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Creating an English garden from scratch here in the deep south

window basketsRoses can be planted any time of the year that you can get a spade in the ground.  Be careful when purchasing knockouts.  My knockout roses are diseased with the rose rosette “nasty” and it looks like I will have to dig them out.  I think I may have bought a diseased one that contaminated my others.  I can’t remember which nursery I was at but I was watching the assistant cut off the heavy gnarled overgrowth that the disease produces.  I was oblivious to the cause at the time and enquired as to the origin of the overgrowth.  I was misinformed that it was nothing more that a growth spurt and you merely trim them off….that information may have cost me 30 or more rose bushes. 🙁

Wish you were here

img_5115.jpgI would love to know what you’d think and say about how the kids have grown, what they’ve become, who they remind you of, how important they are to you.  I’d like to share my garden with you, though I know just the thought of this heat would make your skin crawl. I wonder what you’d think of America, where I am in my life, all the obstacles I’ve dealt with to get this far. Most of all, I hope you are looking down and know that we are happy,  that you would be pleased for us and with us.

Happy New Year, Here’s to Enough!

I will start writing again in the new year.  Right now, I would just like to say “have a good one” regarding New Years eve, to everyone who reads this.  I didn’t meet my goals this year in terms of financial accomplishments, weight loss accomplishments, work achievements, knitting, sewing projects are not all complete.  I did get a stack of stuff done though.  I undertook several course of education.  Spent time with my kids, both here and in Florida, caught up with my husband and enjoyed him being home much more than usual in the fourth quarter.  I dealt with fears that have kept me from enjoying myself or being enjoyable to others.  I made some money, broke new ground, lost fifteen pounds, worked in the garden, completed enough sewing and knitting projects to give in abundance to both my granddaughter and great niece.  Could I have done better? Always.  I had fun.  I moved mountains in emotional progress and I’m looking forward to the new year with a sense of healthy anticipation.  I know my kids are facing challenges.  I trust they will be able to dig deep within and clear their hurdles and get closer to their goals.  I wish you and yours the same well being and here’s to a good 2012.  It may not be as plentiful as you would like.  I wish you “enough”.

Almond and Apricot Cake

Great afternoon cake

Almond and Apricot Cake.  Perfect with tea or coffee!

Days of reckoning.

I’m acknowledging the internal struggle I’m experiencing  between work, maintaining a home and garden which I love, juggling my life to accommodate my husbands travels and schedule. I don’t have to make myself available and he would never ask me to put him first. I want to spend time with him. Hell, I could have stayed in the UK if I wanted to live alone. His job is extremely demanding, anything less would leave him bored.

If you are a homeowner in distress…act now!

Over the past several months I have been posting flyer’s and ads regarding the short sale process. I am constantly approached by homeowners who are interested to ask about short sale. Many people I talk to still have no real idea of what a short sale is and more importantly, how it would affect them personally. The process itself can sometimes be as unique as the client(s) involved but due to endless interaction from the CDPE management and its members with the major lending institutions, it has for the most part become much more streamlined. Bad situations do occur to good people and if you happen to find yourself in troubled waters financially, the sooner the situation is addressed, the easier it will be to come to a resolution.
Being in financial difficulty is a really tough place to be. It is up there on the list of life milestones and stressors. If you are underwater on your mortgage and the stress is building, you need a plan of action and a guide to get you through the weeds. I can be your guide. I am not your judge; I am not here to discuss how you got where you are.  Chances are that you already know that. My role is to walk you through the process and bring you out the other side so as you can begin to get your life back on track, working your way to financial stability and well-being. If you are reading this today, chances are, you are already in trouble. Give me a call. I can walk the talk and I will be proud to be your guide!

Someone’s missing.

we have a quiet house

Where has all the chatter gone?