After a 9 hour day yesterday and choir last night, I am thankful it’s raining today so I can clean up my kitchen, my sewing room, run the vacuum and continue working on our next door banner to show you on May 1.
It was a gorgeous day in North Iowa yesterday and even as I sit here this morning and it’s gray and drizzly outside I can hear the goldfinches chirping away – so wonderful to have them back. Yesterday when I got to church for choir practice the kids were looking at the trees where 4 turkey buzzards were perched – in town! And they were there last year, too. I don’t think I have ever seen one before.
Back to my yard work. After the discussion about the teepee, I took a ride through the grove. Brenda sent me a picture from her yard of a huge branch teepee and now I can’t find it. Grrr. She explained that they put the branches around the trees as they cleaned up their property. It was easier than hauling them all to one location.
This is my ride through the grove – all of these woodpiles exist because our grove is old and most everything is dead or dying with the exception of new volunteer trees and brushy growth.
Ideally the old trees should come down and we should plant a new grove but we are too old to tackle that huge job so the next owners will have to do it. By the time I got all the way around I started another teepee.
Hazel was convinced there was something inside that hollow limb and there probably was at one time.
Back to my project for the day – this flower area between the garage and the quilt shop. This is how it looked when I started – ugh!
Lilies are coming up slowly and until I think they’re all showing I won’t be able to plant all of these new ones.
I raked and cleaned and tried not to tear away the new growth that had already come up. The Workhorse worked hard hauling and dumping.
I bought an elephant ear bulb at Walmart.
I wanted to plant it inside this wooden tower so the leaves would have some support.
I doubt it will grow however because it felt soft and it smelled really bad. I think it was rotten and I remember when I bought it I thought it might be soft – that was a couple weeks ago.
I had to dig out the roots of the dead kiwi vine and then got around to the hydrangeas – yes, more of them. By the time I finished I put up a few of the fence sections and moved on. It sure looks better, doesn’t it?
The area north of the quilt shop collects many leaves and I had a big job raking there but in the end it looked like this and I hope to plant hostas there when Connie divides hers.
By this time I stopped and did the chores. I was too tired to move!
Thought you’d enjoy this picture of a boy in a crate with the dog looking on – haha!
The little dog’s name is Piper and she belongs to Roy’s sister Kathy who has MS and who wanted a little dog for company .
The little boy in the crate is her grandson.
Here’s a picture taken by Pam Buda on the cruise of Connie holding the quilt called Hiding In Plain Sight. I’m seriously considering this quilt as the sewalong project. Anybody interested? I’m not ready to start quite yet but wanted to think about what fabrics to gather.
Off to the barn and then the sewing room.
Small acts of kindness could change the world.