We had my cyber friends for lunch at Garden Shoes Online today. 


Carol and Pete (owners of Garden Shoes Online) graciously hosted a lunch for my blogging pals so they could come and see our business in action.

Kathy Purdy, Jenn Fowler, Donalyn Ketchum, Nicki Conroy and myself ~ It all started about a year ago when Kathy, of Cold Climate Gardening contacted me and after several email conversations, invited me to join her and two other local bloggers (Jenn and Donalyn) for lunch.  Soon after, Kathy also included Nicki whom she met at jury duty.  So our little group began and we try to meet monthly for lunch. 

 I can easily say they have been mentors for me as I attempt to navigate this social media world. We have a lot of fun every time as we learn from each other and laugh with each other about the ins and outs of blogging, facebook, twitter and life in general. 

  So the day was snowy, the company wonderful, the lunch delicious(thanks Carol and Pete and Debbie too~ it looked wonderful) and they all got to meet Gracie my little side~kick who was a very good granddaughter and slept through most of the hours of fun.

~If a man does not make new acquaintances as he advances through life, he will soon find himself alone.  A man should keep his friendships in constant repair.  ~Samuel Johnson



Celebrating my 100th post on this Scenic Sunday!  Thanks to all of you that visit and to all of you that I visit and learn so much from.  Bloggers are one great group of folks that are always willing to share, teach, enjoy and get to know.  web-img022 





  A friend knows the song in my heart and sings it to me when my memory fails.  ~Donna Roberts


Scenic SundayVisit Scenic Sunday.  There are amazing sceneries to see!



This is the front of our house. web-t-101

The sidewalk leading up to the front porch has heaved because of the roots of the huge pine that sits way too close to our porch. It is a terrible trip hazard. 

This tree is magnificent so we would never part with it.web-thater-018

  It surrounds our upstairs porch and screens us from the street wires. I like to pretend they are palm tree branches (hey a girl can dream can’t she?) It gives us privacy and sounds really great when it swishes in the breeze.  web-thater-317

 Back to the point of the story ~ the sidewalk. 


Since we bought this house 2 1/2 years ago, we have wanted to do something about that sidewalk but we weren’t sure what to do.  We had estimates but concrete contractors weren’t interested in such a small job.  We thought of having it jack hammered out but I was not keen on new concrete next to old concrete.  

 So, we tried prying it to lift it up to one side so we could eliminate the parts of the roots that make it rise up.  web-steps-019colin,



Hours of trying to cut those roots while the sidewalk loomed over the work area was fruitless. web-steps-020

 It made it better, but not good enough. We just didn’t have the room to work under the square of concrete that we needed.

Our friend, Al, after hearing of our plight, offered to bring his boom truck over and lift it up for us.  web-rock-098

What a great guy!  Talk about turning a very difficult job into an easy job. web-rock-0961

With a remote control he was able to raise and lower the boom and he had that 5 x 5 square of concrete that is 6 inches deep, raised up and out of the way in no time. 



 Then he, Ron(another friend), and Col (hubby) used a chain saw and an ax to cut away the roots. web-rock-121

My son and 4 of his friends were there to help if need be.  There is nothing like strong young men to put to work and save the old guy’s backs.  They all dug and axed also. 

web-rock-109After dulling the chain saw and tiring out plenty of arms they were ready to lay down the stone. web-rock-106

 After a few minor adjustments… web-rock-130

the square laid down perfectly as if it had just been poured. web-rock-141    web-rock-1431

We feel so lucky to have good friends that are willing to give up a Saturday morning and help us out in such a big way.  We couldn’t be more grateful for those friends.   



 Friendship is a sheltering tree.  ~Samuel Taylor Coleridge



 Visit Susan over at Southern DaydreamerOutdoorWednesdaylogo4 for all the entries in Outdoor Wednesday

w-purple1Yesterday (6/14) I spent a picture perfect day with 4 friends at MacKenzie-Childs.w-sign It is located on a 65-acre former dairy farm overlooking Cayuga Lake in the heart of the Finger Lakes region. This was the weekend of their barn sale.  People from all over flock there to get deals on pieces from the MacKenzie-Childs collection, which consists of handmade, hand-decorated majolica pottery, tile, furniture, and accesories. Along with their barns full of items, there is a beautiful farmhouse that is completely decorated with their artful furnishings. When you take the tour of the house you are dazzled by the décor and the 1870’s structure as well as the picture perfect view from each and every window. That is the reason I am blogging about it.  The grounds were well kept and the gardens were lush and pleasant.  They overflowed with so many different flowers I can’t name or describe them all. But I do have pictures and a picture is worth a thousand words so I will just let the pics do the talking. 








After enjoying the scenery and the shopping we headed to a little restaurant named Pumkin Hill Bistro in Aurora. There we sat on the back porch of another old farmhouse and took in the nature filled scenery.  A scrumptious lunch and some decadent deserts and we were on our way. 

w-bird  We stopped at Bet The Farm, which is a cozy store that sells foods and Finger Lakes wines.  It was quaint and welcoming ~ fresh flowers filling the shop with the scent of peonies and roses.  Nancy Tisch, the owner, welcomed us with a fun wine tasting, crackers with tasty spreads and talk of her garden.  Of course I couldn’t help taking photos of the rose covered picket fence that surrounded her store.  Again, I will let the pictures do the talking.    







 It was a wonderful day spent with good friends.




Friends are flowers in the garden of life. ~ proverb