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  • The first drawing is my cover sheet for the pergola plans I submitted to City Hall last week for my building permits. I got the word the plans have been approved and I will be putting up the pergola in July. Lots of pictures when finished, and maybe a few under construction, but I am excited to be able to put this up. It will be a great way to enjoy the summer with some wonderful shade on the concrete pad, and since it will leave seven feet of open concrete at the end, the perfect place to put the barbecue while kicking back and chatting, or just relaxing and enjoying the yard. Oh darn, Hop. I guess I am suburban at that.

    Next some news from the garden. The day lilies have started to open up. These first two are at the end of the garage, so I am expecting the rest to be open by the end of the week. Yippee! More bright colors!

    And speaking of bright colors, I moved the finch feeder over in the wildflower garden. Why? Because apparently the goldfinches prefer taking their seed out of the flowers instead of the feeder. So I thought I might as well provide them with an option. So far this year I have spotted two pairs of goldfinches, and will try to get some photos one morning when they show up.

    My gladiolas are rising nicely. I got a package of 24 bulbs from a local discount store that had been marked down 50%, since the time to plant was growing short. I also planted the decorative grass, some white lilies, and a white peony root which will not bloom this year. Of the three, only the lilies have yet to emerge.

    And last but not least, the vegetable garden is getting very productive. lots of small tomatoes on all the tomato plants, several varieties of peppers are forming the small buds from the flowers, and the celery, cauliflower and cabbage are all getting large and looking delicious.

    Very busy day today, no poem, and more to read before I figure out the best way to continue Ephesians. But a good day, and a blessed day which began as my days always do, in praise.

    Sure hope your days are blessed as well, my dear friends.

    ~Fred~
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