Larry.s Creative Zone

Larry.s Creative Zone

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Old Things and New Things......

Another project for me to do in the future. My grandmother Brooks' walnut dining room table  is moved and ready to be refinished. I received the table as a teenager from my grandmother as a gift for all the things that I did for her.  I painted her house and some rooms inside of her house. I really never thought of it  until later that she wanted me to have it for payment for the deeds.  My brother was moving to California and gave her a chrome kitchen set with chairs and she was so happy with that. The table was disassemble and hidden in an upstairs closet until I was ready to take it.  My grandmother had a brother that liked to beg her old stuff from her and she said I was to get it out of the house as soon as I could.

The special things of its history is that my grandmother got the table from an older neighbor.  The date would have been probably in the 1930's.  The rails at the bottom has the name of Woodbury, Iowa stamped on it.  The small town still exists today and is east of Osceola, Iowa. The patter of a burl on the one drop leaf is beyond amazing. The burl of a tree is the growth mound on the tree that shows up as a unique pattern in the grain.

The bottom of the table is quite weathered and helps to show its age. The hole is intended for a leg to be screwed into it.

As a kid, in the late 1950s, I remember this table being in the old, low ceiling of my grandma's house. It would be stretched out as far as it could go with many table boards added so all the family food items could be placed on it. I clearly remember seeing it covered with dishes of all sorts of good and desserts. I can still see my grandmother's red yellow with fruit and marshmallows. The middle hole held the middle leg to support the weight of all those table boards.

When I first moved into an apartment with this table, I removed the middle leg as it just looks unusual.  I know that it is the authentic original way it should be, but I am already thinking I will remove it again.  I did bring some table boards from another table that I might be able to use with it to make it into a long table for use. The white casters are also original with the table.

If you have ever grown the larger sunflowers you remember how fast they develop. I think there are 7 or 8 of them growing in a row.

The opposite view of the sunflowers shows the closeness of all the things growing there.  The zinnia rows are really close and have really grown large. The volunteer vines are creeping up on the opposite side. I am letting the vines grow out into the yard so far but if they get out of control I will have to redirect them or cut them off. I may put steel post next to the sunflower if they get to lean too much.

I still have a three things to get planted but my emphasis this week is to be at the old house.  As long they seem to be surviving in their pots I won't worry about them.

The dumpster that I am using at the old place is leaving the property tomorrow. I won't tell you how many of them that I have had but I have reached a point that Wednesday will be its removal date. Today I will do the last minute panic things that I can get into it before it leaves.  I still have my wonderful white truck that I can fill up and take things to the landfill, but I really won't need to do that for a while. It is suppose to get very hot today so I will leave early this morning and come home early.  I watered the flowers last night because of the forecast today.  I lost a row of petunias next to the house as no watering kept them alive during such high temps last week. I might replace them if there are still petunias out there anywhere to buy.

Thank you for stopping by today.  Stay safe and cool please.

Monday, July 24, 2017

First Day......

Another variety of tomato is showing off with its produce on the vine. I am ready for any one of my six variety to ripen soon. I have two different smaller varies including the cherry tomatoes and the smaller yellow pear-shaped variety. I had placed some hardy geraniums among the plants in the raised bed and I can see that I need to dig them up and move them where they can be seen. Things really did fill in with the tomatoes and herbs.

The Japanese beetles returned and I had to dig out the spray again. The neighbor lady told me that there are trees in our park that have been completed stripped of leaves by those bugs.

The robins like to sit on the back of my fake goose. It seemed to be handy while I was out taking photos and spraying bugs.
I have volunteer vines growing in my garden from the former owners garden.  I am thinking this is a squash of some kind. I hope the season last long enough for I can get something from this vine.
I am thinking cucumber but if it were a muskmelon I would be happy.  Again, it all started to grow late in the season so I am do realize that it may have been too late for them to mature any produce.

I am headed to the old place this morning.  I had to stay away for a while to heal up my aches and pains. It is cool this morning so I will go early and do those things that still need to be done outside.

I hope that everyone is cooling down today also.  Thank your for stopping by today.

Sunday, July 23, 2017

Awaiting Blooms......

I am awaiting to see the bloom on this large hosta.  I moved this to the new garden and it did't lose a leaf. The Des Moines Botanical Center employees are on flower watch of a plant called "corpse plant.  It blooms every five to seven years and this plant has never bloomed. The plant is suppose to bloom durning night time so they are on watch by camera too. The public has also gone crazy over the coming event.   I will be anxious to see the result of rotting human flesh fumes being spread throughout the dome. If it opens up for only a short time, then they won't have to shut the place down.

This hosta was growing in a crowded location for a few years. When I moved some of it to an open location the leaves started to grow large. I was surprised that it had such large leaves but am glad I found out that it did have them. "Sum and Substance" is the name of some large hosta plants but I am to sure that this is it.

Another project that developed as we moved to the newer house. The piece is an old set of drawers with mirror that I restored 40 years ago. It had dark brown varnish on it and I took it off to find this color of wood.
When it was moved to the house in Woodward I took it apart, using the base in the dining room and just hanging the mirror on the wall above it.  The bracket stayed in the basement for all this time.

Hammering in the piece back together with the original nails and adding some glue, put it back together holding it with a clamp.

 My sons had a great grandmother Stevenson, who they hand never met. She lived to be 100 years old, spoke mostly Norwegian, and died in 1971. I did meet her a couple of times but was not able to really talk with her. I wanted the dresser because of its need and it was free. Removing the finish of dark varnish was fun when the wood underneath was revealed.  I did find the one wooden knob that had fallen off of the bottom drawer. The will be the final job to call it done.

My wife's friend at first wanted this for her tv stand and then decided she didn't want it. I brought it to the new place to give to her and then there is sat in the garage. It now has been recommissioned and placed  in our spare downstairs bedroom. We were just going to give it away a few months ago.

These are Big Boy tomatoes. I don't have a clue as to know when to expect them to be ripe. When they do, I will be glad to eat them. Usually I have never kept track of the maturing of these things as I would just plant them and wait for red colors to come. These were planted late so it may be a few more weeks before the turn color.

I have a lot of new colors of zinnias this year that I have never had before because I used brand new seed.  I went out to shoot photos of them last night and had to go back to the garden shed and get the bug spray.  The Japanese beetles were back eating on the leaves of the zinnias.  They also were eating on the larger marigold blooms and this time they were on the sage plants hanging out on the blooms of those plants. The green sage had bugs but not the purple sage.

It is Sunday and we are cooler today. I wish everyone to have a good restful day. Thanks for stopping by today.

Saturday, July 22, 2017

Stuff on Saturday......

Can you find the rabbit?  I am downstairs tightening all the joints of a glider rocking chair.  I finally found every single loose connection on the rocker.  I sat it up and tried the chair to see if it was sturdy again.  I rocked in the chair for about 20 seconds and out the window I see this furry creature crawling out from the bushes.

I have no way of knowing this rabbit is the little one that we had a month ago that was hiding out there under the pine tree and rhubarb leaves. We have not seen any rabbits for weeks. There was a mother rabbit out there which was much larger than this little one.

I can see that these guys would be a pest during the time that new vegetable plants were sprouting but these days he was out there eating grass.  I am good with him being in my yard. I have a neighbor that is not good with it any time of the year.

I had been questioned by one of my blogger friends about the white coneflowers. It made me question that if what I had was coneflowers and not white daisies.  It made me blink but yes here are the white coneflowers. I have yet to plant my new red coneflower.  I am waiting for it to cool off a little bit. We are so grateful for the rain a day ago.  The inch and a half of moisture was a blessing. On the negative side, the rain was a hard driven one and the petunias were really messed up from it.  I am hoping that a couple more days and the will regroup and bloom normally.

I changed the basement painting recently as the one hanging there before leaned out away from the wall.  The wire allowed a space to be there and this framed oil painting does fit close to the wall. There won't be anything sticking out as one walks by it. We changed paintings all of the time in the old house and I just change two painting in the group adding the son's portraits, done by my wife, into the wall arrangement.

Many different things to do this morning. I am debating the need for watering plants. It is so hot that I think I should do it even though the humidity is so high.  I wish everyone to have a great weekend.Thanks for stopping by today.

Friday, July 21, 2017

The End of the Week......

Evening sunlight helped give these coneflowers. a special lighting effect. The bright light to gradual shade is viewed across the natural bouquet.

I was 14 years old taking a shop class my freshmen year.  My mom ordered the plan from the newspaper of a plant stand she could use for her African violets. A grow light was installed under the top piece to project light down on that shelf.  I should of probably used plywood but the instructor allowed me to pick out a hardwood, birds eye maple, to use for the project. I think back now that Mr. Coleman  wanted it to be made as a fine wood piece of furniture.

Because it was made by the maple boards I had to glue boards, side to side, to make up the width that was needed when I followed the directions.  The three main long pieces were glued boards and the end pieces were glued boards.  No wonder I almost didn't get done with the project in that semester.  Today, when you glue to boards together, side by side, you would have a planner that allows you to even out the surface.  I had an electric sander that I used for hours to even out the faces of each piece.

The top was complicated as the top table part fit into slots all around the top. The front pieces had to fit up against the side pieces. You can see that I didn't get it glued together tightly and 40 years later the glue failed and it has opened up.
The good thing with this corner is that all of the slots were cut correctly and everything almost fits into the right places. I didn't have any help at the glue up time. Now 40 years later, I know that I should have done a dry fit first before I put glue to the joints. If I had I would have know the table top piece should have been cut about a fourth of an inch smaller.

The Gorilla glue did not hold it as I squeeze this end all back into place with my twelve dollar clamp.  I had to reglue it a second time and I set a finishing nail to get it to stay together.  I did sink the nail in and wood filler covered up the hole made by the nail.

It looks better now.  I never had that right back when I was 14 years old and until I became the owner of this piece I didn't think about repairing. The whole stand seemed to be like a "white elephant" as my mom got older.  My dad was jealous that she was so successful raising violets and it was a center of contention for years. When my parent moved from the farm it became less used for plants and eventually my mom just wanted to get it out of the house.

I have one more corner like this to fix but wood clamps are not going to fix it. I am going to have to cut a slim piece of wood to fit into the gap and then glue it back together. That will happen in the next few days. If you don't remember in the story that I was going to take my skill saw to this piece and use the wood to remake something new.  I am glad that I didn't do that.

A folk art piece that I saved from a box in the basement was this stagecoach and horses. I like the hand carved horses that were in the kit. The block was sort of sawn into a good shape so I could round out by carving the legs and head with ears. My blogger friends who carve beautiful pieces can laugh at what this 12 year old kid did for his first and last time carving job.

We had a good rain last night and I didn't have to water flowers this morning. The rain is harder on some of the flowers than my garden hose watering process. I need to plant a new rose somewhere on the property.

I have to fix leaks today under the windows in the other bedroom. I am disgusted that the siding that was applied 13 years ago when the house was built, was improperly  installed under the
windows. Being the third owner since it was built makes it harder to get back to the siding company. I do think that I will talk to the original contractors first as there is sheeting damage under those windows.

The day is not going to be much better today.  The temps may be a slight bit cooler but a heat index of 103 degrees F. is not good. I am hearing my friends everywhere are having similar hot weather.  I wish everyone to stay safe and cool.  Thanks for stopping by today.

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Thursday's Bother.......

Tuesday evening I had seen some insect damage on my zinnias. We went to Menards for many things but I asked for the best spray for Japanese Beatles. I returned home from the store and found myself unloading a lot of the spray on these larger marigolds. They were not there the night before but they sure were the next morning.

The news was sharing that people had swimming pools full of these and others had whole trees shredded but I really had not noticed them before. So far zinnias and this one kind of zinnia was all they wanted and once they were sprayed they were dead. This time I was at the right spot at the right time.

The moon is almost gone.  I could see this morning that the sliver of a moon and the sun were very close together.

I buy a red cornflower and then the off spring sprouts are not red. I do hope that they turn red. I am hoping that the hot weather is messing with its growth patterns.  I haven't plants this yet but will once we cool down. Things seem to not be working well today so as I look at this flower I just figure put it on the list.

I planted morning glories twice and finally I have two seed that have started to sprout. I used brand new seed and didn't get a start.  I then added some old seed that I harvested from the old place. I can't imagine them ever maturing soon enough for blooms as this is late July. I was just thinking I needed to take the flower box back to the garage so I could use the dirt for potting soil. I guess the seed heard me thinking it and hurried to sprout. I have blogger friends in the south who have loads of vines and hundreds of blooms of morning glories right now. This is really sad what I see here.

The pot of oxalis are finally adjusted to the new place. The were inside all winter and taking them outside this spring did give them a shock. The move was easy but I haven't been taking good care of them. Now they are downstairs on the patio and I hit them with the garden hose once in a while and they seem very happy. I have had to water things every day now. I missed watering the front planter of petunias by a half day and they sure did take a hit from the heat.  I won't skip anything every again.

The front planter is doing well and these little filler petunias are taking off.  Once everything is planted I could see my wife's garden needed to have a few extra plants to fill spaces.

I bought a rose this morning as it needed to be rescued from the nursery.  It is sitting in the kitchen sink right now soaking in water and some air conditioning. I don't have an idea as to where it should be planted but I will dig a hole somewhere. Its shape is really bad but the rose itself is a multi petaled one, which I have never owned before. I know that once I can get it happy in the ground that I can trim it into a better shape. The tag says it can turn into a three foot tall and high rosebush.

My radio in the truck is giving my problems. I look up things on the internet and found that at the time the 2008 Tundra trucks were sold that an unusual  number of the radio volume knobs went bad.  A malfunctioning knob when it was brand new.  I won't have any warrant on this so I will be buying a new radio for the truck some these days. The radio did start working this morning but sometime during the trip it had to kick out.  Later it was back on again.

I am trying to fix my birds eye maple furniture peace and the Gorilla glue is not working.  I have had to reclaim it now and put a nail into it to help keep the gap closed.  I counter sunk the nail and will fill the hole over the nail.  If this doesn't work I am not sure what will work.  I will have pictures when it has been repaired.

I have a couple of other things that seem to be contrary to repair. I won't continue whining about them but if I figure out their repair I will share. Our heat is so high that I didn't bother to go work at the old house.  I may go up early morning tomorrow and not stay for long as things keep needing to be done.

I wish you all to have a good rest of the day.  I hope you are able to stay in a cool spot and not be outside. Thanks for stopping by today.

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

A Late, Warmly Created, Post for Today....

The hidden box has been freed from all of the junk on it. The box was filled with Christmas angels.  I was glad as they did not have to be unloaded.  The container was stacked away in the basement storeroom with all the other Christmas things. The round leg with the threaded end is the fifth leg to my grandmother's walnut table. When the table is extended for boards there is a leg in the middle to support the extra boards.

The desk lamp is an old one. the base is cast iron.  The rest of it is made of different metals. I have to yet decide where it will be placed in the downstairs room. The things on the chest of drawer are still on temporary hold until I find the drawer in which they belong.

The black eyed Susans are opened up now and putting out a great yellow in the front garden. As all of the different perennials open up and branch out I have no room for the new coneflower.  I will just have to plant it somewhere else.

I did get this for a low price as it is in the middle of a hot summer and prices are dropping. I will find a special place for this.  I am interested in seeing if the breeding of these gives me all consistent red flowers.

I spent a couple of hours at the old house this morning. It just got too hot for me to be outside and I had to come home. I am trimming up all the spare free growing trees that should not be there.  I had a truck load of things from last week and a nice guy came by and took them to the tree dump for me. I created another large pile today.  I did give him a fixer upper riding mower and I told him he owed me nothing, but he is glad to help. I know that he helped me a lot as I just don't have all the time I need to get the place cleaned up.

I hope that this heat is not everywhere.  I do know a lot of you are having some of it.  We all have to stay inside and stay safe.  I left a full unopened pop in the truck and some time over the weekend it did explode. The mess is minimal but the floor mat needs to be hosed down to clean off the initial splash.  Thank you all for stopping by today.

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Fifty One Snaps......

My first zinnia shot for the summer. When I planted the seed I did not know if things would turn out. I succeeded in taking the one crowded row into transplanted two more rows. I will be having a large volume of shots of zinnias for a very long time.

As I walked out into the humid evening, the camera immediately fogged over causing this special effect. As hot as it was, I ended up taking 51 different shots last evening.  I think that is a record number for the shoot except for the 71 taken at a hot air ballon show.  Anyway,  I edited out 37 photos to share from that pile of 51 photos.

The three are so bonded that I could never separate them. They enjoyed their time outside while I power sprayed, garden hose, the bottom of the cage. When I do that, I lightly spray them with water and they really like that.  One of them intentionally came towards me trying to get more water. I guess I should put a bowl of water in there, if it is possible so they can splash once in a while. They were tired from their outing and immediately took a nap after the experience.

I have various sizes of sunflowers growing. I keep transplanting the smaller ones into a fine straight row. The high humidity seems to be what they want  as this one plant has doubled in size the past week.  If you have followed me for long, you know that I have to count them to know how many I have. I think there are seven of them but I had some late starters come up the past week.

The flowers surrounding the tomatoes and herbs also liking the hot weather.  I am watering them every day now and they do respond to good treatment. I never expected this planing of the box to turn out so successfully.

I have decided to not go to work on the old place today.  The heat index by mid morning will be 103 degrees F.  What I need to do is outside trimming and mowing. I may try to get up there tomorrow very early morning. We are suppose to have a new roof put on the old house but that seems to be delayed as I doubt the company can work on a building, shingling, in the high heat.

I appreciate your stopping by today.  I wish everyone to have a good day.