Saturday, June 24, 2017

It's a Girl!

We have been thinking about getting a new dog for awhile. While not searching in earnest, we just kept our ear to the ground and put out the word.
A friend of a relative got in touch about this little girl.  They tried to tell us she was first a Golden Retriever, then a pure Lab. Well she is obviously a nice mix of Lab and something else. She is not well disciplined and only seems to know the SIT command, but she is learning very fast.
Now if we can just get Miss Kitty to warm up to her.

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

All is Calm, All is Bright

Yes, I know those words form a bit of lyric from a Christmas carol. They also describe things around here these days.
The grass is cut, the garden is pretty well totally planted. (We need a couple more herbs in the front)

THE DECK IS STAINED! If you weren't reading my blog last year you won't get it. In a nutshell: Our deck literally fell down last summer. It took quite awhile to get it rebuilt. We piddled away at it all fall and into the spring as we had a bit of free time. I watched for a good sale on Thompsons Water Seal Stain (I love that stuff!!). As of today the railings are all stained, the floor is stained and the sun is shining.
By tomorrow I can put the deck furniture back where it belongs and with any luck we will be able to enjoy sitting out there.
The bugs are still a flippin' nightmare, but I think they are letting up some.  Early mornings are a pretty good time to sit out there and enjoy that first cuppa tea. The phoebe's are feeding frantically which is a good thing.
On my next trip to town I'm going to buy more hanging planters to put on the posts. I'm also looking for some of those post caps that are solar lights. I think those are pretty nifty.
If we ever get the van fixed I'm hoping to buy another screen tent.

The hop vines are growing madly on the back porch. I need to get more twine hitched up to train them up and up! Some day, with any luck, I will have a pergola out there for the hops to cover. That will provide some welcome shade in the summer afternoons.

And it isn't even summer yet!!

Peace Love and Happiness friends.

Monday, June 12, 2017

Heat and Bugs

Our Ontario weather is being crazy outrageous hard to take miserable. Did I use enough adjectives in one sentence?
It went from cold and wet to hot and humid in a snap. It was too wet to plant and now to hot and dry.
The bugs are another story. My poor sister looks like someone took a baseball bat to her face! She has bites around her eyes and on the side of her nose, swelling her face and turning it a horrific color. She has BLISTERS for goodness sake.
My room mate was out working on our garden this morning with so many layers on she was bordering on heat stroke. But she still got a black fly or two inside her face net. She came in with rivulets of blood running down her cheeks. This afternoon she has her swollen face plastered with calamine.
Me? I stayed indoors today. I had nettle stings the whole length of my legs and bug bites on my head from yesterday.
The members of my garden club don't have much positive to say on our facebook page. If we aren't complaining about our bug bites, we are complaining about the plants. TOO MANY folks say they have to completely replant their gardens.
I just hope we get the cool down and the rain the weather guy hinted at.

Friday, June 9, 2017

All this green makes my eyes hurt

We are at that time of year when everything is a lush, vibrant green in these parts. Everything was well soaked for so long! I think the trees are going to have a massive growth spurt this year. I wish I could say the same for my apple tree. The one we planted to replace the one that didn't survive the winter didn't do diddly. It got buds, but that was as far as it got. They are guaranteed for ten years. I'm just not sure if I have to dig the darn thing up and haul it back or just take my paperwork and a photo?

My new roomie, Marlene, and I have been working like busy beavers on the gardening. We have the tomatoes, carrots, cucumbers and some beans planted.  M. was able to till the potato bed this afternoon, so I hope we can get them in the ground right quick. The grass mowing seems to go on and on and on. Too bad we don't have an critters needing green stuff.

Marlene has gone to the city to retrieve the last of her goods from her storage place and that will be the end of her mess in Ottawa. She will be so glad to be finished with all that.

We seemed to get a second wave of black flies the past couple of days. I'm bit up something horrible because I forget my spray or my jacket or whatever. I am waiting patiently for those dragon flies who finish them off. The dragon flies appear when the temperature hits something or other. It is in the forecast so I'm hoping.

I got another bit of the deck stained today with the Thompsons Water Seal. I am so impressed with that stuff!
We had a catastrophe appear today. I noticed some peculiar looking ants around one of the basement windows. On closer inspection, I found the window sill was looking rotted. Well, all of the wood around that window had to be torn out and everything sprayed liberally with a very toxic substance that kills insects. Once that dries up we have to completely reframe the window. We went all around the house looking for other hotspots. Thankfully that windowsill seemed to be the only bed for those horrible guys, but we took all of the framing out anyway.  While I was mixing up the poison, the bottle broke on the basement floor. We've been scrubbing and scrubbing and scrubbing to be sure none of that horrible stuff gets on the cats feet.

We started looking for another companion dog this week. We've been to the SPCA, who didn't have much to choose from. We've put ads, we've scanned newspapers and FACEBOOK. All we want is a mutt puppy that doesn't have any pitbull in it.  You wouldn't think that was so hard would you? Before anyone else gets in my face about being prejudiced about pits, (there have already been several), I was badly bit by our family raised pit when I was a youngster and they frankly TERRIFY me. I'm a senior citizen already so no comments about "getting over it". That train left the station about 60 years ago.

Tomorrow is M.s birthday so we are off to his fathers for a BBQ. He's going to be pretty tickled with his present!!

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Bug Fever or Spring Complaint

So how are the mosquitoes at your place?
A few weeks ago, a friend told me about a walk in the woods behind his home where there is a small lake/pond. He said it was alive with mosquito larvae.
Well they have come out of the water and into my yard and house! It's just AWFUL. I feel like wearing my bug suit to bed. Every window in this house has a screen. We don't have a dog to push the screen open (and leave it open) anymore. Yet the house is full of mozzies.
Someone told me she has replaced all of the screens in her house with a new finer mesh.  I have a lot of very large windows in my home so I don't think that is going to be an option here. Last summer, when the mozzies were mild compared to this year, I put cheese cloth over the screen in my bedroom windows. I might have to resort to that yet.
Someone else told me to pin smelly dryer sheets to the screens. Not sure if that works yet. Every time the wind blows they fall off. Do I have to sew them on???
When I went to S.Ontario last weekend we still had black flies around here. They seem to have finished, thank goodness.
Last week I went to town with M while he did a quick service call. I went for a lovely walk around the neighbourhood. There aren't any mozzies in that part of town.

(Photo from Orkin)

The second lot of tulip bulbs are in flower. They were planted two weeks after the first lot. These ones are all a light yellow with a slight bit of red feathering. Still NOTHING like the Canada150 tulips were advertised. They are very dainty and attractive none the less. Seems like June 1 is late for tulips to be flowering doesn't it?

(Canada150 tulip)

My garden is LATE LATE LATE. I'm not sure if we are even going to get any potatoes planted at the rate we are going. The patch hasn't been tilled. The onion and garlic bed needs a serious weeding so I can get more onions planted from sets. Most of the tomatoes I started from seed have died. I've gone from 30 plants to 20, to 10, to 6. Two Best Boy, two BrandyWine and two mutts seem to be thriving. Perhaps I'll just grab a couple of Roma and a couple of Cherry.  It's not like we need to freeze any more. There are still scads of bags in the freezer from last year.

Monday, May 29, 2017

a Family Affair

Went to the city for my grandaughters confirmation - followed by a family gathering. We had a grand time. I think this is the first time I can remember there not being any scraping and squabbling. Everyone got along, had a wonderful time. The food was amazing.

The girls were playing "Charlies Angels" out behind the garage. This is my youngest daughter doing her pose.

Two youngest daughters. I have several identical poses over the years from when my blond daughter was a tiny baby. 

Eldest and I just standing around chatting when Son In Law yelled SMILE!

Four daughters in order of age, left to right.

Second eldest daughter with her eldest son. T. has grown up so fast

Daughter in her new kitchen.  They've had a lot of fun renovating this house.It was quite a sight when they bought it. The former owners loved weird and whacky colors and trimming.

Eldest with the quilt I made for her birthday

Eldest grandson with daughters sweet Bermese Mountain Dog. 

Eldest and I posing with the quilt

I haven't done so much driving in quite some time so the trip was a bit of a challenge. I'm hurting today! Still, it was so wonderful to see ALL of my children again.

(I did see my son but he isn't into having his photo on Social media. We don't put photos of the children out there either.)