Long post and lots of pictures. Today is the day Brandon took my dad up flying for Father’s Day. They didn’t get to fly last weekend because it rained. They flew to Galveston today. Daddy was just shy of having his pilot’s license when he had his first heart attack, and couldn’t fly anymore. But Brandon’s learning, so he took him up. Brandon said he had never heard my dad use the word “awesome” before, but he did today. Rachael took these pictures:
Coming back from their flight:
Here’s Walter (my dad), Brandon, and the instructor Al. This is at Ellington Field in Houston. It use to be an Air Force base.
Well, I wasn’t going to post pictures yet, because there’s not that much to see, but I just took a few that I am willing to show you. The rest of the yard still looks terrible.
This is a short section of the new fence. There is an area about 14′ x 50′ behind it, for the dogs to play, and stay out of my flowerbeds. At least that’s the plan. I salvaged that Norfolk Pine from my neighbor’s trash 3 or 4 years ago. That’s her house peaking over the fence. She threw it out because it got too tall to go under her patio cover It just seemed to me like the sensible thing to do would be move it out from under the patio cover. That philodendron was in an identical pot as the pine, and it was so root-bound, roots were hanging over the top of the pot.
This is the walkway I am working on. You can see that Mr. Philodendron has one yellow leaf I need to remove. My son doesn’t like all my “stone” walkways (I have them in the front yard, too) or the fact that I use old bricks for flowerbed borders. My grandparents always used bricks for borders. It’s cheap (maybe that’s his point), and it’s recycling. So there, Brandon These bricks use to be a wall inside the house.
Here are some things I plan to plant in the new flowerbeds. I took pictures of some of the plants in the front yard. We’ll start with caladiums. The red caladiums are planted in a galvanized washtub. I like to use things like that to hold plants.
And a blue plumbago:
Then I want to add Vincas:
And airplane plants (sometimes call spider plants):
And yes…this is something I just love. I want whole flocks of them around the pool.
We had pink flamingos in the back yard, but the dogs ate them. It looked so funny to see Pumba running around with a flamingo in his mouth. Here are 3 of our puppies:
Pumba and Timon:
And Curley. She was named Curley, because they are part Chow, and her tail was the curliest of the 6 puppies in the litter.
I’m not showing you the area where the pool will be until the pool is there.
I have been reading Sue’s (wolfpacwife14) online genealogy information. We have tons of surnames in common in our families. And our maiden names are almost the same – just one letter different. I think I’m actually suffering from genealogy overload now.
Today is my sister, Tammy’s birthday. She is 47. So if your are reading….Happy Birthday. Carolyn, I sent her the space alien birthday video that you posted There was a lady in our church when we were little, whose birthday was the same day as Tammy’s. Her name was Irie Cox. She told us her birthday was the same day, but she was a little older – like 60 years older, to be exact.
TRIPLES with EMMA