Larry.s Creative Zone
Sunday, June 30, 2019
While at the art festival at the downtown area of Des Moines one can always see the Principal Building. It is 44 stories hight and can be seen from our edge of our town. When on the edge of town you can see it from all directions. It really is a landmark that can be seen from many places from very far away.
It is hot in the central states. It is suppose to stay vey hot through Monday. Tuesday will be a time for us to cool down. Staying outside is really not an option. I can’t imagine we walked in it yesterday downtown. We can feel the effects from it today.
We are home today after church. We won’t be going out again today as the heat is up in the middle 90’s F. I hope everyone is safe today and is doing well. Thanks for stopping by today.
Saturday, June 29, 2019
We visited the Des Moines Arts Festival in downtown Des Moines today. They opened an hour later than their advertised start on the web. The heat was too much at our first visit. We returned to our car and stayed cool for an hour waiting for the actual opening. Everyone who lives in the center of the United States knows how hot it was. We returned and walked through the whole sets of displays one time, ducking into shaded areas when we could. We did it with a little bit of agony and yet did make it pretty successfully. Traditionally we drive about seven blocks east to the Spaghetti Works cafe in a an old building in the old downtown. The Farmer’s Market was just starting to shut down in that area so we got to walk through more crowds.
The grandstand at the fair was build in early 1900s. It has been refurbished but still looks like the original brick structure of old.
Time for a rest and rehidration as we are home. It was a good day. Thanks for stopping by today.
Friday, June 28, 2019
This is a recycled Easter lily. It was put in the ground last year after the holiday season. It has only one bloom but it does seem to be happy where it is planted. I just planted the bulb from this years Easter season.
While finishing the paint job on this base, I could hear both of my neighbors mowing grass. I wan’t going to do it but then when I went outside I notice our temperatures had drop because of a rain system the floated by to the east of it. It caused it almost to be cold but the heat did come back. I went ahead and mowed mine since the guys had their yards done. Later today we will have a heat index of 101 degrees F. so it was good to get it done early morning.
I wish all of you to be well and thanks for checking in today.
Thursday, June 27, 2019
We are eating from this planting. The raises were a failure. I planted them too late I think or our crazy weather didn’t work well with them.
My dad had build windmills from scrap wood and he gave me one. When he died 19 years ago I also got the second one. You may have see one or both of them in my old postings. I remember when he made them back in the 1980s. He was so pleased with himself and had made windmill blades for them. Both sets of windmill blades were thrown away a long time ago. I finally let both of them go to the dumpster. I tore up the one that I had at the new place and put it in the garbage bin. The other one at the old place went away with the Friday’s garbage at the old place. The memories of them are good enough as the 30 years of wear and tear on them merited for me to finally let them go.
One project that I worked on for Monday was to level the floor at the old place that I had put in last summer. I had to unscrew panels, one four foot square at t time and figure how to get them more level. The underneath floor was an old porch and a three foot addition floor making everything over the years be very uneven. I figured out the process and worked my way all around the room to shim them up right. The whole east side of the room had to be raise an inch to make those pieces level. My health went bad for a while after putting them down and I just could not get down on the floor to crawl around and level them. Monday I did crawl around, raised the pieces up and put them down right. The work itself has my leg muscles over stretched and sore. I am better today as I mow at the old place today. I felt like I had been in PE class and had been introduced to a new exercise. Anyway, I now can lay a pad and carpet on the floor and be happy with it.
I think that is it for now with the project list. We are all waiting in the neighborhood as to if we are going to mow our yards. The grass is shaggy but we have extreme heat predicted for the next five days. Ir looks like everyone is waiting as a short grass length could turn yellow quickly.
Thanks for topping by today.
Wednesday, June 26, 2019
This gem was a rescue from last year’s end of the season sales. The workmen fortunately did not tramp this one down or bother it in anyway.
The tomatoes love the heat and they have grown larger over night. I keep spotting tomatoes on some of the plants. My marigold border is doing better too with some hot sunshine.
I have lots of project to do for today and I did get the three new plants put into the ground. I am in the middle of a garden tower. I had to go get more nails and some paint. I will be back to hammering things together again soon. Thanks for stopping by today.
Tuesday, June 25, 2019
Good cloud formations are moving around in the afternoon. The heat is coming and clouds are starting to move out of the area.
I am headed to the old place today to get some inside work finished up. I am going early to beat the heat and when come home when it is a lot hotter. True Iowa temperatures are showing themselves all week. I know that hot days means we can get some severe storms.. We have farmers that still do not have some of their crops in and they will get things done with this week of heat.
Thanks for stopping by today.
Monday, June 24, 2019
I have tried to start the blanket flower from seed and I just couldn’t get it to happen. This one I bought in a pot and it survives the winter just like it is suppose to do. It seems to be a little crowded with he sedum and some salvia plants. I will cut some salvia back to give it some space. I admired this plant when we would travel westward. We would see them in the restarea flower gardens of Colorado and maybe Nebraska.
The history of the field lily, ditch lily, is my digging it from a rural ditch across from a cemetery east of where we live. The coal mining town of Xena is not there any more but the cemetery is. Some towns people still bury their family out there. Xenia was the main town in the area but the train couldn’t stop at its location. They couldn’t start up and make it up the hill going west. Eventually they only stopped at the top of the hill and Woodward became the town with a train depot.
I have blogged long enough to see the clouds clearing away in the sky. It was pretty dull but now the sun shines through once in a while. We are to have a hot week with Friday being the hottest. I hope everyone is doing well and thanks for checking in today.
Sunday, June 23, 2019
Yes it did turn into a rainy day. It started raining and really didn’t want to stop. That was Saturday and we had rain through Saturday night also.
It is Sunday afternoon and it sprinkles off and on outside. I won’t be working outside today anyway and probably tomorrow it will be a rain day too. It is a good day to just take time off and rest. I hope all is well with everyone. Thanks for checking in.......
Saturday, June 22, 2019
Tomato blooms means there will be tomatoes. I have three or four plants that are in bloom right now.
We had rain almost all of Friday so with the warmth of the day everything will grow better. We are forecasted to have a lot of hot days ahead of us. That is normal Iowa summer.
This was on the top of my garden shed at the old place. The box side pieces had rotted off at the base where it was connected to the roof. The most of it was still in good shape. I have torn off the side pieces and replaced them now. More is planned for the project. I will share as it progresses. More parts go onto the side and the corners and eaves get molding decoration.
Thanks for stopping by today. I need to go mow my yard so your get shorted some time from me today. Ah yes, tomorrow!!!!
Friday, June 21, 2019
The view out our front door shows a lot of green. I like seeing the water running down the gutters and the trees and shrubs are soaking up all the water. I have been watering things each morning but I can skip that for a couple of days. My grass is long but I was busing mowing another yard. My neighbors on both side and way down the way, all of them mowed yesterday. If it stops raining on Saturday I can play catchup.
I don’t have a major project planned for today. A friend of ours sent us some gladioli bulbs that I will stick in the ground immediately. If they don’t bloom this year at least I can get some growth on them before I pull them back up for the winter. The other glads that I planted are sure slow growing right now. I hope all are doing well out there. Thanks for stopping by....
Thursday, June 20, 2019
A new rose that I mention a while back with a blurry photo is now putting out many blooms. I planted it it at the bottom of our new deck stairs.
I will always remember the history of the shrub as I pulled a root of it from an empty house up there street while walking Barney. Within the year from the thieving incident the new renters went in and removed every hydrangea plant on both sides of the porch. I think they put in hosts My taking of the start became a rescue. I now have some of this at the new place too.
The hardy geraniums are doing well in the front yard. A lot of them are putting on new buds since I planted them. I since then planted a hosta among them along with the variegated dogwood shrub.
It is Thursday and my work at the old place seemed difficult today. There is so much to do up there and I just putting a dent in it. I try to mow most of it each week and am taking time to trim back sucker trees and water grasss. I have to pick up sticks each time as the storm keep blowing them from the trees. I won’t go back for another week so I can recoup from it all. Thanks for stopping by today.