Thursday, November 1, 2012
Rain continuesStill raining...light rain and drizzle, but very cold and very damp and uncomfortable. All my good intentions to get outside yesterday came to nothing because just about the time I was ready to start out the door, it started to really pour again.
We are supposed to get some drier weather starting tomorrow. I hope they're right. I think the dreary dampness is starting to make everybody depressed. My cat Niki won't do anything but sleep next to the food dish in the kitchen. *HA*
Speaking of cats, took Tucker for his 1-mon. checkup. He's been on thyroid meds for 1 month and he's gained 7 ounces! Yay! His bloodwork came back excellent, so I have to keep him on the meds and he'll have another checkup in 6 months. I am glad we've got a success story here.
Also, remember Simon? The nearly dead starved sick little black cat I rescued in February. Welllll.....I think we may need to put Simon on a diet. *HA* He's SO FAT. He's happy and loves to eat and hates going outside except when it's warm and he can soak up some solar. He still has trouble with his sinuses and sneezes a lot, but otherwise he's doing great. It's really amazing when I think how desperately ill he was and how I was sure he would die on me.
How boring these days are. You know you're bored when a 12 minute trip down to the little grocery store a few miles away is a real "day breaker." Whoopee! I get to ride in the car!
Sunday, May 6, 2012
More veg garden inThis morning I got all my tomato plants in (24 Roma, 12 Big Boy, 2 Golden), and all my sweet potatoes (10) in. It's very overcast and cool this morning, and I'm hoping we'll have a little rain later. I plan on getting all the tomatoes mulched with newspaper and grass clippings either tomorrow or Tuesday, depending on the weather.
Got both small areas of grass around the Pond Circle Garden cut down with a sickle yesterday and today. I know it sounds nuts, but I love sickling tall grass by hand. I try to get to it when the temps are fairly cool, either late in the evening or early in the morning. It's so peaceful...once I get into the rhythm of the work, it seems like my mind goes everywhere, while just one little part of me concentrates on cutting the grass. It's quiet work, no roaring gas engine, no smelly exhaust fumes. Just me, the grass, the birds, the bugs and the swish-swish of the sickle. I remember the first time I tried to do this work...it seemed so hard! Then, over time, once I got the knack of it, it got easier and easier. Now, I actually look forward to it.
I've got a lot of weeding to do, and I really would like to turn my attention back to the cleared area in the pine row, where I put in forsythia and lilac, etc. late last winter. Those are all doing really well, but I noticed that some of the weeds are starting to come back through the mulch. I should get them cut down and possibly sprayed.
Darned hens! Last fall I planted 3 new foxtail lilies....one never came up, one is very small, but the third is very tall and ready to bloom. And don't you know, this morning one of the dratted hens got up on the deck railing and launched herself and landed smack on the foxtail lily and broke off the flower head. *tch* I was so disappointed. Of course, I suppose this might actually be a good thing because now the plant will put its energy into growing stronger roots, etc. But I was so tickled to think it would bloom this first year.
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