May 30, 2011


To all who have served and those that serve now,  may God bless you and keep you safe.
Our sons served. Our oldest son retired a few years ago.We are so proud of them.
have a great week j

May 16, 2011

Checking in/busy time

What a dreary day we had on the 14th. Weather was cold and wet. Not good birthday weather,but it was a good birthday Cam and Becky were here. I got a Big cookie for my 65th birthday. Cam really likes BIG cookies. Speaking of big he is nine now and is getting so tall.They do not stay babies long.

It has been a while since I posted. The gardens and yard are priority now. I need to get everything done,in the yard and gardens, before Mr. T is done in the fields with spraying. Then it will be camping time!!!
There is progress but still much to do. The block is done around the pond.The sitting area where the berm was is done.
 I have a ton of lime stone rock to move. Maybe more than a ton!! See the pile off to the right. There are 3 piles of rock to move.

The pots are all planted.They are all on the deck for protection*again* from last nights frost.
The 15th of May is supposed to be the last frost date for our area in Iowa or so the old timers say.Hope they are right.Those pots are heavy.

 I got the old cement planters painted  a terra cotta color and filled. They will look good by the pond.
The planter is done Hosta moved in and the grass is seeded around it.When everything is placed and beautiful I will post new pictures. For now I better get back out to moving rock.Have a good week.j

May 1, 2011

Busy Saturday

We drained the pond Saturday getting it ready for the fish.It was in bad shape after the winter.
For several years the limestone has been shifting and this past winter caused them to move even more.

So it is time to move all the stone *again*.
Because it is hard to sit on the east side and see the fish we are doing away with the berm and putting the veggie(bog) filter lower where if it runs over the water will run back into the pond. There will be a sitting area on the west side. (*Besides I need the dirt from the berm for the new planter that will go around the Lindon tree in the front yard.*)
We got most of the stone moved and we are ready to proceed but the weather is cold and windy and Mr. T is dragging his heels.
We stopped at 3 places for bedding plants yesterday.I love marigolds! can hardly wait to get them in the ground. Need patience it is still to cold. Maybe next week. 15th of May is the last frost date for Iowa so the old timers say.
So much to do so little time.
Enjoy the day j