All of a sudden around the yard and in my gardens the flowers are popping open and bursting with color and fragrance. Even with the heat being almost unbearable, we do have a nice breeze blowing here on the mountain ridge. We don't have an air conditioner in our house. It really doesn't seem to be needed because we almost always have a breeze. In the 4 years that we have lived here I think at the most we may have a total of a week each year when there is a lack of breeze and intolerable heat. A nice cold drink and a seat in the shade usually takes care of that.
This beauty is the Cherokee Rose. It grows wild all around our property.
The Legend of the Cherokee Rose
When the Trail of Tears started in 1838, the mothers of the Cherokee were grieving and crying so much, they were unable to help their children survive the journey. The elders prayed for a sign that would lift the mother’s spirits to give them strength. The next day a beautiful rose began to grow where each of the mother’s tears fell. The rose is white for their tears; a gold center represents the gold taken from Cherokee lands, and seven leaves on each stem for the seven Cherokee clans. The wild Cherokee Rose grows along the route of the Trail of Tears into eastern Oklahoma today.
Source: The Cherokee 1994 Heritage Calendar by Dorothy Sullivan, Memoray Circle Studio, Norman, Ok.
Copyright © 1996 The Cherokee Cultural Society of Houston
This Rose Bush was an anniversary gift from J.D. a couple of years ago. I love roses and these are long stemmed to boot. They bloom all summer.
Every year I buy a pot or two of Geraniums. They are a tough plant that can pretty much stand up to the brown thumb of any gardener. They have a beautiful full bloom and come in so many colors. I have always found it difficult to understand how a flower so beautiful can smell so bitter. I am sure there is a reason for it though.
These are roses on the rose bush that Chris, Melody and the children gave me for Mother's Day a couple of years ago. This bush blooms all summer too. Last year it had a nice show of roses, but this year it was so full of roses that you could hardly see the green leaves.
A little visitor that landed at my feet the other day.
Last year because of a late frost our pear tree didn't produce any fruit. This year one of the two trees are loaded with fruit. Hopefully I will be able to eat some of the pears without it affecting my blood sugar. I am going to try my hand at canning them because I know J.D. likes pears.
We had the boys here Saturday night so Melody and Chris could go to dinner with Greg (Chris' buddy since grade school) and his wife Shelly. It was Greg's Birthday so they planned on a few other activities after dinner like going dancing and going to throw darts. Riley and Seth both fell asleep before Mom and Dad got back. We are about a 30 minutes drive from where they live and it was another 30 minutes to where they were doing their celebrating. When they got here in the wee hours of the morning they came bearing donuts and a special request..... "Can we stay over?" It is always a treat when we have family here. So yes, they stayed over and the next morning I fixed them home made biscuits and omelets.
Seth ran the vacuum sweeper before he went home. He is so cute and there is no putting anything over on this boy. He knows this thing is supposed to make a noise when you use it and to do that he knows that the cord has something to do with it. Grandps plugged it in for a little while and then unplugged it. Well, it just wasn't mking the noise, so Seth carried the cord over by the wood stove and tried plugging it into the wood pile. I don't know why that didn't work....hehehe
Riley put in his time pushing the vacuum when he was Seth's age. So he got some computer time in while Seth was sweeping the floor. I think it is important that children start using the computer at an early age. When they do, they don't end up being intimidated by it when they are older and find themselves having to use a computer. Riley is getting to be pretty computer savvy.
Grandpa put Riley in the wagon on the lawn tractor and holding Seth on his lap gave them a ride up to the van when it was time to go. This was Seth's first ride, Riley has loved those rides since his first one about 4 years ago.
I want to draw your attention to the wall in the picture of Riley at the computer. T~Bear made the sign that says "Be Patient" for her Grandpa. We thought that would be the best place to put it, because like most of us that is where he most needs to be reminded to "Be Patient".
Have Blessed week ~Jo