Sunday, June 14, 2009

Six Unimportant Things That Make Me Happy

I have been tagged by Melanie Elissa to write down "Six Unimportant Things That Make Me Happy." Make sure you go over and check out her blog and don't miss this post where she updated a Goodwill chair. You know how I love makeovers.

Without further ado...

Six unimportant things that make me happy.

1. A Saturday to myself while the family took in a movie, a trip to the bookstore and other various and sundry things.

2. My hubby's grilling anything. He is such a marvelous cook. (well, he's not unimportant, but I am still very appreciative.) Tonight we are having a quick meal of chili slaw dogs that we didn't get to grill on Saturday. Sure they are just hotdogs, but over charcoal they are always better.

3. The flowers in my yard and the buds bursting forth on a plant that has been dug and carried from the home that my parents lived in when I was born. I thought this one had come from my grandmother, but my mom told me yesterday that it came from a home in South Atlanta that they were caretakers for in the early 1970's.

When they bought their first house they dug some cuttings and it grew in a flower bed by our front porch while we were growing up in GA. My parents moved to another city in GA just before I married and took some with them, an now I have cuttings that grow in my garden, also in GA. Soon a few pieces will make a trip to Amelia in OK. How cool is that.

A bloom about to burst on a yellow daylily. These were my husband's grandmothers.

An altromeria plant that was given to me by someone I worked with during our second year of marriage. She was a master gardener and had a beautiful yard. When we bought a house, I dug it up and carried it with us.

Butterfly weed dug out of a ditch in front of a friends property over 12 years ago.

Chaste tree that I bought for our yard after seeing one on a trip with my husband to Barnsley Gardens almost 11 years ago. It is like purple saliva on a tree.

photo taken by my daughter Chloe

My orange daylilies after a rain. A friend and I had permission to dig these up from an old homestead after the property was sold to a commercial developer.

photo taken by my talented husband

I love the history of my plants---can't you tell.

4. My camera---though I'm sure some of my family wishes that it wasn't always around. : )

5. A gallon zip loc almost full of roma tomatoes from a neighbor

6. bug spray to keep mosquitoes at bay. Even just a few years ago, I would not spray the toxic stuff on myself---now I am just not willing to be eaten by mosquitoes anymore. Most of the less toxic stuff doesn't work on me---so I use "off" most of the time or stay inside during mosquito hours.

I would love for any of you who would like to do this tag. There are so many things in our lives to look around and be happy about. Let me know if you play along. I would love to read yours.

Happy Monday!



Keetha Broyles said...

Have you tried rubbing "Bounce" drier sheets on your skin? It works really well for me as a mosquito repellent and isn't nasty and oily like they are.

Empty Nest Full Life said...

The flowers are beautiful! I have never seen butterfly weed. You definitely have the green thumb. Jackie

Amelia said...


I am so looking forward to getting the phlox plant...lets just hope I can get it to like its new home in Oklahoma.

Certainly enjoyed your stories of the flowers...makes them seem personal and not cold.

I noticed some of the butterfly weed on the way to Okla City today...but it was such a busy road - did not think my sweet hubby would stop the car for me to get closer to them...just admire from a distance.

Enjoy the week...may all the surprises be pleasant.

Victoria said...

Oh man the phlox brings back so many memories of childhood!!! I never knew that they dug some up from Cascade.

It's funny because most of my plants have stories or memories as well. :)

I planted a Lenton (sp?) rose tonight that I snagged at Judy's yard sale. Here's hoping it is happy and I don't forget to water it.

Cindy said...

I love Phlox. I had one come up on it's own last year. I hope that it comes up again. I've always love good bug spray. I even like the smell. I think it's because of the memories it brings back of working at summer camps when I was young...a total of 3 whole summers. Don't like to be bit at all.

Amanda@Imperfectly Beautiful said...

Amen to #1 on your list...also one of my favorite things! Your flowers and plants are absolutely gorgeous. I am envious, as I have a black thumb and kill every living thing I plant!

Joyce said...

I use Avon Skin So Soft to keep the bugs away and I find it does work. They sell it at the stores here on Hilton Head, S.C. It also keeps my skin soft so it does a double job.

Jamie said...

Great list! I love the history of my plants too! And oh how I love the occasional quiet Saturday to myself!

Julianna said...

I love the history of your plants. I love growing things, but have not had (or taken) the time to do much at our house. I keep saying maybe next year. . . I do have shrubs in the front bed now. There is one pee-wee, but I think it will survive.

Anyway, I'm finally catching up on life and starting to read blogs again. It's only taken me a month and a half.

Have a great Tuesday!
Julie =)

elk lighting said...

It is always nice to think about the little things that we might over look and take a minute to be gratefull for them

Tara said...

Your flowers are amazing and I admire how much you care for them...and i also love that you love your camera so much!! :)

Ashley@AshleysBusy said...

Plant history is nice, my inlaws are bringing me a hydrangea cutting on their next visit, i'm excited, there's look great in their yard. And hotdogs, yummm. I love mine southern style, chili, slaw, onions, and mustard.

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