Friday, March 28, 2014

It's transplanting time and a special day for two people I love....

Here we go from small containers to the next size up.  

Assorted peppers that take three weeks to sprout



Red Robin Tomatoes are starting to blossom



Orbit Geraniums-this variety has extra-large blossoms



Wave Petunias getting ready to start waving.




Pansies by the dozen.




My new addition this year - hanging baskets of red begonias for my new porch.

We shall see if they turn out to be as pretty as this pink tuberous begonia from last year.



Happy Friday and Happy Birthday to Dylan and Macy!  Even though they are both miles apart in age and where they live, they both have so much talent!  Miss Macy with her beautiful voice and Dylan playing his guitar.  I heard he now has a new instrument to pluck, a banjo!    Go Dylan!  Bluegrass was made for you.




Friday, March 21, 2014

Stormy Thursday




Sunshine!











There's more than one storm on they way.






Graupel!  It's a graupel storm














Wednesday, March 19, 2014

There's always another way to get where you are going.....

It's a bit of a challenge to go for a walk right now due to the mud and the logging on the property next to us, but I found a route.  It was a beautiful sunny spring day yesterday and I had to get outside.


Both forks of Cougar Creek are rolling!



The view from John and Gail's house.







I love this bridge.  As you can see there is still a bit of snow, but it will be gone soon.



Looking down the "power line", which is now part of my new track for my hike.


Friday, March 14, 2014

It's kind of fixed....




Yes, I took it apart again and took one of the contact strips, cut it in half and switched them.  The loud key now plays loudly only some of the time and it's not quite so noticeable.  I think I am on the lookout for a "new" used keyboard to play in the parade.







It's that or find someone who repairs them who is close to home, which is probably impossible.








Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Early spring on Old Cougar Road

The swamp is looking very swampy.




This is the only patch of snow left on our driveway.




The willow made it through another winter.


Retired Mountain Man' firewood supply is down to the last few cords. 

Monday, March 10, 2014

It's a swamp out there!

It has been raining for forty days and forty nights.  OK, well, it seems like it.



Lines Written in Early Spring

BY WILLIAM WORDSWORTH
I heard a thousand blended notes,
While in a grove I sate reclined,
In that sweet mood when pleasant thoughts
Bring sad thoughts to the mind.

To her fair works did Nature link
The human soul that through me ran;
And much it grieved my heart to think
What man has made of man.

Through primrose tufts, in that green bower,
The periwinkle trailed its wreaths;
And ’tis my faith that every flower
Enjoys the air it breathes.

The birds around me hopped and played,
Their thoughts I cannot measure:—
But the least motion which they made
It seemed a thrill of pleasure.

The budding twigs spread out their fan,
To catch the breezy air;
And I must think, do all I can,
That there was pleasure there.

If this belief from heaven be sent,
If such be Nature’s holy plan,
Have I not reason to lament
What man has made of man?

Sunday, March 9, 2014

What will show up next?

 A towel?  Beads, moon pie, doubloon, a bra?  It will be a surprise.  

The cleanup crew for the parade route has been on duty full-time.   There was so much snow the night of our parade that as the snow slowly thaws, we are finding lots of leftover beads, moon pies and doubloons.  It was too cold for any bra throwing, but we do have a string of beads hanging on a branch of the vine maple by the driveway.  It's too high to reach so it will probably be there until next year unless the wind blows it down.








Hmmm.  It does kind of look like New Orleans.




After today's cleanup session we went for a walk up to get our newspapers.  The driveway is thawing out although we still need our yak tracs for the icy spots.



Cousin Adam stopped by to give us this beautiful planter that he carved out of a tree stump.  I can't wait to fill it with some of my hanging begonias.  






I started my peppers yesterday and Yes,  I did cut back.  I am only going to start 58 this year, which is ONE flat.  I now have geraniums, pansies, wave petunias, Red Robin tomatoes and begonias growing underneath my lights in the basement.  I have going to have to be careful or I will run out of room.



Saturday, March 8, 2014

Women hold up half of the sky......

....some thoughts on International Women's Day.




I could never be as brave as Malala.  What an inspiration.  




And by the look of the photo below you would think that it was taken in Russia or one of those repressive countries in Europe.....but no, it was taken at the Virginia State Capitol, in 2012 as this young girl was standing up for reproductive rights.  


Thank you to Linda, and her facebook page, Women Hold Up Half of the Sky
We have a long way to go.  




Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Nurse Jackie

Yes, we had very cold temperatures, but no need to worry about frozen fingers and toes or brass instruments as we had medical staff on site.  Nurse Jackie came with a large syringe filled with Jim Beam.



Just in time!



There's always someone who refuses medical treatment.  Mike was having none of it!



His saxophone looks like it needs treatment more than he does!



And last, but certainly not least, Sarah with her beautiful horse, for the Grand Marshal of the parade!



Thank you to Bob for the great photos!

Monday, March 3, 2014

This was a snowy one.



It snowed all day and all night.




The brass guys had to thaw out their instruments on the hood of the truck.  The valves and slides were already frozen by the time they walked to the parade route.


Our 2014 Kind and Queen, Sus and Preston!  You will be able to see them in the next photo.




They are busy sorting out all of the throws.  Beads, moon pies, hats, doubloons.......





The paparazzi.









Lighting the flambeaus












Here we go!



The band and the second line are ready rock and roll.



They make they way along the parade route.






Then turn the corner and return.








The Grand Marshall and her awesome horse!




I am starting to get snowflakes on my lens, but I keep taking pictures anyway.



















 The morning after.....even more snow.




Hmmm.  Time to get out the shovel and uncover some of those frozen moon pies.