It’s been raining for several days now. The sky is gray and the sun has been hiding behind the clouds since late last week.

“I always like walking in the rain, so no one can see me crying.”
― Charlie Chaplin

I have blooms that want to open, but are waiting for the sun to kiss them awake. Then magically they will open their folded petals.

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I haven’t been out since some time last week. I’m thinking I might get out in a bit and maybe drive to Southwood nursery, which has such a wonderful ambiance, and just walk around.

I like to listen to the water fountains and enjoy the peace and quiet there.

It is the biggest nursery I know of (which isn’t saying a whole lot, since I don’t go exploring much), and so you can usually get away from people and conversations and just enjoy walking among the plants.

I like to stroll around the tree section and imagine another container tree I might get one day to keep Jade the ginkgo butterfly tree company.

Yesterday I went out on the patio in between rain showers and clipped and snipped the jungle that the patio container garden becomes after only a few days.

I’m glad I don’t have chores such as weeding to do because my time is pretty much taken up with keeping the growing jungle at bay.

I use my garden scissors and cut away stems and am sometimes surprised to see a plant I’d forgotten is underneath. So I clip away until the sun can reach it again.

I love container gardening. It’s a simple way to garden. Match the soil to the appropriate plant. Move the container around until it finds a spot it likes.

It’s just easier I think. And not as hard on your back either. I mostly roll around on my old plastic cart with a bucket in tow.

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Charlie and I had a quiet weekend. Didn’t speak to a soul. Read books, thumbed through magazines. Worked on the patio. Watched old Law & Order SVU reruns.

I don’t find much on TV that keeps my attention for long.

I finished reading “The Fens” by Pamela Wechsler and started reading “Baby Teeth” by Zoje Stage.

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Here’s an Amazon blurb…

Suzette is unable to form a bond with her seven-year-old daughter, who cannot—or will not—speak. Ever since Hanna was a baby, she felt rejected by her. It’s as if the child hates her, leaving Suzette very frightened.

Alex wants to believe his wife’s accounts of their daughter’s cruel and unusual behavior, but he’s never seen anything but her love. Is Hanna just a naughty girl whose antics reveal intelligence, creativity, maybe even charm? Or is she actually trying to kill her mother?

A powerhouse, razor-sharp novel of psychological suspense from blazing new talent Zoje Stage, Baby Teeth raises more questions than it answers—and will leave you guessing until its shocking conclusion.

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At first I wasn’t sure if I was going to like the plot, but once I read a few chapters I was sucked in.

This child’s demonic behavior is written so believably by this author that it is a bit scary to read. How could such a child exist?

I guess I’ll find out in the end. I read most of the book last night. So I will probably finish it tonight.

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Last time I was in Walgreens I picked up Listerine mouth wash for sensitive teeth and Arm & Hammer toothpaste for sensitive teeth and gums. It is helping the sensitivity problem I mentioned I’ve been having.

I ordered a couple of photos of Abi and Charlie to be printed at Walgreens.com to frame. I have many older photos of them in a box in the closet. But these are newer images.

But it’s been well over a week since I placed the order, maybe ten days, and I haven’t received them yet. Might have to check into that if I don’t get them in the mail in the next few days.

I still haven’t brought Abi’s ashes out of the double zip-locked baggies in my dresser drawer due to the bizarre behavior Charlie exhibited when I first brought them home. I’m taking it a day at a time.

That’s all we can plan for anyway, I suppose. A day at a time. Moment by moment.

Meanwhile Charlie stays close to me at all times. And I love that.

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21 Comments

  1. I love the photo of the white pottery. And of course, the old wooden box, blue jars, and lace doily are a great combination. I’m guessing your hibiscus probably is Hibiscus rosa-sinensis, which is a tropical hibiscus. Those plants are quite striking. But it might have to be brought indoors in winter. I am partial to the hibiscus syriacus, commonly called Rose of Sharon, and found in the yards of a lot of old houses in the Ohio River valley, so, they do make it through the winters here. I suppose you could put a Rose of Sharon in a container, but I’ve never seen it done that way. I used to have different colors of Rose of Sharon at other places I lived, but now I don’t have one. I am waiting to find my favorite, a white one with a red center. Looking forward to seeing a photo of your new hibiscus!

  2. We could use a little rain here in north Florida; it has been quite hot and humid. My plants are very thirsty so I need to water several times per day.

    Browsing through a nursery is such a treat; there are several here in town that have such a nice setting, well-tended plants, and lots of cats lazing around. I need to purchase a few containers so a trip to the nurseries is on my calendar. What a nice way to spend a morning.

    Charlie is sure enjoying his time with his mom. And it sounds like the feeling is mutual.

  3. I find I have better dental health when I brush my teeth a final time with coconut oil. Yep, right out of the kitchen. If you google it, you will find quite a few people who swear by brushing and swishing with extra virgin coconut oil.

  4. I find I have better dental health when I brush my teeth a final time with coconut oil. Yep, right out of the kitchen. If you google it, you will find quite a few people who swear by brushing and swishing with extra virgin coconut oil.

  5. Brenda, my friend’s website is http://www.cremationglassjewelry.com.

    She takes a small amount of ashes (or graveside dirt) and makes jewelry or sun catchers. Her website explains it all. I get no compensation for referrals. I thought her work of art might help you in your grief.

  6. Brenda, have you considered buying a new tree in memory of your pup? When my cat passed I put some of the ashes in the bottom of a planted tree. In some way it helped me as a visual reminder knowing that something was growing and blooming and still bringing peace and happiness to me and was directly tied to him.

    1. I looked at trees yesterday at the nursery, but it’s better to get trees in the fall I think. That’s when I got Jade. Good idea!

  7. Hi Brenda, will try sending you a comment and see if it goes through
    this time.
    Hasn’t the rain been great? But this weather makes me sleepy.
    Really liked your photos today.
    Thinking good thoughts of you and Sweet Charlie.

    1. Yes, your comment is right here. Don’t know why you’ve been having trouble commenting. I went out and it was cool and now it’s miserably hot and humid, as you already know.

  8. Good afternoon Brenda and Charlie,

    It sounds like a nice restful weekend. I could not agree more with you about container gardening. IT is so easy and there is so much satisfaction, especially for one such as myself that does not have a green thumb.

    We had a terrible storm last night I thought a few of the trees in my yard were going to blow over. Thankfully they did not but on my walk this morning I noticed that many others in my neighborhood were not so lucky.

    Enjoy the garden center!

    1. Which is why I’m so glad Jade the tree is in a container on wheels. I can simply roll her into the dining space!

  9. Sounds as if things are quiet and peaceful there for you and Charlie boy.

    I am really beginning to envy your patio garden! I wish I could find such an apartment with outdoor space and that allows pets. Having a house and yard/garden to care for myself is getting harder every year. No-weed container gardening sounds ideal.

    I know there is not much on tv, but if you have an HD tv have you considered Netflix? I love it, as it offers a lot of movies and tv shows, even international shows. .The basic plan is only $7.99/month. I don’t have cable so this is perfect for me. Just an idea. I don’t read as much as you do….

    1. I pay for cable, as part of my package to get internet and my home phone. I don’t think I watch enough TV to add something more. But I’ll look and see what Netflix shows. I don’t think I could handle a yard to take care of. Getting too old and tired. Wait till you see what I just got (you know I can’t go to the nursery without buying something). I got the most gorgeous big red hibiscus plant.

      1. I am too old and tired too but stay here due to the pets, really. Can’t live without them.
        I look forward to a photo of the new addition to your garden!

      2. I was wondering if something caught you eye at the nursery! I’m not surprised the bloom is RED!?

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