Sunday, May 23, 2010

A flower you can neglect!

There's something about flowering plants that gives us a feeling of joy inside. However, most of the time that joy includes some effort on our part. In fact, it's not just the initial effort of planting or pruning, the work continues throughout the summer and into fall. With our busy lives, it's hard to keep the landscaping in tip-top shape unless you are fortunate enough to have a gardener; which I don't. So I am always on the lookout for low maintenance, but BEAUTIFUL plants.

During our annual trip to the Farmer's Market in downtown Nashville, we found the perfect solution for the two stone planters beside our mailbox. Our mailbox is too far away from the house for us to make a commitment to watering the planters on a daily basis. We thought if we could find a plant that we could water once a week or every four days that would be ideal. It seemed like a lost cause, but then we remembered Lantana! We planted it several years ago in our landscaping around the house and it was beautiful, but YIKES, it tends to take over. Lantana is like a desert plant; it doesn't require much water or care. In fact, you can plant it just about anywhere and then forget it. Another benefit to planting Lantana, it attracts butterflies and hummingbirds. Lantana comes in several different varieties. Check our your local nursery to see what's available.

If you're looking for a plant that has color and is practically care-free, Lantana might just the ticket for you.

I'll take another picture later in the summer to let you know how our neglected Lantana is faring down by the hot busy road.

Saturday, May 8, 2010

Mother's Day Traditions

Jerry, my husband, started a Mother's Day tradition about 10 years ago. Before then, Jerry had always taken us out to eat on that special day. One year, after waiting two hours to be seated at the restaurant, Jerry decided he would start cooking for all the moms in our family. It was such a hit that it became an enduring family tradition! This year, we shared this tradition with 20 family members and friends.

Jerry, Owen, Lee, my brother, brother-in-law and his brother all pitched in to help prepare and cook. They don't let the mom's do anything, which all the moms love! We feel so special and honored.

Are you wondering what they cooked and how it looked?

Grilled pork chops
Baked potatoes
Fresh steamed spinach
Macaroni Salad
Deviled Eggs
Sister Shubert's Yeast Rolls
Sweet Tea

Owen, my oldest son, started another tradition. He makes a stepping stone with Maddie and Morgan's hand or foot prints every year on Mother's Day for his wife, Casey. The girls help decorate the stepping stone with colored stones and chunks of glass. Aren't they just too cute? Maddie, the oldest, is going to be nine on May 14th and we always celebrate her birthday on Mother's Day as well. Do you have any special Mother's Day traditions that you would like to share with us? We would love to hear about them!

Thursday, May 6, 2010

Nashville Under Water

Last weekend was frightening to say the least. Torrential rains lasted for two days with a record rainfall in most areas of 10" - 13". The water rose so fast many people did not have a chance to evacuate their homes. Many of the businesses in downtown Nashville were flooded. In fact, most of the people that work in downtown Nashville were not able to go back to work until Friday and some are still closed. What's even sadder is most home owners and business owners did not have flood insurance. Most of these homes and businesses were not in a flood zone. Total damage is estimated at $1.5 billion. The Cumberland river crested at 51.9 feet, about 12 feet above flood stage, that's the highest since 1937.

The above video shows only some of the devastation Nashville experienced last week.The photos in this video are horrifying.

What was the most shocking to me was the fact that so many cars and trucks were caught on the interstate when the waters surged on I-24 Saturday afternoon and that was just the beginning.

Opryland Hotel sustained an enormous amount of damage. Over 1500 guests had to be evacuated. The hotel will be closed for 4 - 6 months for repairs.

Several of my family happened to be out of town and had to wait until Monday before they could return to Nashville. Since we live on a hill we survived without damage; just an over flowing pool and lots of broken branches from the high winds.

Nashville Businesses have donated millions of dollars to help the flood victims. If you would like to help in anyway, there are several organizations set up to receive donations.