Monday, June 27, 2011

Just a glimpse

I am still being busy around here. Mom is visiting from Florida and for the most part is staying here with us for the 6 weeks she'll be North. She has a couple of short trips away to visit with some of my siblings and their families. When she devised her plans initially, she had planned on staying here 4-5 days, moving to a brothers' home for 3 days, traveling to my sisters' home in Vt. for a couple of days, back here for several days, then to another different sister's place before traveling to my Brother's place in RI, you get the jist, her packing up and moving every few days to get to all the graduations, partys, weddings and goings on of the family.
Since she is 78 now and will be 79 this year, I told her "Mom you will exhaust yourself by doing this and wear your self out. Please plan on just staying here and when you need to get to another place, that's fine but plan on staying overnight here instead of spreading yourself so thin." (I have 6 brothers and sisters and she didn't want to slight anybody or play any favorites!) Thankfully she listened and is using our camper as her home base while she is North. A brother had an extra vehicle that no one was using, so he lent it to her so she won't have to rely on me to get her around to meet up with friends and any other activities she wants to do. I am babysitting our grandchildren besides while my daughter's day care provider is on vacation, so with the 2 and 5 year old here most days, and with Mom being in the camper, at least she has a quiet place to retreat to when the little ones get too noisy. Sometimes I think I may run there myself! lol

Check out the oilcloth bags we both made this past week.

Mine is the brown/blue one and she made the orange/green one. This bag is the perfect size and I am so glad we stopped by Patti's Quilt Shop in Glens Falls, NY on our way home after Uncle Don's Memorial service in Ballston Lake last Monday. We spotted these kits and thought it would be fun to whip up something together. So we were able to fit it in to my schedule on Thurday (remember DH's rehab, I'm the driver and the grandchildren being here, traveling, etc.., it really eats up my days.)

There has been so much going on that I promise to catch you all up at some point. The youngest GD had her dance recital on the first weekend in June. She is such a sweet heart and a wonderful child, it's a blessing she is so smart as well as talented. Our family is truly blessed and I hope modesty is one of my blessings. I know I am a proud grandmother, and know many other grandmothers who are similiar with visons of their offsprings, so I apologise up front about how these two make me feel, my heart fills with pride and I thank the Lord for them!

She had her hair styled just perfectly.

I leave with a few photos of her and her brother of that special night. I promise, I will be back soon to fill you in more with all that has happened.
Check out PGS#3 in these photos. What a cutie pie and can I say he is "FULL of IT"! I am stunned that he has a great personality so far and an amazing sense of humor and he's just 2 1/2 years old. As for real life accomplishments he recently gave up his pacifier (going into 2 full weeks shortly) and we are working diligently on the potty training (that still has a way to go but he is understanding the concept and being a bit better about trying more in the past weeks).

Thanks so much for stopping by. I enjoy your visits and appreciate all the lovely comments. Enjoy your days.


Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Longest Day of the year!

With the Summer solstice being today, I am grateful and so happy to let you know that our strawberry and vegetable gardens are done and IN! Phew!

With all the rain we had, most of our outside work was put on hold. Knowing that we needed to have dirt delivered by a small tandem dump truck for the raised bed and the strawberry garden, we had to wait for the earth to dry out a bit for the delivery so the truck wouldn't sink out of sight. When that happened we purchased 4 cubic yards of dirt, built the beds and then started filling them in. Check it out.

I remember when we were younger and in better health, these chores would have been done lickity split! But between DH's heart condition and my back and asthma, it takes us much longer. Oh well, the golden years.

I still think that the cross bar on the poles halfway up (they are for the irrigation-drip watering system we installed which I'll show more later) is off but DH put a level on it and says it's spot on. Must be the raised bed that is really off, but DH with the help of our son put that up. DH and I haukled in soil to fill it, something I surely shouldn't have done since with my back issues, I was laid up 2 days after doing it. We still need to trim the ends of that cross piece as well but I figure that can wait till all the living chores are planted and done and then we can come back and finish those little details.

The Strawberry garden is coming along nicely.

Check out this photo with how many berries are on just one plant and this was made within this past month amidst all the rain.

Of Course there are many other areas of the yard that we have been working at and more work is still needed. To the right of the new swingset acquired for the youngest grandchildren we had an "island" garden in the midst of part of our back yard. Since our property line goes back to the island in the River, we still have much more property behind this photo including the wooded area.

The brown in the photo's foreground is where we had to reseed the grass after the septic repairs.
The ground that is all brown in the distance is where we are having a weed problem with mugwort. Uuurgh! that is so invasive! We actually cut down everything and even used a "wooded stock" herbicide that is used for poison ivy and such. Yet the weed persists. I may go back with a pair of scissors, snip eahc weed individually and give it an IV injection of the poison to see if that will work. (This was a last ditch suggestion from our local Coop. Extension.)

This next photo shows a picture showing the backside of our pool area. You can see the new garden structures on the right of the above ground pool and to the left is the flower garden that surrounds the garage.

I still have the flower gardens to weed, a bit more plants to bed, use the weed cloth barrier besides a heavy layer of newsprint underneath that and lastly mulch over the top.

Notice all that green, TIZ WEEDZ!

With My Mom here, she and I have started working on the flower bed in between all the other happenings. DH's Doctors appointments, rehab, graduations, trips, BBQ, etc, you get the drift, way to busy around here.

See all those bags of mulch I was able to purchase at 50% off. Hopefully, I'll be able to report that those chores will be done and soon. Now that the days are becoming shorter, I guess I'll have to work faster. LOL


PS: I did check out the Kiwi vines on the arbor and I think we are going to have 2 kiwis this year! Check out these blossoms.

There also is another section of the island garden that needs attention, but I'll show more another day. I have saturated you with enough photos for one day. Hopefully my blogging will come back to a steadier flow after this seasonal rush is done. I hope to start getting to some stitching too. I really am having withdrawals from my quilting and stitching stuff. J.

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Hello Again!

Just wanted to let you know I am still here. Just life has gotten way too busyfor me. I will be updating you all when I get a bit more time. Just got home (at 2am) from a trip our whole family took to NYC.

Yankee vs. Red Sox Game plus a lot more. Great time, majestic sights and special memories. Be back soon,