Falling into the oh my gosh “they were short once” category . . . I found some old pictures from a San Diego Trip, where both boys had to look up to Gram and Papa. Now . . . not so much.
This week I am helping Sean get prepared for completing a couple requirements on his camping merit badge.
Step 1 – collect needed back packing equipment
Step 2 – see what you actually don’t need from the pack list. Determine what items can be multipurpose to eliminate more weight.
Step 3 – Test and use light weight stove before you need to demonstrate to instructor
Step 4 – determine best way to put out fire.
Step 5 – finish freeze dried dessert cooking on stove.
Step 6 – return to Back Woods, for more instruction on light weight fuel canister connection
Step 7 – try again
Tip of the Day – ALWAYS home test your equipment before you head out on your trip. It is more fun to royally fail without a full audience.
As you know, our winter was long. We even had snow into May. This delayed my favorite flower in their blooms. The Peony!!!!
i fell in love love with these pom pom blooms in a Martha Stewart magazine when we lived in California. My month ear in law swayed me not to spend my money on them there. She had tried to grow them and all the Midwest “freeze” tricks that we used on lilacs wouldn’t work.
When we moved to Kansas, I bought multiple plants. Dotted around the yard, they look completely dead in winter, but then the woody shoots climb out of the mulch. Large broad leaves show hints of a small nub of color.
The peony usually is in full bloom by Mother’s Day. This year, they bloomed over Memorial Day.
The last week I have been picking the blooms and spreading them around the house. The rains this week made it imperative to share the love. All the neighbors got beautiful bouquets.
Even Scout is getting in the fun (not so). He loves the sweet smell and is getting to the blossoms faster than I can get them picked. AAARGH!!! Not sure what this dog doesn’t eat yet.
I think Scout likes the flowers and eats them because he is a winter baby and never had those smells in the yard.