Tuesday, July 25, 2017
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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 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 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
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 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.
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.
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
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 moon is almost gone. I could see this morning that the sliver of a moon and the sun were very close together.
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 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
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 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 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
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.
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.