Thursday, April 29, 2010

Fly-in visitor

This little guy stopped by to visit us today.  A Townsend Solitaire.

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Fire Guy Returns!

One of Jon's favorite things to do, burn a brush pile!












Sunday, April 25, 2010

Wheyward Goats

We drove to Suzanne's farm today for her open house.  The baby goats were very cute!  Help!  There's not enough room in here for kids!

Hey!  Get us out of here!

Saturday, April 24, 2010

Rainy, Cold, Windy, March-like day end of April day!

It looks like we have more cold weather on the way.  Possible freezing temps tonight.  Had to bring all the plants in the house.

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

I almost forgot the fish!

Jon went fishing again on Sunday. Ellie caught three of these fish!   I fried them up yesterday for lunch and boy, they are yummy!

Canon and Connie go for a walk

I took my camera with me on my walk today.  Took some shots.  It was very warm.  about 80 degrees.  That's hot for me!
 Buttercups say, "Hello spring".


Lady Slippers peek out.


Trillium on the bank coming up Old Cougar Road

Jamie, David and Jamie Ford built the little "school bus house"......how many years ago???

Fence is finished!

The split-rail fence looks good!  Trav is finished with the posts and rails.  Now Jon and I need to finish the extensions for the electrical to keep the deer out of my garden.

Sunday, April 18, 2010

Fishing

Jon  and I went fishing at Denton Slough yesterday afternoon.  It was about 65 degrees, some sunshine and not too much breeze.  What a nice day!  I caught 5 perch, Jon caught 4 - although it's a miracle I caught anything.  I lost my rigging twice (line around tip of pole) and it took me all day to get my casting halfway decent.  Jon was very patient.  Trav and the girls stopped by to visit while we fished.  It was a great way to spend the afternoon.

It's another nice day today so it's time to plant the blueberry and start some more veggies and flowers.  Then it's time for a walk.

I hope you are having a great Sunday!

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Finally, a nice sunny day!

Lots of progress today.  I moved all of my plants from under the lights in the basement to the deck.  Hello, sunshine!





The fence looks great!

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

New camera

I just got my new camera today.  I had to try it out. A Canon Powershot SX with a 20x optical zoom lens.



Vanstone's  Mtn. from our deck.  It's about one and a half to two miles away.

The 120 Trail on Middle Mtn.  You can see it, can't you ?  Just below the cluster of trees in the center of the snow.

Thursday, April 8, 2010

Rainy Day

April shower day.  Time to transplant again.  I bought my light stand at Home Depot along with 15 four foot shop lights.  Jon and I hung 3 shop lights underneath each shelf.  I use the three middle shelves almost all the time and the top and bottom shelves when I get out of control and plant too many plants.  (Every year)

I am hoping that the weather starts to warm up by a couple of degrees so that I can begin to move plants outside to my deck or the greenhouse.  My greenhouse is not heated so I can't move plants out there too early in the season.  The plants seem to transition to outdoors really well by moving them to the deck and covering with floating row cover for a little protection from cool temps.

 Wave Petunias getting ready to wave!  I always start too many.  

Mega Light Stand

A peek at the lettuce.  I grow lettuce under lights during the winter.  It's not as crisp but very tasty.


Petunias and pansies.  Peppers:  Ancho, Hot Yellow Wax, Jalapeno, Serrano, Cuban, Bol. Paprika, Sweet Red and Lido.    Tomatoes:  Celebrity, Valentine, Parks Big Beef, Parks Whopper, Italia Roma, Jelly Bean, Mountain Spring, Yellow Jelly Bean, Husky Cherry Red.  Hmmm.  I wonder if I have enough variety?  Next, I will need to start Lobelia, Alyssum and Cosmos and Zinnias.  Also, the cucumbers, beans, broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage and squash.  I also start some corn to give me a head start on the season.  It will be a busy time soon.  I am enjoying the rainy morning and it's time for another cup of coffee.







Monday, April 5, 2010

Easter Weekend

Snowy, cold, windy, what else could the weather be like on Easter weekend?  What the heck happened to sunshine, warm, buds and blossoms?  The best part:  Baby Ben came to visit with his parents.  He is so entertaining.  He loves to make funny faces!

Little Bigfoot!


Abs of steel!  I can almost sit up on my own! 


Friday, April 2, 2010

Fence Project Day 1

Trav took down all the barbwire, then all the staples out of the posts for the hog wire (7 in each post).  Jon was thorough when he built fence.  Took down all the rails and then Neil came over with his tractor to push some dirt for us and stir up some rocks for the fence posts.  Then the guys decided to try pulling the posts out with the tractor.  That was a really good idea.  It took about 30 minutes to pull out all of the posts except the ones at the top by my flower beds.  Then it was time to cut down those trees.  You know the ones I'm talking about.


 
The garden looks very strange without the fence.




Neil and Travis pull out  a post the easy way!


Three Men and a Tractor!

The next one!   This is too easy!  Fencing is supposed to be difficult!


The first tree goes down! 
 Tree #2 goes down! Travis makes it look so easy!



The pear tree says, "Who turned on the light?"

Then they decided to burn the dead grass and brush that grew underneath the fence.  A lot accomplished for the first day!  Awesome!

Thursday, April 1, 2010

Our Next Project

We are gearing up for our next big project which is replacing our fence with a split-rail cedar fence.  It has been 28 years since Jon, Jamie and Dave, put in the first fence and it was a huge project.  I seem to remember it took months, years???  The post holes along the front of the yard took about two hours each as the clay was so hard and rocky you needed a pick axe!  I didn't contribute a lot to the project, but I did my share of peeling posts and rails. 

Trav has agreed to help us out with the project this time.  He is also going to cut down the trees that have been shading my vegetable garden!  Hooray!  Thank you, Trav!

Jon and I have had an on-going discussion about whether the trees are actually shading my garden.  My scientific analysis has been:  to be out in the garden at mid-day and notice that there are long, tree-shape shadows over the top half of my garden.  These shadows are still there at 4:00 p.m and 6:00 p.m.  Therefore, I have concluded that the white fir trees are indeed shading my vegetable garden.  Of course, they are white fir which, according to Jon, doesn't make very good firewood, but we can use it for firewood when we don't need a lot of heat.  Good-bye white fir trees!  (We will probably have to have some kind of memorial for them or something after they are cut down)

I am also getting ready the Easter weekend.  We have to dye some Easter eggs as I'm sure the Easter Bunny will be stopping here since Baby Ben is coming for a visit.  Collin and Rylee are visiting their cousins in Lewiston this weekend and we will miss them at the Easter egg hunt at Kermit and Susan's.

Well, time to get moving and get ready to watch some tree killing.