1. Spring is the rebirth of all things, and so it will be with ability to tend to your garden next year. Believe it, visualize it – there is power in positive thinking! The quote is wonderful, and food for thought. Ivy looks so sweet curled up on the blanket!

  2. As difficult as it was for you not to be working in your flowers this year, next gardening season is many months away. I bet you will be able to make up for lost time by the time we get there! There has to be hope.
    Although I’ve told you this many times, I think Ivy is the nicest looking cat!! I’m glad you have each other.

  3. Brenda, I am sure that your photos will be amazing next year when you are able to get up and about in your garden! Something to look forward too next Spring.
    Ivy is so sweet, I love the photo of her sleeping.
    I feel as if I missed summer because for the last 2 months we have been having the kitchen and laundry renovated, the rest of the house is a disaster because of it. And because of all the coming and going with the contractors I had to be here every day. Thats ok because my kitchen is almost finished and looks exactly the way I have hoped.
    Love that Colleen Hoover quote! Live does get in the way sometimes but we have to hack it down and keep going.
    Have a wonderful weekend Brenda!

  4. Today I have been busy shopping for kitty stuff…when we lost Spooky he was only 4…I gave everything away determined not to go through that again…well here we are and tomorrow I will bring home a white and light butterscotch little cat with butterscotch rings on her tail named Hope..she is very timid..the runt and only female of the litter…our little dogs were used to cats but I hope she can get used to them…she is at a rescue here in town…and is 4 months old…so life goes on…I lead a quiet life like many of you so might as well enjoy another critter in our humble home…wanted to share the news..wish us luck…enjoy your blog everyday …and Ivy stories…continued blessings💕

  5. I think it is no wonder animals are preferred companions…they are loving, loyal, dependable…qualities few people seem to value these days!! I am glad my Hubby is still with me, but we both wish we could handle a dog again…we still miss our last one terribly…years ago she died.

  6. Seems like the older I get the more annoyed I become by people. Not sure what is causing that. Call me Miss Grumpy Pants!! I had my cataract surgery and I’m still two weeks out before I can see an optometrist so still having to use my old
    Prescription although new distance vision is 20/20. I’ve tried some cheaters and they make me sick. So will be happy when I can get eyes tested and comfortable again. Looking forward to reading again!

  7. I think your perennials will reappear next spring. I am amazed at how resilient they are. I no longer have domestic pets but I have my wildlife friends – dozens of squirrels and this season, three chipmunks, not two, and my critters provide all the entertainment and animal company I need. The squirrels and chippies are so used to me that they’ll come share the patio even if I’m out there sweeping up nut shells and debris, weeding or cutting the grass with the electric mower, and the chippies will actually run right under my legs when I’m sitting in my Shezebo in the late afternoon, they use it as a shortcut to get across the yard to their various hidey-holes for the nuts they collect from my patio. And then there are all the varieties of birds, some of whom are here all year, others who visit seasonally. I’ve even noticed hummingbirds hanging around the yard the past few years, something I didn’t see before – or maybe they were here all along but I’ve just gotten better at spotting them. They are so fast sometimes they appear to be an optical illusion!

    1. In the past I’ve really tried hard to get hummingbird photos, but like you say, they’re REALLY fast. I’ve only gotten a couple in the 13+ years I’ve been blogging here.

  8. My beautiful, shiny black cat, Katie, makes almost no sounds at all also. It’s a good thing since my Morkie, Buddy, makes more than enough for all of us. At 7 pounds, he may be little, but he is LOUD.

  9. You and Ivy are blessed to have each other as companions. All summer long I have only had 2 tomatoes on my tomato plant. Yesterday I saw there were a few small tomatoes on the vine. I wonder if they will be able to grow to maturity. Have a nice rest of the day.

    1. Steve from next door said the last time he went to pick veggies at the church garden, there were only 2 tomatoes. But he’s picked others during the summer.

  10. I love what Colleen Hoover wrote about Life! When it gets all up in my damn way I’ve learned to take it in stride and remember that tomorrow is another day. I’ve learned to embrace my ‘new’ life. Oh, it was so difficult at first but I’m at peace with it now and actually love it. My companion is my sweet 14 year old dog, Cooper. Sometimes I miss human companions so I get out and about. Soon I realize that I’d rather be alone. I like to joke that I don’t play well with others. LOL
    Enjoy your day, Brenda!

      1. And, that’s OK, Brenda! We learned at a very young age to enjoy our own company. Trust me that’s a very good thing.

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