The news on Haley is all good. She is home, sleeping well and eating (limited foods) but has a good appetite. They are even thinking she may be able to go back to school in a week or two. She is getting bored. Fortunately she was well ahead in her school work so she will have no problems catching up.
Thank you to every one who prayed and showed concern for her. We are so thankful to you and to our Lord who brought us through this crisis.
Meanwhile, we are getting quite concerned about the need for rain down here. We have a number of shrubs that are just hanging on. We are watching the calendar closely. We usually get some rain in November. As it is we've had no rain since March 1st. Water restrictions are in place, so we get to do the minimum of watering. Even so, by the looks of these two shrubs below, you'd never think we are short on water.
This is the Lantana that grows outside our front living room window. It has not stopped blooming for a year and a half (when we first moved here). But today it is simply bursting with blooms and now stands more than eight feet high. It gets full sun almost all day, so I guess it doesn't have great water needs. The butterflies and humming birds love it.
We've been watching this Golden Rain tree for several months. It flowers late summer and with missing spring rains and any fall rains we might have had we weren't sure if it would flower well. But here it is spreading its beautiful sunshine on the northern side of our house.
You may have guessed that we are not accomplished gardeners. We had very little experience in our previous house -- it was quite low maintenance. But we are learning! Both of the shrubs above need to pruned quite badly. We decided to do the lantana after it stopped flowering -- but it has never stopped. The Golden Rain is definitely in need of some pruning and being tied back. It has quite a number of thin branches or spreading trunks. This bush will surely stop blooming in another month. Then it will get its haircut!
We have a busy month ahead for a variety of reasons. I'm going to see if I can get back into ABC Wednesday and Creative Tuesday again but am not certain I will. Just hoping not too much on my mind as the weeks go by.