Pause in the storm ?!?!

From my front door

Standing in water

Long view from the field

From the field at end of street

From the street

South side is flooded

Water pocket on tarp

Water standing in ginger root planter

Six inches of rain water

Seven inches of rain water


Rain gaugeQuestion: Did I have three and one-half inches of rain or did I have seven inches of rain?? The wider surface collected more water so I choose to believe we had six to seven inches of rain between 3:00 and 7:00 AM.

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Additional rain since I took the pictures. Nine-thirty as I publish this–and more rain is predicted. To my knowledge, no damage in the CARE community.

pause_play_stop_blackMother Nature hit the “pause” button for a few hours. Next “play”–but Texas is ready for the “stop” button!!

After the storm !!!!

In our area, it only lasted about ten minutes. Wow, what a ferocious storm!! Lightning flashing like Fourth-of-July fireworks!! The power went out; I grabbed a flashlight. All this started at 5:22 AM: Trailer shook violently, hard rain, lighting and thunder. I quickly dressed and got organized in case things got worse. I went to the CARE Center where “we” would have shelter–and a generator for power. Four volunteers and yours truly were the only ones there. No management, no maintenance, just five of us scratching our heads wondering what to do. ~~ According to Houston TV, lots of damage in that area.

Toppled support for shadeThe wind force was strong to topple fifty pounds of cement in the base of each support for the shade cover. Likewise, consider the weight of soil in the cucumber and pepper planters. ~~ One inch of rain in the gauge–and the storm lasted less than ten minutes!! ~~ Postscript, 11:05 AM: Houston TV meteorologist said wind was forty-five to sixty miles per hour.


Toppled cucumber planter

Toppled cucumber and pepper planters

Uprighted planters

Uprighted shade supports

Lots of limbs and debris

One inch of rain

Drooping tomato plant

Supported tomato plant

Clean up after the storm

Temperature at ten-forty

April 27 storm screen print

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Attitude of gratitude!!

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Postscript, one o’clock: Eight trees went down between the CARE Center and the highway. I’m so blessed that trees did not fall on my trailer home!!

Just a reminder of my trees

Trees north side and south side

Eight trees went down

Tall tree horizontal

Roots of the tree

Gratitude consists of (poster)


Eighty-five degrees at threeBrilliantly beautiful, gorgeous, spectacular afternoon!!Bright sunshine

Postponed, not forgotten !!

dirty-fingernailsBulbs plantedWhere did they come from? “Free” bulbs: Ixia and Peacock Orchid. I’ll see if they grow and delight me with flowers. ~~ I’m “aiming” for “a place for everything and everything in its place.” Before I could throw away the spray paint can, I refreshed two plastic planters. I think it works best on dull finish planters rather than glossy.


Spray painted a planter

Spray painted red planter


Progress reportProgress report, May 26, 2016: Peacock Orchid has made an appearance. No growth for Ixia (or Lavender in large planter).


Sunflower full length

Big and bold sunflower



This Sunflower was affectionately nicknamed “Valiant Volunteer.” It has struggled to grow in the shade next to the picnic table. I’m surprised the tall slender stem survived the strong winds early this morning. After the storm, it was nice to see a new bloom in my garden!!

Perfectionist at play !!

More cement blocks

Cool and comfortable

Getting started

Ready to move the storage box

Storage container moved

Before the first block was moved

Note that block is too high

Too high because pipe not deep enough

Dug up pipe

ArmadilloThe soil under my trailer home is very soft because an Armadillo dug a deep hole. The pipe was necessary to support the cement blocks.


Tools for the job

All this in two hours

Weights on front and corners

Completed and clean

The blocks are so heavy

Pleasant but windy

Eventually the caster shelves on the blocksConfession: Heavy work but a project that has nagged at me for weeks. With the rearrangement of tarp shelter yesterday, and blocks today, To do listI can mark two items off my lengthy “to do” list.


I'm a perfectionist (poster)
LOL with smiley face

Day-mare !!

Opposite of nightmare!!

Seventy-three degrees under tarp shelter“Never put off until tomorrow what you can do today!” The sensor hanging inside the tarp shelter indicated it would be cool and comfortable to approach the reorganization project. I’ve been embarrassed by the clutter when guests visit my garden!!


North side; getting started

North side, getting started


South side

More south side

East side reorganized

More east side reorganized


Clutter in the yardMost of the clutter had to “come out” before it could “go in.” Some of the storage containers had gathered unwanted rain water. I gave the saucers “a lick and a promise” before packing them away. I have planters, and saucers, for Hen ‘n Chicks, Christmas Cactus, and Money Moss (for sale at Thrift ‘n Gift).


Washed saucers (1)

Washed saucers (2)


West side

West side

South side

Coconut fiber for planters


Eighty-five degrees under tarp shelter


Seriously, I perceive that I have a use for everything stored under the tarp shelter. As I handled “stuff,” I recognized a place–in the garden–for numerous things. Example: Plant stands and other items to elevate my planters. (I’m passionate about having my planters off the ground or off the patio.) ~~ The tarp has become tattered from the wind, and leaks “like a sieve” when it rains. The dehydrated “bricks” of coconut fiber got wet and you can see how they expanded (now stored in the white pails).

Aiming for Mother’s Day !!

There’s a strange array of planters in my yard; most plants are new and different. Remember, I’m the “foster parent” to a lot of neglected orphan plants. Today, I set a goal to have my yard “picture perfect” before Mother’s Day. It’s good to have a goal?!

  1. The tarp shelter needs to be emptied and items returned in an organized fashion.
  2. A section of cement paving blocks need to be lifted, soil leveled, and blocks replaced.
  3. Because I can’t locate round paving blocks–for stepping-stones–I’ll buy cement and make my own!!
  4. Perhaps (probably) some mark-down plants (from Lowe’s) for the planters in front of my trailer home.

The list is endless; these are just a few.

Aiming at the target hoping to hit the goal