Wednesday, June 6, 2018

The Poplar Tree

My opinion of poplar trees is that they are just giant weeds.  When we were in New Mexico they treasure the poplars, apparently they are the only thing that grows. Our neighbors had one that had even grown into the cyclone fence.  It was a huge tree, however it dropped branches regularly and on a windy day we didn't dare to hang around under it. The neighbors decided to put in a privacy fence and took that opportunity to cut down the tree. It was quite an undertaking.  We didn't lose much shade because it was on the north side of our lot but it sure opened up the space.  Taking out the tree and the fence will certainly tear up my garden but it can be fixed. The tree people sure tore up the neighbors yard

Monday, June 4, 2018


For Mother's Day Gretel gave me a Bonsai kit. Saturday I soaked all the seeds in warm water over night. Then yesterday I soaked the dirt pellets in hot water until they quadrupled in size.  I then planted the different seeds in each of their pots.  The directions say it will take 3-4 weeks before they germinate. Hubby has already commented that I am not watering them enough and I had not put the dates on the labels. What would I do without him!

Thursday, May 31, 2018


Hubby and I watched a fascinating program about hummingbirds on TV the other night. Hummingbirds originated in South America and only exist in the western hemisphere.  They are very aggressive little birds.  They exist high in the Andes and have a special type of hemoglobin that allows them to maximize oxygen so they are able to fly in oxygen concentrations similar to that on Mt Everest. They must eat every 20 minutes to support their high metabolic rate.  Their hearts beat at 1200 times per minute.  At night they go into a state of torpor where their heart rate drops to 70 per minute and their body temperature can drop to the 40 degree range.  The program said the hummingbird is still evolving with new species developing and their range is extending north. This is a ruby throated hummingbird (the only species in our area) that Hubby photoed at the bird feeder.

Sunday, May 27, 2018

Vegetable Garden

This year Hubby planted his tomato plants from seeds. Our vegetable garden gets smaller each year. But Hubby loves to grow tomatoes. This year he is growing two kinds Beefstake, and a heritage type.

He also started some Zucchini from seeds and he will plant wax beans. Those are my favorites. He also put some Dahlias in at the end of the garden.

Thursday, May 24, 2018

Summer Project

As the official seamstress for the Lions Club, I have been given the task of making side banners for our award banner. I found some felt that is the right color but it is a cheap utility felt but I think it will do. I will have to do a lot of rearranging patches.  I visited the Clauson Club to see how they did their extensions.

 I think I will not attach the extensions to the main banner like they did. I can attach the cord in between the two parts of the banner.  I will need a longer dowel rod.  I think I will ask Althea to help me arrange the patches.

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Spring is Here

Yesterday, the first day in a long time that wasn't raining really hard, we went to the Bordines Nursery to buy plants.  When you see all the beautiful plants it's hard not to want one of everything. I still have more to buy.  We didn't get the baskets for the front porch.  I like sunpatiens and the Farmers Market or Bordines didn't have them.  I wanted a firefly begonia for the humming birds and didn't get one.  For my box on the deck, I like sweet potato vines and salvia. Didn't get that either.

Monday, May 21, 2018

A Road Trip

Over the weekend we took a trip, first to Eastern Pennsylvania and then to Baltimore to deliver furniture and belongings from Grandma's estate. Hubby got a cargo carrier for the back of the car and it worked very well for Martha's table set.

 It allowed us enough room in the car to take Mindy along. Mindy had a great time.  I don't know how much she enjoyed visiting Mika and Charlie, but she sure enjoyed playing with their toys. She also enjoyed sleeping in bed with us. No more compllaining on my part about sleeping with Fervor. Mindy takes up a lot more space and Fervors paws on my face don't compare to Mindy's tongue in my ear.