates from time to time.

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      Jane

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  15. Hello! I just found your blog today. It looks like something I would just love. The way we live...
    I am just going to go back and read from the beginning!
    God bless
    Mrs.O

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    1. Hello Mrs. O.! Guess I'll have to post something now to give you something to read! Hope you enjoy the blog.

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      Jane

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  16. Hello! I just found your blog today. It looks like something I would just love. The way we live...
    I am just going to go back and read from the beginning!
    God bless
    Mrs.O

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  17. What an unexpected surprise to see your new post. I'm so happy our comments touched you - just as you have touched us.
    And what a beautiful spring green that picture shows. It's just bursting with life.
    Spring is such a miracle isn't it?

    Debra

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    1. A body would have to be pretty cold-hearted not to be touched by all the kindness you all have sent my way, Debra. Spring certainly is busting out all over. I hope all those blossoms mean it will be a bumper fruit season this year. Ladies start your canners!

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      Jane

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  18. Your back yard/garden is just beautiful! Here in Virginia, it has been a beautiful spring but with roller coaster temperatures. I hope you have a wonderful summer and enjoy all your projects. I think at different stages of our lives, we focus on different things and, while I really enjoy your blog, you need to do what is best for you. Wishing you all the best life has to offer!

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    1. Thanks Shirely. My son lives in NC and he's had really hot and really cold weather. Here's it's just been cold and colder. If you ever get another heat wave, please send some our way!

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      Jane

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  19. So happy to see a post from you, Jane--my heart just soared! I love your idea of posting a weekly question to your community! There are so many thoughtful people here I think it would be fun and provide lots to think about.

    Your garden looks so cool and green and inviting. It's funny how in spring a garden waves to you and says, "Come, enjoy my beauty." But at the height of summer, a garden crooks its finger and grouses, "Come on then--get to work or I can't do my job, either!"

    Best, Sue

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    1. Ha! So true Sue! I often why we invest in garden furniture, anytime we are outside we are working in the garden. Only visitors get to enjoy my garden. An acquaintance stopped by the other day and said he wanted a garden just like ours. Didn't have the heart to tell him it's a full-time job in the Summer. But at least it's good exercise! Hope your Spring is full of lovliness!

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  20. I was sad to read your blog was coming to an end. I have greatly enjoyed reading it, and seeing your lovely photos. Thankyou for taking the time to write and share, it is a gift to all of us that you did.

    Sending much love to you dear Jane, may your days be full, and your contentment deep.

    Every blessing to you and yours,
    Much love, Emma
    xx

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    1. Thank you dear Emma! The outpouring from friends has been so touching. Hope your Autumn is wonderful with that sweet little family of yours!

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      Jane

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  21. It does sound interesting to pose a question and see what everyone comments about it. :-) Anything to keep hearing from you would be great!
    Jane, I was at a store today and saw Kelp Powder in the bulk section of their spice area. It said Kelp is the highest plant in the world for iodine. Could this help your thyroid? I suppose Ran already knows all about this but it was new to me.
    I am so glad you kept the blog up so far. I was afraid at any second it would be down and have come here lately copying some of the recipes and ideas I loved you posted I had neglected to get before. And Yes!!! your yard is a beauty!! :-) J/Jody

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    1. Hi Jody! I learned my lesson about taking down my blog after Thrift Countrywoman. Still regret that because it's fun to go back and look at how the house has changed throughout the years. It's also a nice journal of the passing seasons for me.

      Yes, I know about kelp, but am leery to use it since most comes from the Pacific and ever since Fukishima (sp.) I worry about the radiation in it. I take iodine that's been mined in the earth. That helps a lot. Thanks for letting me know! Glad you are looking out for me!

      I think it's important to have physical copies of recipes and such that you use. You never know when there will be a snafu and they won't be available on the internet. I recently lost all my e-mail addresses and bookmarks when my computer "reset" itself. Hope the world is treating you kindly this Spring!

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      Jane

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  22. I first started searching for blogs that were appropriate to me when I became single again in late mid-life and wanted to live a life that felt genuine to me. I felt free to live my own values and not others. I bookmarked many, many blogs at first... then over the years I realized that no more than a few really resonated with me. Yours was one. I went back to your first posts and read everything slowly. Know that you are gifted in touching people, and you are blessed with the people you have in your life--supporting you. When I need inspiration, and reminders about what I should be thankful for, it is those very few blogs that I go to. Thank-you for that.

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    1. Goodness! Thank you so much Gail! I might have to embarrass myself and begin blogging again, you all have been so kind and supportive. I hope that this has been a lovely Spring for you!

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      Jane

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  23. I miss you so much. Mindy

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    1. Well you all have been so sweet, I just might have to undergo the embarrassment and return to blogging. You all are tempting me, Mindy!

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      Jane

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  24. I was overjoyed to see this post Jane and your are right, that view is so pretty! I'm so glad that you are busy enjoying life and that you are feeling the love that we all have for you too. That is one of the things that I have enjoyed about blogging. It's the encouragement and the sharing of our lives with one another, those connections that mean so much and help get me back focused on what is important. The news media is full of strife, panic and just plain meanness that I want nothing to do with. It seems that common sense and decency is in rare supply there these days. Yet another reason I am so glad that we no longer have cable or satellite TV. I see enough of the state of the world on Facebook posts and even that gets overwhelming to me.

    Be blessed my friend!

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  25. What a surprise to see you back, a very lovely one. That view of your garden is so wonderful, makes me think of a bride waiting! Dont let us pressurise you to blog, just leaving your blog online is a wonderful resource. Well maybe you could do a seasonal post!
    Wishing you well and many blessings.

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  26. Dear Jane,

    Thank you for stopping by to say, "Hello!" Sometimes life takes you in different directions that don't involve blogging, and that's okay!

    I'm always glad that we are friends.

    Love,

    Marqueta

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    1. We certainly are, Marqueta!
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  27. Hi there Jane, hope y'all are doing well! so glad to see you'd stopped by the blog and liked the flowers....they sure do a great job on that fountain don't they? Have you planted your window boxes yet---what did you decide to put in them? I filled ours with marigolds, sweet "tater" vine, begonias and the like---things that can take the high heat and constant sun that is rapidly approaching our way---the brutal summer. LOL

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  28. PS---I tried the creeping Jenny and it DIED. I tried the orange things and they DIED....ha ha I do have the kale things like they have pictured and those were planted a year or two ago---and they lasted all winter, twice now I believe. I haven't tried the succulents that it looks like they have in that fountain....have you?

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    1. Window boxes are so difficult, Debbi! They are drier than the Sahara. I'm thinking succulents (hen and chicks) are the only way to go. I'm embarrassed to say this as a gardener, but I put some realistic looking faux lavender in mine. Between the dryness and the strays sleeping on them, just couldn't get anything to grow, but I do love the look of a window box!

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  29. An idea? If you are still doing farmer's markets you could post about them ..anything you have learned from others or from observing others there? I just wanted to come here and tell you I hope whatever you choose..to blog or not or whatever....it brings you peace and happiness.
    J/Jody

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  30. Hello Jane :)

    I came across a comment you left over at Debbie's blog (The Next Chapter in My Life) and popped over to see what your blog was like. I've been reading it (beginning to end) for two weeks! I'm so sad to see that you may not be blogging anymore. I understand though.

    I want you to know that you've greatly inspired me. I needed a kick in the pants to get back to living more frugally and eating healthier and you managed to do it, with your words and pictures. So, no matter what you decide to do with this blog, I want you to know you made a difference in my life.

    Thank you so very much!
    rue

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    1. Thank you Rue! I'm so frightfully behind in responding to comments and leaving them too. At the moment I'm just very busy as this is planting time, but hopefully in the next couple of weeks I'll be able to give an update. Want to share a photo of my lilacs, they are absolutely the loveliest things ever this year! Thanks for leaving a comment, you'll never know how much I appreciate it!

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      Jane

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  31. Thank you for this post! The photo of the garden is serene and beautiful! Your blog is one of my favorites as well. I am incredibly lazy when it comes to blogging. Life gets me busy and I neglect the blog and also going around and visiting other blogs, or sometimes I visit but have no time to write a comment. Hope you came back to blogging. Take time to enjoy your Summer!!

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  32. Jane,... I just read somewhere that made it sound like white asparagus was a new new thing. I guess they don't know our garden!
    I just realized you had commented on the kelp. Thanks ever so much for the information...I hadn't put 2 and 2 together to be on the alert. :)
    We have had some not tooooo hot days here but summer heat may be coming to stay soon. :((( We have shade cloth over most of the garden areas and that sure helps to cut down some of the watering and plants from burning. It also is cooler for me out there!! I love that! I am so glad we have enough room to garden. The thought of not getting outside and in the dirt is sad. I also would miss all the lizards and other animals birds and insects. Let alone watching the beautiful sky that changes and is a wonder every single day. We are blessed aren't we. J/ Jody

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    1. WE certainly are, Jody! About asparagus, I gave some to my neighbor, Tom and his sister told me asparagus is dirt cheap. I've never seen it below $2.99 a pound in the store. She said you can go out and pick wild asparagus along the country lanes. Anyway, I it bothered me that she dismissed my gift of free asparagus as something so common, so I won't be giving her any more! Ha! She can go out and pick it along the road!

      Anyhow, she got the idea to have a garden. Well, after one week it was overgrown with weeds and she never waters it. I get a kick out of watching her go out there and whack a few weeds with the hoe and give up. Guess she has to learn the hard way that gardening is hard work and maybe she should be thankful for other gardeners giving her some of their hard earned produce. BTW, I gave my extra asparagus to my neighbor, Lori, who was glad to have it and could see far enough into the future to freeze some for when the garden isn't producing.

      We are finally getting some decent weather here. It was a cold start to Spring this year. Could use some rain, but are we gardeners ever happy? Hope you are having a wonderful Summer!

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      Jane

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  33. Summer is here for sure. HOT and HUMID. :( Summer is only for so many months then on to fall and winter then spring and back to summer again. We can endure for this season. :) God is so good to give us a change of seasons. Your neighbor has not caught the gardening bug. When you are infected with it you can't hardly stay away from the garden no matter what you need to do in it. :-))) J/ Jody

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