Posts Tagged ‘garden’

This week was J.W.’s first time to spend the night with me. He has come for the day several times but never overnight. So we had about 2 days to cram a LOT of stuff into!

Day 1 – By the time he got here and we went to the grocery store and had lunch….it was just too hot to do anything outside….so…..

We built things and crashed them with cars…

we played with the rocket….inside and out…

Stirred up some chocolate chip cookies dough. JW was the official dough taste tester….(we didn’t bake them until the next day)

After Supper, we went to the park and walked/explored around the “lake”

We helped this lost baby duck find his way back to his momma and siblings…

Played on the jungle gym…

(I call this his spiderman imitation!!)

When we left the park we decided we were hot and needed a snowcone to cool us off a bit….We took it home and ate it on the front porch…

Rusty joined us…and was looking rather proper!!

and finally….at 10 p.m. this happened (although this was taken the next morning….it didn’t take long for sleep to come for this busy boy!)

Day 2….

I finally had to wake him up at 7:30….so we could do as much as possible before he had to go home!

I needed to do some yard work so he helped by playing with Rusty and “fixing” my fence…

While I finished up some work in the front garden….he enjoyed the sprinkler

After He dried off….

we watched some cartoons and I baked the cookies

Then my neighbors invited us to go swimming with their grandson…So JW made a new friend!!!

JW and Jimmy

Did some twists and cannonballs…

shared our cookies…

Then we went by the house and picked up Rusty and hit the road to Kingfisher…

And this is how you know you’ve had a great time with Aunt J!!!!

Come back again J.W.!!!!!

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I almost forgot that I started this post.  You won’t see one for July because I haven’t done NEARLY as much as I did in June…..does baking count?  LOL


Each summer, I challenge myself to do at least one project around the house per day.  It doesn’t have to be big….just has to accomplish SOMETHING.  I’m also a list person but have discovered that if I make a list of the things that NEED to be done in the summer….I find myself resisting and actually do less.  Weird, I know, but that’s me!  So I have decided to make a list of the things I’ve accomplished AFTER I do them.  It’s much  more rewarding that way!  Here’s a running tally of my lists since I was out of school, May 25 to the last day of June.

1.  Painted Bedroom walls, ceiling and trim (still need to paint doors)

2.  Purchased new bedroom furniture, including mattress (this took a LOT of shopping)

3.  Purchased new linens for new bed

4.  cleaned, painted and purged bedroom closet

5.  cleaned and purged the dresser and chest in the guest room and moved into my new furniture.

6.  cleaned and purged bathroom cabinet in preparation for new counter top

7.  purged tv cabinet, music case and book case in the living room

8.  assembled new tv cabinet

9.  installed new area rug in living room

10.  Helped disassemble the old Mr. Elm and cleaned up the mess after he was carted away.

11.  Balanced check book (had not been done since December…..used cancer as excuse…)

12.  knitted 1 scarf, 3 hats and finished a pair of mittens

13.  started cleaning garage

14.  walked/rode stationary bike 423.5 miles

15.  took a road trip to Iowa

16.  Took Parents to Dr. Appt.

17.  4 dr. appts of my own

18.  laid sod on new sewer line in the back yard.

19.  Did a bit of gardening

20.  Blogged

21.  washed all the winter scarves and hats

22.  Attempted to de-flea the animals (many baths, treatments and brushing….sigh…)

23.  Kept up the Etsy store.

24.  took lots of naps…

25.  Read a book

26.  Helped interview one of my new bosses.

27.  Watched and cheered for Thunder Basketball

28.  played with Kaylore and Karver and J. W.

29.  Ironed a basket of shirts (at least a dozen)

30.  Hemmed a dozen fabric napkins

31.  Stupidly agreed to serve on another choral directors board….sigh…when will I ever learn?!?!?!?!

32.  Spent a little time in the garden.

33. carted many bags of crap to the thrift store (and didn’t even go in to shop!)

34.  made breakfast for the nephews

35.  cleaned and purged linen closet

36.  Shredded 10 years of tax records.

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A Final Farewell to Mr. Elm

After Mr. Elm’s untimely demise….and his dismemberment….he spent several days next to the curb awaiting big trash pick-up day….which, sadly, I did not photograph…

But pickup day came and he was loaded and carted away….


The big claws….scooped up the logs, and limbs….(and a few parts of my old bathroom counter top, a junk dresser from the garage and my dead television….I love big trash pickup day!)

Scoop by scoop Mr. Elm began to disappear…




And my yard began to reappear…



They left a few scars in the grass but they are healing nicely!

Here’s what my house looks like now…


A little barren….but all is well!


Now I have to see how I can get rid of the stump….suggestions requested!!!


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In Oklahoma, from about the middle of April until About September, we are in “Storm Season”.  Meaning, severe thunderstorms and tornadoes.  (I don’t mind the thunderstorms but really hate the tornadoes!)  Included in the thunderstorms are HIGH damaging winds (60 mph+), HAIL, and, again, tornadoes.  These weather phenomenons also coincide with the summer wheat harvest which brings much stress to the wheat farmers in our state.!

This last storm, almost a week ago, was a doozie!  There was a trail of (3) HUGE storms coming from the NW towards my house and then another one coming from the SW.  As I was watching the radar on the tv and listening to the minute-by-minute reports by our dramatic meteorologists, I became a little concerned.  But there was nothing I could do about the 2 biggest storms, coming from 2 different directions, colliding (at what seemed like to me anyway) RIGHT ABOVE MY HOUSE!  The storms had caused the TV signal to die so I had no real way of knowing what was going on….with our my favorite weather man telling me and showing me when to get out of my house!  The minute the storm got too bad to go outside, the darned tornado sirens when off….sheesh….I was really scared!  The wind was blowing the rain horizontally and I was fearful that the wind was going to rip my roof right off my house with me in it!  I shoved me and the dog in the bathroom and watched out the window…..Here’s what we saw…(this is out the back door before it got REALLY bad! You can hear the weather guys in the background) Please, also, notice the golf ball sized hail….fortunately it didn’t last long and my roof is okay.

2012 summer storm  (you’ll have to follow the link for the video….can’t figure out how to get it imbedded into my post….arrrrg!!)

Rusty doesn’t like storms….and until the next morning with the storms finally subsided, I often found him here…. (there have been so many storms lately that he has started refusing to sleep in his kennel and stuffs himself under my bed!)

Fortunately, for me, the only damage caused by the storm was my elm tree.

Although the trees looks rather dramatic, the reality is that it was old, had been struck by lightning, and was diseased and rotting….It was just a matter of time that it fell.  The great thing was that it fell perfectly in my yard without blocking my driveway or falling on any of my neighbor’s vehicles (of which there are MANY)

I thought that the tree looked a lot like a dragon….about to shoot flames from his mouth…

with it’s jagged teeth…

But this shows how truly weakened the tree had become….(this is looking straight down into where the trunk should have been)

I had MANY tree “companies” stop by my house asking to be hired to take the tree down.  It was AMAZING how fast they showed up!

The morning after the storm was VERY cool and damp.  But as the sun came out and began warm everything, we had the coolest steam…

Here it is on my neighbor’s roof…

and here it is on my fence…

A few days later, my Nephews heroes….came with chainsaws and dismantled the beast…

Boys and their toys!  LOLOLOL


slowly (well, in about 45 minutes)



turned into this….

and this…

All that’s left is the huge hole where the trunk SHOULD have been…

I’m thankful the tree is safely down, and that I have have 3 strapping young nephews who were willing to give up a Saturday morning to play ax-men and cut it into pieces that the city will haul off in a few days.  Even though the storm was REALLY bad and that it affected MANY farmer’s wheat crop,  I feel very fortunate and thankful!



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This and that…

Here in OK, it has jumped quickly from a bit of winter…a very short spring to summer!!!  It’s already in the upper 80s and low 90s!!!  UGH!!!!

So, I’ve been playing in the garden a bit between school, dr. appts and the Rusty!

Since the Dr. has said “NO” to heavy gardening and yardwork….I’ve found some handsome helpers….


My helpers, nephews Bryan and Andy….have continued to have breakfast with me each Saturday morning.  So….I make breakfast and they do yard work!  It’s a GREAT deal for me!

They helped me plant 3 Knockout roses (dbl blooms) Last year, all three I planted died in the drought and heat wave!!  Hopefully they will survive better since we got them planted earlier!

…..and they planted a fruit-bearing fig tree.  I LOVE fresh figs and am hoping it survives and bears fruit in the next year or so!


I’ve been cleaning out the old junk from the garden and putting in new things!




The Iris bloomed over night and are about 4 foot tall….HUGE!!!


I also have purple and yellow blooming but it was too windy to get pictures after they bloomed : (

We also celebrated my youngest nephew’s 7th birthday.  Nothing better than turning 7!!!

Makylah made his “Lego” cake and it was adorable and delicious!!!

The potato salad was even made in his honor!  LOLOL

On the way home, the canola fields were in full bloom and beautiful.  Unfortunately, the sun was setting and the blooms were not as brilliant yellow but they were still stunning!


What a GREAT weekend!!!

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My poor garden…..

I haven’t posted any pictures because…well….there isn’t much to show.  We’ve had a record number of days above 100 degrees and very little rain.  We wake up to 80+ degrees and go to bed with degrees still in the 90s…

Last weekend we had a little reprieve and got some really good rain (at least at my house!)  So I took some pictures of my happy plants…

The  rose moss seems to be the happiest.  It looks better than it has in years!




The lantana seems to be fareing well also…




The Basil plants are doing ok.  I’m trying to let them get bigger before I harvest too much.


My patio tomato plant seems to be doing well.


I harvested my first tomato yesterday….but it needs a day or two to ripen.  I had to beat the birds to it so I harvested it a day or so early.

Beautiful isn’t it?


Mr. Elroy agrees!


Stay cool!


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……..died of heat stroke?……..been blown away by a tornado?………..packed in one of the many boxes of my belongings?…..asphyxiated on wool fumes?……kidnapped by Gypsy midgets and forced to perform trapeze acts in a circus?…..keeled over into a bush during boot camp?…….

Nah……just been super busy.  The end of school was more stressful than usual.  Along with end of year performances, grades, saying goodbye to the students….I had to pack my room…..that I’ve been in for over 15 years.  Well….I packed and packed and packed some more and little by little the custodians moved all my boxes of books, shelves, piano, desk and assorted cabinets…to the auditorium stage.  Yes, I’ll be having class on the stage but all in all it should turn out to be a good thing!  Check with me again in October and see if I’m still smiling.

With all the goings on at the end of the year, I just didn’t have the energy to get into the garden like I normally would so I’m sorta behind.  I need about one more morning and the front garden will be finished and mulched for the summer…..here’s a sneak peak from about a week ago….(yes, I’ve done more work since then…)





I’ve also been snapping a few pictures of the cats.  I cleared off the coffee table a couple of weeks ago to do something and the cats immediately considered it their “stage”….here are a few actions shots…

Fast asleep…


Elroy’s favorite sleeping position….



Fighting over who gets to sleep on the biggest piece of the paper bag they smushed earlier…..



Elroy has one rogue whisker….see it on his right side?……it’s as quirky as he is!  And yes, they look like this everyday!



Hopefully I will be updating more often with more pictures…..Happy Summer!



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As I have been busy with school, the garden has been coming to life!  So last weekend I started cleaning up…

I took this mess……

and turned it into this…..less of a mess…

and even cleared the path to the faucet…

I planted 8 basil plants, (it’s insurance…..only 3 will survive…I’m sure of it!), a rosemary plant and a cilantro plant that is destined for certain death in the next week!  (I have bad cilantro karma!)

But it was TOOO hot to do much more than that….

So this weekend…..After I mowed all the weeds in the back yard….I found these in the front yard!  It really is spring!

(no, that’s NOT rain…just sprinkler water….we NEED rain!)

And I’m SURE I’m gonna be doing this a LOT this summer!

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A Special “Welcome Home”

I’ve decided that Spring happens whenever my Daffodils burst into bloom and that’s what happened today.  Here’s a little sunshine I’m sending your way….ENJOY!!!





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I’m a Tomato Farmer!

It’s official…..I can grow tomatoes!!!!  The Topsy Turvy is a success!!

These two are going to grow into regular sized tomatoes!!!  I’m so proud!!!

There are signs of more coming….

And even more on the way! (ignore the bad photo but notice the bright yellow blooms!!!)

Maybe, just maybe, I’ll be harvesting tomatoes until first frost!

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