Seedling update

Seedlings coming in nicely.

Seedlings coming in nicely.

Roger the photobomber

Roger the photo bomber

Tomato close up.

Tomato close up.

Abandoned crafts

Abandoned crafts

Orchid ready to finish blooming.

Orchid ready to finish blooming.

It is Thursday and I need to be working on the message for Sunday, but I want to post this before I do anything else. The pictures above show you how far the little seedlings have come in a short time. With the way the temperature has been going up and down, I am not sort of glad that I didn’t have them in the ground in March. They will be plenty big enough by the time we have the garden ready in early June. I swear the growing season around here gets shorter each year. Oh by the way the new count is: peppers 26, Beefsteak 23 and Early Girls 21. Interesting how that flipped in a couple of days.

Last night after practice, I conned James into a quick trip to Bismarck. No one was happier for the outing than both of us. We have been depending on Paulina to bring us whatever we need from a bigger shopping area each week and haven’t been out and about for some time. I tried to pickup some seeds that I missed on the first go round, but no luck. I cannot find red cabbage seeds in the stores. I will have to try one more place before I go online to get them.

We have also been doing more grocery shopping closer to home, which is a good thing to do, but blue jeans is not something you can buy in any of the local stores let alone any other clothes. Anyway, I had a birthday coupon from a major clothing store and wanted to use it, the past two years it has expired. I found two shirts and a skirt that fit well and matched up with other items I have in the closet. Things were on a discount and after I pulled out the coupons and birthday prize, I got all three for less than what I would have paid for the skirt. I was so pumped.

The other fun thing for me in those stores is to look at how clothes are designed as of late. I now have a few ideas for redoing some old items. Hopefully with the season of Lent over and the chances to sub drying up, I can get to some of that work. Then again, the garden season will be gearing up and we will have houses to care for and clean and yards to mow and weed and, OK I am tired just thinking about it. I think that I will have to pencil in time to sit on the porch and chill out or maybe coffee up. By the way if any of the sisters or children in the group would like more of the cleaning $$ let me know. I will be more than happy to share that.

Speaking of sharing, anyone want to gather for a spring opening time. I think we could buy some pizza and open the checkbook a bit for the occasion. Just saying…text me. Sorry to the non family bloggers. It is sometimes hard to get these messages out and about. Ha!!

As always, I have a few pictures to share. Last night the moon was really red, but we didn’t get home in time to capture any real pictures of it. I have a couple of crazy shots that I took with Paulina’s canon and the 300 zoom lens. I must have had it on a delay setting because of the blur that came through. So, enough for now, I need to get to work before it is time to get ready for Maundy Thursday Services.

Over exposed setting.

Over exposed setting.

Original with standard setting.

Original with standard setting.

A view after a bit of editing.

Nearly same view after a bit of editing.

I moved when I shot this one.

I moved when I shot this one.

Get to work, Wednesday

I am about to hit the shower and head for the church office in Eureka. We may be moving that inside the church this summer. The parsonage is going onto the market, and we will be adding a spot at the back of the narthex for the office. It will actually be so nice not to have to run outside to go from the office to the church. Anyway, if I am to get there at a reasonable hour, I need to post and go.

My house on the walk back from my mom's place.

My house on the walk back from my mom’s place.

Yesterday was lots of to do’s. And then Melissa stopped by on a drive through from going to the dentist in Mobridge. I guess I wouldn’t be too happy either. She chipped a tooth, and so he decided to file it down to get it straight, then filed the other one beside it, and now it is crocked. Always something. We went over to our mother’s house. Finally propane filled there so it is getting warm. There is so much to do to get that ready for use this summer. I am not looking forward to that.

Almost time for Easter Egg dyes.

Almost time for Easter Egg dyes.

I tried to make bread yesterday, but either I botched or it was a combination of my impatience and poor humidity. I am not even showing a picture of the half-baked bread with an oozing hole in the middle. I think that I will cube it and make croutons with it. I also boiled a few eggs. James thinks I am ready to dye them now. Really? I won’t even get a cup dirty with the dye for 9 eggs.

My messy work area to the left.

My messy work area to the left.

My messy work area to the right.

My messy work area to the right.

And finally, I spent the majority of the day in my little office working on sermons. I am ready for Thursday, almost ready for Sunday, sent the article for the Northwest Blade in to them, and now and starting to think of what to put in the service for the Health Care Center next Wednesday. I want that finished before the weekend as we could have a crazy week next week. Church Sunday, sub Monday, Track meet Tuesday, service at the Home on Wednesday. I guess my day off next week is Thursday. Don’t call me. Ha!!

Moon light, feels right!

Moon shots from east door.

Moon shots from east door.

Back farther.

Back farther.

same angle

same angle

View from the upper deck.

View from the upper deck.

Closer

Zoom away

Back a bit.

Closer.

Full view, but house is in the picture.

Full view, but house is in the picture.

Later without house in picture.

Later without house in picture.

Now if the temperature were about 30 degrees higher, this moonlit night would be just awesome. As it is, I took the pictures and ran back inside. I didn’t download today because I was too busy getting all things ready for the service on Maundy Thursday, and I believe that I have it all accomplished. So only other report is that track meets have had a rash of cancellations. We lost one last Saturday and the one today will be next week, so we won’t be going to the one we had planned to attend in order to do the make up one.

Next order of business is in the seedling department. We have 6 peppers, 8 Beefsteak tomatoes and 11 Early Girl tomatoes up and growing. In the meantime the flower plants that were outside are stuck in the carshed and some have lost leaves to the cold. I noticed that the plants I put at my mother’s house have not fared well because of the cold there. I turned up the heat a bit today, well actually we finally have propane again. Luckily it was warm when it was out.

As for the houses, we are opening them this week. I don’t know who is going to fix the wall in the campsite house. I am guessing that the cold of the winter was not so good for the plaster. I sort of expect a few more bits to be out. According to the lady on the DIY network who restores old houses, Rehab Addict, you cannot make bad plaster stick. When it starts to fall, you pull out all the bad pieces and patch with drywall and go from there. Not being a dry wall person, and being allergic to chalk, of which drywall is made, I think I will leave this project for someone else.

Last picture is Roger in the strawberry tire last week when it was really nice outside. I hope that we will see those temps again on Sunday.

Roger in the tire.

Roger in the tire.

Snow? Today? Really?

We woke this morning to white flakes falling from the sky. This is April for goodness sakes not November. Here is what it looked like at about 8:30 a.m.

Roger at the bottom of the steps.

Roger at the bottom of the steps.

Sophia is off in the distance under the branch heading over the dike to hunt.

Sophia is off in the distance under the branch heading over the dike to hunt.

The garden is covered again.

The garden is covered again.

Is this a case of forever winter and never Christmas?

Is this a case of forever winter and never Christmas?

And then old Mother Nature in all of her hilariousness decides it was just a little joke, and she decided to melt the snow, but not really, just enough, no real warm weather or sunshine.

Here is what the propane tank looked like at 10:30, just a little snow left under it, and streaks of melting down the side.

Here is what the propane tank looked like at 10:30, just a little snow left under it, and streaks of melting down the side.

I did a little editing work so that you could see the streaks better. I should learn how to do some of that better.

I did a little editing work so that you could see the streaks better. I should learn how to do some of that better.

Inside the house my raspberry and blueberry bushes are waiting to get out of their containers and into the real dirt. I so thought that I would be able to do that soon. I bought them on March 23, so it would be about time to get them into the ground.

Plant me, plant me they scream.

Plant me, plant me they scream.

Well enough of all this. I need to get to track practice, I guess. Not sure how or where with snow on the ground, well, ok so it is just cold, and the gyms are in use for little kids volleyball. Maybe we will hold little kids track next fall and see about how that works for the other coaches.

Little sprouts are up

Roger sunning herself in the dinning room.

Roger sunning herself in the dinning room.

Just a short note to record that the sprouts are up. There is only one pepper, but the tomatoes are doing a bit better. The early girls are just getting a start and the beefsteak that I always plant are coming pretty well. It is a windy, lazy Sunday. I decided not to post the sermon. I went off script too much and have no desire to rewrite. Anyway. I just wanted to leave you with a few pictures of what is going on around here, and I will be going back to my lax movie watching Sunday afternoon. Enjoy your day too.

The seedlings in the window.

The seedlings in the window.

Beefsteak seedlings

Beefsteak seedlings

Early Girls

Early Girls

One pepper plant.

One pepper plant.

 

 

 

Lovely Saturday

First my apologies to those I follow and read often. I have been so busy that I haven’t had a chance to just sit and read. I promise that reading blogs is at the top of my Monday to do list. I can’t right now as I need to write my sermon, and as you can see, I am busy posting this blog. It was a fairly nice day here, but the wind is picking up as I write. Hopefully next week, I will have my message well in hand before Saturday rolls around, and we will be able to sit on the porch or concrete and relax all day. I am thinking that Victoria, Nate and Jaxon will be here so that should be a good time.

Short update on the week we had. After installation on Sunday, I was a sub for one of James’ aides on Monday. I was supposed to go in each day, minus Wednesday, but it was just too much. On Tuesday I stayed home and got ready for Wednesday. I was able to get my message written and most of the bulletin ready. On Wednesday, I was up at 7 a.m. peeling and cubing the potatoes and carrots and chopping the purple cabbage for the soup. I packed up the van with all the necessities and left home after 10:30 a.m. I got to Eureka in time to unpack and stash everything in the fridge, turn up the heat, and put on a pot of water before it was time for Bible study. About 1 p.m. when that was finished, I went to the office to finish the bulletin and run it and fold it, also prepared the bulletin for Sunday and did a few odds and ends for council meeting after church. By 4 p.m. I started throwing the soup ingredients together. I should have started by 3, yikes! When Toni showed up, I ran to the store for buns so we could finish up the left over BBQ from Sunday. All went well with the meal, had service, James put the left over soup in containers and packed the car and washed the large roaster while we had council meeting.

Necklace James got me for my birthday. It has charms of an L, knitting needles, a cat, a grandma heart, and birthstones for the girls plus me and James.

Necklace James got me for my birthday. It has charms of an L, knitting needles, a cat, a grandma heart, and birthstones for the girls plus me and James.

The red thing is to hold the necklace and the other is what it came in.

The red thing is to hold the necklace and the other is what it came in.

Time out from the story to show off the necklace that came in the mail today. It is what James with Paulina’s help got me for my birthday. Can’t wait to wear it.

On Thursday, I was back in school and afterwards we hosted a track meet. Between updating the computer program and playing clerk it was a busy meet. It wouldn’t have been so bad, but when I went to prepare the data to send to the coaches on Friday morning, I somehow lost the thread for the program to find the saved information. I finally found it via a different search and was able to create a new thread for it. I know what caused the thread to break, but I was never able to reconnect the original. I am just not that computer savvy. By Friday night I was exhausted, and as much as I thought that I should work on the fund-raiser for the track team, it will have to be someone else who handles it. As Jaxon has been known to say, “I NOT!” I think that James and Nicole can get it done on Monday morning without a hitch.

Front of the house with all the little lights up.

Front of the house with all the little lights up.

Strawberries are coming back.

Strawberries are coming back.

Plants from the bathtub now outside.

Plants from the bathtub, now outside.

So, instead of working on my message this morning, I slept in and did laundry then because it was such a nice day, we took all of the outdoor plants back outside for the season. I just hope that we don’t have to drag them in tonight because of frost or snow. Paulina also helped me take out all of the “lights.” I am talking about all of the items that light up at night. This collection just keeps growing. I have some pictures of them below.

James changing the snow blower for the mower.

James changing the snow blower for the mower.

James decided to play with his toy tractor. He took off the snow blower, hope that isn’t a bad omen. He put on the mower and mowed the dike. He went fairly low to get all the dead grass out of there so new can come in. The last time I peaked outside the southern part was starting to green up already. It would be nice if someone could come and mow the windrow with a bagger and get that out of the area. I wish we had a bagger on our mower, but it just wasn’t affordable at the time, and now it is worse.

The mowed dike north side.

The mowed dike north side.

View from beside the shed.

View from beside the shed.

The rest of the pictures that I took today are as follows. It is still too wet to till, but maybe soon. With the wind this afternoon, it should not take long. Hopefully the inside plants will enjoy the fresh air they are getting outside. I never take the time to harden them off like I should. I figure if they survive, good, if not, well that is how it goes.

Rhubarb poking up.

Rhubarb poking up.

One tire of bulbs, nothing yet.

One tire of bulbs, nothing yet.

Second tire had a bulb dug out.

Second tire had a bulb dug out.

Tulips are poking through, too.

Tulips are poking through, too.

James posing with the peony cages.

James posing with the peony cages.

Happy Birthday to me, and many more!!!

Today was a pretty good birthday. We hosted a track meet. This is like the second time there was a track meet on my birthday in the past 5 years. Of all things it was a  varsity and jr high at the same time and pretty much double the work. Paulina got out of school and came to the meet too. She brought me some gifts, too. Oh and James had flowers delivered to the school where I was subbing for one of his paras who is in DC with her husband and kids from Strasburg on the Close Up trip.

I have some pictures to show you of today, but first let me take a selfie, Ha!

And here is the selfie.

And here is the selfie.

The bouquet from James

The bouquet from James

Close up of a really cool spider monkey.

Close up of a really cool spider mum.

Now for the planter and lights that Paulina came up with. She also brought cup cakes that we were able to share some with Melissa and Elisabeth, I think, not really sure.

Cupcakes

Cupcakes

Turtle planter and lights

Turtle planter and lights

Flower light.

Flower light.

Sunset over Linton after the meet.

Sunset over Linton after the meet.

Oh yes, we won the varsity girls and boys divisions and were second in the junior high girls. We don’t have enough junior high boys to compete, but maybe that is an excuse.

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