Jan 31, 2011 | 4:38 AM PST
It could not have been a more wonderful day. Seventy degrees. Ahhh, it was glorious. One autumn task that never got done due to the freezing weather coming so early this year, was to gather the zinnia seeds that were still left that hadn't already fallen off or were eaten by the birds. Then I pulled up all the plants. There were long tendrils of jasmine vines running all over the Poison Garden. I cut as many as I found, but I didn't even look at the back side. I'm sure it's overrun. I also cut some brown winter-burned St. John's worts. They looked terrible. I piddled around clipping a few more things that were bedraggled and pulling out sweet annie plants. I ran out of time and steam, but I sure enjoyed every minute outdoors!
Mission for Today: Play outdoors again before the next cold blast!
Jan 25, 2011 | 1:35 AM PST
Son came yesterday to finish all the things we wanted to do. The guys went into the woods to cut up the fallen tree. They took the truck over to the neighbors on the other side of the woods so that they wouldn't have to tote the logs out to our side. They knockedat their house to ask permission to park there. These are neighbors that we are not neighborly with. We don't know them. When they knocked no one answered, so they went to work. When they finished loading the truck, a guy came out and had the audacity to ask Son if he would mind cutting a few small trees near his house. Son was kind of shocked, but being the nice guy that he is, he said ok. The neighbor didn't even help. Son had to move the guy's lawnmower and some junk to get to the plants, while the guy just stood there. Can you believe that? No wonder we aren't neighborly.
The next task on Son's list was to prune the fig tree for me. It's funny how when the tree had leaves on it, it was higher than the house, but without leaves, it doesn't look nearly as big as it was this summer. It was really cold out, but I warmed up moving away the cut branches. I took cuttings of the dormant twigs. I had read how to root them, so I'm giving it a try. Maybe I'll luck up and make some babies.
Can you believe that I remembered to take a "before" picture?
Here's the "after" shot.
I sure hope that we did the right thing.
Mission for today: Remember the old adage -- Sometimes it's better to ask for forgiveness rather than permission.
Oooh! Just as I sat down to write this, something caught my eye. I looked out the window and saw that it was snowing! Oh, no. Not again. I sure hope this is just a small flurry.
One of my gardening buddies came by after we had been snowbound for over a week. She said that she had brought me some "goodies." I looked in the bag. Oh, yuck. What in the world is that!? It looked like cassowary scat!
She said that it was calla lily seeds. I looked closer and then I could tell what it was. I've never seen any seeds since I've never even seen mine bloom! She said that there are three or four seeds in each fuzzy pod, so I'm interested to see if I can have success with this. I love trying something new.
If anyone has ever tried this, do let me know.
Mission for today: Smile and accept what comes my way.
Jan 22, 2011 | 2:48 AM PST
Hubby is doing fairly well. He wouldn't tell me even if he were hurting. He slept well last night, thank goodness. I'll be taking his bandage off later today. The cut was on his back, slightly under his armpit. That can't feel good.
I was going to tell you about Sonday, last Thursday. Son was going to fix a washer on the spigot out back. He needed the tool that we use to turn off the main water supply. We couldn't find it anywhere. They searched all the sheds and couldn't locate it. I looked where I thought that it was kept here in the house and it wasn't there. He finally got it turned off and back on by hand, after much effort. He then added a load or two of gravel on the driveway. It's funny how the road reacted after the snow. It was like mush. It doesn't do that after a rain. Strange. He said that the gravel just sunk down into it. He's supposed to come next week and put out more. He also found a fallen tree on the edge of the woods that he wants to cut up. I wish he'd cut back the fig tree before it's too late. I'll try to bring up that subject next week. We want to be able to pick those figs!! When a six foot three guy can't reach them even on a ladder, well, that means it's time to prune so that all those figs don't go to waste like last year.
I kept thinking about that water main tool. I looked in every hidey-hole that I could think of, under the kitchen sink, on the window ledge, propped in a corner, . . . everywhere, but it just wasn't in any of those places. At the end of the day, Hubby was putting things away in the Outhouse shed, and there it was, plain as day, hanging right in front of his face! Go figure.
I only had to delete three spam blogs this morning. I guess things are back to normal.
Mission for today: Figure out if normalcy is normal.
Jan 21, 2011 | 4:57 AM PST
I have been up since 3:30. Maybe I couldn't sleep because Hubby has surgery today. When I went to check the blogs, they were slammed with advertising. Ads for every pill you can think of -- literally from A-Z. I have deleted over 90 posts up to now and I'm still working on it. Because I'm on dial-up, it's taking forever. That's over 4 hours worth of this mess!! I'll click on it, run and make up the bed, click again, run and crack and egg, click, go and crack the other egg,click, scramble them, so on and so forth!! I have about had it. I wish someone else would take over doing this. I've about had it!!!
Finally! Escape from the frozen tundra. Son came yesterday to shovel us out from under this mess. It was his first chance to come because we are way out in the country, and he couldn't get to us even when he wanted to. The snow melted enough for him to get halfway up our driveway, but he got stuck in the middle and he had to shovel his way up to get to the house.
When he finally got a path, he and Hubby went into town for supplies. Yay! We now have bread and milk! He said that it looked like we were the only people in the county that were still completely covered with snow.
Here's the picture of the Patio Garden from the last blog, showing how much the snow had melted.
This is what it looked like yesterday. See I told you there were stumps under those pots.
Mission for today: Be thankful for sons, shovels, and ice melt.
Believe it or not, this is the Patio Garden. There has been a little melting of snow. I can now see the "chicken thingy." Some of you may recall that I had hens and chicks in this metal "chicken thingy." (I never knew what it was called or what it was for. It was a gift from years ago. I didn't know what to do with it, so I planted it and put it outside.) It was totally covered in snow, but today it is peeking out. The two other snowcapped items in the picture are pots, which are sitting on stumps! You can't even see the stumps! Now that's deep for us!
Mission for today: Pray for more heat with this sunshine!
Jan 12, 2011 | 11:31 AM PST
The sun is shining, and the snow is slowly melting. We only need to thaw out about six more inches, and we'll be just fine. The wind is blowing the snow out of the trees like a blizzard. The ice is cracking, crashing, and crackling throughout the woods. What an eerie sound. It's still below freezing, so the icicles, which formed on the eaves, are still dangling.
Here's a picture of our driveway. Not much use in shoveling unless you want to shovel two hundred or more feet.
The close-up here may give you and idea that the road dips down into a sharp curve, which has a ravine on each side.
Hmmm. I remember that we tried to navigate this course in the snow a few years ago, and it took a couple of days before we retrieved the truck. When will we ever be on the road again?
I thought that the snow would never quit falling yesterday. Once it finally stopped in the afternoon, Hubby went out and measured. It was seven and one half inches. Way too much for my liking. The birds were everywhere! The problem was the crows started coming and when they came, the songbirds flew away. I kept trying to scare them by banging on the door, but that wasn't working very well. They would fly off into the trees only to return shortly thereafter. Finally, Hubby tired of my futile efforts and went out with the shotgun. He gave them a blast up into the air. The crows left and the songbirds returned. It's only going to reach 33 today, so there won't be much melting going on. Thank goodness the nandinas bore berries this year. They are almost as pretty as the cardinals in the snow.
(Why are all my pictures of the snow pixelated? What am I doing wrong?)
Mission for Today: Water the houseplants!! They have been neglected.
We woke up to snow again this morning. We had four inches the day after Christmas. Everything is covered. It is coming down now much harder and bigger flakes than it was this morning at five when I got up. Six inches now, and it's still falling. After the snow, they say we will be getting sleet and ice. That's what we definitely DON'T want!
Hubby has just come in from feeding the chickens. We haven't had any eggs in months and look what he found. I guess the snow scared the cluck out of somebody.
It appears that we'll be snowbound for a few days. I've already put on me woolies.
Mission for today: Snuggle up, tat, and watch the snow fall. Heaven forbid that I use this time to do any housework.