“BTM”

I discovered yesterday quite by accident that my life has been divided into two parts:

  • BTM
  • ATM

I told you that my son helped me choose a new computer. He hates Microsoft and Windows, so he steered me toward an iMac. My husband dragged his feet, not wanting me to get something with which he wasn’t familiar. Since my son designed my website, and he is the one who helps me with that, I decided to get the Mac.

“BTM” stands for “Before The Mac,” and consists of my entire computer life until February of 2015. This was the time when everything computer came right to hand and mind. I didn’t hesitate to work with lots of programs. I felt very empowered – leaping tall projects with a single bound.

“ATM” stands for “After The Mac,” and will be my life until further notice.  Everything that immediately comes to mind or muscle habit no longer applies. I have no mouse. I have a trackpad, to be tapped with one, two or three fingers depending on what you would like to do. I have a smart keyboard that I am only now beginning to get any speed at all on. I CAN now type a complete sentence – most of the time – without erroneously hitting ALL CAPS. It isn’t ergonomic like my Microsoft keyboard. I must keep my hands very close together to use it, but it has many smart keys that I’m learning can to wonderful things.

I used to have two screens, and got used to moving things from one screen to the other, having lots of windows open at the same time. Now I have one 27 inch screen that is GORGEOUS. My son downloaded a bunch of really wonderful pictures that I can change at will to be my desktop screen. I love being able to simply choose from this beautiful collection to match my mood. Right now I have a beautiful painting of people walking in the city in the rain with lights reflecting all over the place.

I’m learning that I have can as many “Finder” screens open as I want, enabling me to move files as I want, and I have all kinds of new programs that allow me to do most everything I did BTM, but I DO have to stop and think, realize that my first idea is probably wrong, and figure out how I do it now…

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Sassy Saturday

We delighted in sleeping late this morning. I got up quietly, only to have my husband awakened because one of our dogs, Bambi, decided this was the morning he wanted to have a say in how fast breakfast was being served, barking loudly. He did this twice, with me shushing him again and again, trying to hurry with the food.

THEN, when he barked again after eating, I let him out the front door only to start a big bunch of loud barking AGAIN when he saw there was someone in our driveway. There was a couple in the Fedex truck who looked quite appalled that Bambi (a 90 lb pit bull) was barking and running in their direction. When he got there, he barked again and then wandered off. (He’s old and almost deaf. He ‘forgets’ why he is out there sometimes. I can relate.)

When the couple figured out that they would not be eaten, they gave me the package. The man of the couple made my day, and I’m STILL walking several inches above the ground. He said something to the effect that “You have the coolest place in town.” When I asked what he meant, he said wonderful things about the mailbox decorations, the critters he and his co-worker saw as they drove up the driveway, and more. As we stood there, they noticed several more things around the yard. They couldn’t have been nicer. The only thing I regret was that my husband wasn’t there to hear the compliments directly.

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The next thing we did was drive to the town square to see the 28th annual Greenwood Car Show.

We’ve enjoyed these year after year, and the shows are getting larger each year. Today the square was FULL of neat cars and motorcycles, as well as people. There was a bounce-around for the kids, plus concession stands, music, prizes, raffles, etc.

My favorite car was a 1932 Deuce Coupe. It was painted a very subtle wine/burgundy/brown softly sparkly color, and then there was a two-toned very elegant ‘braid’ painted all the way around it. It was simply stunning.

Of course my husband knew a lot about the engines and tried to explain it all to me. His careful ‘teaching’ fell on deaf ears, though, as they all look pretty much alike to me. I like the wonderful shapes of the different cars, the paint jobs, etc.  I took my phone so that I could take pics, but the sun was shining so brightly, I honestly couldn’t see the icons on it to find the camera. I gave up and simply tried to suck it all in.

After the car show, we went to our favorite cafe in Jenny Lind for lunch. They make really good hamburgers and we really sucked them down. (It was 1:30 and we had skipped breakfast, making them taste SUPER good!)

When we got home, I went out to the shop. I finished Pepe le Pew & Penelope. It’s hanging from a hook on our A-frame outside, drying from the clear polyurethane protective spray. I also will finish the scarecrow tomorrow. I’ll try to get pics of both of them for you.

Inside, I finished the note cards I painted for a friend and wrapped them up.

This has been a gorgeous day. We have dinner, a rented movie, and our animals to enjoy this evening.

I hope YOUR day was fabulous, as well!

 

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A Creative Point of View – Take 8

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I would love to live by a lake in this house. Wouldn’t it be great to make everyone smile? It would give a whole new meaning to “being in the doghouse.” :0)

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A Creative Point of View – Take 7

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Cute idea, but I’ll like it to have seat belts…

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Back from my happy place

I just spent a fun several hours painting – first in the shop and then in my art room.

In the shop I’m working on two new mailbox decorations at once. I’m going to finish up Pepe le Pew & Penelope tomorrow and we’ll put it up on the 1st of May. I’ll post pics.

Right now we have the Cheshire Cat up. Here are some pics –

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A close up of the decoration.

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This is the way he looks from the road.

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If you come to our home from the other direction, this is what you see. You can see that I had to try to make the attachment tube blend in as much as possible on this back side.

For another hour or so I had fun painting in my art room! I’m painting some personalized note cards for a good friend. It was nice to get up there and lose myself in trying to paint flowers.

Since it’s raining yet again (I know – it IS spring!) – I didn’t try to do anything in the yard. I’m hoping that my square foot garden veggies will make it, though they really got battered in the hailstorm we had recently. The next thing – weather permitting – is pruning roses and pulling weeds out of the planters.

I hope this has been a fun day for you, too.

 

 

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Geezer challenges

This is my new ‘mouse.’ I use it with my new Imac. I’ve had to learn a whole lot of new motions in order to move my cursor around, choose things, delete things, move things, etc. I’m finally beginning to get comfortable with it, for the most part.

Today the Imac messaged me, saying, “The trackpad battery is low. Change it soon.”

I was aware it had batteries, since it’s cordless. I had trouble getting the disc that holds the batteries in the trackpad out. Finally, my husband took pity on me and helped me get the thingie out – with the result that it rolled across the room on the floor. I climbed under the counter and retrieved it, and my husband cautioned me not to put the batteries in backwards.

I saw that I needed two AA batteries. I put them in and then my husband helped me get the thingie in and screwed into the trackpad.

I breathed a sigh of relief and went back to working at my computer.

Or, at least I TRIED to, but no matter what I did with the trackpad, I couldn’t control the cursor. I tried everything I could think of with no good result. I was starting to panic, when I picked up the trackpad and looked at it more carefully. The OTHER end of the battery chamber has a different looking end, so I pushed it. A little bitty green light came on that doesn’t normally show!

All of a sudden I could control where the cursor was again!

It help if you turn on a gadget to make it work….. DUH

 

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Paraprosdokians

I received these from my good friend, Carolyn. I found them wonderful, so I wanted to share them with you.

Paraprosdokians are figures of speech in which the latter part of a sentence or phrase is surprising or unexpected and is frequently humorous. (Winston Churchill loved them)

 

  1. Where there’s a will, I want to be in it.

 

  1. The last thing I want to do is hurt you … but it’s still on my list.

 

  1. Since light travels faster than sound, some people appear bright until you hear them speak.

 

  1. If I agreed with you, we’d both be wrong.

 

  1. We never really grow up — we only learn how to act in public.

 

  1. War does not determine who is right, only who is left.

 

  1. Knowledge is knowing a tomato is a fruit. Wisdom is not putting it in a fruit salad.

 

  1. To steal ideas from one person is plagiarism. To steal from many is research.

 

  1. I didn’t say it was your fault, I said I was blaming you.

 

  1. In filling out an application, where it says, “In case of emergency, notify…” I answered “a doctor.”

 

  1. Women will never be equal to men until they can walk down the street with a bald head and a beer gut, and still think they are sexy.

 

  1. You do not need a parachute to skydive. You only need a parachute to skydive twice.

 

  1. I used to be indecisive, but now I’m not so sure.

 

  1. To be sure of hitting the target, shoot first and call whatever you hit the target.

 

  1. Going to church doesn’t make you a Christian, any more than standing in a garage makes you a car.

 

  1. You’re never too old to learn something stupid.

 

  1. I’m supposed to respect my elders, but it’s getting harder and harder for me to find one now.

 

Spread the Laughter,

Share the Cheer,

Let’s Be Happy  While We’re here!

 

 

 

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Progress report?

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I’m still huffing and puffing from finally being able to weed my square foot garden after so many days of rain.

I told you recently that my garden seemed to have done well despite the awful hail storm we had. I was wrong. Today, down on my hands and knees, I could see the results of the hail. My plants are looking pretty battered, with LOTS of broken branches and leaves. I got the whole thing weeded today, but I don’t know if my plants will make it or not.

I decided not to spread the fabric shade cover until the weather was really hot. That may have been my biggest mistake for the year. If the shade fabric had been up, MUCH less of the dime-sized hail would have battered my plants…

Fingers crossed that I have “the little plants that could.”

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The Last Mimsy

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This movie was made in 2007, but somehow my husband and I missed it. We watched it a couple of nights ago and I loved it.

Kids on vacation find what they believe are toys. When they start to play with them, their intelligence soars, changing their lives. The rabbit, in particular, ‘talks’ to the little girl, and she grows wise beyond her years, getting messages regarding the future.

I found this movie very entertaining. Even my husband, who almost requires dwarf zombies in his movies, liked it. We recommend it highly and look forward to watching it again sometime.

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Later today, hopefully

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This is the perfect morning to enjoy by going back to bed.

It’s 54 degrees, dark and gloomy looking. It’s probably going to rain soon. It makes me want to curl up under an afghan and zone out.

As is usual when I feel this way, we have a long list of  ‘to-do’s for the day, starting with errands in a few minutes.

Maybe another cup of coffee will help.

 

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rough week

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My friend Ann Bell posted this on Facebook recently. I took one look at it and started to laugh. I’m STILL laughing!

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A Creative Point of View – Take 6

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I’ve seen bales of hay, giant cylindrical hay balls, hay stands that hold hay off the ground, but never a huge shark made of hay. I can’t imagine what someone had to do to make this, but I’m in awe of their vision AND their stamina!

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Feeling rich in roses

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I hope you aren’t bored looking at these. Every day we go outside, we have such a beautiful show it lifts our spirits. My husband brought two of the blooms inside.

 

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I just love the way they have so many colors on one rose.

 

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This gives you an idea of all the different colors on one bush.

 

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This is a view from the driveway looking east. You can see all three rose bushes.

 

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Right now they almost look orange. There is a definite feeling of orange glow as you look at the bushes.

 

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We feel rich as we enjoy all the phases of blooms. I’ll try to get out soon and start pruning the spent blooms so that hopefully they all won’t be gone at once.

 

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When a sight like this greets us, it helps us keep everything else in perspective.

We’re feeling rich in Rio Samba roses!

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Progress on Mailbox Decorations

I’ve been painting two mailbox decoration designs at once out in the shop. I’m enjoying working this way because I have to let the paint dry before doing more on each one. This way, I can do all I can on one design, and then switch to the other one.

 

 

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We’ve always loved Pepe le Pew. When Penelope, the black cat, had an accident causing white paint to fall on her, Pepe immediately fell in love with her and the pursuit was on.

 

We love this scarecrow design. It’ll look great on the mailbox in the fall.

Today I finished one side of each of the designs. Tomorrow I’ll flip both pieces over and get started on the 2nd side.

I had planned to weed my square foot garden today. It has been rainy off and on today, so I’m very glad I can switch to something fun. I’m sure the garden will be waiting for me tomorrow….

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A Creative Point of View – Take 5

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This is a beautiful combination of creativity, talent, and sense of humor. I LOVE it!

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Life on the deck

We built our home some 28 years ago in 1987 on top of a ridge line.  When we moved to Arkansas, we wanted to find land on a hilltop with a southern exposure so that we could build an earth-sheltered home. This picture is fancier than the design we chose, but you can get an idea.

Our design was a two-story dome where the only thing you could see at the land’s surface was a cupola similar to the one above. The rest of the house would be underground with the exception of doorways to the outside with steps upward. We could take advantage of passive solar heat, and we would mow our roof. REALLY!  The design we chose was an FHA design and we could order a kit that included the main structural pieces.

The inside would have been similar to this –

To make a long story short, we couldn’t find any builder willing to help us with this. The only estimate we got was $200,000+ with a rock clause included – which meant the sky was the limit on cost, and this was almost 30 years ago!

We ended up building a house that went with the inside space we wanted, a very traditional two-story brick home. Since we had to give up the idea of the earth sheltered home, we decided to build a porch and a deck on this one so that we could enjoy being outside as much as Arkansas will allow. :0)

These have become my favorite parts of the house. We lived a long time with wood half way up the side of the porch. If you were standing, you could see out of the screen, but not if you were sitting at the table. After living with this for a LONG time, we decided, when we had to repair the screens, we would remove the wood and run the screen all the way down. Now we have the joy of feeling that we’re outside without having to worry about bugs. We LOVE eating out on the porch, and cooking out on the deck. Here are some pictures of the porch, deck, and our backyard view –

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We spend a LOT of time on our porch and deck. We wouldn’t have had either of these if we had been successful in building our earth-sheltered home. We think the trade off we made almost 30 years ago was worth it.

 

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Good point

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In our never-ending quest to keep our heads above water, we decided to go through part of our CD collection which has been collecting dust for years, recording the things we like in a more modern form and then donating the actual CDs to the local library. This part of our collection was classical music. (I love some of them, humming along with parts of them, but never being able to remember who wrote what)

My husband has handled the re-recording, and this morning I wiped off and listed our donation – 47 CDs.

The library has sales twice yearly, putting out all the things that have been donated, selling them for really good prices to the public as fundraisers.  We all benefit from this.

My husband and I stop by each fundraiser at least once, buying books we haven’t read yet.

I like to picture the folks who consider our donations interesting – science fiction books, art books, CDs, fiction and non-fiction books, cookbooks, and more.

I hope others can picture US, happily adopting THEIR donations…

“You can’t reach for anything new if your hands are still full of yesterday’s junk” is also true, of course, at the emotional level. I think it’s much more difficult to let go of yesterday’s emotional junk. (Case in point – when confronted with a memory of past hurt or injustice, I find myself getting just as hurt and angry as I was when I stuffed my feelings way down inside in an effort to move on.) :0(

Maybe if I keep cleaning out my physical ‘stuff,’ and seeing the good in sharing with someone else, one day I can attack my emotional baggage in the same way – a piece, or part of a memory at a time –

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New departments

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This is a real department in our house, along with wherever the missing steak knife went –

Today we were washing my husband’s sneakers. He washed his car on the driveway pad yesterday, not able to stand the thick layer of yellow pollen that had taken residence there. We don’t do a lot of washing in the driveway. We prefer to drive through the car wash or maybe use the car wash materials at a do-it-yourself place.

My husband came in, holding his shoes in one hand, walking in his socks, looking a little bit sheepish. He said, “The car soap broke!” What he meant was that when he squeezed the plastic bottle of car soap once too often, it simply gave up – due to intense age – and died all over his shoes. When we think about it, we can’t remember the last time we bought car soap, so the poor bottle may have been 10 or 15 YEARS old…

We washed them today, throwing in towels and things. He started the laundry and then I switched things to the dryer – pocketing the 56 cents in change from the bottom of the washer as payment for my efforts.

Our home is becoming “Departments of Missing ?’s”. plus “Home for the Aging ?’s”

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Questions at the end of the day

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Sometimes a book…

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I love this, and it’s so true for me.

There are few things I enjoy more than diving into a series of books, losing any anxiety, worries and fears while I embrace another world. Even after I finish the series, I’m more calm and feel more in control – whether that is true or not. :0)

I’m deep into rereading the Harry Potter series right now. I’m in the 6th of the 7 books, reading just before I drop off to sleep at night.

I’m reading gardening books during the day, plus I pre-ordered Dana Perino’s book, “And the Good News Is…:Lessons and Advice from the Bright Side.”  I can’t wait to dive into this one!

I hope you’re able to “make the world right again” with good books.

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Spring “sprunging” at the Lewis’

Since spring has definitely sprung here at the Lewis,’ I thought I would give you a quick tour of the things that are “sprunging” –

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This is the planter just outside our office window, to the left side of our front porch. From the nearest part of the planter, you can see hydrangea finally sprouting, then a group of wave petunias, then some periwinkles, an azalea, and finally the greenery for what will be nice, yellow lilies later.

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This is one of two tall brick planters on either side of our front porch. Here you can see an azalea, wave petunias, iris greenery, daisy greenery and more wave petunias. Behind the planter, closer to the front door, is a wide, round planter filled with impatiens.

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This planter is in front of the porch across a sidewalk. It has a Rio Samba Rosebush, and then impatiens, wave petunias, and dianthus.

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Most of our purple iris are gone now, but now is the time of our yellow iris! These are in front of a big hydrangea bush in the blue planter.

 

 

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And these are in a planter beside the top of the driveway.

We love this time of year, when each time we walk around the yard, something new is blooming!

Happy spring!

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A Creative Point of View – Take 4

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I would think this would be GREAT as a business tool. Not only are they able to keep this poor, rusted truck running, they’ve given it a happy personality and are using it to tow other vehicles!

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Paint-filled afternoon

I had a lot of fun this afternoon painting in the shop.

While my husband worked on a rifle he’s building, I painted one side of Pepe le Pew & Penelope. I was going to have to wait until that dried before doing anything more to it, so my husband and I put the scarecrow piece up so I could mark it on both sides. I then painted about 2/3 of one side of that.

My husband and I talked and laughed while we worked on our projects. The temperature was wonderful. Our dogs came in and out of the shop. We pretend they’re checking on us, but we know they come because we keep dog biscuits there…

Tonight we’re grilling a steak to share, enjoying a truly glorious day.

I know the eastern part of the country is having some hairy weather tonight.

Stay safe!

P.S. For those who are wondering, some of our flowers were a bit battered, but the veggies in the square foot garden seemed to have come through the hailstorm just fine. WHEW!

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Aftermath of the storm

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We had a really quick, hard storm yesterday afternoon with dime-sized hail really coming down. Our yard looked almost as if it had snowed by the time it stopped.

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As we were eating breakfast, we were happy to see that the first hummingbird we’ve seen this season was back, eagerly drinking from the feeder.

We have a squirrel/bird feeder that is attached to the outside of our dining area window. There’s a wooden base with a “house” with holes in both sides and a place where a gallon-sized bottle sits. My husband made it better by attaching a long spring to hold the bottle on, since we’ve learned the hard way that squirrels and birds can be rough.

This morning we had a small squirrel inside the wooden ‘house.’  He seemed unconcerned when we showed up to eat breakfast, not minding that we were making noise on the other side of the window or moving around. We sat and watched him throughout our meal. He turned from side to side, and a couple of times looked right at us through the glass.

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We thought we had already had quite a morning with the hummingbird and the squirrel, but as I stood on our back porch drying my hair with a towel, a roadrunner came out from under a cluster of evergreen trees. He (or she) walked calmly about, moving his/her tail up and down in their characteristic way. I watched it for some time, then called my husband to see. The roadrunner, however, had other things on his/her agenda and didn’t wait to show off for my husband.

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We haven’t been out to the garden yet. We don’t know if our flowers and veggies made it through the storm, or if we have branches to cut up before we can get down our driveway. We do have a LOT of leaves all over the yard.

I’ll take a survey and see what’s what.

I hope that YOU came through any severe weather yesterday without harm.

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A creative point of view – Take 3

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I’m not sure how practical this would be. It’s certainly creative, and I admire how long it must have taken to create it.

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Hail Storm!

Soon after I gathered stuff from the garden and took some pictures, the sky suddenly darkened and we had about half an hour of heavy rain and dime-sized hail. After that, the sun came out! Here are some pictures that give an idea of the storm.

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And while the hail was pelting everything (so loudly that my husband and I had to SHOUT to each other to be heard – and we were standing right next to each other on the porch) – we had a surreal dance of clouds along the ridge lines behind the house.

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I thought we might have a rainbow, the sun was so bright, but didn’t see one. Now it’s getting dark again…

We’re under the gun for waves of severe weather until 8:00 tonight. I have no idea whether the flowers and veggies survived this –

Stay safe!

 

 

 

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Progress Report – Square foot garden

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This is Row One of the garden. You can see tomato plants, bell peppers, and cucumbers along the left side of the picture. Then broccoli and lettuce plants in the rest of the row.

 

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This is Row Two. More broccoli and lettuce plants, and then 16 squares of asparagus at the top of the picture.

 

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Some of the broccoli plants have started to make! I’m embarrassed that you can see a lot of little weeds, but maybe my energy level will improve next week and I can get these under control.

 

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I have lots of pretty lettuce plants. I’m harvesting the outer leaves of the plants, leaving the rest to grow.

 

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Another lettuce plant, along with weeds… :0(

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These are tomato plants and bell pepper plants. You probably can’t see them, but there are yellow blossoms on the tomato plant!

 

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Square Foot Garden Harvest!

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I went out for a quick look at our garden this morning. It’s been several days since I’ve done anything out there, due to illness, so I just took some pictures and then gathered a bit.  I could have harvested 3 times as much lettuce, but I’ve decided to just cut what I plan to use in tonight’s salad. This is the first harvest of lettuce from my spring garden.

 

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This is the 3rd asparagus harvest!  First harvest had some woody pieces, but the 2nd harvest was wonderful. I’m hopeful that today’s harvest will be good. I’m supposed to harvest when the spears are about the size of a pencil. My asparagus is not following the rules, however. Some of it was a couple of feet tall, but very thin. Other stalks were short and fat….

I’ll try to get back out there tomorrow. I noticed lots of weeds that need attention.

 

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And the roses bloom!

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I’ve told you that we have never had much luck with roses before we discovered Rio Samba roses. Now we have 3 fairly large rose bushes in our planters across the yard. We had the first rose a few days ago. Now we have roses everywhere!

 

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I took this picture to show you the range of colors these pretty roses go through. You can see that the buds are bright yellow with some coral accents. As they bloom, they’re a wonderful combination of yellow and coral, finally turning to completely coral.

 

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The only complaint we have is that the blooms tend to come in waves – we have lots of blooms all at once. Then I prune the bush as the roses get ready to shed petals, and the bush is almost totally green with no buds. Then we get a bunch of buds in two or three weeks, and then a profusion of blooms again.

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Happily enough, these wonderful roses bloom all the way to frost!

 

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You can see two of the three bushes in this picture. We just love it when they break out in bloom!

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A creative point of view – Take 2

credit - email from Marsha Koenig

credit –
email from Marsha Koenig

I just plant veggies and flowers. Now THIS is creative gardening!

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