Winter has ended

Well, here we are at the end of March. Winter has ended and it is time to get the garden started. I have started a number of seadlings in peat pots. The gourds and green beans sprouted, getting about 7″ high. I placed them outside yesterday to get some sunshine and forgot to bring them back into the garage last night. Today when I checked them they were wilting. I watered them well and will see tomorrow if I was able to save them, or if I will need to start over. The good news is, the wallpaper removal and painting in the entryway hall went well.

Gardening Update

Well, it has been a while since I posted an update. Last year I planted potatoes in planters, rhubarb in a trough, and tomatoes in a tub. This year I planted corn in three 30 foot long rows, potatoes in a 4 x 10 bed, bell, sweet peppers, tomatoes, zuccini, and lemon cucumbers in tubs. After my rhubarb died and came back to life every three weeks all year long, I finally have some small stalks that are growing this year. The first bell peppers and sweet peppers were kind of skimpy, but they set again and I have 4 bells and six sweet peppers. Yea !

The 6 lemon cucs were delicious with seasoned rice vinegar and diced onions.

Travel With Puppy

Traveling with a puppy starts long before we get to the airport. First we have to select the right ‘travel bag/carrier’ ; can she turn around, stand-up, lay down. Will it fit under the seat in the airplane. Next is the right selection of blanket, toys, chewy.

Then we travel to the airport. Will she sit on my lap, ride on my shoulders so she can see out the window, lay in her carrier, play, chew, or nap.

Once we get to the airport it is like the red carpet, everyone has to Ooo and Awe and meet the princess. We get through baggage check and pay her travel fee, then it is on to security.

Everything out of the pockets, shoes and belt off, laptop out and in a separate bin, puppy out of the bag and everything goes through the x-ray. We go through the scanner and get our hands swabbed for explosive residue, all clear, now time to get dressed again. Sometimes i think that it would be easier to go to the airport in jammies and get dressed after clearing security.

Mowing the yards

Mowing usually takes 2 days to complete. The first day is taken up with mowing the front and side yards…. the perimeter. The second day is taken up with the Dog Yard and cleaning up the edges.

Watch out for fire ant hills and crawdad cones. If there are rows of grass clippings then out comes the yard sweeper, with the material taken to the compost pile or the compost tumbler.

The Dog Yard has an orderly procedure; the dogs supervise my picking the toys up and getting them out of the grass area, then the dogs go in the garage or the dog house so that they do not escape or get tangled up in the mower, the gate and the secondary fence are opened to allow access with the mower, the yard is mowed, the clippings are swept and piled near the garden area, the short fence is placed around the clippings (so the dogs do not spread them around), the mower is taken out of the yard, the secondary fence and the gate are closed, then the dogs are let out so that they can inspect the work.