Sunday, May 31, 2009

My Humble Thanks



I have once again been awarded the One Lovely Blog Award. Even though I have been given this before, I am still thrilled to receive it again. One can never get enough pats on the back. Thank you to Kayz Kreationz for generously giving this to me. It is much appreciated.
Please visit Kayz Kreationz and check out her etsy site. She makes beautiful hand made items.




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Happenstance House -- A journal about my Victorian home and all of it's contents.

Sunday, May 24, 2009

Can You Fool Mother Nature?


I love my peonies. Every year I have to hurry up and tie them up in dark skies and winds because a storm is just around the corner. It seems inevitable that the delicate flowers will be beaten into the ground.
This year I am ready. I tied and staked them in clear skies and nice warm temps. What? There is no sign of any wicked weather! There was a gentle rain last night but no damage was done to my beautiful blooms. Maybe the trick is to stay one step ahead of the weather and then it will run with it's tail between it's legs. A little reverse psychology. Remember the old commercial that said "You can't fool Mother Nature!" Maybe I've figured a way to do just that!!!

Have a safe and wonderful Memorial Day. I hope you are able to fool Mother Nature, too!



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Monday, May 18, 2009

Mellow Yellow Monday #1 - Pansies

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I'm feeling pretty mellow today, after the long weekend.




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Thursday, May 14, 2009

Thankful Thursday (?) Back From the Hospital

This is what I started to write last week .....

Today I have much to be thankful for, so for my Thankful Thursday post, I will tell you how I spent the last two days.
Mu husband has had some heart problems in the past and a few months ago it reared it's ugly head. After extensive nuclear stress tests and EKGs, it was determined that all was well.
Tuesday he had a chili dog (I know, the doctors told him he was fine so to him that meant he could eat what he wants.) Within 15 minutes he got a rash all over his body, then his throat started to close off and he couldn't breathe. He was in the North country, very few doctors and hospitals, but he remembered seeing what he thought was an urgent care facility. He drove himself there (Another big no,no. Always park the car and call the ambulance to you) It turned out this facility was a medical center but there were plenty of doctors on hand to give him immediate assistance. He was going into anaphylactic shock which triggered heart attack symptoms. They put him in an ambulance and sent him off to Grand Rapids, where the finest hospitals in the state and best doctors in the country can be found.
After many tests, it was finally determined, he had not suffered a heart attack this time, and the rash and breathing problem was probably an extreme reaction to some food that he had eaten, which then set the heart problems off.
Today he is resting at home and all is well. He's never had any food allergies before, so now we have to figured out what caused this whole thing.
I'm exhausted but much relieved.


Oh, but wait, here I am again to tell you why this didn't get published on Thursday. As I was writing it, my husband informed my that he had giant hives all over his body. We went back to the ER and spent hours there again. More meds and injections, while I waited and watched him sleep it off. He's home again and was able to go back to work today after a weekend of rest, but there's still no answer to the problem.
So if you're wondering where my gardening posts are, you can see we've been a little busy here. Thursday or not, we've very thankful!


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Happenstance House -- A journal about my Victorian home and all of it's contents.

Sunday, May 10, 2009

A Mother's Day Surprise



My Mother's Day bouquet! The first red roses I've received in many years!
Thank you, dear Duane.

Enjoy this domino delight.




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Happenstance House -- A journal about my Victorian home and all of it's contents.

Thursday, May 7, 2009

Thankful Thursday -- Tulip Time



It's Tulip Time in Holland, Michigan! Every year, the first full week of May brings on celebrations of the old country, The Netherlands. There are parades every day with people in their old world Dutch outfits and wooden shoes, clomping down the streets. The streets washers are out with their buckets and brooms, and of course there is always the visit to the tulip farms. I had hoped to go this year to get some new pictures of windmills and Klompen Dancers. But I didn't make it yet, and now it's raining. It's just enough to put a damper on the celebrations, but we're used to unexpected weather changes and it doesn't seem to bother the enthusiasm of the crowds.






Throughout most of the city, the streets are neatly edged with tulips, having been planted in the fall by city workers and huge groups of volunteers!



Here are a few tulips in my yard:













I'm thankful to be living in an area so rich in history, and among people who are proud of their ancestry (even though I'm German, not Dutch.)This community, and most that surround it, have a special appreciation for the love of flowers, especially their beloved tulip!

For more about the tulip fields in Holland Michigan click here.
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Happenstance House -- A journal about my Victorian home and all of it's contents.

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

One Lovely Blog



I've just received this lovely award from Jill and Shawn Ann at Frugal Plus. Thank you so much ladies! I really appreciate it.Be chosen for an award never gets old for me; I'm thrilled!
I'm supposed to pass it on to 15 people, but that will take some time and thinking on my part. So sometime in the near future, this award will go to some very deserving blogs.
In the meantime, please visit Frugal Plus and see 14 other lovely blogs who were given this honor.

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Happenstance House -- A journal about my Victorian home and all of it's contents.

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

I'm Feeling Blue






Are you blue, too?

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Monday, May 4, 2009

An Herb Kit Giveaway

Visit An Herbal Bedfellow for an herb kit giveaway from HerbKits.com!

All you have to do is just leave a comment! But not here please!


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Happenstance House -- A journal about my Victorian home and all of it's contents.