Saturday, April 20, 2019

Odds and Ends of Things

This was started yesterday:

Today was a cool one.  I only pick and choose the best days to be outside and this one wasn't one of them.  A little too cool and way to windy for me.

We do finally have all the garden carts(3) up and operable.  Had to repair a tire and buy a new one.  Got all the mowers going.  I got the Stihl trimmer going (bless the starter spray!).  Still have not attempted the tiller and may not need it.....we will  see how that goes.

The chickens pretty much took the winter off.  I even had to buy eggs a few times which really aggravated me.

We had some patchy frost last night and thin sheet of ice on the bird bath.  Should be our last but I never trust that April 20th frost free date!  I have learned that lesson the hard way.

We  have had a busy morning for us.  I took some  eggs in to the lady who cuts my hair.  The shop is in the center where my little local store is located.  I have decided that Walmart is now beyond my comfort  zone so I shop there.  We picked up a few (mostly) sale  things and headed home.

Before  we left, I toured the yard on  my riding mower and  took  a few pictures.

These are the girls  in the header picture.  They are laying nicely now after their winter break,

I pulled up a handful of henbit.  They keep all the green eat  down in their chicken yard so I try to remember them  when I mow.

Right next  to  their  pen is the long garden fence  border.  I haven't cleaned it yet so ignore  the various green stuff at  the base of the Aloha rose.  It survived our extremely cold winter  in great  shape.
This has become a pass-along rose.  It started with a  cutting from  my Grandmother to me on the old farm; from the  old farm from  a cutting I took to this farm.  I have passed it to my Iowa Sis and she has kept it going in her garden for about 20 years now.

The lighter tree back inside the garden is  an interesting experiment.  We had a tree surgeon/arborist come out last summer and remove some  bushy things and the big maple tree in the west yard.  This one I am referring to  is a 20-year old sour cherry tree,  probably a Starkrimson cherry.  It split several years ago and I was going to have him  take it out.  He suggested that we keep the best half and see if it would bloom for a few  more years so we did.  It was covered  in white blooms a few days ago so I have my fingers crossed.  Max loves fresh cherry pie.

These are part of the border by the front road.  I have thinned the border  so we have better vision of traffic when pulling out of our driveway.

All for now.  

Thank you all for remembering me.  I have missed blogging just because of you all.


  1. So nice to see what is going on at your farm. Glad the girls are now giving you eggs. Pass along plants are wonderful. Look forward to seeing the blooms on your rose.

    Thanks for the update and may you have a lovely Easter tomorrow.

    Love, hugs & prayers for you both ~ FlowerLady

  2. Love seeing all your greenery and blossoms! Our hens didn't stop laying completely this past winter and I never ran out of eggs, but I did have to avoid certain recipes so I had enough eggs for desired dishes! Don't know if you prefer it or not, but I like the idea of you shopping at your small local store instead of Walmart. Those local stores . . . grocery, hardware, five and dime . . . sure felt a lot different than the big box store of today. Glad to hear you're taking care of yourself but still managing to get out on your property that you love.

  3. God Bless, and have a peaceful Easter.

  4. Wonderful to see you! We have missed you.

  5. My hens laid like pros all through a very cold, windy,rain and snow winter who knew?

    You have a lovely homestead.