A Sink Full of Tasty Tidbits

 

After a two-week break from fishing, to recover from the 4 days in a row fishing and feeling out of sorts from an infected tooth that he had pulled, David headed off to the ponds to do some fishing yesterday. Yes, I gave him his kiss for luck and it is continuing to work.

He brought home another nice bucket of fish. He dumped it into the sink before I had a chance to take a picture of the bucket o’ fish, so it became a sink full of fish.

 

 

I then separated them by species and took photos of them. He caught this lone crappie. This is the first crappie he has caught in all the years fishing at these ponds. He usually gets over excited and misses them. Their mouth is thin-skinned, so I think he pulls the hook right through the mouth when he tries to set the hook. This time he was patient and did not jerk the pole to hard to set the hook.ย  It was a nice 11 inches long.

 

He caught a nice mess of perch, nine in total.

 

He caught the limit of 5 catfish a day.

 

He filleted all the fish out. Even the catfish this time, he usually leaves ones this size whole, removing head, tail, and fins then skins them. That is why this was a sink full of tasty tidbits. ๐Ÿ˜€

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This Week’s Flower Photos

 

Here are the photos that were added to My Flowers page this week.

First up is the shot of the cosmos and petunias. They are going crazy. The one cosmos at the front had 4 blooms all on top so he couldn’t keep his head up. After this photo was taken we had some rain he is practically laying on the ground now.

 

I found a white impatien. The first pic ended up being a side view.

The second pic is a better front on view.

 

This is the third cane gladiolus to bloom. It was one of the cool pink trimmed, with a white center.

 

This is the first marigold to bloom. It is the volunteer plant in with the gladiolus’s corner.

 

Just another pretty pink petunia.

 

This pic shows how wonderfully Cleo is doing now. She has some very beautiful deep red leaves.

 

The evening after I took these photos we got a pretty good rain storm. I went out to check the flowers and found the first yellow cane of gladiolus were beaten down to the ground. It was ok just water-logged. So I cut it, the other yellow cane, and the pink cane. I put them in a vase with Miracle Grow water. Now I can enjoy them indoors while I am on the computer as they are on the table right in front of me. ๐Ÿ˜€

The Wild Flower Bed Is Full Of Surprises

 

Almost every day I find something new in the wild flower bed. I looked at the picture I took of the box and it says there are 17 varieties of flowers in it.

 

I am going to describe some of my recent flower photos in a bit more detail. Some of them are not from my flower beds. They are some of the “wild flowers” (one man’s weed is another man’s flower)ย  that have found their way into our yard from the horse pasture. ๐Ÿ™‚

This is one of the pasture wild flowers. He is a fuzzy leafed plant for a while then he starts to grow stalkier. Then this stalk gets a bunch of little flower buds all up and down it. I have no idea what it is, but it is pretty at this time of year. After the flowers haveย  bloomed and died the whole plant turns brown and dries out. Then you see dead ones all around the pasture from last year.

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Then there are the uncultivated wild sunflower plants everywhere. This one is growing between the yellow squash and cucumber hills against the fence along the junk pile. It was the first flower to bloom on it.

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I have gotten some pretty neat shots of the volunteer cosmos and petunia in the bed in front of the deck.

This is my favorite of the cosmos. I captured a lady bug taking a nap. ๐Ÿ™‚

 

This is the first white cosmos so far. Most of them are a light pink to dark purple.

I didn’t notice the little bug in the center of the flower when I took this shot. When I looked at it on the computer I saw it and the flying ant-like bug above the flower too. I love it when I catch things flying around the flowers.

 

 

Here are some of the petunias.

They are ranging from light pinks to dark purples also. No white ones so far.

 

I am finding bachelor buttons in different colors. Most are purple with a few pinks thrown in.

Then I came across this one. A white one with purple center.

 

Then there are these orange and orangish pink ones. I think some of them are poppies, but I am beginning to think some of the ones on the pink side might be impatiens.

 

 

They kind of look like the ones on the impatiens box.

 

Yesterday I found this little gem. I have no idea what he is. I am thinking it might be a black-eyed susan type of flower or maybe some variety of daisy. I have no clue, but it sure is pretty.

 

Oh, I now have baby cucumbers! They are so cute at this stage!

Buckets of Fish

 

David has been fishing over at the ponds several times now. He has been getting up to do early morning fishing. He tries to be at the ponds by 6:00. This has been proving to be a good time to go. He has finally been able to catch some bigger sized catfish. He has now brought home two that weighed 2 lbs. and were 18 inches long, also a couple that were 1 1/2 pounds and just under 18 inches. The rest have been just nice pan sized. He continues to bring home the blue gill, and perch. He has also brought 3 trout home now. Neither of us have caught trout for some time and now he is bringing at least one home each trip.

I am not fishing this year, but I do give David a “Kiss for Luck” before he leaves for each fishing trip. I think it is working, because the one time I forgot to give it to him, he only brought home 2 bait fish to stick in the stock tank. Every other time he has brought home his limit of catfish and a couple of others be they a mixture of perch, bluegill or trout.

The photo below is a typical catch for the day. He had already removed a perch and a bluegill to clean them.

Just So You Know

I have added a page for all my flower photos. It can be found in the drop down menu of the PHOTOS Tab at the top of my blog. Go have a look see and enjoy! ๐Ÿ˜€

Wildflowers Are a Buddin’ and a Bloomin’!

 

These little white flowers are blooming all over the wildflower bed.

 

There are what I believe are bachelor buttons getting ready to bloom. I grew some bachelor buttons years ago. If I remember correctly, I am pretty sure this is what they looked like. They could also be carnations I grew those too. The two flowers look similar until they fully bloom.

 

David showed me that one of the gladiolus has a cane. I thought it was just a really tall leaf.ย  ๐Ÿ˜€

 

I have 3 volunteer cosmos plants in the bed in front of the deck. This one has three buds getting ready to bloom. The front of the deck also has lots of volunteer petunias. I didn’t get a picture but some of them are starting to bud. So it won’t be long and they will be blooming too.

The Northern High Plains Bigfoot?

 

As my son and I were driving south on our way home from town the evening of June 28, I looked to my right( I was the passenger) and saw these shadowy figures. I hurriedly took out my camera and snapped this photo.

 

It was the best I could get as we were moving and they were moving.

 

I had heard stories and rumors of them ever since we moved to this part of Nebraska in the late 90’s. They usually kept to the forest in the area. In 2006 and 2012 the forests in the area suffered from two huge fires. So they have had less forested territory. That being the case there have been more sightings of them. I think this group is heading to the Black Hills. They may have not been relocating to the Black Hills, maybe it was just a family vacation to see Mount Rushmore.
They misjudged their timing for moving across this field when it was just still light enough to see them. They also may have not realized how populated this area was as the made their trek north.
I can her the wife telling the husband,” GRRr roar gggrrr grunt ugh ugh grunt GRRR.”
Which translates to “I told you to stop and ask for directions!”

Seriously though, a home owner with a large field just outside of town has a great sense of humor. He put out this family of bigfoot cut outs.

Rinse and Repeat

 

We have had a couple of days of good rain again followed by some warm days. So you can not even tell that I had weeded the junk pile flowerbed, cucumbers, yellow squash, or the peppers. It looked just like this again.

 

My plan for today was to water everything with some Miracle Grow but I had to do some weeding again just to find where the peppers were. I began in the junk pile marigold bed I wet it down with a bit of plain water. I don’t think I have mentioned before that of all the gladiolus bulbs I planted only the previous years came up. So out of over 100 bulbs only a little over 20 came up. I planted them, watered them, and then we had four days of rain. You are only supposed to water them when you first plant and not do it again until you see them break the soil. So the bulbs just got water-logged and rotted away. I also may have planted some of them too shallow so the rain washed the soil off the tops of them and then they got water-logged and rotted. I tried to blame the gophers at first but when none came up in any of the beds I changed my tune. Also I did find some squishy rotted bulbs when I was doing weeding. So that is why that is just the junk pile marigold bed. Oh, and the impatiens did not come up on the west end of the house either. I don’t know what their problem was. They are a shade liking flower and it is pretty shady there.

So anyway I watered the junk pile bed, weeded it and then watered it with coffee ground water. I have a bucket that I put the coffee grounds in, I rinsed it out and poured the water on the marigolds. I then weeded the cucumbers and the squash hills. I did the peppers next, you could hardly see my little guy in the corner, I planted him even though he didn’t have his 5 leaves yet. He is hanging in there though.

Now that everything was weeded. I got the rake and loosened up the soil around all the peppers so the Miracle Grow water would have a better chance of soaking down to the roots of the plants. I also loosened the soil on the hills. So with green watering can in hand everyone got a nice good drink.

Honestly, I Tried To Accomplish Something

 

I set out Tuesday morning with a mind to finish up my patch of mowing. I pushed my mower(David has his owner mower, same model but his is newer) over to where I was going to begin. I pumped it 3 times and pulled the cord. Nothing happened. I moved it to a more level spot, checked the gas tank it had gas, so I pumped it 2 more times and pulled the cord again still nothing. Ok, guess I am not mowing.

Today David took a look at my mower he says that the line for the gas from the tank to the engine has clogged. So I pushed it around back for him to do some maintainance on it. In the mean time I brought his mower up front and was going to start it, but the engine brake cable is pinched and you have to move it manually. That is one of his mower’s little idiosyncrasies which I had no clue about. So David started it for me. I was now able to finish my patch of mowing.

So with the mowing being a no go I decided to weed the wildflower bed. I started pulling what I knew were weeds and the grass sprouts on the west end. I didn’t get very far when I decided to just let it go. The weeds and the flowers are so close together and I am still am unsure of some of the plants being weed or flower. Any way it looks cool with that solid bed of green. David said I can just take a scissors to the weeds when they get too tall. Good idea, hon! ๐Ÿ™‚

Ok, no weeding either. Ahhh! I will do some watering! It has not rained for 2 days now. I have that done in two shakes of a lamb’s tail. By this time I am not really motivated to do anything else. So I went around and took a few snap shots. I found my first yellow squash has set on, the volunteer marigold in the gladiolus is doing quite well, and Cleo has made a great come back. Her leaves are big and full of color now.

 

I had brought Sully out to enjoy the outdoors. He was hooked up between the trees. I decided I would join him there. I set up a lawn chair and sat down. I watched a couple of birds in the trees, a robin in the driveway, and a couple of deer in Mann’s field. While I am doing this Sully jumps up on my lap. What a nice way to finish up the yardening, petting the fat cat on your lap while watching nature do its thing. ๐Ÿ˜€

The Long and Weeding Road

June 21, 2018

After 4 days of rain or heavy misty fog, starting on the Saturday of Father’s Day weekend , today was blue skied and sun filled. So I grabbed my garden jacket and put Sully’s harness on so we could go enjoy it while it lasted. He had been begging to go out for the last two days but I had to tell him that it was too wet and rainy. Poor guy would waddle off with a sad pouty face.
I hooked Sully to his spot by the deck so he could eat grass and enjoy the catnip. I grabbed a couple of 5 gallon buckets one to put weeds in the other to lean on to assist me getting back up from kneeling on the ground. I headed around to the east end of the house to begin weeding. The rain had really enabled lots of weed growth. You couldn’t tell that I actually had weeded around the squash hills and the peppers when I planted them on the 9th of this month.

I started in around the two largest peppers then got up and moved my bucket to weed around the junk pile flower bed. While I was up I checked on Sully to see how he was doing. He was happily munching his grass.
I weeded and weeded and weeded some more making my way back to the peppers again. I discovered that out of the 10 peppers I planted only 6 were still standing. The other 4 had been beaten into the ground and washed away. ๐Ÿ˜ฆย  I now had a full bucket of weeds, time to dump them out.

The full bucket of weeds and my leaning bucket with towel on top.

 

The neighbors recently got two cute little pygmy goats. I decided to give them this bucket to munch on. I took it over to them. I dumped the bucket on the ground for them. I then scratched their little heads between their horns. They thanked me with their cute little goaty chatter as I walked away.

When I got back over to the deck Sully was heading up the stairs. He was done enjoying the outdoors. I let him in the house and removed his harness. As I departed I said to him, “Now you can go and barf somewhere.” He minds very well, as he had done just that when I came in for the day an hour and a half later. lol ๐Ÿ˜›

I continued along the pepper bed and beside it to make a path, to the corner where I weeded the gladiolus and the irises. There I found a nice sized volunteer marigold. The turnips and carrot patch was next but it was not too bad. This is where I ended my weeding road.

Junk pile bed

 

 

I had filled my bucket to about 3/4 ths. I just put this bucket on the pile along the south fence, because it was mostly small weeds and the goats would be munching the first bucket for most of the day.

While I was doing this I looked across Mann’s field to see this deer munching away.

 

I decided to leave the south side of the deck bed with all the wildflower for another day.

 

The front of the deck bed was weeded on Saturday before all the rain so it was fine.

 

I will leave you with this update photo of the mini roses.

Still blooming close up.