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Jul. 8th, 2020

Wordless Wednesday- the Daylilies are blooming.

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May. 25th, 2020

Photo Dump- The Gardening

So you're warned, there's a lot of photos in this post.

We finally got the new bed I'd been wanting to do next to the carport dug out and built this weekend. Managed to get the Clematis, and morning glory seeds planted, just in time for it to downpour and show us exactly how much more good soil we need to add to it.

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It entailed, digging an 8" deep, 1.5 ft wide trench. Laying in hardware cloth, and then backfilling again. Lots of earthworms, so that was nice to see. The daylilies, bee balm, and Black Eyed Susan, had the leaves and (most) of the weeds raked or pulled out. I have daylilies by the back porch that'll get transplanted over to here as well. The Haku Ookan Clematis is on the other end, with morning glories up the center, and a fence for them to grow up. I'll add fall bulbs and more black eyed susans as well as echinecea to this bed as well.

But wait! There's more! )

May. 21st, 2020

Day 4- Rain, Rain and more Rain.

This is ridiculous. Four days of straight rain is excessive, Gaea, knock it off.

Spring Lake Damn is threatening to fail. The Roanoke River is half a foot below major flood stage, the Dan River is at flood stage, and it's *still raining*. Roanoke is at 7+" of rain, we're at 4+" of rain. And that's just here in Virginia. It's worse up north.

Mind, we're fine. We're up on a ridge line, so water drains down and away from us. But it's just *so much* and it's making it hard for my garden to really get going. Well, other than lettuce, spinach, carrots, sugar snap peas and radishes. *They* are doing fine, thriving in fact.

Everything else is getting waterlogged. Which is why I'm glad we do raised beds. Although, I've now planted zucchini *twice* and had days of chilly temps and rain immediately after, which meant the initial hills never germinated and the new ones likely won't either, which means I'll either have to give up and start them inside or try a third time.

Bush beans didn't do so hot this year either. The Royal Burgundy came up beautifully, but the Blue Lakes have significant gaps. So those will be replanted this weekend, hopefully. It's supposed to be nice. Supposed to be, mind.

Finally seeing roots starting on the Mammoth Jalapeno that voles had eaten the root ball off of. Already replanted the Rutgers tomato, in a oversized pot, as it had significant roots (it snapped enroute home), and starting to see roots on the Super100 cherry tomato that broke too.I'll likely put both in pots as well. No more hardware cloth cages to plant them in in the ground. This fall, we'll pull back all the dirt, down about 6" and finally finish putting in a hardware cloth barrier. Then next season, hopefully we won't have to use cages anymore.

I'd add photos, but well, rain. And windy. And chilly.

In other news, major churches are insisting on ignoring governor orders about not fully opening and claiming that staying closed is unconstitutional to be forced to *care about the health of your congregation*. I mean, really?!? Are you that stupid? Don't answer that.

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May. 15th, 2020

So it begins...

Virginia has entered phase one of reopening.

As for us, we're still going to be minimizing our exposure as much as we can. Which means, groceries and class and not much else.

Martial arts and C.O.B.R.A. classes start back, in person on Monday, outside only, limited to 10 people, 10 feet apart. We have to sign up the Friday before, for the next week's classes, to be able to do them. We can't simply show up. We can still do the Zoom classes too.

And we get to start working with the Bo staff.

Because it's mainly hands off and you practically *need* that 10 ft spacing. Heh.

It's up to us as to whether we want to wear a mask for the outside classes- for us that will be a yes, emphatically, because better safe than sorry.

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The lettuce and spinach are finally taking off, so we harvested a sinkful last night. It was tasty on tuna fish sandwiches, and I had more than enough for a big lunch salad for Mark, and will have one myself in a bit.

The rest of the garden is settling in. A couple tomatoes have too much frost damage, despite being covered, one at least I know isn't going to make it. Still watching the other. Can't remember which hill was what for the cucumbers, zucchini and butternut squash, but 2 hills have done nothing. I suspect its the zucchini, so need to find either seeds or seedlings if we can. Otherwise, I'll plant more cucumbers. Leviathan will eat those as well as zucchini.

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The irises are going nuts with blooms this year. Ones that haven't bloomed since we moved here, are now blooming. Of course, I fed them this year too. Can't wait to see what the others turn out to be. So far, all along the porch has been shades of purples. Which plays nicely with the fuschia azaleas and the orange azalea.



Today is my dad's birthday. He's 82.


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Apr. 27th, 2020

Updates...

Dad is home. They diagnosed him with ischemic colitis. So, kept him a week to see if he improved and sent him home when he did. Now we play the waiting game to make sure he didn't catch the novel coronavirus while in the hospital.

I got to talk to him on Sat. He said it was good to hear my voice. I don't get to talk to him often these days, it's hard to understand him because he tends to mumble or slur his words, or he's napping.

He mentioned his antique guns again, and wanting me to have them. We have this conversation nearly every time we do talk. I finally told him to have mom tape notes to the ones he wanted me to have, saying they were going to me.

Went over and cut my brother's lawn on Sat as well. Helped him get his small garden started. Hopefully he listened and got his seeds in before it rained that afternoon. He was going to plant sugar snap peas, green beans and zucchini. He's got a good spot for it, full sun through to early aftenoon, then light shade through to full shade in the evening. Hopefully it does well for him.

Our garden is really starting to get going. the peas are up, the lettuce and spinach are doing well now that we've fenced them to keep the squirrels and chipmunks from digging in the soft soil. The potatoes are sending up new sprouts, so hopefully we'll get quite a few pounds this fall. The radishes planted over the top are going crazy too. The carrots have just started sprouting. Never grew carrots before, so this will be interesting.

Was out there, in the rain, well the start of it , on Sat, putting in zuchinni, cucumbers, butternut squash, tomatillo seeds (purple!), and beans. Dan would not stop talking after I took over another bag of garden soil for him to use, as we told him he definitely did not have enough, and confirmed it after he put what he had in his bed and sent us photos, especially after I told him , rain is coming in, get your seeds in, I gotta go get mine in, several times, as the wind picked up and you could smell the rain coming.

Sunday we put in the tomatoes and peppers. So far, wildlife is leaving most stuff alone now. We put cages over the tomatillo row and the cucurbit seed mounds, to help protect them. Also put out a lot of pollinator plants in the center bed. These will stay permanently- Liatris, Phlox, Coppertips, all were sprouted and growing well in the soil medium I started them in. The 2 Echinecea that came with them, not so much. But I put them out anyway, maybe if they're in the ground, they'll wake up. If not, I do have seeds in cold storage I can start and transplant.

Te swamp milkweed finally started coming back up, as has some of the Anise Hyssop. Need to collect seeds from that this year and scatter it through the wooded area some. Bees and butterflies adore it and it usually grows well here. It'll look good against the biennial black eyed susans that grow in the wooded area too.

I have noticed, toilet paper is starting to get easier to find, as well as paper towel. I suspect, fresh produce and fresh meat will now become scarce, as people start overstocking their freezers on that, with all the doom and gloom news about meat packing shutting down and farmers dumping crops. Much of whats being destroyed was never meant for the grocery store systems, but people don't care. Good thing we already have plenty in the freezer.

Trying to wake up my King Arthur Flour sourdough starter. I suspect it's been in the freezer too long. Haven't given up on it yet, but it's really sluggish to get going. Also trying to start a wild yeast starter as well. That'll be a first for us, so hopefully it works. Its been a long time since I've bake with sourdough (5 years), so will be nice to get back to it.

Apparently *indoor gun ranges* have been deemed essential services by a Lynchburg judge. How exactly going to shooting at targets, indoors, practically shoulder to shoulder (certainly well below the 6ft spacing) is an essential need, is beyond me. So fucking stupid.

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Apr. 6th, 2020

So what did you do while on lockdown...

Well, we basically relandscaped the front yard, on Saturday. LOL

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Before. We've been wanting to get rid of the ornamental bamboo because it's a non native invasive.


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Halfway done.


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Of course we dug out bricks.


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After. We planted the Dwarf Alberta Spruce that had been in large pots on the porch instead. They won't grow big enough to damage the foundation, or wide enough to block any views and they grow so slowly, that'll it'll be a long time before they're taller than the porch railing. It looks so much better now. The leaves got mulches up and put on the newer garden bed, the watering trough for potatoes with soil added too, as well as a bunch in the compost bin- it needed some 'greens'.



Then, on Sunday...

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We took a few hours to completely empty the beds, added fresh compost and garden soil and got them ready for planting next weekend. This year, we'll work on bringing them up another row of blocks, then topping them. Over the winter, we'll add more compost and soil.

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The center bed will stay one block high, with the landscaping blocks on top and gradually brought up to level, soil wise.


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Our Red Bud, Archie, bloomed this year! We're so proud of it!


Friday's numbers in Virginia-

19005 tested
2012 positive
312 hospitalized
46 dead

TODAY'S numbers here in Virginia-

24321 tested
2878 positives
497 hospitalized
54 dead

There are now 5 cases in Bedford County.


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Sep. 16th, 2019

And that was our weekend...

This weekend, I painted the bathroom. Well, two coats of the main wall color at any rate.

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Valspar Signature Semi-gloss in Nordic Blue. Leftover almost full gallon from when we used it as the trim color in the bedroom at the townhouse.

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Finally settled on trim color too, well two actually. One will be for the doors, the other for the window and door trim. The door color matches the tile color in the shower, and the trim color will tie it all together nicely.

Next we need to get the waterproof wood flooring and swap out the fixtures, then the bathroom will be finished and we'll have 2 rooms completely redone out of...6 downstairs. So, techically 3 rooms if you count the upstairs studio space (that I can't use during the summer months until we get an ac unit up there as well as insulate the ceiling).

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Sunday, we finally got around to cutting back the peach tree from the roof and taking out as much of the dead wood from the underside as we could. Also removed non peach tree plants from underneath, again. A good feeding and it should be just fine. The birds are coming back for the refilled feeders now too. Eventually we'll put up a real garden fence, to keep the dogs out from under there.

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Got around to pulling the sweet potatoes this weekend. It's been nearly 120 days since planting. Considering this was our first year ever planting them, we're pretty happy with the results. The small, finger like ones are a result of putting trailing vines back in the container, something we knew would happen and weren't bothered by. They were planted in a watering trough, so next year, we're do it again and get a couple more for potatoes too.

Apparently my Fit thinks my typing is me cycling. It's so confused.



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