Wednesday, May 20, 2015

In Memory

We made our annual trip to the cemeteries today to visit our parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles grave sites.  While it can be a time of sad reflection, we enjoy the yearly visit.   Our families are mostly buried at country church cemeteries only a mile apart in the community where we grew up. 

I have resorted to artificial flowers, the brighter the better.  We should try to get peonies started.  I don’t know of any other perennial flowers  that bloom at exactly the right time.  The rain was hard on the peonies this year.  They were blooming but often bent over often laying on the ground.

This year we visited the Alida Cemetery.  The town of Alida is under Milford Lake, but the cemetery was wisely placed on a hill outside of town.  It is in this cemetery that Dan’s great grandfather John is buried.  Dan and I have a common background in that both our families immigrated from Switzerland.IMG_2408 Here is another of Dan’s relatives with an impressive military background. 

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The military service markers were not placed in the two bigger cemeteries, but these were in the much smaller Alida cemetery.  They were a bit askew so it would seem they aren’t removed from year to year.   I would like to get pictures of all the different wars.IMG_2413IMG_2407IMG_2417

I need to study more about these markers because it doesn’t appear each war has its own design at least with these markers.  Although, we did spot two marking  veterans of the Spanish American war and WWII several years ago. 

On our way home, we decided to drive through Fort Riley to the Ogden pawn shop we like to check on once in a while.  That did not happen.  The Post is secure—the two guards made that clear at the check point by what they said and by what one of them had in his hand.  Although, I will say they were polite.

Next year we will visit the Junction City cemetery and find my Mom’s parents. 

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

The Garden is In

I suppose most would say, “The garden is planted.”  Dan and I must have grew up saying this phrase.  I am sure this is how we would ask about anything planted, “Is the wheat in?” “Do you have your corn in?”  Then, we would ask, “Do you have your wheat  out?” Meaning, have you harvested.

Back to the garden. 

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This definitely is not a great looking garden.  However, ignoring the weeds, the beans, onions and potatoes are progressing nicely.  Since this picture was taken, we have developed a deer problem again.  They love the green beans and have nipped the tops off each plant.  Dan has posts and wire ready to install an electric fence as soon as it dries up.  If we don’t get it installed soon, we will once again hardly have a crop of green beans.

As for the weeds.  I thought it was such a wonderful idea to plow the garden this year.  As I expected, it did make for a mellow seed bed.  What I didn’t expect is breaking all those bindweed roots cause the weed to multiply.  Dan has tilled several times, but the rainy weather has kept us out of the garden recently and it looks worse than this now.  As soon as it dries up enough, we will till again and probably resort to the old fashioned way of bending over and pulling—I’ll be doing that with the electric fencer off.

Monday, May 18, 2015

Tree Trimming

It has been an ongoing project to work on trees around here.   We have large Australian pines to the north of our house.  They started as a wind break, but not sure how much wind they block anymore.  I think I’ve said this before but I feel like I’m in the mountains as the wind whistles through those big trees.

Since we were working on trees anyway, Dan decided to chainsaw the limbs that were too low to safely mow under.

Later, I was contemplating loading the limbs on a trailer when I saw a dove scamper off.  On closer inspection, there was a nest, still on the limb, but laying on the ground.  And, it had two little doves in it.   I gently covered it with another limb and waited for Dan to get home.  I knew he would have an idea.  I hoped it wouldn’t involve bringing the baby doves in the house!

What we did do was to cut the limb on each side of the nest and used baling twine to tie it back up onto a limb higher in the tree. 

Sure enough, we went back out to check later and there was the dove sitting on the nest with her babies safely underneath.  She didn’t like the camera pointed at her so she flew off, but here is the nest. 

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This was about three weeks ago.  We are fairly sure we have seen the little babies tentatively flying around recently.  All is well that ends well!

Sunday, May 17, 2015

I Am Fine! Although a little soggy

I received a call today  wondering if everything was ok with us, specifically me since I hadn’t posted to my blog in a long time.

I appreciate the call, Ron and Jean.  It made me realize  I need to get back in the habit.   I have missed writing here. 

I’ll start, as I always do when I’ve been away for a while, with the most recent news.  Tonight that would be the four and a half inches of rain we have received in the past three days.  Last night it came down in buckets—over three inches.  

Our new pond ran over—literally.  There is a pipe to help keep the water flowing through during a heavy rain.  However, it could not handle so much so fast.  When it rains so much the pipe can’t handle it, there is usually a overflow on the upper part of the pond where water will exit away from the dam area.  Our overflow is too high and the water went over the dam.

This picture is the pond this morning.

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Here is how close it came to washing out at least part of the dam.

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Definitely something that will need attention.

This is a picture of the older pond taken from what our kids called, “The Pit.” 

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Finally, the Wakarusa River.  Thankfully, I don’t believe there was much flooding into fields.  Mostly, the rain was welcome to fill up ponds and give a good saturation for the crops.

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