Friday, August 15, 2014

I'm Afraid The Weeds Have Won!

Warning!
This isn't pretty!!
Getting out to the front gardens and weeding an hour or so once a week,
just doesn't do it.
If I don't get some help from my handyman and his wife 
or find a gardener (NOT A LANDSCAPER),
I'm sunk.
It's very depressing. My back will not allow me to do a lot of bending for very long.
Trying to find someone to just help with the flower garden is almost impossible.
Where do you look?  Everyone is listed as a landscaper and that means really expensive.
I just need someone, that loves gardening to help me.  I'm willing to pay some!
To help weed mostly but to also dig out some small dead boxwood and move a few plants.
I'm calling my handyman today and see what he has to say!
Here are my photos!
Don't judge!!

If there is one positive note, the yellow finch like the thistles and there are butterflies in this weed patch/garden.  Also there's lots of little baby toads in there plus a couple small frogs!!
Sure!  It's like a jungle!!!
 The small low patch is my herb garden.  I had it all cleaned out about 3 weeks ago!!




Look, there's even a cherry tomato plant there!!
Now where did that come from?  My vegetable garden is no where near this.

Exasperated!!!

Shirley

Monday, August 11, 2014

Finally, a Good Find at GoodWill!

I go scope out GoodWill every couple weeks.
I used to find a lot more there than I have in this past year.
I mean I get some barn clothes there but I'm always looking for dishes,
neat old chairs, outer-wear etc.

Today, I got lucky.
Not a huge amount but something that made me happy!
All six pieces together were only $3.00!


Blue Willow pattern from Staffordshire, England.
The cups are very delicate.


I have some of this pattern already but these are really nice.
Especially the cups and saucers; they're perfect.
The two plates have a couple little dings.


My other find was this nice dark gray fleece top.  
I love these and it will be great for fall and winter.
This was half price and was only $1.99!

Hope you had a great day too.

Shirley

Sunday, August 10, 2014

A Little Halter Horsemanship

I haven't really started riding again yet but I am enjoying doing a little on the ground training.  Yesterday I had a lesson on the maneuvers in halter horsemanship.
It's a show thing to show off your horse.
And handler, I think.
I don't plan on showing but thought it would be good to learn.
Preacher already knows about it as he was a 4-H horse before I got him and I'm sure showed in this.
He may be a little rusty but hey, I don't know anything yet.
This is just the very beginning.
I'm doing everything wrong.
Preacher is perfect!



You can see a little video here:



             


Next little lesson, I'll learn more.  Poor Preacher was quite bored!

Shirley

Friday, August 8, 2014

Blogging Help plus One Dead Tree

I mean, I'm asking for help or your opinion.
I've been blogging for quite a while.
Since 2009 I think.
After all this time I haven't really decided a niche for myself.
I mean some say that's what you should do.
Write on one subject.
I just write about everyday in the life of me and that has a whole lot of different subjects.
The thing that worries me is that my page views are dropping.
I mean, I never had a huge amount but they have dropped more than half.
I try to write a couple times a week; sometimes more, but it doesn't seem to make a difference!
If anyone out there has any ideas, please tell me!!
Leave me a comment.
I love comments!

OK
For today I want to tell you about my problem of a tall dead pine tree; well actually two!
(Sorry, that's my finger over the lens!)

Maybe you can see the wires going through the tree on this side of the trunk.
They are the main wires that supply electricity to my house!!
I've called a professional tree maintenance guy to come to take the tree down.
He's coming to look at it tomorrow.
I hope this doesn't cost a fortune!!
I can just see me burning the pile of brush in the foreground there, and a spark making that tree go up like a torch!!
Scary stuff.

Shirley

Don't forget to let me know your opinion about my blogging.
Thanks!!

Thursday, July 31, 2014

In The Chicken Yard

Yesterday Pepsi and I spent some time with the chickens in their big chicken yard.
They go out in their yard almost everyday that it's not storming.
Their's a little coop in the middle in case they need cover or to get to a nesting box to lay.
Half of the yard is petty much under two very large oak trees so I don't worry too much about the hawks. 
I'm still very aware though and try to be outside when they're out.
I wish Monk would lay in the yard with them.  He's fine with the chickens but doesn't want to stay in there if I leave and that sort of defeats the purpose!!

Pepsi loves being with the chickens though.  I think she'd live in the coop with them if she could!




Here's Pepsi on the inside of the fence with me and the chickens and Mama cat on the outside.  I wonder what they're talking about through the fence!

Dottie


This is Molly.  I have two of these Buff Orpingtons.  The way to tell them apart is that Molly has a hump of feathers on her back end.  (More "junk in her trunk"!!)

This is Martha,  she has a smoother top line.


Have a nice day everyone.

Shirley

Monday, July 28, 2014

After the Rains

We had loads of rain last evening and during the night.
Still raining this morning but it seems to have stopped now.
The grass needed the rain and of course the gardens love it.

Laced cap hydrangea

The trouble with the great big ball hydrangea is the heads get so heavy with the rain that it all collapses.


The girls are not happy, they want out into the extended muddy run!!

Pepsi was sleeping in this basket this morning.

Well, someone really likes the rain!

Kermit has his own little swimming pool of rain water.
(that's just a piece of bark beside him in case you're wondering.)

OK, this was just a post on very ordinary things.  Well, some mornings I can't get my brain any more in gear than this!!

Shirley

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Morning in the Garden

It is going to storm again I think so I went out and took some photos in the garden this morning.
Wandering around the front garden, I noticed that I have several tiny little toads that keep hopping out of my way.  They were too fast to get a picture of though.
I was very happy to see the first Monarch butterfly I've seen this year.  Also the bumble bees are really busy on my coneflowers too.
I'm hoping the monarch will notice the big milk weed plant I've saved just for her.
(*Correction, this is an Eastern tiger swallowtail butterfly)




In the back yard I lifted up a big plastic lid that had rain water in it and look who I found!!
My own little Kermit!!


And when I checked my vegetable garden, I found my first spaghetti squash is growing!



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