The Hundred-Year-Old Dogwood

pink_dogwood2A few years ago, the city of Huntsville was going to build a road across one of the mountains.

Well, they found this really old Dogwood tree in their way and no one wanted to destroy it to build the road.

So they found a tree mover somewhere near Dallas, TX and got an estimate of how much it would cost to move it to the Huntsville Botanical Garden.

It was a lot, but school kids across the county donated money to get the Dogwood moved.

It was moved to the botanical garden, where it lived and bloomed for several years before it finally died.

Well guess what?

Here's one of the Hundred-Year-Old Dogwood's babies, right in my back yard!

Here’s one of the Hundred-Year-Old Dogwood’s babies, right in my back yard!

At the Huntsville Botanical Garden’s annual spring plant sale, they sold several of the little saplings from the Hundred-Year-Old Dogwood…

And I bought one a couple of years ago for about $30!

It had one little white blossom on it this year, and it’s thriving in our back yard.

Dogwoods are some of my favorite trees, and they bloom all over the state of Alabama.

I took a few shots of the Dogwoods. They are just passed their prime in North Alabama.

White Dogwood in Madison, Alabama.

White Dogwood in Madison, Alabama.

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Pink Dogwood in Madison, Alabama.

Pink Dogwood in Madison, Alabama.

Happy Easter!

Easter_bunny_dressHope you all enjoy the photos that I took that have an Easter theme. Happy Easter, and enjoy the beautiful sunshine!

Note: The children’s clothing and window displays were taken at Snapdragon Kids–113 W. Washington Street, Athens, Alabama.

Princess Buttercup's Easter shoes.

Princess Buttercup’s Easter shoes.

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Peeps at itsugar.com in Bridge Street Town Center.  Huntsville, Alabama

Peeps at itsugar.com in Bridge Street Town Center. Huntsville, Alabama

Easter_bunnies

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Our dining table.

Our dining table.

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Adorable Easter dress.

Adorable Easter dress.

A local Athens lady makes this to sell.  Isn't it enchanting?

A local Athens lady makes this to sell. Isn’t it enchanting?

Detail of white tulle dress.

Detail of white tulle dress.

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House in Athens, Alabama, all decked out for Easter.

House in Athens, Alabama, all decked out for Easter.

Our New Puppy

Spike's Pet Finder photo.

Spike’s Pet Finder photo.

Our Monday afternoon was a cross between the shows, “Too Cute,” and “The Puppy Bowl.”

We got Princess Buttercup out of school (early…yes, we played hooky!) and went to the Jackson County, Alabama animal shelter and picked up our new puppy, Spike.

Spike and his brothers and sisters were found in a vacant lot underneath a pile of wooden pallets. Their dad is a chocolate lab, and their mommy dog is a black lab mix.

The nice lady volunteer, Laurie, brought out a few pups at a time, until we had about 6 pups in the room. It was so much fun! Adorable black and chocolate labs were everywhere! There was also a cat and a kitty that looked on in amazement.

The pups were happy and playful, all with different personalities.

Puppies, puppies everywhere!

Puppies, puppies everywhere!

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We specifically wanted a black male, so that’s how we chose Spike.

That’s why I couldn’t post on Monday. I had deadlines and interviews to give, and we got a pup on top of that. Fun times!

I hope that you’ll see one that you like and contact the shelter. Then you can have one of Spike’s brothers or sisters!

Adorable chocolate lab up for adoption.

Adorable chocolate lab up for adoption.

Pouncing pup.

Pouncing pup.

The Pups’ Story: ABOUT SATURN (We changed his name to “Spike.” Now we’ve got Spike and Snuggles. ;-)

Currently the shining stars of our shelter, Saturn and his 5 siblings were born in a vacant lot beneath a pile of wooden pallets. It took a while for our volunteer to gain their mom’s trust enough to bring the family to proper shelter. There are four girls and 2 boys who we are currently taking applications for their adoption, as well as their mum. Saturn is six weeks old in our photos taken April 3rd.

The shelter’s site:

http://www.petfinder.com/pet-search?query_id=4873C1EA-C574-11E3-BF1E-BCA36A2DE79B&page_number=1

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P.S. We also got to meet the puppies’ sweet, shy mommy dog. We hope that someone will adopt her too, because she’s been through a lot!

Cat eyes pup.

Cat eyes pup.

Puppy wants Lefty's right shoe.

Puppy wants Lefty’s right shoe.

Laurie gives Spike a shampoo.

Laurie gives Spike a shampoo.

Spike, after his bath.

Spike, after his bath.

Happily riding home in Princess Buttercup's lap.

Happily riding home in Princess Buttercup’s lap.

Mock 7

Hi Readers,

Is that how you spell “Mock 7?”  Like, “I’m going Mock 7 with my house on fire?”  I’m not sure…our minister uses that phrase in his sermons all the time.  Point is, I’ve been going Mock 7 with my house on fire today and haven’t had a chance to post.  I promise…well, I will try to promise…to write a post very soon.  I’ve just been so busy with commitments this weekend.

You who are moms will know what I mean!  :-)

Best regards,

Stephanie