goes along with boats, homes, gardens, cars and so much more.
When we own "things" we have a responsibility to keep then in fine working order.
Regular maintenance is vital...it is boring, often costly but it must be done.
I schedule routine appointments with the dentist, hygienist, optometrist, hairdresser, mechanic and more.
If you let these things lapse you are going to run into trouble at some point.
Do you put off scheduling these things?
Our Humble Bungalow was re-roofed last Spring and is in dire need of paint but that is not going to happen for another couple of years so in the mean time I must avert my eyes and try not to cringe when I see the flaking paint on the porch and eaves.
Some things just cannot be put off...
We've had the boat hauled out for the annual mechanical servicing and bottom paint.
have you heard what BOAT stands for?
"Bring On Another Thousand."
We own a small boat...
some might consider it more of a dingy and if you own a large yacht you might agree!
Here she is before the haul out...
she needs a wash, wax and a coat of bottom paint.
While she is getting some TLC I took time out to do the same.
Have you noticed that Orange is a really popular colour this Spring?
I know Radiant Orchid has been dubbed THE colour of the season but for me I keep seeing Orange at every turn.
The orange shade especially pops in the garden...
it seems like a happy tone.
For example this cheery euphorbia in the dappled sun blooming in the The Humble Bungalow Garden.
Or this fragrant and stunning Climbing Royal Sunset rose, our first rose to bloom this Spring.
I went with orange polish which is quite a departure for me...
Animalistic by OPI.
I could have opted for a soft pearly white.
Smilacena Racemosa looks quite frothy wearing this shade.
A fuchsia would have been fun...
an allium about to burst forth in flower.
Mauve might be a good choice as the Pacific Hybrid dwarf Iris shows us beautifully with her delicate petals.
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We took Mother out for lunch to our favourite lunch spot Pure Vanilla to celebrate an early Mother's Day.
She ate a good lunch and had a cup of tea but she just seems to lack her usual lustre.
She seems tired...
I gave her a book which I think she will enjoy and perhaps she'll escape for a bit while she immerses herself in the story of the author's making.
A great book can be such a good tonic to what ails you...
She expressed her desire to have spaghetti and meatballs several times this past week and my sweet husband said that I make the best spaghetti and meatballs...I use Lydia Bastianich's recipe found online.
I took over a plate to her after lunch and she was so excited!
I am so happy and grateful to be able to spend time with Mother.
I expect that we will see more slowing down and deterioration in her as the days pass.
I hope that she perks up and feels better soon...
she'll be 87 this coming June.
It is Mother's Day this Sunday and many will be honouring their Mother's...
I'd like to think that I love and honour my Mother every single day.
It does not take a special day to remind me of her many gifts and I do not take her for granted.
"Life is a series of natural and spontaneous changes.
Don't resist them - that only creates sorrow.
Let reality be reality.
Let things flow naturally forward in whatever way they like."
~ Lao Tzu ~
Wishing you a wonderful weekend.