Saturday, May 29, 2021

Saturday stuff

 Our little blog community was shaken to the core last night as the news spread that Anne Marie in Philly had passed away unexpectedly. I admired her brash, salty, take-no-shit attitude and her willingness to be a loud and proud voice for the Black, LGBTQ, and other minority groups. Beneath that tough exterior she had a warm and loving heart and she had a talent for friendship. She will be sadly missed.

This reminded me of Anne Marie today. Rest in peace, Warrior Queen!


Another Saturday has rolled around, this time as part of the three day Memorial Day weekend. After I go back to work on Tuesday there will be less than two more weeks of school and I'm out for the summer. It's a bit shorter than usual, due to starting late this year and our new modified district calendar, but I still have 6 weeks off. I never dreamed of so much time off when I worked in retail. Plus, I get paid! Granted, my salary is lower than it's been in years but I sure am happier these days. That being said, I've begun looking at the job openings within the district in hopes of finding something that pays a little more. Eventually I'll probably go to another school or even the district office if it means a better position and more money. I'm not in a huge hurry, though.

My garden has blown up! All of a sudden the tomato plants are more than waist high, the peppers are covered with little bitty baby peps, and there are flowers all over my cucumber and cantaloupe vines. The bees have finally taken notice and I see several of them buzzing around every day. For a while I didn't see any and I was starting to get concerned, but I think they must have been taking advantage of a neighbor's half acre of dandelions which finally got mowed. This morning I saw three different butterflies hovering around my marigolds, which have also started blooming like mad. This includes the French marigolds I started from seed. It's all so pretty! As soon as I hoe the weeds that have sprung up (probably tomorrow) I'll post some pictures.

As to the new neighbors, it appears to be a young couple who have had lots of company the last few days, probably helping them move in. It's been very quiet over there, but last night was caught a glimpse of lights behind the house, probably from the tall deck out there, and the low murmur of voices and laughter. Today a middle aged man and woman seem to be hanging around, helping them put together white adirondack chairs for the front porch and carry in boxes.  They've also hung up baskets of hanging plants on the front porch--a nice touch. I'm crossing my fingers still, but it appears that they must be decent. 

Enjoy the holiday weekend, friends. 


17 comments:

  1. Thank you Jennifer for your thoughts on Warrior Queen.

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  2. What you said about Anne Marie was perfection!

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  3. How sad about Anne Marie. Blog friends so near but so far away.
    Your garden sounds fabulous. The first tomatoes so good along with the cucumbers and then the glut of to much of a good thing.
    I am so excited about your time off and a garden.

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  4. I am so shocked to hear of Anne Marie’s passing. Thank you for posting this news.

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  5. Thank you for letting me know about Anne Marie. I am shocked and saddened.

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  6. I don‘t know who Anne Marie was but an unxpected death is always particulalry hard to deal with, as I know from my own experience.

    A three day weekend is something I could easily get used to! How nice that you can enjoy it in your beautiful garden.
    Interesting thoughts about your job. Money isn‘t everything, but if things get more and more difficult and you do not see a chance for a pay rise where you are, looking around won‘t harm.

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  7. Her very unique voice will be missed.

    And I have teeny tomatoes, and an eggplant bud is about to flower. I hope my veggies do as well as yours!

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  8. It's good that all your plants are doing so well. Our bees never touch the dandelions, for some reason they find other flowers more attractive.

    I never came across Anne Marie, but it's very sad when a much-loved blogger is suddenly torn away.

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  9. How did I not know of Anne Marie? I am so sorry that I did not and so sorry that she is gone. She will quite obviously be missed.
    Your garden sounds divine. I'm glad you're getting enjoyment out of it and food too, of course!

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  10. I checked out Anne Marie's blog after Going Gently John mentioned it the other day. I share her opinions on many issues and enjoy her taste in music as it comes from the years when I was young. She will be missed by many.
    Glad your garden work is paying off!

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  11. Yeah, that sounds pretty encouraging about the neighbors. Glad the garden is doing well! I hope the job search is productive. Maybe you'll inspire me, although I do enjoy the library a lot. :)

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  12. A lovely tribute; thank you for writing it.
    Please always be a warrior queen.

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  13. The garden progress is the best news of all. I can visualize it. Baby peppers are a wonderful omen.

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  14. It's strange when bloggers pass on - a hole that can't quite be filled.
    Enjoy your garden; and I hope the new neighbours turn out to be fine.

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  15. New neighbors are always a concern, with our hopes they will be nice, like the previous lady was. When a blogger stops blogging I worry, they do become part of my circle, sad to hear your blog buddy died. I had not heard of her until this post of yours.

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  16. That meme is indeed PERFECT for Anne Marie. She was FIERCE! And boy oh boy, will she be missed.

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  17. The new neighbours are probably looking across at the Barlow residence and wondering if its inhabitants are decent. Sorry I knew nothing of Anne-Marie. Sounds like she was a good human.

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