Friday, May 20, 2016

Five on Friday

It's time to join in with Amy at Love Made My Home for a weekly Five on Friday.  Hope you join in too, I've met some wonderful bloggers through these Friday posts.  The weeks just keep flying by, can't believe we're more than half way through May already.  We Skyped with our daughter on Wednesday, she'd been traveling, instead of our normal Sunday and I went around all day yesterday thinking it was Monday.  Doesn't take much to throw me off.

So for my Five I'll start with the them for my week---RAIN.  We've had a mess of rain.  After going weeks with little or no rain and having to water the garden everyday the heavens opened up on Tuesday and poured.  We got more than 3 1/2 inches of rain, then clouds on Wednesday and yesterday nearly 3/4's of an inch more.  And for this afternoon and evening they're forecasting heavy thunderstorms.  We've had a stalled cold front (we're in the 80's, so it's not very cold)  all week.  It should finally move out sometime Saturday afternoon.

For my second are some of the new German words I learned this week:

tschüss    Bye    I only knew Auf Wiedersehen or Ciao

Gern Geschehen   Thank you  Formerly I just said Danke

Ahnung   idea   I don't think I'd ever heard this word before

In Ordnung     Alright

Gemüse      Vegetable   Can't believe I didn't know this word, know the names for lots of veggies but not the general name


My third is a book I finished in a little over a day and it was nearly 400 pages, I devoured it.  It's The Daughter by Jane Shemilt.  It's the story of the disappearance of a 15 year daughter, the secrets hidden and the destruction of a family.  Really enjoyed it.

The fourth are the Hydrangeas blooming in the yard.  We have blue, pink and almost purple.  You can change the colors of your Hydrangeas by changing the ph of the soil.  White ones  can't be change, but blues can be changed to pink by adding aluminum  sulphate or potassium to the soil.  We did it with an old spoon. You can change pink to blue by adding lime phosphate.










And number Five are my squash, they're flowering and I actually have a baby squash.  I'm excited, we've never been able to grow them before.




That's my Five for this week, what are yours?









27 comments:

  1. I hope that the rain stops soon, I don't want you to wash away! I am not sure that those words of German will help me because I can only say two things in German, each with a variation. I can either do - and no, I am not going to say this in German! - the window is white or grey and the floor is white or grey. Not much use hey! Thank you for taking part in Five On Friday, I hope you have a good weekend!

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  2. so happy to see someone can grow squash. every time i try all i get are blossoms, then they fall off and nothing.

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  3. I enjoyed your five. Our squash have real blossoms this year and it won't be long. Last year we got none. We also had no hydrangeas this year but have an abundance this year. All the different shades of yours are so lovely. Rain here too! (a little north of you).

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  4. Those hydrangea are so beautiful, I wish we could grow those and lilacs down here in Florida. I miss them both.
    Hugs,
    Meredith

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    1. We can't grow lilacs either, they grow, but won't flower.

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  5. I didn't know Ahnung either but was ok on the others. It doesn't take much to throw me off course either, sure I would have thought it was Monday too, you are not alone in this x

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  6. I do love hydrangeas, especially the dark blue ones. Some of mine are barely beginning to bloom. I read through a few of your earlier posts about living in Germany. I've only visited the country, but I loved it. I'm of German heritage, and my parents grew up speaking German, but didn't teach it to us. It's a language I'd love to learn.

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  7. I think your squash must be loving the rain. We have a hydrangea that was blue and is now pink. Despite adding the lime phosphate to the soil, putting rusty nails and coffee grounds collected from our daily morning espresso in the surrounding soil and amongst the roots it's still pink! It's good to brush up on a language that you haven't used for some time. What a wonderful experience you and your family had by living in Germany! I'm sure you're looking forward to your trio there next year.

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  8. I really enjoyed your post, I love the hydrangeas, they are so pretty. Good on you for learning a new language, I know a few words in Japanese but don't get to use them where I live.

    Diana

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  9. Great five. I didn't know ahnung either but I was alright with the rest, its amazing how it comes back. Beautiful hydrangea. Take care.

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  10. Lovely five. Your hydrangeas are so pretty and I like the little squash fruits. It doesn't take much to throw me into wondering what day it is too:)

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  11. I love hydrangeas, they remind me of childhood holidays in Italy, where we had an absolutely enormous one in the back garden. I love German, it is logical and the pronunciation is easy, too. I am a native German speaker so I might be biased of course.

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  12. Rain here today too, Mick's cricket match has been cancelled. That book sounds good, I shall put it on my list, I do like to get recommendations.

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  13. I just love your Hydrangeas, some lovely colours.

    Good to hear and see your home grown squash ... great food!

    All the best Jan

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  14. Looks like the hydrangeas like the rain even if we're not so keen!

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  15. Congratulations on the arrival of your baby squash:) The hydrangeas are lovely, Juliette wants one for her garden so I may treat her this summer. As for rain - it's been absolutely pouting down all day here!

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  16. I love hydrangea and all the beautiful shades but they are not a desert country kind of flower. :( Yay for squash! No rain here. Just heat. Already 45 C. :/

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  17. Beautiful hydrangeas! Here is the UK mine are just unfurling their first leaves so it will be a while before there are flowers. Thank you for sharing yours.

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  18. Hi Janet, I live hydrangeas! I have never seen squashes before. I cannot wait to see yours!

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  19. Beautiful post today. Your garden, love the baby squash.
    Envious of your rain. We have already had several wildfires here in Arizona. We had a very dry winter. We are in big big trouble this year.
    Forgot (something I do a lot of) why you are learning German, that is so wonderful !

    Before you go to Japan try the book "Illustrated Conversation Book, Japan
    It is so cute and you can learn words and phrases before you get there.
    Ohayoo= Good Morning
    Kon-Nichiwa=Hello
    My all time favorite that I use everyday, Itadakimasu= polite saying before eating.
    and Doomo arigatoo= Thank You !
    Because I have family and friends living in Japan I want to learn more Japanese.
    I have a learning program in Japanese that I used everyday till my brain damage.
    Will be trying to rewire my brain by starting it up again. Can't hurt. Would also love to learn Polish.
    Sad I never learned that as a child.

    cheers, parsnip and thehamish

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    1. I'll have to give Japanese a try, speaking, not reading, that's never going to happen.

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  20. I think I need to have a trip in the works so I would brush up on one of my foreign languages. A trip is a good incentive. Cute little baby squash. I have some cukes that are the size of my thumbnail.

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  21. Beautiful flowers! I have that book on my to-read list but haven't read it yet. I hope your rain doesn't last too long. Some rain is nice and needed, too much rain...yuck...better than snow though.

    Have a lovely weekend

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  22. The squash looks great! It will grow quick with all the rain. Hope you get some sunshine too!

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  23. Thanks for the reminder about hydrangeas! I planned to plant loads this year as they are so versatile for outside and then bringing in for winter and making wreaths. Right, off I go to the garden centre :D xx

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  24. I adore hydrangeas. There are two huge, ancient trees growing on either side of my sun porch steps. When we have a late frost the flowers change from white to pink and then take on a lime green tinge. They're beautiful! We're planning to replace the foundation under the old part of our farm house and all plans have to be made around not damaging those trees.

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  25. A great five, the book sounds fab! Your Hydrangeas are beautiful and I didn't realise you can just change the colours like that - amazing. Good luck with your German and I hope it stops raining soon - I think he might've travelled this way ha! xx

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