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I try to be careful.
Years ago I had bought a piece of farm machinery from a neighbor. We went to pick it up on a Sunday. The man had told us to go to his son's farm. We pulled in & people running around like crazy. When asked what was going on, someone told us 2 boys had went for a tractor ride only one came back. We started searching to, and found him by the barn. He must have fell off & the back wheel got him. I can still see that picture in my mind. it was 45 years ago.
I plan on taking it easy. Today we are going to the antique shop to hopefully get done for this weekend.
Been up since 4:45 awakened by the weather warning of a tornado warning. Since then, have been under 4 separate warnings. So far, just rain and some wind. The garden is floating!! Will probably lose the satellite signal with this weather, but will check in when I am able.
I'm certainly sick of it too! Rain rain rain!
Bernie..take it easy. My youngest son had a hernia operation when he was just 8 wks old! He had colic really bad...and the dr said all his screaming is what brought it out...met the dr at the ER...They gave him six shots of Demoral...and his eyes were still open!!! They took him around to show everyone...LOL! But they did tell me he was feeling no pain!
Yep! One warning this morning for Shelby County around 7:00 and another for Franklin County about the time I pulled into the parking lot at work. We did get a lot of wind and rain out of the last one.
Bonnie, I hauled Ginger's kids around for years doing 4-H quiz bowl and dairy judging. Two really nice young men.
Bernie, we got our beets, peas and potatoes in the ground around the first of last month. And it rained. We finally got our cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower and a row of tomatoes in the ground about 2 weeks ago. And it's rained ever since. I haven't even bothered to go over there to see what they look like. Wouldn't matter since I can't do anything about it anyway. Glad your surgery went well. Just don't do anything that'll mess it up. Paul had his osteomy reversed in November and they didn't put any mesh in the abdominal wall. The surgeon thought it was better not to. Wish he had because now Paul's got a hernia that's going to have to be repaired. Not pleased just begins to describe...
Lost a cow last night. One of the ones we just bought. Apparently she calved a couple weeks ago. She was a long bagged cow with big back teats. The neighbor that we bought the cows from and rent the ground from said that he'd continue to feed these cows and keep an eye on them. Well, unfortunately I guess he never made sure the calf was sucking the back teats. The kids found her yesterday evening with acute mastitis and an udder horribly swelled. DD called the vet and he said that they needed to amputate the teats to let the infection drain. She was already down and when they did that apparently the most foul, purulent material they've ever been around gushed out. About 10 minutes later she died. The kids got green faced just telling me about it. Now we've got an orphan calf to take care of. And we're $1000 in the hole.
Janet, I'm so sorry to hear about the heifer. Having nursed 7 kids (still nursing the the youngest), I can only imagine what a painful awful death that was. I think I'd be talking to that neighbor. No one (nobody, nothing) deserves to die like that. :( I know they are just "dumb animals" but still. Poor cow. :(
I've gotten a bunch done today and I'm headed back out. I do not waste Wednesdays!!
The nurse called today to see how I was doing. She asked how the pain was. I said what pain ? She asked if the pain pills were working. I said what pills ? I haven't taken any.
Really only thing I feel is to know it's there.
I didn't have time to scream, I was busy flirting with the nurses, LOL!
The day after my appendectomy, I was outside planting flowers. My doctor came across the street to check on me. He asked if they didn't take my appendix out the night before. I told him yes, they did. He shook his head and said they needed drive through surgery for people like me. LOL In all honesty, with the laparoscopic surgeries, there is hardly any down time at all. I felt fine so why not?? It's not like I was straining or anything. :)
Well, we finally were cleared from all the tornado warnings this morning. Beginning with that early one, had 3 more the last one about 9:30. After the all clear was sounded, I dressed and headed off to the grocery. The sun came out and it got pretty hot. Unfortunately the sun decided that it wouldn't stay out, and it disappeared about the time I got home.
We have tornado watches tonight, but so far, everything has been calm. Didn't matter anyway, as it is too wet to get out and do anything. Some of my iris are blooming, and they will not last long with all this rain. Sure am hoping that it will dry off for a few days, so that I can enjoy the blooms.
Janet, sorry about the cow. I used to work for someone who said "people don't do what you expect, they do what you inspect." It is so true, and it sounds like that neighbor wasn't checking like he should have been. That is the problem with farm animals, if you lose them, it is lots of money down the drain, and no way to recoup it.
Sort of like the gall bladder surgery. Had it done on Thursday, made market on Saturday. I did concede to letting DD do most of the crate lifting.
Got the contractor back on my house today. They were putting in the back storm door, getting locks on the French doors and starting to build some shelves in the closets. When it dries up we've got to get started on the back porch. Hopefully the electrician will pick up the pace a little and this weekend I can get a truck up there and start hauling some of the scrap lumber away from the front and back door. Just need some extra time to work and the extra time that appeared also had raindrops attached.
Bonnie, I'll have to remember that phrase cause it sure sounds about right. I know sometimes things that are so obvious to me other people are clueless about. I can pretty much go in a field and tell you whether or not a cow is feeling ok. And I intend to look at each one. But that's just me. Neighbor asked DH what he thought that cow died of. Good thing he didn't ask 2nd DD. He'd have gotten a major ear full.
Chele, DH has a cattle water tank that I bathe my cell packs in!! Works really well, and you don't have the mess in the house. Since I don't plan on reusing my excess this year, will wait until not so much is going on to do that.
DH's new lawn that he created this spring is growing like gang busters. It is so wet that he didn't want to get on it to try to mow, so he took the weed eater, and went around and nipped off the top of some that has grown taller than other areas. He has fertilized once, and it wouldn't surprise me to see him later in the year mowing every other day!!
We went out this morning to a "moving sale" and I actually had to get out my sunglasses for that trip!! I got some nice cut glass and leaded crystal for a pittance. Also a carnival glass candy dish with a lid, and one of those carnival glass ladie's slippers you used to see. Yes, I really needed more to have to dust, and then wash!!
The weather has turned much cooler after the rain about 6 tonight. Actually have on my winter pjs. Last night the furnace came on during the night, and it felt pretty good.
Tomorrow, I think I will clean windows and hang some new curtains. Other than taking things off the tops of my cabinets in the kitchen and cleaning them, and giving the cabinets a good cleaning, that will be my spring house cleaning.
Back is still feeling good, although other joints are aching with their arthritis, and this weather has done nothing to help.
Decided to skip the shower before soccer as the fields are a muddy mess. Even if I manage to stay clean, Nolan inevitably wipes a boot on my clothes. LOL Bad weather was not supposed to hit again until 8pm. About the time we were getting ready to go, darkness came back and the wind kicked up. We went out and got into the car and it started pouring before we got out of the car. Back into the house we went.
I haven't heard from Craig so I guess he hasn't heard anything.
I think our hot water heater is on the fritz. First the water went up to 150° all of the sudden and now we are having a problem keeping it warm. Probably all this darn hard water built up on the elements but I sure hope not.
TV is still out of order. It'll probably be June before we can afford a new bulb for it. Not so bad during the week but it really stinks when weekends come around. The kids have been watching just their favorite shows in my room.
Dishwasher went out a couple of months ago so we are back to hand washing dishes.
Technology is wonderful until it doesn't work.
I didn't get too awful much done today but did transplant some more and got everything watered then Nolan and I mowed some of the grass that we could get to without getting the mower stuck.
I'm wiped out for no good reason so I guess I'm going to head to bed and kick the kids out in 20 mins!
We did have the most big beautiful double rainbow right after the storm. I think it's the first time I've ever seen one look so big and so bright.
We could actually see both ends but it didn't photograph well. It was pretty bright outside and it was raining. Other than the cold, it kind of reminded me of being in Florida where it could be bright and sunny and rain at the same time.
Well seeee???????? Bernie didn't have anything to scream about!! Sounds like you are doing well Bernie..that's great to hear.
And I gotcha all beat! After my double knee replacements...the next morning to be exact...I was walking the halls at the hospital!!! The dr called me his 'miracle patient'!!
Sorry to hear about the cow Janet. What a shame!
Bonnie, so glad you are doing good on those shots.
Yes...all this rain is very depressing. Especially since I look out and see my plants growing up and over all the stuff I need to clean up! Guess if I wait long enough, it won't show huh?
I love rainbows, Chele! Sooo pretty!!
Welll...off to the grocery today...yuk! Gotta be done though. I like to eat!!
Big ole ugly clouds rolled up last night and of course it rained again. Then we had a fantastic double rainbow. Hopefully that'll mean we'll get at least a few days of dry weather. I'm going to take a pitchfork tomorrow and try to fork up a few daylily orders. It seems like when it's sopping like this a fork works much, much better than a spade.
Since we didn't do any markets last weekend I've been baking this week and putting it all in the freezer for the week of the wedding so I don't have so much market baking to do that week. It would suit me if I had little or none to tell the truth.
Grass needs to be mowed. Limb pile needs to be burned, porch needs to be painted, scrap lumber needs to be hauled off... See a pattern here?
Bernie didn't come back and tell us how he did while antiquing the other day!
Not sure what my plans are today. I need to pot up some bulbs and there is always more transplanting to do. I also need to pay the electric bill and see do the checkbook because hubby needs to buy new break pads.
We have three soccer games tomorrow but luckily they are in Hillsboro so not too far from home. The only bad thing again is that the first two games start 15 minutes apart then we'll have a 2.5 hour gap. Too much time to sit there and not really enough time to justify wasting the gas to come home. Guess it will be another picnic day.
It's another dreary day here so far. Wish the sun would shine!
Well, cancel those plans for tomorrow. I guess the field we were going to play on is too wet. Didn't get a reason yet but just saw a facebook message that there are no soccer games tomorrow. Craig will be home all day so I guess he'll be fixing his brakes and hopefully cracking a whip on the kids. My house is so messy right now.
Marcy, aren't new knees great? I had mine done in Feb 09 and 10, in between snow shoveling and lawn mowing. Perfect timing- able to do both.
Not much rainfall up here, but a lot of time raining. Still able to get things done except planting. Water table in the garden is 2 inches or less. Gonna take a long time for that clay to be friable.
2nd leaves starting on the peppers. Time for a little MG? They are greening up nicely.
Gosh, Bernie, that is quite an inventory. I always worry about when I die, who is going to take all my "collectibles". Don't think my DS or DGD is very interested right now. All DGD wants is my jewelery, diamonds of course! She has already picked out the ones that she doesn't care for, and told me that she would make sure that I was buried in them! Little snot.
Well, today was a domestic day. I had bought curtains for the whole house last fall, and decided that if they were ever going to be put up, today was the day. The new ones required different hardware, so had to take the old down, and install the new, then before hanging the new curtains, washed the windows, inside and out. I repeated this 6 times throughout the house, and I am not ashamed to say, my tail is a draggin tonight.
I cooked supper, and DH cleaned the kitchen, while I took a shower. We had a board meeting to attend, and I have been home about an hour, have my pjs on (the winter ones as it is still chilly) and it won't be long before I stumble down the hall to bed. I still have more domestic things to do tomorrow, and hope that by the end of the day, I will have accomplished lots more.
Too wet to do much outside, so it was a good opportunity to get inside things caught up.
Marcy, I did all that work today, expecting that my back would be screaming tonight, but it is tired, but not hurting. So the shots are doing great.
Well, I got a lot potted, a lot transplanted, a lot fed and worked outside a lot. LOL
The kids came home and the little kids came outside and they were happily catching baby crawdads and Lillie and Morganne left for sleepovers.
After a bit, Carly came out and was weed eating while Kristenne made tuna salad and was doing dishes. Next thing I know, the little ones came running out saying Kristenne had cut herself. So long story short, we just came home from her getting stitches at the ER. She stuck her hand in the water and ran a knife up the backside of her wrist.
Bernie, did you do all kinds of advertising? If not, sometimes it takes awhile for word of mouth for the news to spread, at least here. You have such a nice shop, just wait until the weather gets better, and you will have more customers than you know what to do with!!
I took it easy today, after wearing myself out yesterday. Nothing hurting or bothering me, but just tired.
I'm so finished with the cold! We actually had a dry sunny day today!
I had to water the greenhouse twice. The kids helped me take all the tomatoes out of the hoophouse, tag every cell pack, move the hoophouse and reload it with 80 flats of tomatoes and peppers. Carly stayed busy with the weed eater the last two days and helped me too. Nolan helped me move all of the shade plants in front of the greenhouse. Between Craig and I, we pumped all the gunk out from under the house. Craig, after many issues, finally got the break shoes on his car. The little kids actually helped on and off with different things and playing with Nolan.
Kristenne started dinner then I went in to finish it up and Craig finished cleaning up in front of the garage. Nolan and I also did some mowing but I guess we aren't going to do much more of that until we can get more gas. $4.04 a gallon! Good grief!
Will be glad to see customers come pick up plants next week! I'm ready for phase two and ready to get out to my own gardens. Thankfully, I have more flats and pots coming next week too.
Ain't that great that gas is so high. Talk about ruining the economy. If certain politicians really wanted to straighten out the depressed economy, they would do something about energy prices.
How do people buy cars, stoves, furniture & other major items if they have to put all their money in the gas tank.
I remember fall of 2008 when economy went in the tank, gas was $4.29.
We spent way to much on advertising, I'm afraid. Of course new location, you haven't a clue what works in that area. Apparently I went with the wrong radio station & newspaper.
Weather didn't help a bit, either. Cold & rainy in the morning, then cold & windy in afternoon. I guess I wouldn't go out either.
Maybe better today, it is colder!
Happy May Day!
Sorry about the advertising money Bernie. I guess that is one of those trial and error things. We had a hard time trying to convince our neighbor to give up on the newspaper and phone books. I don't think many look at phone books anymore. Going into a new area, you really had no way of knowing.
I guess I shouldn't complain so much about the $4.04/gal as some had it at $4.15 Friday! It's really ridiculous. Someone posted that it's .44/gal in Saudi Arabia. I don't know if it is true but good grief! I don't get how it can be $3.75 on one corner and $4.15 at the next corner from the same company and I'm not talking about franchises either! Hubby is actually making less working than he did on unemployment and 1/4 of that is going back to the gas companies. They wonder why people aren't motivated to get off unemployment? Can't afford it!
Speaking of Craig, he has a meeting tomorrow with 2 of his supervisors but doesn't exactly know what it is for. His direct supervisor is part of it and said he doesn't know either. Hmph. I guess he might actually find out something tomorrow.
It's getting harder and harder for everyone to get by. Food keeps getting more expensive and it's cheaper to eat junk than it is fresh so you can look forward to health problems and higher health costs later. Older people's income is not keeping up with inflation and interest on savings isn't paying much. The housing market still isn't in great shape so those that want to downsize can't. Do we really have any choice other than continuing to swim upstream?
Oh well, anyway...LOL The rain came back last night. Nothing major, just rain. It sure was nice to be outside all day yesterday. We also had a visit from a friend that used to live down the road. His wife had several knee surgeries and couldn't work so they ended up losing their house. The bank wouldn't work with them at all and ended up selling it for 1/2 of what they owed. Duh.
Guess I'm going to figure out what trouble I should get into to. My computer was attacked by something late last night so it's down and scanning. I need to drain the water heater and see if I can get it working. Craig is gone until 9:30 tonight.
Gas here went up 4.17 a gallon and no end to increases in site! I'm want to go to Texas in June to see the grandchildren, and I'm try to figure out if it's cheaper to driver or fly. As high as air fare is, I didn't think it would be an issue, but, with gas the price it is, and what it may be in June, It look about even right now. Hard to believe!
I saw where the economists in DC are taking fuel and food out of the inflation figures because it is "normal cyclical increases".?????
Many of the manufacturing business' here and in Columbus, In., are connected with Japanese firms and are down to working either 2 or 3 days a weeks. This is killing the employees, because if they laid them off, at least they would receive unemployent. I worry about the econony now and in the future if politicians don't change some things.
Raining here again, and it looks like it has set in for the day. I'm hesitant to complain about the weather however, after seeing the destruction in Alabama. Those poor familys!
Have slow and easy Sunday everyone. I think I here a nap calling my name. Lou
I cut a huge bunch of lilacs this morning and my kitchen smells wonderful! I've been having fun poking around my new yard discovering what was planted here and there. Forsythia, hostas, daffodils and a few tulips. Squills? Not sure, those are new to me. Looks like a rockery of some sort out front, iris in it maybe? I dunno. The magnolia tree was gorgeous!! The storms and the wind shortened it's glory though.
The storms need to stop. My roof leaks! LOL
I have a request. My daughter Jenna is really missing her friends in Iowa, and her dad has not been contacting her at all. Her 12th birthday is May 11. Would anyone be willing to send her a postcard? It's been a rough winter for us and she could sure use a pick me up.
8415 Co Rd 22A
Bloomingdale, OH 43910
It is kinda hard being her mom right now, so maybe this will help.
So very ticked off at whoever or whatever gave me a computer virus. It took me all flipping afternoon, between other jobs, to get rid of it!
Everything in the greenhouse is doing great. I have new cucumbers, gourds, flowering vines, castor beans and all kinds of other stuff up and growing like gangbusters. It's so nice to have a bunch of those veggies out of the way!
My new trays and 32 cells should be here soon so I can transplant a bunch of other stuff. My baby trees need to be bumped to the next size. It's so nice that the weather is leveling off and I can get more stuff outside. I'm praying and hoping and dreaming that I'm going to have a larger greenhouse for next year or at least the capabilities to put up a larger hoophouse. My greenhouse already doubled in size from years past and I could actually hire one full time person for at least a month or so.
Money is tight but otherwise life is good! It's almost time for the payoff. :)
Great growing! Sounds like all your hard work will soon be paying off. It is raining cats and dogs here this evening and , it is forecast for more rain tomorrow!
I don't plant many annuals, just for baskets and pots, but I'm soooooo ready to play outside in the dirt. It will probably turn off 90 degrees and stay that way all summer.
I'm glad the virus didn't kill your computer. I got a virus on my last computer, and not knowing what to do about it, I took it to a local computer repair place. They were unable to cure it , so we had to buy a new one. I was pissed off for 6 mos!!! I later learned the repair shop guys were idiots and probably killed it themselves. A hard way to learn about them.
Herman, why do you have to decapitate some? Just prick them out and pot them up. They'll do fine. Then you can be sure you have plenty to eat and plenty for seeds.
That stinks Lou. I have so much stuff on my computer, I'd cry if it got messed up. I don't even have many real pictures of the kids since everything is digital now. I do have an external hard drive but even that could go down. Craig was gone all day so I had to figure it out myself. I researched on the lap top and worked on this one. It was a PITA!
We just watched the last two episodes of Make It Or Break It on my computer. Really sucks not having a TV. Ugh. At least they rerun them on the computer.
Morningayle, so sorry to hear that JennaRose is having such a hard time. Grrr, there are several dads that I could easily strangle. They don't realize what damage they do to their offspring, either by carelessness, or calculated to inflict hurt on the ex spouse, but they need a little tweaking of their manhood. Stepping off my soapbox.
I will send her a card, and will recruit my DGD to send one also. That is such a hard age to be, and feel so lonely and left out. Poor child. Send her to me for a little while, and maybe we can put some fun and laughter back in her.
Chele, I should be jealous of your greenhouse, and your hoping for a bigger one next year, and I would be if it was anybody else. For you, I am happy that you are doing so well, and hope that succeeding years will be better. Sorry about your computer. I have come to the conclusion that most "computer experts" are only expert in making matters worse! Sure hope the meeting with the supervisors tomorrow is the awarding of the job. Wouldn't that be nice, like the icing on the cake. Sure will keep you in my t & p's tonight and tomorrow.
Lou, I hear you on the gas, seems like everytime I go out the price has gone up. I know that there is probably some small reason, but the better part of the reason for the higher prices is Just because they can! I don't know what us "average folks" are going to do if the economy doesn't stabilize soon. I sure am glad that my DM is not living to face this. She was barely making it as it was, on her little SS. We owned her house, and the only bills she had was utilities, and so many times, I helped her with those. It just isn't fair that our older folks who worked all their lives, and eeked out a living, without few or any extras are now faced with the prospect of not taking meds that they need, or buying the meds and going without food. It is just not right. Those politicians will surely burn in hell for some of the things they are putting our people through. Stepping down carefully from that soapbox.
I am going through a funk right now. Usually, if I am going to be depressed, it is in the winter time, when things are so cold and horrible outside, the lack of sunshine, etc. can be pinpointed as the reason. You all keep me in your t & p's that this will be a short stint in the black hole. I just hate myself when I feel this way, but not a thing I can do about it. Thank goodness for Mr. B, he at least makes me get out once a day, to take him for his ride. Otherwise, I would just sit and veg.
Gas Buddy warned of rising prices. Speculators and a refinery breakdown in IN. Double whammy! I went out and drove 5 miles to get$3.999. Another 5 miles might have saved $.40. That should last me for a couple of weeks.
Chele, some of those little pots have more than 6 plants each. I only have so much room under the light and I'm trying to root some Cornus Mas cuttings. Could try to make some more plants. Have 2 swaps coming up end of the month. Too many people I know have such tender stomachs. I added a tiny amount of MG to the water in the tray today. Thanks for the suggestion.
Oh Herman, just put up more lights. LOL You don't have enough lights until helicopters start buzzing your house! At one point, I had 16-18 lights in my basement at my other house and helicopters were always flying over. I'm sure they were scanning the house to see what I was growing. :P
Bonnie, I think it's all the icky weather. We had just enough sunny and warm days through the winter to keep things interesting and give us hope. Now we expect since it's spring that it will be sunny and decent and we can get out a bit and all we have is rain and dreary skies. I'm not motivated to do much at all on days like this! I have plenty of inside jobs to do and just can't get into it. The house is a royal wreck! I'd love to farm out all but the oldest 2-3 kids one day and bust through here cleaning but where do I send 4-5 kids?? shrugs.
Craig just left for work. I guess this meeting could be today or tomorrow. They sure are wishy washy about things there and definitely don't care to leave you hanging. It's quite frustrating but it pales in comparison to all that we've already been through.
I'm trying to figure out if Nolan wants to sleep or go outside. I'm thinking I will force myself to go cut back the grasses. They are starting to grow and they look bad if you wait too long. He'll probably be happy just long enough to get covered in mud then he'll be ready for bed. Ugh.
My dentist has his office in the first floor of his house. On the back he has a greenhouse where he grew orchids. He would bring them in and put them all over the office when in bloom. He was raided by police about 15 years ago. The greenhouse had kind of frosty panes on it you could not see through, and he grew from seed and did tissue culture in his basement. They thought he had a grow operation. They let in so much cold air, plants died, and toppled over, broke so much stuff, he gave it all up. Greenhouse is in ruins now, and doesn't even have a houseplant now. So sad.
That is sad and disgusting! Wonder what grounds they had for raiding him? Saw people hobbling in and out drugged? Um, at a dentist office? The number of customers? At a dentist? Good grief. That is very disheartening. I'm sure they had a "tip" or had been watching. Did he get any type of restitution?
I think it's pretty much been raining all night here. We can't get to three of the barns on the other farm unless we hike about a mile in off another road. Thankfully we can wait to go over there. I have no idea how much rain we've gotten. It was raining when I went to bed and it was still raining when I got up. Haven't seen the creeks this high in a while. I'm so sorry for the farmers in MO that are loosing their livlihood due to the Corp of Engineers blowing that levee on the Mississippi. 130,000 acres of farm land out of production and the bad part is these folks had probably forward priced their grain on contract and now they'll have no way to meet the contracts. Plus I bet all their insurance will tell them that the floods to their homes were man made, therefore won't cover their damage. Since the government is causing the flood I wonder if they'll compensate the poor folks.
We went before our Lexington market board last night and got approval to start serving prepared food at the Sunday market. Now I guess we're getting ready to spend money for a food service trailer. I just keep getting in deeper and deeper. And to think this all started with just wanting to sell a few daylilies at the market.
I think the high watt lights in his basement and the frosted greenhouse were the reasoning. He also had a huge veggie garden and started lots of plants in his basement. He used to give a lot to his patients. I used to get tomato plants from him, and the orchid my mom has grown for 20 years is one of his seedlings.
I don't think he sought compensation. He was just so sickened by it. He just wanted to forget it all.
Don't blame the cops. Blame the stupid drug heads. They have been ruining buildings all over. Strip copper pipes & wires so they can get drug money. Steal electricity from neighbors house to grow pot. Set up meth labs that require building to be demolished after they are run out. Why do we put up with such crap ?
Janet, if the food wasn't on Sunday, I would volunteer to come help you out. But we do church religiously.
I can tell you how much rain we had from yesterday morning till now, 2.8 inches. My garden is under water, literally water standing in it. (it has a good bit of clay). So guess there goes my Dixon Dale onions, that is the only thing that I will miss, other things can be replanted.
This being inside is getting old, however I am getting lots of things done, that I had put off till a rainy day. Didn't say anything about a rainy 3 or 4 months. Since I have done such a good job getting caught up the only other job I have to do is go up into the attic and straighten that out. My laundry room needs painting, but don't like to paint with the weather this damp. May just try it though and if necessary set a heater in there to help dry it.
Janet, I know that I have asked and asked, but isn't the wedding next weekend? Yikes, that close.
Jules, that is horrible about the dentist. Now out in the country you could expect to see a grow operation, but in town in a professional office? I would have sued for all my damages, and they would have darn well compensated me for it.
Bite your tongue Bonnie! Give me a heart attack!!!! No it's the 3rd of June. We're already starting to get a little antsy about flowers blooming out before we want them and getting things done on time. I've already baked a lot of the market breads for that weekend and have them packed away in the freezer so I don't have that to worry about that week. There's some other stuff that has to be looked at so hopefully it will all work out. I do plan to take that week off.
Had a little landslide on Old Lawrenceburg Rd. between the Capitol and the East-West Connector. Awful lot of dirt and trees in the way now and a pretty pick hole in the side of the hill. Not surprising considering how wet it is...
My little greenhouse sits between the barn and a big shed...kinda sandwiched in there. And that was for a good reason...so it didnt blow away!
Last fall...shortly after we put it up...the planes were flying low over us too! I know they were checking it out! But they always fly over our fields anyway..checking them out...and I am glad of that. You never know what someone might sneak in and plant there!
In one area behind my house, I grow a lot of Cleome. Guess you all know those leaves look a lot like marijuana leaves...lol! They always check that out too. I'm surprised they haven't visited in person yet!
Gosh, guess the pretty day today kept everybody outside and working. I did go out and pull some weeds and potted up some of my winter sown plants, but it is still too wet to do much else. WL's are predicting more rain for tomorrow night and into Saturday, so probably won't get a chance to do much outside tomorrow.
I did winter sowing this year, and all were perennials things that I had never had before. Anyway, long story short, my labels faded, and I am left with 3 different plants that I am not able to identify. If anybody has any idea, please help me put a name to these little babies.
Did anybody here express a desire for morning glories? Somebody did, and now I can't remember who it was. I have seedlings coming up all over one area. They have become thugs here, and if whoever wanted some would let me know, I will dig up some seedlings and send them some, otherwise, I am going to eradicate them, the nasty little buggers!
Finally heard back about Craig's interview. They aren't hiring him on. He is staying there as a contractor. I'm about to take my grocery money elsewhere. They are getting back almost everything they are paying him and it's not working for me. It only took them 5 weeks to decide. It was supposed to be 1-2 weeks...
I can't believe they left him hanging for 5 weeks. It was totally rude and unprofessional. They told him other positions would be opening. Had they based their decision on his work, attendance, ethic or anything else and said no, I'd understand it. They based it completely on his interview. His boss warned him before he went in, that they'd try to make him be negative. In the end, they didn't hire him because he wouldn't say anything bad. I give up.
Kind of hard to move when you can't save any money. We're still barely getting by. The contract company has a pretty sweet deal though. I guess they get a finder's fee plus part of the wage they aren't paying Craig. grumble grumble Companies make no sense to me at all!
Chele, so sorry to hear that Craig didn't get the job. I swear they tell you they want one thing, and then when you do as you think they want, it isn't the right thing. I know he works with computers, do you think that he could open a little computer repair business on the side and make some money in his spare time? I know what spare time by the time he helps out at home, and running kids everywhere, but it was something that came to me a couple days ago.
Bernie beautiful cabinets. Cherry is beautiful wood, but if there is not lots of light from windows or skylights, it tends to make a kitchen very dark.
You are right, there are so many people here who rely on unemployment or on welfare and wouldn't hit a lick at a snake, for fear of losing benefits. I am all for helping the disabled (truly disabled) and the elderly, but the government needs to implement some programs like WPA and put some folks to work. I know that there are things that the government contracts out, so why not do it on a bigger scale and help those who truly can't find jobs.
Gosh the way gas prices are now, I am combining my errands into one trip, to save money by not running out for this and then having to go for that.
Bonnie, we have a program in Ohio called OWF. it stands for Ohio works first. It requires both adults in the household to work 40 hours a week for a total take home pay of around $850 a month. When things were so bad here, we were actually advised by our caseworker, NOT to do it. It comes out to about $1.25 an hour. They do help with gas money and babysitting. We still would have required help with food and insurance.
When Craig was working, he was working 60 hours per week. He made $25/hour for the first 40 and time and a half after that. On unemployment, he was making about $13.30 per hour. Now that he is working, he is making $12/hour and spending about 1/4 of his paycheck on gas.
For me to work now, I'd have to find a sitter for Nolan. They would take away from our food, anything I make. I'd have to make $250 a week to maintain where we are now and then have to make more to cover a babysitter and more to cover gas. Or I could work when Craig is home, which leaves me from midnight/12:30 to about 10:00 am and that is if I could find a job during those hours and I'd still have to cover gas.
Craig applied for many and interviewed for a few government jobs that he was totally qualified for and did not get. Some paid as much as $60/hour. He even told one that he would be able to leave for Virginia the following day and start work when he arrived. He still did not get offered a job. None of it makes any sense to me.
Craig has been doing computer work on the side. It's just not regular enough to make a difference and the big issue comes into play when it's hardware problems. He doesn't get any deals on hardware. On top of that, we live in a very small community and believe it or not, there is a computer repair guy on our road! I don't know how much business he does or if he has another job but I believe he is retired other wise or on his way to it.
Chele, still saying prayers that your lives will greatly improve. But look at it this way, you will have money coming in from the plants, and that is something most people are not able to do. Work at what you love and get paid for it. I have a friend who babysits tropical plants in the wintertime in her greenhouse, and brings in a little bit of cash for that.
Today looked so promising, but we had some rain this afternoon, and the wind is still chilly. I sure am wishing for some really good spring weather, before we head directly into summer.
We went out to eat tonight, as most of the restaurants will be crazy tomorrow after church. I cooked a half turkey, and that is what we will be having for dinner tomorrow. Probably several meals after that too! I hate to cook even a half one for the two of us. We eat it until we are so tired of it, I make turkey salad, turkey pot pies, turkey and noodles, etc, anything I can think to do with it, and still have it left over. The dogs do enjoy the fat and the bones though. A real treat for them.
To all the mother's out there. Wishing you a Happy Mother's Day tomorrow. DGD got me a big bouquet of mixed flowers today. She is so sweet.
Thank you Bonnie. Anything is better than it was. Just wish it would get better. I'd get a job if there was anything that worked or better yet, if anyone called.
I hope the plants sell sometime soon! I was at a big nursery today, looking for something for someone, and there were only about 8 cars in the lot. The only actual sale I saw was 3 hanging pots of Wave Petunias for $30. A couple of years ago, when you'd walk in, there would be people lined up to pay, wagons and crates full!
I went to Lowe's also. Facebook has a coupon for a $10 rebate if you buy the 3 pound Osmocote. I went and bought one. Regular price is $11.67. So after the rebate, I got it for $1.67. There were tons of cars at Lowe's. There were maybe 10 people in the nursery. One family bought like 4 shrubs and 1 was from the 1/2 off bin. Another couple was picking up some landscape timbers and the woman had ONE pot of lillies. I didn't really see anyone with anything else. Even worse, the tomatoes are way over priced. The annuals and perennials had matted roots all the way to the tops of the cells and pots and were completely dried out. Everywhere I looked, there were hot pink tags that said "WATERED", I guess to keep track. Nonetheless, nothing looked all that good.
This is the worst spring I think I ever remember.
Normally on Mother's Day and my birthday, I get to work outside all day on my own gardens. Tomorrow Craig has to work 12 hours. My Ag inspector is coming first of the week and I still have a ton to transplant. I only worked outside today for about 3 hours but accomplished a bunch! I guess that is where I'll be tomorrow.
On a good note, the girls had three games today and won all three. :) AND, it didn't rain until we were all home.
I'm sure the weather is depressing the plant market as well as gardeners, My fore cast is for 3 days in the 60's with no rain. I can't remember when that happened last. I dug hole in the veggie pot and it filled with water about 3 inches down. No way that clay will dry out enough to till. I talked to the city, since it is their street run-off that is in my back yard. All I got was sympathy. Wait until the mosquitoes make their park uninhabitable.
I have been scraping dirt off the sidewalk to make a raised bed. At least that will drain. If I can find the drainpipe from the basement, I will break it and dig a sump. That will give me more dirt. If
all the willow branches I left back there start to grow, that might help to dry things . But they will be so thick I wont be able to walk.
Enough of my gripes, HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY to all. Soon I'll be griping about the heat.
Happy Mother's Day all. I've spent the majority of it trying to sleep off some crud I'm trying to take. :( Hubby even picked up 3 big bags of dirt for me, and I just didnt' even have the energy to go out to the hoophouse.
Sorry about not feeling well Melissa. Do you think that you pick up whatever is going around at school? I am sure that it doesn't help being in an environment where illness is a daily occurance.
I had a great day. I cooked a half a turkey yesterday, and when we got home from church, I made some mashed potatoes, green beans, dressing, macaroni salad, and baked some rolls, and it sure was good. However, even a half turkey is way too much for the two of us, so we will be eating turkey in several different ways this week.
DH was able to till the garden late this afternoon. However, I just looked at the moon calendar, and there is no good planting days until the 13th. Want to bet that he plants something despite my advice not to? It won't replace the veggies that didn't come up, or didn't do when if they come up, but I can always say "I told you so."
Our ground was still too wet to work last night so we just took a shovel and planted maybe half the tomatoes. I figure we still have about three rows to get in the ground. I'm putting the heavier landscape mat in between the rows to try for weed control. I'll let you know how it works. There's so much I need to be doing...
Got a person coming for daylilies tonight and the asparagus needs picking. It was so cool last week it barely grew. Hope things look a little better this week.
Got #3 child graduated from Berea on Sunday. Quite a hectic day. We were at market until 12:45, changed in the truck and flew to Berea. First time anything like that has ever started BEFORE the stated time. We rolled in at 1:56 and they'd already started parading them in the auditorium. Guess he'll be a farmer until he can find his life's work. Not something he's looking forward to but it's a place to sleep and food in the belly...
Be graceful I guess... Hope you're enjoying the food at least.
Ran to WM during lunch. I hate doing the grocery shopping at lunch cause I have to cart the frozen stuff in and put it in the work fridge but I dont' want to spare the time after work. There must have been a lot of mothers that didn't get $10 bouquets this Mother's day cause they had tons of them marked down to $2.50. I figured since i didn't get any on Sunday that I was worth that much and treated myself. I'm looking at them right now and they're really quite nice. They also had dahlia roots for $1 a bag. I'm an idiot but I bought 5 bags. I'm truly a sucker if it's "on sale"!!!
Tuesday night we had tornado warnings, thunderstorms and I have never seen hail come down so thickly - made such a racket too. The next morning as he left for work Bob said the rhubarb patch really took a beating and I was to go salvage as much as I could. I worked on that for over an hour in the hot noonday sun and gave away a third of it to my neighbor and am still preparing the rest.
When we drove out Wednesday evening, we could see a lot of folks had their belongings out on the grass, as the creeks flooded lots of homes around here. The poor folks must feel so tired and frustrated about the whole recurring problem.
Ester, what a shame about your severe weather. We have friends in Carlisle (Nicholas County) who got about the same weather. Hail so big it broke out car windows, and gardens beat to nothing. Glad you had no flooding though.
Awe Deana, Thanks for missing me. :) I've just been staying busy around here.
Both the hardware store and the feed mill in town are getting plants from me. The weather has been too wet and cold to consider selling anything. One of them had picked up 2 trays of tomatoes before I called them and they still have some in the window! I'll probably call them again on Monday. I was waiting for the tomatoes to start looking a bit better. The sun and the extra water are taking care of that. People are just now getting out and working in their gardens. Yay!! The people that own the hardware store are facebook friends and our kids go to school together and the people from the hardware store have gotten plants from me several other times and their grandkids go to school with mine.
We have sports M-Th night and games on Saturdays. Right now soccer and softball are overlapping so we have 8 practices and 4 games. Wednesdays are my work outside all day with no baby days and Sundays Craig has been working 10 hours at the dollar store. So I get do what I can the other days and on Sundays if the girls feel helpful.
On a good note, Craig has an interview next week and he's waiting to hear back from someone about another job. Hopefully something pans out soon.
Tabasco (Judy) placed and order with me and I met up with her today to give her the goods. It was really nice to see her. I think I've only seen her once or twice since we moved here. She was on her way to the other side of town and took a detour to come out this way. I'm hoping she can make it the RU.
Esther, I'm very sorry to hear about the hail and the rhubarb! Glad you were able to use it and share it.
I've been busting buns outside. The greenhouse is still full and everything is doing great. I weed whacked what is left of the daylily beds today and that was pretty depressing. I killed 4 wasps which made me happy. I'm getting sick of them dive bombing in and near the greenhouse. I got 3-4 yesterday too. I repainted my signs for the front yard today and will get them stenciled tomorrow night or Sunday morning so I can get them hung up. Sunday I'm hoping to work outside and hopefully sell some of these plants! I'm ready for them to go. LOL
I guess we have to get up at 6 am to get to the first game tomorrow by 9am, then we have games at noon and 1pm. Those are in Georgetown. Then Carly has a softball game at 6:00 in Peebles. Nothing like running all over. Pfft. I think the last soccer games are next weekend then that is over unless we have to makeup games. Softball goes through June.
Chele, I know that you must have a secretary to keep you straight on where you are going at at what time. I thought I had scheduling problems with only one child.
Here's hoping that the stores will be ready for the plants. Having your sign up will surely generate sales and $$$.
I was gone most of the early part of the day. Had to go to Louisville to the pool store to get all the things needed to open the pool, and since it is a good distance away, got enough of everything to last all summer. I am minus one arm with that trip. Then on to Sam's to replinish supplies, and there went another arm. I certainly hope my retirement check is already in the bank, or can you say bouncing checks?
Tomorrow, if it doesn't rain, need to do some weeding. They are growing like gangbusters. A neighbor and friend called me late this afternoon, and told me he wanted me to come see his Iris. While I was there he gave me almost a whole flat of purple wave petunias. I came home and got them all planted. We had a shower this afternoon, saving me having to water everything tonight.
Well, hope everyone has a good night. I slept well last night after having 2 nights in a row that I didn't get to sleep until between 2-3. Hoping that tonight will be another good night.
Looks like I'm the first poster for the day? Up at 4:30 this morning to get the truck off for Lexington and get mine to Frankfort by 7:00. It was cool and damp and raining off and on all morning. At least I had a roof over my head. The resto of the crew came in from Lexington soaked after having to deal with the tent.
Went over to the house hoping to pick up all the scrap lumber and get it on the burn pile. Got one truck load picked up and tried to start a fire and of course it started raining. I guess I wasn't supposed to burn wood today since somebody up above put the fire out...
Got dome of my new daylilies planted last night but still have several that I guess won't see dirt for several more days.
I need to make a practice cake but I'm tired and I think I'm going to call it an early night.
Janet, it is no wonder you are tired. Girl, you do more in 4 hours than I get done in an 8 hour day. Not a good day for burning for sure.
Are you all eating all those practice cakes? if you get tired of eating them, call me, I will run over and take one off your hands, and critique it for you!
Did a little brushing of the pool today, and it is clearing up. Only brushed about 1/2 of it, because to do all of it in one day would be too much for the filter to handle, I am afraid. We really need a new filter, but they are about $180, and I am hoping we can get one more year out of this one.
Rained on and off all day. Didn't get any weeding done, but got involved in a nasty mess of a job.
DH went out to the storage shed behind the house, and came back and reported that there was a puddle of water near the freezer. Yep, the freezer had died, and we had to get all that ruined food out of it. It was mostly vegetables that I had frozen. He has a little trailer that fits behind his four wheeler, so he brought that around and we put it all in there, and he took it to the back of the farm. We are hoping that all the critters that live in the woods will find it and eat it. If they do it all in one sitting, we are going to have some pot bellied squirrels, rabbits, ground hogs, possums and what have you.
Ohhh yuk Bonnie! I remember once when i was a teenager (many yrs ago!!)
My family practically lived at the Greene Co. fair...as our church had a big dining hall there...and I was involved in 4-H. Anyway...our big chest freezer in the basement gave up that week...and Mom didn't find it right away..cause we were gone most of the time. What a mess that was!! Whew!! Guess I've never forgotten that !
Think they had a side of beef in there too...ewwwwwwwwwww!!!
Didn't get my signs stenciled but hope to do it later unless my niece comes to visit.
Carly has a band concert at 2:30 so I'm about it hop in the shower.
No big plans for the week unless my niece does not come today, then she might come Thursday. I do plan to sell some veggies if it does not rain all day and work on my beds out front. I think I've decided to pot up the bulbs and plants that are left in four of the daylily beds and plant a bunch of veggies in them this year. Come fall, I'll just till them under and put grass back. I have plenty of gardens around the house and garage and the islands out front. I'm also considering scrapping my previous idea of raised veggie beds and putting row covers over those to use them as holding beds for all the trees and shrubs that I'm working on now.
Bonnie, sorry to hear about your icky mess but I'm sure the wildlife will appreciate the buffet. :)
Hope you all have a good day and stay warm and dry!
How about the freezer going out with about 50 lbs of herring? It happened in the early '70's. I can still smell it.
An inch of rain since Thur, more coming. Bought my Jimmy Nardello peppers, but they will have to stay in pots, maybe for the whole summer if I can't dry out enough to till. Tried digging where i thought the drain might be. The clay stuck to the shovel and had to be scraped off. Maybe I should take up pottery instead of gardening, but I can't eat pots.
I couldn't even use the herring for fertilizer. The back yard was 25 x40 and the only thing I was raising was 5 children and one Ramapo tomato I trained on the fence.
Making "Hoppin John" for dinner. Miss read the recipe. instead of quarter tsp cayenne pepper, I put in 4 dragons. Should be interesting. Don't think the cats will lick the bowl.
Herman, hope your supper was good, but I would have to take a pass on an invitation to eat with you. I do not do hot food.
Several years ago, I was in Austin Texas, and they have all kinds of Mexican food. Most of it is Tex Mex. We went to a very nice restaurant one night to eat, and I told the waitress to just bring me the mildest entree on the menu. Don't remember what it was, but was still very spicy. So my dinner that night was Chips and guacomole. I had never had guacomole, and didn't even know if I would like it or not, but it did well to silence the hunger growls! Thankfully, I found out that their brand of barbecue is something that I liked. So lived on barbecue for that whole week. Even their breakfast was seasoned with peppers.
Herman, your freezer disaster would have been not so bad, if you could have used the ruined fish as fertilize. Someone told me to take the fish cleanings, from DH's fishing, and dig a hole in the garden and bury it close to veggies. Well, I did one time, but the dogs found it, and dug it up, and what a smelly mess that was.
Here's hoping that good weather returns tomorrow, so we can all get out and work in the gardens.
Yesterday was certainly a yucky day. We got to market and got the tent up before it started raining but soon thereafter it began. I bought some thin painter's plastic to put over the tables but realized that if you had them covered that folks couldn't see the breads very well so I had to take them off and of course get the bags wet. The other vendors didn't have it so bad with veggies. It helped them to have a constant mist. It was just a raw day that permeated the bones.
Got the tile for my backsplash and they're going to start on it today. I'll be going over there at lunch just to make sure that things are going as planned. I showed one of the fellows exactly how I wanted the tile to go on but since there was the closet fiasco I want to make sure before they mess up my $200 of tile.
Got some Siberian iris in last week. Too wet to plant so I think I'll pot them up until I can get them planted.
Janet, what a mess. It would be tempting to stay at home on a rainy day, but I am sure there are hearty folks who go out in all kinds of weather. Hope the tile job goes well, and that you don't have to lose your temper to get that accomplished!
I have some plants that need to be planted, but they may end up in a pot until this rain stops.The weeds are growing faster than any flowers, so if it stops raining, may have to wear a hoodie and get out there and pull some of them. This rain will be good for some seeds that I planted last Friday, and for ducks, but not much else.
I need to make a trip to the bank, so will do that first thing, and then come home and decide what I can do outside, if nothing out there, then there is plenty to do IN the house.
Bonnie, did the dogs roll in it? Mine would have. Actually, supper was almost bland. Not sure if peppers are losing their punch, or my palate is changing. Could have used a few drops of "Spontanious Combustion hot sauce. My GSIL's family from Austin eats Habanero Breakfast Burritos.
That was a short Summer. 80's last week. 42 at 9AM today.
Too damp and cool to work outside, and I need a haircut. Good day for it. Hope there are no effect from supper for the barber's sake.
I'm about ready to throw up. Got online to check my bank balance. I'm over drawn a couple hundred dollars. Looked to see what the heck happened and the stupid mortgage company took my payment out two days in a row. cuss cuss cuss They should be able to fix it in 2-3 days. I have to wait until 8am and call a different department. They will be getting an earful. Of course I bank at a little local bank and they don't open until 9am. more cussing.
7 phone calls and 2 faxes later. Waiting for my bank to stop the second charge. Gotta love it when one bank tells you to have the other bank take care of it and the other bank tells you to have the first bank take care of it. Good grief. The funniest part is the mortgage company wanting a canceled check on an online payment so they can be sure the payment was actually made. If I can see my account history with two payments posted to my account, can't they? LOL
Who the bank employees or the school age people? Ours schools allow calculators, and when they are confronted with trying to figure something out, they are just bumfuzzled. Not long ago I went into a hardware store, and their computers were down, and the young clerk could not figure how much change she owed me. I had to help, a dishonest person would have taken advantage of that.
In HS we had a course in "Practical Math" for people not going to college. College students used a slide rule. Does any one remember them? Of course calculators were called Abacus back then. or should it be abaci?
Herman, you have me chuckling. When I was in school, we had Business Math for those not going to college and Algebra, Geometry, etc as college prep classes.
My husband work in Computer Information Systems and the kids like to give him grief about being so old and what things were like when he was younger. He always says he was an abacus repair man in his former life.
My son works with computers and except for a course for Cisco Certification, he learned it on his own. He installs networks and creates web sites and whatever to make a decent living at 52, so its not just kids. He gave me this antique and helps me when I have problems, for which I am very grateful.
We taught all three kids how to add, subtract, divide, and multiply without a calculator - seemed like the school was ready to move forward well before they were doing really well with each section (except for adding). They just thought ti was easier to give each kid a calculator and move on to the next part. Tom and I both thought they needed the basics before anything else - thought the school would think that too, but...
We took each one and taught them how to count back change as well. I used to work in a small sandwich shop that was super busy. We didn't worry about running everything through the register until the end of the day if things got crazy and just counted change back when it came time to pay. I can't tell you the number of high school/college kids that came in there and had no clue how to count back change - that just seemed so weird to me that kids had no knowledge of that.
Most have trouble giving you change when the cash register tells them the amount.
My granddaughter is just finishing 2nd grade. Her mother is now teaching her multiplication. No book, no paper & definitely no calculator. Use a thinking process. You remember doing it that way.
My dad taught me how to add. He only went to school through 8th grade.
His way is to add the biggest numbers first, then go on to the rest. I could add faster than a
person with a calculator. Many tried, all failed!
We do our Farmers Market with plain old cash boxes. You need to keep track of what they buy & then do the change, all in your head. Both grandkids are pretty good at it.
And the cost of 'educating' a student is tremendous in comparison to what it was when we went to school. Our local schools have done away with teaching cursive writing because it is 'obsolete'. The kids only learn to tell time from a digital clock because wristwatches are a thing of the past. They tell time by looking at their phones. We couldn't move on in math until everyone in the class knew all the tables by heart. sometimes, it seemed like we would never move on, but now I see why they waited on each person in the class . I got a property tax statement that had one too many zeros in it. When I called the county clerk, she said it looked okay to her. Talk about po'd. I went to the courthouse with my previous statement and had to explain to her what was wrong.
I guess they get a good education in todays schools, but it is a different definition of good from what I know. Lou
Bernie, nothing wrong with sitting in an office, but I agree, everybody needs to know what it is to get out and actually sweat. There were 3 girls and 1 boy in my family, and when there was hay to bale, tobacco to cut, set, strip, my Dad didn't ask us girls if we "wanted" to go to the field and work. All he was saw was 8 hands that he could use, he didn't care if we were male or female.
At the time, I thought it was child cruelty, but I appreciate now that he was teaching us the value of hard work.
Well it didn't actually rain today just sort of a misty miserable day. I had painting to do inside and got that all done. I had to go back and touch up some places that I had missed. Told DH that this will be my last painting job, as I am getting too blind to see good enough to paint and have it look good.
Weather Liars said we broke a temperature record today that has stood for 100 years. We only got up to 50 today, and the low tonight is supposed to be 48. Seems like the lows know it is spring and they are holding pretty steady, now if we can get those in charge of the highs to get on the ball and do their jobs.
I had been having some pain in my back for about a week, so called today to schedule another eipdural and thought for sure I would be lucky to get in in a week or maybe even two. They had a cancellation and I go tomorrow. My appointment is 8:40, so will have to be up and out of here by 7:15 or so. Told DH I could go by myself, but he said since he has nothing planned and the weather is too bad to think of doing anything outside he would take me. Since I decline sedation, I can drive myself, and will if he ever has anything that he must do.
I leave for Florida on Sunday. My DTS is going to look at rental properties for this winter, and asked me to go with her. DH isn't especially happy about that, but when I made plans, he was to be gone this week on a fishing trip. That hasn't panned out. He was going down to Barkley lake, but one of his friends is calling every night and telling him what they caught, and DH catches more around here than what is being caught there.
You all hold the fort down until mid afternoon tomorrow. Will check in when I am home from the procedure.
I have a post out front with wooden signs. They usually say "FRESH EGGS" which we no long have, "PLANTS", "TOMATO", "PEPPER" and "HERB". I just repainted them all and have 2 left as I no longer have eggs or enough herbs to advertise. For the last two, I think I want the bottom one to say "AND MORE!" but I can't decide about the other.
I hate to advertise "FLOWERS" as I think people will expect flats of annuals which I don't have. I thought about "PERENNIALS" or "FOLIAGE" but does the average Joe know what both of those are?? I do have perennials and a boat load of Coleus and then odds and ends. What should I put on sign number 3??
I would put Perennials - people looking for those usually know that's what they are, even if they don't it's obvious you're selling plants of some sort. Maybe a sign could read Extras or Misc or even Coleus.
As a person with hand problems, I hate it when people put the bills in my hand, then plop the change on top. Very difficult for me to balance without dumping the whole mess on the ground. If they counted the money back to you the way I was taught, the change goes in first, then the bills on top. My left hand is my worst, and if I do go to a drive through, it is awful for me to get the bills on the bottom and change on top. If I ask for change on the bottom, sometimes they say the manager won't allow it?
Back when I worked at a saddle shop when I was age 16 to 19, if the owner caught me not counting back change, I hate to think what kind of tirade she would have gone on!
I can't remember the last time someone actually counted change back to me, and didn't just dump it in my hand.
How do they know they are giving you the right amount if they don't count it back to you?
I agree Jules, and another pet peeve of mine, at this one grocery I go to sometimes, after handing the me the bills, the change on top of that, then plop the receipt on top of that. Well, I dont' want the receipt to go in my wallet, so I am juggling, getting the bills in the right compartment, the coins where they go, and what to do with the receipt? I know I am anal!
Chele probably too late for the sign, but I would put More flowering plants. Anytime I see the word flower, flowering, I know it is a place I want to stop!
Well, the shot went well, and while we were in Louisville stopped by the pool store, and then the grocery when we got back to Shelbyville. DH did all the lifting and carrying, so just walking in the grocery is all I did, oh, I did point, so he would know what to throw in the cart.
Tomorrow, will be a resting day, and that won't be hard if it is still raining. Listened to the weather forecast tonight, and instead of cool and rain, seems like the forecast for the next several days is warmer and rain, and even warmer and rain. Geeze, when will this stop and we have real summer?
I am itching to put up some wallpaper border in my bedroom, but first the old has to come down. So with forced rest, and then being gone next week, I think it will get done about the first week in June.
Not much going on here (except that it's 2:45 in the morning & I'm catching up on e-mail because I can't sleep). DS is getting her bedroom painted, which certainly makes the house fragrant! DDentist later today to get my permanent crown. OH-- I got a rain barrel & now have it hooked up & ready to receive rain runoff from the roof.. I PREDICT THIS WILL END THE RAINS!
Went to Louisville last night to get more tile for the backsplash. Seems DD has a little problem figuring square feet. LOL! Also got the grout. Interestingly enough Louisville Tile has cheaper grout that Lowes did. I'll be taking the bags I got from there back for a refund. $6 cheaper in fact. Also bought some toilet paper holders. Absolutely outrageous what those things cost. Nothing fancy and all it's fixing to hold is a little roll of paper! Oh well, once again I opened my wallet and told them to take whatever they wanted. Everything that gets done to the house is one more thing closer to moving in. Now if I could just prod the electrician into getting in gear...
LOL Pat! I guess if you are ready for the rain, it should stop now.
Bad estimate on the tile huh? chuckle I usually add ten % extra to make sure. But that won't work so well if the original numbers are off... I'm always amazed by how much home improvement stuff costs! That i why the kids still don't have a shower...
I hear ya Herman! I'm so ready for some real May weather! I was talking to a friend last night and she said "That's not until June!". I had to remind her that June is less than 2 weeks away! This weather has everyone confused!
Craig left at 8am. He had to go one direction for an interview, then back the opposite way to go to work. He oughta be good and tired when he rolls in at 11:30 tonight. :(
Shoot! I just remembered he forgot to put the garbage out. Ack!
So now I either cuss or cry. Just ran up the hall, grabbed clothes, grabbed the cans out of the bathrooms and ran up the hall. The kitchen garbage wouldn't come out of the can, I ripped both handles off the bag, grabbed second bag, dumped part of the trash, part missed...Picked it all up, start tying off the bags and I hear the unmistakable hum of the garbage truck passing my house. scream
I feel awful and hope this nasty taste is the gunk leaving my body. I ache all over and have a sore throat and don't have time to slow down. Hmph.
I cut Nolan's hair a couple of days ago and forgot to post a pic. He got a fauxhawk. It will lay down nice if I want or we can do this...
That was the hoot! I'd figured 23 sq. ft. and was planning to get 26 just to be sure. Somehow she had it figured at 15 sq. ft. and when I questioned her figures she assured me she'd done it right but added an additional 5 sq ft. just to be sure. Good thing she did or they'd have gotten less done on Monday than they did.
I'd love to have a trackless glass shower door but they apparently can't be put into fiberglass enclosures. Guess that won't be happening.
He totally loves it and looks in the mirror and laughs at himself. It's a big hit with the ladies. An older woman saw it at the store the other day and told him she loved his hair and he was hot. LOL
Craig took him to the grocery yesterday and a teen girl was standing with her mom and said "I can't wait to have a little boy so I can do that to his hair!". Craig said the mom whipped around and informed her it would be a long time before she could do that. hahaha
Of course all the guys think it's pretty cool too.
Chele very cute! Glad that he seems fascinated with it. Does he cry when he gets his hair cut? I went with my DS when she had her little boy's first hair cut, and I was a nervous wreck. He wears it long now, and he is in his 40's so it must have traumatized him for life!!
The pool picture is what his hair looked like before we cut it. Quite shaggy! I was just showing him the pics I posted and he smiled at the first two then shook his head no at the pool picture. He doesn't like his "old" hair. He is so funny!
I usually just clipper cut it. I clear the sink (before he can) and he sits and looks in the mirror while I buzz away. This time I did it on the kitchen counter and he played with hair clips. He got antsy by the end so I probably still need to do some blending on the back.
Janet the epidural went well. Instant pain relief. We stopped by the grocery on the way home, but DH did all the lifting and carrying it in the house. I have cleaned out drawers to the chest and the dresser in our bedroom today. Threw away some of DH's old socks, and underwear, and then just straightened the rest of it. So I have been good, and tomorrow I am off restriction. So will be going out weeding first thing in the morning. If I don't get to it soon, I will be tending weed beds this summer!
When you get the wedding behind you, and I get the Florida trip taken care of, we need to do lunch again. Are you having your daylily open house this year? Let me know the dates, as I would like to come over and look, don't know if the budget will allow me to buy anything, but looking is cheap. If you need extra help for those days, let me know, I can dig very well, even without supervision!! Be glad to come and help out.
Had my first daylily bloom today. It was one I bought last year, and the maker is still there, but can't remember it's name off the top of my head. It is a mid size yellow. Not necessarily my favorite color, but it is an early one. The others don't even have any (blooming stalks) name slipped my mind. Gee I wish I had even half my brain left.
My problem is that I'm adding new stuff in holes where old stuff has been sold out and then I forget to put the names down on my "cheat sheet". This year is bad. I have markers but when we mowed over the stuff earlier this year we must have killed a bunch of markers because I'm having a time finding stuff. As soon as they start blooming I've got to get the hiney out there with the labeler and get names on stuff. That and get the markers on all the new plants before the tags disappear.
Hopefully they're putting the rest of my backsplash up and grouting it today. Putting up towel racks and the rest of the clothes rods and a little woodwork here and there. I've just decided that I'm moving on with the house to get it finished inside whether the outside stuff is done or not. Supposedly if it ever dries out the septic pit is next on the list of things to do. Until the bulldozer moves up there on the property I'm not holding my breath.
Bonnie, may you get several months of relief from this injection. Every day that's pain free is another plus. Open gardens start around the 17th of June. Come on a Friday if you can. It's not as busy. Better be careful what you offer to do. You could end up writing tickets and tags if you're not careful. I usually dig all the plants but if there's not someone up under the tree taking care of folks it turns into a great big headache. Last year on the first day we had a bus from Alabama roll in and at the end of the day I looked at the tickets and the teenagers I had working for me had added more than half of the tickets wrong. Most of them they'd undercharged but one lady they'd overcharged something like 20 dollars and I had to refund that one. I just wanted to strangle them. After all, they had a calculator and a price sheet.
If you mowed the beds, and also replanted holes, um, that might be a challenge. LOL I'm good with a list and a bloom but um...so many look alike!
Seriously Marcy, it's too early for a challenge. I have only been up about half an hour. I'm sick and don't have time to be. I've barely had my coffee. I still bet I could do it though. :P
I started doing my maps on Visio, I think. That way I could do them freehand or use shapes and also make "call outs" (tags) and put them right on the map. That way I could print them, take them outside and write on them. Pretty much the perennials and grasses and shrubs don't change so it was safe to put those on the map and add other stuff. I could even put a grid on them for scale and figure out how to place the plants on the craziest of shapes. Not like I'd do any amoeba gardens!
Bonnie, those seedlings will get you every time! It's especially bad when they "sort of" look like something you had. Not that I would know...
Chele, I've been thinking about you needing a big hoop house. Put an ad on Craigs List. Use farm & garden category. Hide the-mail & put down your cell phone for contact. It saves all the spam. I personally will not e-mail to a person advertising something, I only call on the phone.
I've been doing Craigs List for over a year & have had real good results.
You might want to advertise your plants there also.
I checked there on a whim today Bernie. None listed and I checked the nearest 3 cities. I saw that Lowe's has one for $799 which I think is a ridiculous price but that size would fit nicely on the gravel pad I already have. I'm betting I could make one a lot cheaper. I recently read about one that has 2' high knee walls and the whole top is cattle panels is plywood ends. Depending on how long I made it, it might be reasonable. Of course cattle panels were quite high last time I looked due to metal prices being so high. I could reuse three that I already have.
I'm about ready to run a classified ad here and then I think I may list the vegetables and possibly perennials on both cheapcycle and craigslist. I need these things to go so I can get on to the next ones. LOL
Oh, I was thinking a used greenhouse. Advertise that you want one. We got one last summer for $1500. It's a Poly-tex like they use for selling plants in parking lots. Ours came with the sliding side panels. They are that Lexon 2 layered plastic. The house was 22' x 60'.
They are around $8000 new!
You can run new ads on there often, as long as they aren't exactly the same. I delete the old ones & put on new ones that are similar.
Selling plants has been a challenge. LOL Things are starting to improve. It's been so cold and so wet, no one has been able to till. I just sold another flat and a half of veggies and a hanging basket.
One of the stores getting plants from me had just picked up 2 flats when I called them so they would have something if someone asked. That has been a month ago and they STILL have a full flat.
Chele, just wait for a couple of hot days without rain, and your greenhouse will be empty! I talked to someone here who is a first year seller, and they were pretty down about the slow business. However, things did pick up for Mother's Day, and it will get better once things begin to dry out where they can get the gardens tilled, and work outside.
Now that I have the signs hung up, a lot of people are slowing down to look. Of course I'll be gone all day tomorrow for the last day of soccer. We have 6 games from 9am until 5pm. We will come home for a couple of hours in the middle. Sunday I'll be home all day. :)
I tried out my new little Mantis tiller for a few minutes today. I got it all put together and dragged it out to one of the lower beds. I was so surprised at how quite it is! It was way too wet to till! I did one strip up the middle, had mud to my ankles and gummed up the tines. LOL guess I better try the higher beds next time. I really wanted to start moving daylilies to that lower bed though. Sigh.
I used it today with the edger attachment to till around the pool perimeter. Hoping to get the pool back up this week. Carly used the Shop Vac to get the standing water out then Craig tilled it up and I edged today and scraped all the bricks. I finished in time for a big old storm to roll in. Grr. Seriously, another 6 days of rain predicted??
Just found out today that Craig is going to lose his dollar store job just as his first full year rolls around. The are going to "corporate scheduling" which means that all employees have to be available all hours they are open. There is no way Craig, or even I can do that. Our store is open 8am-9pm. He should get full details tonight but it sounds like we're about to lose another $300 a month. I'm still looking for something I can work from midnight until morning but I'm not seeing anything. :( I think I'm going to try grocery stores again. Otherwise I'd have to drive 30 miles a day for larger stores that are either open all night or stock at night.
I'm trying not to get down but it's so hard some days. I've been sick for a week or more and am trying to get stuff done anyway. Darn.
If it wasn't my life, I don't know if I'd believe it!
Just ran to town to pick up some rice and cheese after the rainstorm. The creeks are full already with one rain shower and it's up on the road again. I heard we are supposed to get rain the next 6 days. That means I probably won't sell anything. It also means the fields are flooded and the farmers are months behind. :(
I feel for you Chele. We didnt get all that rain yesterday...and I got home from Beavercreek just before it all hit down that way...thank goodness.
I have heard some farmers say...if they don't get into the fields in the next two weeks..there will be NO crop! Now that's scary!
I just read a local friend's facebook status. Their road flooded AGAIN and this time two cars got caught in it! She said they could actually hear one girl screaming and they had to send a dive team.
Normally this time of year, the fields have corn a foot tall or better and the one by town has foot tall soy beans. They've not even been tilled and had rivers running through them last night. This is really bad news for a town that is already very depressed. There are so many houses sitting empty, some getting vandalized. Most of those farmers worked at Airborne/DHL at night and of course that is gone now. They were saying at soccer the other day, many of them have corn 3' tall by now. :( It's not even planted.
I was trying to run down some veggie plants for a DG friend and just talked to a guy I know that has a nursery a couple of miles from me. He's sitting on a ton of plants too. I told him I'm about ready to start planting mine in the raised beds. He agreed selling the produce might be a better idea this year. The old daylily beds are raised so they should be fine if I can dig in them. Tried to till one of the lower ones and that didn't go well but I have four that are higher.
Lou, I just found your message on the phone. Nolan and I have to let the chickens out and get Craig out the door. I'll call you when he leaves or when Nolan goes down for a nap. At least it's quiet then. LOL
It's getting late for 120 day corn. Soybeans can still go in the ground but some of this ground is so waterlogged that it may take a month to dry out.
I've gotten my tomatoes in the ground and a couple rows of squash provided that the seed doesn't rot. I can't get ground plowed for the winter squash and I still need okra planted. I may plant it in pots and try to get it transplanted when it dries out. At least I'll have it sprouted by then.
Chele, you might be able to just no til tomatoes into your beds if they were in fairly good shape before the daylilies came out. You could get them and peppers in the ground quicker than waiting for the ground to dry out to till.
I did get some daylilies dug out yesterday before it started to rain. We also got a lot of the scrap from building picked up and burned yesterday. Still got a bunch more but it's a start.
Rained yesterday afternoon and again this morning. I want to try to go somewhere and pick some strawberries this afternoon. Hope they did some ripening over the weekend.
A few farmers here tilled with the brief dry spell we had last week but not many. A lot of our local fields are standing puddles still and now they're calling for rain all week again. There was an article in the paper last week with different area farmers talking about how they need to have corn in by May 31st or they might as well not even bother. Our whole area is farmland; it's very scary and just plain sad.
Janet, these are the row beds with the $$$ soil that was full of weed seeds. LOL I went out numbered them on my maps and Carly labeled the few daylilies that popped up so I can move them out and use the 4 row beds for veggies. I have several huge chunks of daffodils in there too and a couple of lillies and hyacinths. I think I'm just going to plop those in some of my big pots until I figure out where I want them.
How much straw do you think I'd have to put around them to smother out the weeds? I wanted to till and put Preen down but I'll never get planted if I wait. The beds are about 4' x 35' so I figured I can get quite a few plants in them. I'm about ready to start tilling every place the chicken tractors ever went and start dropping seeds. :)
Hey, what is a good price for sweet potato plants?
Chele, got one place quoting 100 slips for $32, 200 slips for $42. That doesn't include S&H.
Berries down here picked are going for $3 a lb. I don't know what they are U pick.
I think I'd go in there cover the daylilies and daffodils and overspray with round up. Then plant your plants. Tomatoes, peppers, eggplant. Even squash, cucumbers and okra. This year I managed to work the ground once about 2 months ago and I just took the shovel out there made a slit in the ground and set out the tomatoes. I've pegged down the good landscape mat between the rows to keep down the weeds. We'll see how it works. I need to do a little fertilizing. I haven't got the first green bean in the ground and I hate to work wet ground.
Rained like a son of a gun at 5:00 this morning and the sun is shining wonderfully right now!
Thanks Janet. I knew you would know. A local guy said he can sell 4 packs for $1.25 and 32 flats for $11.oo Darn close to your 100 price. They aren't for me. I always try to ask about pricing when it's not something I usually carry. Of course I am sure I can keep the shipping cost lower than a big company would. Unless they are offering free which I can't do on this one as I would just be drop shipping with no profit at all...
There are only 28 daylilies left between the 5 beds. :( I was going to move them to one of the seedling beds but hate to do that. I think I am going to pop them and put them in bags and pot them. I want to get busy! I'm betting I can just use the one tine to make a good furrow and not gum up the machine. I was just going to till it up, take off the excess soil and sow grass. May as well grow food and sow grass in the fall. LOL
I have plants of tomatoes, peppers, yellow squash, zucchini, 8 ball zucchini, cucumbers and kohlrabi. I have extra basil plants too. I figure I can plant something pretty at the road end of each garden so they are nice to look at. hahaha I'm not going to be the only person with a front yard veggie garden...I wonder how much it would cost me for a roll of ground cover...money is tight!
300 ft of the stuff that will last several years ran me $94 a roll plus shipping. That was with ordering 6 or more rolls. One roll was going to be $107. I figured that if it lasts me 4-5 years that I've saved that much by not buying straw. Either way, I just don't have the labor to weed 600 ft. of tomato row. As soon as the squash and cukes come up I'm going to put some down between those rows too.
Growing food instead of mowing grass may be the smart thing to do for the next several years if this economy keeps going in the direction it's headed. That's why I want green beans. We're out and I want to can about 100 quarts. I could care less about having some for market. Let me fill my belly first! Sometimes a well tended veggie garden can be as pretty as a flower garden!
We use green plastic mulch almost everywhere in the garden. It costs about $110.00 a roll, which is 3ft X 4000ft.
Cheap weeding, keeps moisture in & warms the soil so plants grow faster. Clean fruit on things like cucumbers & squash.
This year we tried plastic row covers, too. Working good I guess. Things are really ahead of normal.
Anything I make on the baskets is pure profit. :) The plants were free. I had the baskets. I'm only out the planting mix and a handful of Osmocote. Did I mention I got a $12 container of that for $1.97 and a $9.99 container for .60?? LOL Facebook has a mail in $10 rebate so my friend bought the second one! hahahaha Lowe's had the 3 lb containers on sale last week for $9.99.
Wave Petunia baskets were selling for $12 before Mother's Day, 3 for $30 on Mother's Day and are now $8 at one location. Most places they are $8-12 right now.
I pride myself in being affordable and charging true shipping prices. Our area has been hit hard financially. I try to have something for everyone. :)
I paid my helper a small amount of cash and then she got plants for Mother's Day too.
I'll probably never get rich this way but so long as I can cover my costs and save some for next year, it will be okay. Since I'm rebuilding, happy people that tell people is my goal. I sold a bunch to one friend, very reasonably and told her what else to get to go with them. She did 10 containers and said they look better this year than ever. She went out and bought 4 more containers. LOL I'm taking her more plants tonight. :) Third order!!
Her husband told me I sold her the plants too cheap. I told him that is the plan. This year I suck her in and next year I nail her. They thought that was pretty funny!
I heard you guys were getting it earlier when we were coming home from softball. I got dinner in the oven but I don't know when we are going to get to eat it. The electric keeps going on and off. We finally got a little break so I plugged in the computer and TV so we can see what is going on.
No, I'm going to have to sit this one out. Baby sis is going to a college reunion this weekend, & she leaves on Friday. Big sis is having trouble with numbness in her feet when she drives. Josh's friend who did some painting for me this week already has plans for this weekend. Josh & DDIL are caring for her grandmother at home. Friend Neil will be decompressing from last week of school, so I'm SOL. Not meant to be, I guess.
I have a bulb question. I need to lift a whole bunch of leucojum (summer snowflake) and divide them. Do I divide & then immediately replant? Divide and store in cool basement over the summer & plant in fall? Wait until fall to divide? These bulbs have been in for 4-5 years and are begging for more room. I'd be happy to mail you some if you want them.
But I want you to come!! Pouty face!! I'd offer to come get you Friday and sacrifice you to a night here but we have a softball game an hour away. We'll be lucky to be home by 10pm. That was my plant packing time. Guess I'll be doing it at midnight or 6am...
Well the weather was fun here fro about an hour. Carly and I ran out and closed up my greenhouse and there was horrible weird rumbling in the sky and lots of lightning. Then when we ran back in, I remember that we didn't lock the chicks up so Kristenne ran back out and I watched from the porch. Then it was a mad dash to close windows. It got dark, windy and rained quite hard. Our electric blinked on and off for almost an hour.
I had several flats of veggies sitting on railroad ties in back since I'm out of shelves and I saw a bunch of those flip over. :( It's not like I can't afford to lose a few. LOL I just hope the cukes and squash and zukes are all okay because I was planning to plant those!
Dinner managed to get finished and we all ate. :)
Now that frogs are out there being really loud and obnoxious!
I feel so blessed to have had a sunny weekend. Only 2 inches of rain last week. Local plant stores finally had a good day, but still overstocked. My Pagoda finally bloomed.Now if the garden would only dry out.
We got one heck of a storm last night and tonight. I can't complain too much as the days were nice both days.
My only real complaint is that I need to reorganize around the greenhouse and it's very wet. I'd like to weed eat the ditch and it's full. AND, I'd like to get out there and till and plant veggies and guess what? It's too wet! LOL
Well, at least it didn't rain last night. The ground is so wet it still squishes when you walk across the yard. I got some daylily rows and some other stuff mowed out last night in spite of the wet ground. Somehow I can't get it across to the girl that's helping us to mow close to the plants to get all the little weeds out from under. And to mow in the row any place there's not a plant. I don't know why that's not sticking but it's undoubtedly the sloppiest mowing job I've seen in a while. I guess I'm just destined to follow behind and finish every thing up. Sometimes I'm not sure that's helping. The only thing I totally accomplished was a blister on the side of my thumb.
Then I made the mistake of going to the farm with the intention of washing up 4 daylily orders . Somehow I ended up getting roped into helping breed 8 cows and pregnancy checking one. Now I haven't pregnancy checked in over 30 years so I'll just hope what I was feeling was a calf and not a very lumpy rumen. As a result I was washing daylilies at 9:30 when I should have been baking. And then this morning got ready to start mixing breads and saw that I'd forgot to get a box of eggs out of the cooler at the farm. Things have got to level off.
I am betting she is afraid of getting tags or plants. Maybe you need to walk out there, lift the foliage and shower her how close she can get. I mow right up to the tags which are right up under the plants.
I feel for you Janet. I don't know how you do as much as you do!
I'm getting a few more plants ready for the RU and straightening up around the green house and moving more plants out. It's so muggy out there. I feel like crud. I don't know if I have bronchitis or something else. On top of that, I'm having other issues that I won't discuss in mixed company. LOL
I know she's leary but she's mowing in the old stuff and she's already seen me shear a few. The more expensive stuff is down in the part that has the fabric mat down. Oh well, be glad she did what she did.
That's ok Chele. If I had to haul kids to all the sports things that you do they'd call me Baldy cause I'd pull out all my hair!
Kids were laughing last night. Seems their dear daddy interviewed a young man for market help last night. They said they weren't sure that he'd work out cause they were 'fraid his dreadlocks would block his field of vision! My kids! If it ain't blue jeans, boots and an old tee shirt with a brimmed hat on your head, you just aren't dressed.
Yes, they're calling for bad stuff tonight. And a high percentage of rain for the rest of the week into next week. I want to plant okra and I've got three flats of peppers on my front porch. We just can't get any ground plowed or what's plowed dry enough to work. I think I'm going out in some ground that was worked earlier this year and see if okra will come up in it. All I'll loose is some time and a little seed.
I'm trying to force myself to shower so we can drive to North Adams for a softball game that may or may not happen. We are down 2 kids from the team, leaving one sub. We don't have real good odds this way. Then we get to worry about the tornado watch until 9pm. It's an hour down and hour back and I sure hope it's not pouring rain. :(
Well, not a single drop of rain over here today. Looks like it all moved north of us.
Did I mention that I'd gotten a 55 gallon rainbarrel & hooked it up to a downspout? It filled up to overflowing the first 5 minutes of our last storm, causing overflows that then leaked through the foundation into the garage. I'm trying to figure if I need to attach to a less "active" downspout, or how to rig a diverter, or what the heck to do.
It's been such a wierd week here... Big Sis is still not occupying her bedroom, which now looks whiter than any operating room, but needs to have the floors done. My ex- hubby is hospitalized for probable Paget's disease, and heart trouble. He had a hole between the chambers of his heart that was repaired during the earliest days of open heart surgery, so the anatomy of his heart is not routine. DS went to see him today at the "new" hospital in Middletown. I still can't believe they named it after the architecture, i.e., Atrium Medical Center. Who cares if it has an atrium? Maybe if we're going for architecture, it should be called Big Lobby, Fewer Beds Hospital. At least that would indicate that it's really a hospital.
The strawberries I put in last year are bearing nicely. I had eight ripe ones and I ate every one of them!
Pat, do you have a crack in the foundation or is it going in another way? Is your foundation block or poured? At our other house, we fixed ours by chiseling out the crack and filling it with hydraulic cement then went over that with a special fiberglass patch.
You can connect another rain barrel to your first rain barrel. Heck, you could do a chain of them. LOL Which corner of the house do you have the rain barrel on? I remember exactly how your house sits. Is it possible to divert the water down to the sidewalk or no? I don't think there is anywhere to go in your back yard.
I put in a creek bed at our other house. It ran the water down to the sidewalk which emptied to the street. Most of the year it was just a pretty, curvy granite filled area. When it poured, it did it's job. You of course have to have a lower spot to drain the water to without necessarily "changing the natural flow of the water". The city gets pretty cranky about that. :P
What is your sister doing to her room? What is going on the floor? Refinishing hardwood or something else?
I'm sorry to hear about your Ex. What are they planning to do with/to him now? I imagine it's a bit complicated. LOL @ the hospital name. Anymore, most of them are drive through anyway. They are still going to charge you $900 for Bandaids and Ibuprofen.
I hope you enjoyed your strawberries.
We drove an hour to North Adams, watched Carly's team lose, then drove an hour home. One of the girls always has church on Wednesday night so she doesn't come on Wednesdays. Another girl plays select soccer, signs up for every sport then always chooses soccer first. :( That left us with only one extra kid and three that aren't very experienced and 2 are afraid of the ball. Ugh. Carly can't stand losing and she gets really upset when her teams screws up. I often wish I could put her in more advanced sports. She seems to be ahead of her age group in many ways. Thank goodness Kristenne had dinner ready so we could eat. She's such a nice kid.
I know I didn't address everyone and I'm sorry. I'm really tired, still sick, but I think feeling better and it looks like there won't be much sleeping tonight. That storm should hit here in about an hour. I hope you all are doing okay. I hope I can get in touch with Lou tomorrow. According to the news, she just got hit again.
Blew like a banshee last night but we didn't get the driving rain that Louisville got. Lights didn't even flicker. We finally went to bed around 12:30 or 1:00. Therefore, I'm draggin' hiney this morning. And on top of that it dawned on me that the last two batches of bread that I was hurrying to make before the storm came through weren't right. I forgot to put the carrots in the pumpkin carrot raisin bread. That sort of stuff really irritates me. Also makes me wonder if I'm starting to loose it.
Paul is dying to take on a Louisville market. We're not doing a Wed. evening market this year so I'm going to check into a new market down there. It might be a good idea to join just to get your foot in the door and hold a stop. It's in a nicer part of town and will probably be a good market. I hope they still have some openings. And I hope these folks we've been trying to hire comes through and are dependable.
We survived the two rounds of severe weather last night. We had a big limb down on the patio this morning . It took out the guttering, but didn't damage the house itself. Very , very lucky. Power just got back on a little bit ago. The news says a twister hit in the north western part of the county, and there are some injures, hopefully all minor. The limb fell on my trade plants for the round up, so some of them may look like they've been thru hell. LOL I don't know how much rain we got, but it is too soggy to get in the garden , that's for sure. Lou
Didn't get any wind here, but 5 miles North got it bad. Lots of lightning all night and 2" of rain. Back to square 1, same as when snow melted as far as the yard is concerned. Just when it was starting to dry out. Planted a few peppers, 3 eggplants and some basil on Mon in a bed I made by scraping dirt from the sidewalk. Doing well. Hope salt is leached out. Weekend forecast, for what it is worth, is hot and no rain. I'll believe on Tue.
Just spent an hour and a half chatting with my Ag inspector. Woo hoo! I wasn't worried but am glad it's out of the way...other than paying the bill. He's actually a very nice, helpful man and very easy to talk to. We'd probably still be out there but it started raining. Let me find my shocked face. LOL
Lou it's good to hear from you! I knew you were fairly close to the tornado but I couldn't remember how close. All I cou;d remember was that we drove to Greensburg and made a left. LOL Yes, I'm still geographically challenged!
Glad you stayed safe Herman. We heard it was worse further North. We had friends playing soccer in Lebanon and Middletown and they were fighting hail. Got canceled AFTER they arrived of course...
Thankfully not that bad here. Rained and was done.
Called about a Louisville market. They have some openings. Paul really wants one. If we can find some help that will stick with us I suspect we'll be down there. Chele, are you sure you all don't want to come down here?
I guess we didn't get it as bad as Blue Ash. Just a nice thunderstorm and reasonable rain. Of course, it may not be over. LOL
I swear Janet, if Craig could land a job down there, we'd be right there! I would kill for some dependable steady income from a decent job and he would too. At this point, we'd move about anywhere but south would be my choice!! That, and I'd love to have a garden/farm friend. And I could save you a LOT of money on veggie flats. :P
Good grief Chele, not only would you have Janet, you would have me too, as we are only about 15 miles apart.
Janet, good going on getting a spot in Louisville. What area is it in? What day? I do not have dreadlocks, do not stink (unless I have been out working in the garden) so would I qualify for the job? hehe.
Got home about 8:00. Weather was great, high 80's or 90's every day, no rain, and they really need it. If it was possible to sell them some, and get it there a person could get rich.
DTS found a property to rent for Jan, Feb and Mar. in a quiet community called Englewood, between Sarasota and Ft Meyers, so guess she will go and see if the warmer weather helps her fibro myalgia this winter. I will probably go for a few weeks, to help her get settled in, and if I like it may just stay.
Lou, Glad to know you're all right!
Chele, I'm sorry you've got the creeping crud. To answer you ?'s: I put the rain barrel in the front of the house, at the end of the front porch, so it's in that little corner between the garage part of the house and the kitchen/ laundry room part. The way the roof is angled at that point has always made it the most active downspout. (Most active? Busiest? I'm not sure of the correct adjectives for downspouts LOL.) It certainly has kept the barrel full! I'll probably need to move it somewhere else
Big Sis was having her room painted. Previous owner had sponge painted just about EVERYTHING. I like a little sponge painting, but this was way overboard. And it took a lot of scrubbing to prep, and then lots of primer-- and then she decided to try a color that she had seen online. It looked light gray on the miniscule color chip, but it turned out nice & blue on the walls. So then she went back to her preferred color, called Dove White, which required 2 more coats. Her room now looks cleaner than most operating rooms, but all her stuff is still out in the living room & the halls because she wants to clean the hardwood floors. I've already been over them with swiffer floor cleaner, but she wants to do them with Murphy's. She has to do something soon because her furniture is parked where we put up the Christmas tree!!!
People from church over in Montgomery/ Blue Ash/ Symmes township all have had various problems with power outages, wind shears & branches down, but nothing compared to the tornado of -- what-- 10 years ago? We've had big thunder & lightning & scary winds, but little damage. One guy down the street had a dead tree fall onto his house & take out a corner of the roof & some guttering, but that's about it. I keep praying that if any trees have to come down, would a couple of the neighbors big dead spruces fall down, please? If the take out a wall or two here I could probably enlarge my bedroom & put in an extra bath! LOL.
I'm in my mega night owl phase again. COmputing at 4AM God help me.
Glad you hear you are back and everything went well Bonnie. :) Did your back do alright while you were flying and riding? I was worried about that. Lucky you having a winter Florida trip to look forward to! I love Florida. When my dad lived there, I got to go every summer. Then when I was a nanny, I got to live at Key Largo for most of a summer. I almost stayed there to work.
I would be in heaven if I lived between Bonnie and Janet! Just find me a house with a big yard in a good school district and find Craig a job. LOL
Okay Pat, I had to pull up a pic of the front of your house to make sure my memory was right. So the water is settling in the corner where the porch meets the garage? I'm thinking you could possibly find the crappiest clay you can find and build a wedge there, higher at the cement and sloping away. Then you could cover that with roof or pond rubber. Then you could set your rain barrel in there and surround the bottom with a river rock or granite, something about golf ball size, that would not wash away. You may even have to extend the downspout or get another water barrel but you need to keep the water from splashing against the brick and cement and pooling there. I'm thinking you got rid of the big tree closest to the driveway which would allow you to run drain tile down if you want to go that route or you could still do something like my creek bed. Do you not have drains on the downspouts to handle "storm water"? Are they clogged?
Do I sense that you are about to do bodily harm to your sister? LOL
I don't think you get to pick which trees fall down. Maybe you better whisper just a bit more specifically into God's ear and see what happens. chuckle Hope you got some sleep.
There are a lot of kids around here with tats and multiple piercings and seriously odd hair color and hair cuts and I often wonder where they think they will work. I did let my oldest get her tongue pierced and my second oldest got her belly button pierced. Why? It allowed them a little freedom and a privilege, neither show and they can be removed. A mom here I know, has allowed hers dredlocks, tats, piercings, etc. Her son can't get a job. So far as I know he's a very nice boy, rather quiet and possibly a good worker. BUT, sometimes your freedom of expression interferes with your life necessities and you might have to chose if you want to eat or you want to artistically express yourself!
Pat, I was trying to find a decent pic of the 'dry' creek bed I put in at the other house. This isn't a great photo but you can see it on the left. Since we lived in the middle of a slope with water hitting us from the side and the back, this is how I solved it. I dug a trench, lined it with landscape fabric and filled it with granite. The flowing water hit the property line, hit the trench and left via the sidewalk. ;) Of course I did not change/divert anything from what it did naturally. I just put in a decorative creek bed. Ahem.
AH, I see. And it looks really natural. I certainly have a lot of rocks around...Looks like there was a great turnout for the RU today. I was sad not to be there, but need to accept life as it is, not as I would wish it. OK, that lasted about 10 seconds! Now I'm just going to GROWL!
My neighbor that has the gorgeous yard & the twice a year plant sale came over, & brought me some iris, penstemon "husker red", 2 blackberry lilies, and I forget what else. I was digging up summer snowflakes to divide, so I gave him one clump, which turned out to yield 15 bulbs! The bad news: I still have 4 or 5 clumps to divide, & not enough garden or energy to deal with it. Anybody want some summer snowflake? I could try mailing them.
DS's room finally has most of the furniture in it. There are a lot of baskets & knickknacks (sp?) still in the living room, but I can live with that for now.
Roofer came yesterday & found the cause of my sagging soffit: a 2 inch crack on the edge of a tile in the second course from the gutter. I still have a few tiles from the original batch down in the basement, so I brought one up & he popped it in. We kept the broken one in case I ever need a tile that has to be cut to fit. I love these roofers! We'll have to wait for the soffit to dry out to see if it's fixable. Otherwise, new soffits.
Pat, I'm really sorry you couldn't make it yesterday. I missed you. I told my friend that I brought with me that I felt really bad that I couldn't find a way to get you down there. :( We didn't get home until about 10pm Friday night. By the time we ate dinner, got food ready for the morning and got it bed, it was 1am. I set the alarm for 6:30 and finally rolled out of bed at 7:15. Craig came in about every ten minutes trying to get me up. Between being tired and being sick, it was hard to get moving.
After the RU, which was quite nice and a really decent day, Lana and Brian and the fur kids came back to my house. Craig got a flat on the way. Oh joy. Then the trunk wouldn't open because the latch is apparently broken. Then the nut that holds the spare under the car broke off...Craig and Brian got the tire back on, we headed home and got to sit and talk for awhile. The kids ran around with the dogs. Lana went shopping in the greenhouse and plants. LOL We gave them directions, told them where to pick up some tasty hoagies on the way and after they left, I finally made it to the emergency room. We got in about 1am. I ate a piece of chicken (Thanks Judy!!) and crashed.
Believe it or not, they didn't test me for anything. They gave me a started dose of Zithromyacin and prescriptions for that and a prescription gargle for the throat pain. I need to get out and get those today. I also need to figure out what to do about Craig's tire. Grrrr.
Di, the summer snowflakes are Leucojum aestivum. They are a very pretty flower. They grow pretty much like daffodils and have little white bell shaped flowers with green dots at the edge.
Pat, if you have that many and would like to part with some, I'd be very interested too. :) I used to have a ton of them. I don't know if I accidentally traded them all out or if they got left in bags and rotted. :( I had that happen a few years ago when I moved a bunch of stuff.
Jan, I'm very sorry to hear about you house. We nearly went through the same thing ourselves, just last year. I spent 31 months fighting the bank and finally won. I think I like your plan better! I could totally live in Florida and be happy!! I may also have some plants for you depending on what your garden plans are. In that zone, you can leave lots of canna, bananas and elephant ears in the ground, along with other things. They grow big and fill space face while you are planning permanent landscaping.
Well, I guess I'm going to try to get some more of this coffee down the hatch, see if I have a bathing suit that is still in tact and I have to get outside, spend the next two hours on the end of a hose and rearrange all the plants people stuffed in my car yesterday! LOL
After my stint of duty at the cemetery today, came home and got in the pool and vacuumed and brushed. I think another round of vacuuming tomorrow morning will have it ready to go. Since I was busy today, and couldn't get plants in the ground, my plan is to work putting plants in, get hot and sweaty and then go to the pool to work there to cool off. back and forth for the day should have everything planted and the pool good and clean.
meadowyck, I don't think anyone is moving permanently to Florida. I am just back from a trip there with my twin sister who is looking for a rental for this winter. Sorry about your losing your jobs, house and having to move. Sure hope that this will be permanent and that another move is not in your immediate future.
I was going to use a picture of mine, & found every plant but that one.
Chele, I hope the meds kick in & have you feeling better soon. I'll send you some bulbs when I dig up the other clumps.
Di, if you're in Seven Mile, I could probably get some to you the next time I go to Hamilton to research family at the Butler county Archives center. Take a look at the picture & see if you want some. I can tell you that they will have to be divided every 4 or 5 years, LOL.
Bonnie, you are so lucky to have a pool. That's the one thing I really miss from my old house. There's nothing like it to cool you down in weather like this.
Take care, everyone!
I did forget that Dusty is back in Florida permanently. I talk to her on fb.
Thank you Pat. I'm coughing up some of the gunk in a more control fashion. I think a few people thought I was going to die at the RU. LOL My throat still hurts really bad and my tongue feels like a side of beef. The doctor said he didn't see any swelling. Maybe he just thought I had a really fat face to go along with the rest of my fat. LOL My cheeks are swollen, my tongue is swollen, I have knot in the roof of my mouth and one on the back of my left gums. He also gave me a prescription for a gargle with Lidocaine in it but insurance didn't cover it so I didn't get it. $16 for medicated gargle?? So I'm living on Tylenol and Ibuprofen which is tearing up my stomach but life goes on.
Yesterday while I was running errands, Morganne called and told my my monitor went out on my computer. So all of us are sharing one laptop. Craig took it apart when he got home last night. I guess I need some new capacitors? Guess I'll go out to the garage in a bit and see if the dino monitor in the garage still works... I guess I'm also going to figure out how to drain the water heater and see if that helps. We keep running out of hot water. Keep the jokes to yourself! LOL It's an 80 gallon tank and is usually fine unless all 9 of us shower within a few minutes of each other. We have super hard water here. I'm hoping it's just sediment. We bought the water heater new in 05 before we moved into the house. The one that was here was rusted out and leaked all over.
Pat, our pool is still not back up. The kids started draining the pool hole again and I hope it doesn't fill back up before we can afford sand and a filter. It's always something! I hope the rain stays away for a little bit this round.
It sure was hot yesterday and it's creeping up again today. My car said 95 at one point. I got all the plants from the RU sorted and had to water all the greenhouse plants and vegetables twice. I still have over 1,000 sun coleus sitting here. Ugh. I won't talk about the 80 flats of veggies. Guess I'm going to work on the daylily beds today so I can start planting veggies there. At least we can eat. LOL
Chele, wish you had said something about having all that coleus, I just realized I don't have a one yet. I would have gladly paid you for them.
I got all the plants in the shade garden this morning, It has some natural moss, and I tried not to disturb it, but I am sure it will grow back. I will take some pictures when everything has been in the ground a few days and beginning to look good.
I just have the trees left to plant.
The pool is almost ready. I vacuumed 3 times today, brushed and skimmed, added more chemicals, and noticed just a bit ago, that there is more "stuff" on the bottom, so another vacuuming in the morning and we are good to go. It sure came in handy today, because I would work a bit planting, then go work in the pool to cool off. I heard on the 6 news that our temps got to 97 today. Right from no spring to a hot summer, and it will probably be a dry one.
Bonnie, don't you "creep" my website? LOL I figured everyone went and looked. I can mail plants, you know. :P I have like 21 different ones plus Perilla. Most of them are 8" tall or better.
My pool is not ready. Don't know when it will be. Just realized my kids used 1/2 a bottle of dish soap to play slip and slide on a tarp. Geesh. We went out to lock up the chickens and sat on the porch and sprayed ourselves with the hose. I'm so tired of being poor. Maybe in my next life...
Oooh, I'm the lucky one - I went to her site and had her bring some coleus down with her to the RU. Chele has beautiful plants, I must say. I made my baskets yesterday and have them hanging already - love the pairings you put together for me, Chele! Sue's daughter stopped me as I was putting them into my car and wanted Sue to take a look at them because she liked them so much - she said they looked like camoflage lol.
Pat, I would really like some of the summer snowflake (thanks for the info to both you and Chele) and I would love to meet up with you in Hamilton sometime. Just give me a day's notice and we can possibly do lunch if you'd like.
Chele, those z-packs work pretty quick for what you have - hopefully you'll start feeling better in a day or two. Sounds like you had quite the adventure on the way home! I didn't get to meet all of your kids but I did sit next to Carly and I just have to comment on what a nice, polite girl she is - very sweet and seems to be a good-natured kid. Now Nolan? LOL He just made me laugh the whole day - boy, you have your hands full with that one!
Di, was it you that put some type of pine tree in my car? I remember you asking about me wanting them but I thought you meant you had some at home. LOL Thank you for the compliment on Carly. She is a good kid. She's my straight A, plays four sports kid. She's almost intolerable when she has nothing to do. I always joke that she is a freak. She's good at everything. It's really odd. I may have to find her something to do over the summer or come up with money for camps. That one has to stay busy. They are all pretty good but they have their moments like the rest of us. ;) Nolan is a riot and a definite hand full. You called that one right!
I'm glad you liked the Coleus. I probably should have just brought a bunch with me. Usually everyone wants them.
Surely you "old timers" know where to fin my info! Click my name, scroll to the bottom. You know, I just did that and realized I have an old pic on there. Nolan is not in it!
I got part of the field mowed yesterday behind the house. Darn belt kept popping off the mower deck. Guess I'm going to put that back on and let one of the kids mow the yard, not the long grass. I'm going to start tilling up the daylily beds. I had a kid moving daylilies yesterday and she didn't get far. I had another kid putting tomatoes in big styro cups until she ran out of cups. Fun, fun. I got everything watered and watered and watered. Jazzi helped me move the white shelves back into the greenhouse. I need to get back to transplanting some other stuff. I still have a ton of tomato and pepper plants.
Woman's work is never done! Chele keep plugging away and you will soon see the end to it.
I have been up long enough to injure myself! I had to make a run to the grocery for some out of stock items, with 2 extra here, it is going to be a challenge to keep the pantry stocked. I came out of the grocery, tripped, and fell, and all my purchases, car keys and wallet went in different directions. A twenty something girl came and helped me up, gathered my scattered items, and said "I do that all the time". I told her you are such a liar, but thanks for the help. I bet she hasn't fallen since she was a toddler!
I got scraped knees and palms, and injured a big toe because I had on sandals, but otherwise nothing broken or out of place.
I am going out to see if I can start the power washer, and hope that I don't injure myself or some property in that pursuit.
Chele, I gave you a pine tree (white pine?) and a buckeye tree in biggish pots. A friend gave them to me to take to the RU 2010, but I could not fit any thing else in the sedan that time, so I was very glad you were asking for trees this year.
I should have known. LOL I found the Buckeye quickly. We were joking that it looked like something illegal. Thank you for leaving the buckeye in the pot, in case I had to explain my way out. hahahaha
I'm so excited for all the new trees! I'm planning to see which ones do well here and start growing them from seeds and cuttings. I have not trimmed my burning bushes yet because I'm planning to root the cuttings. They are up to the gutters! I should be able to get several hundred cuttings at least.
Ouch Bonnie! That is my greatest fear...falling! Mainly because I can't get back up! I don't have a problem getting down...it's getting back up!
Hope it doesn't stove you up too bad!
You are so right on the burning bushes Esther. When we lived on the farm, I went to my uncles house..and pulled up small ones by the dozen. He lived in a woods, and they 'birdseeded' everywhere..in all the leaf mulch. Didn't even have to dig them. Well now..they line the driveway down there at the farm..and are so beautiful in the fall.
90°, feels like 97°. Uh.no, it actually feels like 107°! Why does the car say "ice" when it is cold but not say "fire" when it's hot? My car said it was 96°. Been working on the pool. It is sooooo hot!
I think my big toe is broken. It is black back half way on my foot! I did put ice on it and the swelling isn't bad. So all in all, guess I am lucky that an arm or leg didn't break. All that was criticallly injured was my dignity and pride.
Chele, will the pool be up and operating by the weekend? I think ours is good, although I noticed I still need to another vacuuming, and I will get it tomorrow sometime. I will be putting the sealants on the deck and the front porch and walkway tomorrow, so that should work up a good sweat, and I can cool off and work in the pool at the same time.
Sorry about your toe Bonnie. At least it's sandal weather and you don't have to cram it into a boot or tennis shoe.
Carly and I got all the bricks leveled, got the boots and tracks down then more kids came out and we got the sidewall up. There is one piece that won't go in right because he who shall remain nameless rolled the pool inside out when he took it down. Our pool has a stainless panel where all the hoses come and go and for the filter so it does not corrode. Of course he had that all the way inside and where it attaches to the pool, there is a thick crimp and it bent some. I guess tomorrow when hubby is home, maybe I can find a decent vise grip and smash it. I got most of the leveling finished and about half of the wedge. After I finish that, I can drop the liner in and pray there are no more holes. Hopefully we don't get a strong wind or storm tonight. If we do, it's back to the drawing board.
I have to say honestly, I don't think I can bend much more before I break. So much going wrong lately and so many things breaking and I'm a little stressed. :( I just need something to be easy for change...
Chele, I so understand. We are not having financial problems now, but have been there and gone through what seemed like eternity before it got better. Just know that God does not give us more than we can bare, and that he didn't promise we wouldn't have to go through the fire, but promised he would walk with us through that journey. I know it is hard to be optomistic when it seems everything is falling down around you. You do have lots to be thankful for. Your family is beautiful, and I know you wouldn't take anything for them, you have a house that you are not having to hassle with anybody to be in, you have food and water, and a good start at a great business. I know that is preachy, but sometimes we have to be reminded of all the good that is going on. I know there is coming a day when all of this will be behind you, and you will wonder how you got through it. I know you think that part of it can't be soon enough, and I agree, but don't be looking back and miss the open door that has your name on it. It is coming, and I will be right here cheering you on. Wish I could take some of your burdens and problems on my shoulders for a bit, and give you a rest. I can't do that, but I sure can pray, and do everyday. There are 3 answers to prayer, yes, no, and wait. I think you are in the waiting period, and it will change to a yes shortly. Great big hugs to you, and just keep on keeping on.
Thanks Bonnie. I do appreciate the good things. It's just really frustrating when the bad things come in groups.
Nolan, Jazzi and I just went out to lock up the chickens. All of the white ones except one are dead. I guess those couldn't take the heat? I know they had water and food and shade. Lillie filled everything late this afternoon and Carly got them food and water this morning. Darn.
I'm going to bed. Maybe tomorrow will be a better day.
I don't like June Bernie! My birthday is this month (guess it beats NOT having a birthday). LOL
Pretty Iris. I imagine mine will be finished soon.
Nolan and I have been up for an hour and half. I trimmed his neck and ears and cut his toe nails and we laid in bed and cuddled. He got one kid up. Now we wait I guess. I don't want to get trapped in the pool alone and need to finish the hunt for the dang vice grip!
I echo what Bonnie said above!Tickle Nolan and live, laugh, and grow! Things tend to go wrong in groups so I think your due for a calm spelll now. My thoughts and prayers are with you all. You have a great family that most people can only envy. God has just blessed you guys in different ways than He has most of us. Feel the grace of your family around you, and try to bear up under the burdens. He will lighten them!!!~ Love to ya all. Lou
Boy, I sure put in a full day today. I put the sealant on the exposed aggragate front porch and walkway, then went around back and put the stain on the deck. Left just a pathway to get to the door, so that gets taken care of tomorrow.
I had a Dr appointment this afternoon, and while in town did the grocery/errand thing. Bible study tonight. I made swiss steak yesterday so supper was just about ready besides cooking some fresh broccoli to go with it.
Tomorrow I go to the macular specialist, and my plans are to start trimming the shrubs. I won't get back before noon, so hope that I can see well enough to use the electric trimmers, oh, wait, maybe I don't need to see too well, as the shrubs really need a good trimming. So I will probably be know tomorrow night as slash and cut woman!
Well, yesterday kind of went from one kind of hell to another. LOL Finished the sand wedge on the pool and got it leveled. Craig started attaching the uprights when we realized we had put the filter hole right where an upright went. I dug out the sand wedge and we tried and tried to shift the sidewall and couldn't. We ended up having to take it out, take out the whole line of screws and moved the whole sidewall. We got it back into place, got half way around the pool and a big wind came and knocked it over. I was about ready to cry. I think I said words that would make a sailor blush. So we started over AGAIN. This time Craig attached the uprights as we went and I built the sand wedge as we went. It took forever but we finally got it done. I got into that pool at 10:30 in the morning and did not get out one single time until around 8:00pm. I didn't even take a potty break. We more or less put that pull up three times between Tuesday night and Wednesday night.
Getting the liner in was a lot of fun. We have three holes but I think I can fix them. All are on the side. By the time Carly and I worked the wrinkles out of the bottom and got about 4" of water in, we let the little kids get in and run around. Nolan was hysterical! Never would have thought 4" of dirty water would make a group of kids so happy.
Then I remembered we were out of groceries. :( Craig needed to work on our neighbor's website so I let him stay home and I took a shower and took five of the kids to the store with me. We picked up stuff for sandwiches and chips, grabbed some cookies, pop for Craig, pool patch and cheap chlorine and headed back home. We finally ate dinner just before midnight.
I got totally fried yesterday. When I took off my sports bra and shorts, it looked like I was still wearing them because the rest of me is cooked. Carly is peeling a little from burning the day before and again yesterday.
I guess I am heading outside to water everything, then patch the holes in the pool. Hopefully once that is done and I continue filling, I can get out front and work on tilling so I can plant veggies. That little Mantis tiller couldn't handle the damp dirt even though the bed is raised some. Every piece of grass seems to clog it up too. Grrr. Sometime later today, we'll have to get cleaned up and go get groceries...
Chele, what a fiasco the pool was. Glad it is up and only minor repairs needed to get it filled and ready to use. I imagine 1 inch of water would have made Nolan happy.
I just got back from the macular specialist, and things have not changed with the macular, but my vision is worse. He didn't have to tell me that, I can barely read the newspaper anymore.
Have vacuumed the pool, and DH is out cleaning the filters. Need to go out and finish putting stain on the pathway on the deck that I left yesterday so we could get in the door. I am going to a pot luck tonight, so need to think about what I need to cook for that.
I am wearing 2 pairs of sunglasses until my eyes get back to normal after the dilation. Hope it doesn't take all afternoon.
Scratch that. There is about 2" of water settled around the outside of the pool so we must have a hole because both hoses are still in the pool. I also just realized the pool is not round. We must have shifted the tracks when we put it back up. Grrr. Carly is out there with the Shopvac sucking the water from the outside...Guess I'll see how expensive a new liner is. We don't go anywhere or do anything and I don't think we can go with the pool. Can't take anything else from the kids.
Bonnie, I am sorry to hear about your eyes. I remember when my neighbor was diagnosed with that. Have they made any surgical/medical advances in the last 10 or so years?
Guess I'm going to water now. I have the rest of the kids in clean up and pick up mode.
Not many advances in the treatment chele, except if caught when the eye is transforming from dry macular to wet, there is a laser surgery that will preserve the sight you have, although nothing to restore the vision that has been lost.
Pot luck was good, pulled pork barbecue, and it was something that was bought at Costco. I for sure will be getting some of that.
After the meeting some church members wanted me to stay to talk about the future of that church. It is my home church, and although I don't attend, it is very dear to me. Stayed too long, and had to "feel" my way home. Was lucky enough to follow a truck most of the way. If he had gone off the road, I would have followed right behind him. The last 2 miles was solo for me, and I think I got all of 25 miles per hour. Night vision is almost non existent. I was picturing DH here worried to death about me, but when I finally got home, he was just getting in from fishing, and probably didn't even miss me! So much for those mental images!
Just a quickie before heading out. I haven't read a single post all week so I have no idea what's been going on with everyone.
The week has flown by and not knowing what the heck we were doing we put too much off to the last minute. Trying on the soul is the best way to put it. Cakes have not turned out right, and last night the dam broke. Eight o'clock, the wedding cake hadn't been iced yet, there were still rehearsal dinner guests in the yard and the fellow that made the bouquets called to say they were ready for pick up in Lexington. DH said earlier that he'd pick them up and then the backed out. I nearly went ballistic. Wedding girl must have stepped in and showed him the error of his ways because she came back in the house and said he'd take care of it. While he was gone I started icing the cake. Started putting the crumb coat on and the SOB started slipping sideways. Long story short, the dowel rods moved and right now we have the first layer sitting on my MIL's table and I'm heading out now to make another bottom layer. If it doesn't come off by 3 this afternoon we're going with the top layer and moving on. I'll write you all a book about it sometime next week...
Awwww Janet...that so brought back memories for me! I did my DIL's wedding cake some yrs back. Can't remember for sure what happened..but it was 3 tiers...and they all had to sit separately on the table...because they wouldn't stack right...hmmm..maybe i have mental block about it?? LOL!
Then at the last minute...I had blue...and I mean BLUE fingernails from icing color. Thought..well I will use some bleach and stick my hands in it. While pouring it into the water, it splashed on my dress...which was a dark blue...and not cheap either! Yep...it happened. Right on the very front of the dress...a big white spot! I just sat down n cried! Lucky for me..my SIL came in about that time...said to me...just hold some of the folds in your hand over it..no one will notice. They will be looking at the bride!
I did...no one noticed...! That dress is STILL hanging in the garment bag upstairs!!! It;s probably rotted by now...I have never been able to look at it...LOL! Guess it's about time... huh? They been married now for 16 yrs!!
But I always felt bad about her wedding cake.
Good luck with yours!!!
Sending you a great big hug Janet. How trying. I know you will be glad when it's over. And I know everything will turn out great and you will look back on it and how beautifully it all came together!
I've got to get outside and get some photos for a co-op. Then I need to pot up a bunch of baby trees and other items. At some point, I have to make it to the grocery...Then, maybe then, I can actually get outside and get something accomplished!
Lunch yesterday was good, but on the way home stomach started to cramp, and barely made it in the house and to the bathroom. Called my neighbor to see if she was sick, and no. So guess it just my system. Had a hot brown and they are so rich, so that was probably just more than my tummy could take.
Went to the pool store for a pool part, stopped at a nursery just to look and they had all the annuals on sale, so came home with some petunias. The ones in my boxes on the deck were self seeded from last year, and looks like they will no be much, so will put these petunias in there.
Janet, did you survive the wedding? You have to come tell us a little bit about it, and then you can elaborate on it more next week. Been thinking of you all day today, and hoping that disasters were avoided, the church AC was working overtime, and things went well.
Chele, did you get the pool up and the holes in the liner patched and filled today? Bet the kids helped because they are anxious to begin using it.
Herman where are you? You just can't come visit awhile, then go away.
Thank you, Bonnie. Things are starting to dry out. Yesterday I had the Mosquito control people here. One gave me a shot with his mistblower. I think it just gave the skeeters an appetite. I used to "fog" back in the '60's. That killed anything smaller that 3/8th of an inch. The 2nd guy checked the standing water and said the tadpoles were doing a good job and it wasn't as bad as I thought. He put larvacide in the water. With the heat and the water drying up it is starting to stink. Next week I might get to dig my horseradish. Miss that.
I have 12 Dragons planted and was able to till a spot for the Tomatoes a friend gave me. Only 4, all different and I didn't get the names, but all heirlooms.
Had 1st daylily yesterday, Bitsy. Figs starting to form on one of the potted figs. Bonnie, did you see the pic of the pagoda I posted when you were in FL? Did yours survive? I have more in pots for next year. Will have better roots. Layering a fig, too. 'nough for tonight. Try to post more often.
Herman, the ones you sent are doing great. I have them potted up, and they are outside taking in the weather. Yes, I saw the picture, and it is a beautiful tree. Guess it will be a long time before I see mine like that!
Didn't get much of anything accomplished today. Packed two orders and got them mailed. Fixed up 16 hanging baskets for my neighbor which he IS paying for! Then I watered and got cleaned up while Craig ran to the grocery. Carly had a game an hour away. Hardest team we play. Two girls didn't show up...AGAIN. We only got beat 10-0. Their pitcher was FAST! We traveled an hour back home, drove through McD's and grabbed some ice cream cones, drove by a house I wanted to look at then back home.
Kristenne made us BLT's for dinner and Craig sliced strawberries so we could have shortcakes for desert. The younger kids all flopped in the foot of water again while I watered more plants.
That was about it for our day. The pool will have to be taken back down while we try to find the holes. Then I guess we'll set it back up or give up. We can't buy a new liner right now.
I did get one daylily bed tilled up yesterday and planted about 140 tomatoes and tomatilloes. I'm hoping to get to a second one tomorrow. I know I can't plant 3,000 plants but I'm sure going to use what I can.
Guess I'm going to hit the sack. Tomorrow I want to work on cleaning up the yard and hopefully another veggie bed.
A tomatillo is sort of like an unripe green tomato. They are tangy and so far as I know, only available in green or purple. They are solid inside with very tiny seeds and are best used about the size of a golf ball. Each tomatillo is covered with a paper husk. They are used in a several Mexican/Latin and southwest dishes. They are easy to grow like tomatoes. They can also be roasted and eaten.
A day of work turned to one of rest Around noon I felt a little woozie. Checked my sugar, 50. Third time that has happened. Time for med adjustment.
Bonnie, that tree is less than 15 years old, more like 12. I have another about 5 ' tall that bloomed this year. Lots of cornus seedlings coming up where I eliminated the grape vine. Too small to tell what kind. Hope some kousas. I sent some Pagoda cuttings to Bronson in NE. He said they are doing well. Might be the way to go. Trunk will be bigger. The cuttings were from a sucker. That might make a difference. Time to rest. Harder than working.
Jan, you can buy the seeds online. They grow pretty quick. The ones I started in March are fruiting, in the greenhouse, in cell packs. LOL I would think in Florida, you should have ethnic markets that would sell them. I don't know a lot about Bradenton but I know anywhere that my father ever lived down there, was a pretty diverse melting pot. I think I used all the seeds I had, or I'd mail you some. You might even be able to find them at the grocery store. I'm thinking I've seen them here. If it were me, I'd just buy seeds. They should be good for a couple of years if stored cool and dry.
Herman, you need to take care of yourself! Sugar is nothing to mess with. I hope you can get it regulated so you can enjoy your summer. :)
I'll check with PCP tomorrow. He will probably want to see me. Found recipe for switchel. Good drink for working in hot weather. Old farmers gatorade. Lots of carbs and minerals.
Went to see EXGF. Less than 10 miles away and her garden is so dry the cracks are half inch wide and I still have some standing water, but not as much.
OK folks, I need big time advice. Despite my love of blooming & growing things, I'm finding myself truly unable to cope with all my gardens, even with help from the yard guy once a week, plus having the lawn mowed by someone else. My joints are really bad this year, & I find myself with zero energy. Plus hardly anyone comes over to see the garden. DS is busy with work and DDIL finds it hard to leave the house since she's taken in her grandmother, who is bedridden. A couple of other friends are teaching part time this summer. I find it not so much fun to garden just for myself. It's starting to be like WORK!
I'm thinking seriously abt restructuring my yard so that I only have 2 or 3 flower beds, & relocate some of the shrubs so that they're near the foundation of the house. My biggest flower bed I think I should relocate so that 1. it's nearer the house and 2. It gets more sun.
I'll try and do a graph to show you how it's laid out. I think I just need to simplify!
Checking in as requested. I'm supposed to be back at work this morning but called and begged another day. I don't think the manager liked it but she grudgingly said yes.
The wedding week was a bloomin' rat race. I thought I had enough time budgeted in to take care of things but we didn't. We started off the week not being able to get in touch with the fellow that were making the bouquets. We were starting to get concerned as we didn't locate him until Wed. He said he'd have them ready by Thurdsay night. I started making cakes on Tuesday and got the layers for the wedding cake done and the filling made. Then I started making the others. The first one did something totally strange and didn't raise. Tasted ok but was totally unusable. Just totally scratched that one off the list. Then started making the food for the rehearsal dinner. I had to do all that since the mother of the groom was in Owensboro. Not that I minded but it was one more thing to block an entire day out for. Wed. we made more cakes and Thursday we started arranging flowers. If it hadn't been for a dear, dear friend that spent 6 hours putting flowers together it wouldn't have gotten done. Got through the rehearsal and the picnic and still had one cake to make and the wedding cake to ice. DH was supposed to take care of getting the bouquets in as it was going to involve a trip to Lexington. When the call came in to pick up the flowers DH was giving farm tours to the dinner guests. I called him to go make the pick up and he called me a few minutes later and said I'd have to take care of it. BP at that point went through the roof! DD(the bride) came in, assessed the situation and pretty much told DH that he was picking them up. Which he must have gotten smart and agreed to do. Confrontation averted. We started icing the wedding cake and all was going well and it was looking good. We put in some wooden spikes that we'd used before and put on the second layer and started spreading icing. That's when we noticed that the layers of the bottom were starting to shift and the whole bottom layer was crooked. It was't straightening up. We were decideing that it wasn't going to work and I was starting to get a little agitiated since it was 10:15 and I still had two cakes to assemble, one to totally make and the wedding cake was rapidly going down the drain. And in come the bouquets. DD looks at them and I can see it in her face that it's not what she had had in mind. She said they were too small. And I did have to agree with her. In the meantime she had counted the jars of flowers for the tables and said we didn't have enough. We did manage to go down to the basement and rummage through the discarded flowers for enough greenery and left overs to make three jars of flowers. I told her we'd go to the cooler and see if we could steal enough flowers from the jars to beef up the bouquets. Walking down there I asked her if a ring of hydragenas would be satisfactory to increase the size, she said she thought so and praise be I'd seen them in Kroger in Shelbyville. We had a plan and it was looking up. At that point Thursday I went to bed because I wasn't doing anything productive at that point. Early Friday morning we got up. Kate had a final that morning so she drove to school. Stephanie and crew loaded the van and headed to the reception hall to set up. A very good friend took off from work to manage the decorating and a more beautiful job could not have been achieved. I baked a cake, baked the lower level of the wedding cake and put the other two together. The cake was iced at 1:30 and in place by 2:30. Everything went off fairly smoothly. There were a lot fewer than had RSVP'ed which was disappointing but those there had a great time. The caterer did a wonderful job with the beef and it was perhaps the best wedding meal that I've sat down to. We did make the markets the next day but were truly dragging hiney by the end of the day.
Thanks for checking in Janet. If I were you, since this is the first wedding, I would call a family meeting, and DEMAND that the others elope!
Glad it finally turned out okay, but I can imagine your BP was at stroke level the whole week. You need a day or more to rest and recouperate. The upside of this, finishing the house and your daylily tours will seem like a piece of cake, boy that was a groaner!
I have the dates of your open house for the daylily tours marked on my calendar, and will come and be available to do whatever I can to help you out. If nothing else, just visit.
Dr's Office called. Meds adjusted. DGD planning wedding this Summer, but can't decide on venue, and of course date. Glad I'm not her mother. Invitations ready except for the most important parts. Groom's mother rejected the church because it was a 20 minute drive. It's about a tank of gas for me.
Janet, I'm sure glad to hear from you! It sounds like everything turned out wonderful! I'm sorry there was not a better turn out but it sounds like they missed out on a beautiful wedding and meal too! In the future, I'll be sure to keep you on speed dial. LOL I often joke, I'm having one wedding and they all better show up with someone!
Herman, I'm very happy to hear that you contacted the doctor and got the meds fixed right away. I enjoy your posts. :)
Bonnie, what are the dates for Janet's Open House? I hope to get down there and see you two soon. The girls love the rest of my daylily friends and they know you. So, we have to meet Janet in person now! They have good garden manners. chuckle
I still need to get in touch with Esther and see about a trip to her house too. I didn't forget Esther!!
And Marcy, dear Marcy has been waiting on us for 2-3 years!
I went down to the neighbor's shop and put new plants in both of his raised greenhouse beds (16 baskets of Waves). I dug up all the other plants, stuck them in pots and took them to his house. I have to go over, cut all those back and add those to the gardens I put in last year. I was supposed to get paid when I was at his house but he didn't have money. So he better pay up today or else. Don't think I won't go rip every single plant back out. LOL He has more jobs for me and I told him only if they paid. I worked like a dog for him last year for free so we could keep our house...
Janet's open gardens are June 17-?? I think just on the weekends for a couple or three weeks. I got a notice of Finchville Daylily open gardens which is June 24 & 25 and then July 1 & 2.
Chele would love to have you and the girls anytime. I think my daylilies need dividing so bad that there won't be many blooms this year. DH has promised to help me in the fall and that will probably mean another year of identifying all over again.
Hopefully I will sell some more plants and be able to take care of the pool liner. Once that is taken care of, I'll be working on gas money and sticking aside money for next year. I really want to make all the visits I've wanted to make for so long!
Bonnie, if you do divide or hubby helps you, make sure you make duplicate tags with 1 and 2 or A and B on them so once you figure out the first part, you know the duplicate is the same.
Well, I finished trimming the shrubbery today. Got out early about 6:30 and worked until about 9:30, by then I was sweating like a pig. The clean up will come tomorrow morning. DH has worked outside all day, crazy man, bushhogging and then weed eating, it is a wonder he doesn't have a stroke working out like that. He likes to get his work done so he can go fishing later. He left to go fishing about 5:30 and just got in. So now he will spend about an hour cleaning fish. I don't see much of him in the summer time.
Well...I have to say..you ALL make me tired!! LOL!
Janet...glad it's over for you..and glad it all worked out. I do wish people wouldn't say yes to RSVP's and then not show up though. Yes..I realize sometimes it can't be avoided...but..just sayin!
Chele...ahem...think I should be FIRST on your list...lol!
Bonnie...seems I don't see much of my hubby anytime! In winter...he's always shoveling snow..in summer...mowing grass! Plus...working at the store too. The man makes me tired!
Herman...glad u got meds adjusted too.
I'm out the door!!
I know Marcy. I know. I hang my head in shame. I've been promising to come see your for what?? 2-3 years?? You know I have wanted to. The kids would love the day trip and I'd love to finally get to see your gardens!!
Speaking of, I potted those Ostrich ferns and cut them back and they are sending up a bunch of new fronds. :) I need to decide where I want them. I also need to find out if my neighbor wants one. He did pay me last night by the way. LOL
Bonnie, I've been meaning to tell you the kids LOVE the jelly! Carly said she's not even a fan of grape jelly and that is the best she's ever had. That is quite a compliment! I've watched them eat it like crazy.
I have an order to ship, a check to pick up then it's back to transplanting and watering.
Carly has a softball game Tuesday night, Saturday morning and 2 on Sunday. Finally getting in all those rained out games.
Well, I have been working like the devil was after me, but most of it has been in the shade. Drinking water like crazy. I did the clean up of the shrubbery cut a few days ago, and then started on the shrubbery by the garage, which I had totally forgotten about. Got it all trimmed, but the clean up will have to come another day.
I need to get cleaned up, and then head to the deli to pick up an order. I ordered a meat and cheese tray to take to the funeral home this afternoon for DGD's GF's family. Thought that would be more appreciated than flowers. They are all from out of town, and I know they won't take time to go get something to eat, so this just seemed better.
Chele, glad the girls are liking the jelly. I think I have more, and if you get down, remind me and I will load you up again. With just the two of us, I make all the jelly and how long do you think it would take us to eat 2 jars, much less 10?
Chele, you just come on down and we'll have a good visit. I'd offer you some rooms but we're still not in that _ _ _ _ house. If it keeps on I guess I'm going to have to learn how to run a bulldozer and semi so I can dig the septic myself.
Open gardens were supposed to start this weekend but as I only have six varieties blooming as of yesterday I think I'm going to hold off at least a week. I have to get the posting in the newspapers and get some ads ready to go. That's next on the agenda I guess.
Took yesterday off and got all but three of my new daylilies in the ground and broke in the new young helper on daylily weeding. He did some mowing for me and I guess I won't get to see Circus Truffle and Dewar bloom this year. At least he didn't mow them totally to the ground. How do you teach someone to mow close to the daylily but don't mow over them? He either ran over them or mowed a foot away from them.
Well, Janet, maybe that would work, you and Chele and the girls could share the double wide, and let your DH fend for himself. Tell him you will move back in with him when the house is finished!
What is it with the helpers. Good grief, it is not that hard to tell a daylily from grass and weeds.
So let me know when your dates are firm. I am serious about coming to help in any way I can.
I trimmed the shrubs beside the garage today. Didn't get the mess cleaned up, and I have to go to the funeral for DGD's DGF tomorrow. I got too hot out there today, and really felt like crap this afternoon. However, I had to pick up a deli tray and deliver it to the funeral home for the family, and visit a bit came home and cooked supper, and put on pj's and have been in my chair reading for a bit.
Getting sleepy so am off to check out the bedroom for a long while, I hope!
All I got done yesterday after work was a trip to Save-a-lot and Wal-Mart. You have no idea how much I hate WM but it's the cheapest for what I buy the most of so I just have to suck it up and move on. Never got all the groceries put away until 8:30. I guess since DD, who was the cook during market season, has left, the cooking responsibilites are going to fall back on me again. They'd been eating left overs from the reception but those are pretty much gone. Last night one got a roast beef sandwich and the other took hot dogs. Youngest DD has gone to 4-H camp so we're actually 2 short in the household. DH was quizzing our summer help as to whether or not she could cook. Since they're over at the farm and I bake at my house, most of the meals have been prepared over there. I think he was testing the waters on paying the young lady to cook supper. Funny, how he can rationalize help for certain things... Left a chuck roast for them to put in the crock pot so maybe somebody can peel some potatoes and carrots late this afternoon and throw in the pot.
I've got the teens lined up to weed the tomatoes and squash tomorrow. Maybe even the beets and potatoes. DS will probably be miffed over this as he'll have to take them down to the garden. I totally feel for the boy but at this point he's graduated and doesn't have a job. And nobody sleeps until noon at our house unless they're deathly ill...
In for a break. We have the funeral at 1:00, but I got up and got out early to get the debris from the shrub trimming picked up this morning. I have deadheaded all the iris in the yard, the big circle of them will come later. Have deadheaded the peonies and the knockout roses. Have the wheelbarrow loaded with rocks gifted to me from Wisconsin, and they are going in my new shade garden. Those suckers are heavy, even in the wheelbarrow.
Hehe, Janet, if you find a cook, maybe she can do double duty and come on over to my house and start something! No matter what I am doing, or how late it is, my DH expects something cooked, and he doesn't consider even a hot sandwich a meal. Told him I would give him cooking lessons this winter when he doesn't have much to do!
Need to get those rocks placed, and then in for a shower. DH is setting tobacco this morning, so hope that they take an early lunch so he won't be so rushed getting ready.
I drained the pool again today and fixed the rip by the skimmer. Then I fixed the four holes we found. I guess tomorrow, I will take the metal coping off the top, pull down the liner and check the back for more holes, since it's white and will be easier to see holes than on the blue speckled size. If there are no more holes, I can take down the frame, make the track round again and put it back up... Life without the pool at 90° is proving to be un-fun for the 9 of us!
I sold 5 more 6 packs of veggies today along with a hyacinth bean vine and moonflower vine to a nice older lady down the road. She stops to see me every year. Another lady was here at the same time picking up an extra pool ladder I had for the easy set pools we used to have. We had three of them sitting here and 2 were brand new.
I guess after this post, I'm going to kill these threads and make life easier on everyone.