Friday, May 3, 2013

I have been keeping a daily journal on Open Office thinking I would quit blogging but now may just transfer it.....with some editing.  I will see how that works.  I know gardening is going to keep me busy soon but I would miss sharing with you all pictures of farm life.

Here we go:

Friday, April 26

It rained most of the day, a light steady rain.

I made a banana cake and read most of the day.

Saturday, April 27, 2013

It has rained all night and all day with  over 2 inches so far. It is still very dark and cloudy at 7 AM this morning.

Monday, April 29

We moved the plant stand off the back porch to the dining room.  It makes it so much easier to take care of the plants with the dog on the porch.  It doesn't enhance the dining room but I am not concerned.  It will only be until the end of May and then everything should be planted outside.

Planted oregano, rosemary, thyme outside the back porch door.  I think having them so close  will remind me to actually cook with them!

Weeded the Grace bed; about half of the Cellar Bed. The Grace Bed is just south of the cellar where 'Grace' smoke tree is planted. One of the two crape myrtles survived.  I think the other is dead.

Tuesday, April 30

Weeded Kitchen Window Bed, dining room porch bed and south dinining room foundation bed.

Began to kill the wild honeysuckle that has taken over my red honeysuckle I may have to kill out both of them.  I traced the wilding to a huge root stem and just severed it. Of course, now I have wilted stems twining among my red honeysuckle which has buds on it.  I like the wild one because it is fragrant and the red isn't.  But the wild one had climbed over the top of the nandina and almost covered it so I pulled it all out.
This will  be a continuing struggle trying to kill one and save the other.

We will have to rake up debris before mowing again.

Took time off to cut out and load 5 calves and took them to the sale barn in the afternoon.

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

I raked up a huge pile of weeds and then we mowed everything again.  We were trying to beat the rain predicted and we did.

Picked up our check from the sale barn early....I think taking them in the evening before makes them sell much earlier on sale day.

We splurged and traded in our 2005 Silverado for a 2013 version (which means this is the year of the truck and not the year of the remodeled bathroom!).  I agreed to it though.
We picked up the truck around 5 pm. I was disappointed it didn't have running boards so Max will go back tomorrow and have them installed.

Thursday, May 2, 2013

Max and Sylvia (MIL) went back to Marshfield. She needed some small things done to her new car and we needed to have the running boards installed.  I failed to mention she traded in her  car for another 'program' car.  I told DH when he took her down to take a 'look' at the new trucks......he  did!

They were gone all day.

I cooked a pot of beans; did some housecleaning and read. They got back around 3 pm. Max did evening chores. We had creamed asparagus and a poached egg on toast for supper. It was our first asparagus of the year.

I pulled the straw back over the strawberries. Everything else is on it own.

Friday, May 3, 2013

We got down to 30° and have about l inch of snow. Maybe it will act as insulation on some things.

We have one more night of freezing and then a slow warm-up. I won't know for a few days if the fruit was affected.
Snow on May 3 2013 photo P1180980_zpsc1806e74.jpg

Maybe this isn't so disjointed it will make sense....if not, I will try to do better next  time.


  1. Good grief but you've gotten a lot done, especially the never-enjoyable clean-up projects. Good for you! Snow? Eeeeek! Way down in Missouri? In May? Oh my heart. Hope you're seeing the last of the cold after tonight and things get back to normal... It's hard to deal with snow when things are leafed out.

    1. This is a rare thing down here for May! I don't expect to be safe until around May 20th for gardening.

  2. Ugh, snow!! None here....yet.
    Why did your crepe myrtle croak? I've been wanting to get one for here but haven't found "the" spot yet. I've also been looking for an out of the way spot for some honeysuckle and wisteria.
    Glad your back to blogging, nice to see what everyone else is doing.

    1. I am blaming almost three years of drought and I don't water shrubs or trees if they have been planted over two years....probably a mistake but I do the garden first and the fruit trees.

      Be careful of the honeysuckle and also the wisteria. I have been told wisteria can brink down a roof! It is gorgeous though and smells heavenly!

  3. What is with the snow in the midwest? We got ice, while western Wisconsin got LOTS of snow!! Hope this is the end of it, and your garden survives. All I have up are a few tulip leaves!!!

    1. I hope it is over too! There is nothing you can do but wait and see.

      I don't envy you the ice!!

  4. Glenda,

    I'm happy to hear you were able to get some planting done with this strange weather. Hopefully, all you planted along with some of your fruit plants/trees didn't get ruined with the snow and cold weather.

    Congrats on the new truck, our old truck is just holding on and running up the mileage. I need to go knock on something wood not to jinx what I just said about it. We're going to run this baby into the ground before buying another.

    Oh no, you said that awful word wisteria, my Mom had one plant at her home in Virginia years ago. That darn thing grew every where, including up the siding of the house and under roof shingles. If anyone plants this stuff, please plant it in an area that is far away from ones home
    :-) It takes over everything!!!

    1. Sandy, we could have kept the older truck but decided not to. Sometimes you need a tax deductible on the farm or you just keep paying Uncle Same more taxes....the remodeled bathroom was not deductible.

      Our other vehicle is a 90 Pontiac that we still love!

  5. Keep up the posting. It is always enjoyable to share other's daily lives. Let's hope winter is finally over for you!

    1. Glad you enjoy it Ray. We just drove into Willard in blinding snow! It doesn't seem to be accumulating though. It is very wet and I hope it is gone by late tomorrow!

  6. Boy Glenda, you sure are a busy lady. I hope the layer of snow does just act as insulation, and that nothing is harmed.

    Have a lovely weekend ~ FlowerLady

  7. I love your blog and would be sorry to see it go.

  8. "Max did evening chores" -- that's the kind of company to have, someone who pitches in because they are unused to sitting around.

    Yay for the new truck!

    1. He is a permanent guest, aka husband! He does a lot of afternoon sitting (reading) but does most of the outside farm chores....except for milking.