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June 9, 2013

Baby’s Growing Up

After the big storm (our own Superstorm Frost) wiped out the second lot of trees, we decided to plant some new. It would be our down payment to the future.

We planted a sweet and brave young maple to replace the two behemoths which were shading the side of the house and we lost in the first big storm. Jim yearned to replace the Crabapple in our front yard. I lusted after a Flowering Dogwood. I didn’t want the usual native flowering dogwood which blooms in early spring. I wanted a Japanese Flowering Dogwood. 

The Japanese variety has beautifully shaped blossoms which radiate in varying shades of white from a green center. They are very delicate and, at least in our neck of the woods, bloom for about two weeks in June. It was the delicate pattern of these blossoms which drew me to the tree. I had long admired them around the neighborhood.

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This must be about year four or maybe five. Our baby is really taking root and this is the first year it has truly exploded into blossom. The fact that this show will last such a short time makes it all the better.

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June 2, 2013

A Week Too Short…

The greatly anticipated (by me for sure) visit home by Alex has now come to an inevitable close. When I awoke this morning, I had a text telling me he was safely back in his barracks. It was a great, great week and a wonderful (in my opinion) visit–made even more special with the addition of Ferd for most of the week. But let’s hit rewind and I will share a few of the highlights.

It was a week of contrasts from the weather perspective. We picked Alex up Saturday morning in a cold, grey rain. Sweaters and long pants were de rigeur. I even had to put the heat on in the house briefly.

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