A Little Bit Of This and That

 

I have been spending a lot of my time this month getting my music library organized on my laptop. The weather still doesn’t know what it is going to do so it was a thing I could do inside when I was not in the mood to crochet. When I was in the mood to crochet I worked on the bathroom floor rug. I had a little help on one of the last days before I finished it. Little Kitty thought she needed to hold it down while I was taking a break. She is just so stinking cute I could not ask her to move. So I went back to organizing my music.

 

 

That’s what I did on May 5th before David got up.

When he got up he decided he had a spring cleaning bug.

He wanted to clean up the pantry shelves, so we could put all the canned goods from the spare bedroom back in the pantry.

The Pantry is now fully stocked and organized.

 

 

Then he started pulling out everything else from the spare room. He wanted to reorganize it so he could move all his urban prospecting inventory and tools back in it. Little Kitty was happy with the newly organized spare room too.

 

This would give me back my living room. We toddler proof it for my younger grandson. The grandboys would have more room to play. We got all but a few smaller items moved over the first two days. David moved them over the course of the rest of the week. We got it all back together just in time for a good Mother’s Day Weekend.

Yippee! It’s a living room again!

 

My daughter, son-in-law, and the grandboys came over on Saturday. My daughter made a big dish of lagsana. It was yummy! I played with the grandboys until they wore out this grandma. This is what they gave me for Mother’s Day. It is a cute little hedgehog planter with a calandiva plant.

I will just squeeze in between these two plants.

 

 

 

Monday (May 13th) was actually a very nice day so everyone went outside to do some work. I tackled the leaf pile I made behind BOB. David wanted it moved so the grass could continue to spread into the bare spots and crowd out the weeds. I first had to put some air in the wheel of the wheelbarrow. I used my new little rake and the big leaf rake like salad tongs to place the leaves in the wheelbarrow. It took me six loads to move it over to the compost pile along the south fence.

 

While I was busy doing this, David and Nick were busy painting roof coating on BOB.

 

This is only one of the projects that will be done on BOB over the summer. We are getting him ready for the drive down to the Texas coast. We are planning on staying the winter of 2019 there. This was another reason the spare room was reorganized. So that things we need in BOB for the trip were readily accessible when it was time to pack up and hit the road.

 

Tuesday I first went out to feed and water Milly.
She was more interested in me giving her some pets.
So I obliged her After a couple of quick photos.

 

Then I went out to do some mowing. I did the section directly in front of the house between the deck and the back stairs. Later in the day, David moved BOB into this area. This will make it easier to continue his repairs. I took the photos the next morning before starting my next section of mowing.

 

I also happened upon the johnny jump-up in the west flower bed. This just goes to show you how cool and wet this spring has been. These little guys like it shady and wet. They usually have not jumped-up until I have begun regularly watering the beds.

Look at me! I am an early jumper!

 

 

Wednesdays section was rather large. I started at the west tree over to the east end tree that holds the clothesline. I finished that then just kept on going east until I reached the fence. I worked my way back towards the north over and around the wood pile, the burn barrel, and in front of the shed.

 

 

I paid for doing such a large section, on Thursday morning my hips were pretty stiff and sore. I go to hang with my daughter and grandboys on Thursdays, so no yardwork was done that day. I was starting to feel fairly good by the afternoon. Then my granddog, Buck was doing his zoomies around the yard. I just happened to be standing in one of his zoom paths. He came zooming by and crashed into my butt knocking me to the ground onto my bad left hip.

My daughter yelled at him because she thought he jumped up on me and knocked me down. After I calmed down and got myself off the ground I explained that he was doing his zoomies and did not do it on purpuse it was an accident.

I spent most of Friday lazing about in bed resting up from my dog collision. I would not have been going outside anyway as the weather decided to get cold and wet again. It was a cold, cloudy, foggy, misty, drizzly day. A perfect day to spend in bed watching dvds. The day’s show to watch was Criminal Minds Season 1.

Saturday was like Friday but not as wet, so I spent the morining playing games on the computer. My daughter’s family came over in the afternoon. We got to see their new family vehicle. It is a 2001 Dodge Durango. They have been needing a new one. Their old car was a Audi sedan. It had two car seats cramped in the backseat with a bit a room for the dog. Now the dog has the whole back section to himself and the carseats are not crowded together.

 

And here we are on Sunday morning typing more to this post.

 

 

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! 🙂

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. 😀

Junkpile: Sorted and Moved

This is the junk pile.

The Before

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David asked me to deal with it so that he could continue digging out this side of the shed.

He needs to replace another rotting out board below ground level.

He also wants to level this area out so that it will drain better and not have standing water against the shed.


The Afters


Speaking of the east end of the garden the summer squash have started setting on fruit.

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This is the pile of trash that was sorted out of the junk pile.

It was mostly plastic items and broken garden tools.

The big plastic sheet is the shower walls from BOB that were removed.

The green cloth material was BOB’s old dining room blinds.

There are also some old BBQ grills and washer and dryer motors.

The blue lawn chair and Frisbee were also in the junk pile but I am keeping them.

That all fit nicely into the back of the pick up.

My son disposed of it all the next day in town.


 

I also straightened up around the front of the shed here are a couple more after photos.


Two days later our area was hit by a really nasty storm.

That is a whole other post.

Gardening, Yardwork, Flowers! Oh My!

As you can see in the photos below the indoor garden is doing well.

 

I got highly motivated this morning after doing a bit of Facebook reading and games. I wanted to hang out some laundry but the grass was a bit tall in my clothes line area. We have been getting good rain and a few warm days and it just went crazy. So I put on my boots and headed to the great outdoors. David said that next time we mowed we should move the wheels to cut it good and short because it has been growing so fast. So that is what I did. I primed the engine, gave the cord a couple of pulls (I never get it started on the first pull such a weakling), and off I went. It went alright except when I tried to plow the mole mounds or the wheels sunk a bit cause the ground is soft from all the rain.  That completed I then hung up my clothes. The next task was to rake up the grass clippings and move them to the new spot for the compost pile.

 

 

David has been keeping busy by preparing the soil and making hills and rows for planting. He had these ones ready the other day. So I planted some of the squashes. He is out again this afternoon continuing his soil preparations and row and hill building. You may think it is strange that he is putting the squash hills in a hole. This is done so we can flood water the hill and the water won’t just run off the hill onto level ground. It will stay in the hole where it will continue to keep the hill moist. We will be watering them using water buckets. This will help conserve water plus we won’t have to drag a garden hose back and forth. It will be good exercise and build up my muscles so maybe I will be able to start the mower in one pull.

 

 

I will step out now to check his progress.  I am back with photos of David in action and his progress.

 

And now the flowers!