On Fridays we get together with a homeschooling minded family and watch and discus The Truth Project videos. So we took my Midwest friend to our home fellowship thing. There came the question of how we met. Its a long story, a 10 year old relationship. Yes ,for all this long, long time this lady has dealt with me! We told the story of how we met, and they were amazed!But that was nothing, what really happened is, God made me see how much He loves me. In telling our story I went back and saw what this friend has done for me, the things she has gone through, for me. I think that sometimes we have new people coming to our lifes and telling us this or that, and so we go with it, thinking that we have found someone that really care for us. But we should no be carry away with this new "friends". I think that if someone loves you, someone cares for you, then they should stand by you, not just once or twice, but for a long time. My friend has done that!No, not everything has been sweet lollipops, we have had our moments! But after 10 years, we know what we mean for each other. I know she cares for me. And I got to see who has stood by my side, through my ups and downs. God showed me who just talked. I got to see, in my mind, a parade of people that promised me things, that said they loved me, that they cared for me. Its so easy to just talk, to promise things, to say I love you, but can you walk it, can you do what you say?
I soo wish I had never made some promises. And I soo wish I had never believed the people that just met and told me that they care for me. So, for me, the way I know who my real friends are its, through the time. Yes, friends are not perfect, but how long can they put up with me?
How do you know who is your real friend? How do you know who really cares for you?
And here it is with the lyrics.
Yes, I'm alive!! I little lost, but now I'm found!! Really busy fixing the house. Yes a homeschool organisation did a home make over in my house. As soon as I can I will post before and after pics.
We are trying to get back in routine. Is soo good to be able to just sit down and enjoy a meal peacefully, with out a pile of boxes all over the house. So bless with my beautiful home.
Today we are doing school, and a little of jumping on the walls. Here is a video if you need a little music to get you started.
I'll have to tell you why later, but I need to ask you some questions. I hope you don't mind! It's for a really good reason. Do you own or rent your home? Do you have any repairs that need to be done? Please let me know ASAP.
For now it will be under the label "Lets be Surprised", but as I keep posting about it, I will change the name of the label to something like "look how much God spoils me" or "He did it again" or "My God is awesome", I'm not sure yet, but for now I will copy and paste the e-mails of how this started.
The picture don't have anything to do with it. I will put them in there just because.
And yes, this is only to show off what the Lord does for me!
Lets be Surprise!!
And when talking about flowers, there is a plant that comes in many colors. That is why it is called Iris. When planted different colors together, they will look like a rainbow! Irises bloom sometime after the Tulips. By now their flowers are way gone, but I want to show off the flowers that I had last month.
These are Dutch Irises. I don't get to many of them any more. I need to plant more bulbs in the fall. And I only have one that blooms white.
All of the following pictures are of German bearded Irises.
They look beautiful in groups. But I like to have them here, and there, throughout my garden, mixed with the other spring blooming plants. Here is a close look of a Iris flower. That spiky part in the middle, is what made people call them bearded irises. That is Mr. Iris's beard!
I like all of them, but this purple or blue is my favorite.
This is a short type of iris. I love it's dark color among the pastel colors of the spring blooming plants.
And here is a very light pink Iris. I only have one plant of it. I grow these plants for their beautiful flowers, and then I could cut them down to the ground, and wait for them to bloom next spring. But there are people that grow them not for their flowers, they grow them for their leaves!
I Cut off dead blossoms and dead bloom stalks when the iris has stopped blossoming. I don't cut back the leaves until they begin to turn brown in the fall because the leaves are needed to produce next year's blooms!
To see more pretty bouquets or if you want to participate on the Friday Flowers click here.
For some reason this is the second year that I get to take it easy on this weekend. And that is how I get the chance to take pictures of our beautiful flag. I keep the flag inside for most of the year, but on Memorial Day I make the time to display it. I'm very grateful for all the people that have given their life to protect our country!
Thank you for your service!!
Then they wrapped them and tied them up with a ribbon. Thank you kids!!
And even some of the flowers are green. Look at the Lenten Rose, it has green flowers!
The next bulbs to bloom, in my garden, are the Irises. I have two types of them, the German Irises or Bearded Irises...and the Dutch Irises.
After the irises bulbs get done blooming, there will come the lilies bulbs (below). Most of them bloom close to the summer. Well, I really don't want to get ahead to much. And even though a green garden is not my favorite, Spring is beautiful. We do have some problems with the pollen, but the weather is so pleasant! No humidity, no mosquitoes, just perfect!
Here is my clematis, it already has some flowers!
This is the salvia.
Here is the Showy Evening Primrose.
This is my faithful Blanket Flower. This plant will bloom all the way to frost!
This is the Shasta Daisy, this plant likes to come up all over the place, but if it comes in a shady place won't do good at the time of blooming. And this is another type of Daisy, called Painted Daisy, its flowers are pink. They are so beautiful! Last year was the first time it bloomed. And only had one flower per plant, I can't wait for all of these buds to open up!
This is the Geranium 'Rozanne'. This is the first year that this plant will bloom in my garden!
This is the Yarrow, I post last year about it. I get all happy when I see a new flower in my garden! I planted it because its beautiful flowers, but I read this very encouraging blog of a lady up in Maine. She grows the Yarrow for skin healing oil and salves.
The next picture is of the Cone Flower. I seen two colors of them white and pink. It blooms some time after the white Shashta Daisy. At the time that I'm tired of white flowers. So, I only grow the pink one. It is also called Echinacea, and is used as medicine to support the immune system, and to purify the blood, especially during season changes and during the cold and flu season. Scientific studies of Echinacea have confirmed the presents of natural chemicals, echinacosides, which increase white blood cell activity.
And finally, the Foxglove! The leaves of the foxglove are medicinally used, despite being highly poisonous. I have read of people having very serious allergic reactions to its polen, its leaves, and even by touching the roots! I always wash my hands after dealing with this plant.Foxglove is extremely useful in treating heart conditions. The constituents of foxglove increase the activity of the heart, arterioles and other muscle tissue. An initial dose can raise blood pressure considerably, but a moderate dose can slow the pulse and cause an irregular pulse to become normal.