Morning Meandering/Saturday Snapshot: People Slut

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Happy Saturday!  Ok ok… my title of this post might have been a ploy to get you click over thinking “Oh my word Sheila… what is going on?”

Or…

Maybe not.  Read on to find out. 😉

This weekend is the BIG Moondance Jam in our area and many of the Brainerdites and people all over Minnesota have gathered in Walker Minnesota to listen to a weekend of awesome bands, eat super bad for you but delicious food, and drink lots of beer and camp on site.  There are a couple of bands I would not have minded hearing:  Foreigner, REO Speedwagon, STYX, The Wallflowers….  but honestly I can only take the big crazy crowds for so long and I would want to just go, listen to some bands and leave (not camp) and it is a long drive… so anyway….

AND

Another group of friends are having their Class Reunion this weekend….

basically, Brainerd is pretty empty. 🙂

I tell you all of this… leading into my Saturday Snapshot this weekend, it is all about where I am thrilled to be this weekend… at home, hanging out on my deck which is my favorite place to be when the sun is out and the breeze is gentle.  So this morning, I took a little walk through my yard taking a few pictures of some of the things that make me smile:

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This swing sits in the back yard. I don’t sit in it very often anymore but I like the look of it and at one time it was a great reading nook.

 

Book Journey, Sheila DeChantal

Hostas along side of the garage…. I love hostas! They do not take a lot of work, grow huge… and make me look like an impressive gardener (I am not)

 

Book Journey, Sheila DeChantal

My crazy apple tree.. the one that never has an off-year and breaks its branches because the apples are too heavy. You may remember the pics of this one last year after it broke in half.

 

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This is where the tree broke last year and a friend of mine told me you could actually graft the tree branch and tape it back together… crazy idea but what did I have to lose?

 

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It worked! This picture was taken this morning from the broken branches! Of course… it looks like it is going to be heavy with apples again so I am worried all over….

 

 

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This is a walnut tree. I am pretty proud of the walnut trees in the yard. There are 5. I don’t know why… no one else around has them… but they have always been on this property.

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Walnuts!

 

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Plum tree! I planted this one after the tornado in 2001.

 

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Plums! I only have the one tree so do not harvest large quantities for jelly, etc… I usually leave them for the birds.

 

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I like to put out goodies for the critters…. this one is peanuts for the squirrels.

 

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We have several crab apple trees in the yard and these do rotate years. This year this appears to be the only one that is going to crazy produce. I think this fall I will make jelly.

 

For more Saturday snapshots… check it out here!

 

Ok…. you have been patient, listening to me babble, looking politely at my pictures and smiling and nodding… I can now tell you about people slut.  I seen to be going through a sentimental season.  I am trying to connect with family and friends and spend time with them.  In other words – I am working on SLOWING DOWN.  Yup.. I said it.  I love being with people – all people (thus the people slut title, which I believe a friend once called me (affectionately – not mean) because I can talk to and enjoy talking to … anyone.

 

Anyhoo… maybe that did not hold up as well as I thought it would when I thought of it this morning. 🙂  Oh well… still nice to hang out with you.

Today… I am reading California by Edan Lepucki.  I am listening to I Don’t Know What You Know Me From by Judy Greer.  I am trying to line up a lunch date with my cousin.  I may go to a movie later with Al.  And tomorrow morning, I am going on an annual 50 mile bike ride is St Joseph Minnesota with my friend Amy.

What are you doing with your weekend?

About Sheila (Book Journey)

Bookaholic * Audio Book Fan *Bike Rider *Rollerblader *Adventure Seeker *Runner*Coffee lover *Fitness Fan * Movie junkie

Posted on July 19, 2014, in Meanderings, Saturday Snapshots and tagged , . Bookmark the permalink. 23 Comments.

  1. The swing looks like a perfect reading nook. Who cares how the apple tree looks as long as it grows those juicy apples. I’m having lunch with one son to help him figure out where he’s going to college next month and I’m going to watch my daughter star in Into The Woods this evening. Here’s Mine

  2. Those fruit trees remind me of my childhood home, which was surrounded by fruit-bearing trees, from the “family orchard,” with our personal favorites, to the ones for commercial use.

    Love that swing too, and I commend you for SLOWING DOWN. LOL

  3. LOVE that swing! I know I’d need cushions though, to actually spend any real time in it…

    We, too, have hostas lining the side of the house. They are SO hardy!

    I never knew an apple tree could look like a bush 😉 And, you know, it makes sense to me to bandage up the tree. Can it knit together like a broken bone? I also didn’t know that’s what walnuts looked like in their untouched state. I’m sure the squirrels love their peanuts, too 😀

    And, I may be wrong, but….it doesn’t sound like you’re “slowing down” much, you “slut” you! 😉

    • I cant explain that tree… I wish I could remember what kind it is. From the moment we bought it and unwrapped it at home (they wrap them for delivery), it looked like a Charlie Brown tree. I have actually written about the tree many times because it is so funny looking – growing EVERYWHERE but produces more apples than the other similar trees in the yard. 😀

      And yes, apparently the tree can knit back together… so odd! I did not think it would work. It was mid August last year when it happened and it was loaded with apples. I invited people over to come and take the apples, and once that was done I set to taping up the tree hoping it would make ti through the winter.

  4. Love the tree swing – Happy Saturday!

  5. Love all the fruit trees you have! And that swing…awesome! I’d throw some cushions and pillows on it and spend many hours swinging away with a good book,with my doggy by my side.

    • I like the ideas of the cushions, maybe that is what it needs…. it is not very comfortable to sit in for long periods of time and I like to put my feet up on something when I read.

  6. Beautiful yard. I especially love the swing and the hostas. I have hostas too and they look lush unless the slugs get hungry!
    My son and granddaughter spent the morning with us (they just left) and I’ll be doing writerly stuff on the computer this afternoon. Tomorrow my writing group meets, which is always fun. That’s about it for the weekend!

    My Saturday Snapshot post features quilts.

  7. A garden full of trees and a reading swing. Sounds perfect!

    My big project for the weekend is getting my writing more organized. I’m creating spreadsheets to track contacts, markets, samples, and submissions. It’s more interesting than it sounds. 🙂

  8. I won’t say slowing down…but probably taking more time for the things you love…is probably a good thing every once in a while! Breathing is a good thing! I like that you are doing this!

  9. Good luck slowing down!

  10. You have some beautiful and useful trees. Can you eat the walnuts? I once got very stained hands from picking walnuts.

  11. I think when you do actually slow down, Sheila, you will still be going faster than me, LOL. Have a great bike ride today!
    Love the tour of your yard. I’m a hosta fan too.

  12. LOL. What a phrase. You have great plants in your backyard. That swing is wonderful. I’m one who always takes time to smell the roses. We linked out at my brother’s. He ams my SIL had their annual BBQ to announce to ohana they’re expecting again.

  13. Sharon Taylor

    You’re backyard is beautiful, love the apple tree and the stunning grafting job. 😉
    Good luck slowing down,my dad calls it “stop to smell the roses”. Enjoy the rest of your weekend. I had my 9 year old son’s birthday party and that was a lot of work but also a lot of fun.
    Thanks for stopping by my blog. 😀

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