It is warm today, in the 70's, balmy-yay! I'm ready to kick off the real shoes and put on some sandles-or even better-BAREFOOT!
I took the cover off my bed that I let go dormant during winter, and it was LOADED with fire ants. I knew that-happens every year. So, one pound of ant poison, cover back on, and I took it off again yesterday. They appear to be gone. No grass or weeds to contend with-and I'm thinking when my sweet, cutie pie nephew comes to eat after his ball game tomorrow, I can get him to till it for me! I'll make my rows and buy my plants and probably plant next week.
Signs of Spring in La:
The azaleas are blooming, the red buds are budding, the blackbirds are EVERYWHERE, the peepers in the marshes are LOUD, new growth is prevalent- but the #1 sign of spring in Louisiana...
THE DRIVE THRU CRAWFISH HUTS ARE OPEN!!!!!!!! Yay!!
Another Mardi Gras come and gone. In past years I have been so gung-ho Mardi Gras, but like all things, the older you get, the less you care. I went to the parade, alone (Pete is having problems with his pets now!), and for the first time in my WHOLE memory-I actually watched more than scrambled for trinkets. Even then, I still caught quite a few. Many of the floats this year did not have a full load of People-I think many dropped out because of the economy. I do have a couple of pics, but it was getting dark when the parade started, and they are not too clear. SOMEHOW, i have 2 posted in "Game Crazy"-they're supposed to be in Photos-Who knows what keys I hit!:~~~~
It is FAT TUESDAY! I will be working only a part of today-We have 3 parades, the first starting at 10:30 this morning. We have had 3 over the weekend, but I didn't go to any thing Mardi Gras this past weekend. Tired, and kind of chilly for me. Today the temp will reach the upper 60's-perfect for catching beads! I really wanted to go to the Gala last nite- That is where all the krewes and their captains and kings and queens parade their costumes according to their Mardi Gras theme. It is really something to see!
Instead, I went to eat with my brother and his family for Kyle's 21st birthday. He got a large jar of olives from me(he really likes them!). Those 2 boys kept me laughing-I had a real good time.
I hope to get some pics to share with you. It will be a long day!
**PS: All who have asked for cannas & gingers. My ground is so wet I am having a hard time digging them, but will get them out as soon as the ground dries some!!**
I hope all had a nice Valentine's Day. Mine was nice. Petey brought me a little vase of flowers,and my next door neighbor and his son had gone fishing (40 speckeld trout-OH so good!), and he had a little fish fry, so I didn't cook!
Spring is so close, here. I have a yard full of red wing blackbirds. Peanut the bird deterrent has been barking his little head off!! And I have finches. Lots of finches. I fill 2 socks every 2 days. They are so neat to watch! I downloaded the stuff for the Backyard Bird Lookout, and I'm not believing the birds they say we have in this area!! They must call them something different than we do, cause in my almost 56 years of living here, I don't think I've seen all those birds!!
I started clearing a little stuff out of my various beds and made a list of what I want to do. PEOPLE!! I have WAY too much to do for one person!~!! My look around (this is not all, mind you!), is to expand my east corner to hold my large plumbago, chop out the neighbor's banana tree that has crept under the fence (I like the trees, just not in my yard!), plant a crepe myrtle, and a mulberry that I have in pots, plant the bird of paradise in the ground. Plant my potatoes (it rained all weekend, too wet!) Clean out and fertilize my day lilies (LOTS of them), start seeds of about a zillion different things (why? I just have a small yard! I CAN'T HELP MYSELF!) REPOT, repot and repot houseplants. Plant my blueberries in the ground, and FOR PETE'S SAKE-cut the grass! er--weeds!
I had to cut down my cascia tree (do you remember my small tree loaded with yellow blooms in the fall?). It was leaning way to far to one side, and my neighbor complained little about it-so I cut it WAYYY back, but I'll have to totally do away with it :(
Bottle Brush is FULL of new growth, and when it blooms it is gorgeous. I chopped down the ginger lilies, they're already putting out new growth. I will be digging up A LOT of canna lilies-the ones with a yellow flower and red throat. If anyone wants any, PM me-I will have lots! Same with the ginger lilies, though I won't have as many to share.
Wow, this is lengthy!! Hope you liked reading about my little world!
I'm back from a really great trip. I was not wanting to go because it just didn't feel right, but I had a great time. Unfortunately, I FORGOT TO RECHARGE THE CAMERA! I did get a few pics, I've only posted one so far, but I did take more with my cell phone-Now I just have to find someone who can get them to my e-mail!
It was raining when I landed, and rained the whole weekend, off and on, however, we did sneak in some good stuff. WE (me and Clint) saw a WHALE! I had heard that they move south about this time,and asked Clint if he had seen any. He said no, but he never really looked. We're driving along the coast on the base, and suddenly he asks if I saw that "little spout of water". Well, no. So we stopped and looked a long time, and it seemed like every now and then you could see a rise in the water, but nothing. He got his binoculars, and said, oh yea, there's something there! He hands them to me and I'm looking through them AND IT JUMPED OUT OF THE WATER!!! AwesomE!!! It all happened so fast we looked at each other yelling DID YOU SEE THAT!! And it never came out again! It was unbelievable!!
Then, he takes me "starfish hunting". It's been drizzling rain, and we go down a little "cliff" to flat rocks, that kind of step down into the water. The surf is really high, and the tide is coming in, so we didn't see much (and got soaked from the knees down!), however, instead of the masses that he always saw, I got to see one dead one, a little smaller than your palm, and one big one clinging to a rock too close to the surf to get near enough for a picture. I would have liked to have gone there again. That was my kind of stuff!
It was beautiful. Bird of Paradise everywhere, like we have azaleas here-the local hedge! Sago palms 15 feet high. Bottle Brush trees clipped to be shrubs, or 15-20 feet high. Fields and fields of artichoke! Just planted strawberries for as far as you could see. AND WINE! We did several wineries-did you know you can pair wine with olives? I thought they only went well with Bloody Mary's! Lots of fields of "unknowns". It was wonderful. I do have one picture to share. This tree was planted in 1876-yea, I double checked cause it didn't seem possible. I was going to look it up, but didn't before I started my post-ANYwas-it is some sort of "fig" as in "scheffelera" fig tee. Approx. 140 years old.--Those 2 little people are my son and his girlfriend.
Leaving tomorrow early to go to Ca for Clint's graduation for whatever it is he's going to be. He's been there since July and it's rained once. I just checked the weather there-80% chance of rain Thursday through Sat. I'm coming home Sunday. Figures. Went to visit him in Florida to go to the air show-they had the worst rain and wind there in 20 years-the show was cancelled. That was Ft. Walton in April!
Hope to get some good photos (if the sun comes out!) Will check with you on Monday! I'm not eager for this trip, with Motley still not healed, and now Peanut has allergies. Constant scratching-and taking new med that I have to watch his reaction to. Pete will take care of them-he dearly loves Peanut-but he's like any grandpa-let's him do what he wants! (lol). And our weather here this weekend is supposed to be in the 70's and sunny!