Where Does the Time Go?

I was the first one up so, after I had my devotions, I had a piece of the watermelon my DIL had bought and it was good. I’ve been fairly swimming in watermelon and hope to have some out of my Square Foot Garden one of these days. I think I overplanted but we’ll see how it goes.

My granddaughter slept longer than she ever had before, according to her mother. I busied myself taking pictures of their Topsy Turvy Tomato plant.

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Topsy Turvy

Topsy Turvy Blooms

DS2 got out an old mower and got it to working. Someone was going to pitch it because it wouldn’t start with the key and the cord needed to be rewound. He took it and it does a good job on the grass.

When I was outside looking around, I realized I’d missed the messages on the walk last Thursday or any day since.

Writing on the Walk

The Rest of the Message

Another Greeting

I failed to get pictures of the dogs but here’s the cat, Inky.


This granddaughter couldn’t let her cousin outdo her so she pogo’ed for me, too.


After doing one last thing to my DIL’s computer (with merm’s direction) I tore myself away and started back.

On the way I went to the university supermarket, the Adventist Book Center, Aldi, Wally World, and to the produce place to pick up my oranges. I found 11 ozzie tubs of spinach at Wally World and got two. The two young produce guys were there. One came over and hugged me when I was spied and the other tried to avoid me. Before I left, though, he was being nice, too, though he didn’t get physical with it. Fine with me.

At the produce place, I got a quart of local strawberries. The lady there told me they were the best of the season. I sampled them when I got home and she was right. As a matter of fact, they were the best I’d had in years.

I’m pretty wrung out so this will be it for tonight.

I prayed the strawberry lady would be parked by the bypass so I could get some more berries. She has the town where I work. The produce place has the town on the other side of the mountain but they all come from the same place. She was there! I got two quarts—one to eat and one to share. They went over in a big way.

One of the men who came to our church occasionally passed away so I went to his visitation. On the way, I was to stop and get berries for several of my co-workers but the lady was already gone. If she’s there tomorrow, I’ll get them then.

I managed to sun for seven minutes today.

She was there! I got two flats of berries. Most were already sold but I knew there would be more people who wanted some and I was right. I had four extra quarts. One woman said she’d take three but she didn’t come get them before someone else commandeered one of those three. After her office mate sampled a berry, another one went and then the original person came after hers. I told her if you snooze you lose. She had decided to only get one but after her sample, she got both.

I’m getting ahead of myself. To begin with, I’d gotten into a conversation with the strawberry lady and didn’t get to work on time.

I was in for it when I got there. I was the bank/mail person for the day, I had managed care, I worked on a computer, and to top it off, I had a thyroid scan. I didn’t get to my desk until 11.

The thyroid scan was a freebie because the tech was learning. She told me later it looked good. When I get the disk with the pictures, I’ll share about the experience.

I did manage to get out in the sun for 10 minutes.

I was almost late for work this morning. I checked on Ralphs and released some of them into my gardens. My philosophy is that, if they go to the trouble to escape to the bottom bin through those tiny holes, they have earned their freedom—to a point. I also picked some arugula.

I didn’t have any ripe bananas, so watermelon was my lunch.

I did one lap around the buildings and sunned 10 minutes.

Hiccups are something I rarely have but I’ve had them off and on all day.

It rained last night. I was glad to hear it.

Even though I was up before 6 o’clock this morning, I tried to garden and ended up being late for work. I told the girls it was either get dressed or be on time and I elected to get dressed. They appreciated that.

I have a veritable jungle of tomato plants. The basil is overwhelmed. You can read about it and see pictures here. I harvested some arugula to take to work. It’s addictive. I munched on it yesterday morning and shared some with one of the Lunch Bunch. The evening registrar said she’d like it for her weekly salad this evening so I brought a container loosely packed.

It was raining when I got home. I knew I was going to have to take pictures to complete my evening post and it was dark. My camera doesn’t do well in low light and I was thinking on the way to the house that I was eventually going to have to spring for a new one. Then I saw the box on the steps. I hadn’t ordered anything! When I opened it, what to my wondering eyes should appear but a camera! A purple one!

Canon Front

Canon Back

My first thought was merm. I called him and he denied any knowledge. The packing slip didn’t list the buyer. I called DS1. He’d said they were getting me something nice for my birthday but they’d have to mail it. I’d said NOT to mail it that postage had gone up. I got his voice mail. Then I called Best Buy and found out who had sent it. It WAS DS1 and his family. When I finally got through to him, he acted like he didn’t know what I was talking about. I let him know I knew better. I’d already taken it out and got the pictures I needed for my post so by the time I talked to him, it was a used camera. I talked to my DIL, too, and she was afraid I wouldn’t like it because I’m a Nikon person. This will be fine to take the pictures I do.

He advised me to get a 16 GB card for it (it came with a 32 MB) so I could shoot movies with no problem. I got on Amazon and ordered one that very night along with a USB card reader. Woohoo!

I’m still shaking.

I had to tell my story over and over. By the time the day was history, I’m sure the girls in the office could recite it from memory.

This was the last day for one of my co-workers who was retiring. They had cake and ice cream for her.

Retirement Cake

Of course, I had to try out my new camera. I didn’t have to get permission from the cake to post its picture.

I ran to town to get some fresh produce and the produce man said it was fine to put him on my blog.

The Roadside Stand in Town

Since it was Friday, I wore my eBay Hawaiian shirt and my personal photographer took my picture.

My eBay Hawaiian Shirt

After working around the gardens on getting home, I didn’t have time to eat more than some watermelon. I’m going to bed.

Happy Sabbath!

Saturday night
Boy! This has been the week that was. I had to tell about my camera in church. It’s small enough to carry in my purse so I showed it off.

The service was a slide show (computerized) of a mission trip one of the members went on. It was in Arizona and there were lots of pictures.

They’d been presented with a figurine of The Spirit of the Wolf. After church, I talked to one of the ladies about gardening for a few minutes and then took a close look at the figurine. It’s very detailed and our former pastor explained the meaning to me. I won’t go into it now because it’s getting late. You can Google it. It was nice seeing the pastor and his wife. I see them now and then but not often.

This afternoon, I got in the sun for 30 minutes. I’d noticed some places on some of my romaine so, naturally, I took a picture.


It’s a small orangish insect with black stripes down its back that’s eating it. The places don’t go all the way through. I tried to find something about it on the WWW but can’t come up with the right keywords. Help!

Well, it’s after 11:30. I was going to get this done quickly so I could get to bed and I still have to rebound. I’m going to call it a night.

Good night!

9 Responses to Where Does the Time Go?

  1. Lila June 7, 2009 at 7:59 am #

    Tommie, I just keep saying “Wow!” about that camera! What a surprise, and what a gift! Maybe you’ll become a Canon devotee rather than a Nikon one after you use it a while.

    • Tommie June 7, 2009 at 8:53 am #

      I’m still bowled over. This one is good for snapshots but I’ll still use my Nikon for the more “arty” pictures. After my card gets here on Tuesday, I’ll find out how it does for movies. Then, I’ll do a “live” tour with commentary of my garden on Thursday. That should be fun for me if not for anyone else. I pity the people on dialup. 🙁

      When I had visited DS1 and family on Sabbath, he was insisting I’d have to get another camera and I was just as insistent that I couldn’t do it any time soon. He was also asking me the size of my card (256 MB) among other things. I didn’t think anything about it or suspect a thing. He must’ve inherited some of Mother’s talent for being devious in a good way.

      I’m singing the Doxology!

  2. Tommie June 7, 2009 at 9:26 am #

    And here is another most unique rendition that I find fascinating:

  3. KAY June 9, 2009 at 4:12 pm #

    What a beautiful young lady is Katlyn. How nice to see her picture And congrats on your camera! What a wonderful gift. Am sure you’ll be using it a lot & sharing with all of us.

    • Tommie June 9, 2009 at 9:37 pm #

      She looks just like me, doesn’t she? She has to since she’s beautiful! And I’ll do what I can re: sharing pictures. 🙂

  4. Tony June 16, 2009 at 11:40 am #

    Now Mother…. That camera can do the “arty” pictures too. Just get used to it and play with the settings…. one of our pastors has one just like mine and has done some wonderful pictures. Try it… you might like it!

    • Tommie June 16, 2009 at 6:27 pm #

      Yes, Son. I think that’s the first time you ever called me “Mother”. It’s always been “Mom”. Anyway, you’ll have to teach me. And I am a quick learner. 😀 Did you see the video I made with it?

  5. Linda Szabat July 11, 2009 at 12:31 pm #

    hey, I just came across this site when me and my daughter were laughing about where time goes and my daughter said google it so we did hahaha now we are so blessed because we chose your site out of all the rest. Can you tell me what state you are from we live in California but have property and relitives in Tennessee I thought to myself, you look like you might be from there??? Tennessee that is.

    Enjoyed your site, have a blessed day, Linda and Debbie from California

    • Tommie July 11, 2009 at 9:19 pm #

      Yes, I live in Tennessee. Beautiful gorgeous Tennessee! I don’t think I appreciate it enough.

      And thank you for choosing my site and also for the kind words. Y’all come back any time, hear? 😀

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