A Little Bit Of This and That

 

I have been spending a lot of my time this month getting my music library organized on my laptop. The weather still doesn’t know what it is going to do so it was a thing I could do inside when I was not in the mood to crochet. When I was in the mood to crochet I worked on the bathroom floor rug. I had a little help on one of the last days before I finished it. Little Kitty thought she needed to hold it down while I was taking a break. She is just so stinking cute I could not ask her to move. So I went back to organizing my music.

 

 

That’s what I did on May 5th before David got up.

When he got up he decided he had a spring cleaning bug.

He wanted to clean up the pantry shelves, so we could put all the canned goods from the spare bedroom back in the pantry.

The Pantry is now fully stocked and organized.

 

 

Then he started pulling out everything else from the spare room. He wanted to reorganize it so he could move all his urban prospecting inventory and tools back in it. Little Kitty was happy with the newly organized spare room too.

 

This would give me back my living room. We toddler proof it for my younger grandson. The grandboys would have more room to play. We got all but a few smaller items moved over the first two days. David moved them over the course of the rest of the week. We got it all back together just in time for a good Mother’s Day Weekend.

Yippee! It’s a living room again!

 

My daughter, son-in-law, and the grandboys came over on Saturday. My daughter made a big dish of lagsana. It was yummy! I played with the grandboys until they wore out this grandma. This is what they gave me for Mother’s Day. It is a cute little hedgehog planter with a calandiva plant.

I will just squeeze in between these two plants.

 

 

 

Monday (May 13th) was actually a very nice day so everyone went outside to do some work. I tackled the leaf pile I made behind BOB. David wanted it moved so the grass could continue to spread into the bare spots and crowd out the weeds. I first had to put some air in the wheel of the wheelbarrow. I used my new little rake and the big leaf rake like salad tongs to place the leaves in the wheelbarrow. It took me six loads to move it over to the compost pile along the south fence.

 

While I was busy doing this, David and Nick were busy painting roof coating on BOB.

 

This is only one of the projects that will be done on BOB over the summer. We are getting him ready for the drive down to the Texas coast. We are planning on staying the winter of 2019 there. This was another reason the spare room was reorganized. So that things we need in BOB for the trip were readily accessible when it was time to pack up and hit the road.

 

Tuesday I first went out to feed and water Milly.
She was more interested in me giving her some pets.
So I obliged her After a couple of quick photos.

 

Then I went out to do some mowing. I did the section directly in front of the house between the deck and the back stairs. Later in the day, David moved BOB into this area. This will make it easier to continue his repairs. I took the photos the next morning before starting my next section of mowing.

 

I also happened upon the johnny jump-up in the west flower bed. This just goes to show you how cool and wet this spring has been. These little guys like it shady and wet. They usually have not jumped-up until I have begun regularly watering the beds.

Look at me! I am an early jumper!

 

 

Wednesdays section was rather large. I started at the west tree over to the east end tree that holds the clothesline. I finished that then just kept on going east until I reached the fence. I worked my way back towards the north over and around the wood pile, the burn barrel, and in front of the shed.

 

 

I paid for doing such a large section, on Thursday morning my hips were pretty stiff and sore. I go to hang with my daughter and grandboys on Thursdays, so no yardwork was done that day. I was starting to feel fairly good by the afternoon. Then my granddog, Buck was doing his zoomies around the yard. I just happened to be standing in one of his zoom paths. He came zooming by and crashed into my butt knocking me to the ground onto my bad left hip.

My daughter yelled at him because she thought he jumped up on me and knocked me down. After I calmed down and got myself off the ground I explained that he was doing his zoomies and did not do it on purpuse it was an accident.

I spent most of Friday lazing about in bed resting up from my dog collision. I would not have been going outside anyway as the weather decided to get cold and wet again. It was a cold, cloudy, foggy, misty, drizzly day. A perfect day to spend in bed watching dvds. The day’s show to watch was Criminal Minds Season 1.

Saturday was like Friday but not as wet, so I spent the morining playing games on the computer. My daughter’s family came over in the afternoon. We got to see their new family vehicle. It is a 2001 Dodge Durango. They have been needing a new one. Their old car was a Audi sedan. It had two car seats cramped in the backseat with a bit a room for the dog. Now the dog has the whole back section to himself and the carseats are not crowded together.

 

And here we are on Sunday morning typing more to this post.

 

 

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Happy May Day!

 

I told you we were going to get snow yesterday and today.

We did and both days but it was gone before dark.

Yesterday it was melting as fast as it snowed, so no photos that day.

Today I woke up to about an inch and it was snowing pretty good.

It snowed until just afternoon then the melting began.

 

How Does My Garden Grow?

Ever So Slowly.

 

The weather is not being at all cooperative this spring, if you could call it that. It can’t make up its mind if it wants to hang on to winter a bit longer or jump right on over to summer. I have been trying to get out and do a little bit each day that the weather is nice.
I finally got around to raking out the flowerbed around the deck. There were lots of leaves. The upper ones were dry but as I got lower in the pile closer to the ground it was very moist. Even some small puddles of water.

 

It also disturbed quite a few of the leaf litter dwellers. I saw black beetles scurry away, an inch long brown centipede squiggle away, and about three young wolf spiders ran up the deck wall. Earthworms were also present. I tried to cover them with some soil so they could find their way back underground before they dried out or the birds found them.
When I was starting to rake out around the deck I managed to break the claw rake. It had broken last year but David was able to fix it with super glue. The metal “nail” that held the claw to the handle rusted out this time. I just threw the claw part on this stand. I took out the wooden handle by the shed steps and replaced it with the plastic covered handle from the just broken claw rake. I put the old wooden handle next to the burn barrel. David said the other day that he was needing a new longer stick for stirring the trash as he burns it.

 

David  bought me this cute little leaf rake to replace the claw rake. It worked well getting into the smaller spaces. I was also able to rake out the soil after I had turned it with a shovel.

 

I pulled all the dead marigold plants out of the junk pile bed on one of my outside days.

I was expecting to find an iris plant there, but I think the gophers found it before the ground froze.

There was now sign of it.

 

The Junk Pile Bed and removed marigold plants.

 

The irises are coming up in the corner of the shed flower bed.

They are also coming up in the bed under the south bedroom window.

The Irises in the corner of shed flowerbed.

 

 

I have been bringing Sully out with me each day too. He is glad to be able to find more available grass to munch. He also has a spot in the lawn that he just sits and smells and drools all over. I can’t tell what is there that is of such interest. I don’t see any catnip in the spot, so there must be some other plant that catches his fancy.

 

 

Now that I have raked the flower bed I have uncovered some catnip.

 

 

The rest of the photos showing the raking of the deck flowerbed.

 

 

Sully surveys my work. He finds a clump of grass to nibble. Then he finds his way under the steps. There is no catnip under the steps yet but he did find this tree sapling to nuzzle and drool on.

 

 

When I finished raking for the day, I decided to just sit on the deck step and enjoy the sunshine on my face. As I looked up at the sky I saw a small black spot in the tree at the far end of the driveway. It was the neighbor’s kitty. I call her Little Blackie because I don’t know her actual name. She is a climber she has startled David and I both when we come outside and she is on our roof. I had to talk her over to the deck area one day so that she could jump down onto the shed roof then onto the deck to get down. One day she startled Dave when she jumped from the roof onto the swamp cooler in the back yard. If she had been in one of the trees over the roof of either trailer this day I would not have been to concerned, but this tree just hangs over the driveway and I didn’t want her to fall from that high up. I decide to walk over to the tree and talk her down. She was a very good listener. She followed my instructions and got safely to the ground. She thanked me by rubbing on my legs, let me give her a couple of pets, and then laying in front of me rolling around. I walked back over to the steps and she found a shady spot to lay in the driveway like nothing even happened. Sully watched it all laying in his comfy, grassy, lawn. He kept an eye on Little Blackie after she laid down in the driveway too.

 

 

Friday I turned a small patch of soil in the deck flowerbed and raked it out with my new rake.
I was able to do a bit of indoor gardening today. I transplanted the four best looking sweet peppers into pots. I then got some green bell peppers started in an egg crate.

The Transplanting.

 

 

That is where I stand in the yardening this week. We are supposed to get some more of that white fluffy stuff again, starting Tuesday afternoon into Wednesday afternoon. We could get around 6 inches. I don’t think it will actually accumulate since the ground is still pretty warm so hopefully it does a lot of melting. So you see the weather is taking another turn back towards winter. I really wish it would stop doing that.

 

 

 

 

 

Sully Saturdays # 22 April Attitude

 

Yep, I have had a bit of an attitude this month. Every day around 10 am ish I start to get antsy. If I see Mom even make a move to  get up out of her chair in the kitchen and take a few steps, I run to the front door. I want to go outside. Most of the time this month she has obliged, if the weather is nice. Which it has been except for another snow storm around the 15th and the couple of rainy days we seem to be having two days a week. I don’t think Mom will let me out today as it is only 36 degrees, cloudy and could possibly be one of those rainy days.

These two photos are from a sunny Sunday in the early part of the month.

I was having a good time trying to find some bits of grass to eat under all the leaves.

 

The next group of photos are from just this week. There was lots more grass available. I just laid about in the sun smelling the ground. Mom has been raking out the flowerbed around the deck. She racked out under the steps so I was able to get under them to look for sprouting catnip. None yet.

While I was laying in the grass enjoying the sun. Mom noticed a black spot in the tree farthest up the driveway. She says, That it is the neighbor’s cat “Little Blackie”. We don’t know her name so Mom just calls her that. Mom was concerned that she would fall so she walked over to the tree. She talked Little Blackie down. Little Blackie thanked Mom by rubbing on her leg and getting a couple of pets. She then rolled around Mom’s feet in the dirt. Then Little Blackie  walked over to that shady spot in the driveway and laid down like nothing even happened.

 

I didn’t have any chance to help Mom with Crochet photos this month. She has been making squares, working on a bathtub floor rug, and a sock for her brother. She doesn’t really need to put them down on the floor to take photos. I did miss two opportunities though. She had the rug down once and she had laid out the squares on the floor too. Both times I was still taking my morning nap. I did get up in time to see the squares on the floor, but she was done taking the photos.  😦 Oh, well maybe next time.

 

Until next time, stop and smell the catnip! You know I always do!

 

 

SHUT UP, WESLEY!!

 

Well, we got another “Bomb Cyclone” last week and his name was Wesley. In my day we just called them blizzards.

He got started on the afternoon of the 10th. I really didn’t pay much attention to him, until I was walking down the hall, and saw these little guys out the window. They were just across the fence in the field eating the brown, dried out stinging nettles and some other weed that gets really tall. They were eating what they could while the storm was not too bad yet. They bedded down for the night in the southeast corner of the field where there are trees and bushes to break the wind. I know that is what they did because there were tracks leading out of that corner back up into the yard after the storm finished. They found a small patch of exposed grass by the south bedroom window.

 

That was the exciting part of the storm for that day. Day two it just snowed all day long. I heard David open the side door and scoop off the landing. So I took some photos after he finished.

This is what the storm dorm door window looked like.

 

Then I took photos of the landing with the drift over the stairs.

 

I was standing on the landing looking east to get this photo of the deck all drifted.

 

The railing of the landing showing how much snow we had so far.

 

I tried to get some photos that should it snowing, but the flakes were pretty small.

It just looks like fog in the distance.

 

Day three of the storm was spent shoveling out. I got started just before 8 am. I opened the side door and began scooping off the landing. Once that was done I continued on down the stairs.

 

Once I got to the ground I stopped to take a couple of photos around me.

 

Then I continued scooping away at the drift on the ground. That finished I started walking over to the shed to get started on the drift over the stairwell there. As I was walking by BOB I noticed he had a pretty nice icicle hanging from his loft. I took photos from two different angles.

 

 

Ok, now going back to the shed. The shed had a nice icicle coming off the end too.

 

Again the drift was pretty deep. I scooped the drift down even with the stones around the stairwell. I was getting tired by this time and my face was getting cold. So I called an end to my scooping. David came out later in the day and scooped it out.

 

I took a few more photos as I walked back to the side door to go back in.

Some of the deck.

 

Some of the glaciers and Icicles coming off the roof.

 

Oh, by the way, today (Tuesday April 16th) as I type this all but a few small patches of snow are all that remain of Wesley. Weatherman says 60 for the next two days and 75 for highs on Friday and Saturday.

I will be back to doing this in the afternoons. Go Figure!