Saturday, June 1, 2013

Random Saturday Musings

Happy June!!!!

June is pretty much my favourite month of the year - the days continue to lengthen, the garden will begin to bloom in the next few weeks and if it stop raining, we will begin to eat most of our meals outdoors!  What's not to love?

Some of the things I have been thinking about this past week:

1) It is time for a little more Zen folks...

I read about a fight breaking out at a kindergarten ceremony in Cleveland last night.  I don't know all the details, nor do I care to, but jeepers creepers, it's time to take a few breaths, folks.  I am becoming increasingly conscious of what triggers my tendency to lose my patience at certain times (traffic for instance) and am working hard to take those moments as an opportunity to listen to music or work out a problem.  I am sure there are a lot of reasons to have a fight at a graduation ceremony for 5 year olds that I can't fathom, but I wish some folks there had taken a few deep breaths for the sake of those little kids.


2) Liberace

I finally watched HBO's Behind the Candelabra last night (I had taped it last week) with Michael Douglas and Matt Damon.


I thought that both Michael and Matt were good in their roles, but I wished that their had been more meat in the script, more back story to explain Liberace's desire for excess in all aspects of his life.  The funniest part of the movie to me was the reminder of how Liberace wanted to protect his image and NOT be perceived as gay and how his audience, mostly comprised of seniors and gay men, went willingly along with him.  I can recall my grandmother saying "Oh, Liberace's not gay.  He's just flamboyant."  I always kind of liked Liberace, though not so much in this movie.  I was trying to think of who would be considered latter-day Liberaces with respect to that flamboyance and have come up with the following short list; would love it it you have more suggestions:


siegfried and roy


CeeLo


cher

Others????

The most difficult moment for me in the movie was seeing my beloved Rob Lowe


 transformed into a slimy plastic surgeon:


Cone back, Rob, come back!!!

3) Which leads me to Rob's wife Sheryl.

I noticed on the Goop website (Yes, I do go there from time to time) that they are selling cool but expensive bracelets by Sheryl Lowe, who is Rob's longtime wife (20 years - must be one of Hollywood's longest unions!)

exclusive triple wrap sandalwood bracelet with diamond hamsa charm

I quite liked the bracelets shown and so visited her retail site, Sheryl Lowe designs.  I like all of it, though I can't afford any of it - but isn't she pretty?



4) but then I googled and get looking at their house in Santa Barbara...






and started thinking "damn, I gotta paint some walls and refresh some things around here..."  Oh, and get a mansion overlooking the Pacific....

5) But I bring you back to New Brunswick...

Here are some nice spring shots of the yard.  With the heat that has arrived and some nice days, the plants will  be three times the size soon enough!

The potager:



My two side by side gardens near the rhubarb patch:



The hostas shade garden


 My little pea gravel patio - we have to go purchase another Adirondack chair - one of ours just bit the biscuit and are getting a fire put for this area as well..


And up a little wire bench up on the deck.  I took this picture, because you can see the size of Butch, my giant fleece flower plant, behind the bench.  Three weeks ago, Butch was three inches tall.  I will take another picture in three weeks and you will be amazed.



So that was my world this week!  Hope yours was grand and that you have a wonderful Saturday!  Stay Safe out there!


28 comments:

  1. I'm dying to see the Liberace film, Rob Lowe looks so funny, absolutely spot on as an over modified plastic surgeon! His wife's bracelets are exactly the same as the ones Loree Rodkin used to do which have been ripped off by everyone over the years. Did you see Rob Lowe on "Who do you think you are? " It was really funny how his search for a patriot in the family turned out.

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    1. you will like the movie for sure!

      I have to find that episode - I have always liked that series and I know they rerun them on the history network! I think Sheryl benefits from good friends like Maria Shriver and Gwynnie - but I do like the stuff, just not the price!

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  2. I love your gardens! I am not familiar with the type of plant that Butch is, but I'll check back on him in 3 weeks to see his progress. The Lowe's house, that's a whole lotta house, holy cow! Looks like we'll have some rain this weekend but it is warm so I'm not complaining. Have a good one!

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    1. HI Cate - you can read about Butch's relatives here:

      http://blog.northerngardener.org/great-plants-for-northern-gardens-day-12-fleece-flower/

      However, Butch is special and is usually MUCH bigger than what is pictured here!

      You are right about the Lowe's house - I quite like it though - appeals to my new england sensibilities!

      Have a great weekend as well!

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  3. Hmmmm, I think I have to get started designing some bracelets so I can live in a house like that!

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    1. Ha! I think Mr. Lowe is paying for that house...dontchathink?

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    2. I was about to say, I better find a good looking, rich husband but I'm already married. One out of two isn't bad, for the other one, there's always the lottery :)

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    3. we'd better start buying those tickets!

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  4. I am so curious to watch the movie despite the fact that like most movies it could have been even meatier! isn't it funny though that Rob's career basically got stifled and he should've been the Tom Cruise of his time( in name power not all the other stuff) and it was over a sex tape. Geez those things seem to make careers now instead! How times have changed. Your garden looks really lovey by the way!

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    1. thanks coulda shoulda woulda - they are no Chelsea Flower show, though! Maybe in a few years!

      I really like Rob - read his autobiography and really enjoyed them a lot - he is a natural storyteller and quite funny! And he gets better and better looking with age

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    2. GOsh, Coulda shoulda woulda is so long to type! Please call me either CSW or Naomi :)

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    3. how about Queen of the Chelsea Garden Show!

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  5. Happy Saturday, your garden looks wonderful, shows the care you put into it. Also love June, my birth month, one year older but I have stopped counting when I reached the age of majority. Rob Lowe has actually aged well compared with other eighties stars. Seems he settled well into fatherhood other than that nanny scandal. Let me just add Johnny Weir to your list of flamboyant personalities, with his fur skating costumes.

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    1. Oh good addition Marie! When is your actual birthday?

      Funny, when I googled him this am, I ran into all the nanny scandal stuff, but the popular consensus now appears that the nanny was doing a shakedown.

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  6. Andre L Talley. Wendy your garden is so lovely. I love the gravel areas that set offf your plantings. And as attractive as the Lowe's house is, I also am amazed that all of the homes featured in the decorating magazines seem to be all white.

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    1. It is funny isn't it - I think white is still the colour de jour now and for all time!

      Andre definitely rates an inclusion!

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  7. Hi WMM, your garden is looking lovely, I like how you have it all divided up into different areas.

    Rob Lowe's boys are about the same ages as ours - I wonder what effect it has on teenage boys to grow up in a house like that? Does it make them more refined??

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    1. I was wondering that! They are apparently all surfer dudes - the beach is out front. I had the impression when Rob was on Oprah and from his book that he adores his boys and they seem like nice kids, but then everyone can polish up nicely!

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  8. Love Rob Lowe's house! I've always liked his acting roles and his voiceover work.

    People are definitely on the edge these days. It's getting ridiculous.

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  9. Elton John for #2?

    I can send you one of my Adirondack chairs, I bought a couple when I fantasized about having a yard like yours or a porch like Rob Lowe's.

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    1. how could I forget Elton! All Adirondacks must go to Tabs - that and some patio lanterns and she will be the most north american of scots! You don't sit in your chairs Tiffany Rose?

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  10. Love the metal loveseat - a nice delicate companion for Butch!

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    1. Well Butch will be very pretty soon, trust me!

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  11. Your gardens are so lovely!!! We have been working on ours - they are getting overgrown, hard to believe we have lived here in the same house long enough for this to happen! I've been trying to find your posts on Paris. We're headed there soon! Take care!

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    1. Suzy - they are all in the archives in September 2012 and they start with this post:

      http://onecantgetoverthehabit.blogspot.ca/2012/09/paris-je-tadore.html

      if you have any questions, feel free to drop me a line at sydforry@hotmail.com!

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  12. Your garden is lovely and really filling out in the heat. Not many bugs yet-- should not have said that...

    I liked Rob L in "West Wing"-- have you ever seen that show from a few years ago? It would be tough to be married to someone prettier than oneself.

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