Saturday, May 27, 2017
I found another bean pot. I think it came from my parents' place. I actually have one other that is small and probably a newer reproduction.That should be the last of the stoneware revelations. Sadly beans come in a can now and you can warm them on a stove or in a microwave. Cooking beans in a pot for long periods of time doesn't happen much anymore. When it is done they do it in a casserole or pyrex dish. The ceramic stoneware is more decorative than the before mentioned. I am sure now I will have blogger friends that will tell me they still bake there beans with bacon strips laying on the top of them.
I have a multiflora pink one at the old house I would like to move but maybe I will just leave it to stay with the garden there. I may just look for a new one at the nursery center.
As I mowed at the old place I could see that my peony blooms are slow in opening there. I guess it is a little more shaded there so they are just not in bloom. We have had a lot of rain there but it has been so cold that the grass hasn't grown much. I didn't get done and will have to squeeze in time next week.
A couple of trips to the hospital are in the plans to day and a trip to southern Iowa will happen this afternoon. The prediction of rain this afternoon may not be in the southern part of the state.
I wish everyone to have a good day today. Thanks for stopping by today.
Friday, May 26, 2017
The colors really are not true here in this photo but it still shows how robust the iris are of this variety. While at the old place I dug a rhizome of the deep purple one to move to the new place.
The old fashioned yellow with brown falls is still one of my favorites. I remember it as a kid thinking it looked unnatural with those two colors together as one bloom. I can still visualize my Aunt Lois with here jars of water and bunches of these iris being carefully placed at the different tombstones at the Moon Cemetery. That was a long time ago when I was a kid and we would go to the cemetery there after a family reunion at Macksburg, Iowa. My great-grandparents are buried there as well as my Grandmother and Grandfather. I assume a lot of my grandmother's brothers are buried there too.
Clear skies in the morning are welcomed after so many cold, rainy days. We did warm up today and it sounds like it will be warm for at least one more day. We have a busy weekend ahead of us along with our hospital visits. We now are driving to get the cousin's husband. taking him to the hospital each morning. He doesn't want to stay long as he is frail, but he really misses her and wants to see her even if is such a short time. They have been married 54 years.
We will fit in a graveside service in the afternoon in southern Iowa. My brother and his wife will be there and it will be so nice to see them. My sister-in-law's dad passed away in the winter and now we have a graveside service for his cremains.
I wish everyone to have a great long weekend.
Thursday, May 25, 2017
The sock will have to be filled again soon. I think the goldfinches have found a different source for food as they don't frequent the area as much.
I had a raccoon visit my bird feeder and knock it down a few days ago. He did it in the night and the bracket and feeder was on the ground. I wonder if the raccoon fell that one story deck down to the ground. I temporarily put Barney's old bowl out to get things going again.
I looked out at one time and the mourning dove was also sitting in the bowl. I am now using the bird feeder again. I just take it down each night now and place it out the next morning.
We have another busy day planned or should I say unplanned but filled. I did the dentist thing yesterday and we made a visit to the old house. We will visit my wife's cousin again today. We go morning and evening to keep track of her condition. She is still in critical care. Plans to take her husband to visit yesterday fell though but maybe today that will happen. My oldest brother and wife will be in southern Iowa this next week. We should get together eventually some time next week. I wish you all well today. Thank you for your visit to my blog today.
Wednesday, May 24, 2017
As I moved things our of the garden shed, this large and very old hay fork ended up at the new place. It makes for a good garden piece. I need to clean it up sometime. Since I have taken this photo I noticed my little bunnies like eating the foliage of the plant that is next to the steps. Having rabbits eating things means adapting to how I plant garden plants. I had one rabbit at the old place but they never seemed to bother things.
It just does not stop raining. I was awake in the middle of the night and I could hear the rain on the roof.
A busy day again today. I do get to visit the dentist this morning. Other things are in the works as we go through the day. We didn't get home until late last night from the hospital and will return after the dentist visit.
Thank you for stopping by today.
Tuesday, May 23, 2017
Flynn's was one of the companies in the 50's and 60's who delivered milk to the doorsteps of houses. We never had that as our we lived on the farm and our milk had to be milked from the town by my dad and brought into the house. As a kid it was fascinating to see that people kept metal looking coolers on their steps and milk men would deliver a fresh bottle of milk each morning. I believe the household could put out an order, taped to the lid, to ask for cream and other mile products. I never knew how they paid for it but I could see them having the customer putting it in an envelop and leaving it inside the milk cooler.
Another torpedo shaped canning jar is in this photo, taken in my garage. The pottery piece sitting behind it makes it look strange. The agatized stone next to the milk jar is one that my dad had cut and polished.
The row of peonies are planted a mower's width away from the property line. The neighbor does get the benefit of the flowers and doesn't have to care for them. I am assuming that I will have to cut off the spent blooms and keep it neat unlike I do at the old place. The neighbor below this lives on a lot that is a part of the wedge lot created because the street takes a turn. He lawn area is pretty much flat. My lawn is not flat anywhere in the front. We are on the hill top and the yard was graded to run the water away from the house. The entire yard sort of crests at the house. I can mow down
hill toward the sidewalk and the neighbor's lot. The house on my other side has a perfect flat yard as the top of the hill is reached and they graded it to be flat and even from the house to the street. I am not complaining as I like the differences in our properties.
As I was mowing in the back yesterday this little bunny came hopping out from under the rhubarb leaves. I took his picture a few days ago as he was eating off the downstairs patio floor. Birds spread see from the feeder above and the loose stuff lands below for the rabbits and mourning doves.
Lots of things to do today. We still make a couple of visits to the hospital each day but the cousin is so much better. She can now talk to family on the phone and I am sure friends will start to visit when she is moved out of ICU.
Everyone have a great day today. Thanks for reading my post or for just looking at my pictures.
Monday, May 22, 2017
As I bring to the newer home things from the basement they get hung on hooks in the garage. I have to move them to a designated place but for now they get hung up so I can decide where they will go. The chair was going to be tossed but I will repair that one split out leg in the future. You can buy old looking furniture but you have to go to antiques stores to buy authentically old furniture. This chair is an old one.
The hosta plants among the rocks look natural coming up in the rocks. Some of the hosts plants are settling in as well as these two are. I think our cold weather doesn't help them to build up from the shock of the move.
Barney has decided to make 5:00 am his time to go outside. It has become habit. The early bird thing gives me an opportunity to get some great sky scenes and then I go back to bed. The moon and its friend planet were out in clear sky on the southwest side of the house but on the opposite side of the house I found this view. The clouds were covering up the planet and only a portion of the quarter moon was showing.
Thank you for stopping by today.
Sunday, May 21, 2017
The shelf was found in a barn. It looks like it had been a cupboard with the latch showing on the right end of it. There are no other clues to tell any history about it. The rustic finish of weathered wood and neglect gives it a great surface to see. I brought it to the newer house, I am not certain how to clean it up and what to put on it just to seal in its present qualities. The clock works piece inside on the first shelf is something I just can't throw away for now. I can display old things on this when I hang the shelf it in my basement office area.
I moved this piece of black granite to the new place. I should exclaim and say "how stupid is that'? I know that I got the rock off of the farm in southern Iowa. Now that I am much older, I should not be lifting and carrying this heavy stone. The other thing that causes me now to have a curious thought of why is there a large granite rock in southern Iowa. I am sure someone will say that the glaciers moved it there. I am not a glacier but my old Taurus moved it 24 miles south closer to the Des Moiner River. That should confuse the rock hounds of the future.
The feeders are popular for the house finches. It is now fun to see the young birds that have already been hatched and are coming to the feeder. We had one young one on the ledge of the deck squawking at its parents wanting them to stick seed in its mouth.
I wish everyone to have a good Sunday day. I appreciate your reading my post.
Saturday, May 20, 2017
I am seeing the peony season stating at the old place and I have six or seven peonies at the new place with large buds on them. The flowers seem to bloom at similar time but places where their gardens are more protected their iris and peonies are all blooming. The cold wind today will slow the blooming progress for now.
We squeeze in things to do that are a part of the moving in process, at any free time that we can. Our visiting the hospital twice a day is the priority so everything else that needs to be done is on hold. I hung one of my wooden horses up on the wall, high above the cupboards. It didn't take much time but I had to get everything in place to make it happen. I am sure the displays will change as we find things that we prefer to put in them. We have enough things to cover the whole area but I think that would be more junky-looking than having good design. I did find a brown stoneware container, in front of the spice chest, that seemed to fit in with the group.
Many things to do today and I hope to accomplish some of the tasks. I have iris rhizomes to plant but it is just too muddy as it keeps raining. Heavy downpours seem to be the norm right now.
The weekend is here and hope everyone has great plans for the two days. Thanks for checking in today.
Friday, May 19, 2017
The rains have set in and will stay for quite a while. It sounds like we may see sunshine by Sunday. I can't be sure in this house that it is raining. To know if it ism I look out at the deck to see if the deck is reflecting back at me.
Barney has had his breakfast fill and now is down for most of the day. We warm our living and dining area with the fireplace on cold mornings. The furnace stays off when we do that and it keeps us from heating the whole house. Barney doesn't like rainy days so he won't ask to go outside very much. He has learned to look out the windows that are down low in the living room. We have decided that when he barks while looking through the one window that he is barking at the fake, plastic Canada geese in the yard down below.
I placed the flowers into the light of the sliding glass door so I could get good photos. The old fashion yellow and brown iris is the next cemetery iris to bloom. I keep trying to dig portions of them when I see what is blooming. I know I won't get everything moved to the new place but I will at least try. The small lavender one is one that I want to seek out again and be sure that I have a piece of its rhizome. The colors are so similar with some of them that I have to look closely to see the differences of them.
We will be hitting NW 6th drive again this morning to make a hospital visit. We have stopped counting the days since our first visit and know there will be many more of them.. I wish everyone to have a great day today. Thanks for stopping by my posting today,
Thursday, May 18, 2017
The iris continues their normal blooming cycle in their vase. I have to deadhead the spent blooms while the new buds have opened over night.
The colors of the old fashion iris are more red than purple. The pattern on the falls of the iris make it look exotic. Some people compare them to an orchid even though they shapes are so much different and the bloom life of the iris is so much shorter.
I plan to return to the old place today and hope to find some new iris in bloom. A hail storm and hard winds happen there last night so I will see what kind of damage was done to them. I know that there were buds on the white iris and maybe I will see blooms today.
Barney had to wait until the storm passed to go outside. When we did go, it was so damp and still sprinkling. Having two yards that need to be mowed, the rains will help make the grass grow so much more. I plan to mow the old place's yard sometime today.
I wish everyone to have a great day. Thanks for stopping by today.
Wednesday, May 17, 2017
The deck was wet this morning so I knew it had rained. Storms were strong at our old place with neighboring towns having a lot of wind damage. We are expected to have more rain storms throughout the day.
The pot above is temporarily sitting on the step. I brought it home with the agapanthus in it. I was going to repot it until I read that it likes to be crowded in a pot. I have added some fresh soil to it from the top and I still have to trim back the dead leaves. The article I read stated that it could take 3 to 4 years for one to bloom once it was planted in a pot. I know they grow freely as a lily in states like California. I see the plant as a background filler in landscape magazine photos.
A bucket of blooms from the old place sit there waiting for me to put them into vases. I visited the house and picked them, placing the only thing I could find in the basement that held water and flowers.
The day will be another day of visits to the hospital. I wanted to go mow sometime today at the old house but we are to have rain off and on all day. I will have to wait until tomorrow and push harder to get through the tall grass. We are weary from all that is going on but we are up to the task. I wish everyone a great day. Thanks for stopping by today.