Apr 16, 2015

My List of Projects for the Backyard


There are several projects I want to tackle as soon as the rain lets up.  (Please understand that I am not complaining about the rain.  We are so grateful to not be in a drought situation so far this year.  My heart goes out to all of you that are experiencing a drought in your area.)

The first item on my list is for the hubs to build two more lantern posts.  Last June, I had the hubs build two lantern posts for the shallow end of the pool.  You can find the steps to building your own posts here.  These two simple posts have added so much "wow" to that area for minimal cost.  Ever since then I have been pondering on where I could place a couple more.  :)

I want to place two new posts where the two black wrought iron lantern holders are now behind the fire pit.  I have finally convinced the hubs of how good it will look and he is now on board with my idea.  They will be a nice compliment to the copper pineapple torches and no longer blend into the background.  Something tells me he is going to love the new look.  Imagine that!


Here is my list of projects for the backyard:


Build two lantern posts for backside of fire pit
Power wash fence
Power wash cool deck and patio area
Scrub pool and clean really well
Trim hedges
Mulch for beds (pay someone)
Plant flowers
Rework doors of shed
Clean out shed
Sand and paint bench
Touch up paint where needed
Clean fan and lights
Wash curtains on patio
Make new curtains for windows in shed
Buy lanterns for shed
Hang up curtains for French doors
Clean grill
Clean refrigerator (the inside and outside)
Possibly build in the grill and fridge


Now if the weather will cooperate we can get a few things done!

Do you have a list of projects you want to work on?

Take care,

Debbie


Apr 15, 2015

Spring Cleaning - Pool Side


We are getting so close to being able to swim!!!  I am SO EXCITED!!!  The grandkids keep asking if they can swim.  I let them dip their fingers and toes in and ask them what do you think?  Their answer is always the same...it's too cold!  But I can still swim!!!

We have quite a few things to do, spring cleaning if you will, before we start swimming.  We had the Polaris serviced to make sure everything is in working order and it was!  Check.

The next thing we did was clean the filters for the pool.  Boy were they gross.  You are supposed to clean them twice a year.  I told the hubs we are going to clean them every four months so they don't get so dirty and take so long to clean.


There are four filters in all that fit into the large round thingy.


The hubs was cleaning out the pool and found some rocks in the pool.  He made a comment that the neighbor's grandkids must have accidentally thrown the rocks in the pool (I can't imagine where the rocks were, can you?).  I laughed.  I reminded him that his oldest granddaughter was trying to make the rocks skim across the water.  He laughed and moved on.  You know those grandkids can do no wrong.

Here's what they looked like after they were sprayed down.  I was so filthy after we finished this job.  It was almost like sand blasting (not really but close to it).


Check out all of the dirt that came out of those four filters.


We discovered that this little thingy needs to be replaced.


The hubs added two bags of salt to bring the salt level up.  We are going to be adding the other chemicals to bring the pool up to the proper levels.  The water temperature was 80 degrees (top of water) so I imagine we will be swimming soon if the nights stay warm.  

Counting the days until we are swimming again!

Hope you are having a great day!!!

Take care,

Debbie


Apr 14, 2015

God's Blessings - Spring Has Arrived


Every Spring a beautiful red cardinal visits us.  So many times I miss getting a photo of this beautiful bird but I lucked out yesterday evening.  I guess that's the perk of blogging....you always have your camera ready.  :)  I need to put my tripod at the back door so I can get better pics.


I was so curious about this beautiful fella that I did a little research on him.  He is a male Northern Cardinal.  His coloring is so striking you can't take your eyes off of him.  We spend most of our time (when we can't use the pool) in our family room.  We have three windows looking into the back yard so it is easy to spot the wildlife as it comes and goes.  The Northern Cardinal's color is a shade of red that you can't miss.  You will see something fly by out of the corner of your eye so you automatically look to see what it is and where did it go.

 
The Northern Cardinal is a fairly large, long-tailed songbird with a short, very thick bill and a prominent crest.  Cardinals often sit with a hunched-over posture and with their tail pointed straight down.  Male cardinals are brilliant red all over, with a reddish bill and black face immediately around the bill.  


The cardinal makes a beautiful sweet whistle sound. 


The females are pale brown overall with warm reddish tinges in the wings, tail and crest.  They have the same black face and red-orange bill.

 
Northern Cardinals tend to sit low in shrubs and trees or forage on or near the ground, often in pairs.  They are common at bird feeders but may be inconspicuous away from them, at least until you learn their loud, metallic chip note.

Look for Northern Cardinals in inhabited areas such as backyards, parks, woodlots and shrubby forest edges.  Northern Cardinals nest in dense tangles of shrubs and vines.

 
I walked over to my lime tree and found this baby bird.  He sat on this branch for a very long time.  I know 'cause I was watching him....not putting two and two together that she belonged to the mom and dad lurking around.  Yes, I hate to admit it, but sometimes I am slow.


Isn't it adorable?  This is probably about the time the bird singing got really loud.  Again....I did not put the two together.


Here's a pic of mom and dad watching over their baby and this crazy person that is way too curious.  They were definitely giving me the eye.  You know which one I'm talking about.  The one you give your kids when they had better stop what they are doing eye.


Needless to say I was constantly calling to the hubs to come check this bird out (over and over) that he was getting annoyed bored with me.  However, he did see something that I didn't.  The baby bird went to the ground and was trying to fly.  Apparently the parents helped it get away because it was gone.  They wanted to get it away from that crazy person!!!


Our mama dove is still sitting on her eggs.  I hope I at least get to hear them chirping after they are born.

I found this egg shell on the ground.  It wasn't very big.  I am guessing that it fell out of our neighbors tree.  There are several bird nests in there.


Here's a crime scene.  Either the birds or the squirrels were digging in my flowers.  I am going to have to find something to deter them from my plants.  Do you have any ideas?


This little fellow came out to play just as I was going inside.  Take note of the squirrel feeder on the left hand side.  We used to keep it full of peanuts and they would literally lay on the fence and pig out.  Once they were full they would plant them in my pots, landscaping, etc.  We would find sprouts coming out of them!!!  We do not need any help in growing weeds!!!




Hope you are having a great day!!!

Take care,

Debbie















Apr 13, 2015

Happy Monday!!!

Damages (2007) Poster


I hope you had a great weekend and did something really fun!  I was down and out from my oral surgery so I laid low and binge watched Damages on Netflix.  The hubs did a great job making sure I had what I wanted to eat on hand.

I am on Season 3.  It is really good.  Glenn Close and Rose Byrne are great actresses.


Do you ever binge watch something on Netflix?  If so, what would you recommend?

Hope you have a wonderful week.

Take care,

Debbie

Apr 9, 2015

A Mama Dove and Her Baby Eggs


Last Saturday the girls and I went in the backyard to water my garden plants.  As we were walking away from the plants something caught my eye.  It was a Dove sitting in my fern.  I am talking eye level.  It startled me...in fact it looked fake it was being so still.  The only thing moving was her eye as she watched me.


 Needless to say, we startled her and she flew away.  I quickly lowered the plant for the girls to see the eggs.  They were so excited.  We put it back and left her alone.  She has been sitting on her eggs every day, rain or shine.  I told the hubs I want to put an umbrella over her.  He didn't think that was a good idea.


We have had a pair of Doves hanging around the backyard for over a year now.  I told the hubs they act as if it is their territory.  Last summer I was swimming in the pool, minding my own business.  I could see they were hanging around and they seemed to be annoyed with me and my music.  A little later one of them kind of swooped where I was but not low enough to touch me.  I guess it was a warning that they had heard enough!

Hope you are having a great week.  I am home recuperating from some dental work I had done yesterday.  Fun times!!!

Take care,

Debbie