Change of pace

My apronThe weekend belongs to our square dance club major annual event (yes, Friday, Saturday & Sunday). Blog communication is limited to this brief note. Visit an earlier publication for pictures of my square dance wardrobe. I’ll also wear that apron (click to enlarge… so you can read the humorous inscriptions).

Decisions !!

Time and temperatureEleven o’clock and we didn’t see the sun until 10:40. This morning I drove to my storage unit and retrieved the many new planters stored there. I’m trying to “plan ahead” and prepare for the plants that may arrive soon (via FedEx or United Parcel). I arranged and rearranged planters trying to place them so aesthetically attractive–and best usage. The Cape Honeysuckle and two Mandevilla plants need something large. I want the Butterfly bush to have room to expand. This planter is probably larger than necessary for its first season?! (Repeating something I’ve mentioned before: Management won’t let me plant in the yard. I must limit my gardening to planters.)

Arranging planters

Planters for the patioTentatively, I think the new Mosquito plant will go in the tan-color planter next to the rain barrels. I’m undecided about where to plant the Strawberry plant. See my earlier post titled Gardening Vicariously. And the blue Geraniums…? Perhaps in hanging baskets? So many decisions!! 

Soon, need to purchase many large bags of planter soil. Last year’s soil (in planters) will be dumped/spread along the berm so Periwinkle can grow and cover that ugly (despicable) white pipe.  (I have over a dozen Periwinkle [ground cover plants] from a friend’s garden. I’m defiant and will put Periwinkle in the ground!! If I’d had a choice… I would have spent the money for a berm that harmonized with my yard.) ~~ I really would like to expand the patio with eleven more paving blocks (in the corner beyond the rain barrels). ~~ Lots to do; this should keep me busy for a few weeks!! ~~ Oh, I’m planning for a veggie garden, too!!

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Three o’clock, same day, same obsession. Nap time; I’ve been up since 4:30.

Planning for eleven more paving blocks

Sawing out a root

Root out and blocks leveled

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Blocks leveled and trellis straightened

Before image of trellisFYI: I provide lots of good drainage for my plants and I elevate planters so they aren’t sitting in dirt. Healthier plants, and planters are more attractive?!?!

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Mandevilla in Sept

Mandeville climbing the treeLast season, the two Mandevilla climbed the tree. This season (and thereafter) they are limited to the trellis. This season (and thereafter) the tree belongs to a Trumpet Vine.

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Hummingbird with flowerCoo-coo clockYes, I’m “coo-coo” about birds!! All this work (and expense) to attract Hummingbirds.

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Click each picture to enlarge them for more detail.

“Nantucket in the dark”…

…according to the NBC Today Show; Savanna interviewed an Island official.

So I searched the Internet for additional details. Living in the 21st Century, we have so many conveniences!! Repeat: “…so many conveniences!!” Eking out a living, enduring hardship–in the 16th and 17th Century–was routine for my Nantucket ancestors (listed alphabetically: Coffin, Coleman, Gardner, Folger, Macy, Paddock, Sears, et al).

In 1992, I spent hours in the Edouard Stackpole Library –expanding my information about these unique Island families.

Coffin Family Reunion 1992

Oldest House

Oldest House

Lorraine at Coffin family reunion

Our Island Ancestors



The yard beckons !!

BeckonTen o’clock and I’m heading outdoors. It’s 65 degrees (outside) and absolutely beautiful.

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Twelve-thirty noon and lunch time. See what I accomplished this morning?! Well, this, and more!! I “planned ahead” and had the spray paint for table-top. I have an ample supply of trash bags!! Looking good (IMHO)!!

Table needs a face lift

Spray painting table (1)

Spray painting table (2)

Raked leaves

Bagged leaves

Disposed of leaves

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Time and temperature

Temporary location of table

Smiley face thumbs up

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Home Sweet HomeHome Tweet Home garden flagOne o’clock: Removed the Christmas garden flag and hung my absolute favorite “Home Tweet Home” flag. ~~ Hey, “Be it ever so humble….”

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Four-twenty and “yours truly” is exhausted!! But I absolutely could not stop; there were so many things I wanted to do!! Frankly, too busy to even take pictures.

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Shelter is almost empty

Water and sunshine for several plants

Time and temperature

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Postscript, Thurs., Jan. 29, 2015, 5:00 AM: I was in bed at eight o’clock last night and enjoyed a good six hours of sleep. I’m enthusiastic about another day in the yard.

Counting my many, many blessings !!

Counting blessings numbers

The weather is horrific throughout the Northeast. I’m grateful for sunny skies (in southern Texas) and temperature gloriously “warmer than” many locations in the northern states!!

Yesterday I mentioned family history. Today (on TV news) I heard there are wind gusts of 79 miles per hour on Nantucket Island, Massachusetts. So I checked the Internet and copied the current information. (I love the Internet!!) Check this web site for snow pictures.

Nantucket, MA
Tuesday 9:00 AM
Snow Storm


Temperature 32 °F
Precipitation: 100%
Humidity: 88%
Wind: 53 mph

Many of my early ancestors settled Nantucket in the 1600’s. I enjoyed an awesome reunion in 1992. (I wrote a book about that experience, too.) A tidbit of information: Some of my ancestors lived in the oldest house” (popular tourist attraction) built in 1686.

Copied from the web site:

January 26, 2015 12:24 PM

Town Offices Closed Tuesday 1/27

WINTER STORM WARNING AND COASTAL FLOOD WARNING for NANTUCKET: The US National Weather Service Boston MA has issued a winter storm warning as well as a coastal flood warning for Nantucket as a major winter storm hits Massachusetts today. The storm is expected to last into Wednesday.

Nantucket is currently expected to get 6 to 8 inches of snow. Nantucket has lower snow totals than other areas in the region due to the fact that there may be freezing rain and sleet at times during the storm. This will be a very heavy and wet snow creating a high probability of downed trees and power lines, resulting in extended power outages. The storm will have strong and damaging hurricane force winds with gusts of 75+ MPH. Moderate coastal flooding is also expected for early Tuesday morning and late Tuesday afternoon high tides due to astronomical high tides combined with the storm surge. Some pockets of major flooding are possible on Northeast facing shorelines. Significant beach erosion is likely, mainly along the eastern shorelines.

Please take necessary precautions as this storm approaches.

Widespread power outages are likely. Additional line crews and tree crews have arrived on Nantucket. To report any power outages please call National Grid at 1-800-465-1212.

To report any other storm issues such as downed wires or branches please call Central Dispatch at 508-228-1212 and as always dial 9-1-1 for EMERGENCIES.

Choices !!

ChoicesThe last two days, I have been thoroughly immersed with thoughts about family history. Can’t sleep…, remembering…, mulling over researched information. My head and heart are conflicted!! I want to jump back into research and documentation!! However, I also want to retrieve the new planters from the storage unit (down the highway), purchase planter soil, and start working on my garden. I can’t do both; I haven’t the time and energy. Correction: As a retired old lady, I have the time. So it’s a matter of energy? “No” it comes down to which is more beneficial health-wise. Getting exercise working in the yard is the best choice: Exercise, fresh air, beautiful flowers, delicious tomatoes and peppers, entertainment by birds and squirrels. I guess the answer is a “no brainer.”

ScalesFurthermore: The argument could be made that I already spend too much time sitting at the computer (indoors) when I might otherwise be outdoors walking, weeding, racking, etc., etc. ~~ Excuse me; it’s 10:15 and I must tear myself away and feed the birds!!

First day of Spring ??

It felt like it!!

True to my earlier comments, I elected to work in the yard. (The pictures were an afterthought. I probably started before noon.) Getting that white frame “trellis” over the fence post and around a gnarled tree stump was a major challenge!! Had I planned my pictures, I would have a “before” picture with all the subsequently removed new growth on that tree stump. I’ve doused the stump with root killer and will continue to trim… and douse… until it is no longer a nuisance. ~~ Age-wise, I did too much?!?! My arms and shoulders ache!! ~~ The simulated whiskey barrel planters were arranged, and rearranged. I want similarity with variety of size and elevation. ~~ Having moved plants from the shelter, I pray we don’t have any more freezing weather. In a few days, or a few weeks, I’ll drill holes in the bottom of the large tubs and transplant the Mandevilla vines into the larger containers. (First, I’ll retrieve new planters from the storage unit so I can drill all at the same time.)

Time and temperature

Two Mandavilla plants

Relocated Mandevilla plants

Future home of Trumpet vine

Weeds pulled around Rosemarry

Cape Honeysuckle ready to bloom

Honeysuckle new growth

Simulated whiskey barrel planters

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Guilt signTime and temperature“Millions hunkered down and snowed in.” Watching the NBC Evening News–with details about the blizzard in the Northeast–I feel guilty for enjoying such a beautiful day!!