Gardening, Life, Nature

Little Update With the Gardens

As the sun comes up I look around in a panic. I thought I had enough time to get everything done including this. I got up extra early so that I would have time to do all of it. So where did the time go? I get out at 3pm today so I can finish things up when I get home.

I am sad to say that I had to cover my plants outside last night. I brought the rest inside. There was a freeze warning and the upcoming nights don’t look much better. So what do I do with all the stuff that is still growing? I believe that a cucumber plant has started to produce little ones on the vine over the past few days too. Last time I had to cover everyone up they looked really good when I pulled the covers off. I am hoping this will be more of the same. The question will be down to sunshine and temperature.

I was informed yesterday at work that I was going to be getting a raise already. It should kick in either this week or next. So I will be able to tell next weeks paycheck or the following. I was pretty impressed.

No photos today as I haven’t had any time to take any. And I see by the clock that I need to get it in gear to go to work. Thanks for reading and stay safe!

Animals, Dogs, Emotions, family, Gardening, Life, Nature, Photography

Current Photos

I am worried about Moose. He is getting worse. Atleast he is still playing. I need to request the 25th off for his vet appointment. On a positive note I took a bunch of photos yesterday with the camera so I can share those today. I downloaded them last night since I knew it would take a while this morning. And I think that will be the bulk of today’s post. I just don’t have it in me this morning. I keep cramming everything into my days off. But I am mostly caught up with everything. So that is good. I hope you enjoy the photos. Thanks for reading and stay safe.

Dogs, Emotions, family, Gardening, Learning, Life, Nature, Photography, Thinking, Writing

Things Are a Little Brighter

This morning has been busy already. I have emailed with Dad (he is home and there was a doctor there that actually paid attention to what Dad needed namely help with his physical pain because that was accelerating his depression). So Dad is on a new regiment that includes pain therapy. We are both very excited about this. Then I answered an email from my Aunt in Florida. But before all that I got my article written for the paper. It was a blessedly short meeting last night so I covered it even though my editor told me not to worry about it. The one I missed however might stay missed. I still have my classwork to do this morning before Chris gets up as well as meeting Mom at 1pm and then Facetiming with Dad this afternoon. I also need to make treats for the kids.

I left the plants outside last night but when I let Stella out a few times last night I was worried that it had been a bad idea. Everything seems to be ok this morning but I need to check everyone to make sure. We have beans too! I am so excited as I have never grown beans before. I will share photos. I am worried that the cold nights have affected the new goodies growing. I think that is what happened to the green pepper buds that I had going. It got too cold and they just fell off. I am happy to say that I have more buds growing in the memorial garden.

The sun is out but the wind is strong. I might need to see about propping some plants up. It is supposed to be nice and warm today so I plan on doing my usual shorts and a tank top. I do have a cool sweater that I want to try out but I can wait.

That is about all the news from here right now. I’d better refresh the coffee and get to watching my videos for class. Thanks for reading and as always stay safe!

Animals, Creativity, Dogs, Emotions, Gardening, Life, Nature, Reading, Thinking, Writing

A Quick Check In

It is cool and raining her this morning. I want to still be in bed asleep but apparently the power blipped out at one point because Essie came and got me directly. So we are up. Or rather I am. The kids are all asleep in the living room. I am tired and sore from all the yard work I did. The weather makes me want to curl up with a book but I still have stuff that I need to get done. Like an article and my classwork. I desperately don’t want to do either.

My mind is blank this morning. I sit here and look around the room and listen to the rain not thinking about anything. I find myself drifting around mentally. And noticing that I have a headache coming on. I think it is due to the weather. Yesterday was beautiful. I am glad that I was able to be outside.

I suppose that I should try to get the writing done. This will be a very short blog entry for today. Thanks for reading and stay safe!

dreams, Emotions, family, Gardening, Learning, Nature, Thinking, Writing

Trying to Tap the Tapped Out

I should be at work right now but they needed someone to close tonight so here I am. I’m only working the deli until 3pm then I am at a register til close. It was nice night to have to get up in the dark but I will miss having the afternoon and evening free. Friday will be the new day to try to mow the yard etc. When I got home last night (afternoon really) I was just too exhausted. That being said I did get the plants covered and the moveable ones inside so that the temperature drop did not hurt them.

Since I don’t have to be to work until noon once I finish this the game plan is to watch my videos for class so I can get as much done as possible. Then Saturday I will write my paper. Monday and Tuesday I have meetings so I assume that he will give them to me off. It is what he has done thus far. We’ll see.

I am trying to stay focused. I am trying to remember the goals I have set for myself as well as what I need to do. Part of me feels bad because there are times that I don’t have much energy to spend on the family. Chris has been awesome about keeping the kids busy and keeping up with the everyday stuff while I have been working this 7 day stretch. But I get home from work and I am just tapped out. I don’t like that feeling. And I still have two more days after this.

It sounds like they really want me to work in the deli. A well as everywhere else. I am temped to say no but I think the plan is that when we start to slow down that I have some place else that I can work so that I don’t lose hours. We’ll see. There is a lot to learn there.

I have a new leave growing on my orchid. I am so happy! I think I need to add more dirt to the pot but I don’t think regular potting soil is an option. I need to find out what I need to do. She might need a bigger pot as well. I worry about the shock of going from one pot to another. I have lost many plants that way. I will add a picture of the new leave and wrap this up. A fresh cup of coffee and then off to study. Thanks for reading and stay safe!

Animals, Dogs, family, Gardening, Nature, Thinking, Writing

Planning

No one wanted to get up this morning. We all slept long and hard last night. Yesterday at work was as intense as Black Friday at Younker’s. We had lines pretty much my whole shift. I came home exhausted. I did get to spend some time with the family though so that was good. Hopefully the schedule will be out today. We lost some people so he had to redo the schedule last minute.

I still need to finish writing my piece for class. I did get my article done yesterday for the paper. Classwork is due Monday. I don’t have any meetings nest week so I may use that to get ahead in class again. It will depend on my work schedule.

Today is one of those days that I just want to stay home and work in the yard. There is a lot that needs to be done, especially will Fall coming on. I replaced the battery into the mower. Hopefully she will fire up when needed now. The flower beds up front and on the side of the house need to be cleaned out. I also need to remove a bunch of saplings that I have let go for too long. At this point I might just cut them down and worry about digging them up later. I need to go through the backyard and clean up the branches that have fallen from the various trees before I mow. I got rid of a pretty big branch that came down in the winds when I got home last night.

I need to research more about the milkweed plant. Pretty much all of them have pods now. Can I cut them down safely? I think I can with the ones that have had all their leaves eaten by the caterpillars but I’m not sure about the rest. I let them go wild so that the Monarchs and other critters would have some place to eat and stay. But now it is the end of the season and it just looks messy with the plants standing naked of leaves and falling over. The butterfly bush is going strong. I am very happy about that as the other four have died over the years. That again came down to knowing when to cut them back for the season. I cut them back at the wrong time and it killed them. Again more research. I find if I don’t do it as soon as I find out what to do then I manage to forget which season it is to cut things back. It doesn’t help that some of the plants I have get cut back in the Fall while others it is the Spring. What I need is just a day to work in just the yard. I could get a lot of the stuff done over the course of the day. Again this will depend on my days off. I try to mow when Chris is not here because of his allergies so if I have a week day off I can work on everything else until Chris goes to work then mow the yard. If I time it right I should be able to do the front and back the same day. We’ll see.

I see I have gone on a bit. The kids are bugging me to go outside with them. The sun has come out and is warming things up. Which means probably another busy day at work. Atleast the time goes faster that way. But I need to wrap this up and spend some time outside. Thanks for reading and stay safe!

Animals, Dogs, Emotions, family, Gardening, Life, Nature, Photography, Thinking

Keeping It Together

This morning I am worried about Moose. I feel that there is something wrong that I cannot see. I don’t think he feels good. He is slightly off this morning. I can’t tell you what but he is. I need to get him in to the vet to get his blood checked again. I think I will leave a few minutes early in hopes that the schedule for next week is out so I can set up an appointment. If push comes to shove I will tell them I will be late coming in one day so I can take him in. My worry for him will probably be with me all day. Especially if we need to wait for an appointment.

I had a good chat with Mom yesterday. We hadn’t texted since Tuesday and I was concerned. I saw that she had read what I sent but I got no response. All is well. She is making great progress getting her backyard cleaned up. I am excited to see the results!

We ate our first tomato off the plant yesterday. It was soooo good! Sadly though I looked at the green pepper plant last night and it dropped the peppers that were growing so it doesn’t look like we will get any peppers. The ones in the memorial garden seem to be doing well but the nights are getting chilly and I worry that it will be too much for the plants. We will see!

I keep looking at Moose. He just looks so sad and venerable.

I was out taking photos of the sunset last night (I deleted some photos so that I had room for a few because of the colors in the sky) when our neighbor stopped by as he was walking his dog. We started chatting and I showed him some of the photos I had taken. He was amazed at all the technology that was available: being able to view and delete photos without wasting film, the amount of photos I could take with my 16GB memory card (332) and all the other fun things you can do with my camera. It was a fun chat. His dog Pumpkin actually came into the yard to greet me. She never does that to anyone. She always stays at the side of the road by him. I felt proud that she liked me enough to come over and see me.

I was able to watch the meeting last night. It was a near thing though. I could not find a link. It took a few tries before I did and then I couldn’t get the damn thing to work on my laptop so I was scrambling to get it to work on my phone at the last minute. It was a short meeting but I guess I need to get my bicycle ready or next month as we are going to pedal around to all of the parks in the Village and see what (if anything) needs to be done. I need to have Chris fix my front brake on my bicycle so I can ride it. The brake keeps sticking and gradually closes as I ride. Very frustrating when you are pedaling at speed.

I am downloading some photos from last night’s sunset. I am pretty pleased with the color results. My new memory card should be here…. Wednesday. So I will be able to start taking a lot more photos. Time to get ready for work. Thanks for reading and stay safe!

Cooking/Baking, family, Food, Gardening, Learning, Life, Writing

A Short Day Off

I am sitting here drinking my blueberry coffee trying to wake up.  Tomorrow is going to be even earlier but I will be out of work by 3pm.  No idea how busy or slow I will be since I will be training in the deli.

Yesterday was a good day to spend at home with the family.  Chris and I did some running for kibble and such (I am making lasagna on Thursday).  I did get my classwork done as well as laundry put  away.  Oh and I got my high tops cleaned up.  The rest of the stuff I will probably try to get done by Thursday.

Today is officially the first day of September.  For me the first day of fall.  I am sad to see Summer go.  I will miss it.  But Fall has Halloween in it so I won’t fuss too much.  The next few weeks are supposed to be dry for us so that means I need to keep an eye on the plants outside to make sure that they stay watered.  More tomatoes are beginning to redden so I want to make sure we get a good harvest.

I see by the clock that I need to wrap this up.  I still need to repack my work bag (it finally got washed) and relace my shoes before work.  I’m sorry this is a bit short and a bit blah.  I hope you all have a great day and stay safe!  Thanks for reading!

Gardening, Life, Nature, Photography

Garden Talk

This morning we are all out in the living room.  The door is open on this chilly morning.  It was very windy and just as cold yesterday.  Everything is overcast so it will be interesting to see what the day brings.

Not much to tell this morning but I did take a bunch of photos of how well the garden is doing last night.  We have even more tomatoes (some are even turning red now) and the green peppers in both gardens have buds that have turned into little tiny peppers that grow bigger by the day.  The beans are also starting to come in.  We have gotten a lot of rain the past few days and that has helped tremendously.  The only down side is that the grass has grown too.  I am going to have to see if I can coax the mower to life one more time.

Since I am running short on time before work I will wrap this up but I will share the photos I took last night.  Thank you to everyone for reading and stay safe!

Animals, Dogs, Emotions, family, Gardening, Learning, Life, Nature, Photography, Thinking, Writing

Light at the End of the Tunnel (and It’s Not Flashing)

And the drama continues… hopefully after today it will be done.  Atleast in regards to the electricity.  Without going into too much detail the house/garage was not properly grounded out.  Since that has been remedied things have been ok.  They will be tweaking a few other things today (assuming it doesn’t rain) and then we will see where we stand.  So the kids have to deal with the power going out one more time so things can get fixed.  I am grateful Chris has the day off and can stay home with them.

I didn’t get much sleep last night.  Despite being stressed I couldn’t sleep so I was awake until 1am.  Amazingly the pups were awake too.  Everyone is sleeping now though.  I tried to sleep in but didn’t.  I got home later than normal too because of the extra work closing at the courtesy counter.  They are doing all kinds of things to keep their employees happy at work.  I won $50 cash this week in a drawing.  Last week (?) was a $40 gift card.  I am hoping that I get Monday and Thursday off next week.  Chris has taken them off to be with me.  Monday was his suggestion but Thursday I have a meeting.  I should know today.

I encountered a bit of an annoyance for class.  What they did was have the next set of classes start on the day you finished.  So working ahead only worked for the previous class.  I am back to having to make sure I turn in my papers on time instead of being a week or more ahead.  So Monday (or my next day off) I will try to get atleast a week ahead of things.

I worry that Stella is getting an ear infection.  I notice that more and more she is shaking her head.  That is usually a sign of an ear infection.  Not to mention all the dirt that girl gets in her ears chasing that damn ball!  I try to clean them out ever once in a while to keep the dirt from getting too deep into her ears but that is a losing battle.

I found a small frog sitting at one of our ponds yesterday.  That made me feel good.  I don’t think it is a peeper.  I think it is still a baby.  In regards to the gardens the tomatoes are going like crazy but none are ripening yet.  We probably have about twenty growing on the one plant.  The beans are still going well and the green pepper plant has atleast three peppers starting on it with the possibility of more buds.  The memorial garden is going very well too.  Some of the flowers are blooming so I have hopes for the food stuffs in with them.  I will try to take some photos soon.

I had better wrap this up for today.  Thank you everyone for your kind words and support!  Thanks for reading and stay safe!