Sunday, March 30, 2014

I Know. I Know.

I really don't have a good excuse.  Yes, I have been busy.  Yes, I have been doing a lot of little projects around the house, some of which I can't tell you about because they are for Christmas.  But really there is no good reason for not doing a very good job of keeping up with you guys.  I will try to get back on track, in fact, I have started a list of posts I would like to do in the near future.  As for right now, let me tell you about my carrots (note the bluebonnets in bloom behind my garden).


Can you even remember that I planted carrots?  It was way back at the end of September and the "harvest in 75 days" label was a little off.  168 days later I picked my Danvers Shorts.


Did I mention they were Danvers SHORTS?


Not sure they are worth the time and space in my garden, but that is what this year of experiments has been about.  Finding what does well and what I enjoy.  And the importance of thinning the seedlings.  Look what happens when you don't.


Carrots are on this list of "glad I tried it, but maybe not again."  They cleaned up nice . . .


and tasted good, but 168 days?


My green onions are doing well.  These were grown from the roots of some I had purchased at the grocery store.  I just planted the roots in the garden and they sprouted right up into new onions.  Just like my celery.


But back to the bluebonnets, ya'll.  Happy spring.

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Weekend Project: A Snowball

We thought it was time for a change around here on the outside of the house.


I know it seems like a small thing, but the little things can make a big difference.


Of course those little things, like staining cedar posts, can also become snowballs rolling downhill.


That is true of this project as well.  Because obviously if the new stain looks that good in the front . . .


It needs to be done in the back as well, right?


Rhetorical question.  Of course you do the back.  Now the ceder looks great (except for the screened porch which we will do another day).  Can you tell a difference in the posts in front?


What began as simply staining our cedar posts a deeper brown is turning into door painting and house painting.  The red tone above the door has got to go and the door needs a fresh coat of paint.  I used chip it (upload a photo and it creates a paint pallet for you) and came up with some possible colors.


I really like Cardboard to cover the red and mahogany for the door.  I think I'll paint the rocking chairs and table while I'm at it.


No stopping now that we have started, so expect more exterior updates soon.  Oh, and please excuse the plants.  It was a very hard winter and everything died back to the ground.

Sunday, March 16, 2014

2 More Down

It just didn't seem right to let spring break go by without adding to Jane.

H8 Eaton's Crossroads
I9 Chase a Myth
Only 17 to go!  To see all the blocks in place click here.  Once there you can click on any block to see more details.

Friday, March 14, 2014

Spring Has Sprung

A few sure signs of spring have arrived.  My basket of scrap yarn is hanging from the bird's favorite tree ready to be used for spring nests.


The wild dogwood I thought we might have lost to the drought is flowering.


And the bluebonnets and other wildflowers have begun to bloom in my yard.






It won't be long until my front yard is covered in wildflowers.  Maybe not as many as years past (I blame the mowers for cutting before last year's seeds could drop), but I'll take what I can get.


Life is good, isn't it?

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Number 37: Lake Livingston State Park

Heading to the park in spring with 25-30 mile per hour winds played havoc with my allergies.  Today I spent most of the day in bed pounding Advil, Sudafed, Musinex, and anything else I had in the cabinet to feel better.  All those moldy fall leaves that have been sitting on the ground all winter blowing around my face wasn't good combined with all the spring blooms and pollen.  That said, the park was wonderful.


We should have know from the standing water in the ditch that Lake Livingston had a lot of rain recently, but we didn't.  We figured that out once we hit the trails with our grandoggie, Pockets.


Much of the trail was a muddy mess.


Not surprising, Pockets didn't care.


Even though rain had passed through, the sky was a brilliant blue without a cloud.


There were lots of blooming trees (remember my allergies?).




The dogwoods were especially nice.


And some spring flowers had begun to pop up as well.


And as busy as the park was (most of the camper and tent sights we saw were full), and the fact that it is one of the largest lakes in Texas, you would think that we would see boats on the lake, but not in the heavy winds we had.  Literally.  Not a single boat.



Even the ducks took shelter from the wind in the small coves like these Mallards fishing for lunch.



Also spotted a couple turtles sunning on a log.


The trails are good for hiking and biking.  There is even a 1 mile long boardwalk over the swampy area.



And though he spent most of his time on the trail, there were a few times when he got a whiff of something he wanted to chase and jumped off into the swamp.


And how often do you see a sign like this in a park?


So in spite my allergy flair up, it was another beautiful day for hiking in another amazing state park.  Pockets would agree.