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.
Monday, July 17, 2017
I watered the plants this morning while it was still cool. Cool means that it wasn't in the 80s. These pear shaped tomatoes are a lot like the small cherry tomatoes. They don't get large and I think they may be yellow in color. It may be the first variety that I have that can be eaten.
Today's sunrise was similar to yesterday's but this morning it was better. It was a lot pinker when I discovered the good view but by the time I got the camera out and going it was not so pink. It keeps being like "the size of the fish that got away thing" part of my story. The radiant light is the eye-catcher I guess even if there isn't any pink.
I took the cockatiels outside and really washed out the bottom of the cage. They like getting splattered on and one in particular kept coming at the stream of water wanting for more splashes. I have one zebra finch, male, who has lived by himself most all of the time that I have had him. He would get nervous around other birds and pluck his neck feathers out. I keep him by himself and his cage next to the cockatiels. Books tell me that they birds are compatible and the finch does seem happy to have his cage next to them. The zebra finch got a new bigger cage today that I had brought from home. I had to sit the old cage with open door next to the new cage and just walk away from him. He eventually went into the new cage to eat the birdseed I had place in the cage. He seems very happy in his new bigger home.
I spent a lot of time in the basement and it looks better down there. I don't know when it will look finished but I know that it will someday. The goal is to have a family room set up at the one end of the room with the studios and displayed artwork at the other end. I have a desk, office area right in the middle on one side.
Well I had a busy morning and now it is time to just rest. I could work some more but resting sounds like a better thing for me. I hope everyone is having a good Monday and all are well. Thanks for stopping by today.
Sunday, July 16, 2017
I know that I had noticed the half moon earlier this week but for some reason it now is visible in early morning. I don't understand all of the night and day appearances of the moon. I went to get the camera this early morning and of course the clouds were covering it. I waited and then snapped it as quickly as possible, forgetting to zoom it in, so it could be viewed easily. You have to click on the photo and you can see it is a half moon.
At the opposite side of the house, this is what we were seeing. It was a lucky shot as it quit glowing unless that a few minutes.
The inside label does tell the story of its purpose. I tossed most everything out of the box a few years ago but I do have two things kept from it. I don't have available photos of them at this time of posting.
It is late in the day but I did get my post done. I hope everyone is safe and has had a good day. Thanks for checking in on me today.
Saturday, July 15, 2017
I chose to go work at the old place this morning and take advantage of the cool air in the morning. It did pay off as I started getting way to warm by the time I needed to come home. I thought I could get the blogging done later. So here I am, heads in the clouds, wondering what to share.
I have decided not to bring phlox to the new place unless I can decide on a place to put them and they don't invade the whole property.
Our place in Ankeny is so dry. The grass is going dormant. The place at Woodward has had so much rain that I had mud coated on my mower wheels when I returned with its in the truck. The rain just isn't happening in our area.
Our old town issued notices to many people that the tile that was used for the sewer system, which is like the one you see in the photo, will have to be replaced. They had given out 182 notices to people that they coming to get them. I didn't get a letter as I remember the new sewer line to the house back in 1976 had been put in right before we bought the house. I had to deal with the indented soil in the yard as to where it had been put in.
Friday, July 14, 2017
On the downstairs patio, sits a sculpture that really shouldn't be outside. During the moving process things were taken down the hill outside and left at the sliding glass door. I had the guy with his rabbits sitting on the patio table for a while. While watering all of this, yesterday, I realized that I should get the guy and his rabbits moved inside soon.
Newly displayed photos of the grand boys sit on the mantel. The youngest one is almost walking. He has this walking devise that we gave him at Christmas and he now uses it like a modern walker, running and slamming into things as he goes. His dad says he can stand in one position for a while but still likes to hang on to things. They both have grown and changed so much this past year.
I have the planting of a couple of day lilies to get done today and some spot mowing to do. In a drought, it really isn't necessary to mow unless you want to cut down the few stray tall sprouts of grass. I think I will also move some flag iris from the temporary garden to a corner garden. It is full of asparagus and no real flowers. If the lilies and flag iris crowd it out, I won't be sad. I do like eating asparagus but its foliage really is not a flowering foliage to look at for the entire summer. We have errands to run and will be in and out all day. I wish you all to have a good day today. Thanks for checking in on me.