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.

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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Uncommon Birds to Our Area That We Have Sited.

Another post idea courtesy of Helberg Farm Stories I had to dig some of these photos up on the external back up hard drive that we have to back up the computers. lol

Rocky Mountain Blue Bird

This is the first time I have been able to capture these little fellows. My husband has seen them several times. He tells me they are there but they have flown off by the time I get the camara. When they do show up it is early spring and just for a few minutes never see them the next day.


Orchard Oriole

I captured a photo of this fellow at the ponds in July of 2014. I thought he was a robin until he started “singing”.

I think they actually stay for a while in the summer at the ponds.

Orchard Oriole


Western Tanager

I got this one in June of 2013. It was really windy that day, so he probably thought the bushes in the backyard would be a good spot to rest. These bushes were low to the ground. Even then the wind was blowing him around. So that explains the blurry photos. That and I was taking them through the window of the back door. I didn’t want to open it and frighten him away.

David has also seen humming birds several times, but they are long gone before he even has a chance to tell me he saw them.

I Think It Is Feeling a bit Like Spring!!

We are still here in Nebraska at our home base. It was 50 degrees at 6:30 this morning and the forecast calls for a high of 74 today with a light wind 5-15 mph. Sounds like a laundry drying kind of day to me! So I hung a load of shirts out to dry.

It is also a good day to start doing some of the spring cleaning yard work. Dave got out a rake and worked on this area of the yard. I helped move obstacles around so he could get under them. Then we moved the old awning off BOB to an older spot of the garden area. We rolled it out and placed tires on the ends to keep it in place. The bind weed is bad here so we hope to starve it out. This will also attract fishing worms.  🙂  So we can peek under it every now and then for them. Oh, need to get those fishing licenses too!

We also need to deal with all the gopher and mole mounds.  We have had some busy ones. They put a large stock pile inside the bottomless old goat house.  Dave will move the dirt to the new garden area he wants to start.