Thursday, May 9, 2013

Things I've Learned from the Garden and other assorted stuff....

I used to have a beautiful yard! 
Several years ago life was just hard and I got scared about our house and just sort of withdrew from it.  Dh started doing the mowing and weed whacking.  Since I didn't have to look at it I guess I could put it out of my mind.  It isn't pretty any more.
I decided today to get on the weed patrol!  I spent several hours out there today.  There is so much therapy in yard work.  I have cried and worked through many of a problem in the dirt.  It felt really good to be out there today in the sun and warmth. 
Many years ago my Auntie gave me some of my grandmother's shamrocks.  I was almost positive they were all gone, smothered out by the weeds and moss.  I was SO pleased to find them today.  It really did my heart GOOD to see them! 
My Grandmother's Shamrocks.
Dh and I thinned out one of my Lilacs.  It had some vines and stuff growing with it.  One of the things was Blackberries!  I hate them!  We have never had them in our yard and they are a PEST!  They just take over everything!

Blackberries 1 - Nikki 2 
It's gone!  for now....
This is a small portion of the pile we dug and cut and pulled off  and out of stuff.
Into the yard waste bin it goes.

Bugs up his tree!

Dh cuts me a fresh bouquet every few days.  They last such a short time.

Bugs and his new bow.  He saved and purchased it himself.  I don't know why he wanted it but he actually does really pretty good with it.  He has gotten a bulls eye.
Heir just was in Cancun for a destination wedding.  He had such a good time.   I stole this picture from him.  He was going for the Miami Vice look.  He did very well.  :)

Heir in Cancun dressed for the wedding.
Last Saturday Dh was coming home from work and his truck just stopped!  He had to have it towed home.  He did all the diagnostic stuff he knows to do.  Nothing going.  He called my cousin Tim (who also has a Ranger) to get some advice... they figured it out.  Tim and Jay (?) showed up bright and early (for me) and Dh had got the part and they put it in!  They knew how and all the details of the timing and such and just got it done.  It took about 3 hours.  Tim called a little after 3 hours after he had left and asked if it was still running?  Uh yes???  Tim said "Well the warranty was only good for as long as it took them to do the work, 3 hours."  LOL
Dh, Tim with the coffee's and Jay doing the work.  Hmmmmm Supervisors or just the committee?
Have a great weekend. 


  1. HAHAHAHAHA! Only good for as long as it took them to do the work! Love it!

  2. Grandpa wants Lane to know thats a great bow. He is proud he got it by saving. Good job Lane. Our lilacs are not blooming yet. I love them so much. Is Dustin home yet? A pretty handsome young man. Love you daughter.

  3. Nikki still has shamrocks!!!!!! WOW.. I think you are the only one who actually planted them and I guarantee they will keep coming back :)