Friday, April 30, 2010

Thin Blue Line.

I know I owe a post to everyone, I have it.  Swear.  But right now, this is much more important.

Last night one of Lexington's Finest was killed on duty.  This is the first incident the department has had in 25 years.

Ofc. Durman was 27, married, and has a young child.  He was struck down just doing his job.  Then, the man drove off, leaving him.  Please pray for his family.  His wife and child.  They will need it.  I cannot fathom the pain they are going through right now.  

I'd like to share this with you as well:

"Wife's Goodnight Prayer"

Dear God as I ready myself for a night of rest
take care of my police officer he's the best.
Watch over him as he works the streets,
With danger and violence surrounding his beat
I pray every night he's able to come home,
because I don't want to grow old all alone.
I know I married for better or worse,
But some days God, his job is a curse.
So please hear my prayers, Dear God this night,
Because I am a police officers wife.

Thank you for taking the time to read this post.  Next time you see a police officer, firefighter or solider, remember these men and women risk their lives EVERY DAY so we can all be a little safer at night.  Please thank one of them the next time you see them. 

After the funeral, this video was made, and it really shows how a community came together to support the man who gave it all for his community.  The funeral processional was MILES long, and some accounts say over 600 police cars.  I was able to ride in the processional, and was able to see first hand everything.  People lined the streets as we rode past.  Some held flags, others held signs, some saluted, and some held their hands over their hearts.  One of the officers who was on a motorcycle escort with the hearse said the most powerful moment for him was seeing an elderly lady kneel and place her hand over her heart as they passed.  It really was overwhelming, and I know that I personally did not expect to see the outpouring of support that was displayed.  

Please take a second to watch this-

Bryan Durman's Funeral

The "last call" is the last call for the officer over the radio, the tone you hear is the signal for an officer who needs assistance. 

Monday, April 26, 2010

Quick Note

So I've kind of been absent this past week.  I'm finishing up my last weeks of my psych rotation, I had a nursing test today (yeah I had one like 2 weeks ago or something), I have an A&P lab test Wednesday and I haven't even scratched the surface on finals.  I have a post in the works about 1) a mirror hubby and I made together, and 2) my one year anniversary was Sunday (4.25).  Hubby was amazing as usual and bought me 4 doz roses and a box of one other surprise! I love him!

I promise I will have my post up--like tomorrow. :)


Thursday, April 22, 2010

April Showers, and Some Flowers!

 (new sign for the front door)

Okay okay-so the title is a little cheesy.  Its just not may yet, so it has to just be flowers. ;)  I've spent all day playing in dirt!  I love planting flowers.  Its awesome to put something in the ground and watch it flourish (if you remember to water it).  Last year we had all of the landscaping ripped out.  It took a small backhoe thing and about 8 guys to do it.  At somepoint, someone who owned this house decided it would be a fantastic idea to plant holly bushes and then put red lava rock on top of the ground.  Fast forward twenty years later-lava rock was NOT the best plan folks!  I digress.  I took some pictures to show what I have been up to in the yard.

First let me show you my planters.  I had hubby hang these last year and I love them.  This year I actually bought real planters and planted things myself.  Here's why:

Pre-Planted Planters: $7 (WalMart) - $12 (Lowes)...just for petunias!  Really??

Planters: $5 each (liners included)
Plants: $3 for 6....4 in each pot = $12
AND the planters get reused next year. :)

So, here they are:

And here they are hung up on the upper deck and lower deck:

I should probably explain what else I have planted back here.  After we the landscaping crew removed all of the lava rock and installed some nice top soil, I planted two yellow climbing rose bushes.  They were just roots last year, so they are doing well I think-hopefully they will bloom this year.  In the planter closest to where I'm standing I planted this creepy plant (the plant isn't creepy, but that's what it does-it creeps) with these BRIGHT blue flowers.  Its not come in all the way yet.  I think of it as a creeping phlox, but for the shade.  On the other side of the stairs, I have 2 Moose (Big Moosie and Little Moosie) 3 creeping phlox and another climbing rose bush.  The whiskey barrels have a bleeding heart and a trumpet vine.  Here's a better look (I guess I could have put the hose away-sorry):

Aside from the hanging baskets, and the trumpet vine, I planted everything else last year as little baby plants and this is what I got this year.  Next, the side of the deck, there isn't much sun except for really early in the morning.  I planted 8 hosta last year.  7 have started coming back.

Can you see where our boys run my little fence line there?  Its driving poor hubby nuts.  We also have a shed in the back, and again, once the lava rock was removed, I went to planting.  Originally I had a honeysuckle in this spot, but honestly, its too invasive (its native to KY sooooo I guess it thinks it can just rule the roost).  This spring I ripped it up, and planted a clematis instead.  A nice pink one.  Right now, its just a root, but hopefully soon it will grow.  I also have planted a Hydrangea root x2 (but I think I'll only get one) and my daylilly I planted last year.

The flamingos were a gift from my sweet Mother-In-Law.  What does that yellow extension cord go to you ask...let me show you...

That's right.  A bug zapper.  This is our source of entertainment in the summer.  I LOVE this thing.  Okay-so back to the tour.  Our yard is fenced in and in the corner I have planted a dwarf lilac, 2 peonies, and 3 roses.  There were 4 roses, but one didn't make it...twice.  I just gave up planting anything else there.  Oh yeah, and I moved a daylilly over here too-I'm think the one next to the shed will join it soon.

That one needs a little love...and mulch.  Well, I gotta have something to do this weekend.  These are some more daylillies I planted last year.

I can't wait for this stuff to start blooming!!!  Okay, so now to the front of the house.  The front of the house is where all the holly bushes were, so I pretty much got to start with a blank slate up front.

This is now.  I'm moving some decorations around in front, so please don't mind the flag and welcome flag and how they don't match.  I'm changing over to a patriotic theme for the summer.  When the holly bushes were in, you couldn't see the bottom windows at all, which meant no light inside.  The windows on the right are the garage so that doesn't matter, but the windows on the left are the family room, that needs some light! I'll start on the left side though, it gets 8+ hours of sunlight per day.  ALL of these plants are sun loving plants.

There are two rosebushes and those are dwarf daylillies.  Unlike regular ones, the flowers don't get any taller than the greenery.  I added the white and pink geraniums today, the rest I planted last year.

These are the new daylillies I planted today to complete the boarder.  In the middle is a purple clematis (it was just a root last year).

I have a confession.  I do not like hate "knock out" roses.  I may have just hurt someone's feelings, but I have a deep dislike for these flowers.  Don't get me wrong, they are great for most people.  They are disease resistant, come in standard colors, and they are hybrids etc.  I just don't don't like the way the blooms look AND they don't smell.  It defeats the purpose in my mind.  So all of the roses I have shown you to this point have been the real deal.  I have to prune them, treat them with chemicals, and baby them.  BUT they make the BEST flowers.  When Hubby and I were shopping for two more flower bushes, I considered getting some nice hybrid tea roses in orange or yellow or something.  Instead what I found was this:

This is a "double bloom knock out" rose.  It looks more like a "real" rose, but it still doesn't smell.  I can live with that.  I bought two.  That's right. Two.  They were the most expensive plants I bought-$20 each.  BUT they are really pretty.  :)  hehehe.  Okay-so back to my list o' flowers.  I also have a peony, bleeding heart, and two blue salvia.

My idea is, this flower bed should bloom from spring to first frost.  Its awesome.  On my stoop I planted a gerbera daisies and wave petunias in two planters.

I also have a little gnome that likes to welcome people.  He was a gift from my mother.

The other side of the stoop.  I start my shade garden.  Here's my problem.  This side of my house gets very little direct sunlight, mostly indirect (8+ hours a day).  So I begin with mostly sun/partial shade plants and move to shade plants.  I added 4 new columbine.  Some species like sun, some like shade.  These liked sun.  I also have two white azaleas (I just planted), 1 peony (from last year), and some dianthus (begin shade plants). 

Here is a close up of my new columbine.

If you notice, I have plants not planted yet.  Let me show you why.

That is a yucca.  Or what is left of a yucca.  This is a full-size version:

Well.  We had those and holly bushes.  I don't know if you've ever tried to remove a yucca-you can't.  Its impossible.  I cut them back ALL SUMMER LONG and they kept growing.  I dug them up, and they kept growing.  Its like nothing I have ever seen.  This spring, I got the idea to cut them back and spray round up on them.  It seems to be working so far.  We will see.  So the reason I don't have the flowers planted is because of roundup.  

This is what is in the containers still.  I don't remember what they are called, but I LOVE them.  They creep along and make a NICE boarder plant for shady areas. 

The rest of the flower bed is shade loving plants.  I did manage to not plant any hosta here though-

I have a all-summer-long hydrangea, a rhododendron-bought on clearance last year because they forgot to water it, half of it didn't make the winter, but its doing better now-, dianthus and columbine.  Oh yes, and froggy.  Here is a close up of my shade loving columbine. 

This is where I keep all my gardening stuff.  It was built by Hubby's Father and Grandfather for my Mother-In-Law.  She gave it to me when Hubby and I got married.  I LOVE it.

If you don't have a potting bench, you really should consider it, especially if you are outside in the garden a lot.  Also, that bag there on the floor-that's my secret to successful gardening.  I always dig a hole for my plant, and put the plant in, then instead of just pushing the dirt back around it, I add new dirt from this bag.  It feeds my flowers for 3 months or something, but it really does make a HUGE difference in my flowers.  I also water everything with one of the miracle grow hose attachment things.  Its wonderful.  The other thing you need, is a friend to help you pass the time, I think I wore mine out-what would you say?


So that's what I've been doing today-what should I have been doing?  Working on my careplan, but that's no fun.  Thanks for stopping by, and I'll be more than happy to help with any questions you have have about planting flowers.  I sort of design flowerbeds as a hobby.  :) 


Saturday, April 17, 2010

Mirrors, Peddler's Mall, and a craft

So I mentioned that a new peddler's mall opened in Lexington. Its huge. I am so excited. I love peddler's malls, flea malls, antique malls...junk malls. :) They make me so happy. A friend and I went to this new peddler's mall last weekend. I had some good finds including a green lamp (I'll show you later), a glass lamp (again, another post), some blue glass ball jars with zinc lids, and a mirror. Not just any mirror...but a matching mirror. What does it match? Well, it matches my mirror that I found on in, it is the same mirror.  I now have two!  This is what I did.  I decided I did not like the awesome gold color...still.  So I primed and painted it white, and hung it on the wall in my living room.  I had been given some shelves.

The problem is, they are a nice butter color.  So I sanded them down, and repainted them white. When I finally got to the painting part (after priming) this happened:

Can you see it?  The cracking paint on the corner there?  So I scraped it all off, started over.  I finally finished them, and now they are hanging with my new mirrors.

Living Room


What have I put on there?  Well let me show you.


These are the ball jars I found at the peddler's mall for $2 each!  My birdies are from DT, and the candles are as well.  Those are candle stick holders and hurricanes held together with some e6000 and a candle placed in there.

This is in the kitchen (please don't mind Hubby--he did most of the work on hanging this stuff, and it looks great-thank's babe!).  Again, I have my DT birds, and the blue tea light holders I also found at the DT.  I like the blue in my yellow kitchen.  And the same with these candle holders as before.

So, that's what I've been working on...Oh-and hubby and I are hoping to finish our last mirror project. :) Also in the next post (when I show our last mirror), I can't wait to show you my mantle and what I got for FREE at the ReStore!

Thanks for your patience while I've been trying to fit in the blogging during my time at nursing school.

 p.s. I'm linking up to:

Funky Junk's Saturday Nite Special

The Girl Creative

Sundae Scoop @IHeartNapTimeWithChocolateSundaes

Talented Tuesday @MyFrugalFamily

Friday, April 16, 2010


Okay-really, I promise I have something big to show. :) I've been at the psych hospital tonight doing my clinical-PLUS there's some other stuff going on in my hometown-I'll explain more tomorrow when I get my pictures etc up. I can't wait!

In the mean time, I'm linking up to:
The Girl Creative