Begone Grass

Good morning!  Yesterday was spent outside with the weed wacker.

Starting at the deck on the West side of the dome.

Starting at the deck on the West side of the dome.

The grass went right over to the top of the retaining wall.  When I finished this was the area.

Clear to the wall.

Clear to the wall.

On the same side by the kitchen door area.

By the door over under the Fire bush.

By the door over under the Fire bush.

Same area cleared.

Also cleared was around the wishing well.

Also cleared was around the wishing well.

I cleared the area around and under the swing and the Crabapple tree then moved to the front of the dome where I cleared around the little porch and down the East side of the dome.  I ended back at the the steps of the deck on the other end.  It still needs to be mowed but I ran out of steam.

Today I’ll work inside mopping, vacuuming, and dusting.  I have to get the inside ready for a showing tomorrow morning.  During that time Brandy and I will go for a ride.  I will cross my fingers that the people like it.

Have a great weekend and do something for you!

 

A Little Of Everything!

59 degrees and overcast but forecast is not calling for rain so I guess it is just a  gray day. (Oops there is a little sun.)  I have been busy this morning.  I finally got around to finding the summer sheets.  I went through two large boxes in the basement that I had packed up earlier this year.  One set is in the dryer and the other is in the washer.  I have the two flannel sets  clean and will have them packed away today.

While I was downstairs I stepped out side under the deck and found two nest.

In behind the lamp resting on the base of the fixtures like this one.

In behind the lamp resting on the base of the fixtures like this one.

One of the fixtures is at the exterior door leading into the mud room.  The other is beside the garage door.  If you are quiet you can hear a little chirp from both of them.  I don’t want to try and see into the nest because I don’t want to disturb them.  Normally I have a nest on the fixture in the  front of the dome every year.  But checking the front today there is nothing out there.

Well I finally got Brandy into Doggy Depot yesterday

She not only looks good but she smells good too.

She not only looks good but she smells good too.

She is like me get the extra hair off and you are rejuvenated. We both needed it badly.

Well I finished the May issue of the Hitchcock magazine and 1/2 way through the May Ellery Queen.but I still have the June issue of both to catch up on.  I did finish Kasischke’s The Infinitesimals another book of poetry.  I found this one a little easier to understand.

As a change of pace I will start Mary Higgins Clark’s The Cinderella Murder (with Alafair Burke) now.

I have now started on the decrease side of my afghan also.

I’m going to have to get out and mow again.  I also have to weed whack but not today.  The burn pile will have to wait also because the wind is up a little.

Have a great rest of the week!

 

 

Mother’s Day

I realize I’m a day late for Mother’s Day and I’m sorry for that but being a mother I got tangled up in other matters and didn’t get to visit.  But I’m here today and hoping you had a great day.

My presentation was to begin with You can tell it is Mother’s day because.  Because Mother Nature is putting on her pretty dresses for us.

The Red Maple at the base of the back driveway.

The Red Maple at the base of the back driveway.

One of the first blooms on the Quince bush.

One of the first blooms on the Quince bush.

The blossoms on the Crab Apple tree.

The blossoms on the Crab Apple tree.

The blooms on the large Lilac bush

The blooms on the large Lilac bush

The Sand Cherry bush at the deck

The Sand Cherry bush at the deck

Every where you look the beauty of Spring shines brightly for you.

Now this momma’s old look is back.

My haircutter says I look 15 year younger.

My haircutter says I look 15 year younger.

Do I look 65 to you?

Yesterday Cindy came up to ,as she said, beat my ass at rummy and she even brought help with her.  John, her border,  wanted to meet me so he joined the game. Well the results were that I won two games and Cindy won the third one.

Every one smiled for the camera.

Every one smiled for the camera.

But John said he wants a rematch–some ‘children’ never learn do they.  It was a great visit and phone calls from my other two (plus my pseudo daughter) made the day complete.

 

Working In The Sun!

Outside again this afternoon.  This time I mowed the front yard. While I was out there I found this.

This was in the berm

This was in the berm

 along with this


along with this

So it is starting to fill in now.

I also spotted this as I mowed.

Blossoms on Jay's Green Gage Plum tree.

Blossoms on Jay’s Green Gage Plum tree.

Also on the second tree.

Also on the second tree.

 

 

 

 

 

It has been a few years since he planted them.  Every year he would look for buds but never found any.  Now he is gone and not able to see them.  I hope they make it through to fruit this year.

If I move I will asked my neighbor to let me know how they survived.

 

 

 

My poor Sand Cherry tree suffered storm damage a few years ago and every Spring it fights to survive.

The Sand Cherry

The Sand Cherry

Brandy gets her haircut tomorrow and I’m scheduled for Saturday.  So in between the two I want to polish up the house in case someone wants to see it  I may possibly wash windows on the main floor also.  I received my new shipment of books yesterday and they are waiting on the shelf for me to pick them up.  I did get a few more rows on the afghan yesterday and this morning.  I just keep plugging away at it.

The Girls

51 degrees in Otisville with rain expected between 3 and 6 pm.  I don’t expect to see much of the sun today.

Cindy and David were up yesterday to visit and use my computer.  After lunch we played one game of rummy.

Guess who won!

Guess who won!

I was on the phone this morning trying to arrange appointments for Brandy and me.

We both need haircuts badly.

We both need haircuts badly.

I got Brandy set up but not me yet.

Well I have finished both In A Perfect World and Eden Springs  by Laura Kasischke. I enjoyed both and have ordered two more novels by her.  I picked up my Alfred Hitchcock magazine  May issue last night. I have four of them to read right now and I would like to catch them up before I move on to my next novel.

Nothing new on my house sale –just sitting and waiting.

Well there is an election today so I guess I should go vote this morning and do a little bit of grocery shopping while I’m out.

I hope you enjoyed the pictures of the girls.

 

A Morning Start

Out this morning in a heavy sweatshirt, sweatpants, and leather gloves.

Hauling debris to the burn pile.

Hauling debris to the burn pile.

I had two more trees to clear before I’d be done so I decided this morning was it.  The weather was warm, the sun shining, and my guilty conscious was tugging at me to get it finished.  It took an additional three trailers full to finish it up.

but now it is done .  all the trees are cleaned out and I'm glad I did it.

But now it is done.   All the trees are cleaned out and I’m glad I did it. 

While I was out there I got a short of the Violets.

They were all around the bottom of the Quince bush.

They were all around the bottom of the Quince bush.

Adam, my neighbor, came over and trimmed some branches off the tree that was at the end of the deck,  Some were near the roof of the dome and the other hung down almost to the ground making it difficult to mow that area.  Bless his heart it cost me a handshake.

Yesterday afternoon I spent out in the swing again.

I managed what will show all the colors in the afghan.

I managed what will show all the colors in the afghan.

I think I will be out again this afternoon once I finish the novel I’m reading.  Sure do love that sunshine!!!

 

 

 

Another Step Forward

Outside this morning and took pictures of leaves.  Now I know this isn’t near as pretty as flowers but is does show the step forward towards summer!

First the Crabapple Tree

First the Crabapple Tree

Next the Snowball Bush

Next the Snowball Bush

The Large Lilac bush

The Large Lilac bush

The small Lilac bush

The small Lilac bush

These bushes were planted a year apart.  The small one last year. They both have buds on them and soon there will be fragrant blossoms.

 

 

Violets in the berm,

Violets in the berm,

There are more under the Quince bush out back and some in the woods.

This is the other Peony bush which is in one of the extension gardens.

This is the other Peony bush which is in one of the extension gardens.

Now you have read about Brandy and me walking down to the mail box.  Well this is what you would see if you walked walked with us.

A bit of exercise for us both!

A bit of exercise for us both!

Being a bit under the weather I will be doing this again today.

In the swing, afghan on my lap, and Brandy at my feet.

In the swing, afghan on my lap, and Brandy at my feet.

It seems I have a bit of a headache that I can’t shake.  Just don’t feel like hauling branches or mowing but I’ll get over it soon.  I did get my burn permit yesterday so I’m going to have to finish clearing the area around those two trees and get rid of the pile by the burn barrel.  Then I’ll go after the twigs on the ground and finally start mowing. It will be fresh air  galore then.

 

Ah Outdoors!

You have heard of one for the pot when you are making tea.  Well this ain’t tea but i used that adage when I was wrapping my pieces of cake this morning.

There is a big one for this old pot!

There is a big one for this old pot!

The rest are now down in the freezer for another time.

Well I spent about 2 hours this afternoon clearing the suckers from around the trees in the yard that I had cut down last Fall. I cleared all but two trees before I ran out of energy.  But this is what i have piled up so far.

I'm going to have to get a burn permit soon.

I’m going to have to get a burn permit soon.

Randy came and cut down the other tree today so that is taken care.  The man does a very neat job.

I don’t need to mow yet.  I checked that out when I had the tractor out hauling the the suckers to the burn pile.  I did however spot my Killdeer  out back again this year so I’m going to have to locate the nest so I don’t run over the babies when they hatch.

Well my inside birds are calling for dinner so I’ll close for now.

Working On Life!

A beautiful 61 degrees, sun shining brightly, and no rain expected until after 6:00 pm.  Well I have been caught up in Mr. Selfridge  for the last two days and have completed both seasons 1 and 2.  So now I have two Masterpiece Theatre  series to wait on for the next season.

I completed Gaiman's novel this morning.

I completed Gaiman’s novel this morning.

I was very pleased with all the short stories in it and now will pass it to son Lesley to read.

This is my next selection which I will start probably  tomorrow.

Another novel by Laura Kasischke

Another novel by Laura Kasischke

I am hoping it will be as entertaining as The Raising was.

Well I am less one dead tree down near the road now.  A gentleman took it for fire wood and even took the branches and debris with him.  He will be back to get one more soon.  Now I really do have to get out the tractor and trailer and clean up some other spots in the yard.

After checking for something sweet the other day I bought this instead.

A white cake mix.

A white cake mix.

It is in the oven now.  When it is baked it will cool, be frosted , and then frozen.  I will then cut it into serving sizes, seal it in shrink wrap, and put it in the freezer for eating a bit at a time.  It makes more sense than to buy a small cake and consume it in a day or two. I’m am learning the ins and outs of feeding just one.  Yesterday I thawed frozen roast chicken, chopped in bite size pieces, added Cream of Chicken and Mushroom Soups, Mrs. Weiss’ Kluski Noodles, and baked on low heat in the oven until the soup was reduced.  This will be my supper, with added vegetables on the side, for at least two or three nights.  ( Again I will freeze the additional servings).

Well I have heard the 5 PM news coverage so I guess it is pick up the afghan until supper time.  I think I’ll sit in the swing and crochet for a little while.  I have been staying home these last few days because the truck is low on gas and I don’t want  transfer any money into the checking account right now.  (Besides this is an exercise in control that I need to master).

Take Care of you and enjoy your days!

 

Need Help Thinking!

Four days to the end of April 2015 and what a month it has been.  Three birthdays, one wedding anniversary, and in two days I will have been a non smoker for 13 years.  Even though I had been diagnosed with COPD on 10-15-2003 I had actually quit smoking because with both husband and me the out put in money was  a lot and I felt it was stupid to burn up dollars for nothing.  So I accomplished two good things in one.  In later years the money was needed for medical reasons for my husband.

I have finally got the will and the two Power Of Attorneys  completed this last week.  I also got my truck loaned transferred to my CU account so I think I’m pretty much covered legally.

Now on the lighter things.

A better look to the wreath

A better look to the wreath

I added a few more flowers to my wreath to fill it out better.  I mean a whole $1.99 and It is prettier to look at.

Another look at the Forsythia.

It is blooms from the ground up.

It is blooms from the ground up.

Talking with others yesterday I learn that a little further South of here their bushes have started blooming at the bottom and then moving up. ( Why I don’t know.).

The rhubarb is coming right along.

The rhubarb is coming right along.

It is funny that it is growing in a flower garden but I guess it likes where it is at because it keeps coming back.

The larger daffodils .......

The larger daffodils …….

….but no tulips yet.  I have planted  other root flowers but something thinks they are steak and keeps eating them.

A few more blooms

A few more blooms

But coming up now…

...the Peony   bush.

…the Peony bush.

This is between two trees by the back deck steps.  I have another one in one of the extension gardens but I haven’t located it yet.

Just finished Alfred Hitchcock’s magazine for April but I’m still working on Gaiman’s novel.

Well I did two good deeds recently so I have turned my imaginary Girl Scout Pin right side up and I’m very proud of me!!

Have a great week ahead and help me think warmer weather please!!!!!