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
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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!

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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. 😀

 

She Pushed Me Over My Threshhold!

Yesterday I did an unplanned home repair project and as it was unplanned I did not get before photos. When we first moved in to our mobile home the small middle bedroom’s carpet was starting to fray. There was no threshold between it and the hallway carpet. Over the years it has frayed more.

This was my son’s room when we first moved in. I imagine that his kitty Feisty clawed it when she got shut in there sometimes.

Milly the Shed cat also stayed in it during cold winter spells, so she took her turn at the carpet.

I myself have sucked up some of the stray strands in the vacuum ripping it more.

Well now Little Kitty stays in it. She is small enough to fit under the gap of the door. Why do they do that in mobile homes, leave a three-inch gap? Maybe so the flames move faster when they catch on fire. Any way David and I cut and screwed a piece of paneling to the back of the door to stop her from escaping in the night causing havoc. We only did this after about 3 months of her pulling the towels out-of-the-way that we had placed to block the gap. Ok good now she will quit messing with the carpet, Nope!

So yesterday after my son said that we should put a board across the frayed carpet like a threshold I got right on it.

I found the piece of scrap paneling that we had left over from the back of the door. I measured out each piece. I began cutting the first piece with the jigsaw. David came in and helped finish cutting it. I make him nervous when I do things that involve using tools. I think it might have something to do with the time I beat a book shelf with a hammer.

I was going to use the staple gun but the staples were not long enough to go through all the materials. So my son found the little nails and a hammer for me. I then nailed them in place. David helped nail one piece that was really close to the wall.

Here is the finished project, Little Kitty approves.

 

It’s the First Day of Spring and I Got A Head Start on My Spring Cleaning This Weekend

Whoo, hooo! Something to post about besides crocheting.

 

Friday afternoon, David said something about getting the front deck cleaned up, so he could start doing more of his urban gold mining proceedures that can not be done in the house. Well the deck gets fairly warm that part of the day and David has not acclimated to the(out of season) 80 degrees yet. He doesn’t handle hot that well. Late Saturday morning I thought I would clean up the deck because I can handle the hot, I was wanting to start doing outside things for the exercise, the spring cleaning bug has bitten me and this seemed a good place to start. It was a small job to get myself back into the groove of doing more physical stuff. Nope, crocheting all winter does not cut it. 🙂

I am out of practice doing post for something other than crochet. I forgot to get some before photos of the deck. I moved everything along the east side and swept out the leaf pile that had accumulated over the fall and winter. I rearrange all the things so that they were along this wall. David now has a work space by the south facing rail. Some of his processes for urban gold mining can be down right stinky.

 

You may have notice in that first photo that we now have the new storm door up. David finished that up last fall before the snow started to fly. Here are some before photos and a better view of it all finished.

You may have also noticed a large piece of wood on the deck in front of the door. It is covering up a hole and another board that is a bit squishy. When we first moved in the deck was in bad shape. A couple of renters before us were in the process of rebuilding it. They had purchased the wood and would do the work in exchange for rent. Well for what ever reason they moved on before they got the rebuild started. So the wood sat in the yard for at least a year uncovered. When we came upon the mobile home we decided to purchase it. The land lord said it was fine if we kept the wood and did the rebuild of the deck ourselves. Well this wood was not what normally one would use to do a deck. It was untreated and narrow. Hey, you can’t argue with free. We did purchase the plywood to enclose the bottom of the deck, the paint and the calk ourselves.

David thought by using acrylic laytex paint, filling the gaps with calk, and the deck being slightly angled lower to the south it would drain off. He also put a drain hole with pvc pipe to drain it off. We thought this would work fine until we put a roof on the deck. That plan was nixed after some thought because he was worried about the extra weight it would put on the side of the house. He wanted to attach it directly. Also the windy wind around here was another concern, it might blow it right off. So needless to say the deck settled, the water was left standing in puddles, and the paint did not last. David did paint it over with roof sealer a couple of times but even that could not stand up to the cold and heat. We moved in 2007, time has taken its toll and has rotted out the wood. So now the boards cover up the holes until we can find the money and time to fix it.

Sunday I continued with my spring cleaning, I decided to keep going by the deck. Again I forgot to do some photos before I got started. I did alot of durings though.  First I moved all the stuff beside the steps. I took the section of rolled up chicken wire around to the side of the house and placed it on the scrap pile. I raked all the leaves out from beside the steps. I got the shovel, loosened up the soil, then raked it out evenly, and packed it down by stomping it. I also removed soil and grass from around the stone landing step.

                         The stone landing.

Next I raked the leaves from under the steps, moved, and leveled the soil under them. Then it was on to raking the flower bed. I also raked the area along the house where Nick parks his bicycle. I was then able to run the garden hose along the house, under the steps, and along the flower bed railroad tie so the hose will be ready to water the garden.

                                                   The leaves from under the steps.

 

Well that was a nice work out. Today is suppose to be back to more seasonal temperatures of about 60 degrees. I like it a bit warmer and if the breeze kicks up it makes my ears cold. I hate cold wind in my ears. I could wear my hoodie but then I would have to be pulling it back up all the time. I think today will be laundry day. Uggh! 😦

David’s Day

David spent a good part of yesterday doing little jobs here and there around the garden spots.

First thing he did was clean and partially fill the stock tank. I guess he is hoping the fishing gets better and we can start filling it with bait and keeper catfish. Also if we just catch one or two a fishing trip it is easier to put them in the tank until we get enough to make a meal. It is better than cleaning them one or two at a time and having them take up room soaking in the refrigerator for a week or longer.

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I then heard the lawnmower running out back.

He mowed around the strawberry, pepper, and tomato patch.

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The yellow summer squash and marigold area was mowed around.

He also weeded the dirt pile to the east and then watered it and moved it around in preparation for making new mounds for I believe turnips or parsnips.

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He also weeded out this area at then end of the house.

It was taken over by cheat grass. You know, the kind that puts those pokey little seeds in your socks.

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The final job of the day as it got toward evening and the sun was not beating down.

He set the nails in this side of the framing for the new storm door.

He scrapped off the extra wood filler.

I snapped this while he was putting on a coat of paint.

He also painted the top piece after I had taken the photo.

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So there you have it Dave’s Day.

So It Was 100 Degrees Yesterday

Only the low 80’s Today.

Yesterday was the hottest day so far in my neck of the woods. And no one was prepared or accustomed to this kind of heat yet. You know how I know? The power went out for an hour and a half at the peak hot part of the afternoon from just before 3 pm until 4:30 pm. WE WERE ALL DYING!   X_X

So needless to say I put off the weeding for one more day.

This morning it was a pleasant 69 degrees at 9:30 am. So instead of sitting at the computer playing Facebook games I got to doing that weeding. My pepper patch and the strawberries finally got their weeding. The little marigold seedlings got weeded also. They are doing well, still a bit stubby. After their weeding all plants were given a healthy drink of water.

The little Marigolds at the edge of the summer squash patch.

The little Marigolds at the edge of the summer squash patch.


You remember how Johnny Jump – Up went through an ordeal, he didn’t fully recover like I thought he would. No, no don’t be too sad, I found Junior this morning when I was wandering around getting things for weeding!

This just in… David was out looking at Junior and found 2 more baby Jump – ups possibly a third!

 

Johnny Jump - Up's son.

Johnny Jump – Up’s son.


I now have 9 gladiolus from my first planting and 6 from my second planting coming up . The radishes are just being skinny leafy things. I did pick a nice round red one. My son ate it.


I transplanted two nice marigolds from starter peat moss pod into these nice clay pots and they grew into these healthy plants.

They looked so cute I decided not to transplant them outside. They have now started flowering!


And last but not least, David did some more prep work on the new storm door for the front entrance. It was cool this evening before it got dark. He sanded down some of the frame-work to get it ready to paint. He then had to put wood filler in and around it. Whoever put in this door frame must have had a broken level. The thing is so catty wampy, that is the reason for the filler.

Thar Be Things A Growin’ Here! Arrgh!

I am a pirate gardener today! 😀

First up, I would like to report that Johnny Jump – up will pull through his ordeal. We had a small natural gas leak in the hose that brings the gas into the house which is right above his head. I don’t think the leak was hurting him. When the repairman came to check for the leak he pulled the tall grass around Johnny. I think this took away some of his shade and he got sun burnt. I have been giving him extra water to keep him moist and cool. He seems to be coming around.


David has been continuing his excavation of the east shed wall.

He has been back filling the south hole and digging more of the compost/dirt pile from the east side.

He has been piling the excess in various places.

He is making a new bedding space, that is what the wooden logs will be marking off.

There was a healthy patch of grass where he wants the new bed.

He dug a hole and transplanted it over to the hole out-of-the-way of the bed.


Growing at the edge of the compost/dirt pile is this lovely iris.

I removed them from what is now my carrot/ flower bed a couple of years ago. I didn’t want to deal with them. I gave my daughter some of them, the rest I just threw on the pile. They did grow last year but didn’t flower.

They sure are some tough old bulbs!

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The peppers are doing well. I planted the last of my seedlings, that I had started inside, yesterday.  They all looked good this morning when I went out to water them. I have lost 3 so far though, as of this morning I have 41 pepper plants. David got the tomatoes planted just to the east of my pepper patch and they are doing well. The far eastern end of the garden is also coming along. David got one hill formed up and I planted yellow summer squash on it. That is it in the foreground, running north to south, of the 3 rd photo . I transplanted 10 marigold seedlings along the northern edge yesterday. The all were alive and doing well this morning when I watered them.


David has squash sprouting in many of the hills he planted with seeds, after the wind and cold spell killed his early planted seedlings. He finally decided it was safe to put out the last of the seedlings he still had growing inside.

These are Butternut Squash.

                      These are Butternut Squash.


The beds around the front deck are starting to sprout and grow too.

I now have four gladiolus sprouting.

My little radish patch is flourishing too!


Last but not least is my little flower/ carrot bed. The flowers are doing well, but the carrots I am not sure. I know that their sprouts are tiny and look a bit like grass. I am not seeing to many. I don’t want to weed either, just in case. The helichrysum seedlings are doing well. The marigold seeds have sprouted and are growing well. A couple of seeds found their way beyond the decorative branch barrier into the carrot area though. I will let them stay as they fought so hard to get there. 🙂

David’s Newest Earth Moving Project

 

As I said briefly in my previous post David was busy yesterday and also today. He dug out some new hill holes and has been working on taking down the old cucumber hill from last year and leveling it out. He still has a bit to do at the east end(the far end).

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He also started digging out the east corner of the shed beside the new shed stair retaining wall. The first photo shows the pile of accumulated junk he had to move to begin. The second photo shows some of the junk sorted out in to piles. He also went through an old wood pile and stacked it here so he can use it in his burn barrel for one of his urban prospecting procedures. The black metal box is from an old washer, he is piling small wood chunks in it. The third photo shows the corner of the shed dug out. I bet you are wondering why he is digging it out. Well first he dug out the old wooden board that was acting as a retaining wall for the shed stairs. One day while he was inside the shed he noticed that the corner was rotting out. So he dug it out so he could replace that section, and level it out so the water doesn’t pool there again. He knew when he built the shed below ground level that he would have to replace these sections because of wood rot. They have held up for 9 years so it was time.


The first photo here shows the old board that David removed. The second picture is the new piece of particle board with the new section cut out for the shed wall. The third photo is the new piece in place and David inspecting his work.


 

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David being silly with the black roof tar sticky pucky stuff.


David applies a good layer of roof tar to a section of the board with a paint stir stick.

He then will spread it out more evenly and smoothly with the larger blue scraper.

 

He finished this one up. He will now let it dry.

He plans to back fill it and level it out to make a new garden bed.

He also will be digging the wall around the corner for the same reason, wood rot. It might take him a few days to accomplish this bit of digging.  A few years ago he put a pile of extra dirt from the old hill holes for the squash beside this shed wall and it also has a compost pile on it.

I will keep you updated on his progress.

Can We Plant Now!?

 

We have been having lots of wet and cold days. David and I are both anxious to get the garden planted. Well it has finally stopped being rainy and last night the low was 46 degrees. It looks as we are now past the danger of having frost. So today we will be starting some of that planting!

David and I have been taking the occasional nice day here and there getting places ready to plant the baby plants that we have been growing inside.

These are David’s squash plants that he has been growing in peat pots with potting soil.

He has acorn, butternut, and butter bush varieties. They will be going outside today.

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The acorn squash will be going in these three holes in front of the house

between the back step and the front deck.


These four holes will be the home for some of the butternut squash.

They are out past the corner of the shed and at the east end of the yard.

The butter bush will be planted along the fence line behind my clothes line,

but that area still needs the holes dug.


David has also been working on getting the shed stairs retaining wall finished.

He has the wall done.

He now has to back fill around it.

He has done an AWESOME job!


I have been working on getting a spot ready for my gladioli and one for the carrots.

( Gladiolus varieties 20 bulbs of Rainbow Bouquet and 10 bulbs Pretty Pinks)

I got the spot around the deck ready. I hope to start planting them soon.

I will be helping David get the squash planted today though.


This is the before and after shots of the spot for the carrots.

I think I will also plant my two early sprouting marigold plants in the corners.

(Marigold French Dwarf Double Mix variety will grow to 12 inches)

I also have some helichrysum sprouts that I will plant closer to the house just behind my decorative stick.

(Heichrysum Tall Double Mixed Colors variety will grow to 2 to 3 feet)


Until I am ready to transplant, the marigolds can sit on the deck and soak up the sun.

They are in the company of a couple of green bell pepper plants that were also started from seed indoors.

The peppers will be going in the backyard this year in the spot where

David thinned out the strawberry patch last fall.

It still needs more preparation before I can start transplanting.

At least I think they are green bell peppers. I also planted small sweet peppers, but my signs got wet and I moved some of the little peat pods around so I am not sure which they are.

The indoor garden.


I also have this planter of marigolds that I moved out onto the deck.

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I have not decided if I will leave them in the planter or transplant them to various spots around the yard and garden spots.

I do have about ten more packets of seeds.

So I could just through those around too now that is warmer at night.

I might just stick to growing them in a planter then transplant. I am sure I would pick the thrown around ones as weeds because some of these weeds around here try to pretend they are marigolds when they first sprout.


I also found my little pansy or johnny jump up , which ever you prefer.

I weeded around him. Then put some more soil and this block of wood around him.

I think he grows there well because the corner is shady most of the day and when it rains

water seems to pool there.

He looks much happier.

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Well I will be off getting started right after a “quick” check of Facebook.

Retirement…

Is Not All Fun and Games

Well spring is finally springing off and on here. We will get two or three days in a row that are just gorgeous. Temperatures near and above 70 degrees. So David and I have been finding small projects in the yard that we can get done in that time before the next cold snap of 40 to 5o degrees for the high.

My project was getting the bed around the deck raked out of all the fall foliage. The work was done on two separate days. I got my yard gloves, rake and the wheelbarrow. David asked me why I didn’t use the big blue trash can to move my piles of leaves. I said it is easier for me to push a wheelbarrow than carry the trashcan. It may have taken more trips over to the garden area to dump but it was lighter and it has wheels. 🙂

 

This is all the leaf litter around the deck and stairs.

You may recall Sully was enjoying the catnip he found there.

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This is the front side of the bed all raked out.

We use pine shavings for Sully’s litter box.

The used litter makes great mulch. I will be digging that in before I plant.

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These are my leaf piles over in the garden area. David wanted them there so he can run them over with the mower later to provide mulch that he can dig into the squash hills he will make in this area.

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A few days later I was able to rake out the side portion of the deck bed.

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The after.

This also shows the hole David dug in preparation for concreting around the shed door steps.

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On one of the not so nice days I got my sweet peppers, marigolds, and green peppers started in one of those little Jiffy pot starter kits.

When I checked on it last night, I had a marigold sprouted. Yippee!!!


Beside the hole digging David was able to get BOB’s drive line put back up in its proper place. He says that the vibration that had him worried that the drive line would just drop out on our 2014 trip to Arizona is hardly noticeable. He replaced two U-joints and a carrier bearing. He also had to move one of the brackets that hold it in place about 1/8 of an inch.

He also spent one afternoon tearing the shower out of BOB. We are planning on remodeling the bathroom in BOB. We place a large storage bin in the bathtub to use as a live fish well when we go fishing over at the ponds. We had to get a new one for this year’s fishing season because the last pike David caught last season put a hole in the side. David was trying to put the new bin in but couldn’t get it in around the plastic accordion style shower door. So he decided to take it out. Well then he got to thinking while I am at it might as well take out the shower stall too since we plan to remodel it anyway. 🙂

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I didn’t know David was doing this, so I have no before photos.

I thought I had some photos of the bathroom from when we first got BOB but I didn’t.

This is the left wall and the back wall of the shower stall.


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This photo is of the right wall.

I removed some wallpaper and painted this wall in an earlier remodel of the water lines.


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This is the new bin for the fish.

It fits nicely now that the shower door is not in the way.


This is the shower door and stall removed from BOB.

We will probably lay these out in the garden in problem weed areas for weed control.

The metal pieces will probably be sent to the recycling center.

So as you can see retirement is not all fun and games.

Yet the work that you do  can be enjoyable, fun, productive, and provide you with a sense of accomplishment.

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