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Archive for April, 2016

Apr 12 2016

Azalea Tour

Posted by Mugs @ 3:12 pm in Family,Nature,Sightseeing

Janet and I went to Tyler, Texas to see roses. Instead, we were wowed by azaleas. The town hosts a tour of azaleas each year. They have a route mapped to drive along and admire the azalea hedges throughout people’s yards. (There are a lot of azaleas in Virginia, but this town was amazing.) We especially liked one home that opened their yard to all who passed by. It was sensational. Young women in southern gowns posed in spots throughout the tour. Since Pasadena, CA has a Rose Queen’s court, I declared them Tyler, TX Azalea Queen’s Court.

Apr 09 2016

Lady Banks

Posted by Mugs @ 5:57 pm in Family,Nature,Sightseeing

Janet and Jeff flew into Dallas which made it very convenient for us to meet them in Tyler, Texas. (The rose capital of Texas and home to Chamblee’s Rose Nursery.) It’s amazing how garden tours manage to fit into all of my and Janet’s plans.

The roses were not quite ready for their big show except for Lady Banks Rose. She is a rose that certainly demands a Wow! with an exclamation point. We found one over a garden arch while on our azalea tour and then stood and gawked at a pergola covered with 4 to 6 Lady Banks roses at the Tyler Rose Garden.

I brought home 6 roses from Chamblee’s, but unfortunately not a Lady Banks. It is rumored she can survive in zone 7 and I am quite fond of roses that can eat houses. Maybe one day…Sadly for Janet, she could not sneak the beautifully scented Duchesse De Brabant or Francis Dubreuil on the plane with her.

Thankfully, I haven’t put my new roses into the ground yet. Jack Frost is arriving tonight in a howling wind and ruining my glorious spring.

Apr 08 2016

Melrose Plantation

Posted by Mugs @ 2:17 pm in Family,Nature,Sightseeing

Jeff and Janet were blessed to stay at the Melrose plantation and gifted us with their tour tickets. Adina, Autumn, and Harley met us there for the tour. It is a beautiful plantation home with gorgeous live oaks on the grounds. The plantation is backed by a pecan grove. Years ago, the plantation hosted an artist colony. It is also the location of the former residence of primitive artist Clementine Hunter. Her artwork of plantation life is displayed inside of the Melrose.

We were not allowed to take pictures inside of the house and the tour guide became miffed at Dale and I when we did not exit one room fast enough. This was appalling to our children who remarked to me, “You never listen to the tour guides.” (This is partially accurate, because I partially listen until their waxing poetic on all they admire or their snobby opinions on all they disdain starts to get on my nerves.)

The most interesting story to me was of the woman who hosted the artist colony. Every night at dinner, the writers and artists in residence would have to show her what they did that day. They were allowed to stay for free as long as they were working. If three days went by without evidence of work, their bags were packed and they were escorted from the residence. Maybe if Dale adhered to this rule, I wouldn’t dare go through the majority of the month of February and the entire month of March without blogging or writing. Gabe, I suspect, would be quite happy to escort me from the grounds.

Apr 07 2016

There is Rejoicing

Posted by Mugs @ 11:15 am in Church,Devotional,Family

By Mugs Manry

“…I tell you the truth, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you.”

Matthew 17:20

Yesterday morning, I put a ring on my finger. Later, I suddenly realized I was not wearing it anymore. “I must have put it in my pocket or my purse,” I surmised. When I finally arrived home, I went through my purse and my pockets and searched the van. It was not there. I called the places I had been to ask them if anyone had turned in a ring. They answered no. I fretted – trying to remember when and why I had taken it off.

I prayed.


Apr 06 2016

Mom’s Happy Birthday Bouquet

Posted by Mugs @ 6:17 am in Family,Nature,Pets

Today is my mom’s birthday. I wish she were here to walk my spring garden with me, but she is awaiting spring in frigid Minnesota. I am sending her a photographic tulip bouquet (It smells lovely) and wishing her a day filled with the hope that spring brings.

“See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the desert and streams in the wasteland.” Isaiah 43:19