Friday The 13th Blizzard

Not as Scary as Predicted

You may remember last week I was telling about another snowstorm coming. It came but not quite as ferocious as predicted for our area. It seems the low pressure took a wobble a bit more south. So we did not get those 15 inches. We got between 6 and 8 inches here. We still had to do some scooping on Saturday and by Sunday it was well on its way to melting. Monday brought a very windy day which continued well into today. This helped melt the snow even more, so by this morning most of the snow was gone except in very shady places. The wind finally calmed down around noon. We are expected to get another round of snow for this coming weekend too. GRRRR! I am never going to get a garden in. If it is not snowing, it is too windy.

Anyways here is some lovely photos of Friday The 13th’s Blizzard.

During

The Next Morning

The Scooping of the Snow

The Deck almost done. David took a break. It was heavy wet snow. He calls that kind of snow, HEART ATTACK SNOW!

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The Calendar Says It’s Spring…

But Old Man Winter Just Keeps on Keeping on!

 

I have been wanting to get out and do some yardening, but mother nature is not being very cooperative this year. We have had several small spring snow storms and the temperatures have been up and down like a yo-yo. The snow is usually gone in a day. The temperatures go back up to the 50s or 60s in the day and the mid 20s to 30s at night. Then a couple of days later temps are down again and more snow. So needless to say I have not even been able to get my flower beds ready. I could try to do some digging on the nicer in between days but the ground is too wet from melting snow dripping. I need a good week of 60s during the day and maybe some low 40s for overnight temps maybe then the ground won’t be a soggy boggy mess.

Last year at this time.

This Year.

David said he is not even going to try to garden this year. He doesn’t want to battle the gophers or the deer. The deer left the garden pretty much alone most years, but last year they came in and ate David’s tomatoes. He was really pissed about it too. He said the only type of yard work he will be doing is mowing.
When David told me that, I decided I would try to grow a few veggies as well as my flowers. I think I will plant the veggies in the beds around the shed and the space to the east of the shed where we had a few squash plants last year. I want it all to be in the front yard so it will be easier for me to take care of.
David also told me we will probably not do any fishing until about August. He is planning on spending most of the summer doing his gold refining. This was also another reason for not gardening but mostly I think it was the deer. 🙂

 

Today I was able to get out and do some digging. I started on the east side of the shed next to the fence. I first raked out the pine litter I had been dumping there all winter. I then dug the area up. I built up three nice hills, pushed a coffee can in the top of each one, and then raked the pine litter back around the bases of each hill. This took me an hour to do. I was a hurting unit by then. I decided that was enough for one day. I don’t want to over do it just work myself up to longer and longer periods of yardening.

I was glad I was able to get out and get that much done. It seems that I will not have another chance for a few days again. The weather men are saying that we are to expect another spring mini blizzard Friday and Saturday. Snow, yes snow totals could get as deep as 10 to 15 inches. The wind could gust 35 to 50 mph. The temps will dip into the lower 20s for lows and 30s for highs by Saturday. I guess I will have to spend one or both of those days starting more seeds inside. I guess I can hope that we have a long summer and a few Indian summers thrown in to get use into December. 😀

Let Me Tell You About BIG Cities

Part 2: The Interesting Ones I Have Visited

 

Not all big city experiences were ones where I lived in that city. I had some that were just visits or drive throughs. One of the cities I visited and just drove through was Las Vegas.The first time was a visit. After I had moved in with David in August of 1991, he told me he had a reduced rate promotional package at Bob Stupak‘s Vegas World. This hotel changed its name 5 years later to The Stratosphere. They were building the big tower at the time we stayed in December 1991. He had gotten one of their mailings and decided to take them up on it.

This was all exiting for Kay and I. We both really enjoyed all the lights on The Strip. Kay (she was just 4 years old at this time) thought they were the most amazing Christmas lights ever, as it was December. I did not get to do any gambling. We were walking through the casino part of the hotel and were told that Kay could not be there. So we all went up to the room. David went down again later and did some gambling with the complimentary chips and free spins on the wheel of fortune. Even if David would have stayed in the room with Kay for me to go down, I would not have felt comfortable by myself in the casino. There were just too many people all in one space for this short, (I am just 5′ 2″ tall) small town girl. Also I still had that active imagination, I would be kidnapped by some dude when I refused to respond to his passes.

The drive through Las Vegas was on our retirement trip to Arizona. We did not drive down The Strip this time. We wanted to miss all that traffic. We were coming south on US Interstate 15. We came in near sunset. We drove past the Las Vegas Motor Speedway and Nellis Airforce Base. We then took US 515 south-east and wanted to get on the Boulder Highway State Highway 582 to miss more heavy traffic. We missed the first exit so we ended up driving through on 515 for another 15 miles until we got to the exit that would take us to the Boulder Highway. Even though it was not The Strip, some of the hotels along this highway had some cool lighting displays.

Coming in north of Las Vegas. Just passed The Las Vegas Speedway on the right side of highway. Nellis Air Force Base was to the far left.

 

Albuquerque New Mexico was a drive through both times. The first time was when we moved back to Arizona in June of ’92. We were driving through during the afternoon. Some how or another we missed the exit that would put us on our way to Phoenix. So we got lost, driving through some pretty fancy residential areas. We drove past this one gated home that had Indy car shapes in the iron gates. It was the home of Al Unser Jr. So that was pretty cool. Now that I think about it we exited to get gas and were detoured because of road construction. We eventually found our way back to the highway and continued our journey.

The next time I drove through Albuquerque was at 5 in the morning on our retirement trip to Arizona. This was a crazy drive. Even though it was very early the six lanes of traffic were really hauling ass. It was hard for David to pass over into the correct lane. Other cars were just flying by us on both sides. It probably didn’t help that BOB didn’t like to go any faster than 60. You have to remember BOB is a 28 foot long high-profile RV. So when we made it through unscathed, David, I, and BOB all breathed a sigh of relief. David relaxed and quit white knuckling the steering wheel.

If you want to read more about our retirement trip and see photos just view these past articles.

1. And So It Began

2. The Journey to Meadview, Arizona Facebook Posts As We Traveled

3. Gold Claim # 2 : The Chopper Site Facebook Posts

4. Kingman, Chino Valley, and Cleater, Arizona Facebook Posts

5. The Journey Home to Nebraska Facebook Posts and Photos

Hair Today Gone Tomorrow.

I finally did it! I cut my hair off today. I was just getting tired of my long hair. I always had to wear it pulled back because it would get in the way. When I ate, when I was bent over scooping the cat litter boxes, while cooking, when doing dishes if I left it down it would find its way into my food, the litter, everyone elses food, or the dish water. It was also about to get in the way while I was going to the bathroom. Also gardening season is coming soon so I would be dragging it in the dirt while planting and later weeding. I was also having a harder and harder time getting it up on top of my head because these old arms would get to aching combing it. It was just time!  😀

Let Me Tell You About BIG Cities

Part One: The Ones I Have Lived In

 

I have lived most of my 50 years in small towns of Nebraska. I guess most people would consider them that, as the population of most of them was around 5,000. Some as little as just a couple of hundred. So when I would travel to nearby cities of 10, 000 plus I thought these were “big ” cities when I was a youngster.
When I was around the age of 5, my family moved to Tulsa, Oklahoma. This was my first experience with an actual big city, that I can remember. We moved there because Dad got a job as a draftsmen. This was after he had taken courses so it was his first job in his new career. I think we only lived in Tulsa for about six months. I don’t think any of my family liked the big city life. Here are some of my reasons for not liking it.
My Mom walked me to school in the afternoon for kindergarten. (Yes, I am from the good old days when kindergartens only went a half day. You were assigned to either the morning or afternoon class) The school was a few blocks away. I had to cross a very busy “highway” that is what a busy city street seemed to me at the time. It was manned by a crossing guard to help kids across. On this particular afternoon, the crossing guard walked to the middle of the intersection held up his stop sign and the traffic light was also red. He returned to the curb to walk me across, my Mom asked him a question and he was answering her. I thought they were talking too long. So I did what any bored kid did when their parents started talking. I decided I was big enough to cross the street by myself.
I started walking and got about to the middle of the intersection, when my Mom and the crossing guard are yelling at me. I stopped and started to turn my head towards them. Just as I was turning my head I see a silver and green blur inches from my face. I start crying and run back to my Mom.
The crossing guard tried to get a plate but the car was going to fast. The driver had run the red light. They didn’t even slow down or stop to see if they had it me. The crossing guard and Mom were both angry, but not at me. The crossing guard told us that he had actually been it before. I don’t actually remember if I attended class that day. When I was around 9 years old I thought back on this experience and made up this little song.
Look both ways before you cross if you don’t you might get smawshed! It happened one day I didn’t look both ways and was the end of MY FACE!
I had an active imagination.
Reason two was I thought the neighbor lady was kidnapping me. She picked me up from school one day because Mom had a doctor’s appointment, I think. We start driving and I notice she doesn’t take the turn to go home. I am a bit worried so I say,” You missed the turn.” She tells me to sit back, shut up, and I will get you home in a little bit. Well to my 5-year-old mind that sounded scary and a little bit was forever. I quietly sobbed in the back seat. I was thinking I would never see my family again. I don’t remember the actual return home because the fear of being kidnapped was greater than the relief. Why does the mind do that, you can remember the scary better than the relief and happiness of the experience?
This reason really could have happened at any time, anywhere in my young school years. I was waiting for one of my older brothers to come to my classroom to walk me home after school. All the other kids were picked up and I was standing in the hall alone. The teacher was on her way home, she was surprised that I was still there. She asked me who was supposed to come get me, I said one of my brothers. She didn’t want me to stand in the hall alone so she took me to the office. She explained to the secretary what was going on and left. I was sitting there for a few more minutes and the secretary was going to call my Mom, when my brother finally came in to get me. I was so relieved. Once again my active imagination had gotten the better of me. I sat there in the office quietly crying thinking my family didn’t want me any more and I would have to go home with the secretary. It turns out that my brothers had sports or band after school that day. That information was not passed on to me for some reason.
The last reason was one I was told about a few years later after we moved from Tulsa. My parents were in their bedroom and had just laid down to go to sleep. They hear what they think what maybe gunshots. Their thinking was correct, as a bullet came speeding through the window just above their heads. It was not long after this that we moved back to Nebraska.
Since then I have lived in big cities as a young adult. Those experiences were much more pleasant. I lived in Cody, Wyoming for about 6 months. It is sprawled out over many miles surrounded by mountains. I do not drive, so walking anywhere was a bit of a hike. The best part of living there was working at the Wendy’s restaurant. I was the hostess and set up the food bar. Wednesday it was Mexican foods and Friday it was pastas. When that was done I did my hostessing. You may ask what a hostess does at a Wendy’s. I just went around talking to the customers. I would help with high chairs and pass out mints. I also cleaned up after they left. When the restaurant was really busy I would take people’s orders while they were waiting in line. So by the time they got to the register it was ready and they could sit and enjoy their meal sooner. I really enjoyed all my coworkers and the manager gave me the coolest nickname. He said my name sounded royal. So he called me Queen of Arlenia. I think this was my second favorite job I ever had.
My next experience with big city life was when I lived in first Tempe, Arizona and about a year later Gilbert, Arizona both of which are suburbs of Phoenix, Arizona. When we lived in Tempe we were about a block from a strip mall. It was just a short walk through the housing complex and we crossed a quiet residential street to get to it. So when David was out-of-town on business I and my daughter, Kay had things we could go do. There was also a K-Mart two blocks away. We had to cross a busy 4 lane “highway” to get to the K-Mart though. So you bet your butt I had Kay’s hand and we looked for cars with do diligence.
It was here that I got to see my first and only professional NFL game. The Phoenix Cardinals were playing my favorite team the DENVER BRONCOS. The Cards did not have their own stadium yet as they had just recently joined the league, so they played in the college stadium for the Arizona Sun Devils. It was crazy hot, but I enjoyed the game even though the Broncos lost. It was an exciting experience for this small town girl.
We moved back to Nebraska again after the company David worked for sold out. We returned to Arizona when his friend found him a new company to work for doing the same thing. This time we lived in Gilbert. I had the most happy experiences here. David and I got married there and our son, Nick was born.
The company told David they were going to keep him out-of-town most of the time soon after Nick was born. David was getting tired of the rat race again. He wanted to be around to watch Nick and Kay grow up. So we decided to move back to Nebraska to be nearer to both of our families and a slower pace of life.

Winter, WIP’s, and Christmas

Well winter has finally made an appearance here in my neck of the woods. It has been unusually warm, but on the official calendar start of winter on Thursday the 21 st, it was down right cold and snowing. We did not get a lot of snow but the temps were frigid. Friday was a bit warmer with no snow. Saturday was again, cold with the high only reaching 12 degrees with snow off and on all day long. We probably got about 2 inches on top of the inch or so we got on Thursday.
I am glad I don’t have to get out in it too much until January 2nd. My son-in-law, Justin works at the college here and they are closed for Christmas break until then, so I don’t have to watch Marty since Justin will be home.
The only reason I have to go out until then, is to check on Milly the Shed Cat.
I change her water if it is frozen and fill up her food bowl. She didn’t come out to greet me on Saturday because of the cold. She was staying warm under the sub floor, under the bathtub in the bathroom. You can hear her under there some times, so if you meow at her she might answer you back while you are taking a pee.

So with all this cold I can now work more on my big crochet projects to keep me warm. I have been working on the socks I am making for my daughter, Kay, the last couple of mornings at the kitchen table.

Project Name: Kay’s Purple Shaza Socks
Pattern Used: Colorful Crochet Socks Red Heart Yarn Pattern # WR1783 (free downloadable PDF)
(Also found as Rainbow Sherbert Socks on AllFreeCrochet.com)
Designed by: Kathy Wesley for Red Heart Yarn
Hook Used: E/4 – 3.50 mm
Stitches Used: Single Crochet
Colors Used: Herrshcners Afghan Yarn 100% Acrylic 2 ply Fine Weight in 0112 Seascape and 0069 Grape Frost

 

I think I will start working on the v- stitch blanket tonight (December 23) while I watch tv in the bedroom. I can alternate nights between it and the zig-zag/chevron/ripple baby blanket.

Project Name: Flaming Pink Berries V-Stitch Throw
Pattern Used: V-Stitch Throw
Designed by: Caron Dazzleaire Yarn Label Pattern
Started on: 10/11/2017
Finished on:
Hook Used: I/9 -5.50mm
Stitches Used: Single Crochet, Double Crochet, V-stitch, Treble Crochet and Slip stitch I did rows 1- 6 in Berrylicious, repeated row 6 in Aran, then repeated rows 1-6 in Pink Flamingo, repeated row 6 in Aran for stripe pattern.
Colors Used: Lion Brand- Vanna’s Choice 100% Acrylic 4 ply Medium Worsted Weight in 139 Berrylicious
Herrshcners- Kid’s Brites 100% Acrylic 3 ply Light Weight in 0004 Pink Flamingo
Red Heart- Super Saver 100% Acrylic 4 ply Worsted Weight in 0313 Aran
Caron- Dazzleaire 80% Acrylic 20% Nylon 4 ply Worsted Weight 4 ply Worsted Weight in 2628 Azalea

Project Name: Purple and Pink Fairy Princess (Chevron, Zig-zag, or Ripple) Baby Blanket
Pattern Used: Scarf (Zig-Zag or Chevron Scarf) from
Kindle Ebook “Crochet Pattern Instructions for Beginners” Location 360 – 376
by: Janice Hayes Copyright 2014
Designed by: Janice Hayes
Started on: 10/08/2017
Finished on:
Hook Used: J/10 – 6.00 mm
Stitches Used: Double crochet, V-stitch, and Single crochet
Chained 152 for baby blanket size
Colors Used: Herrshcners- Baby Yarn 100% Acrylic 4 ply Acrylic Worsted Weight in 1002 Pansies (Purple), 1012 Ballerina (Pink)and 2001 Fairy Princess (Variegated Pink, Purple, White)

I have made progress on both of the blankets since I took these photos.
Well tomorrow is supposed to be nicer than Christmas Day, so I will be cooking a ham in the morning. The kids (Kay, Justin, and Marty)will come out and we will eat and celebrate Christmas on Sunday (December 24) instead.
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Christmas day was spent watching DVDs and crocheting. It was too cold and snowy to do anything else. It was time well spent. I worked on my socks and both of my blankets. I did two rows on the zig-zag blanket and one row on the v-stitch blanket. It is longer than the zig-zag hence only one row.
I also continued working on the socks on Tuesday. I was able to finish the first one that evening.

Oops! I Forgot September’s Flowers

I didn’t post my September flowers the other day I had not even gotten them ready for posting lol

So here they are! Enjoy them as much as I did.

I Have Gone A Little Old School For This Post

What We Did Over Summer Vacation

I know I said I was going to post from the library, but with getting photos ready and I tend to go on abit, I would be sitting there for hours. I would feel like any minute they would kick me off so someone else could get on. I just would not feel comfortable. I would feel rushed and my post would not be up to my satisfaction.

That being said, I am now typing this at home on my son’s computer in word pad so I can save to a gigistick and then copy paste into WordPress at a later time.
Oh, did I mention this is going to be a long post with lots of photos and several galleries? 😀 I guess I just did.
Ok, so let’s get this post started.

A new developement this summer was that my daughter, Kay rejoined the workforce. She is now waitressing at a major food franchise Monday thru Friday. So I am now babysitting my grandson, Martin(we call him Marty). I watch him 3 days at my house and 2 days at his house. He keeps this Grandma and Grandpa( Marty calls him, Papa) on their toes.

Next up is gardening and yardwork. I have been calling it Yardening. I don’t know what type of project I will be doing for sure when I step outside for the day.

Yardening In 2017

Gardening has been a bit strange this year the weather has been a bit cool and wet at times. So things seem to be growing at a slower pace. We have had our hot spells too, but they have only lasted 2 or 3 days, then back to cool and wet. The cool wet days were great for the June barer strawberries.

They produced many a nice sized berries so I was able to freeze a quart size bag, before everyone at them all fresh.
This is how I freeze them. I cut them in to pieces, place them on a parchment paper lined cookie sheet and put them in the freezer for a couple of hours. Then take them out and put them in a quart bag. This was done over several pickings to fill the bag. I had an assistant on this day.

I was having troubles getting pepper seedlings to stay alive or even sprout at all. Part of that, I think is I started to many too soon. I did not have enough pots to transfer them to, while I waited for the outside temps to warm up. The package also says that the seedlings should have at least 5 leaves before you transplant them outside. Thus the shortage of pots after they started to outgrow the starter peat pads.

Close up of the sprouted sweet peppers.

I need more of these size pots like I started the moonflowers in. Since I was having so much trouble with the peppers, David bought some from the nursery when he got his tomato plants. He bought 8 plants of a variety called Big Bertha for the peppers and 4 plants of the Big Beef variety for the tomatoes.

I was able to get some of the seedlings transplanted into these sized pots and my long rectangle flower pot and eventually out in to their garden spot( 17of my seedlings and the 8 Big Berthas, one of the Big Berthas did not make it) among the strawberries or into the flower beds on the south side of the house(14 seedlings, two did not make it).

Speaking of the moonflowers, they were a challenge also. They got to a nice size in their pots and the weather had warmed up so I figured it was time to transplant them outside. Of the 6 seeds I started only three made it this far. They are the large leaf seedlings in the photo. The other seedlings are some peppers. I planted one by Rocky Raccoon, one by the deer skull in the south bedroom window flower bed , and the last one in the corner of the new bed under the west bedroom flower bed, more on the building of that bed later.

All of these soon died. I did not keep them watered. They were the only things planted at the time, so I tended to forget about them. After the voulenteer marigolds started coming up and I had planted other seeds, I decided to give the moonflowers another try. This time I just planted the seeds directly into the bed. They are doing much better, but I still don’t think I will see a flower before the first frost. I think I still have some seeds to try again next year.

I mentioned above that I made a new flower bed under my west bedroom window. I had been thinking of putting one there for a few years. I finally got around to it. I gathererd rocks and old concrete chunks, that have just been laying about the yard doing nothing useful, the shovel, the rake and set to work.

David also made a new flower bed/garden spot. He needed to dig out the east side of the shed to replace one of the lower walls that had rotted out. There was alot of dirt to be moved so David had Nick assist with the project. The dirt in question was the old compost pile alot of this was used on the south side of the shed to level it out and provide good soil for the bed.

Now that the compost pile was cleaned up and moved, David was able to make two new squash hills.

The iris bulbs that I had tossed on the compost pile a few years ago continued to grow, so David moved them to the corner of the bed. I then planted eight of my pepper seedlings and marigold seeds around them.

All did well. As you can see in the last photo the weeds did well too. They got way ahead of me. I had weeded it twice though before they did.

Another little project I did was to clean up underneath the back steps. I moved a bottle of windshield cleaning fluid, a floor jack, a plastic bin lid, four windows, and an oil pan to the shed. It was alot easier to find a place for it all as David had been cleaning it up over the late spring months.
I thought it would be a simple task, but nooooo!! It turned into an earth moving and an eviction. All I wanted to do was move that oil pan to the shed. It was stuck it would not budge. So I crawled under the steps to see what the deal was. There was a big pile of dirt all around and under the oil pan which had wedge it under the bottom step. Well I was going to have to “dig” it out using one of David’s concrete trowels. I moved dirt aside then wiggled the pan and repeated, until I was finally able to lift the pan enough to move dirt from under it. I then was able to scoot it from under the step and lift it fully up, as I did this all the dirt from inside fell out. I also dislodge something in the pan that started to move. It startled me, but it was just a toad. 😀
I had just evicted him! He hopped off to the side and watched as I finished demolishing his home. Then he hopped over by the water spout and hose to worry about being a homeless toad. I finished leveling out all that dirt and sloping it so it would drain when it rained instead of puddling under the steps. I then spread some grass seed under and around the steps.

I felt bad about making the toad homeless. Then I remember David and Nick said there was one living under the storage area under the deck. So I rehomed my toadie friend there. He got a new home plus a neighbor. 😀

My most recent project was to clean the deck and paint its stairs. It was a beautiful morning to do this project. Plenty of sunshine and a light breeze to move the paint fumes away. I only had a bit of the original February Gold from when we painted it in 2007, so I knew I would have to do some of them in white. The white paint was some we got when David’s brother cleaned out their sister’s home after she passed away. There were two different gallons of white exterior paint neither had been opened but the rims were a bit rusted. I opened the first can only to find a watery solution on top of a thick glob of latex that I could not stir into any form of being paint. I opened the second can it also had a water solution on top, but the latex was still liquid. Yippee, I was able to stir this into paint! I was going to paint every other step white, but this paint said not to use it on foot traffic areas as it was semi-gloss.
So I painted all the steps gold. I took a lunch break at around 12:30 pm. I finished the steps around 1:30 pm. I still had enough gold left to paint the top of the railing that went around the edges of the deck. It was pretty hot by now and it was starting to get smokey out.

I finished that up, then with white, I repainted the door frame, that had started to peel. David had not painted the sides last fall when he installed it as the wood was prepainted. I guess it just could not handle winter. I next I painted the lower half of the siding to the right of the door. After that I got out the broom, started moving things, and began sweeping off the deck. As I moved each thing and swept, I painted the east rail and the facing support beams white. By the time I finished at around 3:30 pm the smoke out was really thick. David had come out earlier and told me that the smoke was coming from four fires around Billiings, Montana. The smoke is still in the air this morning as I type this but not as thick and it is much cooler today.

 

I knew I would not be able to post so I took a few walk around photo shoots to show the progress of the gardens. I have lots of flower photos so they have their own gallery for each month that they were blooming.

MAY’S WALK AROUND

JUNE’S WALK AROUND
insert photos 94-113

JULY’S WALK AROUND
looking from above photos 183- 186

If you are wondering what is up with the summer squash plant in photos 129 and 130, this is due to another problem we have trying to grow a garden. GOPHERS!!! He tunneled right under the plant. First he ate the root’s tips so the plant got all wilty, because now the roots are hanging in the roof of his tunnel the water does not go to the root when we water. We think the plant is ok when it does perk back up for a short time. The next morning this is what we found, he had pulled the whole plant down into his tunnel! I guess he is trying to fill his larder for winter too!
So this is the reason for the new planting strateogy in photo 131. David made large mounds and placed a coffee can in the middle. I put potting soil inside the can and planted the seeds. This proved to be more successful(see photo 170).

July’s Flowers

marigolds

alyssum

petunia

coleus, shadows were a bit funky
first cosmos
first gladiolus cane
The first gladiolus cane was soon joined by a second. They were both a lovely yellow. I brought them inside and with a few other flowers I made this arrangement to enjoy.

AUGUST’S FLOWERS
I did not do a walk around in August, but I took lots of flower photos.
marigolds

petunias
cosmos

zinnias

Gladiolius

    harvested big bertha peppers

Other happenings in August included these turkeys taking a strut through the butternut squash patch.

The biggest happening was the total solar eclipse. We were not in the path of totality, we would have had to drive 45 miles to view that. Judging from the traffic headed south a lot of people were doing just that. We didn’t get any viewing glasses. We did notice that the shadows were looking a bit funky. I was able to snap this shot of the leaf shadows on the driveway.

September happenings included David’s 60th birthday and our 25th wedding anniversary. No big celebrations for either occassion, just quiet at home celebrations with the kids.

October brought my and Marty’s Birthdays, my 50th and Marty’s 2nd.We celebrated at an indoor play area with two bouncy castles. I baked,frosted, and decorated the cake Mama bought for Marty. He requested a pink cake through and through.

November has been unseasonally warm. Thanksgiving was spent eating turkey soup and marathon watching season 6 of “Bones”. My son was at a store here where you can buy, sell or exchange video games and gaming systems this month. He saw that they had a laptop for sale. It was 100 dollars, but we got it on Black Friday for 96.75 tax included. So now we have a laptop again. WHOOO HOOOO! No internet at home yet, but at least now I can take my own to the library!

The fishing season has been a slow one too. David has managed to catch some big catfish and pike for the freezer. I have not gone as often, I was doing more yardening and then I started watching Marty 5 days a week. Here are a few photos of David’s catches. He caught 7 other catfish but these were the biggest. He caught two other pike but this is the biggest one of them.

I have continued to do crocheting during the summer. I completed one big project and a few smaller ones. I will give a detailed post on that over at Skrappy Skarves and reblog here.
Well that is all for now folks!

I Have Been Gone For Awhile.

Did you notice?

We have had a family emergency situation. It is a financial type situation, so we disconnected our internet service for the time being. I will be using the library computers for the foreseeable future. So probably won’t be posting often as I like or with all the great photos to go with.