I am very happy to report that Sargent has been doing much better with his anxiety issues. I take him walking with Tice four or five times a week, so he’s getting a bit more exercise. He’s even lost a few pounds, which is kind-of annoying because it isn’t that easy for me. I also bought him a new brush that I’ve been using on him daily, and he loves it. I don’t know for sure if those things are making the difference, but I think they are. They are good for him either way.
The few weeks leading up to press at the magazine are always hectic. I have so many pictures of life around here that I haven’t had time to post, so I have some catching up to do.
The chickens are all happy it’s spring. They are laying in full force again, so we have lots of fresh eggs–when I can find them. Sometimes they like to make a random nest under a shrub instead of laying the nesting boxes, so we have to go on a real egg hunt.
And speaking of egg hunts, I never posted Easter pictures. I’ll include those in a post about Tice, but here’s one of him with his Friedel cousins on the Lacy side.
The gardens are loving the warm weather. I planted several large pots that have been needing a home for several years, including this one that we bought at The Great Outdoors in Austin. I used foxtail fern, red mandevilla, and a huge sweet potato. The sweet potato vine is already trying to take over, so it will require some pruning. Sweet potato vine would be beautiful in our backyard flowerbeds, but Ava is OCD about pecking the leaves off the vine for some reason. She doesn’t even eat them–just plucks them off until the vine is bare. Hopefully this one is high enough off the ground to keep her at bay.
I took the picture below at the Antique Rose Emporium in Independence. It spoke to me.
To be more specific, it told me to build a rock border around all our flowerbeds. We did that at our other house, and I loved it. One day we’ll get around to doing it here.
The crinum lilies, snapdragons, and ligustrum have just about finished blooming. I enjoyed them while they lasted and even brought a few inside.
I better get back to work and packing. Tice and I are going with my parent to West Texas to visit my grandparents and family this weekend. I’ll post my favorite pics and memories of Tice’s 14th and 15th months when I get back.