Tuesday, July 16, 2013


I woke to a beautiful bouquet of flowers on the kitchen table and a card.  It is my birthday!  I'm 58 years old and I don't mind at all.  My family is well and all called or text  me with happy wishes.  Forty years ago on my birthday, I turned 18 and was engaged to the same man who gave me the flowers today and then.  All in all, I would say I am pretty fortunate!  Sometimes it takes a birthday to realize that. 

Meanwhile, in the garden ......

It has rained the first fifteen days of July this year.  The hydrangeas are the best they have ever been.

Orange everywhere ....

The canna lilies are blooming in the far back corner of  the yard by my clothesline. 
Dear husband has been pulling ivy everyday!  The wet ground makes it easier. There are piles of ivy ready to be composed.

One more picture I want to share today.  This is my Elizabeth looking out the bay window.  Do you see the baby bird who landed on the window sill?  The bird finally flew away.  That is one lucky bird!

We all have our share of troubles in life.  My dad always says, "Just do the best you can."  Good advice.  If you think about it awhile, we are all incredibly lucky.

Hope you are having a great week!  Thank you for stopping by today!



  1. Happy Birthday Lottie. I hope you have many many more. Your flowers are so pretty.

  2. Hope you had a wonderful day.



  3. Happy Birthday, Lottie. I'm 57 and think these are the best years of our lives. And I think you might agree!

  4. Happy Birthday! engaged at 18! WOW.

    I am surprised the cat is sitting there looking calm.

    I love hydrangeas--wish we had some. My daughter often has them in her house. The crepe myrtles are in full bloom here with all the rain!

  5. What a beautiful post. And it's filled with such meaningful sentiments. Happy Birthday Lottie, I wish you a day of happiness. Although with your attitude, I don't have to wish too hard...you already seem to live with a whole lot of gratitude which I think is the key to happiness. I had my birthday this month too, and you're so right. There is nothing like a birthday to make us reflect on our lives. Thanks for stopping by my blog.
    Leslie (aka Gwen Moss)

  6. Lottie, so sorry I missed your birthday!! Happy Belated birthday! Hope it was a grand one!