Sunday, March 27, 2016

It's not an Easter Egg, but it's still like finding a treasure.

Yesterday, while RMM was working on taking down the fence on the driveway, I was transplanting some of my garden plants into larger pots.


Wave petunias, they will have blossoms soon.

Everything looks good.  My begonias are all starting to bud out for my hanging baskets and the deck.  I have another dozen upstairs in my bay window because I do not have enough room for everything.  Go figure.  How could I have miscalculated so much and have more plants than I have space for?

Saturday, March 26, 2016

It's time to take it down.

This is his latest project.  We are taking out the fence and Retired Mountain Man has pulled all of the barbed wire off, taken down what rails were still in place and cutting the wire in several locations where we had a gate or intended to have a gate.

The braces with the wire attached were the most difficult.  They all had to be cut and taken apart.  There is one on each side of a gate and also on each side of a corner.  Retired Mountain Man knew how to build a fence and he built it well.

Our neighbor, Mike is going to help us take out the posts.   The plan is to stack them and burn them.  

I wish I had been able to find a good photo of the fence in the summer when it was still in good shape, but no luck.

Friday, March 25, 2016

Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow.....

Wait a minute!  It's Easter!

"In your Easter bonnet, with all the frills upon it."   Hoppin" down the bunny trail....."

Happy Easter!

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Spring Fever. The 2016 version.

Retired Mountain Man definitely has Spring fever, or maybe it's really Fall fever.  He has started working on our firewood for next year.  This is the load he split and loaded today.

The Chevy pickup is still going strong...

... and so is Retired Mountain Man.  I didn't get a chance to take a photo of him today.  A photo from a couple of years ago will have to do.

Monday, March 14, 2016

How to survive March.

First, get a steroid injection for your hip pain.  That has worked great so far.  The pain has been eliminated and/or seriously reduced thanks to a very skillful radiologist at Bonner General Health, Dr. Charles Maile.

We bought more fish for our aquarium.   Three Angel Fish and two Clown Loaches, (Botia macracantha).   The Clown Loaches are a lot of fun to watch.  They are very busy little guys and move very quickly.   I did not have any luck snapping a photo of them.  

These two are veil-tailed angel fish.

I have transplanted all of my geraniums and pansies and also the Red Robin Tomatoes.  The Red Robins are starting to bloom.  

The weather outside is frightful.....

I have one tiny primrose blooming.  The deer haven't found it.  It's shivering in the snowstorm.

And finally, a disaster has happened.  Notice anything missing?

Wednesday, March 9, 2016

6:08 A.M.

This morning the alarm clock (see previous post) went off at 6:08 a.m.  Notice their tiny tracks in this photo.

As you can see, we woke up to a little fresh Spring snow.

My lilies, iris and crocus are trying to come up underneath the snow   I have some primroses that are blooming.  The deer are having a feast eating all of the tender leaves coming up from the ground.  I spread blood meal around all of my flower beds yesterday and ordered a gallon of Deer Off Mace yesterday.  It's my only hope since our "trusty" deer dog, Maggie, just sleeps in her dog house and let's the deer graze on my garden.

I think I am going to get another dog.

Another puppy.

A Border Collie.  One that will chase deer and I will only have to get up in the middle of night for a couple of months with it.

 Hmmm.  Maybe....maybe not.....

How much do I want my lilies to bloom......?  Maybe they should just be deer food.

More coffee.

Monday, March 7, 2016

The best alarm clock you can find.

No, it's not one of these.
It would be one of these.  We've always had a very friendly squirrel on the east side of our house.  He has been visiting our bird feeder on the deck rail for a couple of months.    His chatter begins shortly after daylight.  Since our dog, Maggie sleeps in the bedroom with us, it's very irritating to her as squirrels are one of the animals she would love to catch.

About a week ago Retired Mountain Man noticed that the squirrel had left a mushroom in the bird feeder.  It appeared to be one that he had stored for the winter.  RMM would take the mushroom out of the feeder every day and the squirrel would put it back.

He decided that the squirrel was trying to attract a female with the mushroom.   In a few days he was certain that was the case as the squirrel then added two quinces from our quince bush to the bird feeder.

The fruit and the mushroom really didn't look all that attractive to me, but they must have looked like roses and diamonds to the female squirrel because she showed up a couple of days ago.

As for the alarm clock, we have two of them now.  They both start chattering as soon as the sun is up.  (No, I'd better say as soon as it's daylight.)  There's not much sun around here lately.  We are in the rainy season and have a "river" of moisture headed our way on Wed. and Thurs.

I love hearing the squirrels in the morning.  It's a great way to wake up for the day.  It's much better than, beep, beep, beep, or even worse, waking up to the blaring sound of some horrible song on the radio.   What has happened to all of the good music?  Well, my opinion on that will be in another blog post.  In the meantime, the squirrel chatter  is music to my ears.