Monday, June 26, 2017
The geese are restless as they move around the yard. I discovered the other day that the heads of the individual plastic goose can be adjusted by turning it. Barney was out and about among the geese yesterday and you can't fool him. He knows by smell that there is no life in those bodies. He just moved through and around them while traveling to the other side of the yard.
The salads are good there but have been reduced in kinds of things. They have large jars of so many kinds of bread cubes and bacon bits at the end of the salad display.
Sunday afternoon sky seemed pretty quiet but today we have rain clouds everywhere. An early morning rain did soak up things and rain clouds won't be gone into around noon. We have things to do to keep us moving for a long time. We will get things done. Thank you for stopping by today.
Sunday, June 25, 2017
We visited the Des Moines Arts Festival on Saturday. It was chilly on certain sides of the displays and very hot on the other side. Downtown Des Moines continues to grow. It is amazing as to how the city dug itself out of the dumps and rebuilt a very modern looking city. There are still old building standing but the new ones keep popping up yearly. The one in the background that is being built was more fascinating than al of the modern sculptures that have in the park exhibit.
It takes a lot of steel to create a form in which to build. The whole structure right now reminds me of a Japanese pagoda but that will change when they start to wrap sit with outside walls.
Have a good Sunday and thanks for stopping by today.
Saturday, June 24, 2017
A clear sky with cool temperatures is a given. Summer is upon us and the sun will be up soon to warm us. The grass is wet, so the back patch of grass will have to wait for me to cut it until it all dries out.
The lilies from the old place are doing well in their vase with water. Two of these are Asiatic lilies and one is a daylily.
We are headed to an Art Festival this morning. We live so close that we wont' be so tired from the event. There is a second event going on at the State Fair grounds, in an air conditioned building, at the same time. The one show is outside, downtown, in a sculpture park. It is a juried show of artist from all over the United States. The work is a little bit more abstract or wild than the normal central Iowa kind. The one at the fairgrounds is of artists mostly in Iowa or surrounding states. The kinds of work there do seem more like the work that we create. We live so close now that we can come home and rest from the downtown show and then go back in the afternoon to see the other one.
I wish you all to have a good restful day. Thanks for stopping in my blogspot today.
Friday, June 23, 2017
I have one set of coneflowers blooming right now. This one had been in the front flower garden and I dug it up and moved it to the back of the house. The root structure of the plant held together well so it did't effect it at all as it was in midbloom when I dug it. I have white ones blooming in the front yard now too.
My mom bought the piece for six dollars at an auction and it had been my piece on the farm. I had stripped the dark varnish off of it when I was 16 years old.
Moving the three parts to the new place was successful but two brace pieces of wood were not found by me.
So yesterday afternoon, I removed my plywood pieces and restored the original parts of the piece to support the weight of the mirror and bracket.
I had a close up view of the pulls and lock covers, all made in brass, but the shot was blurry. The pulls were made with a sturdy design so all of them are there and all the keyhole covers are there too.
My hardy geranium of old looks just like this new one. I guess I can't stop buying them. I placed the geraniums among the tomatoes, herbs and marigolds. I didn't have to water anything this morning.
Thanks for stopping by this Friday. I wish everyone to have a good weekend.
Thursday, June 22, 2017
A welcomed downpour yesterday morning helped to wash a lot of dirt and dust away from everything. The rain was so hard that it shut down our dish reception for five minutes. It kept me from having to water things yesterday and I am now debating if I need to hose the plants down again today.
I do work out on the downstair patio with cleaning up furniture that I have moved from the old place. My wife's friend decided that she didn't want either chest of drawers that we had moved to the garage for her. I cleaned up the one and will use it to sit in a large downstairs closet. It will hold my mom's quilt collection. The other one, which is a dresser with mirror, will be placed in our basement guest bedroom. Going with the flow has been the best way to get through the things in life.
One last set of blooms from the honeysuckle vine. The colors of the plant are so wonderful. Next to this I have a set of terraced places going down the side of the house. It is full of clay soil and each place has asparagus planted in them. From what I saw from this spring the asparagus does not really grow there very well. I am planing to find a flowering something to go on those 8 terraced locations. I probably will have to buy dirt to put on top of the clay.
I have some native kind of furniture that I brought from the old place. I am going to strip them of their many coats of paint and then use them. I know that this came from an old boiler room in the old school building. I first worked in it when I started teaching. They tore the old building down and the janitor made sure that I got the shelf. The building was built in 1908 and I could imagine the piece coming from a country school. It was a taller shelf as I can see it has been cut off at the bottom.
The other primitive piece is also from the old school. I don't know exactly were but I think it held paper for the copier machine. I grabbed it from the dumpster when the old building was being emptied. I have one more piece that is a table. I haven't moved it to the new place yet. It is a table that I am thinking was a teachers desk. It has the railing around the back and sides as one sees in old country schools. The table has the same many coats of paint on it and it has a drawer. We used it in the basement laundry area for clothes baskets. I will share the photo when I finally get it moved. All of the pieces will be made of strong wood but not necessarily a hard wood.
We planted cannas in our front flower garden. There was a need for some height in the plantings but I am not so sure they are going to get very tall. In the old days you had to buy the dry bulb for these and wait for them to catch up while rooting. These are potted and grown in a greenhouse so they established quickly.
I trimmed unwanted growth from the flower gardens at the old house on Wednesday. I had a truck full of branches and yard waste to take to the city burn pile. Do I keep mentioning that I really like having that truck? It was loaded high and I took it all away and discarded with ease. I didn't get done with that but three sides of the house are cleaned up. I have probably another truck load to do on another day. Maybe tomorrow I can do the rest as I habie to meet the furnace, A.C. guy tomorrow as a followup of what we bought for that house. There are some things that I do want them to remedy.
It is Thursday and I am working at home today. I watered plants already and we just had a short downpour while I am blogging. Where did that come from? I am working in the basement today working on various things including emptying boxes and arranging the furniture for our downstair studios. Thank you for stopping by today. Everyone take care.
Wednesday, June 21, 2017
Our second story deck gives a great view of an incoming storm. We did get a lot of rain from that storm front and I won't have to water the gardens today.
The hydrangea is in full bloom now. I didn't get a chance to look for any young starts of it to dig but there is plenty of time to do that. I know that it spreads a lot once it has established itself so I will have to work at that on the town lot.
Our grass had gone dormant in places so the rains are so welcomed. I hope the second rain we get tonight will give us a lot more. Our neighboring Saylorville Lake needs to be filled up a little fuller. Thanks for stopping by today.
Tuesday, June 20, 2017
The gift from the previous owners are starting to entertain me a little. I have decided to move them around in the backyard every time I mow. I pulled them out from against the fence as they looked crowded by the bushes. I don't get the negatives from the real Canada bird so I can let them roam around in the yard. I like how the one's head is up like he is the sentinel. Our big grocery store near us had a pair of Canada geese raise a large batch of young ones. We see them walking around in all the grass areas around the store or over by the water drainage area where there are lots of cattails.
I saw the sliver of the moon this morning out front of the house while I was out with Barney. I immediately went to the back yard deck to take a picture and there is nothing to be seen. The clouds were covering it.
Then I found the moon and snapped this one shot. It was gone in an instance as the closer dark cloud moved in to cover it up again. It really is a sliver of a moon right now. If you need help to find it, the moon is exactly in the center of the photo both from side to side and top to bottom.
I have lots of things I need to do today as we keep on moving in or unpack all that has been moved in. My wife's office/studio is almost completely installed now and she can start working in a studio again. I appreciate you visits to the blog. See you tomorrow, maybe.
Monday, June 19, 2017
An evening sky is becoming clear with spots of clouds yet to move out of the way. My neighbor's tree takes centerstage of the composition with a highlighted small cloud sharing the sky with a gloomy fluffy cloud.
Out on the patio the oxalis has regrouped and is thriving again. It had been in the old house all winter and died back during the move. I don't know if bunnies eat parsley but I decided to put it in a pot and place it on the patio instead of putting it out among the tomato plants.
Leona is a first cousin of my dad's. Their three kids were schoolmates of mine and we all have kept in touch. Their son was in my class and the two girls were close behind in ages. Leona was my mom's best friend even though my mom was older than her and had been her country school teacher. Elva told me yesterday how much he appreciated my dad and that he learned how to fish with my dad.
It is Monday and we do seem to have a lot to do today. I have completed mowing and trimming today and will now cool off for a while. The weather is clear and hot today. The yesterday's sky seem to be putting out many different kinds of colors and kinds of clouds too. Thank you for stopping by today.
Sunday, June 18, 2017
Our former owners built a planter in the front yard. In reality, it is the only planter in the many yards up and down the street. I decided we needed to make a bigger impression with it as it is the only planter. Should I say, we are being self conscience, as we are new to the neighborhood. My wife picked out the flowers and to the most part got it planted. I added some cannas and, my wife placed more flowers to the sides on Saturday. I will keep you updated on the progress of the flower garden.
This is the place where the bleeding heart and New England bluebells are planted. Once they are gone they were cut back. There are coneflowers there and some oral bells.
We are headed to southern Iowa this afternoon for an anniversary celebration. My dad's first cousin and her husband are celebrating their 69th wedding anniversary. Also they both had 90th birthdays the past two months. My mom was a country school teacher and taught Leona at a country school. My dad is the one who was related. His dad and her mother were brother and sister. The kids are all second cousins.
I attended school with their three kids so it will be good to see them again. Of course all the kids are in their 60s. We will celebrate Father's Day with a meal out on Monday as the day will be too scheduled to have that happen today. We will stop at the cemetery on the way home where family is buried at Murray.
I wish you all to have a good day and thanks for stopping in today.