Sidetracked Again

IMG_5922I started some projects on my list. Thanks to checking my email obsessively I scored some planters from freecycle. I had to drive a ways to get them, but  Ash needed something to occupy her brain. Sticking her nose out the car window helped. They were not the large beautiful planters I envisioned, but some were ok, and some were fabulous vintage houseplant type pottery. They are still in my trunk, because I could not figure out where to store them. A normal person would use their garden shed. Mine is full of stuff, I can barely move, plus lack of shelving means everything stacks on the floor.

Things that did get partially done included putting the soil and marigolds into the window box. I still did not plant the seeds, I thought it was too shady where it sits now. I might have my son help me move it out a bit, to get more sun. I watered the peppers and tomato plant still in their tiny nursery packs. I contemplated drilling my two 5 gallon buckets, and a wood planter that needed drainage. That is just fancy talk for I never got around to it. I also had my son help me bring out the raised bed so I could paint it. It is now setting on the firewood from the tree that blew down last fall. If I skip my book club tomorrow, I might have time to paint. I also listed a few more things for sale on Ebay. I have tons more to take pictures of. I even wasted about an hour trying to look up some brass buttons, to find out what country they are from. No luck, I might as well just list everything I do know and hope someone recognizes them. I can not even date them, but some are worn down so I believe they are early 20th century.

I am trying to catch up on laundry, so I hopefully won’t have to go to the laundry-mat. I don’t want to use stuck on gum dryers again or pour my soap in a slot but don’t see any suds.

A Time To Plant

IMG_5938I have been awake since 5AM! Only a short nap, I told my son to wake me up in 1/2 hour, and he did! I was hoping he would be too self-absorbed and let me sleep. I went to the greenhouse this morning! I wish I had one in my backyard. The atmosphere is so calming. I quickly tripped back to reality, trying to walk over stones and hoses. I got my favorites, petunias and peppers. I planted my hanging basket. It needed a new coco liner, but I just used the old one. I have learned to live without perfection. I planted so many other pots, that I will call planters, to make them sound more hoity toity (f’n spell check). I bought new gladiola bulbs, another favorite. I planted them on each end of the house (in the “planters”). I used my busted up watering can as a flower “tower”, I filled it with stones on the bottom, then dirt, then planted and stuck in another  planter. I bought marigolds, yellow because I don’t care for the rust ones. I planted some in my plastic window box that is on the ground. I have more for the wicker window box, but I did not want to go back to the shed to get more dirt. So, phase two will  commence tomorrow. Ashley was out with me. She did not relax, because I parked the car nearby. When I opened the door to get the plants out, she tried to get in. She worries too much about being left behind. I did not go anywhere since letting her out. when I brought the hose around to the front of the house she went nuts. I had to bring her inside early, she wanted to attack the hose. The hose nozzle did not winter well and is busted. The water came out the crack in the side, so I just rolled with it, but was pissed at how much water I wasted. I bought one tomato plant, just regular old size. The other varieties were so small, I thought I might as well start my own seeds. I also was going to plant peas and cucumbers in my two window boxes, but that will be tomorrow as well.

I have to get my son to help me bring my raised bed out from behind the shed so I can paint it. I told him I wanted it done today, but I was beat. He already helped with the hanging planter and took off to swim at the neighbors. It is not warm enough to swim here, but both my son and the neighbor kid have been in their 50 degree pool. My son says it is warm now, the water is in the 60s. I am such a great mother, some other neighbor asked if he could go with them to see WWII heroes. I just said sure. Now, I don’t know where he is or what time he will be back. Mom of the year, the kind you read about when things go wrong. I left the light on for him and the door unlocked. I don’t think I can stay awake much longer. I doubt I will stay awake at 5 AM tomorrow.

I hope to get some “before” garden pictures tomorrow. My flowers are sparse. I am sure the veggie seeds will not sprout instantly. I am lucky if I get the raised bed painted. I will then need to fill it and plant. I am still searching for more 5 gallon buckets to use as my container garden. I also need to drill what I already have. Another person from craigslist was supposed to have more, I am just waiting for them to get back to me. I also want to try at least one cardboard box container. I read they last for one season.

Covered in Paint, Back to Normal

I painted my wood planters that I bought at an auction last fall. They went from colonial wood buckets to fresh lilac colored planters. I still need to add the plants. I hope to take a trip to a greenhouse tomorrow. I also primed my wicker window box stand, and put some lilac color around the top edge. I already dipped the brush into the purple before I realized I needed more primer, so I compromised. I learned the hard way why people use spray paint for wicker. I told myself I was going for the shabby cottage look to make myself feel better. I will spray paint it next spring when I hopefully have more money. I used a bit of my bright purple from my door and put it in the white primer to make the lilac color. It will coordinate without taking all the thunder from my front door.
I titled this back to normal, because once again I am wearing my paint clothes. I have so much spilled paint on my right hand and arm it looks like I worked all day. It only took a few hours. It is supposed to be in the 70s for the next 10 days. If the forecast is correct it should be ideal for painting inside. It should be ideal for getting things planted outside too.

Hello May

IMG_5783I was not finished with April. Time does not wait for me, and I can not even fool it.  It is going by too fast and I still contemplate what I want to accomplish. I realize I need to do less thinking (ha ha) and more doing. I try and it is killing me. I have used my fire pit twice now. It seems like a waste of time and energy sitting watching it burn. I realized today, I should bring my paint and paintbrush out to get my planters painted. I want to go buy some plants at the greenhouse tomorrow. I can’t wait, I can hope it does not freeze again this year. The lawnmower I bought was an epic fail. My son had a hard time pushing it. I pushed it about 10′ with one arm before I could not push it farther. The neighbors came over. They could not push it any better than us. I will have to call and try to return it tomorrow. I will also have to call and have someone mow my yard for the season. It is so tall now, I can barely walk. I would love to fence it in and rent a goat. Fencing would be good for Ash to run and play too without fear she attacks the many dogs people walk by. I am too week to hold her back, she even has snapped a few metal chains. She has snapped some of her collars before too, but I learned to get the heavy duty ones.

I can still smell woodsmoke in my hair. It is supposed to be nice again tomorrow. I am going to dig out the paint. I scored a wicker planter off of craigslist today. It will stand in as my window box for my big front window.  I want to put in flowers, but veggies too. Maybe snap peas will trail down instead of up? I will google it before I try.  I also scored two 5 gallon buckets , that I plan on drilling holes in the bottom to make into veggie planters. I wish I could find a bunch more. I saw two in the recycling dumpster, but they were too far in to reach. I am not too proud. I know people through them out. I need to find those people and help them out.