Healthy Monday ?!

Second to my backyard garden, I’m passionate about health and nutrition. I just read this interesting article.

Assorted-Vegetables-ApplesI enjoyed a very large green salad yesterday (and will create another today): Organic Spring greens, broccoli, celery, cucumber, green pepper, tomatoes, etc. Have you had your veggies??

Today the CARE Health Fair kicks off “in high gear.” It will be a long–and educational–week. Many health-care professionals will be here; many vendors. I do not subscribe to allopathic medicine (preferring holistic health) but I approve of an exhaustive effort to bring valuable information to the CARE residents and RVers in the Escapee Park.

 À votre santé.

Tracking the Hummingbirds

“The Hummingbirds are coming; the Hummingbirds are coming.” (To paraphrase Paul Revere‘s “The British are coming, the British are coming.”) So I am following their flight. I made sugar-water a few days ago and filled one feeder. (I’ll fill a second feeder later.) ~~ Look at the map; several sightings in Northeast Texas the last several days. I’m waiting for my first Ruby-throated Hummingbirds.

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Postscript, Friday, April 4, 2014, 10:40 AM: Just saw my first Hummingbird of the season–at my feeder. Hallelujah!!

HummingbirdPostscript, 5:00 PM: Moments ago, two Hummingbirds were at the feeder. I was standing, silently, within arm’s length and was thrilled to see them up close. Either both were females, or they are a different species because no ruby-red throat.

Postscript, 6:00 PM: I just checked the web and looked at pictures of Ruby Throated Hummingbirds. “My” visitors looked like the picture (above).

Done day Sunday !!

Planting a treeLife's all about my gardenSaturday “done me in”!! I am in major pain this morning (9:00). Yesterday I probably spent two hours browsing the garden shop of Lowe’s. The purchases for Friday and Saturday total $100.00. Friday afternoon, I planted three…, Saturday I planted fourteen. I believe I have about a dozen more plants awaiting my attention. ~~ Let’s face it: I love a bargain!! All the $1. plants (mark downs) held me like a magnet. ~~ I needed more planter soil BUT  I’m using material from my composter so the purchased product will go a long ways.

Getting old is a real bummer!! My mind wants to “do” projects but the body rebels. Today I planned to move the T@B trailer to the front of the Carriage trailer but (at this moment [9:15] lack the energy). Sunday morning is a good time to shift because the neighbor’s vehicles are gone so I have more space to navigate in. I hate to move the T@B but a direct order from the Facility Director. Two or three of us could have pushed the T@B into the new position BUT  “they” have recognized that I am self-sufficient.Smiley face with flower

Sounds like I am complaining?? No (IMHO), just reporting on my activities!!

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Postscript, 11:45 AM: Actually, thirty-two plants (many in “six packs”). ~~ A man just left after surveying the roof for possible source of the leak; an estimate to follow. I tried to pay him, and his co-laborer, to roll my little trailer from point A to point B.  They declined.

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ten_bean_soupI wish I had the ability to send pleasant smells with my blog. I’m fixing Ragin’ Cajun (brand) “Cajun Style Ten Bean Soup with Seasonings and Vegetables” for an event this evening. The CARE Health Fair week kicks off with “Soup Fest” at 4 o’clock.

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7:20 PM and I wish I could send some pleasant smelling, tastes delicious, Ten Bean Soup home with you!! Some of the eighteen varieties were quickly gone (sold out) but mine was hardly touched. I have four containers (now in the refrigerator) and each will provide a generous meal (tomorrow they go into the freezer). FYI: Soups were donated; sales totaled $431.00.  Everyone is happy!!

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Postscript, Monday, March 24, 2014, 11:40 AM: I enjoyed Ten Bean Soup for brunch. It really is very good!! Yesterday, I added fresh celery and fresh carrots as I prepared the soup; today I added about one-half cup of left-over mashed potatoes (to the small portion I was reheating). The soup was thick and bursting with flavor!!

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Smiley face very sadAdditional Postscript, Monday, March 24, 2014, 1:30 PM: Received a phone call from repairman with dollar amount to hopefully repair the roof against future leaks. I say “hopefully” because the source of a leak can be so illusive!! I’ll have to abandon the idea of a trip to North Carolina–late April into early May–for the T@B Blue Ridge Rally.

 

Horticulture Friday !!

The local Lowe’s has about a dozen large rolling racks full of mark-down plants.  The freeze that killed my Begonias probably affected Lowe’s plant inventory?! I bought fifteen plants today–most were just $1.00 each.

It’s a conspiracy: I had a long message all typed out and then “poof” it was deleted!!

As I was saying, I bought fifteen plants and planted three. First: shopping; second: brought my printer from my RV site storage and set it up; third: CARE Health Fair meeting; fourth: planting plants but not enough “day.” It is 7:00 PM and a strong chilly wind is blowing and it drove me indoors (although I planned to plant as long as there was daylight). More rain forecast for Saturday and Sunday; yuck!! It will be six days before we have another warm day like today.

I’ve started a planned experiment. Remember the Nature’s Head composting toilet I bought last October? I have two identical Calibrachoa (Million Bells) plants in two identical planters, hanging side by side on a Shepherd’s Hook. It will be interesting to see if the plant with compost will grow better than the one in identical soil without compost.

I was “too busy” today to think about pictures. True story: The camera never entered my mind. Strange because I usually have it handy.

Busy Thursday !!

Spring garden flagAn old saying “Make hay while the sun shines.” I’m “making progress” on a bright sunny day!! The side yard, and back of the trailer, have been unsightly (IMHO) but the weather has been my enemy. I couldn’t work in the yard. I’ve received more visitors lately and felt embarrassed by the clutter. Much has been accomplished; it’s 3:00 PM and I need to “take a break.”  ~~ I should take more soggy wet rugs, and towels, to the laundry room; I should…, I should. Maybe later?! (So many things got wet in this last storm.)

My “break” was interrupted by the maintenance supervisor saying “You need to get busy with the weed-wacker.”  So I was in the yard for half-an-hour and appealed to him to put the “Y” on the faucet so I can attach the garden hose, and eventually water the plants. (Not now, so soon after the hard rain.) My purchase, brass “Y.” Every time I turn around, a new expense. Tomorrow a new friend and I will go to Lowe’s for some bedding plants. (The Begonias planted on February 23rd were killed by the recent freeze.)

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Heaven help me!! Using the weed-wacker is a lot of work!! BUT I need to master the project; maintenance won’t do it!! “They” mow the yards with a riding lawn mower. Because I have “so much stuff” in my yard “they” can’t get in. Therefore, I have to maintain my yard or give up “so much stuff.” Honestly, I’ve never used a weed-wacker and I severed the line several times. I needed to re-thread and re-spool several times. Fortunately the do-it-myself projects (though the years) provided the necessary mechanical skills. Frankly, I didn’t finish the job; I quit!! Boy am I tired!! Too tired to fix fresh broccoli, salad and mashed potatoes. I think I’ll head over to the dining room for a burrito.  (Shame, shame on me; shame, shame on the cook!! Really poor meals!! OK, OK, I talked myself out of a burrito; I’ll fix the wholesome food. ).

Happy Wednesday !!

Five Bluebird eggsA very happy Wednesday, indeed!! Look what I found in the Bluebird house. I am thrilled!! Frankly, I thought it has been too cold and too rainy to “start a family.” Five weeks from how, however, the weather may be ideal when the babies fledge.

It’s a conspiracy ?!?!

Kitchen area

On March 16th, I wrote “I take two steps forward and slide three steps back.” Yesterday saw a marvelous transformation of my living room-kitchen area.  With all the marvelous floor space (echo: “marvelous floor space”) I vacuumed thoroughly and used the crevice tool, too. (Yes, I used my Halo vacuum cleaner that wasn’t an appropriate donation for the Silent Auction.) More on-my-knees as I cleaned the carpet with Resolve High Traffic Area Carpet Foam. I took the three “scatter rugs” to the laundry room and invested a couple of dollars to get them clean. They were not quite dry when I brought them home so I draped them over planters in the yard. BUT (here’s the conspiracy theory) it rained again last night. Not a lot; just enough to get the rugs wet!!

Dining areaLiving areaIt is another dark gloomy day as I write this (9 o’clock). Because of “re-arrangements,” my back is turned so I can’t see the street and people coming and going. Notice in the second picture that I have my decades-old office chair at the side of the table. Previously I was using a big dining table chair at the end.  There is “decades-old” plastic between the carpet and the chair wheels. That was lugged-in from the yard and scrubbed. A similar plastic is under the glider-recliner chair (brought in from the yard and scrubbed) but it was larger and required work. With my heavy-duty long-handle tree-limb clippers, I removed about fifteen inches along one side (now turned to the back, of course). Why have plastic? So the black wrought-iron base doesn’t blemish the carpet. (I can’t argue with success; I’ve done it that way for years!!) Notice the rust-color towel on the glider-recliner? That towel is over thirty years old, never used, elegant luxurious Egyptian cotton. Why do I cover the chair? Because over-the-years (especially when it was in storage for fifteen months) the simulated-leather became sticky!! So-o-o-o, I lubricate the material with WD-40 and I cover the chair. (It’s a very comfortable chair!!)

Furthermore (yesterday): I had to make changes in the position of the shelves on the black wire rack (see it behind the office chair). Now I have a place for the plastic magazine files. Those contain Birds and Bloom magazines, Escapee magazines, and gardening books.

Bluebird on mealworm feederThat’s my news for this morning, all the news worth publishing. ~~ I’m using the Canon camera (so no time and date stamp) because I’m out of AA batteries. It’s a conspiracy?!

On the bright side (on a gloomy day), a picture (taken yesterday) of a Bluebird at the mealworm feeder.