Last week of January-February will warm up and planting should start around here soon. I saw several paperwhites in bloom in yards on my way to work this AM. Of course, now, we could be planting onions, cabbage, carrots, cole crops. I cut 2 cabbages last weekend, and made cabbage rolls. 5 more left to pick! I'm starting to prepare for my spring stuff, and I've started a few seeds, but nothing's sprouted yet.
I received a card and a little "treat" from Sandy-thank you Sandy-you'll be getting a note from me soon. Bill sent me some dvd's to watch-thank you Bill-I'll watch them as soon as I get someone to show me how to work my DVD player. (lol). Clint gave it to me 2 Christmas's ago, and I've never used it. Tells you how much of a movie watcher I am! I have sent seeds out today to KeyWee, Betts & Lisaz. Looking ahead!
I'm bored, lonesome and cold. Winter always gets me down-thank God we only have 2-2 1/2 months of it! I had a yard full of Red-wing blackbirds yesterday, which tells me spring isn't far off. No robins yet, but Pete has seen bluebirds, and the goldfinches are growing in number. Mostly everything is still brown & bare, but there are buds on the Bradford Pears and the Swamp Maples, so all we need is one week of mild temps and we'll have flowers!
I hate winter. So dull and boring. The goldfinches are coming back in bunches, and I saw 2 red-winged black birds at the feeder that must have fallen out of the sky(lol), so spring is not too far off here in the Gulf south.
I am starting to prepare for my spring/summer garden. I put some lime in one bed, pulled up some of the broccoli plants, and made a list of things I need to get (more dirt, compost, fertilizer, etc.) We've had several nights in a row of below freezing temps, but everything mostly looks ok. I figure if it survived last winter, it will survive this one (so far anyway!) I began going through my seeds, and even started some, a couple of tomatoes, bell peppers, daturas, marigolds, Texas start hibiscus. I am not certain, though, about the hibiscus. Do the seeds need to be cold for a while? Never could get one going last year, either, though I had several come up from seeds in my flower beds/pots. I sure have a lot of seeds! I need more beds! I made a few starts of some houseplants, too. In early March I have a yard/plant sale, and I always do real well with the spring one, because of the plants, and march is only 6 weeks away!
I planted some more sweet peas, cause I only have 2 coming up. I haven't planted any in a few years, don't know why, cause I sure love their smell! I have noticed tiny green buds on my clematis(which I totally ignored this winter!), and snipping dead growth off some of my other plants all show green! It is almost time to cut back the roses, and they are already putting on new growth. The petunias are growing nicely, the pansies are not too good, the dianthus are starting to take off, too.
I am going to post a few seeds that I have to share in the seed swap forum. I am mainly looking for a couple types of tomatoes, and some flower/vine seeds. Not much, really, because I have a lot of vegetable seeds from things I like already. I think this year I am going to concentrate more on vegetables, mostly because of the economy. I have 1 pack of green beans left in the freezer, about 4-5 packs of squash and 2 eggplant.
Stay warm, Peeps! Supposed to get to low 50's today-it's cloudy and just plain blah looking. In need of SUNSHINE!
Jan 14, 2011 | 6:42 AM PST
He is doing well, He was on facebook this morning! He feels ok and should be going home today. It was scary for a while. Doc said his gall bladder was so green it looked like a Christmas Tree! (probably a new one). thanks for the prayers & well wishes. :)
Jan 13, 2011 | 9:20 AM PST
This morning, my brother, Pete(Pyoung on here) was at the hospital with stomach/chest pains. The old gall bladder will be coming out today, but he could use a prayer or two. I'll keep you posted on his status (if I know before 3;30 today)
Jan 7, 2011 | 11:29 AM PST
I received a message from Bugnut not too long ago, and I see he posted in Prayer Requests. I don't feel at liberty to say what, but things just keep getting worse and worse for him. He is now having eye trouble along with a multitude of other new developments. Let's send best wishes and prayers for him as best we can-
2010 was not a very good year for me. I don't think I've ever been this glad to see Christmas come to an end. Phew!
I did get to see a very special boy that was one of my son's friends from a very early age. His dad was almost never "there", Mom was an alcoholic (Dad is/was, too), and she lived in another town. From the age of 5 until about 10, they lived down the street from us, and Ike spent most of his time at our house. I even had a dresser drawer just for him with clean clothes in it, because he looked like a homeless child. We even took him on vacation with us. At one time I asked his dad to let me raise him-he wouldn't. In his teen years after they moved, he got into a lot of "trouble", and he moved to Arizona with an older brother. I hadn't seen him since then. He called me the day after Christmas-he was back and wanted to see me! It was so GREAT! He is 27 now, looks good, clean cut, and although he has been into more trouble, he is getting his head on straight. He has a job, is living with another brother (that has turned out very well), and he keeps him straight. He almost teared up when I questioned him about it. He promised me he is going to do ok. Praying for my other "little boy".
The New Year came in without celebration from me. Petey was out of town (hunting that $600.00 lb. deer meat), I had invitations to 3 different parties-but I went to bed early. Didn't see the Moon Pie drop! I did cook some traditional New Year's eating-like this cabbage:
I have 8 more of these to cut-but they are far from ready! Will be starting to clean up the bed for spring planting, soon. Threw out some more radish seed, lettuce is coming up and will plant some carrots this month. AND... my tulips left over from last year are poking through the ground! Things are getting better...