ღ ☼Memorial Day Memoriesღ ☼

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As we celebrate this Memorial Day, memories of those that are all around us connected in many ways by those in our families that served in the Military fighting the good fight for our Freedoms and luxuries we take forgranted at times.  We honor them this day those that are no longer with us that served and may have given their lives on the battlegrounds of war or from injuries from the war. 

When I look back on my dad’s family it was a time of enlistment my dad joined the Navy at 15 years old and had his mother sign for him to get into the Navy even though the enlistment age was 18 he got in and sent back some of his pay to help his mother out since his dad had passed away.  All my dad’s brothers served in the military it was a way of life, and out of my 4 brothers 3 served in different branches.  My husbands dad also served in the Navy, and we know the old sayings, we heard them everyday as our fathers who are no longer with us, the sayings stay strong in our character and our thoughts.

We grew up as Military kids and got used to the sayings of ship up or ship out, they weren’t joking..we tried to push the limits at times but we knew what we really couldn’t get away with or found out very quickly.  A place for everything and everything in its place, or ship shape, they weren’t kidding either, they would inspect themselves to our rooms as if we were their own little military kids, we learned what teamwork meant.   Boy we learned fast the discipline of taking care of our things that money didn’t grow on trees and learned chow time, or time to hit the head.

Dad was in 3 active duty war times, he never spoke about it, but he was a proud Navy Career man with 30 years under his belt and he showed us what dedication to work was and we all knew that mom was our buffer when dad was on the war path.

We were never abused but had expections to be and make the best of ourselves not to rely on anyone else but us, if he could do it so could we.  Don’t go buy new stuff just because, since if it ain’t broke you don’t replace it.   Dad was a loving man who held a hard exterior at times so he could be firm, but would silently cry like a baby if we watched a touching show on tv or he was concerned about his children, of course mom only saw that.  Sometimes I think she was the tough one, they really worked together as partners and as you know with kids each being so different it is a on the job training. 

My mom and dad had 4 boys and myself that were raised in our household.  We all left home relatively early since if dad could do it so could we and we were given our roots and wings to learn to fly.  Thank you all for your service to our country and those that have sacrificed their lives for us.  We will never forget.  Thank you Dad and my father-in-law, for you are the ones that we have in memory today along with countless Uncles and Great Grandfathers, and our neighbors and friends and families and others who have served and given of themselves for our freedom. 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_I5BqvpkwmA Amen.

Happy Mothers Day~♥*✿¸.•✿

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Happy Mothers Day!! Mom was outgoing, and an innovator, a mover, a shaker, strong, loving and protective of all of her children, here is a photo of her on the Virginia Beach Boardwalk when it was all wooden, so you know it was some time ago. As this Mothers Day approaches I have to say “Thank You”, to my mom for passing down the love of Gardening and Nature, as I have passed this along to my daughter, and being outside nothing is better for the soul then soil in your hands and breathing in the fresh air and sunshine.

I am reminded of being childlike and laying in the grass and staring at the clouds and the trees, as it was my favorite thing to do to make things out of the clouds as a child using our imagination and enjoying the simple pleasure of doing so. I have many fond memories of my mother and do hope those that still have theirs with them do honor them on this day. My mother passed away 33 years ago so hard to believe it has been so long. I was a young mother myself with a daughter of 2 years old and it was even harder since my father had passed away the year or so before, so neither of them got the privilege of meeting my son, which I know they would be proud of.

With time, you never know what awaits you. So it is best to Love when you can and forgive and live the best and be grateful with each given day.

I do have to say I followed in moms footsteps in some ways as being an independent working woman for many years, as well as a single mom for a few years as my mom was with her first born. You see my mom was born in 1911, so God Bless her she would be 102 now if she was here this year. She was strong, loving, and supportive and did the best she could, but most of all, she Loved my father always and eventually became an Officers Wife. She married my dad when she was in her 30’s and he was 11 years her junior.

We were pretty privileged as children when I look back, even though we didn’t realize it at the time and at times mom seemed to know how to wench money out of penny, my mother in law learned this as well as a trait from their generation.

We went with my Mother in law today for lunch she is going on 78 this year, we went to eat at Applebees and had a cheer today, for Most Importantly “Good Health” and “Love” with a Beer for her, a Beer for hubby and of course I had to be different and have a Bahama Mama. She was the bicycle generation in our time and didn’t learn to drive until she was in her forties, but was determined and learned. She was a working woman for many years and we are proud of her and what she has accomplished for what she had available to her, she also was a single mom for a while.
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Grow your gardens carefully, sow your seeds, for your offspring will always be either an old soul or a new one so make sure you fill them with much-needed fertilizer hugs and light for Growth, and Water them each day with Love. Strong stock is what they used to call it if you put in the right ingredients.
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It doesn't surprise me that our newest grandson is named after a strong Tree “Alder”. We are very Proud of our Daughter for becoming a new mom at 35 and our daughter in law for our beautiful grandchildren and wish them love this mothers day. A mom has the most influence on her children use it wisely for they will surely emulate what they see. Nature is the best teacher and where we all will lose ourselves and find our peace.
Happy Gardening~Til Next Time~ღ light ♥(¸.•´☼ love♥☮

☼~Planting Day has Arrived~!☼

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The seedlings are ready or not, since we are expected to have rain throughout the next couple of days, so today was a busy day for us for sure! Image

We added onto the garden a bit by digging out the outskirts of the garden for the tomato plants and the marigolds to expand our beds. The marigolds are best for planting around your tomatoes to keep the bugs away naturally. We planted peppers today, green, red, and the seedling peppers, some cucumbers, green beans, romaine lettuce, and beets, red acre cabbage, 4 types of tomatoes, swiss chard and squash.

The potted herb garden I planted basil, rosemary, and several different types of mint to use in tea’s or meals. We are still low 60’s today in our mid-atlantic region but expecting to warm up near Thursday to the 70’s. =)

It is so wonderful to find a birds nest near our house it is a sure sign of Spring and Flowers and New Birth and Growth. It is a special time of year, one of my favorite is planting time. Remember it is never too late to plant your own garden~! Now to water and feed and patience to be able to harvest later, but well worth it. Now to give my gardening gloves and myself a rest.~Peace ☼~Happy Gardening~Til Next Time~☼
☼~What is Paradise but a Garden~☼