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Thursday, May 25, 2023

My Mother's Day Gift from My Daughters and Husband

I wanted to show you what my daughters and husband gave to me for Mother's Day. I've always felt the brick patio needed a border to mark its boundary against the adjacent planted area. In this photo, you can see the heavy moss in that corner of the patio. But also, perhaps you can see that the brick just ends and dirt and more moss begins.

One afternoon at the end of April, my husband and I made a trip to Home Depot, where we bought some cottage stones. I asked my family if they would place the cottage stones for me and backfill the area with our compost and dirt so I could plant some flowers.

Not quite a month later and the spot is complete. I chose snapdragons for this area as the slugs don't seem to bother them, and they should give us color all summer if I stay on top of deadheading spent blooms.

These past few years have been financially lean for both of my daughters. They wanted to give me a gift for Mother's Day. So I came up with one that required time and not their money. I'm so proud of my daughters for putting in the hard work to get this project completed. 

Wishing you a meaningful Memorial Day (for those in the US). I'll be back on Tuesday, in the late afternoon.


  1. Another beautiful gift from your daughters!! The stonewall border will look great against the growth.
    Great choice!

    Enjoy your weekend,

    1. Hi Laura,
      I love what they did for me. The gift of work is appreciated so much by me. I can't wait for the plants to fill in.

      I hope you have a lovely Memorial weekend, Laura!

  2. Wow, that looks great! The perfect gift from your daughters and husband. I asked for and got help outside also from my sons for Mother's Day. I had to work on Mother's Day, but they anyway and were busy.

    1. Hi Live and Learn,
      That's wonderful that your sons could do some outdoor work for you for Mother's Day. I think having physical help with things like yard work, planting, or building something is a much better gift than more stuff.

      Gosh, I'm sorry you had to work on Mother's Day. I hope the atmosphere was pleasant at work that day, at least.

      Enjoy your Memorial weekend, Live and Learn!

  3. Love it. It looks wonderful. Have a great holiday weekend!

    1. Thank you, Kris!
      Enjoy your long weekend. I hope you get a chance to relax this weekend.

  4. I love your DD’s gift! I’d rather get manual labor from my kids than gifts and flowers any day! They did a beautiful job.


    1. Hi Diane,
      Yes, yes, yes! Receiving help with a project or the physical work that I need around the house or yard is so appreciated. Sometimes there are actual things that I am glad to receive and show that my family members are listening to me and my needs. But I also really like getting the gift of help.
      Have a lovely Memorial weekend, Diane!

  5. Such a beautiful gift and looks lovely.

    1. Thank you, Belinda. I really appreciate what my family did for me for Mother's Day.

      I hope you have a wonderful rest of your Memorial weekend, Belinda!


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