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Tuesday, August 02, 2022

Flowers Instead of Yarn, Oh My!

 

Mallows from my backyard.  These beauties orginated in parents yards many years ago.  My folks are long since gone, but I have a bit of them in my yard.  Well not them, but remembrances of them.  They loved these flowers.  I have red and pink ones.  The red tend to bloom first and aren't generally as large in diameter as these pinks.  Many years ago I gave starts of these to my younger brother as well.  


Rose of Sharon's (sorry it was so sunny, the picture got a bit washed out.  These are lavendar, I also haver white and pink ones blooming in various places around the yard.  I'm showing you pictures of flowers instead of yarn and projects, as I've not knitted in slightly over a week since return home from Park City, Utah; where hubby and Darling Daughter and I vacationed for a couple of weeks.  Also, because the reason I've not knitted is because I had TONS of yard catch up to do.  In the first 2 days of returning I mowed 3 times (man did things grow in our absence).  Likewise the flower beds were a mess with weeds (mostly Thistles, thanks to a neighbor who refuses to dig or spray his they blow and grow under the fencerows in our yard.  


Cone Flowers in a bed on one side of the house, with some Flocks mixed in (white, pink, and lavendar).  I weeded so much during the week I had 4 of those large yard bags, and 3 very full large trashcans to tote to the curb for pick up this morning.  Our community collects yard waste on the same day as our recycling and trash pick up happens.  It's all then taken to a city dumping area and composted.

I don't know what type of Lilly this is, as I didn't plant it.  Was here at the house 40 ish years ago when we moved in.  I call themn double ruffle orange lillies.  I did so much yard work and mowed so many times (not just 3 x in the first 2 days), that I injured muscles in my pectoral area and should blade...or have inflammed an overworked tendon.  Not sure which.  So, while I am not actually done with all the yard work, I'm taking a few days off to heal.  I'll share other flower pictures.  This is the time of the year when I have a very colorful yard (front, back, and sides).

This book is another WWII book about occupation, but initiates in Holland and is an autobiographical memoir.  Corrie ten Boom, and her family were very religous and because of that protected their Jewish neighbor in their home, The Beje which was above Corrie's father's Watch Shop.  As a religous woman her strength to survive the brutality both physical and psychological in Ravensbruck Death Camp comes from deep within.  I've read stories from Germany, France, and Poland; but this is the first one that intiated in Holland.  I highly recommend this book.  The book came out in 1971, and in 1975 a Billy Graham film was produced based on this true story.    Here's the link to the trailor (Click here)


On the exercise front, pretty as I thought it would be.  Did better with walking and good with planks, and not so well with yoga.  We were gone 2 wks, spent time on planes with travel and I figured I wouldn't do well with yoga; as I couldn't pack my yoga mat.  Since we were in Park City, Utah I was able to walk more which was great.
Walking, I doubled from 7 walks in June to 14 in July 134.4 miles up from 103 miles.  My best day was 9 miles and my worst day was 2 miles, averaging 4.33 miles per day across the 31 days of July.
Planks I matched June's number of 12 x during the month in July
Yoga I only managed to do it 3 x.  I did so much yard work, I sorta thought the bending, twisting, pulling, digging, etc probably took care of the yoga?


The last movie I watched while hubby was away, A Marriage of Convience with Jane Seymour and James Brolin from 1998.  I did not read the book prior to seeing the movie, so no clue how closely the movie follows the story line.  I've always liked Jane Seymour and thought James Brolin was rather good looking; though perhaps not the best of actors.  She raises her dead sisters son knowing nothing about the boys father who suddenly appears.  Entertaining even if unbelievable.  Hubby definately would not have enjoyed this movie....he would indeed classify this as a "chick flick".

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  1. I read that book and saw the movie. Both were very interesting and along with the Diary of Anne Frank became very beloved by me.

    Your flowers are beautiful especially those lilies.

    God bless.

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    1. Thank you Jackie, appreciate the visit and glad you enjoyed both the book and the movie. I may have to look up the movie.

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  2. Hi Sandy. OM your yard is all a bloom! I'm not familiar with Mallows. Such a treasure to have a bit of your parents to enjoy
    I too like Jane Seymour and James Brolin (what was the name of the tv program with Connie Selleca..maybe (Hotel). Anyway I liked that entire cast. Now I'll need to google the movie. Thanks for the recommendation.
    I'll look for it on Prime Video
    Hugs Cecilia

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    1. Thank you for the kind words regarding the flowers and my folks. Very sweet and appreciated. I do remember a show that took place in a hotel, but don't remember the name of it.

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  3. Yep it was Hotel about the St. George in San Fransciso.
    https://www.amazon.com/Hotel-Season-1-James-Brolin/dp/B00274SIVA

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    1. Great you remembered it. I'm making myself a note. Thanks for popping back to let me know.

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  4. I liked Jane Seymore too. She should be now about 71, with four children from two husbands.
    Walking is all we need. All the other forms of exercise are secondary and optional. At least, as far as I'm concerned.

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    1. She is pretty amazing and certainly doesn't look her age. I read an article once about how much people like to work with her. She's apparently truly nice. I like a variety of exercise, but you're right walking is very good. Yoga though is good for balance and stretching and I just haven't done much of it of late.

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  5. Hi, thank you for the garden tour, I enjoyed it. I did not know about Mallows, so I also learned something! ;-)
    I read and enjoyed The Hiding Place.
    Carla

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    1. Glad you enjoyed the garden and the book. Thanks for the visit Carla.

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  6. Flowers are a source of comfort and enjoyment for every one and they are accessible to all of us. I hope that everyone includes at least some native species in their garden for the pollinators.

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    1. Flowers are indeed a source of comfort and enjoyment. Just before sitting down at the computer I was staring out the window at a Woodpecker pecking away on a Yucca plant. Never seen them do that before. Though I often see them in the trees in the yard. I thought it was odd it was on the Yucca plant, but it was fun watching it.

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  7. Your flowers are wonderful but I'm sorry you worked too hard and are suffering the consequences. It's amazing how quickly weeds grow when you're away.
    I read The Hiding Place but it has been years. Great book. Apparently years later Corrie ten Boom met one of the terrible guards from the concentration camp and told him she forgave him. I'm not sure I could have done that if I were in her shoes.

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    1. Thank you Granny, am feeling better now and need to get some more yard work done. Just think I will try to do less in a given day. That's amazing that Corrie ten Boom met one of the guards from the camp and told him she forgave him. I know I would not have done that. What they did was no forgiveable to my way of thinking.

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  8. Just beautiful are those flower..

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    1. Thank you Margaret, I just wished they lasted longer so we could enjoy them more.

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  9. Your yard flowers are lovely, such pretty colours. I like mallow but they won't seem to grow in our heavy clay soil but our cone flowers are doing well this year and look wonderful at the moment. I hope you have a few days rest from gardening whilst you recover fom all your aches and pains:)

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    1. Thank you Rosie. I am feeling better now and mowed yesterday, so will probably try to do a bit of weeding today. Just not maybe work at it as long as I have been. Glad your cone flowers are doing well. The bees and butterflies sure like them.

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  10. Wonderful flowers. Especially the orange ones.

    God bless.

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    1. Thank you Victor. I wished I knew what type of Lilly the orange one is.

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  11. Such pretty flowers! It is always nice to see what other people grow in other parts of the country since living in a desert we don't see many of these varieties you featured :)

    betty

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    1. Right you are, fun to see what grows elsewhere. Thank you for the visit.

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  12. The flowers look lovely, Sandy. Good job on the walking and the planks. Park City is lovely and definitely makes the walking a lot more enjoyable.

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    1. Yes we really enjoy Park City and walking there is so much more interesting than walking here in the neighborhood. We always enjoy our time there. Thank you for the encouragement on the exercising, always appreciated.

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  13. Hi, Sandy. I've had a lovely visit. Your flowers are lovely, and reflect the effort you have put into your garden. You left a comment on my last GG post (Elfin Stitches), and several comments on my previous post, and I've been very slow to respond, for which I apologise. I'm pretty snowed under right now with family medical issues that are swallowing up my free time.

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    1. Sorry to hear about the family medical issues and hope things resolve quickly for you. Thank you for the visit.

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  14. I would be like your husband. "Chick flicks" are too soupy for me. lol

    Such beautiful flowers. And yes, weeds thrive, don't they?

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    1. LOL, yeah we tend to watch blow em stuff when we watch stuff together; but I choose other options when he's not around. Yes weeds seem to be like a cat wih 7 lives.

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  15. Hi Sandy, Yes I firsts read that book back in the 70's when it first came out and again a few years ago with my book club. Corrie was a women of strong faith and great character. I love your garden . It shows all the hard work you have put into it. I hope you have recovered from your mowing and weeding marathon!

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    1. Yes I have recovered, thanks for asking. Still have more to do, but am doing less at a time in hopes of not having trouble. Glad you enjoyed the book.

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  16. I'm not all that far from Courd' Alene.
    Coffee is on and stay safe

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  17. The flowers look so pretty. It always amazes me when I return home and see all the growth that has happened while away. Hope the muscles and joints feel better soon.

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    1. Feeling better as we speak, thanks. Right you are a lot happens in the yard in 2 weeks.

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  18. Glad you got in those walks. & a chick flick too. Hope it wasn't so hot and humid in Utah as it is here. Sorry, I confuse you so much.

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    1. Utah is dry, so much nicer for walking than here because of the humidity. Thanks for the visit.

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  19. Beautiful flowers! The deer ate all our cone flowers, so I have to admire others’. We had a rose of Sharon at our old house. It really was a bloomer.

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    1. Sorry the deer at your cone flowers, they ate my favorite lillies, but left the cone flowers alone. Also had trouble with rabbits eating things.

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  20. Hi Sandy! Thanks for stopping at my blog. Our Rose of Sharon are blooming too. They are pretty flowers and so is your double lily.
    I'm impressed with your walking!
    A Hiding Place was the first movie I ever went to. Very good story!

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    1. Thank you Mari. Glad you're enjoying Rose of Sharon's too. They so easy to grow and spread so nicely. I need to watch the movie now that I've read the book.

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  21. ...your orange double daylily is gorgeous.

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    1. Thank you Tom, they are quite unique.

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  22. Yard work is definitely a workout! I wish I loved gardening. i love gardens, but all the weeds we get would make it a full time job! It's been so hot this summer, too. My FIL and I had an argument about Rose of Sharon--I called them hibiscus and he told me I was wrong. Turns out we were both right, lol

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    1. Right you are, you are both right. You're also right about the heat and making it even more of a work out.

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  23. Your flowers are lovely. I'm not an outdoorsy person but hubby recently started a garden. I've not had anything to do with it but wishing him success. I read the Corrie ten Boom book years ago. Agree that it's a good one.

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    1. I spend as much time as I can outside in the summer; but the heat this year has even had me going in for breaks more often. Glad you enjoyed the book.

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  24. Those flowers are amazing! I love tons of different colors. But my hubby likes to mow over flowers so I have to pick and choose where I put them carefully. :)

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    1. Oh no, I would not be happy with hubby if he mowed over flowers. But, I do the bulk of the mowing so no worries there. He's still working and I'm retired and have more time. Plus, I don't burn as much as he does so spend more time outside than he does.

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  25. You sure have a lot of beautiful flowers! I loved that book about Corrie ten Boom, too; we were privileged to visit her home once when we were in the Netherlands. What an inspiring person!

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    1. Wow, I'm pea green with envy that you got to visit her house! That is really cool. Do you have pictures of it?

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  26. The blooming bounty in your garden is lovely.
    I'm impressed with your walking stamina as well. I'm still a 30 sec-at-a-time planker & I'm OK with that. :)












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    1. Thank you Bea, the flowers are almost gone now; so it's nice to have the pictures. 30 seconds of planks is good. We all have to do what we can.

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  27. Hi Sandy, my very 1st follower of my blog from 14 years ago.! Those mallows are lovely,I've been considering getting one. I have the Rose of Sharons, which are equally lovely. Can the Mallows tolerate Sun? Or do they prefer a bit of shade? Thanks for stopping over my place and visiting, it is nice to have visitors who leave comments, kind of "old fashiony", by todays standard, but very enjoyable.

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    1. Has it been 14 years...wow! Yes the Mallows love sunshine. I think you'll be happy you planted one.

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  28. Your flower pics are gorgeous! The Hiding Place is one of my all time favorite books. When my daughter traveled to Holland several years back, she visited the house where Corrie's family hid the Jews. It's an amazing true story! It made a deep impact on me. To have the faith that she had is quite amazing. As for chick flicks, I often prefer to watch them alone, but my hubby enjoys them as much as I do haha!

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    1. That is really awesome that your daughter got to visit the house. I would love that. She really is a very inspiring woman.

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