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!!

Photo bombing cat

Roger in the tulip/clematis area

Roger in the tulip/clematis area

I mentioned in my lucindagardens post about tulips that I would put up some pictures here that are connected to the tulips in the front garden by the clematis. I think those orange tulips are just so pretty, but not sure that the tulips are the center of attention of this picture because of the photo bomber. Roger loves to pose for pictures unlike Sophia who always has to walk towards the camera and make it impossible to get a decent picture of her without sneaking up on her. Anyway check out Roger in the tulip area.

Here was a real pose by Roger. She loves the camera.

Here was a real pose by Roger. She loves the camera.

This goofball has been bringing in ticks like crazy. I am getting to the point that if the wind blows and my hair falls out of place, I am afraid one is crawling on me. One more reason to get a few chickens in the back yard. But then who would watch them as much as we go chasing around the countryside. Someday, maybe!!!

 

More garden update

Here are the rest of the pictures that I have taken today and the past few days. These let you know how the garden and garden plants have been growing in the past week. It is amazing the changes in the short time, and the difference from yesterday to this evening is really wild. I guess we can water all we want, but a rain sure makes a great difference. The nice part is that the rain was soft and gentle not windy and wild. Here is the story in pictures.

Tulips in bloom

Tulips in bloom

Asparagus is up beside the solar light.

Asparagus is up beside the solar light.

The sunflowers are up.

The sunflowers are up.

The fern peony is about to bloom.

The fern peony is about to bloom.

Raspberry bush is back.

Raspberry bush is back.

It is starting to spread.

It is starting to spread.

Tomato seedlings are in bloom. Hope I can get them planted soon.

Tomato seedlings are in bloom. Hope I can get them planted soon.

Too tired to breathe!

This morning was all about a funeral. It was for a woman who left the area many years ag o. Sadly only her daughter and some family were able to make it back for it. The son was hit with a flare up of Rheumatoid Arthritis and so wasn’t able to attend. He was fearful that it would happen and it did. James went with me and by noon we were helping with the clean up. It was fun to work in the kitchen, but lots of work even for the few amount of people who were there. The family was invited to stay and visit at the tables as long as they needed. The workers all headed home to rest or enjoy the rest of the day in the great out of doors.

We headed off to home with the intention of planting the potatoes. James and Paulina took the pails of leftover potatoes from last year that were growing in the basement to the garden. By the time they had finished there were 90 hills of potatoes. I never knew that James throws in two to three old potatoes per hill. If we buy seed potatoes it is only one. He said the amount that we had this year would have filled the whole garden if we did one per hill. Yikes.

Potatoes waiting to be covered.

Potatoes waiting to be covered.

I didn’t actually help with this project. The potatoes have never been my strong suit. I am better with the tomatoes and the peppers and all of the seeds that need to go into the ground. James said he has planted potatoes since he was just a little tyke helping his mother. I am glad to have one thing in the ground without my assistance.

Clothes on the line again.

Clothes on the line again.

I spent part of the day going back and forth between the washer and the clothes line. There was just enough wind to twist things around and mainly it was good for drying items that normally wrinkle. If there is a bit of a breeze, the wrinkles blow out.

We also decided to do the sod thing. We pulled up the sod (AKA grass) beside the drive-way to make a bulb garden. I have been wanting to get the bulbs, both tulips and iris into a south facing area and out of the wind a bit. The grass we took out was transferred over to the walk area that we have been wanting to put in place for a couple of years. Here is the story in pictures.

The beginning of the tulip area.

The beginning of the tulip area.

Rolling up the sod.

Rolling up the sod.

I did some of the digging for this, but James and Paulina did a fair about too. I am so stiff and sore from crawling around and planting those bulbs that I just want to soak in a hot tub, but with this blog and a message to write for tomorrow, it is going to be a bit before I see the tub. Oh some smelly-soaky bubble stuff would just feel wonderful, maybe even in the big claw footed one. Anyway, here are a few more pictures.

The bulbs I planted. There were also a few crocus but I lost that picture.

The bulbs I planted. There were also a few crocus but I lost that picture.

The finished plot. Now we have to do the other end, but that will be another day.

The finished plot. Now we have to do the other end, but that will be another day. In the middle are three large hyacinths that were in a container. Hope it all comes up.

As I was walking around the house, I found a few other interesting pictures. We have some tulips coming up. Most others in the area have tulips up, but they have them with a south sun. After this year, mine should be in a better spot to come up early.

There are a few tulip peeking up here.

There are a few tulip peeking up here.

The rhubarb is also starting to come through again. I really need to divide some of this and pass on a plant or two to Victoria in Dickinson. Jaxon loves that rhubarb-strawberry jelly, and I won’t be making it forever.

Rhubarb is up.

Rhubarb is up.

Now for the picture of the walk way in the front of the area. Oh yes, I had to get a load of bricks from behind the shop to edge the new plot. I salvaged them from the school when they were taking down the old chimney. My mother was so angry when they were dumped in the yard, but I have used them in more places than you can imagine, and I saved the city landfill from having to bury them all.

The wagon full of bricks.

The wagon full of bricks.

Before we could start this area needed some raking to clear out all of the old leaves.

Before we could start this area needed some raking to clear out all of the old leaves.

The walking stones waiting to be centered and leveled.

The walking stones waiting to be centered and leveled.

The wheel barrel full of the sod.

The wheel barrel full of the sod.

The finished path with all of the sod we had today. We really need to get the rest in place soon.

The finished path with all of the sod we had today. We really need to get the rest dug out and  in place soon.

What have you been doing in your garden??

3 Days until Spring

Today was nippy in the morning, beautiful in the afternoon, and now we have overcast skies and the air is getting cooler. I took my set of tracksters outside and had them run on the infield and around the track and up the long hill by the school. It was a three of everything day.

Tracksters running the long hill.

Tracksters running the long hill.

Several students were gone tonight because of an Academic-Olympics competition. This will happen a few more times, but at least one is out of the way early in the year. Tomorrow night will be the last practice this week as it is boys’ state B basketball tournament on Thursday and Friday. James intends to be in place at all of the games. The man who teaches the “alternative school” room, which is housed across the hall from his room does some statistics work for the State Activities Association, and he has two passes for the tourney, and James was the fortunate one picked to attend with him. I am sure they will have a blast. They will take turns driving to the tourney rather than staying overnight. It is only in Bismarck and that is just 100 miles up the road, so not really a big deal around here. Paulina and I are hoping that Thursday and Friday, we will finally get something accomplished around here.

This morning just as we were getting ready to finish up the laundry and clear away the downstairs clutter to do some serious cleaning, I remembered the Food Panty Truck was coming to town. I will try to go and help out with that as much as possible. It serves all the little towns in the area, and since I live here, I can help to represent the ministerial association from the town I serve. It is mostly food that has been donated by corporations and such. It is good to see it being distributed. Today we had items left over and two of the local ministers took it to their churches to store for the next time. It is rather discouraged for the truck to take anything back. It is a good program, and I am so glad we have something like this to help out those who need it.

On the way home from Linton after practice, Paulina and I saw several flocks of snow geese coming through. We have predictions of snow or rain overnight, so I hope they all find a place to relax in shelter after their flight. It just seems so early for them to be coming through.

I have a few other pictures to share. Nothing of significance, just showing off the sort of day it was mostly.

Sign at the end of the dike near our place.

Sign at the end of the dike near our place.

Sophia enjoys hunting near these bales.

Sophia enjoys hunting near these bales.

The long road beyond the keep out sign. This is the old train track area.

The long road beyond the keep out sign. This is the old train track area.

Tulips aren't doing much yet.

Tulips aren’t doing much yet.

Hope you are enjoying your final days before spring!!

Beautiful day!

Today was an absolutely gorgeous day. It isn’t really hot, but it is warm in the sun. I was at the office which is always cold, and when I left my car felt so nice and warm I just wanted to pull over and take a nap. Perhaps if I slept better at night I wouldn’t feel so wiped out everyday. I am thinking it is time for a new mattress or maybe I should just start with new pillows. I would guess that would correct my backaches too.

Now for the pictures. This is what we did when we all were home tonight. James and Paulina and I planted the two pear trees that we bought. I so hope that they grown and that they are ok where we put them. I had other plans for them, but after reading the instructions, we really had little choice about where to locate them. It was all about spacing and shade problems. Yikes, we also put the raspberry bush in beside the dead chokecherry tree. I am not sure the raspberry is still alive so we will see how that works for us. I may be buying another one of those, again.

Planting pear trees.

Planting pear trees.

Burnt leaves??

Burnt leaves??

?The cause???

?The cause???

As you saw in a previous post, we had the pear trees on the east side of the house. Paulina thinks that they were burned by the sun today. I thought maybe it got too cold the first night or James hit them with some of the chemical that he used on the dandelions. He vetoed that idea, but I still don’t know.

The pile of dirt is down and a large fiberglass tub is in the ground. Interesting.

The pile of dirt is down and a large fiberglass tub is in the ground. Interesting.

I guess the construction is over in our area, for now at least. I am thinking that we might just grab the rest of the dirt to do some filling in on the pot holes in the grass.

The peonies after James and Paulina mowed.

The peonies after James and Paulina mowed.

The purple tulips are in the background. I may have to move them this fall. They bloom well where they are but the wind trashes them when it comes up.

Yellow and orange tulip finally blooming. I am not sure if I bought these or mixed them by transplanting other colors.

Yellow and orange tulip finally blooming. I am not sure if I bought these or mixed them by transplanting other colors.

Looks to me like I need some better dirt in here and to do some weeding in this area.

The clematis is growing well. I will wait until later next week to trim out the dead vines.

The clematis is growing well. I will wait until later next week to trim out the dead vines.

Love that sign from Jessica. Too bad it doesn’t say JC as the name of my alma mater has changed recently to University of Jamestown. I understand why they needed to upgrade, but it will always be JC or Jamestown College to those of us who graduated from the little teeny tiny college in the late 1970s. Go Jimmies.

The rhubarb looks like we will be picking next week.

The rhubarb looks like we will be picking next week.

There were some really great rhubarb recipes in one of my women’s magazines last month. I can’t wait to try them out. Just wish I could remember which magazine it was. Hmmm, time to go look that up. I also need to go check the laundry. Tomorrow we leave for the state track meet. It should be a fun year.

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.

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