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I'm a mother of four grandmother of seven and great grandmother of three. I live with my husband in the house that we built with the help of my brothers and will have been married for 57 years this February.

Thursday, May 21, 2015


I don't know about you but keeping up with everything at this time of year is getting increasingly difficult as I age.
I'll be taking a little blog brake just to get things done around the house and outdoors. So I may not be leaving comments on your blogs for a little while. Nothing personal... just making some time for moi.

Here is what my yard looked like today before the lawn was cut. I was busy pulling dandelions on the lawn as part of dandelion control but I didn't get them all. I had to rush and take pictures when I had the chance otherwise it wouldn't get done... I cut the lawn and went to work at the farm.

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 As you can see, my white daffodils are doing well this year and spring flowering plants have started to bloom.

 Not as many tulips as the last couple of years. I may plant some new bulbs in the Fall if things works out right. I suspect the squirrels have dug up many of them.  We have now trapped over 20 squirrels so far but we still see one around.

There were a lot of dandelions all along this path and I picked about half a wheelbarrow. It's been very sunny today so the colors are washed out.

The Peonies are starting to bud and the Hostas are developing well.

One of my  Azaleas is just ready to bloom. ( This picture is for you Carla) Sorry they are not all in full bloom yet.

My ground phlox are not as abundant this year as they really had a hard winter. Lots of Creeping Charlie weeds on my lawn.

More spring flowers.

This part of the lawn was cut as well as the front.

Finally my big rock garden.

I hope to be back soon. Thanks for all the visits and the comments you have so kindly left on my blog.  Stay safe everyone and I hope to see you back here soon.


Tuesday, May 12, 2015


Yep, I'm feeling a bit guilty for not posting. I have just too many things going on that I can't seem to be bothered to select what I want to blog about.

I went and checked the river bank yesterday and I picked some fiddleheads.  A lot of bloggers have never heard of fiddleheads so I thought that I would make mention of them here. Our farm has a riverfront property so we can pick fiddleheads to eat in the spring. These delicacy can be found in the fresh vegetable isle in grocery stores and are pricy since they are labor intensive to pick and clean.

You can click on the picture to get a closer look.

Sorry, I didn't had my camera but this is a picture I took of fiddleheads on May 19, 2011  They are all washed many times until the little brown coverings are all removed.  Maybe I'll do a better documentary on fiddleheads next time.

If we don't pick them early, people go on our land and pick them before we have a chance at picking for ourselves and it's not fun.

Yesterday I picked about 21 pounds and it took me a little over 3 hours counting the time to go and come back by car.  I gave away all to family and kept 3 pounds for ourselves. I may go back to pick again and will take my camera this time

I had  forgotten to take my camera as I was just going to check if they were ready but I wish I would have taken it with me because  I saw a big fox watching me for a while and I saw a cormorant bird on a log in the brook that connect to the river. I watched it for a good 5 minutes and it just stayed there. I had never seen one in our area before. It was pretty cool and I saw an adult eagle in a big tree scanning the surroundings.

Today I planted some beets in the rain, and pruned one of my thorniest Grootendorst  rose bush using a pair of leather gloves to protect my hands... Very pretty when in full bloom.

Here is a older  picture of  my Grootendorst as it's just starting to bloom. This is a 2011 picture as well. You can see it's covered with buds ready to bloom.

The grass is starting to green up and the spring flowers are popping up here and there. Nothing spectacular yet.

Thanks for stopping in. I appreciate your comments.


Monday, May 4, 2015


Finally our roof is done..... Our old roof was in such need to be replaced but  with threats of flooding in the spring  and then other pressing things at the farm it never got done. Not knowing wether we would flood or not this year,   we couldn't wait any longer and we hoped for the best. The water levels keeps going down.

The weather man announced sunshine and my husband rounded up a crew and got the roofing delivered and then it rained for days.

Here is the delivery truck with the lift.
Remember, if you want a larger picture just click on the photos.

I was busy and by the time I thought to take a photo of the roofing delivery, the load was already off the big truck and on top of the roof. The big tarp still wasn't in place on the lawn but the guys were working on removing the old plywood off the soffit.

It's  a very wide soffit and this is where the squirrels were running  back and forth driving me crazy at night.

Some of the guys worked at preparing the site in the rain and did some tearing up of the soffits and rain gutters, placed the roofing bundles on the roof. They worked in the sunshine, rain, freezing rain and even snow. With more rain in the forecast for the work was halted.

When the guys were here to work, I fed the workers well, we had hot beef sandwiches with gravy, fries and vegetables one day, pizzas and carrot cake and brownies another day,  hot chicken stew with apple pie, another day and Chicken Fettuchine with sundried tomatoes and lemon pies on the last day. They worked in miserable weather and also in the heat.

Jordyn, my oldest granddaughter and her son, Cyprus helped making pizza.

Yes, Cyprus helped too and was placing pepperoni in a bowl and Jordyn was taking a picture with her smart phone. There was 2 more small  pizza than on the counter and the men raved about how good they were.

When everyone was done there was lots of pizza left.

This is the back

This is the garage on the back. It was a sunny day and it was hot up there. Notice the new soffit with nice edging on the top roof.

The job is still not complete but the roof is done and the young guys said they will stay in school and get an education instead of becoming roofers.  It was hard and heavy work.  Thanks guys. A job well done.

I have more pictures than I was going to use but it's good reference for prosperity.
I hope you are all enjoying the warmer weather. Thanks for visiting and please leave a comment. I appreciate it so much to hear from you.