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. πŸ˜€

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 thingΒ  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?

 

What A Difference a Few Hours Make

 

Yesterday I ended my post about our Weekend Yard work with this photo.

By 11 am the snow had stopped and the sun was pushing through the clouds.

I knew that the snow would not last.

I was correct this is a photo of the same location 12 hours later.

The rest of the snow in the shady areas should be gone before today is done.

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. πŸ˜€

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

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

Shave and A Haircut, Two Bits!

 

Sunday (03/26/2-17) was time for the Peter Parkers’ and the Shreks’ annual spring hair cuts.
I do this every spring to get rid of the brown tips from the dry winter air on the Peters. The Shreks get trimmed back to their pots other wise they would grow to the other end of the house. The leaves of the Skreks between the pots and the ends usually die off so I have all these rope like vines hanging from the bookshelf and faux fireplace mantle.

The Before Photos

This photo shows Peter Parker with Peter Parker the IV and one of Shrek’s twins Stubby.

I just named him that because he hardly grows past his pot.

This is Shrek’s other twin, Stretch, I named him that because he does grow beyond his pot.

He was quite wilty. I trimmed off his long vine back to the pot and I also added more soil.

This is Peter Parker the II he was in pretty good shape just trimmed a bit of brown tips and added some soil.

Peter Parker the III needed a lot of work. He had many brown leaves.

He also had a son dangling that needed a pot of his own.

I need to think of a name for him as soon as he is on his own.

I can’t call him Peter the Fifth because he did not come from Peter Parker.

Whoa, this means Peter Parker is now a grandpa!

This is Shrek. He likes to take over the book shelf and kitchen window during the winter.

I trimmed the longer vine back to the pot and curled it into the pot and added soil over it.

The After Photos

 

 

Peter Parker the III all spruced up and his son in his own pot. The son will stay attached for a week or a little more so he can put down roots then I will cut the umbilical vine. I will move him over to the video case to sit on the other end with Peter Parker the IV. I was thinking of naming him, Venom.

 

These 3 photos show how I arrange everyone on the faux fireplace mantle. The Shrek twins on the ends with Peter Parker in the middle and all my nickitty nackitty stuff arrange around them.

Now that the house plants are all ready for another growing season I think I will be starting some of my flower garden seeds soon. I need to go through them as I forgot what I bought last fall on clearance.Β  πŸ™‚

Mamma, It Was Cold Outside!

 

As many of you know the Midwest had some pretty damn cold weather last week. We knew it was coming so Milly the Shed Cat got to come in the house. I went out several times on Friday the 16th she was not coming out from under the house into the shed where I could get her. She was up in the sublfoor of the bathroom staying warm. I went out around 3 pm and she finally came out to me. I put her inside my coat as I was walking to the house she got a little freaked so I let her poke her head out. She didn’t know what to think about that cold wind and snow.

She came in and started running around checking things out. She wanted in the spare room as in previous years that was her room, but this year it is occupied by Little Kitty. So we set Milly up in Nick’s bedroom. I took her in to show her that is where her belongings were( food and water bowls ). She was satisfied with the arrangement.

Well with all three kitties in the house they had to take turns getting to run around. Sully is ok with the girls, but the girls are not ok with each other. So really the girls had to take turns being out of their rooms.

Milly still hisses at Sully, but he is big enough to handle her. Milly hisses at Little Kitty she just doesn’t know any better and thinks Milly is trying to play so she runs up at her. Milly is not playing and gets a bit rough. So nope can’t have them out at same time.

Well Milly did fine. She got comfortable with being in again. She found me one afternoon. She wanted some pettings and a cozy lap. I had to take some photos of her. I just love it when she has her winter floof, it is so soft. She discovered me taking photos and had to get her nose all up in the camera. LOL πŸ˜€

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The weather has warmed up now to above freezing, so I put her back in her shed yesterday afternoon. She was ready to go back, she gets a bit of cabin fever in the house. I opened the door and she jumped right out of my arms. She ran over to make sure I had returned her food and water bowls. She then settled down to eat.

 

Whooo! Hooo! Looky, What I Caught!

at around 3 this afternoon!


Started out catching the bait fish. I had to pull him through some cattails that is why he is all fuzzy. lol Then we put him on our float pole. within just a couple of minutes a big fish was messing with it. I watched and waited. David told me to just be patient. Finally I see the float disappear just under the surface. I am repeatedly saying ” He ate it!” David says set the hook, set the hook! I give a good yank and the battle is on. I go to the left to keep him out of the cattails, I think I have him lined up to bring him through to miss them and he goes to the right. I was not fast enough to keep him out of the cattails on that side. He is hung up in them now. So David takes off his boots and socks, pulls up his pants legs, and wades out with the net to get my rascally fish. THANK YOU HUBBY! I probably would have lost him other wise. Good thing we take BOB to the pond David was able to take off his wet pants and dry off. We had to have Nick bring him some dry ones. We decided we may have to start carrying a change of clothes. lol We continued fishing. David caught himself a bait fish. He had a really good bite too, but he lost his just before the bank. He said it was about the same size as mine. We came home just a little after dark. Gets chilly once the sun is behind the ridge.

 

Really, You Say Its November?

Tell that to my flowers.

I have been out raking leaves and cleaning out the flower beds this week. Most of the flowers are done doing there thing. Growing , Blooming, looking pretty, and repeat the a fore mentioned steps then dropping their seeds everywhere.

Our fall has been pretty nice with daily highs still in the mid seventies. Why, just two or three days ago the high was 78 and the low in the mid 40’s. This is unusual for this time of year in my neck of the woods.

So you can see why some of my flowers are a bit confused and are still doing the growing and blooming.

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This is the flower bed on the south side of the house. I have a couple of marigolds hanging in there. The other flowers are the helichrysums. As I was raking this bed out I pulled three very small carrots out. Later that day I was doing something else outside and notice the tops of some larger carrots above the ground. I decided to pull those ones. Well the leaves snapped off, so I had to dig them up. I thought I might as well dig them all up, just to see what I got.

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I was pleasantly surprised with these. They almost filled a quart storage bag. They were put in the turkey soup I made the next night for supper. They were good! They all may seem small, but this was a variety that was only suppose to get 6 inches long anyway. πŸ˜€

David’s Catfish

 

My daughter Kay, son-in-law Justin, and grandson Martin, had just stopped by the ponds to see how things were going. Then we hear David’s bell ringing like crazy. He is hollering for someone to bring the net. I take it over to the edge of the bank but it is to steep for me to get down fast enough to be of any help. So Kay gets down and I pass the net to her. She puts the net in the water sideways. David tells her to lay it flat on the bottom,Β  he is able to drag the fish over the net, and Kay scoops it up! Yippee team effort. David gets the fish up to BOB’s cabin door, he is trying to remove the treble hook, he asks for the needle nose pliers. I am about to hand them to him, when he says never mind the hook just fell out. The fish was only snagged behind his front fin. Good thing they got him in the net or he could have been the one that got away!

I briefly mention it in my poem, you can view the poem here.