Order in my yard; are you kidding? There is absolutely nothing that you might call order in my plants, trees and flowers. I’ve mentioned before that I am a plant collector so that makes my yard eclectic. If someone is trying to get rid of a plant I am the first to volunteer to take it. Plus I cringe if I must thin and discard any of my plants. But sadly that was the case yesterday. My husband and I worked out there for hours thinning and tossing. Now he can easily do away with any or all my plants. Every time I lug one home he says “Now where are you gonna put that.” I simply say “I’ll find a spot.” And I have to watch him like a hawk because he loves to clip; never mind if the season is right or not, he will be out there clipping away. Get this; he complains about my flowers but when we have guests he is the first to take them on a stroll of our yard and boast about the plants. You’d think he did all the work.
Okay…okay it is not pick on husbands week. I guess I’m crankie because my back muscles are sore this morning. I used some yesterday I must not be used to using. That bad husband will rub Biofreeze on it when he finishes eating his breakfast.
We both like to sit on our back porch in our glider and watch the birds and butterflies enjoy our flowers. I put a Shepard’s pole and hung suet within a few feet of the porch so we have a wonderful view. I’ve been able to snap photos of several species (is that what you call them?) of birds. The one I can’t seem to catch is the humming birds and we have several that come to visit. Oh well in due time.
I’ll be posting more of them in future posts I’m sure and especially the humming birds when I get them. I gotta run it is time for a back rub.
Thank you for stopping by. Stay safe and keep gardening, bird watching and enjoying life.
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I’m an avid reader and I love books; all kind of books—- fiction, non-fiction and even poetry. I credit this to my older sister who (according to her stories) would prop me up beside her before I was old enough to sit alone and read to me. As I got older I do recall her reading to me and my other sister loved poetry so she shared some of her favorite poems. I was so very blessed to have such loving older siblings. I’m glad they instilled that love for the written word in me. I have tried to pass it on to my two sons and I believe I’m a success in that area; both my boys love to read. I’ve even gotten my husband absorbed in good novels.
After my sons grew up they would give me gift cards to books stores for most of the holidays and special occasions. I asked them to stop because it was a waste of their hard-earned money. Does that mean I didn’t use the cards? Absolutely not. But I would buy books, read them then pass them on to others. I explained to my boys that I just as soon get my reading material from the local library. I love the library; it is one of my most treasured places. When we’d move to a new town for my husband’s work one of the first places I’d locate was the library.
In the library there are so many worlds within our world. You can travel, in your mind, to so many places and discover other people and their cultures. You can teach yourself almost anything you want to do if you are able to read because the library is crammed with information and help manuals.
Oh yes, it is true that one can do and find almost anything via computer today and I think that is wonderful. But to me there is nothing to compare to feeling the hard copy of a book in your hands and flipping those pages as you read. I do have my computer and Nook and I do read that way as well. Like I said I love to read and feel I am so blessed to be able to do so.
But as we argue the convenience of computers one can also find public computers at the library to use so… there is no reason not to visit the library close to you and check out what they have to offer. You just might be surprised and wish you had discovered this place years ago.
Thanks for stopping by…. shhhh I’ll just close quietly and get back to my novel. God bless.
This morning I was working out in my back yard. I suppose some would say garden because I do have flowers and plants out there. I’ll admit “I’m a plant collector.” When I see a plant I like I get it knowing I’ll find somewhere in my yard to put it. My poor husband just shakes his head when he sees me lugging home something new. Anyway, back to what I meant to tell you. I was working away transplanting some beautiful red, rose and white geraniums from the pint size pots they came in to bigger nice pots with plenty of room to grow. I think geraniums are so pretty and since these were marked down like 75% of course I had to buy them. I turned from my planting table and there was this beautiful white bird; some kind of crane, running its long beak down in the ground and coming up with earthworms; helping himself to my natural aerators.
I said “Welcome” and turned back to my work and my quiet visitor continued with his searching and eating. He was a polite fellow only getting what he could eat then he went on his merry way with a full tummy.
I decided to give you a quick glimse of another part of my yard….. a teaser for another post.
Until next time I’ll be busy tending to my plants and I hope you have something that you enjoy doing. Thank you for stopping by and please come back soon.
I have been trying for years to snap a photo of a Sand Crane and the other day I got lucky. I was in a parking lot and this fellow walked right up to my car window. Usually they travel around in pairs and once in a while they will have one of their young with them. But this old man was all alone; makes you wonder what happened to his mate. Maybe a car hit her. I could believe that since they cross on a busy street and never hurry. They will have traffic backed up while they stroll leisurely across. I’m glad people do stop for them because they are magnificent creatures. We are blessed to be able to observe them. Do they just have one mate for life? I have no idea but it is worth checking out.
Thanks for stopping by please come back soon. God bless
Yesterday morning the fog was so thick in our area that you could almost slice it with a knife. Okay… okay I’m exaggerating, maybe… a little, but the fog was thick. It was pretty to me. Of course I didn’t have to drive in it. I like almost all kinds of weather except bad storms and there is even beauty in that. God has a purpose and reason for everything and He controls the weather. Like anything else in our lives we can look for the good or expect the evil; I prefer the good. No I would not like fog every day nor would I want rain every day. I’m just thankful that I don’t control it one way or another.
I’m trying to decide what I want to plant in my spring garden. It isn’t an easy choice since I have limited space. I just always pray that God supplies me with enough to share. And He does. I guess I’m greedy because I want to try everything. Some of the things I plant make it and some don’t. In my opinion that is just part of being a gardener or farmer; taking chances. This past fall was the first time I tried to grow cauliflower and it is coming along fine. I’m sort of proud of it but I believe I will have to wait until next fall to plant it again since we have some very hot summer days which start early in Florida.
Wouldn’t it be nice to have five or ten acres to grow whatever you wanted? Ahhhh… but it is only a dream. At my age I probably would not be able to keep up with that much land. I will just be thankful for what I have and that I am able to work it. We are sort of planning to add two more 8×4 foot raised beds which will double my space so that’s good. I’m thinking maybe I’ll give okra a try.
Thank you for stopping by and until next time I will be pouring over seed catalogs and dreaming of a bountiful harvest. God bless.
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I’ve been so proud of my garden this fall. Our collards, mustard, Brussel sprouts and broccoli are all doing or did fine. We got more tomatoes than usual; they’re small but delicious. So I really shouldn’t complain but my eggplants are a different story.
The plants themselves look good and they bloom but absolutely no fruit! I tried pollinating them with a q-tip and small brush but that didn’t do one ounce of good. What could I be doing wrong? My sister said maybe I had two male plants but what do I know. How would one tell?
Anyway… I told them if they didn’t do something soon I am going to pull them up, feed them to the chickens and try again in the spring.
I’m really looking forward to a spring garden and I’ve been busy trying to decide what to plant. I know I need to rotate and not plant the same thing in the same place. I love looking through the seed catalogs. Billy made me two raised beds last spring and I think we will add a couple more this year. I need to start getting them ready so I can plant in February.
Thank you for stopping by and until next time “Happy Gardening.” God bless.
It finally happened! My young hens started to lay and I was excited to see the blue egg from the Americana. Of course they are small right now but the ladies are still growing. But I have a problem with them putting their prize in the nest. They lay them all over the common area.
I think I told you that the Golden Girls (the older hens) took over the few chicken house, which is all right with me because the teenagers would not use it. I have caught them several times going in the little red house but I can’t get them to roost in there or lay their eggs in the old nest. So today Billy and I bought a bale of hay and I put some in the nest and filled one nest and put it in the common area. I also put an egg in it so maybe they will get the idea. We shall see, those silly girls.
Thank you for stopping by and please come back soon, you are always welcome. Until next time stay safe and hope the hens keep clucking. God bless.
I hope everyone had a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. I tell you 2016 flew by so fast I was surprised it was that time again. But we had a wonderful time. My family was together and that always makes me happy. Both of my sons and daughters-in-law are Christians and they are teaching my six-year-old grandson to serve God. I know we can’t make that decision for him but at least we can give him the foundation.
With that said I must talk about one of my pet peeves. I hate it when I hear someone say ‘Christmas is all about the kids.’ No it isn’t! Christmas is about our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ! We are celebrating His birth. Yes, I get the gift giving concept because God gave us His Only Son as a gift that we can accept and have eternal life. I guess you could say Jesus was the First Christmas Gift. And listen, I love giving at Christmas and I love getting gifts also but please let’s remember the real reason for the celebration.
Don’t get me wrong I love children…well most of them anyway. I have been around a few I found hard to tolerate but that is not the child’s fault. There are no bad children just terrible parents who fail to teach what they should. But that’s a subject for another post.
Thank you for stopping by and come back whenever you want; you are always welcome. And please when you hear someone say ‘Christmas is all about the kids’ explain to them what Christmas is really about.
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This morning we opened the gate that separated the young chickens from the older Golden Girls. I watched for a while because I thought the older girls might harm the younger ones. What a surprise! The younger girls dominated the older hens. They took over the big play pen and the Golden Girls retreated to under their little red house. Nature is always fun to watch and full of surprises. I hope that soon they will all mingle. I’m very thankful they are not fighting.
I put new nests in the green house so I hope the Golden Girls will teach the younger how to go inside and lay eggs. They have not laid any yet but it should happen this month or next; they are getting old enough.
Have a blessed day and thanks for stopping by.
I took this photo of the setting sun on a cruise to Cancun a few years back. There were so many beautiful sunsets and sunrises and that water was the prettiest blue.
Next the water with waves from the ship.
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