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August 02, 2022


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DrumMajor Linda in Kansas

Your heading made me concerned that YOU were sick. Ok, LOTS of people are reporting that their gardens are just stuck or dormant this year. Let's see what happens next year. You've had a busy day even if you find it normal. The purple flowers on your walk are really nice. You have a berry happy boy eating his toast. The kitty wonders why the neighbor across the street has 4 trash bins.

Doug M

I sure hope YD is alright...and Margaret, OD is lucky to have you. As usual, your photos are wonderful and that last one with Ziggy is super special. 🙂


That is a sweet photo at the end.

Maybe you could start stargazers anew next year? Has the spot changed with shade/sun over the years? Maybe a new club could go in a different place?


Problems with daycare is what really changed our lives into what it is right now. We had a good daycare, but between the vacations and the illnesses of the provider, it was creating problems with my job having to juggle taking care of kids as well. I ended up quitting and being the daycare provider and have been doing it ever since. We are fortunate to be able to do that and we haven't regretted the decision.


Margaret, I'm not sure but I think plants like people have a life span. Your Stargazer has given you many blooms and joy, why not just replace it next spring when the nurseries are full of plants? Plant two and one will be sure to go!

I like your blog and the name of it.I vote keep the name.

It is so nice when family is near and we can help them out. It does take time away from your busy schedule but as we (Mom's of "adult" children )know it does go by so fast! Enjoy the little guy. Kaye


Due to the weather extremes (and deer in my case), I've lost plants too. The plants that the deer ate to the ground might be gone forever. Others that did not bloom and only produced leaves might recover with blooms next year. I've decided to give everything a second chance. The alternative is: I have a good time buying replacement plants at the garden center. Daycare comes with lots of complications. I remember it as always being a juggling act and today Covid adds another challenge. Your willingness and ability to step-in and help out is not only critical but loving and extremely helpful. As a mother, I'd do the same. Your photos are fantastic. N enjoying his toast with lots of jam is adorable and Z and N together shows their sweet bond. YD enjoying the mountains is time well spent. Nature is healing for me too.


I'm looking forward to catching up soon! I'm also with whoever said to just get a few new lilies. Even if the old one makes it and does better next year having a few spares in the ground can't hurt! I was the full time nanny for the grands for 6 or 7 years, and worked part time as well in the end. I think very many families are faced with horrid daycare dilemmas.

Arkansas Patti

Wonderful that they have you to fill the babysitting gap. Good for them, you and little guy. That last picture is ADORABLE and suitable for framing.


That boy and his cat are very sweet! I'm sure you enjoy being with him although it has it's challenges. Be sure to carve out some time for you when you can.

And I'm voting, again, to get some new Stargazer bulbs. And probably to loosen up that soil and maybe transplant some of the excess bulbs to a different place, assuming there are any.


I was a little worried when I read the heading "Sickly Stargazer" that you were the one sick. Relieved that you haven't gotten another round of Covid (seems that's happening to several friends right now).

Younger Daughter's athleticism and love for nature has always impressed me. It must be cold up there, and she's blasting on without a jacket. I'm sure it's exhausting to climb and you generate your own heat!

That's a precious photo of grandson and Ziggy. Great capture!


Very sweet. No you should never change the name of your blog. I always thought it was named after you, not some sickly plant! It's a perfect name.

Joanne Noragon

My oldest daughter, as a toddler, had a game with our cat. She would chase him round and round, through the living room, the dining room, the kitchen, the hall, back through the living room. When he was far ahead of her he would just sit at one of the turns, waiting. When she came round the corner her would stand up, put his feet on her chest and down she went. He took off again, with her hot behind until there were enough corners between them and he would sit down and wait, again. This game occasionally went on from breakfast to lunch, or lunch to supper, naps excluded.


Oh the clouds around the mountaintop in YD's photo! Gorgeous. And hiking in nature calms the soul and clears the mind - I hope that it helps her find her way. The butterfly bush is lovely too. Do you compost for your flowerbeds? That keeps mine going for years.


The photo of your daughter brought Caspar David Friedrich’s painting, Wanderer above the Sea of Fog (1818) to mind.



I love that photo of your grandson and his cat looking out the window.

I'm the same as your younger daughter, I prefer to be outside and the mountains always make me feel better.


Oh boy, that face.
And the photo of him with the cat.
Too sweet.
Hope the younger daughter gets off to the mountains to get that healing energy.
Sorry to hear about your plant.

Jenni Elyse

I think you don't have to change the name of your blog, even if your plant dies. It'll just be a remembrance of it. :D

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