Where I’m At!

Yesterday was a real bummer.  I had to go into Flint to pick up my Power of Attorney documents and my Will.  I found that many building didn’t have addresses in front of there locations.. I parked 10 blocks from where I had to go and had to walk both ways.  I was one tired puppy when I got back home.  All I could say was I hate downtown !!.

Today I was in Lake Orion to do some business.  Another day away from home.

After snow for a couple of days we are climbing back towards Spring again.  I will have to start picking up limbs, branches,  and debris very soon.  I want to make sure the ground is dry enough to support the tractor.

I have another showing Sunday. That is it for today!!!

Getting Things Done.

Got my rain with some problems last night  but I’ll keep working on it. In fact I have two more days of it (today and tomorrow).

Keenes brought the tractor back with the mower deck on it yesterday.  Now I have to wait until it dries up outside to start cleaning up.  Ramsey also fixed the minor body work on the truck.  So two out of three ain’t bad.

Plants in the bay window.

Plants in the bay window.

Both are doing well.  It is good to see them thrive.

Molly is resting on the sofa  and Brandy just crawled up there too.

Ain't hard to find her is it.

Ain’t hard to find her is it.

Still working on Gaiman’s Trigger Warning and the Alfred Hitchcock Magazine for April.  I also  have been working on the afghan.  I decided to add another color today so It has four main colors and one multi colored area.  I’ll get a picture as soon as I have all five worked in.

I have appointments on Thursday and Friday so I will be tied up both days.

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Just Waiting For Rain!

Woke up this morning at 6:43 am but laid there until a little after 7.  It was obvious I wasn’t going back to sleep so I rolled out of bed and headed for the bathroom with Molly encircling my legs to get my attention.  I made the decision that a hot shower was in order and got that out of the way much to Molly’s disappointment.  As I dried off I thought what will I do today.

I could take a trip into Flint to the Bed, Bath and Beyond and pick up a new bath mat for in front ot the toilet because I had spilled bleach on the one I had cleaning the bowl.  Or I could go to Wal  Marts to see if they carried the individual Sweet Cream packages to carry in the truck.  My next stop would be Meijer’s to see if I had seen the creamers there.  I could also check all three places for a new hi intensity bulb for the lamp on my computer desk.  I always have an extra one in case the one in the lamp burns out. I attempted to call the grocery stores first in hopes of saving at least one of the stops on my trip.  But I could get no answer in the department I wanted.   I decided to forgo all that, go the gas station in my little town, and buy my Sunday paper (as I always do). because there is no hurry on the other things.

I did take time to check outside for any changes.

Well the bush is finally blooming.

Well the bush is finally blooming.    

More blossoms in the extension gardens.

The Lilac bushes have more                                                                                                     leaves budding out.

 

Soon the flowers will start spreading                                                                                                 their sweet smell around the                                                                                                      yard.

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003I ended up having a bowl of cereal for breakfast after I fed both Molly and Brandy.  I finished the Sunday paper so now I’ll pick up the afghan, go out to the swing and crochet a bit.  Later I’ll read some more to take up the time as I wait for the rain.

Tomorrow is take the truck in again I hope!  Enjoy your weekend.

A Reader’s Request

I have had a request from a reader to explain what a berm is.  Webster’s Universal College Dictionary gives this: 1. a  level strip of ground at the summit or  sides, or along the base, of a slope.  2. a nearly flat back portion of a beach formed of  material deposited by the action of waves.  3. the shoulder of a road.  4. a mound of snow or dirt.

My berm is closest to #4.  It started with three very tall trees similar to these.

Very tall as you can see.

Very tall as you can see.

 

 

The trees I’m talking about were showing a tendency to lean towards my home.  After several very windy storms my husband  had them cut down and the roots were ground. This resulted in a mound of dirt and wood chips.  It was decided we would mound up that area adding a lot of black dirt over it.  This was the beginning of my berm.  With the help of my daughter-in-law, Debra, over the years it was transformed into a flower garden. Every year she comes up to clear away the weeds and grass and to plant Cosmos and Snapdragons. She has added rocks and and bits of wood to decorate the area. She also added a black border to contain the dirt.

This berm is now 275 inches long and 77 inches at it’s widest area.  The shape is like an   oval.

I added the yard lights. have not any plants. but there are some from last year.

I added the yard lights. not any new plants. but there are some from last year.

I hope this helps to answer the question.

Now on to how the Spring Flowers are doing.

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I haven’t gotten the areas raked out yet because I was waiting for the tractor and yard trailer to be able to haul the debris out to the burn pile.  The tractor went in to have the mower deck put on it Wednesday.  It will be ready soon.

 

Yep it is rhubarb.

Yep it is rhubarb.

I don’t know how much of it I will get to harvest but it is great to see it back in one of the gardens again.

My time reading has accomplished the completion of the double issue of the Ellery Queen magazine for March, Laura Kasischke’s Boy Heaven, and a book of her poems.   I’m now reading Neil Gaiman’s Trigger Warning  a collection of short stories. I also have the Reader’s Digest (large print) magazine for May on the kitchen table for more reading at the same time.

 

I want to say a special hello to Zilch, a friend from overseas.  It was great to hear from him.

The weather Is lovely and I’m so happy to see Spring finally here. I hope you are taking some time out side to enjoy it.

 

 

True Beauty!

Outside today and this is what I found.

The purple flowers are wide open.

The purple flowers are wide open.

Small bunches of plants are popping up in all the extension gardens.

Small bunches of plants are popping up in all the extension gardens.

I have no front porch just a small platform.

Moss had developed over the fall and survived the winter.

Moss had developed over the fall and survived the winter.

I have managed to clean most of it away.

I have managed to clean most of it away.

On to the berm

The plants are now showing since Debra cleaned it out.

The plants are now showing since Debra cleaned it out.

buds are appearing on the Forsythia bush.

buds are appearing on the Forsythia bush.

The promise of beauty to come  is evident.

The promise of beauty to come is evident.

Brandy and I were out in the swing a couple of times this afternoon.  I took a book out and she divided her time between sitting with me and sniffing the area for recent visitors.

This is the latest picture of the inside flower.

More blooms and more to come.

More blooms and more to come.

Soon the bushes and trees will start to flower and the true beauty of the yard will come alive.

Sleepy Time

Up at 6:30 Wednesday morning to take the truck in for a minor bit of body work.  It was raining and it was decided that we would delay it for a couple of days until the weather cleared.  So back home I went and on the way I thought why waste the day.

I stopped at the market and bought Northern beans.  I decided today I would make the Crock Pot Ham and Beans that were on Pammie’s blog and while that was cooking I would do up another batch of fruit jam.

11 half pints of jam.

11 half pints of jam

and enough ham and beans to send some home with Cindy, have a small bowl for supper, and freeze two serving for later.  So I made good use of my day.

Cindy and David came up for a visit just as I was finishing up my projects.  But they didn’t stay long because both she and I were not in the mood for cards.  So they left right after lunch so that she and I could grab a nap .  She helped me clean up before they went.  So now it is time to hit the tick again.  Good night–

 

 

 

Easter Wishes

Wes came up today to work on a problem in the basement.  Debra came along to clean the berm out as she does every year for me.

Despite the cold she started in .

Despite the cold she started in .

This is the results when she finished

This is the results when she finished

She also cleared under the Quince bush

She also cleared under the Quince bush

I am so please because she does such a complete job every year and the area looks so much nicer when she is done.

I found the blossoms (not open yet) to the royal purple flowers in the front yard today.

They remind me of what royal robes should look like.

They remind me of what royal robes should look like.

Inside the latest on the Cactus

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Well I have finished reading The Raising by Kasischke and was so impress that I have order some more of her books.  I also read vol 2 of Locke & Key  by Joe Hill ( graphic novel series).  I have decided to catch up on my Ellery Queen and Alfred Hitchcock short story magazines (I’m 4 behind) before I start another novel.

I hope tomorrow will find you celebrating Easter with friends and family. Happy Easter everyone.

The Word!

On my calendar on the fridge in the kitchen when I turned it to April I saw a word in my handwriting on the the 3rd.  I have looked at it a multitude of times trying to figure out what it says.  I asked Cindy, my daughter, when she was up visiting on Wednesday if she could make it out.  She couldn’t help me after making several suggestion of what it could be.  So I continued to peruse that page several times a day.  Then this morning as I sat up on the edge of my bed it came to me.

SURGERY!   As I sit here now I wonder who’s surgery.  Not mine obviously but who’s.  My next thought is that it was important enough to note there and I’m supposed to acknowledge it, maybe even be there and I can’t remember  for who.  Please forgive me  If you expected to see or hear from me today.

001qIn all it’s glory the bloom on my Christmas Cactus that thinks it is an Easter Lily!  There are many more on the way.

Grammie Pammie, my dear and very long time friend, with her hubby, Earl, visited with me yesterday.  What a good time when someone you love dearly and miss frequently shows up on your doorstep to share a couple of hours with you.  ( Her blog is in my sidebar),

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Oh by the way Cindy won the card game because i messed up.

The winner (my rummy card shark!)

The winner (my rummy card shark!)

You see I had this very comfortable lead and then went backward on the two last hands and all she did was smile big!!!!!

 

Early Morning Surprise

34 degrees—7 mph wind now but at 2 am this morning it was this.

Those big white dots are snowflakes

Those big white dots are snowflakes

Out the front door at 9:15 this morning

Out the front door at 9:15 this morning

Looking out the kitchen door ( our main entry)

Looking out the kitchen door ( our main entry)

View from the French doors in the dining room

View from the French doors in the dining room

Looking out the living room door.

Looking out the living room door.

The last day of March 2015.  I’m going to watch my newly purchased Downton Abbey Dvd (series 5), crochet another few rows on my afghan, read a few more pages in both The Raising and Writing Home, and the priority is stay inside!!  Yes this is Spring in Michigan–That is why my winter boots still sit out and my down jacket hangs in the front of the hall closet!

This has been live from Sparky the Winter hermit North of Otisville, Michigan!!!!