Friday, April 27, 2012


Before you speak (or forward emails)...

I would give credit for this if I could. 
I can't as I can't find the author.
If you are the author or know the author, 
Please tell me!
I'd love to give credit where credit is due!
(I personally LOVE this poster! Don't you??)

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Missourahhh Lettuce & Mom

Planting a feast of 
Ever-plenishing lettuce
Such good meals to come!


expect anything!

Friday, April 20, 2012


IMG_0024 by annbumbly
pink lily of the valley in a hand-throw vase
From Connecticut
to Missouri. Lily-of-
the-valley. In pink!


Many moons ago when my son was just starting out playing Bambino baseball, he played on a field that had a parking lot located on the other side of a wooded area. We traveled a path through the woods back and forth between our cars and the field. As spring wore on, I watched this patch of foliage grow and start to bud. Imagine my surprise when they finally bloomed and were PINK lily of the valley! I decided then and there I had to get some starter pips for my garden and for my mom and dad's MO garden as well. A visit to The All-Night Nursery was planned accordingly. Long after all the baseball games were over and just as dusk was falling, back I went to the little patch with trowel and cardboard box in hand. I dug up some of the pips for myself and my parents (and was careful to leave more than half of the clump behind) and quickly high-tailed it home! Though last Saturday my CT pinks were just tiny shoots when I left there to come here, as you can see, the Missouri pinks are blooming in all their glory, and about a month before they normally do. (For that matter, everything in Missouri is WAY ahead of schedule; lilacs, daffodils and tree blossoms have long been bloomed out - nuthin' much for me to see this year. That said, the greenery of the already leafed out trees is just gorgeous.) By the way, the above flowers ancestors were ~sent~ from The All-Night Nursery 20 years ago this spring. Good memories...


expect anything!

Friday, April 13, 2012

The only Confederate I've ever loved...

The only Confederate I've ever loved... by annbumbly
Pretty violet
One that's so dear to my heart
Bloom in your glory!


expect anything!

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

And the Great Adventure Begins!

Gorgeous (but invasive) Russian Olive Trees by annbumbly
Russian Olive Trees in their Springtime Bloom - gorgeous...but invasive

Big changes are going on for one of our chillun. And it's wonderful. And it's frightening. All at the same time.
Yesterday our firstborn winged her way to Haiti to teach kindergartners for the next three months. She's so excited, she can barely contain herself. Her dad's so not excited, in the least. Just worried-worried-worried (it's a skill he's perfected to a fine art), and then there's me. I'm both. 
Excited because the school where she'll be teaching is a well thought out endeavor that is well supported internationally by many countries - everything about the school is top-notch. Excited because she'll be living in housing that is part of the school's campus, not in an actual town. Excited because she will be part of a wonderful cause - the education of young Haitian children that would otherwise not be educate and with the goal that when they graduate from the school after their 13th grade year, that these children will be among the generations that are equipped to go on to college and/or deal with and help solve the many problems and troubles that has plagued Haiti for such a long long time. 
Frightened's Haiti. A third world nation where 55% of the people are illiterate. Where far too many of the people are hungry. Where 80% of the population live below the poverty line - and live on $2.00 a day. Where the devastation from the 2010 earthquake remains far from fixed. There the devastation from hurricanes barely get fixed before the next disaster strikes. Where cholera is epidemic. Where there is no reliable mail system, so whatever Rem will need these next few months, she had to take with her yesterday.
With all that said, the organization she will be with is highly thought of and I really do feel quite secure about her being there. We've been bugging her about creating a blog so we can all keep up with her adventures. I let you in on it's link if she does. 

Click on the below link to learn more about where she'll be the next three months:


it's all good!

Saturday, April 07, 2012

Tree Blooms

Tree Blooms by annbumbly
Spring Beauty

This time of year is
My favorite time of year
....Until it's Autumn


such beauty!

Thursday, April 05, 2012


34a89f5e-565d-4a84-931b-05bad875eb37 by annbumbly
Andromeda flowers
aka as the Lily of the Valley bush

The flowers of spring
Always such a welcome sight
Always brings me joy!


expect anything!

Sunday, April 01, 2012

Sunday Serenity


GB's and my 34th anniversary
Where have the years flown to?
It's been good...