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!!

Stepping back in time and history !!

An email inquiry arrived overnight. A “cousin” was asking for information from a book I published in 1996: Frantz Families–Kith & Kin. So, I’ve spent the morning reviewing the information I published to the website almost exactly two years ago (20 Jan 2013). In the process I noted that my father passed from this life fifty years ago (17 Jan 1965). Dad shared very few details about his youth. I was not exposed to grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins. I knew nothing of my ancestry until I began research in 1987. I was (am) thrilled with the information I discovered through exhaustive research!! Double check with magnifying glass~~ Now I am endeavoring to check “links” on that web site and verify if they are still viable. (Fortunately, I’m feeling fine today!!)

An adorable picture !!

Squirrel with comment

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Now this makes me smile (and forget that I’m sick).

To my knowledge, I only have one squirrel that visits my feeders (here). In North Carolina, I had a dozen (or more) squirrels and they would look at me through the sliding glass doors begging for food. My Texas squirrel is furtive; my North Carolina squirrels were aggressive!

Thanks, Deb, for the picture!!

Gardening vicariously !!

This morning, I ordered a number of plants for my garden. It is a cold, rainy day but delightful to hover over a gardening catalog. Left to right: Mosquito Shoo Geranium, Trumpet Vine (for the Hummingbirds), Hardy Blue Geranium, BiColor Butterfly Bush (for [obviously] butterflies and Hummingbirds), and Tristan Strawberry for Lorraine. These are drought resistant and, IMHO, will be a great addition to my garden. None of these have been displayed at my local Walmart or Lowe’s. The Mosquito plant purchased last year never produced blooms. The plant I ordered has lilac-color blooms. ~~ Oops!! Checking the web for articles about these plants, I see that the Trumpet Vine “… may require a several-years-long establishment period before it flowers.” Bummer!!

Mosquito plant

Mosquito Shoo Geranium

Trumpet vine

Hardy Blue Geranium

Bi-color Butterfly Bush

Tristan strawberry

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climbing-trip-l-crop-tomatoThe Trip-L- climbing tomato seed packet was a bonus free gift with my order. Frankly, I prefer heritage tomato plants but will give this a try. On second thought, “no” (I won’t give it a try) because a planter would be inadequate for such a large plant!! (I can’t plant in the soil; I have to use planters.)

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See the tomato??

Tomato plant--indoorsSpeaking of tomatoes, can you see the tomato on the plant I have been nurturing?? This is a “volunteer” plant–heritage–that started all by itself in the late Summer (in the container which, earlier, held a tomato plant).