Friday, September 22, 2017
The sun is starting to sleep in more as the earth tilts back for our winter season. It is noticeable when you go out on the deck at about the same time in the morning. The sun is behind the big tree in the middle but it will keep on moving right in the photo as the days keep happening.
Hiding in the marigolds helps the pear tomatoes from being found. The variety really has been a fun one to have. The are really sweet and also fun to give away to friends.
Little brother, Teddy, sure loves his big brother. The photo definitely shows the age difference of three years and that they both have really grown.
I took a trip up to to the old place this morning, delivering supplies for some work that I need to do. I didn't stay that long as it is too hot to work outside. I needed to get the truck emptied out so I wouldn't be carrying things around that will move around while I drive. It is Friday and I am needing to water things soon in flower pots. A day like today will dry things out a lot. The swampy area around our lake are all dried up. The pelicans are still on the lake but I don't have pictures to share.
Thanks for checking in on my post today. Have a great day.
Thursday, September 21, 2017
The New Guiena impatient plant struggled with our summer weather. It just didn't stay blooming like some years. It is now blooming again after a hot spell. Maybe I may have to bring it inside the sliding glass door to give it some air conditioned air. My parents always had one hanging planter of New Guiena plants every summer. I think the market has weakened on them as you don't see them for sale in most places. It is a sensitive grower and busy people today probably don't have time to work with the plant. My parents usually had one with a solid color bloom.
Having not finished my first full growing season on this property makes it fun to plan for the future of the gardens. I still have to plant my daffodil bulbs and tulip bulbs. I am not sure where I can plant them unless I clear a new plot.
My sedum at the old place is blooming right now. This start of it has regrown since being eaten by rabbits. It was protected by the vines. Now that the vines are cleared away I can see it is doing well. It may get moved now that I have time to decide where I want it to be.
I still want to get some starts of peonies from my wife's parents place and my grandmothers red peony. There are commercially purchase peonies here at the new place but the varieties are just not as nice as the old fashioned peony plant.
We are having tropical weather right now. It is hot and very humid. Friday is suppose to be one of our hottest days. The clouds are plentiful and some formations are unusual. These kind of clouds last evening had broken up into patches making an unusual pattern.
I saw a bluejay this morning headed for my neighbors pine tree. I have not seen them all summer. I will start feeding the birds in October and will maybe see the cardinals and bluejays again. I saw a cardinal at the old place the other day but there have not been any around here all summer. With all the trees surround our neighborhood there should be some out there to eat at my feeder again. We have migrating birds coming through on our lake right now. I can't see them when I cross the bridge but they are too far up the way for pictures. There is a swampy area north of the bridge and there is no road to that area. I did see swans one morning at a closer distance and we have seen pelicans flying over us a couple of times. I am surprised that the locals with boats are not taking photos.
It is Thursday and I have a few things that can be done. I nay not do all of them but I do have lots of choice. In many ways we still are moving in, but things are so much better. Thank you for stopping by today. Everyone take care.
Wednesday, September 20, 2017
I posted in my blog for a year or so a sansevieria plant that had grown into an over loaded pot of sansevieria plants. A few weeks ago I finally dumped it all out on the ground and started breaking all the individual plants into pieces. I replanted these two in some antique painted pots. I remember when they use to sell them like this. I don't know how I inherited them but I have a few of them.
I picked a few sprigs of lavender and placed them on the top step of my new stairs in the garage. I share pictures of the stairs even though they really aren't that special. But I have family members who check out the blog and I want them to see what they look like now. Our boys helped move us into the house and they did have to maneuver up those old steps. The differing heights of the steps was the most frustrating of their design.
I plan to put an outdoor carpet on the top of each step to make it softer to walk up and down them.
While outside, I found that the sedum from the old house is taking hold in the ceramic foundation block. I will have to keep adding soil for a while until the column of dirt has settled. The whole garden area in that corner is really developing into a nice looking area. I have planted coneflowers there to add to the already growing plants. You can see the lily of valley is creeping into that area too. The oxalis are in a pot.
My goal is to get that golden privet to grow big enough to cover the gas meter. It was a badly placed shrub at the old place so I dug it and brought it to the new place That rock garden surface is something I have to deal with from the former owner. I removed as many rocks as possible and dumped top soil into the hole. The hosta plants that I planted in the same area are doing pretty good there but one hosta just isn't happy with the rocks. I think that by next spring it will come alive and grow there.
We haven't been here for a half of a year yet so I just need to garden as I go to get it to be what I want it to be. I still have my bulbs to get planted and I am not sure where they are going to be put.
Well I think I will shut down this "show and tell" for now. I am dealing with a computer that doesn't want to download photos from the camera. The program is reworking itself to make the iPhoto and photos program on the computer to more compatible. I have a sign that says "closing the library" running continually. I looked it up and others with the same computer said it took 14 hours to get it to finally adjust itself. I did find a way to ignore the photos application and I think that it was faster in the long run
I hope all are doing good out there. Thanks for checking in today.
Tuesday, September 19, 2017
We probably had a great sunset but this is all I could see. Living down the hill does limit the view at night.
The opening in the clouds does show that the sun is sending out a glow. We have been cloudy the last couple of days and this morning it is foggy.
We visited a different neighborhood in our town on Sunday that I really admired. I won't move there but the whole development is full of great looking houses with mature trees. The street winds around with tall trees along the road and everyone has great landscaping. My neighborhood is young but the feelings of the majority seems to be have a minimal landscape. My two neighbor's have mention in a subtle way that they didn't like my two trees next to the street. One even said that it hangs on its leaves too long in the fall. The neighborhood we visited will have lots of leaves to rake and it will look so great there this fall. I was please to see a young couple up the street planted large new trees in the front and backyard. Those trees will grow up to be large trees. I may do the same thing.
I may have to give in and buy one of those hundreds of pots of mums thats they have for sale at the grocery store. We normally don't do a fall decoration but the pumpkins may change the tradition. You can see one muskmelon out there on the ground. The last one that I picked tested bad so I should get that one opened up to see its destiny. It would be nice if it were a good one.
I finished assembling my set of stairs in the garage. It makes the whole process of entering the kitchen so much easier. The steps are wider and deeper with each step being at the same height. I did add another handrail support on the wall to help steady us in our walk up the stairs. I will paint them and then will place a outside carpet material on the steps to finish them. I am thinking that the original steps were pretty simple when the house was first built. I am also thinking the version we had were made by our previous owner cobbling them to a better state. I am hoping the ones I built will stand the test of time.
I am on my way to the old place today. Thanks for stopping by today. Everyone have a great day.
Monday, September 18, 2017
With our house sitting twisted to true north, you can only see the light from the sitting sun. The house and the clouds show us the last light of the day. The house on the right even shows how high the sun is still in the sky.
It was an unusual cloud formation of which a meteorologist probably could name with an unusual identification label.
Heads of the sunflowers are swelling with developing seeds. It distorts the shape of them some as they bow with the weight of the seeds. The pattern is amazing as the rows of seed can be seen. There is a mathematical term for the pattern of the seeds and once I get the info together I will be showing that. The design is a God's perfect design which is evident in a lot of things in our created world.
There are a combination of reasons the dog needs it to be colder but we want to make it good for him. His walking around has improved the past few days. He still can get down in is back legs as the day goes on, and he struggles to get up to move. He and I have a routine down now that helps him get on the ramp to the steps and then up two steps. Now that he has learned the new routine is less painful for him, he requires a lot less living by me and more of his jumping one step at a time. Barney is over 14 years old now and its is tough for border collies at that age.
I need to stop the chatter today. I am glad our Florida blog person living alone is safe and sound. It was a tough season for her and in-laws took her to their conccrtet home. That was so great as she was not along nor in harms way. Her cottage survived and trees limbs will need to be removed for a long time. She had flowers trying to squeeze out some blooms inspire of all the rain.
Thanks for stopping by today. Have a great Monday, everyone.
Sunday, September 17, 2017
We definitely did need the rain that came in the night. We really had not had a rain for twenty days. My grass seed is now poking through the ground and I won't have to water it today. It was an inch and a quarter in measurement. It must have been a hard driving one as the knockout roses look stripped down from the dead petals being removed. Petunias sure don't like that kind of rainfall either.
The sculpture's personalized flower is looking unusual now with the volunteer zinnia sprouting out many more blooms. We have sunshine now after the rain and it all looks good outside. We will stay cooler today with comfortable temperatures.
Thank you for stopping by today.
Saturday, September 16, 2017
The seed pods of this flower are so interesting to see. I don't really understand why it needs al those projections on them. Do you know what flower that it is?
My final photo to share is this zinnia. It has the top center in focus and the rest of it is unfocused, I didn't plan it that way but it does make for an interesting effect. It is Saturday and I hope everyone is good. Thanks from stopping by today.
Friday, September 15, 2017
I did not notice at the time but the dove is sitting there with his tail in the water. It sat there for a long time but I still could not get the perfect focus on him. Shooting through an upstairs window does give me a disadvantage.
This is one of those, "you should have been there" moments. Yesterday morning while out with Barney in the front yard there was morning twilight. The moon was clear white, a planet was clear white and a dozen stars were twinkling. The angle was just perfect for the rising sun to reflect off of them. Of course, when I went to the back yard deck, the angle changes and all you can see is the moon. I am not sure that I ever have seen a morning twilight before yesterday. I think I read that some places where there was a full eclipse that they saw daylight twilight.
The sunrise had a gentle low set of colors this morning. The larger tree on the right has a dead branch on it that became my focal point on my Photo A Day blog this morning. Zooming in on this view gave me a completely different set of colors and light.
We are having great weather right now for hardy geraniums. Maybe not for all geraniums but this posted one is really liking the light and extra water I give it. This plant has been blogged about probably over three years now. I am sure my regulars are saying to them selves, "move on buddy".
I am looking forward to a lot of different jobs today. I hung a peg board in my basement yesterday and now have the task of filling it up with tools. I have been needing one installed but was not getting board of holes purchased. While picking up wood for the stairs on Wednesday, a pile of four foot square pieces were sitting right in front of me. It was the time to ponce and bring it home.
I hope all are well out there. I know that there are still forest fires out there that our press is choosing not to cover. I know that many people have lost their homes. One blogger I keep praying for as she sits in the middle of it all and did stay in her home. I am trusting that her problem is electoral outage and keep watching for her on the blog. Thank you for stopping by the post today. Everyone take care .
Thursday, September 14, 2017
I bought the brackets and a board. The brackets take some real time to figure out how to install to stud walls and to get the level. I finally measured from the ceiling down to get a level line for them. I did have to fill a lot of holes and touch up the paint on the walls to get this job done. I randomly bought a board for it and had to go back and buy one that was not made of pine. If you get the brakes level the board should be of hardwood so a straight board can lay level.
This was an original shelf that was where the white one is now. I had the brackets left over from years ago and I could not find anymore of them. I had them on the wall and it looked strange without enough brackets. However, over the bed, it looks good. My wife has a lot of her doll collection in the guest bedroom and this shelf works great. The shelf is actually a recycle piece that came off of a desk unit that we threw away at the old place. While tearing that desk apart I notice that it was too go to be sent to the landfill.
My wife always checks my pockets before she washes my clothes. I did remember to do this myself after working at the old place Tuesday. I thought the sight of all the fasteners in the glass coaster seemed incongruent. I don't seem to have my work carpenter apron anymore so all the nails and screws go into my pockets. When standing on a ladder or step-ladder it helps to have nails ever present or you have to go up and down the steps too many times. I have it down to if it is a smooth nail or a rough nail in my pocket, so I don't have to sort them outside my pocket.
While watering this morning I will refresh the bird bath. The old-fashioned chicken waterer is there so I am always having water out there if I don't get the whole bath filled. Those glass chicken waterers are now sold as plastic. I have shots of a dove that chose to sit on the ledge of the birdbath for avery long period of time.
We still haven't hung any paintings in the living room. The one above the fireplace is going to get a nail and hang from the wall soon. We both agreed it was the perfect fit so we will hang it. Our stairway to the basement has a big blank wall which we can hang things on but it will be a daredevil deed. The former owners left two hooks in that wall that held a quilt banner. We won't be doing that. I will have to figure out a ladder system to get the hooks down and then we can decide if anything will go on that large blank wall.
I am taking another day off from working at the old place. My stairs project is still ongoing and I have bulbs to plant. Resting is suppose to be a part of my plan today. We will be hotter today than yesterday. I wish everyone a good day. Thanks for checking out my post.