Wednesday, June 7, 2017

It's Flower Time

The Master Gardeners of Wyandotte County (Kansas) 
take care of the perennial gardens at the 
National Agricultural Center, where I volunteer. 

There are so many beautiful blooms right now... 

I have rarely been able to grow clematis, which requires cool roots and 
its' head in the sun. 

I had some here at this big house when I moved in, but I managed 
to kill it! 

Spirea "Anthony Waterer", one of my favorites. 

So, there are a few blooming here at the house, too...

Why I have ONE iris blooming in June, I don't know!!!   Monarda is about to cut 
loose around it.  (and yes, I'm pulling those weeds and re-mulching next week) . 

But the daylilies have begun their annual display. 

I guess I better do some digging, too! 

These are at the farmhouse... 

And look!  The pasture at the farm has been cut! 

There goes Brandon on his tractor.  Brandon, of Odin's Lawncare, has been 
doing the yard at the farmhouse.  He drove his old tractor four miles down 
24/40 highway with his bush hog (called "brush hog" here in our town), and cut 
it for me last night.  

My own John Deere X320 is being hauled out there on Friday, and 
I'll be able to keep the pasture down.  Brandon will continue doing the yard and the weed eating, every ten days.  

What a relief to see the grass down. 

However, this is my goat yard.  It's HORRIBLE.  

I can't even get the gate open. 

I'm buying a corn knife tomorrow and 
next week, I'm going to town on this mess. 

Somewhere, in the middle, is the pile of stones 
Chris gathered and built for the goats. 
They were scattered by the hogs the tenants kept 
in the pen.   I'm going to get the huge weeds cut, 
and then gather the stones again, and a friend is 
going to put some goats in there. 

I'll be busy next week! 

I took this tonight when I went over to take care of the chicks 
at the Ag. 

This is the younger of the two gosling clutches. 

The older clutch is now looking like miniature geese! 

You see the older bunch are really feathering out. 
They are used to me watching them. 

All of the sudden, heads came up and everyone turned as one towards the pond, hurrying down quickly. 

I leaned forward from my bench, because whatever scared them came from my 
left, or east side.  I never did see anything. 

It was not this guy... they see him all the time... I suspect a fox in the trees along the dam. 

I have had Nathan and Chris here for two days, up from 
Garnett... we go back in the morning, and then the 
dogs and cat and I will be back to our normal routine for 
a while! 

Friday, June 2, 2017

Where do the Weeks Go?


This guy.  Because of him I follow about 50 Bostons on Instagram. 

In fact, once I get moved, I'm going to make his own account for him on 

That's Sister's paw in the picture. 

My heart swells when I see my old girl in her element. 
This is where she grew up, and probably, where she will die. 

You remember that I started out feeding the abandoned half-grown kitten at 
the farmhouse?  Then two more cats started eating, along with 4 raccoons, 
and two opossums, and many, many birds. 

Now they are passing judgement on my choice of cat food.  I bought this 
generic cat food at the feed store, it came in a thirty pound bag for 
much less than I had been paying.  You notice they are not cleaning 
their plates as they were before, but leaving some every day.  Some days, 
the water bowl is even full (raccoons dip their feed in the bowl). 
I had to laugh. 

At least I'm saving some money, and according to what I see 
on the game camera... the cats are still eating. 

More of this...

And this! 

The yarrow is blooming!

and my only kniphofia left... 

The globe thistle is hanging on... 

And look what is starting! 

Yes, the beds are still full of weeds, but 
I'll get them, little by little. 

Next week sometime, towards the end of the week... 
a dozen of the hens at the Ag will come home 
with me to live in the henspa. 

Until I am living there full time, they will have to stay in the fenced 
chicken yard.  Once I move, they can roam around in the yard. 

I end, as I started.  Jester bruised an eye 
a few days ago, and after a trip to the vet 
yesterday, he is on medicine for the bruising, 
and taking it easy.  He will be fine. 

Hope everyone has a great weekend! 

Monday, May 29, 2017

A Week's Worth of Pictures

I had Paiton and Jax for six days, the "gap week" in between the end of school, and the 
beginning of their wonderful summer day camp at Turner Recreation Center. 

It was early mornings for a week, as they come at 6:30.  You notice that Jester
is even still sleepy. 

They went to the National Agricultural Center with me every morning (aka "The Ag")
to take care of the little chicks and the big chickens... and then in the afternoons, we 
loaded the dogs and went to the farm to work on the garden.  Jax cut down almost all the 
high grass in between the garden bed with loppers.  Paiton did not think she was "Into" gardening, but after watching us for a while, she got with the program and worked HARD. 

He's posing here, but wow... he cut and cut and cut.  The guy cutting the 
yard has been ignoring the area behind the henspa because there was 
so much deadfall and vines and thick weeds. 

The minions took care of the job. 

We have a huge pile now at the trashburner. 
So... this week, Brandon, the mowing guy, 
will be doing the pasture, and at LAST we will be able to get 
all the debris down to where I used to have a brush pile. 

Not sure how we are going to accomplish that, since I have 
no access to a truck anymore and it's a LONG walk. 

Wednesday, we went to the zoo.  

Notice Jax has his hoodie up?  It was in the fifties, and he had 
worn shorts.  It was CHILLY! 

But lots of fun. 

Jax had a ball game on Thursday night, and I saw this guy on the way home. 

He saw me, too. 

Jax pitched part of the game. 

The Sluggers lost by one point. 

We were back at it on Thursday and Friday afternoons. 

I'm a hard taskmaster. 

The globe thistle is still gorgeous.  

Lillies are about to start. 

Keith's mom and dad came down on Saturday, and we went to the cemetery on
Sunday morning.  They started back to Ames after we had lunch, and it was 
so good to see them and have a good visit with them.  That was the first 
time they had seen his stone.  

The cemetery looked beautiful, but I did not get good pictures. 

Every grave had a flag, courtesy of the Boy Scouts.  

In the afternoon, it was back to the flower bed.  I know all the little trees need 
to be dug out, but for this year, I am cutting them at the ground.  Then I'll work 
on re-doing the whole bed. 

The dogs were smart, and stayed on the porch in the shade. 

Here I have to interject something. 

See that cat food?  It's for the three cats, four raccoons, and two 
opossums who are eating on my deck, gratis. 

Yesterday was the FIRST time I found 3/4 of the food left 
in the bowls.  

I can only surmise that the cat food I got from the feed store 
is not to everyone's liking.  

Someone knocked the camera over, so I could not 
see today who exactly is eating it. 
This may get the wild critters to leave me alone! 
(Today there was feed left in one of the bowls, quite a bit, in fact, so I may keep buying that feed) 

The babies at the Ag are doing great.  

Can you see that their wing feathers are developing? 

There are five different color patterns, but they are 
all cochins. 

There are 24 bright eyed babies. 

I took some pictures of the goslings after I finished the chicks and chickens. 

Can you tell the difference between the younger and the older babies? 

The clue is here. 

See the regular feathers appearing on the wing of the chick? 
(the gosling closer to it's mom) 
This is the older gaggle.  
I think they are about a week older than the other babies. 

They really mimic mom and dad; nature is so wonderful 

This guy was waiting for me to leave, so he could go back and graze on the rich, green grass. 

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

More Whacking

Just let me know when you're sick of it. 

I suspect we have months in front of us. 

She's looking a little shaggy around the edges, but she's getting there. By the end of summer she should be cleaned up and a different color. 

I actually intended for you to see that we are going there enough 
that the birds give us about 3 minutes to step away from the feeding station 
before they descend on the seed. 

The minions are working VERY hard.  This one cut a HUGE pile of low-hanging branches. 

That's just part of it.  We were dragging branches to a 
central pile for 30 minutes. 

There was one bush in there I did not want cut, but... what the hey. 

Before we started, the lawn mower guy could not drive back in there! 

This little minion dragged and carried and dragged and carried. 

She also cut some of the branches, and that's not a sullen look, 
she was working VERY hard. 

We also made more progress in the planting beds.  We still have three that need 
a LOT of cleaning... but two are ready to plant, and one is nearly there. 

I'm so proud of Paiton and Jax. 

Tomorrow (weather willing) we are going to the Kansas City Zoo. 
Each one earned 20.00, and they can each get something 
from the zoo.  I can tell you now that Jax will 
save his money, and Paiton will bring home another stuffed animal. 

We are going to try to do the zoo in about 3 hours, and then 
come home and work a little more in the yard.  IF we don't 
get a significant amount of rain, my lawn guy will 
drive his tractor and brush hog (called Bush Hog, but not here) from his house at 168th and State to 198th 
and State, where I will be soon... and cut the 
pasture for me.  Then we will load the 
pile of branches up and drive down to where I used to have a
big brush pile and unload all the branches and 
grapevine I have cut.   Just the first load of many.