A Little Bit of This and That

 

Computer Maintainance

Saturday (04/22/2017) morning I was going to get on the computer to do a few things. When I got over to it there was a note on it saying that the anti- virus program needed to be downloaded. I knew it would be ending soon. I clicked on the program button in the tray. It said it needed reactivated. Now this is Nick’s ( my son) laptop. I knew he did not want to renew the paid subscription. So the reactive choice seemed ok to do. I thought this would just revert it back to the free subscription. I pushed the reactivate choice. It loaded and of course the program needed to do a restart. I let it do that knowing I would not be doing any computer stuff. Nick has his laptop set with a password. I was not going to wake him at 8 am on a Saturday on his day off. So I had to find other things to do until he got up.

When he did get up and he put in his password.  I was concerned by reactivating it I may have actually bought the subscription again. When Nick checked the virus program it had just given a free 30 trial. So I was happy that I had not accidentally bought a subscription. 🙂 Whew!

Sully’s Saturday and a Photo Shoot

Well Sully had been begging at the door all morning. So one thing I could do was take him out for some outdoor time. I walked him around the house and then clipped him to the deck rail. He was able to eat his grass and sniff some catnip under the steps. While he was doing that I decided to take some snapshots of me modeling the new hat I finished crocheting the night before.

I did my modeling by the back of BOB. I took a few with my glasses on and some with my glasses off. The glasses off ones I am doing a whole lot of squinting. I was facing east. 🙂

 

After the photo shoot, I decided I would move some stuff out-of-the-way to get this flowerbed ready to dig.

When I took the picture I had already moved the window glass out of the bed. I then moved the lawnmower. Well after I did that I looked over at the deck. Sully was up on the deck scratching the rail support. Then he was at the door telling me that he was ready to go back in the house.

The Spring Cleaning of BOB’s Loft and Living / Dining Room

After I let Sully in I had lost my motivation to dig the flowerbed. The wind was a little chilly yet. I thought we were going to go fishing later in the afternoon. So I thought I would spend the morning cleaning up BOB. I started by taking down the curtains in the loft bed, the living/dining room and the storage area for fishing gear. I got the extension cord and the vacuum out. I vacuumed the loft bed. I put a queen sized fitted sheet over it. The curtains were now washed and dried so I began putting them back up. The loft ones are always fun. I tend to forget the low ceiling and bonk my head scooting around  to each window. The front window in the loft is on two rods, one that goes through the top of the curtain and one that goes through the bottom. I got them onto the rods and was trying to clip them to the brackets they would not connect. I had put the top rod through the wrong pocket on the curtain. So I had to take them off and rethread them through the smaller top pocket.

I then put all the extra bedding up on the loft. I stowed some other extra bedding under one of the bench seats and some extra dish towels and dishcloth. I was then able to get the sheet and pillow cases off the couch and took them in to wash. While those were going I vacuumed the couch and bench seats.

Oh, by the way when David got up at 9:30 I realized that this job was not going to be done by the afternoon. It turns out that was ok, because David told me we were not going fishing until Sunday. I guess I picked the right day to Spring Clean BOB!

I had an old sheet of plexi- glass that I broke to fit over the flow through in the storage area. I cut the extra bin lid to fit in the bottom of the storage area. I now had a neat tidy place to store all the pole holders, fishing net, fish stringer, tackle boxes, branch cutter, 3 pound hammer, flashlights and umbrellas,  and shovel. We use the branch cutter later in the season when our favorite spots start to get over grown. The hammer is for pounding the pole holders in the ground. We use the shovel to level out spots for our chairs or dig steps down the steep banks. I thought you might be wondering what we used those strange items for when we went fishing.

Now that all that was safely stored I went about putting the living/dining room curtains back up. My plan was to use some old plastic plumbing tube as curtain rods like I did for some of the other curtains. It was a fail as the windows were to long and the plumbing tube would sag down in the middle. 😦 So I had to put them up like I had them before with the rings placed over the end of the boards that use to hold the blinds.

I next vacuumed all of the carpet. I put the rug back down in front of the door and put the cooler back down on it in front of the storage area. Again, I did not get before photos as I had not planned to do this it was just a spur of the moment thing. I did get afters though.

The coach made up and the curtain up.

Update on the Moonflowers

They are opening up their leaves.

 

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Breaking Soil!

The Moonflowers are breaking through the soil!

This is exciting to me!

I have never tried to grow these.

I am off to a good start.

Three of the six seeds have sprouted!

The sweet peppers started breaking the soil about a week ago.

I don’t know about those green peppers ,the pods with tooothpicks sticking up.

I had trouble getting them to sprout last year too.

Busy in The Backyard

 

David spent a couple of hours yesterday doing some more raking in the backyard. He hauled 8 more full blue trash cans around front to the growing leaf pile. It then shrinks a bit because we have had some crazy windy days. The wind was actually helpful to David yesterday, it was blowing from the west which was the same direction he was raking. No raking against the wind!

I just stayed indoors crocheting. I finished a baby beanie and started a baby bucket hat. I also vacuumed, did dishes, scooped litter boxes, and made pork soup for supper. So I was keeping busy too.

Here are photos of David’s Day of Raking Befores and Afters.

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The area beside the trailer and the back steps.

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David did this area last time but he just got the first layer raked.

He got down to the nitty gritty yesterday.

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He still has the strawberry patch to go. He saved that for another day.

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The back steps and under the swamp cooler after David arranged everything.

 

 

We Made It This Time!

No planning, just spur of the moment, throw stuff in BOB and go!

 

I am happy to report we made it over to the ponds and the 2017 Fishing Season is offically started.

 

No fish were caught, but we can at least say we have been fishing. David said that we were practicing. It was just nice to get out and enjoy the day and some nature even if the stiff breeze was a bit chilly off the pond.

 

Was not much activity from the other residents of the ponds either. I did see a few red winged black birds squawking about, a lady bug, and a couple of other sort of flying bugs. That will all change soon enough more birds, bugs and the flying biting type bugs will make an appearance.

 

Even BOB was glad to get out of the driveway for a couple of hours.

 

When we do catch fish then it will be an offically, offical start to the 2017 Fishing Season. 😀

Moonflowers

NIGHT BLOOMERS!

I bought these moonflower seeds on clearance last fall. I had never heard of them or never seen them to the best of my knowledge. The reason I bought them is while walking to the park several times last summer with Kay and Marty we would pass this one yard that had these huge flowers that looked a lot like morning glories. I mean the flowers were as big as my hand. I thought these moonflowers might be them. I read the package and discovered that they bloom at sunset, so they could not have been the flowers we passed in that yard. I got them anyway because they looked a lot like morning glories and they would vine to 12 to 15 feet tall and so the flowers would be big too.

I did a little research on them this morning, there is not much info about them. One thing I learned was that they are poisonous especially the seeds. If I remember correctly, so are morning glories. They are pretty drought resistant which will be good for my area. I am also planning to transplant them under the west and south bedroom windows which get quite hot because the sun reflecting off the aluminum siding.

They are supposed to be very fragrant too. I am thinking these will bring the humming-bird moths around. I have seen one on occasion since I have now started planting flowers. I bet the butterflies out and about in the early evenings may even enjoy them.

One other thing  I learned was that you should soak the seeds in warm water over night before planting. I did this as it was a tip on the back of the package. I started them off in these peat pots and some potting soil. So now we will wait and see if they will sprout.

So my fellow gardeners, have you any advice or experience with these giants of the flower garden?

Oh, here is another question for you, do you have another species of night bloomers in your flower garden?

 

This Puppy is Finally Done!

I finally finished the baby blanket after a total restart and a small set back in the new design. I think this finished size will be perfect for covering and using in a car seat or for a bassinet blanket. I left it this size because I did not have enough of each color to […]

via This Puppy Is Done! — Skrappy Skarves

I Need More Summer Things to Sell

So to get that idea going I made this dark brown visor. I also need more items in colors that will also appeal to guys. I think these colors will appeal to both. I may need to go up a hook size too so that I can get the circumference larger than 21 inches […]

via I Need More Summer Items — Skrappy Skarves

A Weekend of Yard Work

 

David and I each had a productive day. Let’s start with Saturday. I spent the morning cooking a nice chicken dinner in the crock pot and some butternut squash in the oven to have when Kay, Justin, and Marty came over. I did some computer stuff and probably some crocheting.

David spent his morning tackling the backyard.

 

Saturday afternoon he had the help of Justin.

So he got on BOB the Rv to caulk and spray the holes in the roof that leaked over the winter.

So that concluded David’s productive day.

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I spent my Sunday morning digging and raking out the flowerbed around the deck after I got my peppers started in this little heated greenhouse, we received from my brother-in-law. I started them in the Jiffy Peat Pot kit which I then placed in the little greenhouse. The ones with the toothpicks are green bell peppers and the others are small sweet peppers.

The afternoon and early evening was spent eating, relaxing, and visiting with Kay, Justin, and Marty. Marty was in a bit of a grumpy mood. So Kay had him sit with her and read him his story books. He had her read the same one about five times. Then Grandpa had to read it two times. I was lucky, I got to read a different story but still had to read it twice. This helped him get over his grumpy mood. He then brought much laughter and joy to all as he was back to his happy self. 😀

It was a good thing that we got in a couple of productive days.

THIS IS WHAT I WOKE UP TO THIS MORNING!!!!

The Fishing Trip That Wasn’t

Yesterday was a beautiful day. The sun was shining and a nice breeze was blowing up from the south. This was why we had planned to take our first fishing trip over to the ponds. We slowly started getting things ready to go at around 8:30 am. We were in no rush David wanted to get over to the ponds around noon. I got coffee made, made David some breakfast and then set about making us a lunch to take along.

Everything was going along nicely so we were all packed and ready to go a little after 11 am. We get into BOB, David turns the key and … NOTHING not even a click click click! BOB’s battery was dead!

So David gets out the extension cords, the ohm reader, and the battery charger and hooks it up to BOB. He lets it charge for about 15 minutes and tries again, well at least it clicked this time. So things are looking hopeful. He lets it charge a bit longer. Then he tests it with the ohm reader again. The battery is not holding a charge if he takes it off the charger. Now the only thing left to do is get a new battery. We have to wait for Nick to get home from work, so David can use the pickup to go back into town to get a new one.

While we wait we decide to pretend to be camping in the driveway and eat our lunch in BOB. Nick gets home just before 2 pm. David loads up the dead battery and heads to town. He gets back around 2:30 pm. He replaces the battery and the air filter housing that he had to take off to get the battery out. He gets in BOB, turns the key, and …  VRRRM VRRRRM VRRRRRRRM! Yippeee BOB is all better!

We still don’t know why his battery died. He was started up about two weeks ago when David moved him after I got done cleaning up the end of the driveway. It also was a 5 year battery that was in BOB when we bought him. We have had him for 3 years, so it could have been due.

We did not go fishing as it was already after 3pm. Also Kay and Marty came to visit. It would be rude not to stay and play with the grandson.  Fishing will just have to wait for another day.  😀

I didn’t get a photo of the new battery because David had already closed the hood.

I wasn’t going to ask him to open it again just for a photo. 🙂

Spring Cleaning Continues

 

This week has been chilly and wet. I can not go out to do some spring cleaning so I brought it indoors. I decided that the living room needed to be rearrange. I wanted to make sure everything was going to fit where I had an idea to move it. Thursday afternoon I grabbed pen, paper and tape measurer and set to work. I measured all the furniture. I got David’s 100 foot tape measurer from the tool chest on the deck to measure the lengths of all the walls.

This is the list of measurements.

I then took this list, pen and  graph paper. I graphed out the living room floor plan. Now I had a visual aide to place the furniture in before I started moving things and discovered it would not fit. Thus preventing moving heavy things several times.

The Floor Plan

The living room is carpeted except in front of the exit door.

The video case is in the kitchen at the end of the west wall. So it kind of extends that wall. Then you have the threshold between the kitchen and living room and then the built in book shelf.

The bottom of the graph is the North Wall and the top is the South Wall.

David and my son, Nick are making a trip down to visit relatives in Sidney on Friday. I thought this would be a great time to do some rearranging of the livingroom. The boys would not be in the way and I would not have to worry about waking them up by vacuuming while they sleep in.  So Thursday evening I started moving things out of the living room to the kitchen just to get ahead start. I started with the south wall it had the least amount of furniture so I could move most of it myself. I got it all moved out-of-the-way when David asked what I was going to put there. I said I wanted his computer inventory bins near the door and then the couch next to them, under the  window. His tv tray at the other end of the couch. I didn’t get actual before photos I got during and afters.

 

So with the couch and bins moved over to  the south wall, I could now vacuum, dust, and clean the big wall mirror on the east wall. I wanted to move all the wood paneling you see there into the small bedroom. It is left over materials from when Nick blocked off his east window and put in an air conditioner. We could not store it in the shed as it has a leaking roof even though David reshingled it last June. We decided not to store the pink foam insulation in the small bedroom as Little Kitty is in there at night and she would probably tear it up. She has not passed her shredding, biting, chewing and eat things stage yet. So the insulation stayed in the living room.

The big chair that you see beside the fireplace in the above photos was placed straight facing the west wall. This is when we decided to call it a night. I thanked David for all of his help. This put me way ahead of schedule. So Friday I would have time to attend to the details and have time to enjoy the results before the boys returned on Saturday afternoon.

I did want to put the tv stand in front of the mirror. The more I thought about it though it was fine where it was at on the west wall. Also David would be gone the next day and he did not want me to move it myself. He said I would break the legs off.

This is in reference to the time I moved a coffee table with the fish tank on it by myself. Yes, the legs broke, the fish tank dumped all over the carpeted floor, and fish were either flopping around or buried in the fish gravel. The serious tension of this situation was relieved when I cried out, ” I FOUND NEMO!” Yes, my daughter had named one of the goldfish, Nemo.

The  next morning I put the big chair at an angle so there would be room for the faux fireplace on the north wall. I moved the little seat with table, and the white chair over from the north wall. This helped get some more of David’s inventory out of the middle of the floor and at least under something else out-of-the-way. This is the east wall all finished.

With the little seat and the white chair out-of-the-way, I took all the books and videos out of the black book shelf. I then moved it further to the west. I was then able to put the faux fireplace on the east end of the north wall. With the big chair at an angle I was able to put David’s night stand and tray in front of the chair.

 

This is the north wall all finished.

This is the end of the North wall and the West wall. I still need to tidy and dust-up the tv stand.

Now with all this commotion going on you would think the cats would be all out of sorts. Well Sully was having no part of these doings. He went back to our bedroom to wait out this rediculousness. Now Little Kitty was a whole other story. We had to have the small bedroom door open as I was putting things in the closet in there. So she came out to see what was going on. Well she must have thought she was in kitten heaven. She had herself an ever changing obstacle course. She was zooming all around the whole evening until we called it quits and put her back in her room.

Sully came out the next morning. He gave it an older and wiser cats slow look over then returned to the bedroom. Later in the day, when I was all finished, he came out again giving his final approval. They both like that the couch is in front of the window now. They can get on the back of it to look out the window without getting yelled at and sprayed with the water bottle. They have more floor space to lounge around on or have wrestling matches.

Kay, Justin and Martin came over around 4 pm Friday afternoon. They all liked it too. Martin was a little confused at first. I could see it on his face as he looked around the living room. He also likes the couch by the window so he can look out. Before some one had to hold him up to them. It is so cute how he says window, ” andow, andow andow!”

Little Kitty relaxing on the white chair beside me this morning as I type up this post. 😀