Found some black eyed susans in the grass and moved them and a bigger plant that I am not sure if it is Gallardia or BESusan. Then got really frisky and put in some seed. Poppy, snapdragon and sweet william. Don't know if they will germinate or not. But at least there was some soil under my finger nails.
Put some Milkweed seeds in peat pots and sunk them in the seed box. Then put a few in regular pots to bring inside. I am going to leave them out until tomorrow to get some of this promised rain. And of course bring them inside before it getsbelow freezing again and snows. What a year this has been.
I have been going nuts looking over web sites trying to figure all this computer stuff out. My son is going to help me pick one out soon. He is the computer guru in my life. Will be glad to have it done, plugged in and this poor old monster disassembled.
Got a good haircut today and next month the color is going to change. At least that is the plan for now. My hairdresser has been putting in a 6 week deal that brightens and puts a bit of color but I feel as though I am wasting money that way. The color of my hair when I first started putting the glaze on was different than it is now. Much darker and the gray is more silver. So it is not as bad as it had been. Just won't give in to my hair aging before I do. :-)
We are to get a bit of a warming the next few days. These 40 plus degrees with 20's at night is not what we signed up for and I will be glad when it gets back to normal temps.
Bought new finch seed today and will have to fill that feeder tomorrow. They are greedy birds. But if it helps them be strong for that new nest of hatchlings then I will offer the food. Just wish they would stay around during the summer.
Going now to work on an article or two that I will submit to the Associated Content site. Would you believe I sent one in on mulch and actually plagiarized my self? Used a paragraph out of a blog here. Don't remember but I think I just pulled my from a word doc those words and went from there. Did edit it and sent it back in. I am learning a lot of things. Especially that their editors do their homework.
Man I was all set up with my pen, paper and binocs ready to count those dozens of bird in my yard. Didn't happen, I think the birds got wind of my project and decided to 'fly the coop'. There just were no birds to speak of. And my yard is usually filled with 6 to 10 different varieties.
So today they are all out in full force. From the little Carolina Chickadee to the bigger birds like the Blue Jay and the Downy Woodpecker.
The American Goldfinch are back and getting a bit more color every day. Such a fun bird to watch and what a hungry crew they are. I only have one finch feeder so I have to fill it pretty often this time of year. Anyone think this is a little early? Maybe the birds know something I don't. That Spring will come sooner than I think? Of course it can't come any sooner than my hopes for this glorious season.
There is a cat living close by and I had to run him off the day before I started counting the birds. He was crouched ever so quietly just a couple of feet from the bird feeder and didn't move until I came quickly up to him and clapped my hands. I had to do that several times before I saw him leave by way of my back door neighbors drive way. Chances are this is the cat his grand children found in the early summer. Bummer. So now I will have to be on alert to the stalkings of this cat. Just really, really hope we don't have an influx of kittens again this spring. So sad to have to have them caught and taken away.
NOTICE: I finished the Christmas counted stitch picture. It is pretty but definitely not exactly according to design. This one was very difficult and for the first time in many years had to take out stitches and improvise stitches in some areas in order to get the total piece done. One problem I encountered was that there was not enough thread in a couple of the colors. Could have just been my stitching but that was disappointing. The off the shelf mat I purchased is a bit too small and I will have to have it re cut. I am eager to see it in a frame and on the wall. It is a piece that will be out all year. Since my eyes and fingers have gotten the 'old lady' syndrome this is the last intricate piece I will do. For Christmas next year a few small pieces will be given as gifts. I do enjoy this hobby, not quite as much as my gardening though.
Another sad time for my sweet neighbor. She has the last of her older dogs to put to sleep. Jun-Ya is maybe 13 years old and was a runt in the litter. Blind since birth, deformities in the hips but such a loving dog. This makes 4 dogs in a year and a half she has lost. Macy the black lab who is really her sons pet will be a blessing to her. She enjoys Macy so much as she loves to run and play. Also is good to take on a walk around the neighborhood. I expect she will get another smaller dog that is easier to keep indoors especially at night. She had a Yorkie that was a really fun dog and expressed to me that she would think about another small dog one day.
Met my son and his wife who had a birthday last week at a BBQ place over the weekend. The food was really good and we had a wonderful, happy visit. Hubby was in rare form and keep us in stitches with his descriptive sounds. Be prepared if he ever tells you about the fellow that over imbibes or drinks too much as I say. His sound track is really funny. This BBQ place is in the same building as our favorite BBQ restaurant that went out of business. I think the family that owned it got tired after 30 plus years and most likely the younger set didn't want to continue in the footsteps of the generations. The original place was chock full of Pig decorations. The new owners have it looking like a hunting lodge. They had someone come in and paint murals on a couple of the walls. One was so interesting in that the artist incorporated the old window unit to look like the grill on a green tractor. I didn't notice it until I got right up on it. Then they added a taxidermists standing bear that greats you at the door. We will go back I am sure.
The daffodils, wild hyacinths, blue Ipheons and my Saucer Magnolia are blooming now. So nice to see a bit of color. I noticed around town that the ornamental cherry and pear trees are coming out along with the Star Magnolia which has white flowers. The iris are beginning to grow a little bit and it won't be long before my really early white Iris blooms. The creeping Rosemary is still blooming and looks nice in the gray flower beds.
The African Violets and other plants I have indoors are doing well this year. I bought some worm castings to use to feed the plants and I do believe it is making a difference. The Swedish Ivy is especially pretty whereas last year it almost died back. The cuttings from the Cereus cactus look really good too. I am watching to see if any of them or the two older plants put out buds. However, I did not take good care of my small cactus plants given to me by a friend. I hope she doesn't ask me how they did. Either over watered or didn't water. In either case I have lost most of them. The ones I put in a large, deep round pot do look pretty good. One of those even bloomed.
The Orchid cactus is doing great. Besides the long piece the hangs down there are two new spikes growing from the top. I sure hope I can treat this one well and it will bloom for me this summer. Plan to hang it in a tree to see how it does. Felt under the carport as last year was not a good place. Too hot, not enough moisture or air flow. All in all life is good. And there will be ------
Anyone out there ever heard of a web site called - Associated Content? My daughter writes there and I am going to look into it myself. Figure some of my blogs and newer thing could be published there. Will let you know.
Saw several Blue Birds in the front yard the other morning and it was cold that day. Plus another right yellowish bird that did not really look like the American Goldfinch. It could have been another type finch though. Will need to get out the bird manual to see if I can find it. There have been Carolina Wrens all around this winter and I think they are finding shelter and perhaps a few bugs under the ramp. Good place to be on a cold day - at least when you have to be outside.
We did some errands this afternoon - and I had to take my jacket off at one point. Hovered around 60 very happy degrees and is to be like that and better for the next week. I smelled spring in the air and saw spring standing on the walk outside a Lowe's store - Lawnmowers - Gas Grills and of course pansies. Hip Hip Hooray - it will be here in a few more weeks. I think I will make it now.
Picked up a mat for my Christmas cross stitch picture. Am eager to finish it up and get it framed. Hobby Lobby had frames on sale but I didn't see one I really wanted to pay 25 dollars for. And to tell the truth - hiding in a closet may be just the size I need. Will be digging around in there soon. Let you know when I emerge. :-)