Post on April 11

Junk outside

Hi, just stopped by to say I am still here. Things have been hectic around our place as of late, and I just have not felt the ability either by time or emotion to visit with the blog world. I have lots to say, but just can’t do it now. I will share a couple of pictures from well over a week ago. On Saturday, April 1, James and Paulina and I did some digging in the garden after we cleaned all the wet and damaged items out of my mother’s basement. We have plenty of signs of spring in the yard, and I am so very glad that we took the time that day to do it.

Later that evening after my message was finished and we were sitting in bed watching previously recorded television shows, my youngest sister called to tell me that my uncle in Phoenix passed away. He was laying on the couch watching the big basketball tourney and had a heart attach. My mind instantly went to wondering which member of the family was there to greet him as he passed from us to them. His passing leaves a horrible hole in the family dynamics both in his immediate family and in our larger extended group. He was so much the one we loved to call to share any of our great accomplishments. He was always so supportive, and even if he couldn’t be here with us so very often, we always felt that we mattered to him.

Peonies coming

Tulips

Irises

Days like this so make me wonder how God allows us to have such pain in our lives, and then I realize it is not the pain and the heart ache that matter but what we do with it and about it. How we deal with the hand we are dealt is what matters in life. That was the point of my message last Sunday, and I will share that later. I am in school with James this morning as we are waiting for the time for the bus to leave for the track meet in Hazen. Should be a great day. Enjoy the pictures!!

Summer begins

Today is my beginning of summer. Graduations are over, state track is over, tomorrow being Memorial Day outlaws the wearing of black shoes except for funerals ans Roger and I are relaxing on the porch. I am just glad for the slight breeze that pulls the smell of cat marking by Mr. werewolf out of our noses every now and then. If it were still on the porch I would have to go to the patio because I can’t take that smell so much. I guess I know what is second on the to do list after plant garden on Tuesday. Tomorrow will be sit around day. 

I took a few pictures with the iPad so not real great, but they are a brief update. Roger relaxing below.

   

The bird nest that should have been moved before it was finished now has birds in. Rhubarb and flax below. Should cut that rhubarb and make cake tomorrow. You never know if someone drops by for coffee.

   
    Fern peony is beautiful this year and the last one is a set of petunias. It is finally quiet. A girl in the neighborhood was practicing volleyball setting on the side of their garage and the thumping was loud. Funny though when I realized what it was, and quit thinking it was someone dribbling a basketball, I was ok with it. We are a funny race of people at times. Hope you are enjoying your day and relaxing.

Frost update

So, I took the proverbial walk of death yesterday morning checking on all of the plants and what has happened to them since the snow. It fell overnight from Sunday to Monday. I finally realized that the rain gauge which showed 6+ inches was holding everything from Thursday at 9 a.m. until Monday around 2 p.m. No wonder! We were sure that everything had died because of the cold. The only thing that I found to be mostly frozen were the little potato plants. I guess we learned our lesson there too. We just can’t put in a garden around here until it is really ready.

Here is what I found.

Strawberries are blooming, even if out of place.

Strawberries are blooming, even if out of place.

Fern peony ready to open. The petals are so soft.

Fern peony ready to open. The petals are so soft.

rhubarb growing slowly because of the cold.

rhubarb growing slowly because of the cold.

Even the hosta is still coming up.

Even the hosta is still coming up.

Trees across the dike. I took these pictures after lots of melting. I wanted to get that snow on the north side.

Trees across the dike. I took these pictures after lots of melting. I wanted to get that snow on the north side.

another angle

another angle

Columbine through the snow at Glenda's house on Monday.

Columbine through the snow at Glenda’s house on Monday.

Happy May Day

I don’t happen to have any baskets of candy to drop at your doorstep today then ring the bell and run away. Instead I will drop a few pictures of what the yard has become over the past week or so. I have started so many posts in my head in the last few days, but when you are away from the computer and the internet, it is hard to put anything out there, but I won’t bore you any more than necessary today.

So, I will try to walk you around the yard throwing in plants, trees and an occasional cat…..

Let’s start with the peony bed. I was really surprised today when I came outside and saw what a bit of rain did for this area. According to the new rain gauge, we had a trace of rain yesterday.

The peony bed.

The peony bed.

Fern peony

Fern peony

Grandma's peony bed

Grandma’s peony bed

From the looks of this last picture, I would say it is time to clean out my mother’s flower beds. I imagine I could do it in the time that it takes me to post this blog, but you can all see where my priorities lie.

Rhubarb is really coming since it was watered.

Rhubarb is really coming since it was watered.

Plum tree is in bloom. Wish I could send the smell.

Plum tree is in bloom. Wish I could send the smell.

Going around the house, looking at my mother’s place we see the first cat picture of the post. It was taken yesterday when I was trying to scare off Werewolf.

Werewolf the stray

Werewolf the stray.

There were two high points in my garden tour this morning. One was the potato plant that has surfaced.

A potato plant has come up.

A potato plant has come up.

North pear has life at the bottom.

North pear has life at the bottom.

South pear budding.

South pear budding.

I was so excited to see life in the pear trees. Now that I think about the leaf at the very bottom of the north one, I am concerned. I wonder if it is a grafted tree, and the pear part has died and we will just get something none pear growing. It will be interesting to find out as the spring progresses.

Lilies are coming up.

Lilies are coming up.

Day lilies.

Day lilies.

The bummer of the yard tour was this find under the clothes line that I found yesterday. They are popping up in other places too.

Dandelion. A child's favorite gift for their mother.

Dandelion. A child’s favorite gift for their mother.

See you later with more cat photo and such. Time I get to work before I need to head to practice. We have another meet tomorrow, and I was hoping to show the athletes where they stand currently.

Dead heading and other garden work

I had grand plans to work in all of the gardens today, but the wind is blowing so intensely that I couldn’t get myself outside after 1 p.m. The whistle blew for the fire trucks shortly before I went inside. It seemed that there must be some great fire, but it ended up being a call to an accident, and fortunately no one was badly injured. I do feel sort of like a truck hit me. It must have something to do with the air pressure. Maybe a hot bath would do me some good. It sounds like a plan when I get finished here. I ended up doing a bit of work mostly on the flower garden end. Below I am sharing a picture that I just happened to get of a bird sitting on the old corn cultivator.

Mourning dove on corn cultivator.

Mourning dove on corn cultivator.

I started with the most important thing which was the plum trees. We have the bug or blight or whatever it is problem again. Last year, I got the bad ones off the tree early, and must have gotten all of them, so there wasn’t much of an issue. This year, I am a bit behind the wagon, and so there were lots more to take off, and I fear the yield will suffer, though we will get plums from both trees for a change. Here is what I am talking about below.

Plum tree with some sort of bug in the plums.

Plum tree with some sort of bug in the plums.

After the plum trees were finished up, I decided to work on the peonies. I hate how they look when the wind is tossing them around and the grass is growing up the middle and the flowers are dying. Here is a before and after version of cleaning them up.

Peonies before.

Peonies before.

Peonies after. I even did the tulips in the foreground.

Peonies after. I even did the tulips in the foreground.

Here is some evidence of what the wind is doing today. It seems to be picking up as I type. I was up to the pool to bring Paulina a jacket during break and one of the roof panels on the pool house sounds like it is going to lift off or crash through. It made me jump. Paulina just laughed and said, “It always does that.”

Pots are dropping over, no use even standing them up anymore.

Pots are dropping over, no use even standing them up anymore.

Willow tree is losing branches.

Willow tree is losing branches.

Wind chimes in the closed corner are going big time today. Nice sound, but it means pretty windy.

Wind chimes in the closed corner are going big time today. Nice sound, but it means pretty windy.

Really should have finished the lilies, but I just didn't have the energy.

Really should have finished the lilies, but I just didn’t have the energy.

This chair has been calling my name, but I still haven't taken time to sit out there.

This chair has been calling my name, but I still haven’t taken time to sit out there.

Sunday pre-Memorial Day

The flag is out for Memorial Day.

The flag is out for Memorial Day.


I can’t wait until we get into the regular swing of life again. Sunday’s need to be for rest and not the day to get everything finished that doesn’t get done during the rest of the week. I also look forward to living back in Herreid and finding our way to church in Mobridge on Sundays. In the meantime, I will let you in on what we did this Sunday before Memorial Day.

Last night we were actually thinking of heading to Herreid, but once we were home from the state meet, we realized just how tired we were. It wasn’t tired from the meet; it was tired from the whole year. Seriously, I don’t know too many years when we didn’t stay for the end of the meet. This year we were gone as soon as our athletes were finished. By the time Jon walked up the hill from the triple jump, we had most of the tent packed away. I was so tired that I fell asleep knitting on the way home. I will have to check that last row to make sure it is in the right pattern.

This morning we woke in Linton, and packed up and headed for Herreid. When we pulled up, Victoria was mopping the floors. Now we know why she texted so early asking when we were coming. It was great to come into a clean place. I have so been dreading cleaning here. She has taken care of the creepy attic flies as well as the dropped leaves from the plants I left here in April.

So today was spent on the lawn mowers. James, Paulina and Victoria were either riding or pushing until all the grass in the yard was clipped. I did a few things for the flowers. The peonies now have their stands in place.

Purple tulips and fern peony in the background.

Purple tulips and fern peony in the background.

The hosta that seems to be dying got a little more dirt, hopefully that will perk it back up.

New little hosta.

New little hosta.

I even trimmed some of the trees so the mowers could clear without losing their hats. I now have those branches in some wet dirt hoping we can get them to root. Victoria has a tree in her yard in Jamestown from a cutting from last year, so I know it works.

Weeping Willow branches trying to get rooted.

Weeping Willow branches trying to get rooted.

I did a few things today, though not so much. I was still so tired, probably from the lack of sleep from this stupid sinus thing. The issue is the more I do the better I feel, so I best get to work and quit sitting around trying to recover. Amazing how much there is to do in a house that is your own rather than in one you are renting.

A couple of other pictures for you include: Jaxon with cheetos face, Jaxon and Paulina playing piano, tulips with the fern peony in the background, the pansies and tomatoes waiting to get into the ground, the garden waiting for seeds, three of the strawberries are coming back in the tires, the clematis is climbing all over the heart stand beside the Jimmie fan sign Jessica gave us for Christmas. and the flag is flying for Memorial Day.

Paulina and Jaxon playing piano.

Paulina and Jaxon playing piano.

Cheetos face.

Cheetos face.


Strawberries.

Strawberries.


Clematis on the heart and the Jimmie fan sign.

Clematis on the heart and the Jimmie fan sign.


Pansies and tomatoes and peppers.

Pansies and tomatoes and peppers.


The garden waiting to be planted.

The garden waiting to be planted.

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