1. I grew up moving every year. you soon learn to own very little. it’ simply too hard to pack it all up every year. and it’s the memories in our minds and the love for past experiences and people that we value… not the stuff! I have a very cozy but uncluttered apartment. I can’t breathe properly when the top of everything is covered! I’m so happy about your friendship with Nathan too! it’s seems helpful to you both! hug those furries for me. they’re just so irresistible!

  2. I’m so happy for you that Nathan lives there and you have each other for support. I’m sure he appreciated that dinner. Love the picture of the quilt on the wall. I’m so struggling with getting rid of things. I’m trying to empty out but it’s just not working. Maybe you could post on why we keep things and how hard it is to let go for some of us. Enjoy your weekend.

    1. I’ll think along those lines about why we keep things. I have never had a problem with doing away with things for some reason. I’ve had those quilts on the wall almost since I moved in here.

      1. After helping my friend’s daughter clean her house out when they had to put her in a Memory Care Home, I came home and slowly began to clean out things here in my home. My daughter in law is appreciating it too! lol I have entirely too many things but not nearly as much as my friend had. She had something on every inch of her walls and I took off several bags of magazines. I just don’t want my sons and dil’s to have to do it.

  3. I’m so glad you and Nathan are able to share meals, he sounds like a such a nice young man. I’m with you on simplifying everything; I’m trying to get rid of things and bringing in nothing new; it is an eye opener to see just how little we need in this world. I hope you have a lovely Memorial weekend. It is to be in the mid to high 90s in Atlanta, so me and Molly plan to stay inside to keep cool. Tell Charlie that possum would kick his you know what! Ivy Lou is just a whirlwind of busy, but so entertaining and such a pretty cat.

    Carol and Molly

  4. So nice to have a great neighbor, and yall can help each other..wonderful… Love your quilt display..so colorful and pretty..guess you possibly made the quilts or some…lovely…..Thanks for sharing and glad you stocked up on food for the upcoming holiday which usually brings out the crazies…on the roads and shopping…I try to avoid crowds, too. Have a nice weekend..

    1. Always a bunch of car wrecks around Memorial Day and Labor Day. I stay in. I think I made all those quilts you speak of but one.

  5. Hi. Cosmos gets very tall and kind of bushy, so are you able to keep it in that pot or move it to a pot by itself? Just wondering. I never saw it in a pot before!

    It does feel good to have less things on the surfaces, doesn’t it? Over the past few months I’ve hauled a half dozen bags or so of stuff to a charity store. What I do is, I put the bag in my car and then wait a week or two before dropping it off, to see if I really miss anything in the bag. So far, there have been only a couple of things I’ve brought back in the house. I used to have more things on display, but as I’ve painted rooms, I haven’t put all of the shelves back up for displaying things. I keep thinking of all of the stuff we had to haul out of my late mother-in-law’s house when she moved into assisted living — and then all of the stuff she accumulated in assisted living that we had to haul out when she went to a nursing home. I don’t want to have that much stuff that someone has to get rid of someday!

    1. Me either, with someone having to haul off stuff. As for the cosmos, I’ve never grown it before. I just put it in that pot to see if it would come up, as I don’t have a lot of luck with seeds. I will be moving it.

  6. I love reading your daily thought. You and Nathan are like a Mom and son working in tandem. I love how you help him and how he helps you as well. I love possum and am so glaf when one dawdles through my yard eating ticks etc. They usually play “ possum” as in play dead if a dog bothers them. They can hiss and show their teeth but they are timid creatures at best. Your patio is looking amazing. Wish I could garden but back is so bad I’m not even trying this year. Stay safe in this erratic weather.

    1. I couldn’t be bending over plants all the time. That’s why I have my over 20 year old plastic garden cart from Walmart that I roll around on. Another idea is to have raised gardens built to about waist height.

  7. Wondering what the bright green plant in front of the clematis is. Miss you and enjoy keeping up with you and your shenanagens. The neighborhood is not the same without you.?

  8. Opossums do have teeth that would be very bad for Charlie to encounter! Ivy is a hoot. She is a lot of entertainment also to us who read your blog.

    I am enjoying hearing that you and Nathan have such a good friendship .He needed you and you needed him !
    Things work out like that sometimes !
    About cats and colors ,I recently colored my hair a medium brown before it was gray and blond frosted .When I finished it last week Kramer cat looked at me like who is this person I would definitely love to know what color he was seeing

  10. Love the photos Brenda! A simple life is much, much better than a complicated stressful one. The “less is more” mentality is definitely a great place to be. I’m ready to start culling out some more things around here and becoming more and more organized. It helps my brain function much better! Love and hugs!

  11. I’ve read something like that too. I do know that a bull does not see the color red, just the waving of the matadors cape. Anyway, what .that Ivy likes her toys. My 15 year old, does not play with anything any more, except for a green olive now and then. She likes the salty taste. never eats it, just licks it to death… The meal of chicken, with the side dishes you made for Nathan, sounds lovely. So does the chicken casserole, he makes. How very nice to have a good friend living close by, for you both…

    1. It’s nice to divide the tasks like cooking. He’s thinking of making some cooking videos.

      1. Oh he should make the cooking videos! Like Hoyt of Hoyt’s Kitchen. That man is funny if you’ve never seen him. Some of his recipes I’m going to try.

  12. Ivy and Charlie are a world of entertainment just by themselves! You and Nathan have such a wonderful relationship. He’s appreciative of the things you do for him, and you are appreciative of the extras that he does for you. There’s nothing like a friendship between equals, where each is contributing for the benefit of the other as well as themselves. The possum is gone for now, but he/she may be back in the future if it was born nearby. The tree that overhangs your yard is a natural highway for possums to travel and also to seek out for safety if they perceive a threat on the ground. I don’t know if you are interested, but here is a link to information about different kinds of opossum (and other animals as listed) repellents, one of which is natural. You may be able to find a recipe for the natural repellent made up of various herbs and oils online. https://www.peststrategies.com/reviews/opossum-products/best-opossum-repellents/ Normally opossums are nocturnal and scurry home as the sun begins to rise, so I wouldn’t worry too much about letting Charlie out during the day once you do a quick eye-over inspection. But, a repellent wouldn’t hurt. It could be applied around the border of your patio and along the top of your fence and as high as you can reach on the tree branches. You’d probably have to re-apply after it rains. By the way, it seems we are getting all the weather fronts here in SE Wisconsin that came through your area; last evening surprise thunderstorms that were not in the original forecast; the last one blew through early this morning, before 2 a.m. Lots of lightning and some thunder, then about 30 to 45 seconds at a time of torrential pounding downpours with strong winds. Today it’s absolutely beautiful outside but the winds are even stronger; they are supposed to die down later this afternoon. Our season here seems to be about 3 weeks or so behind “normal” this year in terms of rainfall and temperature. Today I’m being showered with petals from my next store neighbor’s flowering crab apple blown toward me on the strong swirling SW winds as I sweep up nut shells from my tribe of squirrels.

  13. Yes, those of new clematis seed heads, but not for planting yet. They will go brown an fluffy in the fall, and that is the time to pot them.

    1. Here’s what I found: Humans have about 10 times the amount of cone cells than cats do, which allows us to see all the colors of the rainbow. Because they have fewer cones, cats can only see shades of blue and green. Reds and pinks can be confusing to them and appear greener. Purple looks like another shade of blue to cats.

  14. Can cats see colors? If so, maybe Ivy likes the RED COLOR of the kitchen ties?

  15. Brenda,
    You can cook pasta in your microwave. Just Google the method.

  16. So many wonderful blooms, and I see your Cosmos are up strong already – that’s super exciting!! The critters ate two of mine after I nurtured them downstairs and then hardened them off in stages and planted them out….grrrrrr, so much for planning!! I’m going to try sticking in a few seeds here and there and see what will happen. Not sure if it will work with our shorter growing season, but we’ll see!

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