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Catching Up

8 Jun

Just a few random things that have been going on around here.  I am not really going to have a crop of cherries this year.

one of the handful of cherries on the tree

I think the day the orioles were all over my tree, they were feasting on what was to become my cherries.  I’m okay with that though. We’ve had a really cool, late spring, and I’m sure they were grateful for the food.

oriole stealing twine for the nest

I came home from work one day last week and was greeted by Rocky with a snake.  I really need to up my game in doing repairs/remodeling around the house.

Rocky–look at those eyes!

I took the snake from the cat and returned it to the great outdoors.

I do believe that is a look of gratitude.  At least, I’m going to pretend it is.

I’m still waiting on a manure spreader.  It is the busy time of year for my nephew, but I’m getting impatient.  I have so much to get done before we go on our road trip.  In the meantime, I’m working on clearing the area where the magnolia tree used to be.

bleeding hearts

I’m trying to figure out how to clear it and leave the few flowers that haven’t been destroyed by dogs, goats, and neglect.

a lily getting ready to bloom

I have things coming up in the garden.

potato from one that was left over from last year’s crop

While I was working in the garden, I finally lit the fire–you know the giant one from cleaning up after the derecho.

It still needs to be pushed back up into a pile after the hay gets made.  Then I’ll add more brush from my place and light it again.

Then my hope is that it can go back into pasture/hay field.

Spring Blooms

4 May

We have lots of things blooming right now!

I was a bit worried the crab apple and cherry blooms might have frozen with our last cold snap, but they look good; although our high winds have since destroyed them.

crabapple blossoms

cherry blossoms

It’s been really dry this past month, which kind of has me worried for what the summer/growing season is going to be like.

bluebells

Like I said, it’s been really windy, so it’s hard to photograph those delicate flowers.  I was pleasantly surprised to see one lone bleeding heart.  It was under the magnolia tree I lost in the derecho, and they prefer shade.  I don’t know what’s going to happen there. I guess we’ll see.

The lilacs are beautiful!  I love their scent.

I finally got around to clearing my asparagus patches off.

My plum tree is in really bad shape.  Once again I’m going to try to dig up and replant a couple of the new little ones coming up.

baby plum tree

Hopefully, they will survive if I do it while they are really small.

I also forgot to share that my dad finally came and took my lawn ornament.

Dad getting his mower

You might remember that the mower he loaned me lost its steering.  After sitting in my yard all winter, my dad brought out his brand new tractor.

Yep.  That’s how it went back into town.  LOL

Bless my dad, he’s been mowing my yards for me, but I need to figure something out.

Rainy Day and Thursday

14 May

Yesterday evening, the rain came.

It was gentle and slow to start, which is good because it gave me time to check on Uno and Seven since they had just moved.  Uno somehow managed to injure himself.  I really have no idea how.  Poor baby, but he’ll be fine.

Uno

Xerxes is innocent.  He didn’t have a drop of blood on him, so I know he wasn’t fighting with the kid.  He is actually happy to have company.

Xerxes

While I was up checking on Uno, I also found Seven.  He had moved himself back up there.  Again I don’t know how Uno managed to hurt himself, but it looks like it might have been on the tub Seven is sleeping in.  That is all Uno blood.  Seven just looks dead.  He was sleeping quite soundly and unconcerned that his maa was yelling for him to come eat.

Seven

Don’t worry, I carried Seven back down to his maa.  Everyone got inside during the rain, but I did have to kick Pistol out of the buck room because she was picking on everyone.  Poor Antigone has to be without her maa now.

This morning after the rains had quit, I checked again, and everyone was fine.  Seven looks quite cozy in his new surroundings.  You can see he had been outside because he has wet legs.

Seven

Popcorn has been hanging out with the girls in the buck room; I hope he keeps going out to pasture with them like he did yesterday afternoon.

Popcorn

I am grateful for the rain because we’ve been rather dry. No matter how old I get, I still enjoy the bright color of a dandelion.

This will hopefully help the crops and let the seeds I had already planted in my garden to sprout.  It certainly has helped the lilacs finish opening.

lilacs

I still haven’t decided if my cherry tree will actually have any cherries after our freeze.

sorry for the blur–Iowa is a windy state

Sky never seems to mind the rain.

Sky

This was a perfect rainy spring day!