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stubbed toes and mud pies

Discussion in 'About Me & My Garden' started by flowerbug, Nov 16, 2017.

  1. May 16, 2019
    flowerbug

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    oh my! lol, what a lot of it there is already. :) i hope your son arrives safely and you have a great time together. when is the last time you saw him?
     
  2. May 17, 2019
    Trish Stretton

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    It was before I got Jack, so around 6 years.
    He and his wife are in the country, just been to a good friends wedding and are making their way down the country visiting mates along the way.
    Gave me time to finish the path and start tidying up a bit.
     
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  3. May 19, 2019
    flowerbug

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    two rain events since removing the tarp and caulking.

    1st was mild and calm and no leak.

    2nd was first heavy rain with slight wind direction from the S or SW. not really a good challenge considering past leaks, but since this is the first time since so much happened up there at least it verified that we didn't introduce any more issues. *whew* one small step forwards.

    more rain still coming down but it is calm and slight at the moment. supposed to be through the evening. i'm leaving the plastic covers on the bed for now... Mom napped on the couch (in her usual spot). :)

    i'm so glad it started in the day time instead of the middle of the night.

    i'm writing all of this down in a log any time i can remember to do it. i tried this before and then stopped because it didn't leak again long enough between leaks that we thought it was taken care of... lol
     
  4. May 26, 2019
    flowerbug

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    we've had so much rain recently that the ground has been pretty saturated and last night this morning we had over 4 inches of rain. this is the 2nd time since we built the place that the water has come over the road. we also had another leak (but from a spot that has leaked before but that is different than the other place we'd been trying to figure out). so this week i get to call the roofing people again.

    the AC is taken care of just in time for warmer weather and not for too much $. *whew* there was a mouse nest inside the control panel (i didn't even know they had gotten in there nor that it was even there). they'd chewed through wires and a large capacitor was leaking fluid so that was replaced by a solid state device. things have changed quite a bit in 22+yrs. the guy said that the AC unit we have is one of the best they ever made and i'd agree since it has lasted this long without issues. i asked him how the charge was holding up and he said it was fine and that it was a little over charged but that was ok. so while he was here i also had him look the heating system over since that had not been done for years.

    i didn't know it that the HVAC people also do hot water heaters and so perhaps i could have had him take a look at the well pump and tank while he was here. on his way out he left a brochure and i didn't look at it until he'd left. anyways, that setup has been cycling on and off more frequently than before so perhaps the valve/sensor is due for replacing or such. i'll call them back Tuesday and see if they'll take a look at it. perhaps they'll give us a break on the service call if they do come out...

    since i'd budgeted funds for the AC that we didn't need to use then i can put those towards another project that will need doing. we'll see how the other plumping issue turns out first.

    picked up a roll of 6ft fence today to finish up a few gaps that remain. we had a nice lunch and ran a few other errands. this helped balance out the earlier stuff during the early part of the week. i didn't get much gardening done. there was standing water in a lot of places.

    the strawberry garden inside the fence that i raised up/leveled out last summer looked fine. a little soggy but not flooded.

    internet was out for a few days. when the tv antenna came down in a storm this past winter that was also the pole that the internet box was on. it worked ok until Wed morning when it rained again. i called them Wednesday morning and again Thursday and they came out Friday. it ended up they had to do a different install since Mom would not allow them to put a bracket on the roof where the signal was best but also it would have allowed reusing the existing wire so we had to find another spot that would work out and so we did and it got done but oy, a bit too much drama for me. the finding another spot meant they considered it a new install so i was out the cost of that - but as this internet stuff is my main form of entertainment and how i talk to most of the family and friends it was ok. with the AC issue not costing too much at least i wasn't breaking a budget to get this taken care of.

    last Monday we had car dealer drama too and it set the "fed up with people" tone for this week. when the car dealer service person called on Tuesday to survey i didn't even answer as i doubted i could give a very civil answer.

    my nephew's memorial service was Thursday. she said it was really nice and that there were a lot of people. a few days before the place my sister does the book work for had a fire so on top of everything else she had to deal with that. she said she had a melt-down for a while - i certainly understand. this weekend she finally has been able to get away for a few days and to see her partner (who's a good guy). she'll take care of everyone else first so i'm glad she could do this for herself.

    hopefully we'll get the warmer weather plants put in their gardens this week if we can get some breaks in the rains. the temperatures look warm enough at last.

    the peas are doing ok. about 6-8" high.
     
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  5. May 27, 2019
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    of the starts from the greenhouse (the warm weather plants) we got all but the tomatoes planted yesterday. today we'll finish the tomato planting and then after i can get the beans in as i can get to them the next few weeks.

    i didn't even plan to work on two of the gardens yesterday but that was how it went so in some regards i'm ahead on plans for those now. funny how some things can go. :)
     
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  6. Jun 12, 2019 at 12:33 AM
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    ok, a few moments to ponder and update on what has been up here.

    all of the beans have been planted inside the fenced garden area. :) i haven't sorted and counted the list yet as i still have more to plant.

    the 8th Annual Running of the Worms is 90% done. i have all the buckets back inside and just have to give them some water, shredded paper and add some worms to a few and maybe it will be lucky if i can get some small spiders in each of them to catch any stray gnats that are sure to pop up from disturbed soil/humus. i think i have two buckets with the small spiders in them now so i hope i can get at least one or two more going.

    strawberries are starting to come in, nice to get some after all that work last summer. i brought in enough today so we can both have a mini-shortcake (using cookies :) ). as usual next year should be better (once more runners fill in all the bare spots). still it is a big improvement just to not have to go up and down the mound that i had there before. the whole thing could use some weeding and mulch.

    peas are flowering, i haven't checked yet to see how any pods are doing. we're so ready for some fresh pea pods and peas. i expect the first few handfulls won't even make it out of the garden other than via my tummy. :)

    lilac tree and honeysuckles are done blooming so i can get back to some fence things when i get a chance. doubt it will be soon as a lot of other things are needing to be kept after now.

    in the north garden a space that i had already cleared of weeds was sprouting enough new ones that i took a few minutes to scrape it back again. also weeded around some of the low growing thyme that i transplanted. the thyme is starting to bloom so it is looking pretty nice. maybe later this week i can get a picture...

    the first few gardens of beans are already sprouting and have leaves. with all the rains and lack of sunshine i've wondered how many wouldn't make it but i have only had issues with only a few of them so i hope it continues to do ok. rains forecast tomorrow afternoon and the next day. for those beans that were already up today's sunshine would have given them a nice boost that they sorely needed.

    tomorrow we start hauling wood chips and have to run some errands.

    i'm down 4lbs in the last 10 days. feels good to move even if i'm a bit sore at times. i already feel a lot better overall and being warm and catching a little sun here or there is good.

    critter control with the new run of fence. rabbit and groundhog traffic is much less. deer traffic is different but not sure less yet. we'll see how it goes once i get a few last gaps plugged...
     
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