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11/29/15 Japanese Maple…

It has been surprisingly warm here for the end of November. Every day I try to say to myself, are there any outside jobs that you need to get done before the cold and snow get here? A few days ago I did some yard work. We have a Japanese maple tree that it is about ten years old and is about four feet high and about five feet wide. It gets a lot of grass and weeds growing under it in the summer. Since it grows right on the ground, it is impossible to mow under and once the leaves come in in the spring and it is difficult to put compost under. We solve this problem using cereal boxes. They can be opened up and laid flat. The side with the picture is put toward the ground, then if the compost doesn’t cover it, the cereal box picture isn’t showing in my yard. I put down many layers, if we have a lot of cereal boxes and they don’t need to go around any other plants. They are thick so that grass and weeds can’t grow through them, and if something does get through, I add another box and put more compost on them. The compost helps to have the box break down and holds the box in place in any wind. If these boxes are added now or in the spring before the leaves grow in. it really helps this plant to look its best and also the Japanese Maple won’t need to compete with the grass and weeds for water, and the cereal boxes and the compost help to keep the water that is in the ground from evaporating. Most of the box will break down during the year.


2/23/15 raking leaves…

written 11/20/13 – We need to rake the leaves in the yard. We save them for the compost pile.  When the kids were little we had a lot of kids in the neighborhood. They would all come over and help us rake the neighbors leaves into our backyard so that we could have a compost pile. The neighbors liked it because they didn’t need to rake. The kids had fun raking. If they didn’t have enough rakes at their house, they brought over shovels. We were happy because we got enough leaves for the summers compost.

Each year I would save a small bag of leaves. On Christmas morning I would scatter the leaves on the living room floor. I would also get some big boots and make muddy boot prints. The kids thought that it was cool that Santa left muddy prints and leaves even when it was snowy out and all of the leaves were gone. Now that they are older, when the leaves fall the kids always say “mom, you need to collect some leaves for Christmas morning”. I think that they are on to me.

Here are some pictures:fall swing trees



2/19/15 snow, report cards..

written 11/11/13 – It snowed today. We took out the remains of the garden in the back yard. The plants were pulled up and the stakes put into the garage. With the backyard mowed it looks so different.

Beth got her report card. We were really worried. She is a junior and is really working hard on her classes. She had a great report card…no F’s, no D’s and no U’s! We were really excited!!!

We need to take down our Halloween decorations. Maybe this weekend. We put up our Christmas decorations after Thanksgiving is over.


Here are some pictures:dog lantern bear lanterndeer turkey lantern



1/27/15 guitar, science experiments, yard work and gum machines…

written 9 ! 17 ! 13 – I never should have said in a recent past post that life has settled into a routine with the kids in school and I hope to have things to write about. After posting that I immediately got writers block.

The kids are in school. It is going well so far…Maggie had her first test in guitar class and passed. She can do the scales. Outstanding!!! Beth is doing experiments in science class. They were given eggs and some other items and needed to make a case around the egg so that when they dropped it from about four feet it wouldn’t break. They did an experiment today about the moisture content of popcorn. I am not sure how they did the measuring of the moisture, but I do know that they measured the cooking oil and popped the popcorn. Beth talked a lot about the popcorn experiment. She thought that it was cool.

We are in the lull before the storm. Summer is over and the homework has started, but there isn’t a lot of homework yet. We are holding our breath waiting for the calendar to fill up.

We started the fall yard work. We cut back the front hedges, and trimmed the flowers and the bushes in the back yard. Our yard isn’t big, but it always takes longer that we think it will. It is best when William cuts the front hedges. When I cut them, they always look like eye brows.

Here is a gum machine that my kids like.

gum machine

gum machine




9/21/14 birthdays and gardens…

written 3/14/12 – Beth and the boy that she likes have reorganized the calendar so that all of the holidays fall during the school year. They celebrated his birthday last month and are celebrating her birthday this month. I think that they celebrated her birthday, on her birthday too. Maybe they are celebrating them multiple times a year.

Our garden from last year has sprouted. All of the plants from last year were annuals, but maybe because we had such a mild winter, some of the plants are sprouting. I had really wanted time off from the garden this year, but if it all sprouts, we will have a garden. We have a drip hose that we can set up to do the watering and we can mulch it really well so we won’t need to do any weeding. The tomato plants can go out into the middle of the yard so that they can be in the drip line too. I got the idea for the drip line and the mulch from the book “Tips for the Lazy Gardener” by Linda Tilgner. It has really helped a lot to taka away the time needed for watering and weeding. Our water faucet outside can be turned off in our basement. I leave the water faucet turned on outside and shut the valve off in the basement. If the garden needs watering, I turn on the sprinkler from the basement when I get up and turn it off later. I don’t need to go outside to water. That has helped to save a lot of time too.

The garlic is two or three inches high. It needs mulched because we won’t be able to mow the grass that is around it.

Do you have any gardening time savers tips?

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3/9/14 grass, a night off and basement cleaning…

written 9/18/11 – William cut the grass today. William doesn’t go outside on his own, but once I get him outside, he is one that won’t come back in. I guess he is just happy wherever he is.

It was warm today. We went for a walk without a jacket.The grass in peoples yards had just been cut. There was still grass clippings lying in the rows. I like the smell of freshly cut grass
This week should be easier. We are getting William’s allergy shot on Tuesday instead of Monday. That means that we will have Monday evening off. When William started getting allergy shots, he was allergic to everything. They have been giving him shots to build up his immune system on two or three areas at a time. His breathing has improved, and he is able to sleep through the night without needing his inhaler. 391

My next project needs to be cleaning out the basement. When we were going to move a year or two ago, I packed up half of the house…half of the towels, half of the sheets, etc… and put everything into storage to make the house look less full. When the house didn’t sell we brought everything back and put it in the basement. It all needs to be unpacked. If I could sort out one box a night it would help. I really don’t want to move all of this when we do move. There are not enough lights in the basement, that’s why I don’t go down and sort the boxes there. Maybe I could bring one box upstairs each night.

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Here are some pictures: markersthree men statue267

March’s Bible verse: “Your sun shall no more go down, nor your moon withdraw itself; for the Lord will be your everlasting light, and your days of mourning shall be ended.” Isaiah 60: 20


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