Wow, last night was interesting. I have never (as far as I can remember) seen thunder and lightning this early in the year! I had just put a VHS movie on the television for Hannah when I went into the kitchen. I all of a sudden heard a super strange noise that sounded as if the VCR was eating the tape I had just put in. I ran towards the VCR then realized that the noise wasn't coming from the VCR, but from heavy rain or hail falling on my skylight. It was the loudest I had ever heard it come down on the skylight. I was talking on the phone with my mom when I heard the first loud crack of thunder, then followed up by more lightning. It lasted only 20 minutes, but it was quite a shock (no pun intended!).
Hannah had a great easter! We also went over to Hannah's Great Grandma's (Mrs. P) house for a special turkey dinner, which she just loves the stuffing part! She also tried the mashed potatoes and gravy and actually ate a few bits on her own. She is a REALLY picky eater so it's hard to get her to actually continue eating things that she has tried. We're slowly working on this one!
I will be trying to go outside and get some digging done in the next hour or two. The weather is currently spuratic with rain, sleet, hail and then sun. It's pretty cold outside so we'll have to bundle up.
Well, yesterday I was able to spend a super long time digging in my garden! I ended up shoveling so much that blisters formed, then popped. Yikes! They're pretty sore today and full of liquid again. I hope they will heal soon and turn to a callus so they I won't keep getting sore spots. The blisters are where my ring were, so today I took them off. I don' t know if it made any difference since I think it's the way that I shovel that caused them. Who knows, all I know is my hands are tender.
"Maybe I should be wearing gloves too." - DUH, silly me!
My dad pointed that one thought out for me last night when we were talking on the phone. I just hate wearing gloves so much! I have a decent pair, but my hands are small and I always get irritated when the dirt inside the gloves gets stuck under my nails. It bothers me so much more than when I just get dirt under them from digging bare handed in the dirt. It tends to be dry crumbles of dirt and it's just so uncomfortable for me. Oh-well, it's strange, I'm strange...lol!
Anyway, back to what I was writing about in the beginning of this entry - I was so thrilled to make so much progress and very proud of my hard work!!
Below are the pictures of a before shot, and an after pictures:
Above: The "Before" picture! What a mess with uneven dirt, rocks sticking out everywhere, grass and branches too.
Above: This is the "step" I made. It took me a bit to figure out exactly what I wanted to do design wise, but once I figured it out this quickly fell into place! I was able to start it and finish it in one day! Yipee! I love progress!
Above: A side view of the same area of the picture above this one. It shows my rock step almost finished, and all the dirt I've dug out. My camera seems to distort depth, or maybe it's when I upload them. It seems to smash the depth, weird. The area is deeper than this picture seems to show. Also there is a pile of dirt in the center there that is hard to see and that doesn't help to show how big of an area actually is.
Above: Another view of the step and the area I've been digging in. You can see how much I have dug down by the level of the dirt on the right side of the picture. It's been a struggle and now the "Boulder Brothers and Sisters" have joined forces with the "Root Brothers and Sisters" and have one the battle in one area, but I am not giving up elsewhere!
I was able to do more after I took these pictures so these pictures aren't totally current. I will try and post some more when I get a bit more done. So, tomorrow "a digging I will go!"
I took some really nice pictures of Hannah today with some crocus' (Now, how on earth do you spell crocus plurally, anyone know that one?). She just loves flowers and was just drawn to them. They are the first things to bloom on our property (Unfortunatly they are not mine, they're the Mother-In-Law's, but they are still so nice to see!). No wild flowers yet, and my crocus' are not all the way up either. They should be blooming in the next 2-3 days I'm guessing. We are supposed to get rain and snow mix on Friday so that may slow them down - YUCK!
Hannah loves flowers! I just love these spring pictures! They're some of my very favorites of her so far this year!
Well, I hope everyone enjoys my pictures of spring! Have a great rest of the week and I sure hope that the "rain and snow mix" were going to have on Friday will not be as bad as I am picturing in my head.
I am so tired right now. It's 1:02 and my daughter is still awake. Hannah ended up falling asleep in my arms really late and slept for over 2 hours. We're now so out of wack, plus I couldn't sleep last night and didn't fall asleep until sometime after 4:45 a.m. (that was the last time I looked up at the clock). Yuck! I hate when this happens!!
In gardening news, I did a bunch of digging out in the flower garden today to continue my battle with the evil "ClaySoil" and encountered it's evil siblings "Rock", "Boulder" and "Gravel". I have some picture of the progression of my fight and removal of the evil "Boulder".
The above picture is my first encounter with "Boulder". Shovel in place and ready for action......
Ta-Dah! I was successful in the "Battle of the Tomato Bed". He was a brute, but I persevered!
My seeds inside. They are Zucchini, Cucumbers, and Broccoli (top to bottom). I have to transplant the Zucchini already due to the fact that the roots have already grown through the bottom. I hope to do that soon since I don't want them to die off due to cramped quarters.
Ah, the above picture is my "dead" Alyssum. It just fell over. This picture really doesn't show what it looked like the first day it happened. This was a day or two after they all "fell down". I have NO idea why they did that. It didn't seem to be "dampening off" . Anyway, I will just plant them outside from now on too.
Well, I gotta head to bed. Hope all is well with everyone!