Larry.s Creative Zone
Friday, June 30, 2017
The plastic pitcher is all I could find at the old house to hold water for the lilies that I picked. The one lily is of the stargazer family and its fragrance is almost overpowering. I set them outside on the deck over night incase they were the cause of our sinus problems. They are back in the house today. They all have been transferred into tow glass vases now.
I keep digging hosta plants as I had so many and they multiplied so much. A sample off the side doesn't really hurt the look of the original plant. Some say that you can move them when your spade is sharp. My spade is dull, short handled, and a sand shovel. I like using it for that and will move it to the new house when I quit using it.
It is a "before and after" time as I dug into the archives to find this photo. I really didn't have much hope of things looking good as it seemed like I started planting way too late.
As of last evening, this is how much it has grown. I had watered it a lot even on rain predicted days. I need to get onto the fertilizer kick now. My tomatoes are half the size of the neighbors but all of my plants do have blossoms on them.
We hung curtains in the spare upstairs bedroom today and put on a new bedspread. The room is needing pillows and some pictures hung on the wall and then all will be good. The dresser still has dozens of glass items siting on it. We will decide what to do on another day o4 in another week.
We are looking forward to the end of the moving but that is so far away. We make progress everyday and that is good.
Thank you for stopping by today.
Thursday, June 29, 2017
My oldest son took a picture of AJ on a tractor. I don't know where they are but I am assuming that it is like at a living history park. Farming is in his family tree but that is two generations back. My father was a farmer who owned International Harvesters tractors. My wife's father also had horses and then owned Massey Harris tractors. My wife's brother has two of these same tractors in storage somewhere near his home
Jeannie had told the story many times to me that she and her dad found a punch bowl at the dump. She, when a little girl, and her dad wrapped it up and gave it to her mom for a birthday gift. Jeannie told me that she and her dad were in a lot of hot water because she did find out it originated as a dump item. I suspect this bowl was the item of contention for years. My other bowl just like it was a door prize, won by my mom at an antique show she visited with friends in southeastern Iowa.
A bird in flight was a shot I captured yesterday before the rains. I changed to a different bird feeder. The other bird feeder was allowing them to scatter seed everywhere. This one is more of a challenge for them and I get to see them mob the feeder at every opening. The cardinals were not coming to the other feeder anymore and the doves come down below the feeder on the ground.
Many tornadoes hit Iowa throughout the day yesterday. We are safe and we only had a half inch of rain. We have more storms predicted late this afternoon. I am heading up to the house again today moving and tossing things one more time. I am getting to the point that there isn't much yet to deal with and I have a guy I want to come to look over some antique things. They are his for free if he will just remove them from my basement. He runs an antique shop with his wife's flower shop uptown Woodward.
Many things to do and the list seems to grow as I cross things off but I am progressing. I whine a lot as it make me feel better. I am moving slower to keep me in better health. I am reaching a point where some of the jobs ahead of me should be fun and I need to start looking forward to getting them done. Thanks for checking in today.
Wednesday, June 28, 2017
The blooming of the lily at our new place is welcomed. It is the only lily planted on the property. I at first thought it was of the Easter lily variety but the petals are not that kind of flower. It grows in clay soil at the back of the house next to a rhubarb plant and a newly planted hosta. It is a strange garden planting plan. I have yet to decide if I will move any of the lilies to the new yard or just buy some new ones. I had a neighbor lady ask to take samples from my hosta plants. I have so many places that they are planted and they are thick so I was glad to give her permission. The new owner of the house may just plow everything down.
I am hesitant to start as I don't know where to begin. Yet, we have hung work on our two walls in our old house for 30 years. I just need to start doing it.
Working at home today, working at so many different things. We will run an errand this afternoon and hope to get end tables for our guest bed room. I have curtains to hang in there that were used in our dining room at the old place. I lost the brackets that hold the rod so will just go buy a new set at Ace Hardware. It is easier than waiting until they get discovered in whatever box they are stored.
It is a raining day for us today. Severe weather was suggested but things don't appear to be that here. Have a great day. Thanks for stopping in today.
Tuesday, June 27, 2017
The end of a day's sky on Monday, shows the sun reflection on clouds above and some rain clouds approaching. It has stopped raining for the most part and we are told that we are behind in the amount of moisture that we do need.
I bought this in starter pots and they are growing nicely for me. It was the first time I had ever planted them but they seem to be a good one for an annual flower. I really need to go find the tag and see what they really are identified as because I bought them among marigolds.
I have a weedy-looking plant on the southwest side of the house. I didn't destroy it as I was too busy. It is at the top of a hill next to the air conditioner unit. Monarda (bee balm) is what I see that it is. I have the red colored one at the old place. I will try to bring some of it down to the new place as I can see it grows good here.
I spent the morning at the house, throwing things away from the basement and the garden shed. I get interrupted by neighbors who want to talk. I am polite and visit but I do need to get to tossing things. I stopped to buy things for the husband of my wife's first cousin who just died. I dropped them off at his house to and check on him. He lives at a neighboring town. I bought Barney some meds in the same town so it was an efficient trip.
The afternoon will include removing some things from the truck and putting them away. I rarely use the Wet and Dry vac but I will store it in my shop. I found another glass kerosene lamp that matches one of the globes I had already moved. It was sitting on a shelf behind one last box on a shelf in the basement. It is an oldie that I will photograph and share after I get it cleaned.
I need to dig a deep hole for my yucca plant that I brought to the new house. The root on those plants are long. They look like they grow very deep to get moisture from the earth as if they are a desert plant. I guess they are but they grow well in Iowa. I must close this blog down for good. Thanks for stopping by today.
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.