I’ve already been out working on one of my gardens this morning…the bugs are terrible!! Don’t think I’ll do much more today – the bugs are only going to get worse as it gets hotter.
It did rain a little this morning.
Don’t know exactly when we will get the internet back…my boyfriend needs to pay the bill. That’s all I’m going to say about that…
I first noticed these flowers yesterday! I’ve got really good photos of them…with my other camera!! So, when I can I will post them.
They’re really pretty when they’re open…pink with yellow-white spots with blue centers.
I had a terrible time getting my cell phone to focus on what I wanted it to focus on. I was really getting irritated…gotta work with what I’ve got for the time being.
So, I’m going to spend my day going through more pictures and editing. This afternoon I’m going to clean the pool…it’s almost there, after today’s vacuum it should be ready for swimmers!
Words of wisdom (from Native Americans):
Don’t be afraid to cry, it will free your mind if sorrowful thoughts.
Day and night cannot dwell together.
It is better to have less thunder in the mouth and more lightning in the hand.
Actually, just some pictires…
-that it’s not what you have in life, but who you have in life that matters.
– that you can get by on charm for about 15 minutes. After that, you’d better know something.
This tree will eventually overpower the lilacs and crepe myrtles, but there’s nothing I can do about it. It’s going to take years and by then… maybe it won’t be so bad.
Pink begonia flowers and green leaves. Mostly junk, but there is an azalea bush!
Sun drop flowers
Telling me he needs some water! He drinks out of the toilet when there’s no water in his bowl. Luckily for him, I don’t use that blue stuff or any other chemicals that stay in the tank or bowl!
So, until tomorrow…hope all is well and there’s plenty of sunshine to keep you warm!
LAKOTA INSTRUCIONS FOR LIVING
Friend, do it this way
– that is,
Whatever you do in life
Do the very best you can.
With both your heart and mind.
And if you do it that way,
The Power of the Universe
Will come to your assistance,
If your heart and mind are in unity.
When one sits in the Hoop Of the People
One must be responsible because
All of Creation is related
And the hurt of one is the hurt of all,
And the honor of one is the honor of all.
And whatever we do effects everything in the universe.
F you do it that way,
– that is, if you truly join your heart and mind
As one – whatever you ask for,
That’s the way it’s going to be.
– passed down from White Buffalo Calf Woman
The internet is down at my house right now so I’m writing this on my phone! It will take a little longer than normal…
I’ve been busy this morning going through photos to put on my portfolio page, when I can get to it! And of course, they’re all on my computer. So it will have to wait until later!
Waking up this morning, it was only 51 degrees outside! A bit chilly, especially for June. I’m dreading cleaning the pool later, but it has to be done. At least the sun is out…that will help! But soon enough it will be hot.
My boyfriend brought the owl home from work and put it down by the pool…I guess this morning. When it got light enough out and I checked on the pool to see how clear it was I noticed it. Of course, I couldn’t see exactly what it was so I went down to check it out! My boyfriend came out on the deck at that time and laughed, saying, “Sure didn’t take you long to find it!” Now to figure out where to put it!
I transplanted the hosta last fall, after I put the rock and stones in. I think I need to add more river rock, we shall see. If for nothing else, to help keep the grass away. I plan on getting more rock with this paycheck, so I should be able to!
The clover is starting to take over….that’s easy enough to take care of.
I’m pretty sure this is Queen Anne’s Lace. I’ll have to keep an eye on it!
Of course, they’re not ready to eat yet! But they’re getting there…
These are from the neighbors tree and they don’t spray them, so they’re no good for humans to eat. But deer love them!!
Soon enough I will have raspberries! Yummy in ice cream…and with bananas and milk!
Just one of my many house plants.
It’s huge! Almost as tall as I am…I’m 5ft3.
If I were to add acidic soil to the base, it would probably turn a different color.
I keep forgetting to dump some coffee grounds when I dump them once a week or so. (Coffee grounds are acidic and plants that like acidic soil drink it up.)
I know, another rose! But the following pics are abstracts. Hope you like!
I personally like the one with the blue/purple bighlights the best!
So…I don’t know how long the internet will be down, I will do my best to post as often as I can! Probably, until then, I will post pictures taken with my phone.
Have a great day, what ever you choose to do!!
-that you cannot make some one love you. All you can do is be someone who can be loved. The rest is up to them.
-that no matter how much I care, some people just don’t care back.
-that it takes years to build up trust, and only seconds to destroy it.
(I have no idea whose auotes they are.)
And it’s only 930 in the morning!!
I’m working on a post…the house internet is down and my phone’s acting up. I will have a post at some point today!
Some old photos…
Ok, I promise I will have something (good!) for you later this afternoon!
June 3, 2019
This post is really about yesterday…it was a busy day, but I was (almost) totally relaxed. When we went to the store, a couple of drivers pulled out in front of me! Someone is watching out for me, because I wasn’t in any accidents – only close calls. I don’t know what it is with drivers today…thinking that if they pull out in front of someone will get them there faster. You’re going to the store, right? What’s the big rush? Even if you’re on your way to work, no reason to almost get in an accident! Anyway…we got through the store and back home safely!
That was the most stress I had all day!
Some pictures my boyfriend took. I think they’re interesting…
If you look closely, it looks like a teeny tiny cat peeking up from behind the tarp. We have no idea what it is!
You almost wouldn’t know that the rabbit is there if it weren’t for its glowing eye!
On to Sundays Pleasures…
This is probably the only “recent” picture of me you will see. So enjoy it while you can. My boyfriend took it from the porch, looking down on me and the pool. The pool is getting a little cleaner every day…I’ve stopped vacuuming it and only siphon it. The vacuum seems to only stir it up too much. I did get the pool clean before the storm, which wasn’t all that bad. Some thunder and lightning and rain…
The following pictures were taken after the storm…
Looks like a huge asparagus tip… this is the original plant that came from the old farmhouse when we moved. For the life of me, I can not dig it up so I can get all the junk (weeds) out of it. So it has to stay as it is, just clean it up every year.
Another flower a friend gave me…thank you!! Notice the rain drops?
I have trouble photographing this flower, it is so small!
This is a jimsonweed flower.
Not sure which one I like better…probably the top one, the bug seems more clear.
The bugs are starting to settle down now, which means I can get pictures of them… most of the time, anyway!
I like getting “soft” pictures of roses like this…especially the pink ones! It’s not totally in focus, but in focus enough to tell what it is. I guess it’s the artist in me coming out!
So, that’s the highlights of my day yesterday! For some, it would seem boring and a lot of hard work…but I really enjoy my life and what has been given me. I may not go to church on Sunday mornings, but I work so people can.
So, we start another work week and life goes on…hope everyone has a great day and an even better week!
“He who lives in harmony with himself lives in harmony with the universe.” – Marcus Aurelius
“Gardening adds years to your life and life to your years.” – unknown
“Garden as though you will live forever.” – William Kent
I had to work til 1pm today and I wanted to get the pool cleaned before any storms hit…plus, we needed to go to the grocery store today. That is why I’m so late posting today. The pool is getting cleaner, the fridge is full and the sky is dark. Getting ready to storm…
So, yesterday was a pretty good day. Very relaxing…
We have about a half mile or so of fence line to clean up every couple of weeks. Of course, it all depends on how much rain we get. When it’s really dry the vines and weeds seem to grow the best.
It’s my neighbors fence, but if we don’t trim it up, it won’t get done and it’s hanging out into the lane and it’s a pain in the butt when it comes time to mow. My neighbor used to spray it a couple times a year, but he doesn’t anymore. Hasn’t in a few years.
My boyfriend trimmed the fence line while I worked in a couple of the gardens and the azalea bushes. Honeysuckle has gone rampant.
Not sure exactly what this is (above) but it’s interesting looking! It looks to be some type of cone, it is on the blue spruce pines that line our lane.
I just thought this was interesting, so I took a picture. Not sure exactly what kind of grass this is! (I need to get busy doing some research!!)
These berries turn orange and red in the fall…they’re the same berries that are used in the horn of plenty and other decorations in the fall. I believe they are called bittersweet. Can cause upset stomach and diarrhea, so I would not suggest eating them…just use them for decoration.
This is a mocking bird and I’m surprised it came out as good as it did. I only used the regular lens. As I got closer to it, it flew away…oh well.
It’s actually opening up a little…when I’m done here and I know it’s safe, I will walk down and get some more pictures. They produce a beautiful flower in early summer.
It’s nearly impossible to get all the weeds out! The best I can do is trim everything back and try to make it look good. There is a mimosa tree growing alongside it that I trim back twice a year or so.
In the background is one of my holly trees I transplanted three years ago – give or take a year. On the left side of the picture is a sage tree. I’ve actually got two of them – both in different gardens (one is closer to the house) – both I did not plant!
I just can’t wait for the raspberries (and blackberries) to come into season. We should have a bunch – and considering that I’m home more this year, I should be bale to get more than I did last year (last year I may have gotten a bowl full! – not much).
I think these taste better than store bought berries. Of course, I don’t put any thing on them – just let them grow!
While I was getting all the honey suckle and blackberry bushes out of my sage tree I noticed these two bugs (the picture of the leafhopper didn’t turn out – bummer!). I have searched for the name of this spider – but I have yet to find it! I am determined to figure out what kind of spider this is – no matter how long it takes!!
This is a lily! Will be purple when it blooms – shouldn’t be long now! My tiger lilies will be blooming soon too. Hummingbirds love lilies… I’m trying to plant native plants as well as plants that pollinators and hummingbirds are attracted to. I just planted these purple ones this past spring.
My black eyed susans are getting ready to open up! Actually, a couple already have. I will have black eyed susans now until we get our first freeze. If I can keep my boyfriend from mowing them down, that is!
This was actually taken on Friday, but I figured I’d include it.
I finished the day with this picture and the one below.
It seems like I didn’t do much and I don’t have much to write about… my stress level has gone way down since I decided that Saturday would be my day to do what I want. Not what everyone else wants me to do. I did go to the video store and get a movie (Band of Brothers) and I had to get some more shock for the pool. But no more running around like crazy on Saturdays… I have also started reading more lately! I used to read all the time, but didn’t have time for it since I started working (or I was too tired!)!
So, Carefree Saturdays is really working for me and I will keep it up until the end of time if I can!
“You don’t always need a plan. Sometimes you just need to breath,trust, let go, and see what happens.” – Mandy Hale
(I’ve actually been saying this for quite a few years!)
“There’s power in looking silly and not caring that you do.” – Amy Poehler
“Taking time to do nothing often brings everything into perspective” – Doe Zantamata
Two things before I get started…
Why do cats do that anyway? (In all honesty, I’m not sure if I’ve ever seen any other cat do that!!) Anyway…on to better things!
Fungi growing on a white azalea bush. I have to look into this and see why and how to take care of this.
While I was working on my “crooked maple tree”, I noticed mushrooms growing on the berm. So, of course, I had to take pictures!! (I will post about that tree at a later date, but here’s a picture of it when I was done.)
It didn’t take that long to clean around it! Of course, it helps that we have a battery powered saw that has different attachments. I used the saw and hedge trimmer for this particular project. Makes life so much easier…as long as you keep the batteries charged. (One battery will work for a few hours… we have two.)
Like I said in an earlier post, I will do one solely on mushrooms at a later date. I guess this is just a tease…
mushroom(s) growing on a stump…you might recognize this. It’s just an extreme close up of the same mushroom I’ve posted about before.
I don’t eat any of them because I don’t know exactly which ones are good and which ones are poisonous. I don’t think I want to be going around hallucinating either… LOL!
… AND FLOWERS…
This is under a huge (Siberian or Russian) elm tree and yes, there are bottles in the tree. I got the idea while we were up in upstate Pennsylvania camping one year. We went to Rock City in New York and they had this tree with bottles in it – all different colors and sizes and as high in the tree as one could safely go. Mine only hang from where I can reach it from the ground…maybe one day I will hang them higher, but for now, it works.
The peonies are starting to die off, but I can still get some good pictures if I crop them right.
I don’t know exactly what this is…some kind of wild flower, maybe? I’ll have to keep an eye on it and look in the wildflower book I’m borrowing from a friend.
Pink rose in a green depression glass
I’m calling this Nature’s Spit – but one website I just looked at (YouTube – Roger Griffith) states that this is cuckoo spit and is caused by the feeding of the light green nymph or Spittlebug stage of the brown froghopper insect. I will have to do more research on this… it does look like there’s a bug in there, so it could be.
Yellow sun drops in a green and white garden (Mint, day lilies, hostas)
Well, I could upload pictures all day long and just keep on talking…but I’ve got a pool to clean (it’s looking better by the way) and some gardens to tend to. Be sure to look for CareFree Saturdays 4 tomorrow. I do work in the morning, so I may not get to post it til the afternoon… but I will post it tomorrow.
So, until then, hope everyone’s Saturday is the best it can be!
“Adopt the pace of nature: her secret is patience.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson
“If the sight of the blue skies fills you with joy, if a blade of grass springing up in the fields has power to move you, if the simple things of nature have a message that you understand, rejoice, for your soul is alive.” – Eleonora Duse
“In nature, nothing is perfect and everything is perfect. Trees can be distorted, bent in weird ways, and they’re still beautiful.” – Alice Walker
First, I have to say we’re ok. No real damage was done…we were under a tornado threat for an hour or so yesterday. Didn’t get any thing but heavy down pour and high winds! No damage was down that I can see… water ran through the property, almost looked like a river going through the back of the property.
I had taken this picture earlier in the day. I had been working on the “crooked maple tree” and decided to take this photo. (I will be blogging about cleaning up around the tree at a later date.)
This is exactly why we have the berm where it is. If we didn’t have it, all this water would be going under the camper and around the house. My boyfriend asked if the neighbors are partly responsible for water run off from their property…I think they are, but I have to look into it. The only problem might be is that going to them could cause a rift. But if I asked them to help because we want to put a garage up, it might not be a problem. They know water runs off of their property and onto ours.
No need to worry, I didn’t go out to take pictures until AFTER the storm. We were supposed to get another one behind the one with the tornado threat…if it rained we slept through it.
The picture above was taken under my pink dogwood tree. That’s the closest that “flood water” gets to our house. For the most part, anyway. The worst of it stays in the back of the property, diverted that way on purpose.
Luckily, I have been working on the berm lately. Every once in a while it needs to be done.
I could have kept going, but it looked like another storm was coming and I didn’t want to get caught out there with all that water and an umbrella! A few years ago we had a lightning strike take out our heat pump…it struck a black cherry tree below the house and traveled up the water to the house. Didn’t want that to happen to me!!
BEFORE THE STORM
I, like I usually do lately, was walking around taking pictures and noting any work that needs to be done…when I got back to the house I saw this big guy on the sidewalk. This is exactly why I keep the screen doors locked almost all the time. We had one in the house a few years ago (about the same size)! Don’t really want to have to go through that again!!
He is big, about 5 feet long, but he doesn’t really scare me, as long as I can see him and it’s outside.
I believe he’s living under the sidewalk near the mint garden (he had slithered into the mint garden in the picture). I actually touched it to get it to curl up a little so I could get this picture.
They’re actually good creatures to have around…as long as they stay outside. They eat mice, which we haven’t seen any sign of in a couple of years!
Well, that’s about all I have for now. I don’t think I’ll post any quotes or abstract photos today. My boyfriend and I have a funeral to go to later this morning.
So, hope everyone has a wonderful day and I will be back in touch sooner rather than later!
Yesterday I worked…in my off time, I snapped some pictures and cleaned the pool. It is looking much better! Almost ready for a couple of swimmers. I think by this afternoon or tomorrow it will be ready. Some of these images were taken Tuesday evening, most were taken yesterday either before work or after.
I didn’t know this until recently, but the green “bulb” is actually a seed pod. I had my suspicions, but didn’t know it for fact until a few days ago…maybe a week or so. I believe this (above) is an iris seed pod.
Not so sure I like this, but I’m still including it. I might take some more pictures of it in a little bit when I go and water my lilac transplants. The lilacs are looking kind of shabby…I hadn’t really watered them in a couple of days. The big ones look the worst…of course, the bigger the plant is that you transplant, the more water it needs. I know when you transplant trees, no matter the size, you need to water them for a year…staggering from twice a day to once a month. (twice a day for two weeks, once a day for two weeks, every other day for two weeks,once a week for two weeks, then once a month for the remainder of the year) I guess I should treat the lilacs the same way!
I can’t remember what these are, but they’re pretty. A friend gave them to me a few weeks ago. I planted these and the purple flowers above under one of my lilacs. I’m actually thinking of digging up the whole area around this particular lilac and seeing what grows…wildflowers wouldn’t be such a bad thing!! As long as there’s no grass.
I believe these are called sundrops…again, a friend gave them to me. They’re planted up closer to the house.
This plant has medicinal properties…you take the sap and boil it and strain it, makes a substance that is stronger than morphine. The sap can also be made into a poultice and used on bruised skin, causing the skin to not bruise as bad.
I find all this natural healing info very interesting and nice to know. I may not ever use it, but on the other hand using plants to heal is much better than using the chemically produced stuff.
You can believe that I ate half of them before they got inside. A couple of them needed to be washed off… There’s nothing better than eating fruit or vegetables straight from the garden!
I’m going to be taking pictures of these mushrooms every day or so, until they are no longer. Every year, since my dad had the trees cut down and the stumps started to rot, at least one mushroom has grown on one of the stumps (there’s four).
They seem to change a little every day…maybe I’ll make a post about nothing but these mushrooms after they’ve gone kaput.
We were under threat of severe thunderstorms yesterday afternoon…we only ever got strong winds and a little bit of rain. The mountains to the west have something to do with the storms hitting or missing us (I think the mountains break up the storm…I’ve seen it where I’m standing on my property and it’s been storming to the north and south, but nothing where I’m standing. Kind of weird, actually!)
My beloved tree frog! He finally came back yesterday!! He was actually croaking when I picked him up…I never hold him very long, just long enough to snap some pictured.
I know the subjects of this blog are in reverse order of my title for this blog… I did that on purpose! For some reason, I felt like ending this post with the frogs. So, this is how it is!
I hope you enjoyed!
And, as always, until next time…
“Close your eyes, open your mind, and listen to your heart.” – unknown
“If you think you’re too small to make a difference, you never spent the night with a mosquito.” – African Proverb
Why are frogs such happy animals?
Because they always eat what bugs them!
Walking around the property, I realize that there is much work to do…which I have been neglecting. But first, an update on the pool. it’s almost clear enough to go go swimming! I’m thinking by tomorrow it will be ready.
Yeah, that’s a sock!! When the string for the bag that came with the vacuum broke, I had to figure something else out. I sock works just as well, if not better. I haven’t been able to find just the bag, you have to buy a whole kit, and I don’t need that. Which reminds me, I need to make some phone calls this afternoon after work.
Now, on to the property. Not sure if I have said this before but I’m going to say is again… I own three and a third acres, three bedroom house. I turned my parents bedroom into a library. I couldn’t see myself moving into their bedroom, considering it’s where they both passed away (more on that in another post). Any bedrooms I turn into something else can be turned back into a bedroom later, so no worries.
Another view of the rose bush! It acts as a sort of hedge between my house and the neighbors. Not that we need it… I think most of the times they forget we are here. One day, about a year or so ago, they had company and the guy walked behind his jeep and peed…not realizing that I could see him. No big deal, but if he had known we were there, he probably wouldn’t have done it. Another day, not too long ago, I drove up on a guy peeing in the neighbors driveway. Again, he had no idea there were neighbors. What can you do but laugh?
This is something I will be working on this weekend. Won’t take that long, considering that I have a hedge trimmer and pole saw.
This is the berm I told you about a while ago…it’s on the left of the tree and runs behind the camper. There’s a compost area to the right (cinder blocks). I need to move it and cover what’s there. I’m thinking that I will just put it beside the one that’s already there…as long as I can dig it out a little.
We could’ve used rocks, but with all the digging I do for my gardens, we use dirt. Nothing is better than free.
We have a few sassafras tree on the property…any babies we try to mow down, but they do have medicinal properties. I can’t remember what right now.
The raspberries and blackberries should be blooming soon. I should be able to get quite a bunch!
I didn’t realize that my toe was in the picture, guess I’ll have to crop it out if I use it for anything. There was a bush in the way, so I used my foot to move it out of the way so I could get a picture.
When I was a kid – and the original owners lived here – we used to climb this tree and eat mulberries. We had a lot of fun with the neighbors kids, even though they only lived here for a year.
It is actually kind of hard to see, but it’s there. It is used to divert water run off from the neighbors property. It directs the water away from the house and towards the back of the property.
This walk around was just the upper end of the property. We don’t keep everything mowed and “tidy”, just enough that we can get through and feel good about. We have wild animals living here! I try to tell my boyfriend that we don’t need to cut every dead or dying tree down…as long as it doesn’t pose a threat, it’s ok. Woodpeckers and other animals love the trees, and the undergrowth gives them somewhere to hide and food to eat.
All I can do is my best, I know God wouldn’t have given me all this if I couldn’t take care of it or manage it!
Until next time…
“Every flower is a soul blossoming in nature.” – unknown
“don’t let the tall weeds cast a shadow on the beautiful flowers in your garden.” – Steve Maraboli
“If we could see the miracle of a single flower clearly our whole life would change.” – Buddha
That’s about all I have for today! There’s so much to do, so little time. I really have learned to take it one day at a time, but sometimes I forget and get stressed about it.
I said I wasn’t going to put pictures on here showing my dirty pool, but I think I figured out a way around it. The water doesn’t look too bad here, but it still needs some work! Probably a couple days worth…keeping me very busy right now! I got all the gunk out of it that was left over from last year and that was dumped into the pool when the cover was taken off! So, now all I need to do is get the water clear…shocking it twice a day and letting the filter run as much as I can should do it. Since it’s an above ground pool, I can’t run the filter when the sun is shining on it (at least the filter, it wasn’t made for all that heat from the sun and from running it).
I already vacuumed it once today (around 730 this morning) and shocked it just now. I will be vacuuming it again this afternoon…and shocking it again, as long as there’s no storms around. And it is supposed to storm.
Now on to other things…
I am always walking around, looking for interesting photos to take. I try to get out and away from home as often as I can, but that doesn’t happen as mush as I’d like. My boyfriend says he’s going to take me fishing but it hasn’t happened yet.
A spider on the vinyl siding of the house… he (or she?) was being camera shy and wouldn’t let me get any other photos of it. Oh well, another day, maybe…
This one wasn’t so shy…
Getting ready to bloom!
This flower is called “Grape expectations tiger lily”. It should be purple when it blooms. Shouldn’t be too long…I hope!!
Another Grape Expectations flower bud…
I am always picking up seeds off of the sidewalk and tossing them into one of my gardens. They like shade more than sun, but they will survive in full sun as well. Hummingbirds love them and I have them all over the place.
I said I was going to show you a picture that portrays how big the rose bush is… I hope this does it! The truck is pretty much right beside the bush, allowing enough room to get in and out.
My cat Kalimba…
I noticed him under the table and decided to take pictures… not sure how I realized he was there, but he was. He is definitely an interesting cat…and photogenic!
I love the expressions on his face…
No flash was used…
I wish I had more for you today, but it is how it is! I know some of my cat pictures are kind of dark. But, in my opinion, it adds mystery. What is he thinking? What is he looking at?
So, for today, I am going to say good bye! Got some other things to do… we will meet again, hopefully tomorrow, for tomorrow is another day!
“Whatever you can dream you can do. Begin it. Boldness has genius, power, and magic in it!” – Goethe
“I never kill insects. If I see ants or spiders in the room, I pick them up and take them outside . Karma is everything.” – Holly Valance
I’m hoping to be able to upload some pictures onto my picfair page some time today. If I don’t get it done today, I will tomorrow!
I am going to post a blog today…it took me longer than I thought to download pictures onto the computer and onto picfair…I have 185 photos now (87 of which are available as of right now). My computer’s getting ready to die, so I need to charge it up for a while. So, here’s some pics to enjoy…
Not the best picture, I know…but you can tell what it is!
Ok, I will be posting later today…I’ll be adding some images to my picfair page as well!
Hope everyone’s day is great!!!!
(No quotes for now, later their will be!!)
Sorry this is so short, promise the one later today won’t be!!
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