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Wednesday, September 9, 2015

A Summer of...

Butterflies and Hummingbirds!

The good news is, Marion and I had our day(s) in court and we succeeded in keeping things as they are. In other words, we won our case. Unfortunately, the last couple of months have been excruciating especially for Marion. She has been in and out of the hospital for the past month or so. To be perfectly honest, I have lost all track of time but, she is now home and doing better than she has been. Fingers crossed and lots of prayers...

As for me, I am getting into the swing of things once again. As you can imagine, it has been utter chaos around here. I can't even begin to tell you what my "To-Do-List" looks like. Little by little I will be tackling it. Sadly, I don't see me coming back to blogging for a while. I am going on a much needed vacation in October courtesy of my wonderful children! I plan to take lots of pictures and share them with you some time in Novemember.

You all have been so wonderful through these most difficult times. I can't even begin to tell you how much we appreciate your kind words and thoughts. Thank you so much for not giving up on us. I think with time we should be back to our "old" selves:) Thank you soooooooooooooo much, Louise

I hope you all are doing well. I miss each and every one of you and look forward to the time we can all virtually be together again:) Louise

If it weren't for the many butterfly plants in the garden, I'm sure Marion and I would not have had some of the peaceful afternoons we were able to squeeze in throughout the Summer. One such plant is this stunning Blood Flower whose Latin name Asclepias comes from Greek meaning medicine and healing. Also called Sunset Flower, it is in the Milkweed family the same as the perennial Butterfly Weed which you can see above in the picture with the two Frillary butterflies. Contrary to the Butterfly Weed, the Sunset Flower or Mexican Butterfly Weed, yet another name for it, is an annual up here in Pennsylvania.

Milkweeds are not only beautiful and easy to care for, they are very important host plants for Monarch Butterflies. (they are also deer resistant:) I can tell you for sure, the hummingbirds don't mind having them around either! I find it quite interesting that the Sunset Flower blooms and seeds at the same time. The seeds are such fun to watch as they float by when the wind blows whisping them through the air. Of course, I am saving some for next year. I read some where that at one time, the silk from the seed pods was used for stuffing pillows. You can find more fascinating tidbits about the Sunset Flower here.

P.s. That really is a blue butterfly. I don't fool around with changing the color in pictures. I'm lucky I know how to snap and crop them no less deal with hues and saturations, lol...

86 comments:

  1. I'm so glad everything turned out good!!!! So glad to have you back! As you probably noticed, I still do my garden posts on Tuesday, but I don't do a link up. Trying to simplify things a bit!

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    1. I'm not actually back, back Pam but I'm certainly working on it:) I totally understand trying to simplify things. I enjoyed your Garden Tuesday post even without the linky, lol...

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  2. Gorgeous pictures! And happy to see a post from you again. Glad things worked out for you, but sorry your summer was so stressful. Hope you get back to blogging eventually, but totally understand that you need a break. Mrs KR and I do too -- we're enjoying downtime the rest of this month, and will be back to blogging in October.

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    1. Thank you John. We are slowly winding down around here. Enjoy your break with Mrs. K.R. and Kitty riffs too:) Thank you so much for visiting...

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  3. It's nice to see you back. I was just mentioning you to my husband last week and said you have not updated in so long, I wondered if you were coming back.

    It's been quiet. I like your butterfly photos here!

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  4. Dearest Louise,
    So happy to see you back for an update..have been thinking of you and Marion lately. Fist, I am glad that you won your case and it is over...But sadly I am sorry that you are having such a rough time. Please tell Marion that my prayers are with her and of course dear friend you as well. I understand that you need to take care of yourself . My mom is always telling me that, "you need to take care of yourself, your blog will always be there!" And we will all be here for you as well. Will miss you but hope that you can update us with your fabulous photo taking. Speaking about that, I love your garden, the flowers look awesome and I love to watch the hummingbirds. They are so interesting! BTW: I love the flower that has the spots on it, it looks like a Lilly, I do not know its name as you know that I have no green thumb, but that one is amazing and beautiful. Have a blessed time on your vacation, rest, and have fun...
    Hugs x Dottie :)

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    1. Hi Dottie,
      I have sent Marion your well wishes and she sends big hugs back:) The spotted flower is a Tiger Lily. I was lucky to just catch the hummingbird visiting it one day in the garden. After the lily was spent, the hummingbirds used the stems as a perch to rest on. Thanks for visiting, Dottie...

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  5. It's great to see your return, if only briefly. Your photos are beautiful, and I'm glad the hummingbirds, though so energetic, make you feel calmer. Funny thing about hummingbirds, they are so hypnotic to watch! Good luck to you & Marion, and enjoy your trip.

    best ... mae at maefood.blogspot.com

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    1. Thanks Mae, I never really thought about it but yes, I'd say hummingbirds are quite hypnotic. I love when they do the hummingbird dance, lol...thanks so much for visiting, Mae...

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  6. Howdy Louise ! Glad to know that everything is doing well on your side. There's so much happening over at your side as well as my side. I think we all need a vacation. Hope Marion is doing well too. ((hugs)) from me. You take care too, Louise. Cause we're looking forward to more from you. Btw, are we going to have our picnic gathering this year ??? haha....
    Blessings, Kristy

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    1. You are so right, Kristy! It's wonderful to "see" you! Thanks for popping by...I left a comment about the picnic on your blog:)

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  7. Dear Louise, I am keeping Marion in my prayers to continue on her road to recovery.
    I miss you very much and am glad to hear that some peace in coming into your life. I hope that your vacation is just the trick to get you fully rested.
    Your pictures are beautiful and very peaceful indeed.
    xoxoxo Catherine

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    1. Hi Catherine:)
      Thank you so much for your kind words and prayers. Marion is indeed on her way to recovery, little by little. I miss you all so much. I can't wait to share my surprise vacation with all of you. Stay well, Catherine. Enjoy this cooling off weather:)

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  8. Hi Louise--
    So happy to hear that things worked out in your favor! But what a waste of a good summer :( At least you have some lovely flowers and birds and butterflies to bring in the positive. (I think you have the best hummingbirds ever.) Have a wonderful vacation. It seems amazing that October is almost upon us! I look forward to hearing from you again whenever fate will have it.

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    1. Everything worked out okay, Inger. It really wasn't a complete waste. I actually got some time to visit in New York the last two times I was down there.
      "See" you soon:)

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  9. Dear Catherine,
    Thank you so much for your prayers and kindness. We really do appreciate it. Marion is so fragile these days and yet, so stubborn too, lol...With time, she will be fine:) The garden really was my restoration sanctuary this year even if it is a bit messier than normal!!! Thank you so much for visiting, Catherine...

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  10. So glad to hear everything went well and you have it behind you. Enjoy your much needed vacations:)

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    1. Thanks Geraldine. Your Lavendar Peach Curd sounds quite enticing:)

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  11. Hello Louise,
    Glad to know that things are fine.
    I can't take my eyes off on that sooo beautiful blue butterfly. And the rest of the lovely pictures .... made me have that wild imagination of immersing myself strolling around in the peaceful garden ^-^!
    Thanks for the update. You take care !

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    1. So nice to "see" you Karen:) I'm delighted to hear my little post gave you a moment of strolling. The garden is getting a bit wild as the season change but it still provides much solace:) Thank you so much for stopping by...

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  12. Hi ~~Louise~~....
    Not sure what your court case was about....but...glad you won!
    Hope Marion is feeling better soon...Hi Marion!
    Take care...
    Cheers!
    Linda :o)

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    1. Thanks Linda...It took a while but, we made it!

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  13. Gosh, it's so great to have you back, Louise! You've no idea how much you've been missed! For a moment, I thought my subscription to your blog has stopped working so I kept popping by on off to check. Lol! So you can imagine the surprise I got when your post came into my mailbox. Glad all thing's are well & you've captured every essence of the butterflies, dear! Have a wonderful weekend ahead! xoxo

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    1. Thank you Shirley. It's so nice to 'see" you too. I'm not actually back yet, soon though, soon...

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  14. That is great news that you won your case - I am sorry to hear how much disarray it has caused and wish you and Marion well in regaining your strength and your blogging mojo. It is lovely to see your garden pics and to hear you have been finding solace and peace in the garden - during a stressful time some years ago I remember finding it really lovely to go out and sit in the garden. Warm wishes! Johanna

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    1. Hi Johanna:)
      The garden is a frightful mess right now but, I still LOVE strolling around it?

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  15. Hi, Louise, Rochelle here from the long abandoned vintage recipe blog. I can empathize with all the trials you have been through. I have been in a bad place myself the last few years. I find nature to be very restorative and the photos are wonderful Hope you enjoy your well deserved vacation.

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    1. Oh my goodness, Rochelle!!! How wonderful to "see" you. I was by your place a couple of times and wondered how you were doing. I hope things have worked out for you. Will you be back to blogging?

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  16. This is my first visit here, so I am not familiar with all that you have been going through, but I am so happy to know that things sound like they are going in the right direction. I actually found you by going to Savannah Granny's website. I have been very worried about her, and when I went to visit her site again tonight to see if she had posted recently, I saw that you left a comment there and thought I would check with you to see if you know how she is doing? You have a very lovely blog, and I enjoyed my visit here tonight. :) God bless you and work out your every problem.

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    1. Welcome, Cheryl
      Things are getting better around here. Thank you so much for visiting. I'm sorry to say I've been out of the loop and haven't been in touch with Ginny. Perhaps, Nee from Nee's Place (in my sidebar) has been in touch with her. Thanks for visiting...

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  17. Hi Louise, I've lost touch with what has been happening with you n Marion but I'm glad things are working out for you. Hope Marion gets much better soon.

    These are stunning pictures Louise. Looking forward to more pictures of yr upcoming well deserve vacation. Take care! Hugs!!😉

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    1. Hi Jenn!!!
      How nice to "see" you:) Yes, things have been a bit hectic around here but they are finally getting back to normal. (whatever that is, lol:) So glad you enjoyed the pics. Thanks for visiting, Jenn..."See" you soon...

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  18. I have been very absent, too, for the past couple of weeks, but I'm glad to see you popping in to say hello. Your pictures are stunning. Congratulations on the win, which I know feels very hollow right about now. Have a great September, and I"ll try to get some wedding pictures up before you go on vacation. John and Michelle are wonderful, and I'm sure Noah and Tabi will enjoy an extra visit with you, too!

    (((hugs)))

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    1. Hi Marjie:)
      Hollow, is the perfect word to describe how we feel but in the long run, Marion is happy and that's all that matters. She's still so fragile. She had another bad night last night so no sleep again for either of us. It sometimes reminds me of when the kids were small and they would wake up with bad dreams during the night. This too shall pass...

      I'm looking forward to the trip. The kids are going to be absolutely flabbergasted!!!

      Thanks for visiting, Marjie...I really appreciate it it. I know you have a lot on your plate right about now:)

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  19. Hi Louise, thanks for the update to let us know that you and Marion are doing fine. All the pictures are really beautiful and well taken. Love those butterfly pictures.
    You take care and enjoy your vacation. Be seeing you again.

    Warmest regards
    Amelia

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    1. Hi Amelia:)
      Delighted you enjoyed your visit here. After seeing your "heaven;y" post at your place, my garden is lacking an exotic taste..."See" you again, soon...

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  20. Louise, I was so glad to see this post! I have not been making rounds lately, so I’m glad I didn’t miss this. Glad that you and Marion are doing well.
    I just bought some milkweed seed to plant…this year I did not have many Monarchs. Hoping to change that!
    I will be having surgery next week and have been slightly distracted and absent from my blog too. Enjoy your vacation and post lot’s of pictures!

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    1. Hi Kathy:)
      Always a sweet pleasure to "see" you. I can't even imagine how you can concentrate on blogging knowing you will be having surgery. Elective I hope...Oh how I wish I knew you needed milkweed seeds. I could have sent you plants!!!

      I plan on posting lots of pictures! Good luck with your surgery. We'll be remembering you in our prayers...

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  21. Good to see you back if only for a moment. Enjoy your wonderful and much deserved vacation. Hope to hear all about it when you return.

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    1. Nice to "see" you also Pattie. It has been crazyeeeeeee around here but getting back to normal ever sooooo slowly...will post pics on my return...

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  22. Beautiful butterflies, Louise, and hopefully a sign of a beautiful season to come!

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    1. Thabnk you T.W. Congratulations on your book. We're so proud of you...When I get my cooy will you autograph it???

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  23. You know you have been missed. So glad things are better. I do not know how you get such great photos of your hummingbirds, I have not mastered that art yet. Take care!

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    1. Thanks Debra....Coming from you I'm red faced, lol...

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  24. Oh, I've missed the latest news. I'm so glad that things are turning around. You have such beauty in your yard---what a nice respite for you both. xo

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    1. Thanks Liz and thank you for visiting...

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  25. I'm glad life is starting to calm down for you. Thank you for the nice break to the day found in your beautiful photographs.

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    1. So glad you enjoyed your visit, Linda. I totally enjoyed that Apple Maple Jam recipe of yours. I may even try it!!!

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  26. Hi Louise, Thank you for the update. I so happy that you won your court case, but sorry that you had to go through all of the stress. I am sure that the vacation in October is very needed. Let Marion know that I will keep her in my prayers. Take care and will be waiting when you get back to blogging. Take care!!

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    1. Prayers truly appreciated Dawn. Marion and I spent a good part of the day at the hospital today. Thankfully, she is sleeping soundly now:)

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  27. You sure saw some beauties this Summer, I love seeing them. We don't get many butterflies on the roof but when we do it's a great day.

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    1. Welcome, Pamela...thank you so much for dropping by...Perhaps you should plant some milkweed on the roof. It does really well in a good size pot. Thanks for visiting...

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  28. My dear Louise, I'm happy to know that you finally put an end to the legal battle and that Marion can continue staying with you. I'm sorry that this story has been so hard on Marion and I really do hope and pray that she will be better off very soon! I also hope, dear friend, that you will be able to get back to your normal and gratifying activities! Have a pleasant and relaxing vacation...I'm planning a short European trip in autumn too! We definitely are kindred spirits!!! My very best to you and Marion...Hugs, Mary

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    1. Thank you for your kind words Mary. Things are slowly getting back to normal. Marion had a GREAT day today!!! One day at a time you know:) How wonderful that you too will be able to get away for a while. I hope you will be sharing pictures:) Yes indeed Mary, thank you for your thoughts and prayers.

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  29. Hi Louise, I have missed you....glad everything worked out. Your garden pictures are wonderful, so glad you have a nice place to spend your afternoons. Butterflies are very special.......

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    1. Thank you Cheri...I miss you "guys" too. Hopefully I will be back soon:)

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  30. What beautiful photos! Sorry that you and Marion have been having a tough time. Enjoy your vacation in October.

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    1. Thanks, Gaye:)
      We are doing much better! I'm already packing for my vacation and will be posting about it when I return in November. Thanks for visiting...

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  31. Hi Louise,
    I'm glad to hear that things are working out for both you and Marion. I have been lacking behind in my blogging these days too, have not been posting as often as before, due to family commitments, so I fully understand. Please send my warmest regards to Marion. The photos are beautiful! Enjoy your vacation and take care!

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    1. Hi Joyce:)
      Hope all is calming down by you. Marion and I are getting back into a happy and healthy routine! Thanks for taking the time to visit...

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  32. so glad you're still marching forward! this was a beautiful post--i rarely see such close-up images of hummingbirds OR butterflies, and here they are, all in one place. two of my favorite aspects of the season, for sure. :)

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    1. Thanks Grace...We're getting down to the bare minimum in the butterfly and hummingbird sights these days. I saw two hummers today and they looked quite pudgy. I'm guessing they are preparing for a long flight. Alas, next year...

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  33. Dear Louise, So glad you and Marion won your case. Prayers that Marion will be able to enjoy Autumn. The chores can wait. Hope you both have a wonderful, restful vacation!
    God bless you both!

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    1. Thank you so much Margaret. Marion is doing much better. As a mater of fact, weather permitting, we may just go yard saleing tomorrow, lol...

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  34. What joy to see a post from you! I'm glad you and Marion had a successful outcome, but clearly, the stress is taking a toll. Prayers abound.

    And thank you for getting a photo of the blue butterfly. I've seen a couple around here, but can't take photos easily on my runs...

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    1. Thank you so much Channon. Things are going really well around here. So glad you enjoyed the pics...

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  35. Glad you won the case.. best to you and Marion.. Such lovely photos, too. Wow! Have a restful time with the children and grandchildren. You deserve it. Hugs and support..

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    1. Thanks for your kind thoughts Janet...Things are getting better around here:)

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  36. So sorry to read all you two have been going through! Pleased you won the case and hope Marion's trips to the hospitals are at an end and both of you can get back to normal. Have a wonderful time on your trip....can't wait to read about it.
    (I think of you so often (and missed our Picnic Game)....but what prompted me today was an old post about Ina Garten's cinnamon rolls. I am posting another recipe along that line and have a link to that old recipe. You were the only comment.....and I had messed up and lost so many blog photos from back then...you mentioned there was no photo. Well, there is now! You made me smile.)
    Yes, prayers coming your way!
    Barbara

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  37. I thought of you a lot Louise. I am sorry you have been having such a tough time but I am pleased you won the court case. I can only imagine how stressfull that must have been for you both.I am sure it will only get better from now on.
    Enjoy your holiday and take it easy.
    Much love xxxx

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  38. It's nice to see you back blogging! Congrats on winning the court case! I hope Marion is feeling back to normal soon. Great photos!

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  39. Louise I have missed you dearly. I was actually thinking of the other night and then in the morning saw you visited my site! POW! Thank you Universe! I hope you enjoy your vacation and I can't wait to see these photos, selfishly I also can't wait to have you back to blogging too. Take care!

    Sxx
    www.daringcoco.com

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  40. Oh dear Louise, thank you for stopping by the other day...I am so glad to see that you won and hopefully by now Marion feels better and you both are doing just fine. These pictures sure capture nature's beauty...and they sure put smiles on my face.
    Enjoy the rest of the week :)

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  41. Thanks for updating us and I pray you only have good news for us in the future. Your photos are pure joy. The colors inspire. Enjoy your break. We will be waiting for your return.

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  42. Hello my dear friend ,
    A month late ... glad to know you won your court case and as always we are praying you and Marion to have fun on your much needed vacation. It's been hectic here this pass month , had a powerful thunder / lightening storms , it a grid and fried the wires , I think they say about 20 /30 square miles were pleaced . You got it right , Baby Boy was seven , he will have his party (10-10-15}. You may be on vacation now but this will be waiting for you on your return .
    Sending you an email .
    I will post next Monday ...have to do some blog hopping to catch up ...keep wiggling those toes :) Nee

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  43. Beautiful photos! I hope you're having a wonderful vacation right now.

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  44. This is what you called beautiful and wonderful creatures. Thanks for sharing these greats photos!

    My Website - Helen at tefl

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  45. Wow. Butterflies are such wonderful creatures. I just love their colors.

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  46. Maravillosas fotos siempre he querido saber cual es el nombre de la flor con puntos de color naranjo,mi madre la tenía ,que maravilla de fotos,saludos y abrazos

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  47. Hi Grammy (this is my grandma's blog) I have to do an assignment where I comment on a blog. Anyway I thought of yours:) You take beautiful pictures of flowers and birds. I love the pic of the tiger lily. I'm glad Marion is doing good. I wish I could see everything myself but I can't:( Well bye. Love you.
    Love your granddaughter, Tabitha Butikofer

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  48. I really enjoyed these beautiful pictures! Thanks for sharing them :)

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  49. Hi Louise! Just dropping by to wish you and Marion a lovely holiday! Merry, Merry, Merry!

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  50. Dear Louise,
    Wishing you and Marion a blessed Christmas and a Happy New Year 2016. Miss you dear friend...hope that you both are doing better...
    Love and Hugs xx Dottie <3

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    1. Hi Kyle:)
      Thank you so much for dropping by. I'm delighted you enjoyed this post:) Drop by anytime:)

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Through this wide opened gate,
none came too early,
none returned too late.

Thanks for dropping in...Louise

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