The niece is confirmed!

My niece Elisabeth on her confirmation.

My niece Elisabeth on her confirmation.

Elisabeth with her aunts. Left to right, me, Adie, Elisabeth and Kathy.

Elisabeth with her aunts. Left to right, me, Adie, Elisabeth and Kathy.

This morning we hopped in the vehicle with my sister, Kathy, and headed to Wishek to the UCC church because Elisabeth was being confirmed. There were 12 confirmands, which is quite amazing for a small town area like ours. I enjoyed the service, but I am sort of partial to that church as we have been there many time, and know many of the people who attend there. We are also “old” friends of the minister and her husband. Tammy and I served on church boards and councils and such together. It was also great to catch up with Elisabeth’s aunt from her dad’s side of the family. I could have stayed all day and visited, but that is sort of how things go sometimes. Everyone else had things to do and places to go. James and I had decided we would attend church and take the rest of the day off, something we rarely do anymore.

Well so much for plans. It was an absolutely beautiful day outside today. I couldn’t stand the idea of sitting inside or of just doing nothing. I got to thinking about the box of 40 bulbs that need to be planted, and I decided today was the day. I told James that I could do it, but of course he had to help. It started with a search of the back shed for the worst of the old van tires.

The tires under the trees.

The tires under the trees.

Next I went to the compost bin and started digging whatever I could get out of the bottom of it. Fortunately, or not, I grew up on a farm and we had pigs at different times. The smell coming out of the bottom of the compost bin is about the same as cleaning out the pig barn. UCKY! We put newspaper on the ground at the bottom of the tire to stop grass from growing into it. We covered that with about three inches of ripe compost. Next we covered the compost with a layer of leaves being sure to cram as many as possible into the tire not just the area in the middle.

Tire full of compost.

Tire full of compost.

Neighbor kitten in the tree above us, supervising I think.

Neighbor kitten in the tree above us, supervising I think.

James stomping down the leaves.

James stomping down the leaves.

Next I added the bulbs. There were 25 yellow tulip bulbs, but I only managed to fit 17 into the tire to the north. I put 10 of the 15 hyacinths into the south tire. Hopefully I will be able to find a place for the left over bulbs. I am thinking of planting some in pots and forcing them indoors around Christmas. It would be something different.

Bulbs in the tire.

Bulbs in the tire.

One of the neighbor’s kittens decided to stay for a little while and play with Paulina. I also took another picture of the other neighbor’s hens. He hinted that they would be living in the freezer in the very near future. I can’t think about it. I have become fairly attached to those crazy hens, but without a warm shed to keep them in over the winter, they would likely die anyway. Paulina thinks that we should get some next summer. I told her that I would have to house them in her bedroom over the winter. Ha!!

Kitty playing in the corn stalks.

Kitty playing in the corn stalks.

Hens under the tree again.

Hens under the tree again.

 

 

4 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Marlene
    Nov 04, 2013 @ 01:40:45

    I had no idea that’s how bulbs are grown! Learn something new everyday 🙂

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    • lucindalines
      Nov 04, 2013 @ 07:33:56

      Well technically not the tires, but they should to be planted in the fall in our area for the best result. If this experiment works, I will dig up all the other bulbs scattered around the yard and find more tires. Now I just need to figure out how to enhance the outside of those tires so I don’t have a yard that looks like a race track. Thanks for stopping by, Marlene.

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  2. jesshaak
    Nov 03, 2013 @ 20:31:01

    Elisabeth look so beautiful, love the picture of her with the aunts! So sorry I had to miss it! Also, is dad stomping the leaves with his good knee? He better be!

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  3. The Belmont Rooster
    Nov 03, 2013 @ 19:17:46

    AWESOME!!!

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