Thursday, March 31, 2022

Watching deer never gets old


Just for perspective, the area where the grass is higher is only about 40 feet from the back of our house.

 There’s a reason why these three deer are looking toward the house.  They have enjoyed some nice meals of corn this winter.  But, with the warm weather, their gravy train has ended.  Obviously, the yearling in front is losing her winter coat. Still, they look good coming out of the winter. 

There are plenty of coyotes around which might be why Brutus and Jojo don't seem to bother them when they are here.

On a moonlit night we might even see some hanging around the windbreak.  Then there is this!

Monday, March 28, 2022

Scarlett O'Hara Pieris

 In 2015 we completely removed the front landscaping.  Here is a link to the process of removing the original overgrown plants.  

Kim spent a lot of time planning the replacement scrubs. We didn't actually plant everything until the fall of 2016.  The timing and varieties were well-done on her part because we only lost one plant.   It was an almost a perfect fall with a late freeze and good moisture.  

There were once two Scarlett O’Hara Pieris plants tucked in a corner where the front juts out for the garage.  This is the one that prevailed.  Perhaps it was the location or the soil.  Pieris plants like acid soil.  According to my research, I should add some of our neighbor's corral compost we have in a pile for the best natural acidity. (More on that wonderous stuff another time)  

Even though it has never been a fast grower, it continues to plug along with determination.  I think it came back from the roots at least once.  Kim said we should move it.   However, it's become a favorite where it is located.  I admire people and plants with spunk and determination

Saturday, March 26, 2022

Do you really want to know what I cook for dinner?


In the past few years, I have not felt like writing on this humble blog.  There were months when we mostly stayed home.  I do not think anyone would want to read what I cooked for dinner each day. 

The videos I make are fun.  I mostly try my hand at making shorts.  Both Instagram and YouTube have that available.  In the end, writing is most enjoyable for me. And, more importantly, it takes hours to produce a short five-minute video that is only marginally creative.   I'm definitely a faster typist.

I do occasionally post on social media, but I prefer a place where family and friends can check in if they want to rather than have my activities randomly pop up.

Even though I did not write here, I kept a journal for the past year and a half.   I have a printer (Canon and Kodak both make one) which enables me to include little pictures in my journal.  Definitely old school—I will show you sometime.  In the end, journaling is a lot like posting here.

I have had several ask me about my blog recently and my most loyal reader still checks in (thank you Paul).  So, I thought I would give it another roll.  Summer is upon us, the garden is ready to plant, Dan has his projects and we are venturing out in our little RV.  All of these activities provide fodder for pictures and words. 

I am going to try to put something on here twice a week—Tuesday and Saturday mornings.  Will see how that goes.  If I find I’m once again not fulfilling my promise, I’ll let you know. 

Friday, March 25, 2022

Long Overdue

 Wayne & Ruth with Dan at Johnny's in Topeka.  We visited for 2 1/2 hours.  I think it was overdue.