Larry.s Creative Zone
Sunday, September 30, 2018
It is Sunday and we are back from church. They had a tailgate party after church so we got some free hotdogs and cookies. We didn’t stop for a meal and came home to a cold house and Barney sleeping soundly. He likes it cold. We fed him a meager meal and he is back asleep. I have Mannheim Steamroller playing Christmas music on the television and the fireplace is on for awhile to take down the chill. I have a good cup of coffee and a chocolate chip cookie to eat while sitting in my wing backed chair. Cold and miserable wet weather is just not my favorite part of fall. Our whole week seems to look the same for seven to eight days. The fire, coffee, and music makes me feel less bummed out about the day. I hope to sleep for awhile and maybe not be so grumpy when I awaken. I guess having a weekend is a good thing so maybe I should lighten up with the attitude. I hope everyone out there is safe and warm today. Thanks for checking in on my blog.
Proof that Barney is nearby. He has been brushed to perfection for his visit to the vet. He likes the visit to the vet but he thinks she talks for too long of a period of time. Eventually he acts like, get me out of here. Shots and toe nails trimmed and that made him tired and sleepy for two days.
Saturday, September 29, 2018
Fall brings us lots of clouds and very little sun. When the sun does shine we all thinks its a better day. We have had to run our furnace at night to stay warmer than 65 degrees inside and then we have to turn on the air again to cool off Barney.
We really didn’t use the deck much this year. It sits in the direct sun durning most of summer. Now there is a little bit of shade from the house eaves but it doesn’t seem like a very private place to sit with four or five houses sitting right behind and below us. I used it a lot to do the grilling of burgers and it is convenient being right off of the dining room and kitchen. We have thoughts of adding a sunroom there but that has not materialized.
The fireplace does work well to take a chill off of the house in the morning. We are staying home today on such a gray looking day. I hope everyone has a great weekend. Thanks for stopping by today.
Friday, September 28, 2018
When it quits sprinkling I will head out and pick a final place for the tree to grow. It is an Eastern Redbud. We had redbuds growing in our timber areas of the ISU campus. It was so great to see them blooming up and down the hills of the campus as I walked the sidewalks. I will take a photo when I finally get it planted today. It isn’t such a big hole that is required but a layer of clay will have to be evacuated. They are building a new lane of highway in the valley area near us and I cringe to see that good Iowa black soil going down under that new lane of highway.
The miniature roses seem to really like the fall weather and makes a great deck plant. More buds are ready to bloom.
We are off to get a dog’s nails trimmed today and catch up on some shots. We were overdue on the visit as he was going through old dog things. He got a brushing again today and is getting to be cranky about how confining that it is while being brushed. I wish everyone to have a good day. Thanks for stopping by today.
Wednesday, September 26, 2018
Subtle colors in the clouds last evening show up in the west. I pretend that I am seeing the Rocky Mountains instead of the houses and street light.
I bought a redbud tree today and a shrub to go next to it. I told the clerk that I wanted to buy one of their fine spruce trees but I am too old to dig the hole. The blue spruce was tempting and so was the Black Hills spruce. If I can accomplish getting the redbud into the ground I guess I could back for one of them. They are having a half price sale of everything.
The mammoth sunflower is holding its own. The leaves are wilting from either the cold or the wind. I will shut down early today. I thank you for stopping by today.
Tuesday, September 25, 2018
This was a surprise to see yesterday as the most of the plant looked finish from many blooms. There must have been one last bud on the plant. Dinner plate hibiscus is call that because it is the size of the dinner plate.
It rained so much up north of us that our lake had been filled up ten or more feet again. On Friday it was at such a low depth and today I was shocked to see how much it had been filled in again. It was thirty four feet above normal the last time but rains of the north must of been heavy. While at the old house we did receive a down pour too two or more inches over the morning hours. It rained so hard at one time that I could not see the neighbors house and it caused all daylight to be gone.
Have a good Tuesday everyone.
Monday, September 24, 2018
Monday morning glow from down the street. An Air Force jet was out making patterns in our sky. It is to be a hot day today but it will start to cool down through the week.
The vining honeysuckle has put out some berries. I don’t recall seeing that last year but it does need to seed itself. The blooms have been few this year but there are some stray ones coming out right now.
It is Monday and I will not work at the old place today. I will get back to work tomorrow but for now I am going to unwind a bit and putter. Low labor putter is a good think I think. The weather is waffling as the earth keeps tilting. It certainly felt like winter on some of our past mornings but today it wasn’t so cold. Sunshine is a welcomed sight and it makes adjusting to fall a lot easier. I wish you all well today and thanks for checking in today.
Sunday, September 23, 2018
It bent down so far that it is disconnecting itself from he stem. Hanging by a thread, the wind swings it back and forth and it bonks me on the head.
The remaining few of good blooms amongst the other wise dead flowers. It will be time for snow and cleaning the bed for the season.
We are having a beautiful day. Our church celebrated its 75th year in Des Moines and we had good coffee and cupcakes after church. I hope everyone will have a great day today. Thanks..........for stopping by.
Saturday, September 22, 2018
My neighbors window reflects what we were seeing last evening. The sunset is not complete because all of the houses are in the road. But I did get a few that help to show a part of the effect.
This was taken right at its most intense time of bright colors. While standing there taking photos it immediately started to fade.
I wore my winter coat outside this morning as it was so cold. It is going to warm up to 70 degrees sometime today and it will seem nice with mild temps and sunshine. Thanks for stopping by today.
Friday, September 21, 2018
They seem to be neglected but this one is blooming anyway. I never got this one transferred to real dirt and it seems to be doing ok it the companies’ dirt.
The one monarch seems to keep hanging around. I can’t be certain that it is the same one but it is odd that we have only one. The neighbor to the northwest was mowing his yard and this one guy was busy flitting about.
I worked at the old house today finishing up the job of painting all of the cupboards. This photo is of the new floor being put in last month. I shifted the tile at a half lap and it made it looks so great rather than line them up corner to corner. You can see some of the old blue that I had to cover on the cupboards. I ended up putting two coats of a semigloss enamel on the cupboards and did not like it. So I added two coats of a satan enamel on top of that, same paint company, and it covered up great. My neighbor was over to share dreams today and he was so excited about how great the kitchen did now look. I am doing things backwards as I still need to roll a ceiling paint on a popcorn ceiling. I have a large roll of butcher paper so I will cover everything up before I do that. New handles and the ceiling is that last to do. I have stared a punch list for each room and this room will be punched done very soon.
Hey, it is good that the weekend is coming. It has been an active week with stories to tell that I can’t tell, about some neighbors at the old place. Things do always get complicated and I keep surprising myself that I can land on my feet. At my age, falling down would be expected. but staying vertical is something to be glad about for me. Helping people out can sometimes turn into a disaster. Life is good. Now I will wave my magic wand and say have a great weekend and thanks for stopping by today.
Thursday, September 20, 2018
It seemed like a gray morning when we got up an this photo shows why. The clouds and fog make it dull looking outside and the sun is jus now coming up behind the tree.
I want to make a pot of coffee and came back to find this. One doesn’t dare blinking as things change so quickly. It is a familiar sight from the deck in the morning. That sunshine will be all day and I am sure it will burn off all the moisture with it becoming 90 degree F.
Swinging his wings open was sure welcomed by me. The colors are so clear and the wings look unblemished as looks like a newly unfurled butterfly.
I am home today and will be doing various chores. A lawn mower may be pushed around a bit in the back yard before it gets too hot. I have tomatoes to pick again today. If I can get the roses trimmed back one more time I bet I can get some more blooms. It is borderline time for the seasons and it gets hard to try to keep things going as if it is still summer. I have a peony bush to move today trying to find it a better place to grow in better dirt. It is hard to find when clay soil is everywhere. I keep store bought black soil around all of the time. I keep misspelling words and am a little blurry today so I will stop writing now. I wish everyone to have a great day.
Wednesday, September 19, 2018
It is the middle of the week and we are having a pretty nice day. Thanks for stopping by today.