Thursday, April 17, 2014

Thursday in the Garden

Great news, nothing has died yet!!! 

Here is what the little patch of green looks like.

The flowers are doing well.

I still have two tomatoes that are getting bigger each day.

The interesting thing I'm seeing is the differences in the tomato plants.  The one in the left beige container was a bigger plant when I bought it which explains why it already has fruit (fruit/veggie vs tom-A-to/tom-AH-to) (whatevs).  However the other three were the same size when I bought them, yet the one in the beige container is doing much better than the black container.

The ones in the black container are still alive and well, but not growing.

The ONLY thing different is the container.  The IO thinks it's drying out too fast, but the moisture is the same.  Maybe the black container is heating up more??  I have no idea. 

Apparently my tomatoes have turned into a science experiment......

Other things around the yard are the bougainvillea

and the geraniums.

I'm not worried abt the bougainvillea taking off, it seems to be doing really well in that spot and the geraniums have more growth so I'm happy for that as well.

A couple of weeks ago, #1 Son wanted to get something from Lowes while we were there and  this is what he settled upon. 

Not sure if he has a green thumb or not, it will be another experiment.....

And of course as I was outside in the yard taking pictures, I had company......



You are never alone when you are owned by a cat!!

Sending warm springtime vibes your way so that you can start planting soon!!

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

The Simple Woman's Daybook


Outside my window... it's another hot and sunny day, for now.  We are expecting some rain later on to usher in another cool front.  Right now it's 84 with a heat index of 90.  It was nicer this AM when I was watering the plants.  If you were in the shade the breeze was nice and cool!!!  High tomorrow is 73 so I'm happy for that.

I am thinking... that I really need to use my calendar more.  I have info in it but I need to keep it on my dresser.  We are entering the busy zone and so far I've missed two payments for a field trip and a banquet!  It was already a tight week financially, but then I had to come up with $80 for a field trip and $100 for a banquet.  I am also thinking I need to find a part time job.......

I am thankful... that even though it's tight, I was able to figure out how to pay for the above.  Let's hope nothing else drops in my lap before Friday!

In the kitchen... I'll be buying two roasters later on today so I'm thinking roasted chicken tonight and maybe some soup tomorrow.  Baby Girl made some snickerdoodle cookies out of a boxed cake mix that were ok.  She did a great job making them, but it's weird when it looks like a cookie but tastes like a cake.

I am wearing... an old Orlando Magic t-shirt and tan shorts.  I'll need to change before I leave the house. 

I am creating... a mess!  It seems the more I try to organize, the more of a mess I'm making. 

I am going...  to make a ton of phone calls this afternoon.  The property managers to this house are seriously lacking.  I keep getting HOA bills in the mail that are not being paid.   While I could care less abt the lien attached to the house (they cant do much more than that), until the HOA is paid I cant get a key to the pool. 

I am wondering... when I need to defrost one of the turkeys in my freezer.  My inlaws are coming out and I'm having some mutual friends over.  I just need to find out from them when they can make it here....

I am reading... blogs and the newspaper.  I do have a gardening book at the library which I need to pick up later on today.

I am hoping... I'll be able to fix my shredder.  I'm not the most mechanically inclined person. 

I am looking forward to... some quiet.  It was a hectic wknd with a crazy Monday so I'm looking forward to a day of quiet.  Ok a few hours will probably have to do.

I am hearing...... the bathroom fan and a snorting orange cat.  He is sleeping on my legs as I type this post.  I have an old episode of Castle on in the background but I've paused it while I write this.

Around the house... I'm working on shredding a box of old paperwork and it seems as if I'm making more piles than I started with!!!  I've also jammed my shredder so badly that I'm going to have to take it apart to get the paper out. 

I am pondering... the thought process of the local school system.  It's too long of a story to get into here, but I will say what looks like a way to keep kids in school is really just a way to get more money from the state. 

A favorite quote for today... this has been making quite the showing on Facebook,  which explains how accurate it is!!!

One of my favorite things AKA Hemi's Corner....
Do you mind?  I'm trying to bathe over here!!!
A few plans for the rest of the week:  nothing specific, just phone calls, library runs, grocery shopping, etc.  I really want to get into my yarns to play.  I need to schedule THAT in!

A peek into my day... so far today is looking better than yesterday, but I do need to get out to Publix before it starts to storm.  And maybe take the shredder apart so I can finish up the pile that I have left.  Once I finish the shredding I will be able to get rid of another box!! 
I do want to share a picture from yesterday.  We had our Memorial and I took a pic of the kids in our congregation. 
They are all growing up so fast! 
Here is one of me with some of my girlfriends.

I really should have put down that napkin......

Thank you for reading my latest TSWD.  If you want to play, go here

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Thursday in the Garden

Thursday in the Garden.  Doesn't that sound nice?  Makes me think of meandering thru an English garden as I sip on Earl Grey. 

In reality this is more of a Central Florida yard with some flowers and plants that are being kept alive by a wanna be gardener with a partially black thumb.  Plus I'm more of a coffee kinda gal.

Good news! Everything is still alive!!

My bougainvillea
Hard to tell in this picture, but it has new growth with some flowers on it's way (click on the pics for a better look)

My chives
A favorite with the cats!

My geraniums are not only still alive
but I see new growth which means those measily little roots have taken hold!!

The main area is looking good

Some workers dumped those concrete tiles off next door for the trash so we brought them over to our house.  Not sure what I'm going to do with them yet, but those are going to be fantastic somewhere in my yard.

The flowers are doing well

and the smaller tomato plants are growing new shoots.

However, the part that made my heart skip a beat???   THIS!

I AM SO HAPPY!!!!!!!

And it's not alone!

Plus more are on their way. 

I haven't been outside to check on them since Saturday.  We've had some rain on and off the past few days so I haven't felt the need to water them.  What a surprise I got when I checked on them today!

I'm also finding places with flowers popping up.  There is a small patch of wildflowers in the back by the wall

and against the house I saw this guy.
Maybe a lone daisy plant?  I don't know.

I also met my new supervisor.
She's got her eye on me!!

Hopefully I'll have continuous progress as the weeks continue.  I am happy beyond words for my tomatoes!!!!  Come back next Thursday for the continuing saga of Thursday in the Garden.  Hopefully the program wont be changed to At Death's Door or Caution: Composting Ahead!

Wednesday, April 09, 2014

Simple Woman's Daybook



Outside my window... another day I'd like to bottle.  After Monday's high of 90 (with a heat index of 96) I am enjoying the sunny day with the cooler temps.  We are around 64 or 68, depending on which thermometer you look at.  Plus the humidity is low so it is LOVELY!  It will warm up into the 80s by the end of the week, but I'm ok with that.  It's those 90s that make me cringe.

I am thinking... that Princess needs a dental appointment.  I can always tell she needs her teeth cleaned when I can smell her breath from across the room!

I am thankful... for the quiet house that I have right now.  It's calm and cool and soothing.  I have much to do in the house, but I'll get to it later.  Right now I'm going to savor the quiet.

In the kitchen... I got a new stove!  The one we had when we moved in had a burner that didn't work.  It took me almost three months to report all my issues with the house to the property manager, but it finally went in.  And after three weeks of waiting, they finally approved the purchase of a new stove.  It was delivered yesterday and I'm SO happy!!!  I tested it out by making some baked ziti.  Stove top and oven work great!  And dinner was yummy!!

I am wearing... my San Diego Zoo red t-shirt and some tan shorts.

I am creating... I finished off my Basket Rib hand towel. 
This is more in line of the correct color.
It's in the wash as I type.  It will go into one of my bathroom drawers as a liner. 
I also pulled out Too Pooped so I can start the back stitch AND I'd like to start sock #2 of the bright sock yarn I bought after my surgery.  Once I start it I will get a lot done on it, but I need to cast on when I have the energy, the light and the eyesight.  I am also on the decreases of a hat.  I am decreasing in pattern which means I have to work on it when I have a brain. 

I am going... to pick up my hat once I finish this post.

I am wondering... what project to start next.....

I am reading... some blogs and the newspaper. 

I am hoping... to visit our cousins in NC this summer.  The trick is going to be scheduling a time when all of us will be available....

I am looking forward to... May.  While it will be busy, there are a lot of fun field trips coming up.

I am hearing...... whenever I post this part of SWD, I think of my high school psych class.  One of our assignments was to sit outside for 15 min and record everything we hear.  At first we were all "are you kidding me?!?!  HOW boring!"  but when we had a discussion in class the next day, it was amazing what we actually heard in those 15 min.  I will occasionally do that exercise and again I am always amazed at what I hear. 
My house butts up against property owned by the city. 
There are lots of birds that live in this area.  Today I stood outside and heard a TON of birds just singing and chirping.  I also heard a woodpecker. 
Too cool.

Around the house... I sorta unpacked another box, but ended up refilling part of it with stuff from another box that was overflowing.  I was telling a friend of mine that I unpacked another box and she was so surprised that I still had boxes left!  Apparently I'm not moving fast enough!  :)  I also went thru some old costume jewelry and got rid of a lot of stuff!  Anything broken got thrown out and now I just have a small box of what I wear.  Baby Girl was the recipient of some dangly earrings I no longer wanted so it was a win/win for both of us! 

I am pondering... what my health was before my surgery.  I have had more people tell me that they see such a difference in me.  While I haven't gained back any of the weight that I've lost since the surgery (which I consider a PLUS!) I haven't really lost any more either.  However the IO said that I carry myself differently now.  My posture is better and my gait is stronger.  I consider it a new normal.  While my leg still bothers me at night, I do have more energy and feel more mobile that I did before. 

A favorite quote for today...
While not your typical quote, I thought this was a really cool idea!!! 
One of my favorite things AKA Hemi's Corner.....
Making sure the laundry is sufficiently pressed and furred.

A few plans for the rest of the week:  It's going to be a busy wknd.  We have a religious convention on Saturday and Sunday, plus we have our Memorial for Christ's death on Monday.  Definitely a feast of spiritual food this wknd!!

A peek into my day... This guy has been a huge part of today! 
Whenever I sit down, he plops on top of me.  And he's been getting mad when I stand back up.  I cant spend too much time sitting, there ARE things I need to get done, but he seems to have his own ideas of what I should be doing.  Like being a cat bed for his body.
So there you have it.  Another SWD for the archives.  If you want to play, go here.  Make sure to come back tomorrow for my gardening update!  Spoiler alert, there have been NO deaths!!   

Friday, April 04, 2014

Feline Fridays

This bird was squawking like crazy when I was bringing groceries in today.

Was it because of her?

Or perhaps it was because of  these two?

Or maybe the third one's the charm.

Whatever the reason, he or she did NOT calm down until all three came in.
How does it even see me?  I'm one with the leaves.........

Thursday, April 03, 2014

Container Gardens

Know what my favorite part of container gardening is???  It's mobile!!  Yesterday after I planted my tomatoes I watched to see how much sun it would get.  It didn't get sunny until almost 2pm.  By 5:30 it was shady again.  Hmmmm.  Even *I* know tomatoes need more sun than that!!!

So this morning after Baby Girl was off to school I went outside and moved my containers to the middle of the back yard.   I also decided to finish planting my petunias.   This is now what I see when I open the back patio door. (objects appear closer than in my pics)

I wasn't sure if it would look weird being stuck in the middle of the yard, but I kinda like it.

Depending on how it goes, I may end up putting down mulch and stone to finish it off.

Or maybe not.  I don't want to do anything until I'm sure I want them to live there full time.

Right now all I know is that everything is still alive.  THAT makes me happy.  Check back next Thursday to see how it's all going.  I'm going to try to make Thursdays my garden updates.  Meanwhile enjoy the virtual spring.  And while you may still be cold and wishing for spring, my high for Sunday is expected to hit 90.


Wednesday, April 02, 2014


So back in March I went to Lowes and bought some plants.  I put them on the back porch, and there they stayed.  And stayed.  And stayed some more.  Thankfully there was some rain so the poor things didn't die.  At least not all of them.  Today I finally went out and did something with them. 

I planted my bougainvillea back against the chain link fence.

I originally planned on putting it here
but this area gets no sun and bougainvillea NEED  at least 6 hours of direct sunlight.  The IO suggested planting it along the back wall, and while it would look really pretty as it grew up the sides of the wall, I nixed the idea.  The development we live in is responsible in keeping the outer walls in good shape and whenever they would have to paint it, my bougainvillea will be cut back GREATLY.  The fence will provide something for it to climb on and it gets direct sun from sunrise to around 1:45pm.

I also planted my tomatoes.

This area gets sun from around 1:45pm until 7pm.  I'm hoping that will be enough.  I could move it to the side of the house but there isn't much room there and I'm afraid the reflective heat from the sun to the house to the plants will be too much for them.  We'll have to see.

I also planted these guys into a pot.

Chives are on the right and I believe geraniums are on the left.  It hitched a ride with the bougainvillea and I didn't notice it until I was pulling the plant out of the pot.

It only had abt 5 roots attached so I'm hoping it will do ok.

You can see some of my petunias have died, but the others are doing really well.  I need to find more containers to put them in.  There is an old coleman cooler with a broken lid that I might have the IO drill holes in.  I love off the wall containers!!  I just need to get them in something before the rest of them die off!!!

What do you like to plant once the weather gets nice??