Sunday, August 11, 2019

Life in the slow lane...

 Flowers and ferns I planted are doing well. 

It has rained off and on for the last couple of days, and was cloudy and cool today.  The plants liked their extra water.


There is a going out of business sale at the little ACE hardware near me. So, I decided to paint the fence that surrounds the front patio. Of course I started on a hot day, and then it rained for two days... 

Before with just the gate done:

after that side was done.


 I have one side and half the front done and will try to finish in the next few days, weather permitting.

My petunias have been hard hit by the dreaded bud worms. Doesn't take them long to make the blooms disappear.  Spraying with BT in between rains and picking off the ones I see.

Decided to make bracelets for the girls and I.  LOL, some have been remade several times, as the vision does not always translate well in fact...



Willie is doing well, and in fact earned his keep today by dispatching a big rat.  He was quite proud to be of service.  "Got a bacon biscuit for an ol scrapper, ma'am?" 




    

22 comments:

  1. Hey, I like life in the slow lane!

    I give daily thanks we were blessed with being able to get out of that L.A. grind.....

    Your place looks great. I can't believe the kick I get out of planting stuff and seeing it take off.

    We're gonna have a bumper crop of garlic next year, and enough chives to feed the neighborhood!

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    1. LOL, I do too!
      It is a blessing to be out of the Cali heat & madness, that's for sure.
      Thanks, would love to have veggie garden space.

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  2. You may live in the slow lane but you seem to be a chronic speeder.

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  3. Good job on that fence...makes a world of difference.

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    1. Changes, Thank you, it's coming along. Fresh paint can do wonders for a lot of things.

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  4. Rats ... YUK! Sounds like you and I are keeping busy. My old shed is history and resized to be put in its new home at my son's house. I painted yesterday where the shed was blocking access to paint for, I would guess, twenty years. Now it's time to start the new shed / workshop. I can't wait until that's finished.

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    1. Woodsterman, Excited that you are getting going on your new workshop. Photos of the build?

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  5. Looking good, and good for the pup! It's in the 100s down here, and the ONLY thing growing is sweat stains on shirts... sigh

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    1. Old NFO, Thank you. It has been hot off and on here, but nothing like Cali or your neck of the woods. Cools down nicely here at night and there is almost always a breeze, I can live with that!

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  6. Looks great! My petunias got bit by aphids on from the nearby maple but I think I've gotten ahead of them finally. If they last a little longer they may bloom again in the fall. Precious bracelets, they'll treasure them forever.

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    1. Celia, Thanks! Sorry to hear your petunias have been doing poorly. Mine are starting to come back from the bud worm attack.

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  7. Love the flowers, the dark brown fence, and those bracelets.Good for wee Willy. Wish Dinah would do the same. In her old age, she just watches the turkeys. We are overrun with ground squirrels and had to hire a company to put 20 traps around the property. Wouldn't you know it? Not one ground squirrel has been out of its tunnel. They seem to know. We are without power all day today and running a generator. What is going on with PGE I do not know. My begonias are blooming in two pots and my miniature yellow rose has two blooms--one for me and one for Queen Joan. Miss her these days.

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    1. Cheri, Thank you! Do the large numbers of ground squirrels cause you to have lots of rattlesnakes? They sure did on one of the ranches we lived on. So many rattlesnakes that you could smell the dens, ugh!
      Queen Joan was a matriarch of the highest order. It was always fun to hear stories about her.

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  8. The fence looks great that color and nice to see Willie. Little gardens like that are so pretty and they can look more spectacular than trying to keep a big one looking good.

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    1. Rain, The man at the hardware looked at me like I had lost my mind when I requested he mix that paint color for a fence...
      Willie is losing the sight in one eye, but his nose is as good as ever.
      I miss having a big garden to work in.

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  9. YAY, WILLIE! Give him a Scooby Snack!

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  10. Go Willie! Been hot down along the Colorado River, 117 today. Love the new home you have, and what you have done.

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    1. AZDave, Willie is getting a little slower in his old age, but still has plenty of try.
      It has been 109+ in Red Bluff, Calif lately, I don't miss the heat at all. We had a scorching 81 today in Vancouver, WA.
      Thank you, my condo neighbors are liking it too, and are starting to spruce up their places.

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  11. Well done, dog!

    And flowers and bracelets. Nice.

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    1. Padre, Thanks for the good words.
      Hope you are healing nicely.

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