Forward - From the Heartland of Carolina

This is a continuing story of the journey Forward shared by 2 people, Lynne and Tom. Both love to LIVE life to it's fullest, which currently means spending lots of time outdoors, working on various projects from gardens to patios, flowers to vegetables, sunrises and sunsets, birds and woodland critters, and spending time with family. Don't forget to check the monthly archives, and please feel free to leave us a comment so we know you stopped by.

Tuesday, September 11, 2007

July Recaptured

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Our thoughts and prayers go out to the victims, families, and friends of 9/11/01.
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As was mentioned 2 posts ago, the big family news was the opening of the Animal Hospital up in Brier Creek, North of Raleigh. We drove over for the open house they had the Sunday (7/15) before 'officially' opening, and we were very impressed and pleased with the facility they have put together. So much is so new and state-of-the-art, in this age of computers and electronics. We're well aware of all the thought and planning that went into this, and were very proud of what this dream has become. Here's some shots from that day.








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Here's part of the examining area, and a neat feature they have. When pets have to be kept overnight or longer (after surgery or waiting on tests) there's a kennel area that will be set up with live camera feeds, and pet owners can check in on their pets via the WEB.


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Meanwhile back at Heartland Gardens, we did have some decent pickings of cucumbers and beans, before the deer found them.

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We also had several sandwich-sized tomatos this year, before the heat set in and the yield got smaller. Lots of Roma/Plum tomatos have turned into salsa this year. We made more of that and put up less whole tomatos this year. I think/hope I made enough pickles to get the family through 'til next summer. They do seem to enjoy the pickles.




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Mom's upside-down tomato thingy did well for her, and she was caught several more times picking her own to snack on. Once they started ripening, she was picking them every other day or so, and if hers weren't ripe, well, lets just say we probably could have had a few more jars of canned tomatos this year... but Mom loves her tomatos, and you don't say no to Mom. She must have kept close tabs on her plant, too. During the last week of August, we had to pick about 6 of 'her' upside-downy thingy tomatos, because they were getting ripe all at once. Well, 4 days later, we hear "I'll have my last tomato with my dinner tonight.", knowing she had already eaten some of the others, but knowing she still had one left. Good thing Lynne and I didn't have a salad that night :-) Fried green, or sliced or diced, what Mom wants, Mom gets.... and she got lots this summer. So, Daughter Dawn, when you read this, and are looking for that one last jar of dill pickles next spring, if your Grandmother hadn't requested so many cucumber salads this summer, we would have at least a quart jar here for you, but... :-)




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The drought hadn't set in yet in full, so we still had color in the yard during July.













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We had to watch Celeste on a couple days, when she came down with some sort of summer 'bug'. She gave the cats a day off, and became our homeland security system for a while.

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She got feeling better, and ran to our bedroom later that day. I guess she wasn't too impressed with my serenade to her ;)


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One of many storms that 'almost' rained on us, but missed us by about 10 miles.




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A few more flowers...




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Big snakes have to be babies first :) (Sorry, Eva, but I couldn't resist)

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And again, we can't close withough a greeting from the cats. That's the 'baby', Skittles, now a year or so old, looking ferocious with her yawn, while Shadow quietly stares off underneath her.


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Again, thanks for stopping by. Next up, August, and more great family news via pictures, and a few from the yard and gardens.

Love and Peace,
Lynne and Tom

6 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey Tom...
Thanks for the early morning heart attack!! As you can imagine, I DID jump back at that!! And of course got the lil chest pains. I know it's a phobia, it has to be! Holy cow!! And I thought you guys loved me:(
The rest of the pictures are GREAT! I can't believe that Celeste is so big already! WOW!!
And the animal hospital looks and sounds great. Sounds like it's a place I'd love to take my animals, if I had any, and if I lived closer. (obviously I don't wanna live in the heartland..with the slithering friends so close by..lol)
The gardens, as usual, are incredible! I grow 'em inside, for a mulitude of reasons! lol
Tom and Lynne, you both look real good, as does your Mom!
Know that I send my love to both of you!
I miss ya too!
Eva

13/9/07 6:35 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey - You guys updated the Blog!! And YES, I need more Pickles and Salsa!

See Ya!
Your daughter, Dawn

19/9/07 4:12 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

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YOU'RE IT!! YOU HAVE BEEN CONSIDERED ONE OF MY SWEETEST FRIENDS ON MY LIST ONCE YOU HAVE BEEN TAGGED YOU HAVE TO TAG 5 OF YOUR SWEETEST FRIENDS AND LET THEM KNOW THEY ARE SWEET X.X.X""


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love you both..
Eva

1/10/07 9:40 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Stopping by to say hi! Hope things are going well with all of you!!

Love ya,
Eva

4/11/07 6:37 AM  
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9/12/07 1:32 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

MERRY CHRISTMAS TOM AND LYNNE!

WISHING YOU A WONDERFUL DAY!

LOVE YOU,
EVA

25/12/07 9:46 AM  

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