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Just a Moment – Twenty-Seven

Friday ritual inspired by other blogs. A single photo from this past week…. few to no words…. just a moment captured in time. If you feel inspired to share…. leave a link in the comments with your moment.

This is our latest find, sitting outside the neighbor’s house two doors down with a “Free!” sign on it.   The table has some of the edging broken away, so Bill put some black tubing around the rough areas.  We’re debating whether to break off the rest of the edging and just put the tubing all the way around.  All the pieces need cleaning and the metal needs spray painting, but now we have more seating around the pool for guests!

patio set

Garden To Do List Follow-Up

I have been working diligently on my gardening list, knocking items off and also adding some one.  Here’s the updated list.  Items crossed off in black were done when I originally posted this list on May 10.  Items crossed off in red have been accomplished since then.  Items in green have been added since then.  Items in purple I have decided not to do or to do much later.

  • put up brackets for hanging baskets
  • plant morning glory seeds in one hanging basket
  • fill second hanging baskets with plants
  • hang hanging baskets
  • repot gardenia
  • repot pink hibiscus
  • purchase Texas hibiscus
  • plant Texas hibiscus front flower bed
  • move tiered steps outside to southeast corner of back fence
  • remove compost from left bin
  • put trellis up on two tomato containers
  • purchase trellis for squash container
  • plant squash in container
  • find sweet mini pepper plants to buy
  • dig up & amend north side of back fence line
  • dig up and move daffodil bulbs
  • plan iris bed area
  • repot blueberry bushes
  • plant some zinnias and marigolds in containers
  • move or buy holly bush for front flowerbed
  • purchase more border bricks from Walmart
  • plant peppers in bags that blueberries are currently in
  • start miscellaneous flower seeds in small pots
  • remove diseased tomato
  • apply fungicide to coreopsis in front bed
  • continue removing brush from front beds
  • put mesh covering back on raised bed
  • smooth/grade dirt in utility yard
  • plant ajuga in utility yard
  • set up pavers in utility yard
  • apply linseed oil to the fence
  • plant more lettuce in the shade – will need container
  • hang baskets from dining room window
  • deal with mold/fungus in Swiss chard bed
  • plant more green beans

The last two items were added this morning.  While harvesting Swiss chard, I noticed white stuff covering the soil in some areas.  At first I thought it might be just the cottonwood seeds that are in the air everywhere, but then I noticed a coating on some of the chard itself.  It’s probably from too much moisture and not enough air/sunshine.  The chard side is pretty thick with plants, while the other half of the bed is more open, few plants of beans and lettuce, and the white stuff is not showing there.

possible moldpossible mold


Swiss chard leaf with possible fungus


I would have the mesh on the raised bed by now, but Bill decided last weekend to build a covering that was easy to move off the bed when I needed to harvest.  That entailed another trip to Lowe’s on Sunday for supplies – you would not believe how many trips to Lowe’s we have made in the past three weeks, nor how many different Lowe’s stores we have visited!  Unfortunately, the evening weather has not cooperated and the wooden structure has not been built yet.  I assume it is a wooden structure, because we bought “furrin’ strips” at Lowe’s.   He’s tried to explain to me what he’s building and I couldn’t tell you if my life depending upon it!  We shall just have to wait and see!




Weekly Overview May 23 2016

pink impatiens

Outside My Window…Sunshine, a blue sky, and a front lawn that needs mowing.  A thunderstorm passed through about two hours ago and dumped an inch of rain.  It’s much cooler outside now and the wind is blowing a good bit.  We’re due for more storms this afternoon.

 I am thinking… Of all the house cleaning that needs being done this week.  We have guests arriving around June 2nd!

I am thankful for… Guests arriving!

From the kitchen… Silence.

I am wearing … A green jungle print top, dark blue stretchie pants, footsie socks & sandals.  I’m the height of fashion today.

I am hoping…  Bill and I can sort out for certain our vacation plans for the summer.  There seem to be too many variables and more being added every time we turn around.  I still believe we will end up driving, as airplane tickets are close to $60 more per person this week than they were last week when I was looking.  And Amtrak was cost prohibitive.

I am reading… Prince of Tides, by Pat Conroy, The Rosetta Key, by William Dietrich, and The End of Diabetes, by Joel Fuhrman, M.D.

I am busy creating… my sea shore themed afghan.  I decided early last week it was not wide enough, so unraveled the end of over 150 rows and am in the process of adding another 10 inches or so to it.  It’s coming along nicely.

I am hearing… Sleep on the Floor, by The Lumineers on Spotify.  Bill talking next to me.

Around the house & garden…  The garden grows well, other than one of my tomato plants has signs and symptoms of some sort of curly leaf virus and I am going to have to throw it out.  And my coreopsis has a fungus of some sort, so I need to try to treat that, in between rains!  Otherwise, everything is growing very nicely.

We got a lot of the Garden To Do List completed over the weekend –  I know I didn’t post the updated list last week.  I will do so this week.  Inside the house, nothing got done.  It will have to be the focus this week.

In other news…  Bill seems pretty sure we don’t have enough black tubing yet, so I think we’ll be spending more money on the “make the pool warmer” project.  I keep telling him it won’t matter how much tubing we have if the weather doesn’t ever turn hot and dry!

One of my favorite things… 

Copper enjoying our glider

Copper enjoys our glider.

Usually she lays under it, but I had been sitting there earlier with her on my lap, so maybe she was keeping my spot warm.

Our Weekly Overview… 

Monday: Bill works from home all week, support desk.  David goes in to work at noon.  I’ve been lazy this morning, sleeping in a little, crocheting a lot, playing with blog posts.  Laundry has been started, though, and I will get house cleaning done this afternoon.  I also need to call the eye doctor and make appointments for both Bill and I for exams.

Tuesday: David works.  Charles is meeting with an Alabama realtor at our trailer – hopefully that will be productive.  More house cleaning and likely a grocery run in the a.m. will be necessary.

Wednesday: David is off.  More house cleaning for me.  Also need to send out quarterly invoices for work.

Thursday:  David is off.  More house cleaning for me.

Friday: David works.  Hopefully by Friday the housecleaning will be completed, but that’s rather doubtful.  I also need to put 3 pepper plants into containers and mow yard sometime during the week, in between rain storms.

Saturday: & Sunday:  Bill has bought pieces to build some sort of movable structure for the netting that goes over my raised bed.  If he hasn’t completed the building one evening during the week, that will be his project Saturday.  Sunday is NASCAR race at Charlotte.  And next Monday is Memorial Day, a nice 3-day weekend that Bill is looking forward to.

Here is picture thought I am sharing …

kitchen window hanging baskets