Potpourri: Birthdays, Vacation and More

Lazies, Today is my birthday! I hope you’ll raise a cuppa-cuppa and toast another year with me. I’ve been super busy lately with all sorts of things, but nothing much that is blog-worthy. Here I am a few years ago, being caught in the act of picking the flowers mom had just planted in the backyard. Naturally, that granted me the life-long nickname of Flower-Picker. I wear that name proudly!

So, here’s what I’ve been up to. While all my quilty friends went to Market a few weeks back, hubster, doggins and I went on vacation together. Sounds like a rather decadent thing to do – go on vaca while everyone else goes to work. It was nice. It was our first vacation with the dog and it was a bit of an adventure. Here’s a pic of us relaxing on the covered porch, enjoying the quiet of the beautiful Hocking Hills.

I was really looking forward to a week of down time and then, just before we left, a friend emailed ‘watch out for leaves of three’, referring to poison ivy. I am terribly allergic to poison ivy and it hadn’t even occurred to me there might be some there. Well, minutes after we arrived at the cabin, Honey ran into a patch of poison ivy – ack – bath time for doggins. Thankfully, it didn’t get on me. Whew! That would have made the week a bit rough.

We stopped at Ash Cave on our way home. It spans 700 feet across and about 90 feet high.

In this year’s garden adventures, I’m trying my hand at growing celery from celery butts. Simply cut off the butt-end of a celery bunch, place it in water for at least a day, then plant. This is the first butt about a week into the process. It was too cold to plant so it soaked for a week before making it out to the new celery patch out back.

There are about 10 butts at different stages in the celery patch. There’s a little parsley in the back and the family chive plant to the side. Yes, I said family chive plant. Mom started some chives back in the 60’s, she gave a cutting to her brother, then years later mom and dad moved but forgot to take the chives with them. That’s when my uncle gave mom a cutting from his now-established plant and mom was back up and running with her chives. Mom has since given cuttings to us kids. So, my chives are from mom’s original planting oh so long ago. I guess that makes it an heirloom plant of another sort.

I was in Cincinnati to celebrate family birthdays this past weekend. A big happy birthday shout out to my baby sister Julie (aka Jul-bug)! While there, mom cut some beautiful flowers from her hydrangea bush Miss Kiwi (are you noticing a family trend of nicknames?) and sent me home with this beautiful bouquet for my table.

And what did I get for my birthday? Braces. Yes, this is my second time around for them. The first time was the traditional metal stuff. This time I’m doing the invisible trays. My teeth have been migrating and dancing so it’s time to do something. Here’s a pic – you can hardly see them. Gosh that would have made being 16 a lot easier.

Have a wonderful week!

aka Flower-Picker

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34 Responses to “Potpourri: Birthdays, Vacation and More”

  1. Linda — June 5, 2012 @ 11:07 am

    Happy Birthday, Flower-Picker! I celebrated my day yesterday – so we are “Gemini Sisters”. May today be the beginning of another wonderful year in the life.

  2. Claudia Wade — June 5, 2012 @ 11:13 am

    Where did you stay in the Hocking Hills? We are looking for a good place to stay there! Happy Birthday!

  3. Kelly Jackson — June 5, 2012 @ 11:17 am

    Happy Happy Happy to you…Miss Flower Picker 🙂 What a wonderful nick name.

    Planting butts…I like that one…sure beats throwing them in the trash!

    I hear Hocking Hills is beautiful…I need to go.


  4. Linda — June 5, 2012 @ 11:19 am

    Happy Birthday, we almost share the same date, mine is Friday and I hope to be sitting on the front porch with a lovely glass of wine. Enjoy your day and do something you truly love.
    Best Wishes

  5. Sandy Wootten — June 5, 2012 @ 11:29 am

    Happy Birthday, the trip sounds devine. Where is Hocking Hills? I might try the celery plant myself.

  6. Lise — June 5, 2012 @ 11:33 am

    Happy Birthday!! I hope you enjoy your day as much as we enjoy your patterns hahaha!!!!

  7. Debi Worcester — June 5, 2012 @ 11:35 am

    Happy Birthday, Joan, the Flower Picker!!! Many, many more happy birhdays to come!!

  8. Barbara Talbert — June 5, 2012 @ 11:46 am

    Have a wonderful day, Joan!

  9. Jeanette — June 5, 2012 @ 12:39 pm

    Happy Birthday – Enjoy your special day

  10. Janeen Vice — June 5, 2012 @ 1:38 pm

    Happy Birthday! I hope you enjoy your day!

  11. Edie J — June 5, 2012 @ 1:41 pm

    Wow! good to hear from you after what seems like a long while. Glad it was just that you were busy, and not dealing with any crisis.
    Happy, happy B-Day. Celebrate you!
    Enjoyed the pictures so much. Thanks.
    Edie J.

  12. Conishkee — June 5, 2012 @ 2:03 pm

    Hey Birthday Girl,

    I love your pictures; great background of the one of your feet and your dog on the porch. I can imagine myself taking a walk through all that nature. What heavenly bliss that would be. Anyway, happy, happy birthday and Happy New Year, too! I hope your family and friends celebrate you with mucho gusto, and that you enjoy it to the max. God bless!

  13. Bambi Mayer — June 5, 2012 @ 2:03 pm

    Happy Birthday!

  14. Shelly Stokes — June 5, 2012 @ 2:20 pm

    Happy Birthday you ol’ flower picker! I have to laugh about the poison ivy comments. Looks like the clearing behind our new house is chuck full of the stuff. We wouldn’t have thought about it but one of the contractors warned my husband… yikes!

  15. Jennifer P — June 5, 2012 @ 2:33 pm

    Happy Birthday, Joan. I love the Lazy Girl patterns and have just now begun trying to make a quilt with the ruler. Thanks so much for sharing all you do with us. My wish for you is a wonderful, productive year full of things that make you happy.

  16. Jean Zeiler — June 5, 2012 @ 2:35 pm

    Joan, Happy Birthday, mine was on Mother’s Day again this year.
    I usually go to San Diego, Ca. for it but since I had cancer again this past year with 2 major surgeries (5 hours each time) I didn’t go any where. I am on chemo and have to have one more surgery. But, I thank God and my friends for praying for me and God taking me through a difficult time.

    I am now trying to make a friend the Margo bag in pink poodle material. She said if I ever saw the material to please make her one. I hound it and itis ready for sewing.

    I love your emails and your tips and projects and videos. May God bless you and your family. Jean, in Md.

  17. Yolanda — June 5, 2012 @ 3:40 pm

    Hey Joan, happy birthday! I skipped market too. Too much going on at home.
    A big hug to you and hope Superman is doing well too.

  18. Sandy — June 5, 2012 @ 3:43 pm

    Happy Birthday. Hope it is a good one. Did you also go to Old Man’s Cave while you were there or any of the other walking trails? That area is so beautiful.

  19. lynnS. — June 5, 2012 @ 6:20 pm

    Well, a happy shout out birthday to you. We too have been to Hocking Hills when our daughter was at OU. It is beautiful and hope you had a wonderful time. Cute dog, by the way.

  20. Robyn Taylor — June 5, 2012 @ 7:31 pm

    Happy Birthday Joan. Hope you had a truly wonderful, relaxing birthday, surrounded by those you really love… and were totally spoilt. vbg

  21. Lee Franklin — June 5, 2012 @ 9:20 pm

    Happy birthday, fellow Gemini!

  22. Carolyn H — June 5, 2012 @ 10:14 pm

    Happy Birthday, Joan! Tomorrow is mine.

  23. Esther — June 5, 2012 @ 11:21 pm

    Hello I wish you a very happy birthday … from Panama in Central America … I love your blog and always look happy your post and your great ideas … I hope you have a very happy birthday with your family

  24. deana — June 6, 2012 @ 2:47 am

    Happy Belated Birthday,
    I am so far behind in my emails that I am just now getting to yours. Sounds like you had a great time on vacation. What a great birthday Present too. would love to get some invisaligns..

    Did you know you can do the same thing with an Onion. Instead of cutting off the root end off the onion cut around it and just plant it in some potting soil. That is all I did with mine and just water when the dirt goes dry. I have a shoot coming up now so be interesting to see how long it will be before I have an Onion. I am going to get me a decent size galvanized bucket and plant one each time we use an onion. This way I will have several going at once. Love the Idea on the Celery keep forgetting about that one. Do have a friend that did this and she is in Michigan.

  25. Jan — June 6, 2012 @ 4:43 am

    I loved your photo. I can’t even see your braces at all! Way to go and hope you had a very happy birthday.

  26. Sharon B — June 6, 2012 @ 6:25 am


  27. Laurine Amo — June 6, 2012 @ 9:48 pm

    A very Happy Birthday to you Joan. You deserve some down time, as you have a busy life it seems. I have a bunch of garlic chives that I have had for years, and my hubby used the
    weed eater on them not to long ago, but they are coming back and surviving. I, also have
    given pieces to friends and family, and they enjoy them too. May you enjoy many more Happy Birthdays. I’ve had so many, I’m not telling!

  28. Jean Zeiler — June 12, 2012 @ 11:26 pm

    Dear Joan, my name is Jean and I have most all of your bag patterns. This past year I was operated on again after 13 years with Breast cancer. I had to have 2 major surgeries. One on May 8th and one on July 26th. Both lasted for 5 hours each.
    I have been on chemo ever since and have 4 more years of taking it. My problem is that the medicine blocks your thinking and memory.

    I promised to make a friend a Margo Purse, but I have many of your and Kay’s videos but I have not been able to find one on the zipper installation for Margo.
    Do you have a video of the zipper installation? Thank you, Jean

  29. Ann Divelbiss — June 16, 2012 @ 4:33 pm

    a very Happy Belated Natal Anniversary to you!!!!

  30. Marcia — June 17, 2012 @ 10:56 am

    Have a very Happy Birthday!

  31. Patricia — June 18, 2012 @ 9:30 am

    Happy Birthday Miss Flower Picker! When I was around 11 I think I came to England for a vacation and my cousin Allan was 3 and he kicked in the flowers in a park where he shouldn’t even have been on the grass. His nickname to me has always been Mr. Flower Kicker and I have lived in England for a very long time now too.

  32. Sherri — June 18, 2012 @ 3:44 pm

    Happy Birthday to you and have a wonderful year ahead!

  33. Connie — June 25, 2012 @ 5:23 pm

    Wow, I am going to grow celery, thanks to you.

  34. Helen — June 26, 2012 @ 8:34 am

    Happy Belated Birthday! I don’t know about you, but I love birthdays that drag on and on! Enjoyed your newsy post.