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I'm a mother of four grandmother of seven and great grandmother of one. I have many hobbies and interests but gardening and rug hooking are my main interest at the moment. I live with my husband in the house that we built with the help of my brothers and have been married for 51years.

Wednesday, August 2, 2017


A few weeks ago I was all prepared to post on my blog  but Google wouldn't let me open my email account. It asked me to open another gmail account and was pushing me to Google+ and wanted me to start another blog. I couldn't send or receive emails, I couldn't post on my blog or see my Reading List and of course, lost all my contacts. I could read my blog and I could receive comments and I could access my followers by clicking on their comment link on my post but it was a long and tedious job and I was just too busy with work to spend much time on the computer.

I tried to fix the problem but got frustrated until Christine, my techie daughter figured how to get back things like they were before.   I'm back and running so this is history.

I had a lots of appointments booked on my calendar, one at my bank for transferring some retirement investments, one to move the piano, one at my doctor to discuss results of some blood tests etc, one to pick up my granddaughter for her Dr's appointment in another town, and one to bottle my wine.

I got to the bank appointment and after waiting 15 minutes the clerk had to rebook my appointment for Friday because she couldn't access the internet to view my files. She had moved to a new office and lost her internet connection in the process. Wasted morning for me.

When I got home from the barn that afternoon, there was a message on the phone. My piano appointment would have to be changed because the moving men couldn't come until late afternoon instead of morning. I had that appointment booked two weeks in advance...They couldn't give me a specific time, between 1:00 and 3:30pm. so I had to wait for their call. I worked inside  the house instead of working on the hedge.

My granddaughter had to change her doctor's appointment to Thursday, so it meant that I had appointments everyday that week.  It was disappointments at every turn. It all started with Google... hahaha.

Finally my piano is being moved. Three men came and did their work professionally. They were recommended by the music store who sells pianos.

Moving heavy piano can be tricky and one man said, he had one tipping over and crashed once...  I kept my fingers crossed...

They rolled it unto the platform on the ground and lifted the platform up and rolled it inside the truck and secured it for the short trip to my granddaughter's house. Goodbye, piano... Now I'll have to find an alternate place to display my Christmas Village for the Holidays.

I 'm clipping the very neglected spruce  hedge as the tops were growing very fast, but it was much easier than the last time I did it a few years ago. I'm seriously considering removing it and replacing it with a fence. My legs and glutinous muscles were sore but after a few days were ok.

Having all those appointments has made me put the hedge clipping on hold and it's so dry, I'm having second thoughts about finishing my job.  The trees by the very end will have to be removed as they were beyond repair.  I clipped most of the dried  branches off and they are awaiting for my husband time to do remove them. I'll show a picture later...

Meanwhile, these yellow blooms are gone but the rosebush is still blooming.

Some sort of  calendulas also on their way out by now.

Some sedum also on their way out by now.  Meanwhile there are many other  flowers that have bloomed.  I will show them in a later post. They will probably be finished by then, oh well...

My husband is talking of retiring next year but still need another 3rd tarp building to store the hay. We have already 1500 big round bales stored and it's just the first cut.
This is the ditch for the footing.

The men pouring the cement for the footing. To be continued next time as this post is already too long.
I hope that we get more rain in August as the ground ids bone dry.

Thanks for visiting and leaving a comment. I really like to read what your thoughts are.
Hugs, Julia


  1. So many interesting things going on at your house. I think your flowers look wonderful. I am so glad that you got your blog up and running. Some weeks are just like that one step forward and two back.
    I hope things continue to work for awhile. :) Have a great Wednesday.

  2. Hi Julia! I hope your blood tests were fine. Wow! It's a huge job to move a piano. That construction/foundation making looks complicated.

  3. AUGUST .....the heat and the humidity seems to do a number on the plants, esp when like me you stop watering! Sounds like you have had a lot of appointments...I have a few coming up this month myself not to mention the ones last month.

  4. Hi Julia! Don't you just love computer issues!!! I had to get a new hard drive and since I had an IPad, IPhone, and IPod I decided to go with an apple. Not enough hours in the day to learn all the things I need so I can post pictures to my blog from my camera and my iPad. We're also I. The process of remodeling our bathroom so my house and yard is a terrible mess! Sigh! Good to read your post!


  5. There is never a dull moment with you now you didn't say anything about your blood work I hope it was good.
    If your husband retires will you move and your son and family take over? Or will you sell your farm.

  6. Technology problems are such a pain! Love all those pretty blooms.

  7. It sounds like your week was horrendous! Yikes.
    I had to laugh as you were talking about all of the appointments you had...piano, doctor, bank....I was reading and got to the wine. I thought it said you had an appointment with your wine....and realized that it was to bottle your wine...not an appointment WITH your bottle of wine.....
    You might want to reconsider!

    Glad you were able to get so much done. Your flowers and yard are always so lovely and I really enjoy seeing them.

    Have a great week.
    And be grateful that Google has settled down.

  8. Hi Julia, good to see you back in action and hope your blood test result will be fine. So many appointments in a rows... hope everything is settle by now. But good to keep ourselves occupied to slow down aging.

    Love those flowers in your garden, so pretty and colourful.
    Take care and have a great week ahead,regards.

  9. You are a very busy lady; too busy, I fear. Wonder Woman! I seriously wonder how you do it all. I wish you could pick and choose how you spend your time, because you have things that I know you would prefer to do leisurely. Please take care of You. HUGS! xo

  10. It's good to hear from you again. Sorry for all the snafus in your week! Computers...can't live with 'em, can't live without 'em! Thank goodness for techies who can help those of us like you and me! Your flowers are pretty...I especially like those calendulas. Here's to a better week...and some rain for you!

  11. I have missed you but figured there was a good reason for your absence now I know what it was, darn Google! You sure know how to stay busy but appointments are not a fun way to utilize time. Your flowers still look lovely and your granddaughter is going to love having a piano, especially as a gift from her grandma. It's always a dilemma as to when to retire. It never seems like a good time when you consider all that needs to be done and decisions that need to be made. It's good to have you back Julia!!

  12. Hi,
    Well, guess what, that silly google thing happened to me too!! I love technology, but I do not get these goofy things that happen.

    Busy summer days, appointments and projects. You sound like me. ;-)

    We are having a goofy weather week. 91 degrees for 7 days in a row with HIGH humidity. Then today it dropped to 51 degrees! Crazy Wisconsin Weather.

    I have been busy harvesting beans.
    Next up are the tomatoes, we have lots of green tomatoes, they are slow at turning color. Crossing our fingers. Someone said an early Frost this year and very early Autumn. Yikes, hurry tomatoes.

  13. You are a very busy lady; too busy, I fear. Wonder Woman! I seriously wonder how you do it all.

  14. Love the picture of your house and yard! It simply looks so happy! :-)

  15. Hi Julia,
    My goodness, but you certainly have had a lot of delays, stops, and starts!! Glad things finally came together about your computer and your piano!!! Your yard and flowers are just LOVELY and it seems you are all busy at your homestead!! I remember you posting about that hedge before!!! It is HUGE, as is that trench the men are/have dug!!! Hope you have some time planned for some hooking and quiet time!!!
    Take care and stay safe, my friend!
    Heart Hugs~

  16. Hello Julia,
    I hope that doesn't happen to my blog! I'm not a techie either & rely on my youngest son for his knowledge.
    Your photo of your home is splendid! I love all the blooming going on in the yard. I heard the sacata bug last week...frost will be upon us in 6-8 weeks from their first song. My Grandpa taught me that & it's pretty accurate!
    A new building being built, what work you have going on all the time, that is going to be a large building for someone that wants to retire, it looks ambitious! lol
    I don't think you two will retire, you'll just reinvent yourselves. Either way, I wish you all the very best!
    Nice to see your granddaughter has an interest in the piano, you'll find a special place for the Christmas village. I want to find the moving box that has mine in it & set it up this year too.
    Savour the next few weeks of summer Julia & laugh at the gremlins that are changing your appointments to disappointments. The Serenity Prayer is so helpful to
    me when the road starts turning when I want to go straight. Enjoy the beauty that you have created around you & I'm thankful that you share it!

  17. Didn't realize how humongous your house is. That hedge is quite an undertaking and don't think I'd be comfortable teetering on the ladder to do it. For sure I'd have to hire that done.

  18. That hedge definitely needed trimming. It takes a lot of effort to keep them under control. It's a big job but I'm sure you can handle it. A fence is a good alternative though. It looks as though you've got a lot on your hands. I know what it's like. It's ok when you're younger.

  19. Wow girlfriend, what a schedule! Thankfully you got back on the blog road though..I would hate to miss a post. You didn't mention anything happening with the wine appointment so I'm guessing you canceled the bottling and just drank it all after all that! I'll send some of the rain we've been getting up to you!

  20. You are always so busy. That's what keeps you young :)
    So good to hear from you, my friend!!!
    Oh, I will say lots of prayers that hubby retires next year. You deserve a break from all your chores.

  21. HELLO my lovely Julia!
    Firstly, I apologise for not coming here sooner but I only just got back from Greece. I've been there for 10days but I always schedule blog posts to maintain a consistent appearance (and to foil would-be er-blogreading burglars!) I did see your comment on my phone but it is such an arduous process commenting on my phone that I thought I would save it until I was back at my computer! I am so sorry to hear that you had such a pest of appointments not happening and then having loads in close succession! I hope your granddaughter enjoys the piano! The thought of moving pianos terrifies me! At some point, they will have to move the piano down the stairs from my old music room at school and I am terrified they will wreck it or just try to get the caretakers to do it!
    The garden is looking lovely but I do hope you get the much-needed rain. Apparently, it has been rain and storms here in England whilst I have been away. Greece was unbearably hot and dry but I am very, very grateful for the holiday!
    I hope that you are ok. YOU need a break!xx

  22. Hi Julia, thanks for commenting on my blog
    I enjoy reading what you have to say. I know how busy you must get so I really appreciate the time you tak in doing it. Thanks.

  23. I see it is still very busy around your place sweet Julia. The flowers are just beautiful as is your yard. That is a very nice picture of the flowers with the house in the background. I bet you will enjoy a lot when your husband retires. Pianos are so heavy and difficult to move when one doesn't know how to move them. It was good that you were able to get men who knew what they were doing. I bet you find a place for your Christmas village with no problem. I hope you are having a wonderful Sunday and you will have a very nice new week with no issues. Love and hugs Mags