This is my first time joining in on the Follow Up Friday blog hop!
I will actually be following up on some stories from the last few weeks!
On Black & White Mother’s Day , I posted a photo of the wonderful gift my hubby gave me from him and the furry kids. I promised a color photo once I had flowers in the planters so here it is:
This cute guy was also seen in my Wordless Wednesday Mystery post, working in the gardens at night!
Back in June, our two girls, Sheba and Cricket, were up to some Monday Mischief.
I’m happy to report that at least one pot of flowers survived the destruction.
As you can see, the pot had to be put up high out of their reach, but it recovered very nicely.
The other planter was a bit more of an issue, and not just because of the girls. That planter had no drainage holes in it. Even though I filled the bottom with rocks, it still kept filling up with water. I was able to salvage some of the plants out of it, and put them in another pot. Then we emptied it, and my hubby drilled some holes in the bottom. We refilled it and I bought some new flowers to put in it, which I then planted.
We got it all set up on another table on the deck, but then I realized I had forgotten to be sure the flowers I got, called Vinca, were not toxic to dogs, in case they got into them again. It turns out they were not safe. My poor hubby had to carry that big planter off the deck, and we put it outside of the dog pen by the garage! Normally, I try to start all my own flowers by seed, and they are always pet safe, but I had already planted everything I had started elsewhere.
These planters, with their solar lights, were also seen on my Wordless Wednesday Mystery post. I promised the story about the solar lights.
When our dog Moses died, almost 3 weeks ago now, our friend Kim brought us some gifts. Kim and her husband Paul were the friends who had the litter of puppies that Moses and Sheba came from. They had also lost one of their dogs, from the same litter, only two weeks before we lost Moses. George also died from cancer, but it was a different kind than what Moses had. They felt our pain in more ways than one. She brought us a solar light to put out in memory of Moses, as she had done for George. She also brought us this lovely memorial stone:
We loved the idea of the light so much, we went out and bought two more, one for each of our other dogs we had lost, Maggie and Shelby, many years ago. We have an area in our yard, down in a corner of the woods by my vegetable garden. Here both Maggie and Shelby are buried, as well as our cat Franklin. The ashes of our cats Bones and Don Juan are scattered there. Stones mark the graves. I like to think of it as more of a memorial garden, rather than a cemetery. I’ve never been a person who visits cemeteries a lot, I just don’t believe that the people or pets who have passed are there. I believe they are beside us every moment.
Therefore, the garden had become somewhat overgrown over the years. Our last cat we lost, Katie, was cremated and still sits in the house as does Moses now. Our neighbor very nicely gave us some hosta lilies also to plant in memory of Moses. So I’d really like to get the garden cleaned up, plant some more flowers, and put the solar lights and the memorial stone down there. We’ve already started the project and I hope we will have it completed in the near future. When it gets to where I want it to be, I’ll post some photos. A follow up to the follow up, so to say!