Sep 23, 2009 | 4:32 AM PST
Geez! What next?! When I got up this morning, the first thing that I saw was the cerulean blue screen on the tv with its sunshine yellow message "Unusable Signal" shining. What? Did I leave the tv on last night? Surely not. I believe that Hubby or I would have noticed that! I clicked a button and it went off. Hmmm. I didn't click the OFF button. Before I could get my coffee stirred, it popped back on again. I pressed the input button on the tv until I got back to the right channel for reception and it was working fine . . . for about five minutes. Then it would cut off. I turned it back on and it was fine. Over and over and over again! I guess it's time for a new tv. I don't mind buying one, but there is no way that I could hook up all those wires. Now when Hubby needs the tv the most, it goes on the fritz.
He got through the surgery pretty well yesterday, but he was really shaky. He asked us where we wanted to go eat. Bless his heart. He's always thinking of others. We nixed that idea. We had to go by the drug store to pick up his antibiotics and that would be enough of an adventure for him after all he'd been through. He insisted on going in with us. While we were waiting, I decided to pick up some more of those pretty rocks, but they were out. I did find some decorative glass ones, though. They had blues and greens in different shapes. I got shells and stars. I put them in the ceramic swan flower pot, and they picked up the aqua in it quite well.
Hubby says that he's not hurting too badly from the surgery this morning. He did say that his back was hurting worse from the fall that he took a couple of weeks ago. Today it's off to the ophthalmologist. He has to check on his macular degeneration and see if he needs to change his lenses. We didn't want to cancel because it take over six months to get in to see this doc.
Oh, and that home health nurse is supposed to come today with the oxygen monitor. Pooey! I don't know if we'll be back or not, and I don't know if we'll grocery shop today or not either. I guess we'll just have to see how Hubby fares from the eye doc's. I know that I won't be taking him tv shopping. That would be just too much for him.
Now I guess we'll have to do something about the tv. I sure wish I knew someone who did that type of work. There just aren't any people left around here that does house calls!
One good thing about this blog: At least this isn't about Sid the Squirrel.
I am all behind on everyone's blogging. Maybe I'll be able to catch up soon.
I went out to sweep the other day, and the storm door wouldn't open all the way. When I stepped outside, the rug was all askew and crumpled up. Then I noticed that the pillow I have on the footstool was on the floor. There certainly hasn't been any big wind to do that much disarrangement. What the hey? I straightened the rug and began sweeping. Ah HA! There's the evidence. Tracks from the steps up to the door, little clay imprints. Now I know kitty tracks when I see them. There are enough of them embedded in the concrete walks and stepping stones around here! Those aren't kitty prints. Long toes! Sid the Squirrel has been at it again, but this time not only in the yard but on the porch! The little devil! He had been out digging in the First Natural Bed all over the place, thus the wet clay on his feet. When I went out to cover all those holes. There was a huge fire ant bed! It's always something. If it's not the deer and bunnies eating my flowers, it's the toads and squirrels making a mess or fire ants and snakes posing their dangers.There was a little rain right before we went to bed Saturday night--1/2 inch. We were grateful for that.
I hope that I will be able to catch up with everyone. I hate to be all behind.
Sep 16, 2009 | 7:42 AM PST
I had asked this question back in the early summer, but no one gave a definitive answer, so I thought that I would experiment and find out for myself. Something had broken off two pieces from a yellow marigold and I didn't want to just trash it, so I thought that I'd try rooting it in water. Lo and behold, it rooted. Later I tried this little orange variety that Daughter had given me for Mother's Day. Sure enough, it rooted as well. Now she's putting on buds and one little flower.
Speaking of rooting, I also cut off a piece of the Kong coleus and stuck it in some water. Look at the size of those leaves! They look like perhaps they are drooping and dying, but they are not. That's how it grows. Huge leaves! Now it has rooted here at the end of the season. I don't know what I'm going to do with it. I usually just let winter kill off my coleus, but I hate to lose this one and the other old-fashioned ones that I have rooted. I probably can't keep them alive in my house. Maybe Son will allow me to put them in his solarium along with the other gazillion things that he'll be keeping.
At least I have answered a question that will serve us all and be useful. Can you root a marigold? Yes, you can!
Sep 13, 2009 | 2:43 AM PST
We had a chance to play in the yard again, cleaning birdbaths and hummer feeders. When I went to take down the hummer feeder in the front, a hummer landed and stuck its tongue on the bottom wiping up the few drops that were left. What a sight to see up close! After I got them hung back up, we had four hummers who wouldn't let the others take a sip. Round and round they went for ten minutes, with nobody getting to drink. I don't think I've ever seen them do that for so long! I thought that they would wear themselves out and just flop to the ground due to the lack of energy left. I used the last of my captured rainwater to water the plants on the porch. We don't have any rain in sight for over a week. Heck, even when it is in sight, we don't get it! As we were heading off to the dump, I spied what looked like a small fire ant mound. I told Hubby. Naw, that's not one. He went over to it and started scuffing his toe around it. The next thing we knew the fire ants came scurrying out ready for battle. Whew, I started stepping lively to get out of there. We really need to make sure there aren't any hiding around in there if Son comes to till. I got into them at the beginning of summer, and I sure don't want him to have to get into them at the end of summer. Fire ants can ruin your day.
Sep 12, 2009 | 3:34 AM PST
Yesterday I got a chance to "play" in the yard. Things weren't as bad off as I thought they would be with those few days of neglect. The first thing I did was turn on the water fountain on the porch so that I could enjoy the trickling sounds, but it turned out that the fragrances were what captured my senses. As I went about tidying things up, I was bombarded with the aroma of sweet annie. That plant was surely named correctly. It is sooo sweet. Little babies have popped up all in the Patio Garden, so I had no choice but to trample on it. How lovely. I enjoyed the crisp smell of lemon as I cut back a runaway lemon balm. I moved over to the Herb Garden and kept getting a whiff of another sweet perfume, which was different from the sweet annie. I couldn't figure out what it was. There are no roses and the confederate jasmine isn't blooming, so what could it be? Speaking of bees: I couldn't believe the bees swarming all over the flowers of the garlic chives. It made me a bit nervous to be so close to them, but they weren't paying me any attention, so I continued to work. The perilla (those purple plants) were in bloom with the prettiest, tiny pink flowers. I never noticed before how attractive they are. I didn't want to remove them, but I know that if I don't get rid of them, they will go to seed in a blink of an eye, and I will have gazillions coming up all over the place again. The bees were all over them, too, so I'd give the plant a gentle shake before I grabbed them. I sniffed them to see if they were where the sweet scent was coming from, but that wasn't it. I completed pulling and clipping until it hit me. It was the tea olive that I was smelling. I had forgotten how lovely the fragrance.
We haven't been doing much playing in the yard lately. It seems all we do is go for doctors' appointments. We have to make the rounds among three of them. Starting this Monday, we will be adding number four. At least I have accomplished something while sitting around in waiting rooms. I've tatted a few "Frosty Flake" Christmas ornaments.
I have been enjoying the graceful white umbrels of the garlic chives. They are really putting on a show. I thought that the Easter lilies were done, but I still have had some blossoms popping out unexpectedly. The hosta, impatiens, and caladiums are still lighting up the Herb Garden while the marigolds and vincas still think it's midsummer. The autumn joy plants are beginning to get more color, always a reminder of the end of the summer. I have gathered some basil seeds for next year. Even when we are waiting for the end of the season, gardeners are always looking forward to another.
Sep 4, 2009 | 5:44 AM PST
Whewww! I haven't been frozen out by the Sprint frog yet. I hope that it is gone forever!
Son came yesterday, and we went out to the greasy spoon. The hamburgers were great. We haven't been there in a while. When we got back, Son decided to give the lawn a quick mow because the seed heads were sticking up, and it looked ugly. Then he and Hubby cut down two mimosa trees that were in the Back Forty. We had debated and debated a long time about doing that, but finally Son just did it. We are going to plant some blueberry bushes back there this fall where the Biddy Barn used to be. He thought they needed all the sun that they could get, so down they went.
Mr. Deer or Mr. Bunny or both have eaten up the patch of sunflowers that were just starting to bloom as well as my penta in the Poison Garden and that same hosta that was recovering from the last deer-chomping in the Old Gourd Garden. Other than this, things are about the same around here.
Today is a doc appointment for Hubby this morning, but maybe I can get back on here to see what all I have missed, that is if I don't run into the Sprint toadie frogs.
I hope everyone has a productive day.
Thanks everyone for the nice comments about the porch. Yes, it is a cottage atmosphere with cottage gardens all around. No rhyme or reason to most of it.
September is here and the gardens sure have changed. I wonder what the Patio Garden will look like in a few weeks. It's about time for the Easter lilies to make their seeds and be gone. The same with the garlic chives. I so enjoyed watching the bees working the garlic chives today.
I hope that this will be a wonderful month for us all.