Weather comment

Gratefully, the wind has stopped!! I didn’t expect thirty-six degrees overnight. Hopefully my tender plants will survive?! I’m feeling “puny” after spending time, yesterday, in the wind and cold.

Temperature about two AM

Temperature before seven AM

S.O.S. & OMG !!

Sleepless Old Senior and Oh my goodness!!

The wind was relentless; I could not sleep. Gratefully, the wind has subsided (8:00 AM). Look: Consider the force of the wind that toppled a planter full of wet soil.

Toppled planter

Awning is torn

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Cold and wind-blown, I’m back again at twelve-thirty. The wind has less force than yesterday but very disagreeable to work in!! **BUT** there were tasks demanding attention. As I approached one “must do,” I found another project, or two.

Temperature at noon

Replanted pepper

Gallons of water

Rain water was dipped out

Water is gone

Drying small planters

Wet marigold seeds

Planted marigold seeds

Fan drying soaked area

Two inches of rain


Air drying the planters

Mid-afternoon, I hoped to accomplish a few more task in the yard. I was limited to separating the planters. It is too disagreeable outdoors!!

Ouch !!

Do not judge others (poster)


This poster was copied from a friend’s Facebook page. It really “speaks” to me because I’ve been frustrated with a friend/acquaintance that is a nasty, ornery, disagreeable, ungrateful, inconsiderate man!! I keep thinking “How dare he treat me this way when I’ve been so kind to him?” He hasn’t another friend in this world; his family is (likewise) frustrated!! His application was turned down–to join our little community here at CARE. This time next week, he will be in an assisted living facility and it will inevitably kill him. (He is a “loner”; a nasty, ornery, disagreeable, ungrateful, inconsiderate man incapable of sustained independent living.) ~~ See how I’ve judged him?? But how do we stop making comparisons?? How do we “turn the other cheek” when used and abused?? How: Agape love!!

Five gallons a minute !!

Bailing water

Torn awning


Too much water for Money MossAfter many weeks without rain, we were drenched!! Sunday night/Monday morning we had a gentle rain (one inch) and I could “keep up” with the accumulation in the blue bucket. This morning, I could not “bail” water fast enough!! I COVET RAIN WATER (my plants love it)!! My rain barrels were empty and all that beautiful water would be lost if I didn’t “catch” it. Unfortunately, the awning tore in the last major wind storm so water pours off the awning at an inconvenient location (and I can’t/won’t move the rain barrels). Planters were swamped!! I’m surrounded by what I affectionately call Lake Lorraine.” ~~ Today’s “bailing” (water) and “shifting” (plants) is mild compared to my “work” the next few days: PULLING WEEDS!! ~~ FYI: “Deflappers” were ordered last week and I hope/pray they secure the corner of the awning so run-off into the rain barrel.

Almost ten AM as I publish this. The rain has stopped, the sky is clearing and I think there is a hint of sunshine.

My cold is better; I’m on-the-mend!!

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Postscript, same day, three-forty PM: The wind is relentlessly whipping the awning; my trailer is rockin ‘n rollin!! I wanted to work in the yard but “too cold” (even with a coat). ~~ A CARE resident lady-friend phoned to offer me some plants before she tossed them in the trash. I walked to her trailer–with a planter–and rescued a large clump of unknown perennial. BUT before the trip to her home, I found the drenching rain had invaded my tarp-shelter. I dumped copious amounts of water out of  starter planters. There is, conservatively, thirty gallons of water sagging the tarp on the back side. “Too cold,” and I’d need to borrow a ladder, so that task will wait until tomorrow.

 Livingston, TX (77351) Weather

Observed at 3:25 pm CST
62°F  Feels Like 60°

Cloudy / Wind

Wind:  W 20 mph

Humidity  66%

Dew Point  51°F

Pressure  29.57 in

Visibility  9.0 mi

UV Index  1 of 10

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Postscript: The 5:00 PM evening TV news meteorologist said the wind gusts are thirty-five to thirty-nine miles per hour!! ~~ I’m not going out to measure but I suspect the awning has torn another three or four inches. 😦

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Postscript: The 10:00 PM TV news meteorologist confirmed the wind has been gusting between thirty-five and thirty-nine miles per hour!! He said “…and thirty-nine is ‘tropical force’.” Overnight, temperatures will drop into the thirties (and my plants are vulnerable). ~~ Much damage in Louisiana and other southern states from this storm. Severe damage in an RV Park, deaths at another location. 

S.O.S. !!

Sick Old Senior.

Cold suffererA “cold” has slowed me down!! Actually, it brought me to a standstill. Beautiful weather; so much to do in the yard!! The weeds are growing exponentially and need to be annihilated.

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Postscript @ 4:00 PM: I went back to bed at nine o’clock but was on my feet, and dressed, by nine-thirty. Too much to do; I didn’t  stop until approximately four PM. Lettuce seedlings are in the Garden Tower. Green onions, radishes, and Redina lettuce seeds sown in “starter.” More details on my other blog.

Tomato plants getting morning sunshire

Tomato plants getting afternoon sunshine

Temperature at eleven-eleven

Transplanting lettuce

Ready to start over

A little Jiffy mix on top of each

Three more items

Soaking seeds

Temperature at four

Cucumber and bell pepper transplanted


The cucumber seedling, and bell pepper seedlings, were the first transplanted this morning but late afternoon before I thought to take a picture.

Spunky Old Senior??


“Too soon old, too late smart!” Seventeen hours later (postscript) and I realize I goofed when I planted radish and green onions. They are root vegetables and should be planted in a different phase of the moon. I’m “trying” for a successful garden; I’m studying Old Farmer’s Almanac (on-line) but mindlessly prepared the cubes and planted the seeds!!