Sully Saturday # 21 “March Madness”

 

No, its not the college basketball tourney thingy. Mom has mentioned it in the past so that is how I know about it.

I have the let me out of the house, I am sick of winter, cabin fever kind of March Madness. I have been doing my usual eating, sleeping, eating and napping. I have been playing with my little sister, Little Kitty. I was chasing her back and forth through the house.

 

I have helped Mom with photo shoots of her crochet items.

 

I even played make the bed with Mom. I thought she was done, so I decided to lay down to enjoy the sunshine on the end of the bed. Then she goes and throws the afghan on me. She tucked it around my face and took photos. Oooo and awwwing how cute I looked.

Note from Mom: When I am wanting to take actual photos of just him he acts all mad and bothered by it. But if I am down on the living room floor doing a crochet project shoot he is all up in the camera. CATS! Gotta love ’em!ย  ๐Ÿ˜€

 

None of this seemed to help with my cabin fever. I continually begged Mom to go outside. She did take me out a couple of times, but I didn’t stay out long because it was a bit chilly or the wind was blowing to hard for me. Then one day I decided to beg my older human brother, Nick to go outside. This was just a couple of days after the winter storm Ulmer. He let me out but he did not put on my jacket or leash, because he thought I would just sit on the step. I had not seen so much snow in a very long time. My cabin fever had been so great that I mustered up my courage to leave the steps and explore the front yard a bit. Once Mom saw that I was not going to stay on the steps she followed behind me. She took these photos of my snow adventure.

 

Thanks for sharing my adventure and remember to stop and smell the catnip

even if it is buried in a snowdrift.

 

 

 

A Short Winter For The Mini Rosebush

This is going to count as my first gardening post of 2019. So There! ๐Ÿ˜›

 

 

I won’t be able to get out to do some real gardening for another couple of months.

So this will have to do until then.

 

As you can see from the photo the leaves were not looking too good at this point.

I let these last five blooms dry up. I decided to let the whole plant dry out and die back.

I decreased the amount of water and how often I watered. I did this for about two months.

Once almost all of the leaves were brown, dried out, or had fallen off.

I pruned it back and mulched the flower-pot.

This is what the mini rosebush and I would have done if it was planted outside.

 

My daughter, who gave me the mini rose-bush, asked if it had died when she saw that I had pruned it.

I said that it was not dead as long as the branchesย  were still green.

This was a couple of weeks ago before the new growth was visible.

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This is what it looked like yesterday.

He is now back to his regular watering schedule and will be given plant food once a week also.

It won’t be long before he is blooming again.

 

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˜€