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It’s still sunny and warm here. I go out and stroll around my patio and bask in the sun warming my back and head.

And of course I’m gazing into every garden container to see if I can find anything new. Because plants seem to grow in leaps and bounds this time of year. Sometimes I’ll look out there and it seems like a plant has doubled in size overnight.

tulip plant

There is this little cluster of tulips. I can’t even recall what color tulips I planted a few years ago. Guess I’ll soon find out.


The sedum is coming along nicely. I’m glad I repotted it before it got any bigger. This plant reminds me of cabbage or rose shapes.

I am pondering whether I want to have water gardens in the galvanized containers hanging now on the fence. I don’t really want to use electric fountains to keep the water moving because I don’t want to add more to my electric bill. It’s already high enough.

Also there’s only one spot to plug anything in on the patio. And that is where my outdoor light is right outside the patio door.

And to utilize that I have to take one of the two bulbs out of my outdoor light and then have the electric cord hang down from near the roof. Not a good look.

So I will be trying to figure out if I want to try solar or just not have a fountain if I have water gardens. Food for thought. I’ll be doing some research on this topic.

I finished the book I was reading and started another one. Now I’m reading “Sycamore.”


Amazon.com blurb: Sycamore is a coming-of-age story, a mystery, and a moving exploration of the elemental forces that drive human nature—desire, loneliness, grief, love, forgiveness, and hope—as witnessed through the inhabitants of one small Arizona town.

So far I’m really enjoying this book.


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  1. You’re lucky that it’s sunny and warm there. It’s still freezing cold here in IL. Only signs of spring are lilies just barely poking out of the ground.

  2. I’d really like to recommend the author Ron Rash. His settings are usually in the NC Mountains. This author develops his characters very well and understands this region so well. Really like “The Risen” and am presently reading “ The World Made Straight”. This is my new favorite. Also love Elizabeth Berg and Anna Quinlen.

  3. That sounds like a good book. Sorry your electric bill is so high-that would be nice to incorporate a water feature into your patio. Nothing growing here, Brenda….except snow banks. I had grandkids today because schools were closed and fear we might have the same thing tomorrow. xo Diana

  4. Brenda, if you like British murder mysteries, check out Authors LJ Ross and Michael Hambling. Great character development and interesting plots. Have a great Tuesday.

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