2018

Presidents Day 2018

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Mount Rushmore in South Dakota

Happy Presidents Day!

I remember, one of the questions in my citizenship test was: When is Presidents Day?
And the answer is: Presidents Day is the third Monday in February.
It was the question I had to read and answer verbally to the officer, in November 2016. πŸ™‚

2018

Chapel of Thanksgiving In Dallas, Texas

A few years ago, Sam (my son) came from Germany to visit family in the USA. We reserved one day to do some sight seeing in downtown Dallas. Since I always wanted to check out the Chapel of Thanksgiving, we walked over to the Thanks-Giving Square. Once we were inside the Chapel, the “Glory Window” looked really impressive. All these beautiful stained glasses in the spiral roof look amazing.Β The window was created by Gabriel Loire in 1976.

2018, In The Garden

The Meyer Lemon Tree

A week before Valentine’s Day, Kevin (my husband) asked me what I would like as a present for this special day. Since I’m low maintenance, he always likes to ask me first, before he goes to a store and buys something β€˜silly’. I said, I’d love to get a plant from him. A lavender, a rosemary, or anything what comes to his mind, when he visits a garden nursery. Valentine’s Day had approached, and Kevin walked with a Meyers Lemon Tree through the front door. It had lots of blossoms, and a lemon to show. And the fragrance was amazing.

Almost four weeks later, I seriously had to think about re-potting my new tree. It’s Spring and the right time to look for a new pot. I went to our local nursery, found the perfect pot, got some citrus-tree fertilizer; bought a couple of smaller pots to re-pot my lavender. And of course I had to get a Texas Bluebonnet. I couldn’t resist it. Back at home I filled the pot 1/4 with potting soil, pulled the lemon tree out of its old plastic pot to transfer it, and filled the rest of the new pot with soil. Now, the lemon tree roots are watered, fertilized, and have more room to stretch and grow. The bees have already discovered the tree and are very busy pollinating it. Hopefully we have more lemons, soon.

Originally posted on my old blog “A Garden Full of Memories” on March 11, 2015.

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Update today:

Unfortunately the first Meyer Lemon tree made it only through two seasons, before it died due to a hard freeze. Not even the greenhouse could protect it. We pruned it, and it didn’t really come back for a third season. This made me really sad.

Kevin and I were debating long and hard to get another Meyer Lemon tree. Because I really love the fragrance of its flowers. And when IΒ  squeeze some drops of the lemons in my water, it is very refreshing and not as harsh on my tummy as the juice ofΒ  a regular lemon. We still were going back and forth with a new tree last year.

This February, Kevin asked me what I would like for Valentine’s Day. I replied: “Do you remember, when you got me that Meyer Lemon tree on Valentine’s Day three years ago?” “Yep, I remember it! I guess, it is time for a new tree”, he answered. Today, we went to the nursery and picked up a new Meyer Lemon tree. And this tree definitely won’t be in the greenhouse in Winter. It will have a cozy place inside our house until the weather is suitable enough to roll the tree outside, while it will get pollinated by bees and enjoys the warmth of the sun and the rain drops of Spring and Summer.

Here are some more photos of the first Meyer Lemon tree. For photos of the new tree the temperatures are cool and the lighting is not good enough, today. But I will post photos throughout the warmer seasons.

2018

A Candle Jar For Every Celebration (3): Year of The Dog

This afternoon I cleaned out another apple sauce jar to make a candle light for Chinese New Year. I ripped up more gift paper and glued it to the glass. While it dried, I printed out “DOG” in Chinese Mandarin. When the name was added to the glass jar, I put candles in all three jars to honor each individual holiday of this week. Enjoy the photos. πŸ™‚

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“Year of the Dog” Candle Jar
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A Candle Jar for every occasion: Mardi Gras, Valentine’s Day, and Chinese New Year.
2018

Year of The Dog ~ 2018

The Chinese New Year begins in China on February 16th, on the second New Moon of 2018. Here in the western hemisphere we still have the 15th, while China is celebrating the Year of the Dog. There are twelve zodiacs. Each zodiac is for approximately one year. Therefore a zodiac repeats itself every twelve years. Next time we have a Dog year will be in 2030.

Happy Chinese New Year!

Happy Year of The Dog!

2018, In The Garden

Planting Bulb Flowers

It is perfect weather for doing some garden work and plant some bulbs, before the temperatures will drop tomorrow, again.Β  In the greenhouse I added half a dozen of tulips and half a dozen of narcissus. The narcissus won’t take long, before they will open and show their pretty flower faces. The tulips need a little bit longer. In the garden, I planted some bulbs of Canna Lilies, Crocosmia, Dahlias, and Tiger Lilies for Late Spring to Autumn.

2018

Valentine’s Day

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Today, we celebrate Valentine’s Day; my 14th Anniversary moving in Dallas; and if Finley was still around, it would be his 11th Birthday.

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Happy Valentine’s Day!

Happy Valentine’s Day!

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2018

⚜️🎭 Mardi Gras πŸŽ­βšœοΈ

Today is Fat Tuesday. Β It refers to events of the Carnival celebrations, beginning on or after the Christian feasts of the EpiphanyΒ (Three Kings Day) and culminating on the day before Ash Wednesday.Β Mardi GrasΒ is FrenchΒ for β€œFat Tuesday”, reflecting the practice of the last night of eating richer, fatty foods before the ritual fastingΒ of the LentenΒ season.

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Bon Mardi Gras! β€” Happy Fat Tuesday! β€” Helau! β€” Alaaf!
2018

Foggy Morning Pond

When the temperatures drop below freezing and the sun is rising, fog builds on top of the pond near Sara’s school. After I drop Sara off, I take my camera and hike down to the pond sometimes. Here are some photos, I’ve captured back in February 2014.

2018

The Little Yellow-bellied Sapsucker

This morning when it began to sleet, we’ve got a new visitor in our yard. A little Yellow-bellied sapsucker came over and knocked some holes in our Bradford Pear trees. The little guy used the tree as a protection from the ice rain. Once it stopped sleeting, the bird decided to fly into the neighbor’s tree. A little bit later, a Ruby-crowned Kinglet showed up to inspect the holes for some food. I guess, the Sapsucker and the Kinglet have a perfect food relationship. One does the hard work to get past the bark; eats until it is not hungry anymore. And the other one takes the rest, so the food source won’t go to waste. On top of that, they are a nice tree pest control.