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    This is what I did, plus GRAND Social No. 55

    Welcome back! I hope the weekend was a grand one for all.

    As I mentioned Friday, I planned to avoid going online as much as possible over the weekend. And avoid it, I did. Saturday I didn't even turn on my computer — something unheard of, something not done in the past four years. Seriously.

    In the free time I gained by stepping away from the screen, I did a bit of this and that, including:

    • Starting the weekend by enjoying a cup of coffee on the deck rather than promoting my posts on social networks.

    • Digging up and getting rid of three dead aspen trees in my front yard — all by myself, thankyouverymuch!

    • Enjoying a pedicure with Brianna.

    • Weeding my entire front yard (which is not a lawn but a, well, hmm... a faux riverbed accented by cairns and rock outcroppings... sort of).

    • Weeding my flower beds and pumpkin/zucchini/cucumber patch in the back yard.

    • Taking photos. Lots and lots of photos, including these three favorites:

    One of my begonias — which seems to feature a yellow-haired angel.

    wild rose
    The wild roses have bloomed!

    yucca plant
    A not-so-yucky yucca from across the street.

    And that was just Saturday. My entire weekend proved delightful, and I look forward to enjoying more in a similar manner — minus the aspen tree elimination — throughout the summer.

    Now for GRAND Social No. 55. Thank you so much for joining me!

    link party

    How it works:

    • All grandparent bloggers are invited to add a link. You don't have to blog specifically about grandparenting, but you must be a grandparent who blogs.
    • To link up, copy the direct URL to the specific post — new or old — that you want to share, not the link to your blog's home page. Then click the blue "Click here to enter" text below and follow the directions to add your post and graphic to the list.
    • You can add up to three posts, but no duplicates, please, and none you have promoted on a previous GRAND Social linky. And no contests, giveaways, or Etsy sites, please.
    • Adding a mention at the bottom of your linked posts, such as This post has been linked to the GRAND Social linky, is appreciated. Or, you can post the GRAND Social button anywhere on your page using the following code:


    <a href="" target="_blank"><img src=" " alt="Grandma’" width="125" height="125" /></a>


    • The GRAND Social linky is open for new posts through Wednesday evening, so please come back to see those added after your first visit.
    • If you're not a blogger, you have the pleasure of being a reader. Bloggers who link up would be honored to have one and all — bloggers and readers — visit, read and, if so moved, comment, even if just a "Hey, stopping by from the GRAND Social."

    Thank you for participating in the GRAND Social!


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    Reader Comments (12)

    Taking time to live is important when you're a blogger/site publisher, even if it is to dig out trees!

    June 3, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMrs. Tucker


    June 3, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterdebra @ homespun

    Love your photos -- especially the pink angel with the yellow hair!
    This is my first time linking -- what a great idea for us grandmas!! I wish I could tell you where I found you, but senioritis has set in and I don't remember!! LOL!

    I think you will be an inspiration to all of your readers to cut back on computer time and spend more of it living in the real world. I'm going to start trying!
    Your pictures are wonderful and thank you for naming the camera you're now using. I don't need one now, but when I do I'd like to try that one!

    June 3, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJoyce

    You got a lot done! My roses haven't started to bloom yet, but soon!

    June 3, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterGinger Kay

    I'm happy you got some real life in this week-end but it is hard work, huh?

    Your pictures are wonderful! Such lovely flowers. I only have hanging baskets so far, the ground and nights are too cold to try any plants in the yard. I'll keep at it though, a home's yard needs some colorful stuff around to celebrate summer.

    June 3, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterAnn

    Sounds like you had a spectacular weekend! I hope this summer will bring you many more! Thanks again for hosting us!

    June 3, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterGrandma Kc

    Lisa I am glad you are cutting back. I have been doing that too a little and it makes a difference! sounds like you got a lot done too, and had fun with a pedicure and picture taking.

    June 3, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterConnie

    good for you! and your photo's are lovely. I asked my mother in law about your iris woes. She is a very successful gardner. Her iris are in bloom now and looking lovely. She said that the biggest reason iris don't bloom is they are planted too deep. Iris need to be close to the surface. The tubers also need to be thinned every three to four years. I couldn't tell from your pictures but if they are under the pines the shallow root system and the acidity of the needles will interfere with their growth too. I hope that helps a little.

    June 3, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterkelley

    I couldn't agree more. I have been trying to do the same thing. Beautiful photos, thanks for hosting and enjoy your week :)

    June 3, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterDiane

    Lovely photos! I wish I was a yard person. Love the gorgeous flowers ... the digging in the dirt ,,, not so much!

    June 3, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterBeth Zimmerman

    Lisa, sounds as if you've found the balance we're all talking about.

    June 3, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterbelinda
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