Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Spring time...

Spring is my favorite time of the year...
 


When we moved this garden was unrecognizable.
It was covered with 6ft high weeds.
We decided to leave the garden and see what grows.
Amazingly, we have only planted a few of the plants you see.
Almost all of the plants are from previous home owners.
 

The original family who owned the home had a grand-daughter who was a horticulturist.
There are many plants we can't identify.
The area nursery knew her well and has told us to take photo's
to bring in and they will help us to identify some of the plants.
 
Before our neighbor moved, from the farmhouse across the street,
she shared with us how many of our plants and her plants dated back
to the early 1900's and to the original owners.
 
It feels good to preserve a little bit of history.
 
This bleeding heart is a transplant from my mom's garden.

This blue berry bush was saved from the many weeds.
Each year we see more and more blooms!
This year we need to cover it with a net...
last year the birds enjoyed the berries
before we could.


I do not remember this plant growing last year...
and I have no idea what it might be.
I am thinking maybe it is a biannual?


Hens and Chicks...
also transplants from my mom's garden.


I love these poppies....
unfortunately the tiger lily's are squeezing them
out of space. We are thinking of moving them
to a new spot.

Down by the creek the ferns are growing strong.
They are the coolest plant to watch grow.


This iris is also new to bloom this year.
I am not sure why it didn't bloom last year.
A happy surprise.

The yellow iris's around the pond are growing taller every day.
Can't wait to see them bloom!

"Our" first garden......

I am using the term "our" very loosely!
This garden is Tony's baby.
He has been planning this garden since we moved.
This winter he has been reading, studying and putting his plans to paper...

 
My mom and Tony placed their plant order this winter
and each month he awaits the delivery of a new plant.
He started some from seeds and some from plants.


In April he rented a sod cutter and started to remove the grass.
Oh my....
what a process.
It got tired just watching...
 
Thank goodness for our kind neighbor who
showed up with his tractor and rototiller.
What a life (back) saver he was!
 
May I add...Tony has now added a tractor to his
wish list :)
 
 
Here we are today...
 
 
This weekend he started to plant some of
the crop! Lettuce, brussel sprouts,
broccoli and an herb garden.
 
Next year we hope to add a pretty fence
to protect it from the deer.
 
Looks like I need to learn how to can!


April....


Spring has finally sprung...
April 11th:
the ducks are back
and you can see the skunk cabbage is in full
bloom behind the pond...

The turtles are starting to
visit for some sun during
the afternoon....


Which means the nets are out...
on the look for baby turtles and
tad poles....

 Blue is also loving the spring weather...
he is pretending that
he can't possibly make it to the door
to go inside....

My very favorite part of spring
is listening to the frogs....
 
My second favorite part of spring is watching
everything come back to life....
 
This is the pond on April 9th,
the iris's are just starting to grow... 

 
10 days later.... 



This will be our third summer
and we have noticed each spring
two geese and two ducks come to nest.
We are hoping for babies!!

On the move....



Early on April morning...
I woke to Tony yelling,
"Wendy get up...hurry up"
My first thought was...fire?
But then when he yelled....
"grab your camera."
I know something odd must be happening....
 A herd of wild turkey's crossing the road...
They actually stopped and looked before they crossed the road...
and then ran right into the woods!
 
We haven't seen them since.
No sure where they came from or where they are going?
They seemed to know....
guess that is all that matters.
 

 
In April we also took a trip to wish
Uncle Jim and Aunt Cindy safe travels
as they follow a dream.


 
Visiting Uncle Jim and Aunt Cindy is
a favorite for Sarah.
Aunt Cindy is an animal lover
and Sarah loves every minute!
 
 
Sarah was so excited to meet Jessica's
newest puppy.
 
 Can not deny these two are brothers!
Jim is the oldest of the 5 boys...
and Tony is the "baby" of the 5.
 
 
Aunt Cindy's horses are the most beautiful horses.
They are also the sweetest horses.
It was a favorite visit when they lived closer.
 
We are not saying good bye...
but instead
planning a road trip to Montana.
Wishing them all the best as they
follow their dreams!

March.....

 
March 24th brought us snow....
 

 
Enough snow to cover the trees, ground, and the roads.
I think Blue loved it the most....
the rest of us were ready for spring to start!


 
Maddie made confirmation with 23 other 9th graders
at our church. What a beautiful evening....


In March we also replaced 5 dishwashers.....

 
with one very efficient dishwasher!!

 
I can not believe we lasted almost 3 years with
no dishwasher! At least the kids will be able to say
to their kids.....
"when we were growing up we had to wash dishes by hand!"

Basement Tour...

Since I have a break from school this week, I decided to clean up the large amount of draft blog posts I started and never shared. The basement was the first project we tackled when we moved in 2010. Apparently I wrote this around Halloween.....

Since it is Halloween time, I felt it would be appropriate to share our scary basement with you. The door is kept locked, not sure why we keep it locked. We know that if anything is living in the basement it wouldn't be the able to turn the door knob if it wanted to, I guess it makes us feel better! Ha Ha!!

Actually, I think Tony dislikes the basement more than me. He will not venture down there unless Lily, our black lab, is with him. He also sends Lily down the steps first. To defend his actions, I do need to tell you that when we were here with the home inspector in July, they opened the door to the basement and something ran. They are not sure what it was or where it went. Reassuring...uhhh!  Whatever it was ran into one of these cracks. We also know that winter is coming and we don't need any snakes finding their way into the house! Not a snake fan.



After that little event, it was decided that having the basement walls re-pointed would be one of the first projects completed. Good bye critters! We thought of attempting this ourselves, but
then decided to let professional handle the job!  The basement is small, it is only the size of the original farm house which was built in 1900. Isn't it interesting how the wall jets out and creates a ledge. It is only like this on half of one wall. What are your thoughts? Why would they have done this in the 1900's and what would it have been used for? I know that originally the concrete top wasn't there and it had a dirt floor.

Today when I got home they have half of the basement walls finished!




Isn't it looking so much better!!

Now, when we were outside the other weekend cutting down 4 foot high weeds that were 3 foot deep we discovered this window. This window is to the brownstone basement. If you look closely, you will see the window is broken and parts even missing.  The only barrier to the inside is the insulation. Not Good!!


Here we are looking at the same window from the inside. The mason will be closing that window off with brownstone! Good bye critters!!

This wall is finished except for the window! Who knew I would be so happy about seeing brown stone sealed up! Maybe will be able to start unlocking the basement door....I said maybe!

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Capri Ice...

I found this post in my draft box tonight..
dated August 20, 2010

This would have been 3 weeks before we moved.
What special friends and neighbors we had
in our "old" neighborhood.

This is for you...
the ones who were there from the beginning....

Take Capri Sun pouch and place in freezer until frozen.
Cut off top.
Take a spoon and enjoy a frozen treat on a hot summer day!
 
Of course sharing with your friend makes it even sweeter!


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