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Sunday, April 24, 2016

That and This!


First Asparagus tastes so good!  I had enough for a couple of meals and roasted it.  Yum!



I defrosted my freezers and found lots of packages of raspberries I need to use up before the fresh ones start so made a pie.  I have not been making very many pies this year due to lack of energy from Lyme Disease. (Well, maybe a little laziness too!)



My new strawberries are doing well.  The instructions say to  cut off the blossoms until July.  They are everbearing plants so should get a few berries after that this year.



This is the cover I keep over them so that Coco does not eat them or pull them out!



My Sugar Peas grew in spite of the fact that I forgot to water them for awhile after I planted them!



I forgot to shut the garden gate and of course Coco took that opportunity to sneak in and eat the top off this one asparagus!  



We had visitors today!  Gracie is playing the piano for Nana and Papa!



Cali is learning to play also.  I love to play my piano and it makes my heart happy to see they are learning too.



Time for a little Barbie Doll attention now.  I need to watch the garage sales for more Barbie clothes.  I don't have the patience to sew those little things!  Thanks for visiting!!!

Sunday, April 17, 2016

Growing at Last!!


The weather the past couple of days has been so nice and things are starting to grow!  This is the flower/raspberry bed.



I cut the Clematis back and it is growing.  Can you see it towards the top of the picture?



Spearmint came back!



Chives are doing well!  Can't wait for those pretty lavender blossoms!



I was going to throw this little bench out but Sue talked me into keeping it so found a place in the garden to put it.



So far the new strawberry plants are doing well!



Comfrey came back again.



The Chandelier Pear tree is in bloom by the deck!  We have a lot of them around the area.  Wondering if I am allergic to the blossoms!



The blossoms on the peach tree are opening up!!  I love the pink color!



This is one of the Asian Pear trees starting to bloom.



Coco patiently waiting for me to get in the recliner to rest so she can get on my lap!  Thanks for visiting!


Sunday, April 10, 2016

Rain, rain and more rain!


Rain, rain and more rain!!  We sure have gotten enough of it lately.  Better rain than snow I guess although we have had a little of that also.  This was a path through my flowers but now it is a river.  It will dry up quickly once this rain stops!



Daffodils are about the only thing we have blooming in our yard.  I wish I had some of those sweet little crocuses.  Maybe next year!



This is my newly planted strawberry bed.  I understand that strawberries are pretty hardy but I am taking no chances!  I cover them almost every night!



I don't know if you can see the blue on this bird or not but it has been a real treat to have this bluebird come visit our yard a few times this year as we no longer have a bird feeder to feed the birds.



They are gone!!  Those overgrown bushes are gone.  Now to decide what to put in there and get them planted.



A beautiful rose to brighten my day from my secret admirer!  I love my secret admirer!!  Like you I am looking forward to spring!  Hang in there friends!!

Monday, March 28, 2016

Changes!!!


It is the time in our life when we have to downsize things to do in our backyard!  If I had energy and time I would have the whole back yard planted to veggies, herbs, flowers and fruit but I don't!  So the rose bush circle was one of the things that came out and grass seed planted.  Sue's friend and her son came over and took three of our rose bushes for her yard and helped us for awhile.  We appreciated their help!



Here is Sue hard at work digging out the flowers behind the house.  Took out part of the sidewalk also.  Grass seed planted.



Mike is working at putting in a divider where the sidewalk and flower bed ends now.



Here is our supervisor hard at work overseeing everything!  He does have an excuse as he has neuropathy and a pinched nerve.  Besides every job needs a boss!



Craig is taking some junk out in the wheelbarrow.  Looks like we have another boss on the deck but she was put to work also!



Melissa and Gracie are weeding around the peach tree.  I think I may lose my peach tree.  She found some gold gelatin type stuff at the base.  Could that be the peach tree borer??  What should I do?????



Cali is weeding around the dwarf sweet cherry tree!



The bird bath was moved over into the corner of the veggie garden by the dinner bell.  I hope to put some plants in it.



The water barrel was brought out.  This is the rose circle seeded with the grass seed.  I hope all these areas that were seeded will grow grass soon as I have to put Coco on a leash to take her out or she plods through them leaving her footprints and the dirt on her paws!  We are use to just opening the door and letting her in the back yard because we have a fence.


Sue took one of the bird houses home and one was not good enough to keep.  This one was put out in the raspberry/flower bed section .  It is white and when we replace the bird house with a new one it will be some color so that it shows up better against the white fence.



Another view of the bird house but also this shows the area left for my veggies, flowers and herbs.  I have another 4x4 box I planted new strawberries in just recently.  We sure do appreciate all our kids did for us to help with this!!



I am working at decluttering inside also.  I have a service for six set of Noritake China that I can count on one hand the number of times I have used them.  I just do not entertain fancy when I have someone over so it is going to Elizabeth when they come to visit this summer!  Well, that is the changes so far and here's hoping I can keep up to the rest!  


Saturday, March 19, 2016

Spring!


 We are having a hard time keeping up these days due to Bob's pinched nerve.  I am getting things done little by little.  I planted a row of mixed lettuces in the cold frame this week!



The chives are up!  That is a sure sign of spring!



I think these bushes have grown too large and they aren't the kind we can trim back now.  I think they should be replaced!  What do you think???  I thought maybe replace with three of those big hostas.  What would your suggestions be??????



I finally finished this lap quilt!  I flipped up one corner so that you could see the back.





Saturday, February 27, 2016

Weather, Runner & Dogs


One fine day the weather was this!  Actually we had a couple days like this!



And......I was out weeding!  It felt so good to be outdoors!




And......then this!  I was out shoveling!  Didn't feel so good being outdoors!



I was finally able to finish the binding on one of the table runners and I have been doing some knitting.



Bob has a pinched nerve so can't do anything except mostly reading and computer work.  Sure miss his help!   Sophia came to stay a couple nights.  Do you think she is thinking that he should put that book down and pay attention to her!!!!!



You are probably wondering what these are!!  LOL  I have faith that eventually I will be able to plant carrots and these are my carrot tapes I made.  I glued carrot seeds a certain distance apart so that I don't have to thin carrots when they come up.  I will lay them down in the carrot box, sprinkle a little dirt, and water a little.   Hopefully they will come up!



Coco will be all rested up so that when the vegetables grow she can help pick!  What are you keeping busy at this winter?
  


Saturday, February 13, 2016

Misc. and etc.


Saw my first robins February 11th!  There were four of them sitting in the Chandelier Pear tree by the deck!  Spring will soon be here!



The thermometer was registering 30 degrees that day.  The sun was shining on it.  We have had a few really cold days but it is suppose to warm up the end of next week.  Better days ahead!



Coco went to visit the groomer.  It is not her favorite thing to do, and I don't think she is very enthused about how clean and nice she looks.



Mom put this silly sweater on me.  It is more bother than what it is worth and her enthusiasm for putting it on me didn't last long!  If it is cold out I do my business and don't dawdle!   I do look kind of cute in it though....... don't you think!



I made zucchini bread again!   Will be making more of this as have more grated zucchini in the freezer from the garden.   "Wonderful Gardener"  doesn't seem to get tired of it.  Not yet anyway!



I like muffins for breakfast with some peanut spread on them so made these up today.  



My "helper" has a pinched nerve so isn't doing much these days.  Boy, I sure do miss his help too!  
Happy Valentines Day tomorrow to everyone!
We were engaged 56 years ago today.  Time sure flies by!