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Housework Done Properly

I really am trying to get on and keep a schedule!!! Sunday we got busy as soon as it got light enough out…mulching, watering flowers/plants (specifically transplants). We had company come over in the afternoon, so not much got done after that. Yesterday (Monday), my boyfriend was home and we went and got some errands done before it got too hot!! I drained the hot water tank while he emptied water out off of the pool cover (I’ll be posting about that later, hopefully this week). We’re slowly getting ready to open it, with the intention of having it open by Monday – Memorial Day!!

Believe it or not, I do clean my house! Although it would seem that I spend most of my time outside. This is true…but household chores are completed as they need to be. Ever heard the saying “Great moms have sticky floors, messy kitchens, piles of laundry, dirty ovens And happy kids”? Well, that’s me to a tee. But that is a post for another day. Today’s post is about weekend activities.

Tree Frogs

Saturday night the tree frogs went crazy! My boyfriend and I were sitting on the porch…the tree frogs kept getting louder and louder. We could barely even hear the traffic on the interstate they were so loud!

We stayed up WAY too late!

There were at least five frogs in the pool. At one point we started hearing a turkey chirp. It was really weird – especially since they’re usually roosting by the time we heard it. I’m glad I turned the radio off so we could hear the sounds of nature!

They love the bugs that are in the pool! Of course, we drained it yesterday so there’s not as much water. (We usually try not to let water sit on the pool cover because of the bugs – especially mosquitoes.)

MULCHING…

When I lifted the tarp off of the mulch, there were mushrooms growing. And of course, I took pictures! If you know me, I always have a camera on hand.

I had to take pictures before we started mulching…they would be gone as soon as we started.

We didn’t get it all finished, but we got the majority! That black “spot” near the top left side of the photo is a morning dove…I guess It got startled and had just taken off from the power line it had been perched on.

crepe myrtles and lilac bushes

We did this early Sunday morning – before it got too hot! And it did get quite warm here…and humid.

yucca

There’s actually at least four yucca plants here. They say to take the seeds from the flower pods (when it’s done blooming) and discard them if you don’t want a bunch of yucca plants growing. I never do, that’s why I have six different yucca groups growing around the property.

Sometimes, you can get the babies out relatively easily. Actually, the babies are easy – the original or host plant is nearly impossible. I was going to try the transplant the original plant this yucca (above) came from….I dug and dug and dug, and then dug some more and could NOT get it out of the ground. So I left it and took the babies. I also found an oak tree baby while doing this, so I transplanted it. It’s only about eight inches tall! ( I think my boyfriend mowed it down before he realized what it was! He does that a lot, not so much anymore.)

Moon set

Yesterday morning there was a pretty moon set!

moon set crop

Flower Pictures

I literally took the picture above in the morning, by the afternoon it had opened up!

yellow iris

Out of all the iris’ I have, this is the only yellow one! I have yellow and brown ones, but only one pure yellow!

iris’ and roses

Uggg…I really need to get in there and weed. I guess that’s next on my list!

peony bloom and ball

What do you call the peony flower that hasn’t opened up yet? Most flowers it’s a bud…but that doesn’t really look like a “bud” to me…or is it?

white peony
another white peony
wild roses

The wild roses in the picture above is actually growing in the rose bush below… when the rose bush is in full bloom I’ll take a picture and post it! It’s huge…about eight feet tall, if not taller!

soft pink rose

Abstract Photos

yellow iris swirl
moon set galaxy inverted
“wild mushrooms”
wild mushrooms swirl
mushrooms turned blue swirled with black paint
mushrooms swirled
two mushrooms cropped and inverted
three mushrooms inverted and swirled
mushroom swirl

I really had fun working on the mushroom abstracts…I’ve got more, but I’ll add them in another post.

So, until next time I will leave you with this…

“A garden is a friend you can visit anytime” – Anonymous

“When heaven falls to Earth, it becomes a garden” – Stouffer

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