Friday, May 13, 2016

Random 5 Friday

I'm a bit late today for Nancy's Random Friday; I had a busy morning.

 My regular Friday-with-Kennedy began at 8 a.m. when we helped plant petunias in the 100+ barrels placed in front of businesses in our little town of 1700.  The Chamber of Commerce, of which I'm an active member, started this flower project 3 or 4 years ago.  By summer, the flowers brighten up our otherwise-rather-drab two main streets.  Kennedy was a helper.

After the flower planting, we went to a diner for breakfast and then trekked  half a mile to the local library to return the books we checked out two weeks ago.  I actually read a book last week!  And it's wonderful.  Any book that makes me cry is a good book. Reading is one of those much-loved activities that I've relegated to the back burner in recent years; photography and crafting take up my time. At the library,  Kennedy and I choose 10 children's books which she reads when she's at my house.  
These are two examples of my cardmaking obsession.  I participate in two or three card challenges each week. In addition, each Tuesday I mail handmade cards to two friends.  One friend has been fighting cancer for nearly 5 years and I've been mailing cards to her for almost that long.  The other friend is a newer friend, a young woman who lives on an isolated ranch here in Oregon. 

When I saw this t-shirt on a Facebook post, I knew I had to have it.  It cost only $6 for shipping.  

My own springtime planting is in full swing.  I have hanging baskets that I've purchased: two fuchsias, three petunia and one bacopa.  I'll fill as many containers as I can with purchased flowers, too, as shown above.  I also bought a rose that's already blooming to replace a bare root rose that just didn't "take" for some reason.  (I'll be very tired of all the watering required by September!)  Dahlia bulbs have sprouted through the soil and my 30+ peonies are budded out.   I LOVE this time of year!


Snap said...

You've been busy! Love all the flowers and what a great volunteer idea to "pretty up" your town. I always enjoy when bloggers share what they've been reading. Your cards are wonderful and I love the t-shirt (I need one). 30 peonies .. be still my heart. I love them, but they don't grow here. Have a great week!

MiSchra said...

I just love that T-shirt, sounds like me too!
Wishing you a lovely weekend
Michelle ♥

Lisa Gordon said...

My goodness, you have been busy, Evelyn!
But it sure sounds like a good kind of busy.
I just LOVE that tee shirt! :-)

Nancy@A Rural Journal said...

Keeping busy is how you stay young! Got to keep up with Kennedy! Thanks for joining in again my friend.

Ida said...

Wow you and Kennedy have quite the outings. All those plants, I bet the streets look super pretty when they are all in bloom. I am "trying" to read a book but lately haven't had much time for that.
Your cards were nice, I really liked the one on the right.
Enjoy your spring planting. I still have a few more to plant and then I'm done for the summer (except for the constant weeding).