In Loving Memory…

penThese past couple of weeks have been inundated with worry, tears, loss, and family. My sister in-law, Penny, passed away last week 3 days after a cancer diagnosis. Just turned 65, Penny was going to retire in July.  Her children, my nephews, have now suddenly lost both of their parents in the past 2 years…and they are in their early 40’s. I remember when my grandfather passed away, my mom saying that she was no longer anyone’s child. I never really thought of it that way. How devastating for them.  I watched as my husband, Bo, mourned the loss of yet another sibling.  I am reminded how fortunate that I am to still have both of my parents and my sisters.

Two days after Penny’s passing my mom had knee replacement surgery. As I sat in the hospital looking at my aging, worried dad, it reminded me how precious life is and how we never really know what the next few days will bring us.

I do my best to live my life with faith and positivity and do not wish to bring anyone down with this post. I do, however, think that it is important to be reminded that we do not know what tomorrow brings. As you read this, I would ask that you pick up the telephone and call your parents, children, siblings, family members and friends. Tell them you love them. Schedule a time to visit or take them to lunch. Hug them every time to see them.

My business is all about time. All of our lives are busy with our day-to-day responsibilities and most of us do not take…no make…the time for the ones that are truly the most important to us. Let’s all do something today to change that.

Enjoy the little things in life, for one day you will look back and realize they were the big things.~Unknown

headshot2About the Author: Sheri Miller is the Owner of Another You, LLC, a Business Concierge/Personal Assistant service in the Dayton, Ohio area. Sheri helps small business owners save time and money by taking care of their day-to-day administrative tasks. Think of her as your right hand while your left hand is growing your business. http://www.anotheryouerrands.com 937-416-2207

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Ohio Flower Gardening in June

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You can really beautify your yard this month with annuals (plants that only last 1 season). When it gets hot, those Pansies that you planted early in the season may start to look a little worn. Replace them with some showy annuals. The Poppies, Bleeding Heart and Virginia Bluebells will die all the way back and leave bare spaces. Fill those, and any other areas where you need color, with containers of long-lasting annuals. Your annuals have shallow roots, so they will need watered more regularly than your perennials (those plants that come back each year). In the hot, Ohio summer, your pots and containers made need daily watering. Just check the soil by poking your finger in it.  If it comes out clean-time to water! Make sure to deadhead spent flowers to encourage more blooms.

Grass should need less mowing in June due to the warmer temperatures. Make sure your lawn gets 1 inch of water per week. Move your mower blade to 2.5-3 inches so the grass will not brown out in the summer sun. Alternate your mowing pattern (vertical, horizontal, diagonal) each time you mow to minimize wear. So that beetle larvae will not feed on your lawn later in the summer, June is a good time to apply an environmentally friendly pesticide such as Merit or Mach ll.

If you fill your flower beds with perennials, you will save yourself time and money next season. Plant your perennials soon after purchase and be sure to read the plant markers. Pay attention to how much sun they need and any other care that may be necessary. If you did not divide your existing perennials last month you can do so early in June; just make sure they are well-watered for a couple of days after division. Mulching around your flowers will help with weeds and water retention. Established perennials need about 1 inch of water per week. Pinch back the stems of your Mums by 1/2 to encourage a more bushy plant with lots of blooms in the fall. Do this on a regular basis until mid-July so that your Mums do not bloom too early and you will have beautiful, fall color in October. To control other late summer or fall blooming plants such as Aster, Beebalm and Goldenrod, cut back the new stems about half way once they grow to 10-12 inches tall.

To prolong the life of cut Roses cut them in the early morning or at dusk. Cut only the flowers that are in the late bud stage. Use sharp pruners (and gloves!) and cut at a 45 degree angle. Immediately immerse the stems in fresh, tepid water and set them in a cool place for a few hours. Re-cut the ends and arrange them in a vase with water and preservative (I hear vodka works well).

Happy June Gardening!

About the Author: Sheri Miller is the Owner of Another You, LLC, a Business Concierge/Personal Assistant service in the Dayton, Ohio area. Sheri helps small business owners save time and money by taking care of their day-to-day administrative tasks. Think of her as your right hand while your left hand is growing your business. http://www.anotheryouerrands.com 937-416-2207

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