Saturday, February 27, 2010
Yesterday was a beautiful day. The sun was out and it was in the lower 40's. I heard birds singing............serious singing............love songs. LOL. YEAH!!
My son was called to work again Friday. I had planned for him to go to town with me because I needed another strong back (weak mind - lol ). I wanted him to help me pick up some gardening supplies. We could have used his Ranger pick-up truck. I needed the supplies so I decided to go it alone anyway. I'm not a fan of driving the FX4 but can do it when I have to. So I took off in it and went to the post office first and then visited my hubby on his lunch hour. I went to the bank and gas station followed by a local gardening store called Anchor. It's a fantastic store and has the neatest gardening stuff but it's expensive and I usually try to find what I need at other places and use this as a last resort. I needed 3 - 16 inch concrete pavers to put in the middle of one of my annual rings. I then went to Tractor Supply and bought 2 - 40 pound bags of sunflower seeds, 10 suet cakes, and a 10 pound bag of finch seeds. By then it had became apparent how much easier it is to hoist this stuff up into my sons truck as opposed to the FX4. My next trip was to Wal-Mart to get more bananas - my son and husband are a couple of monkeys and eat 14 bananas a week!! I also bought one of those brass solar lights for Wheeler's grave. Then it was off to KMart to purchase some plant food. And finally to Lowe's to get a 40 pound bag of lime and 8 - 2 cubic feet bags of soggy, half-frozen potting soil. At least I had some help at Lowe's. I drove home and left it all in the truck. Pfftttttttt!! I had enough of that for the day!! No need to have my uterus fall out which at my age is a possibility. I fixed supper and then hubby and I went for a hike - like I needed more exercise!!!! I must be insane.
Today my hubby got me up early so I made breakfast. It was sunny but windy and cooler. We had a lot we needed to get done outside as..............are you ready?........................signs of spring are here!!!! Yes, really!!!! The shrubs are all getting buds and my hardy amaryllis, daffodils, crocus, iris, grape hyacinths, hyacinths, and herbs are all coming up. A beautiful red headed woodpecker showed up at our feeder and has been draining it all day. It is time to fertilize the perennials so hubby and I fertilized the flowers I mentioned plus the herbs, lilies, bearded iris, asparagus, hosta bed, barberry bush, holly, burning bush, snow ball bush, yews, pines, hydrangeas, periwinkles, spirea, wiegela, flowering almond, coral bells, cranesbills, bleeding hearts, astilbe, mums, gladiolas, peonies, euonymus, lilacs, blueberries, blackberries, grapes, raspberries, strawberries, apple trees, peach trees, pear trees, etc. We forgot the wild flower bed which has lots of sweet woodruff, spiderwort, Solomon seal, and purple trilliums. I weeded the 5 raised veggie beds as weeds are coming back. We then limed the veggie garden. We worked in the green house planting more seeds- cauliflower, broccoli, cabbage, and watered the plants that were in there already. I need to clean up the screen room soon as I will be spending more time out there.
We put Wheeler's light on her grave. Hubby really liked it and I was surprised. He really loved our little Wheeler and called her his Bitty Baby. He said that the light reminded him of JFK's eternal light on his grave. LOL. I don't know that I would compare our dead pet chinchilla to a respected slain president of the USA but my hubby really did love her and took such good care of her when she was sick and dying. Men can be so strangely sentimental sometimes. Now if we could just train them to stop belching, farting, and scratching so much.