Thanks to Marsha Koenig for her email.
I just came in from filling some of the holes in the yard – panting, sweating, and gulping cold water – to find this posted by Sherry Dell’aria McGrath on Facebook.
My spirits went through the roof and I laughed aloud. THEN I discovered that this was actually something I could order! I did, and can’t wait to wear it!!!
With all the rains we’ve been getting the past week or so, my husband and I are becoming attuned to Mother Nature, building our activities around whether it’s dark or light, raining or not, more than we ever have before.
We’ve been outside much of the day after a quick run to town.
We’ve mowed the yard, used the push-around gas-powered weed whacker, and the hand-held weed whacker to get the civilized part of our yard under reasonable control. We have a nice weed blower I used to get rid of all the debris, so we’re looking reasonably good at the moment! I’ve also been attacking trees that are extending their reach to the point we have trouble navigating around them.
Yesterday I did a significant amount of pruning on a tree along the back of our civilized area. My husband noticed that he didn’t have to duck as much to mow that part of the yard. I think I’ll do more so he can walk right under it without having to duck at all.
We also have a huge complex of three really large evergreen trees in the back. This is the home of countless birds. We love that, but they don’t really need all the limbs down low that are encroaching on our space, so that’s on my list to prune next.
Today is ‘fill-in-the-holes-in-back-yard’ day, as soon as I catch my breath. I told you about stepping into one a couple of weeks ago. My ankle is still sore and bruised! My husband almost stepped into it today while mowing, so I’ll grab a couple of large bags of topsoil, put them – and a shovel in the wheelbarrow – and fill that, and another one, today.
I’ve also done some work in the gardens. I’ll probably be outside working in the yard much of the holiday weekend. Except for it being hot and humid, I’m enjoying the feeling of making good progress out there.
I hope that you’re enjoying the weekend and doing something you enjoy.
I hate to admit that I’m greedy, but I’m upset that my lettuce is beginning to bolt, signaling the end of the season. I was glad I could give some good Romaine and Butter Crunch lettuce to my friends today. I have another package for a friend who’s out of town, but will be home soon.
I may be able to get more before the plants have to be pulled out.
Before I tried to grow lettuce, I had no idea that lettuce bolted, or what that meant.
“Bolting is a survival mechanism in a plant. If the weather get to be above where the plant will survive, it will try to produce the next generation (seeds) as quickly as possible. Some plants that are known for bolting are broccoli, cilantro, basil, cabbage and lettuce. The flavor turns bitter and the leaves tend to get smaller and tougher, making them inedible.”
This is a really sudden process. Here are some pictures of the last of my lettuce crop –
See the tops starting to flower? That’s bad.
The Romaine looks as if it’s a jungle plant!
I’ll probably harvest the last of the lettuce next week. We’ve really been lucky to have such a good season. I’ll plant more in the fall, hopefully, in the side lettuce garden.
Yesterday between rain storms I harvested Romaine and Butter Crunch lettuce from both the main square foot garden and the side lettuce garden. I washed it and then put it in piles to give to friends today.
We gave two ziplock bags of lettuce to our friends at Lunch Bunch today, (and we got some eggs in return!) and then drove out to visit a good friend who had knee replacement surgery at the end of March, taking her a bag, as well.
We had a really nice morning, exchanging goodies and catching up with really good people.
Today I’ll try to get out and take some pictures, if the weather will allow. (We’re due for possibly severe weather this afternoon and evening.)
When my husband returned from taking the doggies out this morning, he gave me this. Isn’t this pretty?
I think this is the best year for hydrangeas that we’ve had in a LONNNNNG time. They love the cooler weather and the rain. We have some white ones that are luscious, too.
Our Rio Samba Roses, however, are not happy at all. After I posted the pretty blooms earlier this spring, they’ve really gone downhill. They don’t like all the rain. My leaves have black spots on them. It’s raining so much that trying to spray them with fungicide is pointless. I’m just hoping that they’ll recover once this monsoon season we’re having this spring passes.
We went to do errands this afternoon. Pleased that it wasn’t raining, we stopped at the co-op to see if they had anything interesting for me to plant in the square foot garden. Happily, we found some cucumber and zucchini squash plants.
Just as we started up the driveway, big raindrops started falling on the windshield. It was raining full out by the time we got to the garage.
The cucumber and zucchini plants are sitting on the counter in the garage. I’m not sure if I’ll get to plant them today or not. Such is our life now – living between rain storms.
We just came in from getting all the irrigation systems in working order for the planters in the yard, on the porch, on the deck, and in the square foot garden.
It took us about an hour and a half to check things, fix leaks, replace some stuff, etc., but we think we’re good to go now.
Just as we were finishing on the deck, it started sprinkling outside. :0)
We turned everything off, since we seem to be having rain every day, but now all we have to do is plug in a transformer in the well house and all will be watered daily on a timer.
Our system looks nothing like the sprinkler above. Ours is more hoses, copper tubing, drip irrigation parts, etc., but it saves us from having to stand outside with the hoses for an hour every night, trying to keep things alive.
It’s so muggy outside that I was tempted to simply turn the hoses on ourselves!
Our new normal is to do what we can between rain storms.
Oddly, enough, though, one of the things on our list today is to get the irrigation system up and running because some of our plants aren’t getting enough water…. such as the planters on the front porch that are pretty protected from rain.
My husband and I have decided that WE are what triggers rain lately. It’s dry until we walk out the door, or get out of the car, or come out of a store…
Paranoia aside, this has been a really good spring for Arkansas. Usually, we have a freeze, then 3 days of ‘spring’ followed by super hot, dry weather for the summer into the fall. This spring has been so good for the plants that we’re having to spend part of each possible day cutting back the stuff on the driveway so that it doesn’t grow together!
Speaking of our driveway – our driveway guy did SUCH a good job. It’s really a pleasure to go up and down. This won’t last long, between rains and the UPS delivery man. Accordingly, since we got the driveway fixed – particularly in a rush because he was having so much trouble getting up here, he hasn’t been here since. :0)
I’m going to try to get out to the main square foot garden today to harvest the lettuce that’s trying to bolt. The plants are super tall now, so I’m not sure if the leaves will be bitter or not. I’ll also harvest from the lettuce planter beside the house, keeping things separate, just in case.
My main wish for the next week is that we get through it without too much severe weather. We’re due for the bad stuff tonight into tomorrow. Kind of keeps you on edge.
Stay safe, everyone!
Today I got much more than a wonderful haircut from my hairdresser.
We’ve both changed our lifestyles to get healthier. He’s a diabetic and I’m just old, overweight, and too sedentary.
We compared notes as he did his magic to my head.
The end result was that it comes down to choices. It’s not that we can “NEVER” eat something we like again – it’s that we are CHOOSING not to eat it right NOW. We CHOOSE to move more today. We CHOOSE the long-term over the short.
Attitude is all.
One meal at a time. One exercise at a time. One day at a time.
We CHOOSE to try to be better than we were yesterday.
I seem to have reached yet another plateau in my efforts to get the lard off and get healthier. I’m still at 43 lbs off (depending on the day) and 20.5″ off.
It’s a good thing I don’t have time frames for results in my change in lifestyle. Some weeks are such character-building exercises. On weeks like this, I’m fortunate that- although I didn’t see any changes THIS week – I can look back to August of last year and see really strong, good results. THAT motivates me to keep on keepin’ on.
SO – even though I can’t report to you that I lost any poundage or have any good results with the measuring tape, I CAN report that my determination to get healthier is strong.
Hope you have a wonderful week!
My GUESS is that these creative artists hammer in tacks in the shape of the design and then do the string work. I’m amazed at their talent and creativity. I might have to try this form of art, if only to gain an even greater admiration, if possible.
Several days ago I posted this photograph, asking for help in finding out what this pretty blue wildflower was. A couple of days ago, my good friend, Laufrain wrote, giving me the URL to a page. She said she thought the flower was a wild larkspur, and the scientific name was “Delphinium Carolinianum.” I looked it up and and I think she’s right! It’s perennial and is supposed to bloom April through June each year.
I googled the scientific name and then looked for bulk seed. I found a website that was selling this in bulk, so I ordered some. It’s on the way now!
I’m planning to simply spread the seed along the driveway on both sides, plant some in a planter pot on the deck, and spread the rest along the back yard and between the house and the shop. I’d love to have several swaths of this lovely blue flower all over the yard!
Thank you, Laufrain!
My husband and son worked together to create an alarm system for our garage door. When the door is going up, the alarm says, “The garage door is opening.” When it’s going down, the alarm says, “The garage door is closed.”
Yesterday we had a rash of alarms for some unknown reason.
We were both in the office working at our computers and the alarm went off, saying,
“The garage door is opening.” “The garage door is closed.” “The garage door is opening.” “The garage door is “The garage door is opening.” “The garage door is closed.” closed.” “The garage door is opening.” “The garage door is closed.” “The garage door is opening.” “The garage door is closed.” (I think you get the idea.)
We got up and checked and saw nothing. No movement of the door.
We got busy again and the alarm went off and on again, over and over. We were going nuts.
Finally, my husband checked it another time and saw a bird sitting on the sensor in the garage. He tried to shoo it outside, but it wouldn’t go. We’ve had hummingbirds trapped in the garage before, but not a regular bird. We both tried to get it to fly outside waving brooms carefully. The garage door was wide open, and it was much lighter outside than it was in the garage, but the bird couldn’t seem to find its way outside.
Finally, my husband brought the broom down very carefully, bringing the bird down on the garage counter. It was clearly exhausted, poor thing. He carefully picked up the bird and put him outside on one of our metal critters.
We watched him breathing hard for several minutes, and then, to our relief, he flew away.
The haunting of the garage door seems to be over.