Friday, January 31, 2020
We started our day with large snow flakes falling from the sky. It is warming up now and I see snow is melting off the deck. The construction work done on the house last summer caused me to move some birdhouses and as you can see I haven't redistributed them I yet. I did have a wren in the white house when it was next to the deck. I will get it moved back soon so the wren will find it there again.
I like the pots that have been pained. I don't have any impressive plants in them but I like have them around outside in the summer.
A day with not plans is strange for us but we are just going to live it that way. If plans crop up we will do them but for now it is a nothing day. Everyone have a good day. Thanks for stopping by today.
Thursday, January 30, 2020
A blurred shot of anothe caboose at the opposite end of the one shelf. Red really is a great color for cabooses making them the most colorful rail car.
I shared my wife's smallest dolls the other day. This is one of her tallest dolls weary a Victorian dress and hat. The last doll this size that I bought for my wife
was at a Kmart store which now closed. I bought her some smaller ones for a while but they were specialized ones like Barbies who were looking like Dorothy from the Wizard of Oz.
It is a quiet day outside today and we still just stay around freezing for our temperatures. It still feels cold out there but it isn't so cold as we had in the early part of the week.
Thanks for stopping by today.
Wednesday, January 29, 2020
I had the sansivera in its original plastic pot a long time and finally I bought a new ceramic flower pot yesterday. I bought violet potting soil and mixed it with some of my old regular potting soil. While buying the soil I got caught in a conversation with the sales clerk about growing African violets. I wasn't impatient but didn't have time to the subject matter right then.
We lost something valuable the other day and we spent a lot of time looking for it. Finally I did find it but it was my fault that it was lost. Anyway, I though my wife deserved some flowers after all she has to put up with me. I found flowers that had a lot of buds on them so we could enjoy seeing them open up. They really are cheerful with all the snow on the ground.
While digging in the dirt yesterday, I took a very large overgrown violet and divided it into four plants. The original plant still could have had another division but I thought it might just die if I cut it away. Maybe at a another time I can correct that. It is nice to have the basement windows to use for a nursery area. I don't remember what color the violet is as it has been in a bad shape for a long time.
I picked up a new one yesterday for three bucks at the grocery store. I remember when my mom would start violets from the leaves. I actually remember when I started them from leaves too. Life just seemed to get too complicated. I wouldn't want to say this buy my mom used to steal leaves from people's houses as she visited them to clean them. I think she did ask permission for some of them. I do know that the right conditions will make it easy to propagate new ones.
We had about an inch of snow in the night. I may have to get out a broom to sweep it off the sidewalks as it isn't heavy enough to blow. We are colder again but it is winter. Thanks for stopping in at the post today.
Monday, January 27, 2020
What we see everyday this winter. Nothing much has changed and we do get a light snow once in a while to level off all of the rabbit tracks or squirrel tracks. The snow is heavy enough that you can not see the raised garden bed where I grow tomatoes.
liking the bright light from the sliding glass door. The smaller plant got over watered so it is trying to comeback from such abuse.It is probably time to replant them both into fresher soil.
It is Monday and things seem busy around the house. I did go to Ace Hardware today and bought the wrong filter. It is less that a mile up our hill so I can return it quickly. It just bothers me that I couldn't find the correct size of filter. I did not have to shovel snow for the last two days. It is warmer today with the temps hanging around freezing. If the sun comes out a little of it does thaw. Thanks for stopping in today. Have a good rest of the day.
I just looked at a peperomia plant on line to see if I was spelling it correctly. I see that they are selling starts of the plant for seventeen dollars. I bought my start for four dollars at Wally you know where.
Sunday, January 26, 2020
An archived photo today of what it would look like if it were fall, This photo is at least 8 years old as some of the shrubs in the photo are now very large. It is a strange shot taken from inside of the house looking out through the trellis.
An archived photo of a painting that I was commissioned to paint. It is a watercolor painting of a farmstead that was destroyed when a lake was created over by Panorama, Iowa. It was a painting to help the person to remember and was not a highly artistic piece.
We are not really thawing today but it is not snowing. We are to have borderline freezing tempertures for five or more days and not iced roads to travel on for the week. I did memory lane stuff today as I didn't have time to take new photos. Thanks for stopping by today.
Saturday, January 25, 2020
The dove was on duty early this morning sitting on the ledge and watching. Their behaviors of just sitting makes them an unusual bird. The can be spooked but most times they seem really calm.
J was able to shovel the deck agian this morning. I had just cleared it and then we added four or five inches of snow again. The cleared the walks at the old place this morning and then cleared my driveway back home.
We went to the bookstore yesterday afternoon and had a meal out afaterwards. Then we took back roads through Des Moines and suburbs to get home as the streets started to freeze and cars were spinning and slidding everywhere. It was hard to accelerate and also hard to stop. We drove really slow and did make it home safely. I had to remember that we were not in any hurry.
We will have temperatures of low 30's for the next week. It would be nice if it will melt but it won't much do that. Thank you for checking in today.
Friday, January 24, 2020
We had a good melting day yesterday. Through the night it snowed lightly giving us about four inches or so of new stuff. I shoveled it off this morning by hand so by evening it won't be so heavy when I have to do it again.
I don't get picky with my shoveling as you can see that the curved sidewalk there is not in view. It isn't very cold today. Just a few degrees below freezing. That is 30 degrees more than we have had for quite a few days.
It is Friday and it is time to wind down a bit. I hope everyone is doing well. Thanks for checking it today.
Thursday, January 23, 2020
I shoveled the deck and will wait for the temperatures to warm up some more. It is 35 degrees F. outside right now so maybe I will see some melting. I have the drive and sidewalks ready for some melting temperatures also. It would be fun to drag that grill out and grill a steak on it.
It is a railing maze with the stairs and deck railing visually overlap. I hope the birds can pick up more falling seed from the feeders falling now on the deck floor.
The sun room gives off a lot of light but the sky isn't showing much excitement. It will be a warming day to 35 degrees F. but no sun will shine.
I have good news from the bonsai these past days. I cut off a lot of large leaves from the shrub and still could cut some more from the stems. The pruning needs to be perfected. The next photo shows the exciting sight of flowering buds.
I still have not specifically identified this plant but the berries or blooms help me to figure it out. The buds that I can now photograph proves that the trimming back of the larger leaves did help it make a growth spurt.
I see water dripping from melting snow on my deck railing so it will be a good day to have some of it to be gone. Thanks for stopping by today.
Wednesday, January 22, 2020
After they eat they take a break and just sit. I see them set on a fence the same way, sitting still while taking in on their surroundings.
Today will be like our typical Iowa winter days, with light snow for the next three days. The temperatures are just at freezing and the snow fall is gentle. I took time to fill the feeders out on the deck as the build up of snow is not too bad yet.
A ducking head of the dove gives me an interesting pose. They should be back soon as I just opened a new sack of seed and filled all the containers.
As we continue to watch our weather we will probably say inside all day. I hope everyone is doing well. Thanks for stopping by today.
Tuesday, January 21, 2020
Winter weather at the old place is a lot like the weather at the new place, but it was colder. I procrastinated clearing the walks up there yesterday because the temps were just above zero. Today I cleared the walks a little. No one had walked on either stretch of my walks but they are now opened up.
My Minnesota birch is doing well as it shows off its white bark. The Japanese beetles had chewed up most of its leaves this fall so it didn't have any pretty yellow fall leaves.
I did add a path for the neighbor lady so she could more easily feed the feral cat that lives around our house. She has a box with a hole in it of a straw nest and she feeds it food from a can giving it a luxurious meal. I could see her tracking through my drive way snow so she will be pleased to have a better path.
We are off to get a meal out for supper this afternoon and to buy a birthday card for our youngest son. If we time it just right we can get it in the mail and to his house in Maine on just the right date. The temps are still cold but 21 degree F. is a heat wave. It is going to warm up all night so we can have rain in the morning.
Thanks for stopping by today.
Monday, January 20, 2020
Walk a mile or two in my old shoes. It is time to toss them. I actually had tossed a set of shoes that were newer than the ones on the right. The old shoes were moved here and I ended up mowing the lawn wearing them. And now, the new shoes have walked all over Israel through sand and rocks. They were on the temple mount and Jerusalem streets. The were at the shore of Galilee and the Golan hills. I won't ever forget all those churches we walked through and sang choruses in their sanctuaries. Most memorable are the streets down under that are dated three thousand years old or more with rough cobblestones and carriage wheel grooves.
I keep trying to capture a photo of the bird feeder covered with a dozen or more birds on it. Every time I pick up the camera the fly away. This one shot shows the two stragglers that didn't get gone yet. They are watching all the other birds flying away and are ready to take flight.
I am procrastinating on clearing my sidewalks at the old place. I think there is about four inches of snow on the walks but right now we are the coldest area in the whole nation. I didn't go up on Sunday as the wind chills were unbearable. Snow is falling up there today but it still is only 5 degrees F. up there and it will be warming up to 7 degrees F. for today. I am going to wait until tomorrow to clear them as it will be warming up to 22 degrees and that will seem like a heat wave. The last time I cleared my walks up there the only footprints on my one walk were the neighbor's cats. It is too cold for anyone to be walking on sidewalks in Iowa.
Our day will be another one of snow bound and cold bound. I took a quick journey to the grocery store late afternoon and I froze my fingers off putting the groceries into the trunk .Glove don't keep that bone chilling cold off of the fingers. I hope everyone is surviving out there with their particular weather. Thanks for stopping by today.
Sunday, January 19, 2020
It is very cold and the house finch is grateful to find seed. I have more birds than ever as our Sunday temperatures seem unbelievable.
I need to go get some groceries but we may have to be creative with what is in the pantry. I am only a mile from the store. Thanks for checking in today.