National “Lucky Penny” Day

I don’t have a “lucky penny”  but thought it a cute subject title for a blog message.

No pictures; forgot the camera. I drove into Livingston to specifically unload a lot of donations for the Habitat for Humanity Resale store. I need space in the KIA to move a bottle tree from a CARE resident site. I set up the display more than a year ago. The resident is moving… so bottle tree is, likewise, moving (her place to my place).

Not a single penny spent on projects this morning. From my personal “hardware store,” the hooks I needed. Furthermore, I already possessed the proper length electric extension cord for (eventually relocated)) fountain-bird bath.

Recently, many bird feeders were removed, emptied and stored because I suspect the birds have flown further North. The only action on the feeders: SQUIRRELS. So the packed-away-out-of-sight wind chimes were introduced to my patio.

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The TV meteorologist did not predict rain in our area but I covered boxes “in case”…. Gratefully, just the “hint”  of rain has cooled the air.

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Change of plans. I wrote this blog message much earlier in the day. I fully expected to get the bottle tree this evening. Good news, (lucky penny?):  My CARE resident/friend has decided not to move. We had a delightful visit!!

Tuesday trivia !!

The pictures, and narrative, are not in chronological order. First, I confess to “helping myself” to the heavy-duty hand truck when I saw the neighbor leaving. Then I rushed to the area where I’ve been nursing plants damaged in January hard freeze. Miraculously  I was able to tilt the hand truck and get three plants moved to their new location. It was more than ninety-two degrees in the hot humid sunshine but I persevered. It’s difficult to tilt a planter on to the hand truck. I needed another pair of hands; two planters did not get moved.

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I started my morning washing grime off the front of the trailer, and off the hood of my KIA. Then I trimmed tree limbs.

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I was “downsizing”  (lol) by using old bags of fertilizer on plants and lawn. (Not my purchase; part of the clutter I inherited when I moved here.)

My friend, Jim, arrived and installed the cover over the vent on the cargo trailer.

Jim vetoed participating in shuffle of planters.  I’m tired of waiting for a hired helper (and no volunteers).

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I’m exhausted!! Perhaps all the strenuous exercise will help me sleep tonight?

Too bad the pictures don’t depict the sparkle of sunshine on the bottle trees.

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Not on my diet !!

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A television advertisement for Klondike ice cream bars has me salivating!! It’s time for breakfast–and ice cream is strictly an occasional treat. But image me starting my day, starting my week, with a laugh and big smile.

Whew !!

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“Yes,” time spent in the yard. When I grabbed the garden hose to wash an area of the driveway, NO WATER. I checked for kinks in the hose and found none; I came into the trailer to double-check. NO WATER (several properties are on a well) . So I made a cup of coffee (from my filtered water supply), fixed a bowl of cereal and started this message. Earlier, I took down yard sale signs and removed evidence of a yard sale. More preparation for eventual planters shuffle. ~~ Hey, seventy-eight degrees doesn’t appear hot but look at the ninety percent humidity!!

Pleasant surprise !!

Working in my “front” yard, I enjoyed the pleasant smell of flowers. I attributed it to the Mimosa trees in two neighboring yards. ~~ Kept moving from one unscheduled project to another. I was trimming sucker growth from base of a tree before launching into another “trimming” project.

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Trimming the dead tree was near the bottom of my “to do” list. (It was inconspicuous among the trees.) Eventually I would eliminate the dead branches. It’s a beastly humid morning and anyone in her right mind would be enjoying air-conditioning.  “Yours truly” created a legitimate “bottle tree.”

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My “pleasant surprise” was discovery of the Gardenia bush blooming at the edge of the carport. I was smelling the Gardenia and not Mimosa.

Only one-quarter inch of rain in the gauge but everything is soaking wet and humidity is still high.

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Versus “illegitimate”  bottle tree.

Five months–and counting !!

Five months since I was evicted from the CARE Center. My yard is looking better every day. However (imho)  it will never rival the beauty of my “yarden”  at the CARE Center. I have much less energy–and heart–for a “show place.” My aim–for now–is a neat, clean, attractive yard. A limited number of garden items sold during my several yard sales. I’ve moved planters, etc., from the carport (sales area) to opposite side of my trailer home. In due season, I may plant and regain an interest in nurturing a vegetable garden. I’m hesitant to “jump in” again because I’m counting the months until my lease expires. I know I shouldn’t “borrow trouble”  but I might be told–in November–that I have to move.

Texas Lilac revisited

Details about (1) Texas Lilac, (2) Texas Lilac. I did a Google search looking for the specific information copied here (below). I’m relocating my planter and wanted to reaffirm that it loves full sunshine.

Vitex grows best when planted in full sun and in a location that drains well. It will grow well in all areas of Texas, in both acid and alkaline soils. It prospers in hot and dry environments. The Texas Department of Transportation recognizes its toughness, and plants Vitex in highway medians. It is a spectacular butterfly-attracting plant and is deer resistant in that deer will not eat it….

Honestly, I never schedule a yard sale on a Sunday. The “other resident” advertised for Friday, Saturday and Sunday so I planned accordingly. Not one single customer (as of two o’clock) but one new acquaintance who stopped by and we talked “genealogy.”  I did more “shuffle” in the yard but I’m at a standstill until some strong young man to help me move the cement bird bath, Texas Lilac and Yellow Butterfly Vine.

Forced indoors due to the heat and humidity. Obviously, the air-conditioner was quickly turned on so I could approach preparation of this blog (and Google search) in comfort. Check my earlier blog regarding my Texas Lilac.

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The two Yellow Butterfly Vine planters will be moved. Many of my plants did not survive the hard freeze in January. The “good” plants will move to a more conspicuous location in my yard.

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