Hard Work Is Being Rewarded

On May 25 I wrote about the hard work I’ve put into my yard over the years. My LAST project was to put new plants in along the back of my house. I added 900 lbs of top soil to raise the ground level up for proper water drainage away from the foundation. Around each new plant, I used Scotts® special soil for shrubs & trees which includes fertilizer. All the rain we have had has helped enormously!

Here’s what the new plants look like now! The Ligularia haven’t sprouted flowers yet but they are a mid-summer/fall bloomer. I really like the Coppertina Ninebark as it keeps changing colors. It and the Butterfly Bush will eventually grow as tall as the bottom of the windows.

New Plants Are Growing

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Notice that Murph is “supervising” in the background!

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Gov John Kasich speaks at Faith & Freedom Coalition

Our Governor, John Kasich, was one of the 2016 Presidential speakers at the Faith and Freedom Coalition in DC. I think most of us in Ohio are aware of Gov Kasich’s Christian belief. Taking care of the poor played into his decision to extend Medicaid portion of ObamaCare – even though he has been criticized for this action. As always, the Gov doesn’t use a prompter, but speaks what he believes. This speech was particularly good! I highly recommend you watch this video and see what really drives this man.

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Fun Week for Political Junkies

If you’re into politics, this was an “interesting” week.

  • Hillary announced her 3.0 campaign on Roosevelt Island to a nearly all-white crowd. Hillary white crowd The overflow area was totally empty and the press corps was confined behind a “cage”. She outlined all the progressive talking points to give everybody everything with no explanation on how it would be paid for. She even chastised hedge fund managers with no mention that her son-in-law is one. (can you say awkward family dinners!)
  • Jeb Bush finally made his candidacy official. Jeb logoHis logo was revealed but it only contained his nickname – NOT his famous last name. The most noteworthy portion of his speech was that part of it was said in Spanish. Otherwise, not much buzz.
  • The real buzz was Donald Trump’s announcement.Donald Trump Presidential speech Twitter and the media went crazy. The TV pundits primarily joked about his candidacy, saying he can’t possibly win. But average people on Twitter liked what he said, citing it was what they are saying. One thing for sure … The Donald will make the race for POTUS much more exciting! Oh, and he’s RICH in case you didn’t know. Actually taxpayers may save some money since Milania can pay for her own vacays, unlike Michelle who tours the world on our dime.
  • Regarding polls: the Socialist Bernie Sanders is creeping up on Hillary in the polls as her favorability ratings decline due to her scandals on Benghazi, Clinton Foundations questions, and deleted emails on personal server.
  • Regarding polls: Dr. Ben Carson, the neurological surgeon, is moving up in the polls and in one poll is actually #1. However, most polls show no Republicans have a strong winner yet, with most being within the error rate.
  • Regarding polls: Today I read that a poll in swing states actually show Hillary being beaten by several GOP candidates. That’s new news!

Here’s my newly revised 2016 GOP Presidential chart updated for this week:

2016 GOP Candidates

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Stay tuned as the fun continues!

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The Eyes Have It

It’s said that our eyes are the window to our soul. We all know people whose eyes smile along with the mouth. There are other people who may be smiling, but their eyes tell an entirely different emotion. Remember how your Mom had a “special look” and when you were on the receiving end of “the look” you knew instantly that you were in trouble!

Your eyes reveal when you’re happy, sad, mad or disengaged. Then there are some people who have “dead” eyes. You look at the person and their eyes are dark, deep and EMPTY.

Take a look at the eyes below. What are these eyes telling you? Can you identify the person behind the eyes? HINT: They’re all tyrants. Hence, the “dead” eyes. No compassion for humanity.

Stalin eyes

Mussolini eyes

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hitler eyes

 

 

 

Castro eyes

 

 

 

Obama eyes

 

 

 

ANSWERS TOP TO BOTTOM: Stalin, Mussolini, Hitler, Castro, Obama.

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Real Man vs Girly Man

Twitter often has some very funny photoshopped pictures or collages. This past weekend Joni Ernst, Senator from Iowa, held a “Roast & Ride” with several of the 2016 candidates. The “Ride” portion was on motorcycles, mainly Harleys. Rick Perry and Scott Walker are known riders so they were quite comfortable on the big bikes. A Wounded Warrior, who lost all his limbs, gave his bike to Perry to ride since Rick didn’t ship his bike to Iowa for the ride.

Twitter folks posted numerous pics of Perry on his bike, surrounded with other veterans. Naturally someone had to compare the macho Perry on his bike with wimpy Obama on his infamous girly bike.

Check out the size of Perry’s arms with Obama’s. Also look how BHO holds his knees together like a girl versus Perry’s “manspreading” as it’s now called. The caption on Twitter was, “Who do you think ISIS would fear more?”

Real Man vs girly man

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Blood and Sweat … lots of both!

I’ve been working on my landscape like a crazy lady this Spring. I have fairly large landscape beds all around the house. So far I’ve put down 100 bags of mulch with one more big bed yet to go. I also just finished putting in a new 5′ x 24′ bed which required just under 1000 lbs of top soil to raise the level so it would slope away from the home.

Backyard - long view

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This photo is of my back yard. The spruce and viburnums have been in about 10-12 years as has the pear tree on the right. It’s now taller than the 2nd story windows. The variegated winter creeper (front) is providing shade and hiding the AC unit.

privacy screening

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maintenance-free landscaping

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The east side landscaping was selected to be fairly maintenance-free since it’s furthest from the faucet. My son-in-law, who is a supervisor at a landscape firm, suggested the Olentangy limestone boulders to block erosion of the slope. They were costly but really make a dramatic statement. He scored points with his mom-in-law with that idea! The white shrub is a dappled/variegated willow. If unpruned, it gets quite large – above that window behind it. Each fall, I severely cut it down. It is now in the process of growing new limbs.

colorful perennials

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A few years ago, I had the builder-provided landscaping removed from the front and all new plants installed. They’ve grown quite a bit since then, plus I’ve added some perennials on my own. The red/green shrub is pieris japonica. The light green plant to the right is bee balm. It will get about 3ft tall with brilliant scarlet flowers. It only looks good for the 3-4 weeks that it blooms then it needs to be cut down. It spreads like crazy, so I’ve divided it and planted some elsewhere for the hummingbirds. Toward the top of the photo are three white phlox that also get tall and contrast nicely with the bee balm.

large barberries

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The west side has large plants to deflect the effects of weather on this side. In between the large barberries are green/white striped ornamental grasses that grow to about 6 ft with draping fronds.

new landscape bed

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Ninebark Coppertina

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My last project was to build a bed along the back of my home (above) (the brown “thing” by the tree is Murph). I am unfamiliar with two of the plant types so am anxious to see what they do. On each end of the bed are Coppertina Ninebark which can grow 8-10 ft and 6 ft wide. They are to get a brilliant bronze-red in the summer.

Ligularia

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The other plant is Ligularia. It will have very dark black-purple leaves then in summer grows tall daisy-like yellow-orange flowers. It will be about 30″ tall and hopefully contrast well with the Ninebark and the white Butterfly Bush in the middle.

 

 

If all goes as planned, the Ninebark and Butterfly Bush should grow up to the bottom of the windows. The only project left to do is to add a deck … so I can relax and enjoy the view!

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BTW, last summer I attended a neighborhood picnic. I was asked where I lived. When I told the person, she said, “Oh, you’re the lady with the landscaping!” I guess there’s worse things to have neighbors call you. :-)

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