Larry.s Creative Zone
Tuesday, April 30, 2019
The hosta is on the south side of the house and it is warmer there. It is projecting its roots down through the hole that I dug below all of those rocks. I think I put a spade full of soil in the hole to encourage its growth.
I shared this on my Photo a Day blog. I didn’t expect the steps to be so impressive. Having the deck made of cedar, it does make sense the steps would be made up of the same. White railings will go on everything.
We are still on a baby watch. It could be today or tomorrow. We are keeping our telephone lines clear and also check the internet mail often. Mom and dad plus two boys will have a new member in their family soon.
I mowed the backyard yesterday after the carpenter went home. I am glad that I did as it was needing to be done. I mowed around the clutter of the work going on in the yard and did get most of it done. The lawn treatment people are waiting for it all to clear out so they can put down the treatment over the entire yard. I didn’t make it to the old place to get the yard done yesterday because I couldn’t get the truck out of the garage. I will go on Wednesday as it is to be a clear warm day then. I will be plowing through with the mower the tall grass up there. My mowing person from last year moved away over the winter.
I transplanted six old fashion peonies last fall and five out of six have survived. I would wish that they would bloom this year but I doubt they will. You can sort of see them here in front of the shared garden between me and the neighbor. If they mature they should make a great row of shrub growth in front of the area.
My trial garden of all the transplanted iris should look good this year. I originally planned to move things out of the temporary garden area but that will have to wait for another year. The building that is going on right now is opening up new areas for garden spots.
I have household chores to do today so will be busy. Our spring rains are spotty all day so I may get the front yard mowed today.
I wish everyone well today. Thanks for stopping by today.
Monday, April 29, 2019
My wife added a new bird to her collection. The expression of the face is an interesting expression.
The red truck of our carpenter is back this Monday morning. He is adding the steps now so the stairs can be used. That pile of wood and window parts are all gone now having used up all of the wood to make the deck. The boxed parts were moved to the back yard.
I think I counted eleven steps. The design of our house with a walkout basement means that the first level of the house is a little higher to make the walkout basement work better.
I have the guy store his tools inside of the basement door. He had piled them all in a corner outside and I thought rain and thieves would cause some effect to them. It speeds up his work with the time saved from moving tools back and forth up our hill. The one tool that he uses that amazes me is a drill that looks like a gun. The power divide is at the top of a two foot rod and he can shoot screws into the deck wood with out leaning down. The screws are fed into the rod and the screw goes in very quickly. By the time I finish this blog I bet he is done with the stairs.
The leaves have come out thickly since I last took this photo. The red color does go away as the summer comes. I am going to go to the old place and do some mowing of the tall grass. I am kind of waiting to go as it needs to dry out. The whole state did get rain and it is cool this morning. It takes awhile to dry when it is cold. We are suppose to get up to 64 degrees F. today. We needed the rain and we will get more April showers durning the last day of April.
Thanks for stopping by today.
Sunday, April 28, 2019
It got below freezing last night and this morning it looks like this. Taken from the new deck there is no rain in sight for the entire day.
Saturday, April 27, 2019
My creeping phlox is doing well. I have two plantings of it and it looks great. The rains may make it look better. The grape hyacinth has sure bloomed for a long time.
I did find the variety name for these tulips. I bought them a Menards but I see you can find peony tulips on the internet. There are other specially varieties on the internet when you look them up. I remember parrot tulips when I was a kid on the farm and I do want to get some of them as a special thing in the garden.
Happiness is having a cedar deck. The guy installed it all yesterday including the risers for the steps. It will be a nice smaller deck for grilling and a couple of lounge chairs. The notch you see is where the steps go down. I am assuming he needed to get the deck and stairs done so they can carry the roof materials up to this level for the sunroom roof.
We are going to have fun deciding the uses of our new covered shelter under the sunroom. It is a twelve by sixteen foot space that will be out of the rain and snow. I know I can set up potting bench and I will put my potter’s wheel under there. I think everything needs to be finish and our carpenter guy needs to go away and then we can decide things.
Spring is a great season in Iowa and the blooms never last long enough. The grass is going to be growing lush and thick for a while. We are off to the bookstore this morning and we will have sunshine for most of the day. Thanks for stopping by today.
Friday, April 26, 2019
The flowering trees are at their prime right now with their blooms. It is so nice to see them in this stage. Most of the year they are not blooming so the week of blooms makes the place look great.
Right now I think the posts make it look like a Roman structure. Maybe it will look like a southern plantation. It definitely is going to make the plain back view look a lot more fancy. I am waiting to see what it looks like when it is done before I think about landscaping. I have seen a lot of examples from the company brochure or computer site that shows many ways people have landscaped the new additions.
The four preformed floor panels were put in place in less than twenty minutes. They were all attached with screws all around the edge of them all. I think a mother subfloor will go on top of it all to make it very sturdy. The owners were out on it last night looking over things. No walls makes it a little scary.
We have no new grand baby as of today. It could be any time now. Our youngest grandson has a hairline fracture in his leg now. He is wearing a boot and I hope that heals quickly. It adds a little bit of complication to things.
It is a weekend of bad weather for us. We get spring rains and it sounds like we have a rough day of storms tomorrow. We are cold enough though that the Iowa-Minnesota border is going to get snow. I wish you all well for today. Thanks for checking in today.
Thursday, April 25, 2019
We do have two different sunroom stores in our area. One is in our town that sells sunrooms and builds on screened in summer rooms. The one business we chose use is about ten miles away from here. They have been around for many years and have advertised on a local radio station and television networks continually. Midwest Construction has two sites in Iowa. The northern one has the factory where they make all of the parts that they use to make a sunroom. One can go to the place and walk through two different display models attached to their business. They sell windows and siding too but they are most known for their sunrooms.
The frame work is held up with six inch square posts. Once the floor is in place it will be skirted with large twelve by four inch board pieces. As I write this the floor is in and those skirting boards are being put into place.
One guy has put most all of this together and now today he has a helper to do lifting and attaching of the floor pieces and trim. It is suppose to rain late afternoon but they will get a lot done until then.
On the garden scene, I have phlox starting to bloom. I had forgot that I had them. I think this is the creeping variety. It did bloom last year but I just didn’t remember. There are a lot of blooms that haven’t opened yet.
My wife sold a painting so I have a job to do. I need to clear my worktable and cut the mats for it. As the whole thing is assembled the shipping box will need to be found or constructed. We probably won’t ship it out until Friday.
We are tied down here at home today with workers attaching things to our house. We sneak peeks once in a while as things develop but we don’t think we should leave today. I hope all is well with everyone out there. Thanks for stopping by today.
Wednesday, April 24, 2019
This changed quickly as the one person preceded to cut the deck and all of its supports apart and put them in his truck.
On a side note, I found out that they stopped making Buick Lacrosse cars for forever. I don’t like SUV vehicles and I really don’t know what I will ever buy again now. I just like cars. My Buick has such low mileage that maybe I can just drive it for forever.
This photo shows this one being pink in color. We have appointments today and will be out and about for a while. The day is cool but it is going to warm up. I appreciate you stopping by today.
Tuesday, April 23, 2019
Our flowering trees are looking good again this spring. We had a rain that should help them to bloom more.
We are capturing glimpse of the work as the drilling guys put in the poles. One guy seems to be the brains of the process and the other is watching most of the time.
I will stop for today as I need to get the blog posted. You know that I will keep you up to date on the work. I have been good and left everyone alone. I met the boss when he started and then walked away. It will be an eventful day and we will be glad to get this job done today. Thank you for stopping in today.