A 40year old female living in New England..... rambling about parenting 4 kids,homeschooling, autism, spiritual abuse, relatives, politics and any other thought that passes through this old brain.
I mostly ramble on "in the garden"
ok, after posting that I am not around, I popped into Sherry's zoo....and read her sweet tribute to her father's garden. So I decided to finally show some of mine. Why? because I don't plant in lines- I kinda let them grow where they can.... and because I decided to take my own advice.
See, I am always telling my children things don't have to be perfect to be good enough....but I was waiting to take pictures of my gardens when they were perfectly weeded, bugged, and well, you get the picture.
So here are my BLOOMS and why I am not on the computer so much. . . .
My Favorite? Oh but my HYDRAEGNA's of course,
WHY? because they remind me of my great grandmother, Jane Jackson Cleveland. She lived in Vineyard Haven on Martha's Vineyard Island. These beauties can be seen everywhere there...she had them and Rhododendrums.
and because they remind me of the birth of my son, Caleb. See there was a picture on the wall in my birthing room. It was of a little blonde boy riding a tricycle in front of a mature hydraegna....I told my husband- that is my great grandmother's bush with our little boy in front of it- all is going to be well.
speaking of the birth of my Caleb, I also have these pretty little flowers. . . .
we bought these because they are bluebirds . . . .
which is what we've named our Caleb since he was born.
because he had the lightest blue umbilical cord- and the most beautiful lightest blue eyes . . .
I'm always looking for ways to cut corners financially these days, I guess we all are.
I'm not so willing to cut in the areas of making memories for my children.
It all started with Caleb's being diagnosed with microcephaly...and my need to bombard him with a multitude of sensory experiences to open up his ability to learn.
It occurred to me back then that I don't remember much about the WHAT I RECIEVED from christmas or birthdays-
but I remember smells, tastes, sounds..
So I started a voyage of finding ways to open up Caleb's sensory system while creating MEMORIES all the time for the children.
This year Santa bought season's passes to SIX FLAGGS....so I decided to trek down to New Jersey to the GREAT ADVENTURE; most importantly I wanted the children to experience their drive through animal safari.
We camped in a YURT at ALLAIRE STATE PARK for $30 a night! WOW. You can't get cheaper than that unless you lug your own tent and set it up. The passes to six flaggs covered the safari and the park. We didn't have to pay for parking ($15 each time) because we also bought a season parking pass for $45.
ALLAIRE STATE PARK is also a living historical musuem. What a joy to find reinactors dressed up in a steel making town. There was a steam train that only runs on weekends but when we got there, a field trip from school was going for a ride. We talked to the conductor and HOPPED ABOARD!
A friend told us to visit the jersey shores...well, we are so glad that we did! The beaches were clean, the waves HUGE and the shells were every where.....
can still be heard echoing our hallway this week as the kids remember their adventures last week- six flags, giraffe's licking the car.....and waves plummeting the shores.
of the birds in your yard when Saasha decides to post guard. My normally seafood & mice eating cat started noticing the bird feeders when this noisy neigbor moved in! He's kinda cool- anyone know his name?
...and if you look closely at the little hummingbird feeder- that is our resident humming bird. He apparently knew he could outfly the cat!