Enjoying The Day

I can’t believe it is going to be May already next week, where did April go?  It feels as if we never had Spring arrive around here and we went straight from winter to May.  Just one week ago, we were sitting at the kitchen table enjoying our morning coffee, watching it snow.  Yes, I said snow.  It was crazy and we looked at each other and said WTF!

The month of April just seemed to fly by.  We had so much going on with both of us getting sick earlier in the month, Daddy getting a new car, getting new neighbors, the Boston Marathon bombing, the deer eating everything in our yard (but that always happens around here), painting all of the bedrooms, mulching, watching our garden plants get bigger, and painting lots of flower pots for the summer.

FLOWER POTS

BELLA AND FLOWER POT

The dogs are more than ready to assist me in whatever I am working on, and after I painted our tall flower pots for the front porch yesterday, Bella had to check out my work.  I think she approved, until she saw a doggie walking down the street, then she forgot all about the flower pot inspection.  Our new bright red flower pots must be a hit, because every car that passes the house, takes a look at them and our neighbor even told me yesterday that she liked how bright they were, “just perfect for summer” she said.  I agree.  Now, I need to get some bright colored flowers to put in them!

BELLA THE GOOD LIFE

I don’t know about you, but around here, there is always something going on.  With our weather finally cooperating, I can start concentrating on the yard.  A few weeks ago, in the midst of some of our snowfalls, I started fixing some of the dogs pee spots in the yard and just put some grass seed down.  The one thing that I noticed last year that I never did before, was spread grass seed throughout the summer across all of our backyard, instead of just on the pee spots.  What happened, was that we got the thickest lawn ever and I for sure will be doing this again this year.  It was amazing on how beautiful the backyard became, everything filled in so beautifully and was so lush and green.  Now, I’ve got to work on the front lawn to get it thick and plush too!  It never ends around here, always something to do.

WHITE SHOES

But, I always take time to spend with the dogs.  Both Nikita and Bella just absolutely love the ladies who work across the street from our house, and I took Nikita over there yesterday for a visit.  Nikita was just shaking from joy when she saw Maggie.  It was so adorable.  Maggie just adores Nikita and gave her lots of hugs and kisses.

BELLA I AM ADORABLE

BELLA IN FRONT YARD

Bella and I spent some time in the front yard running circles.  She got me so dizzy, that we had to stop and take a break.  We sat in the front yard watching all the cars and doggies walk by and of course, she woofed at each and every one of them.  It is so cute on how her expressions on her face change when she sees another dog.  She gets an intense look on her face, and tries to look around me just to get a gander at the dogs that approach.  Silly dog.  For such a little dog, she is one good watch dog, but has the loudest woof around town.  She knows what and who belongs on her street!

BELLA ON GRASS

After I finished up mulching our flower beds, our neighbor (the nice one that I mow her lawn) came over and asked if I could help her remove two dead bushes.  I headed over there and started working on digging them out, but the roots on these suckers were so large that I had a little trouble.  I got the stumps rocking a bit, but needed some help, and when I saw a bunch of young boys riding their bikes past her house, I asked them if they could help.  They were more than helpful and about five of the boys grabbed a hold of that bush while I chopped away at the roots with my shovel.  Success, the bush popped out with their help!  (Thanks guys!)  All in a days work, is what I would say!  I love helping the neighbors, cause that is just what you do.  Be neighborly and lend a hand when asked.  I was one tired puppy by days end, but it was a good tired, if you know what I mean.

I wonder what next week will bring?  I know one thing for sure, is that I need to start reconstructing our garden fence around the garden to keep the deer out.  We will be planting in our garden soon, just waiting for our last frost.  We had at least two mornings this week alone that had frost on the lawn when I took the dogs out in the morning.  I did get our garden door out of storage yesterday and repainted it.  If you remember my post from last year, I made a garden door from wood so we had a place to enter our garden.  It worked out great and just wide enough for me to get the lawnmower through the door to cut the grass around the garden.  We are quite ingenious over here, but never do we just throw something together, as there is always thought behind it.  Gotta make everything look pretty, right?

PEE SPOTS

Gotta get some rest this weekend so I’ll be ready for all of my projects next week!  I know that I also have to start working on our Halloween props out of paper mache again, as this takes time to construct.  I think my next prop will be a witch, so look out for those posts!

Life With Allergies

TULIPS

Finally, after more than a week and a half, I have some relief.  Relief from allergies, the pressure, the sinus headaches, the sinus infection, the stuffiness and the constant need to blow your nose.  Now, Roy is coming down with all the same symptoms.  The last few weeks have been simply horrible.  Lack of sleep, the medicine-head feeling, and all you want to do is sleep, but life does not stop when you’re feeling good.  The dogs still need to go out, the doo doo’s need to be picked up, dinner needs to be made, the house cleaned, and the laundry done.  All of which took every part of my being to accomplish.  I am finally starting to feel like myself again, thank God.

SEEDLINGS 4-2-13

4-12-13 Plants

Life continues.  The plants are doing incredibly well and are getting bigger every day.  We are so pleased that our garden plants are growing up right before our eyes, and are doing 100% better than last years plants.  Last year was our first time gardening ever, other than a little cherry tomato plant in a pot we had in prior years, and along the way we have learned some valuable gardening lessons.  We learned that we can’t leave the grow light on 100% of the time, as this makes your plants grow spindly and out of control.  We learned that after they get their first 3-4 true leaves, they need some sort of fertilizer to make them strong.  We learned that you can’t keep all the little pots too close to each other, or mold will grow on the pots and can damage your seedlings.  All good lessons that we have learned along the way.

BELLA AND GREEN BALL

Spring is finally upon us, and I cleaned off the weed eater and mower and got it running over the weekend and cut our grass for the first time.  I’ve got lots of doggie pee spots to fix in the backyard, but that happens when you have a dog.  Last year I worked really hard in growing new grass in the backyard and it turned out to be the plushest lawn ever, and I want to get it back to that same state this year.  I always look forward to this time of year, even though maintaining a yard is lots of work, I actually enjoy it.  One thing that you might not have known about me is that I have worked as a professional landscaper.  I know how to build stone walls, install walkways, install sprinkler systems, run a tractor to grade new lawns, know how to drive a BobCat, and much more.  Beautifying yards is in my blood and to some cutting the lawn is a chore, but not to me.

1 2 3 FLOWER POTS

The little craft project that I was working on is finally finished.  I painted three small clay pots in Behr Mint Majesty with a black rim.  I used Mod Podge to adhere my yellow circles to the pots, then added my 1 2 3 numbers for some charm.  I am growing some marigolds under the grow lights and I will plant them in these pots when they are bigger.  I love the bright summer colors on these pots and I can’t wait to find more uses for the Mint Majesty paint!

We’ll be getting new neighbors soon, as our neighbor sold his house.  We are anticipating the arrival of new friends to enhance our summer with cookouts and awesome fire pit nights.

Roy got a new car over the weekend.  He picked out a new 2013 Elantra.  Ah, the new car smell is such a wonderful thing.  Now, trying to figure out what all the buttons and gadgets do is another thing.  I still have to get used to watching for a different color of car pulling into the driveway, and I am sure the dogs do too!  They always sit by the front window and watch for Daddy to arrive home, now they see his new car and wonder “who the heck is here?”

Also, don’t forget that we are still collecting donations for the APL and if you can make a donation of even $1, or $5, or $10 to this worthy cause, we appreciate it.  We don’t get anything for all of our efforts but hope that everyone who is reading this, can make a small donation today!  Every little bit helps and it all adds up and helps those animals in need.  Click HERE to make a donation!

I am glad that life is finally getting back to normal, as my energy level is back to normal.  The timing could not be better, as I have a lot of work ahead of me with the yard, the garden, and trying to finish painting our bedrooms to freshen them up for Spring.  So, I hope that everyone missed me, but I am finally back and ready to keep up with life again!