Editing my book; Planting an Aspen; Moving April.

This weekend is a little less intense than last weekend when I was busy rebuilding our fence. Still lots of fence to repair, but that will hold for another weekend. Here is another look at the fence. So proud of it, but will love it even more when I get some paint on it.

Front pasture fence
Front pasture fence

This weekend I focused on editing my first book. I am about 1/2 way through, meaning I have 70 more pages to do. Then it is off to another editor to see if I am getting there. I will reveal what it is about in one of my later blogs where I will be starting another site that will be an author site. So stay tuned. I’m excited, but also somewhat afraid. This is new to me and a bit scary.

In other news, I planted an Arbor Day Tree. An Aspen. It’s a little twig, but I got a little water bed for it to be cradled in and it will be automatically watered through our dry summers, so I hope it will help it make it though. I put it in the front horse pasture as it is a fast growing tree and the horse can use a little more shade. My understanding is that it will grow about 5 ft. a year, and that’s pretty fast. So we will see. Here is a photo of it  snug in it’s little water bed.

Aspen tree
Baby Aspen Tree

I have another one to plant, but the wind blew it over, so it is recovering. If it survives, it will get planted sometime this week, in another pasture.

Now the third photo I have is of a weed/plant/tree that is growing beside my front porch. It’s not going to stay there, but I was hoping someone may be able to identify what it is. It is on one stalk but is branching at the stop. It’s not a maple tree as I know what those are, and it may just be a weed, but if you can help, I would greatly appreciate it.

Weed?
Weed or Tree or Good Plant or Bad Plant? Can you identify it?

It has been a gorgeous day, but my weekend is almost over and it’s back to the real world tomorrow.

I hope you are enjoying the spring. My favorite time of the year.

Annie, the Aspen Whisperer

 

“Never Give a Hillbilly a Paint Brush!” Markeeta Littlewolf

I remember Markeeta Littlewolf coming in to our hardware store to buy some paint one summer with her husband Mike. Lynn asked her if she was going to put Mike to work painting and the response was “You never give a hillbilly a paint brush.” Absolutely love her quick come backs. But I had the feeling she was being a little truthful. Anyway, I thought of this infamous quote when I pulled out the paint brush and roller today.

A new weekend and some progress from last weekend. First and foremost, I got some pictures uploaded from the camera. Yeah.

Here are photos from my paint job today:

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Before my painting today. I stopped painting 2 or 3 years ago. Don’t remember why I didn’t finish, but I probably ran out of time before winter. The white is the primer. Boy did it hold up good.
After the paint
After my painting today
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What NOT to do. Leave blue painters tape on the outside for 2 or 3 years.
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Next year, I promise I will finish this. Got to caulk, prime and paint.
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Assessing my paint job from the pasture.

Now for some photos from last week. As you may remember from my last post, we basically finished the one fence in the pasture. Had the top wire to put on and hog ring to the fence so, hopefully, April won’t be able to bend it down.

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This is what we completed last weekend
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Looking down the fence line.
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Putting up the electric fence insulators (aka thingies)
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Not very clear, but this is a hog ring, for all those city folks that read my blog.
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A roll of top wire for the fence. Lynn has been doing a little bit on finishing the fence.

Now for the stove and the skies. Yep, I’m going to be ready for winter this year. Blue Mountain Stoves and Cowboy Enterprises did a fabulous job on installing the stove. That will be one more thing I can check off the list.

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Liking my new stove, fits just right in the corner.
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Our new stove. We get propane tanks on Tuesday. Looking forward to firing it up.
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Glad it didn’t rain while I was painting.
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Winter’s Come’n

Okay, well that just about brings us up to date. The nights are coming quicker and the days are getting cooler. I have to be ready for completing my inside project and hunkering down while waiting on spring.

What I like about winter: I can spend more time writing; get indoor stuff done; read more; curl up under a warm blanket when it’s bedtime; and loving the green of my lawn with the rye grass. Yep, my yard looks terrible in the summer but is green in the winter. Go figure. A sprinkling system and landscaping was on my list for this year, but it didn’t happen. So it has moved to next year. Stay tuned.

Annie, a hillbilly with a paint brush.

Gate is Done and Hung, Going after the Puncture Vine

Finally, the gate is done and hung.  Now I am working on pulling up some of the puncture vine and hope  to start priming and painting the lower half of the house next weekend, if temperatures.  Never ending work, but I love it.  It bothers me that so many things need doing and I don’t like relaxing knowing I’m not doing those.  I think after 20 years on this project, I need to learn to kickback and enjoy because it is never going to be finished to my satisfaction.

Looking East to West.  Fence and gate are done.
Looking East to West. Fence and gate are done.
Looking West to East
Looking West to East
A better picture of the gate
A better picture of the gate
Looking through the fence to the back pastures
Looking through the fence to the back pastures

Now for a little more details on the puncture vines.  They are all over the place.  The seed spreads by puncturing the tires of the mower until they see a little spot then they pop off and imbed themselves in the ground.  5 years ago we didn’t see any but we can’t hardly get ahead of it now.

Another thing I did this weekend was to groom Kinzie.  She really doesn’t like it, so I have give her lots of hugs and kisses.  I put her up on an old coffee table then I don’t have to sit on the floor of bend over so much as I am not that agile or limber any more and these old bones hurt.  When I was finished with as much as she would let me and I told her to get down.  Instead she curled up and took a nap.  I sure do love my fur-baby.

Kinzie on the old coffee table which has been turned into a grooming table.
Kinzie on the old coffee table which has been turned into a grooming table.

While working on this post I heard my grandson Leon out front of the house trying to pull an old lawn mower out of the weeds, as he is going to work on that as a project this summer.  Uncle Troy is going to mentor him in doing it.  This is going to be interesting.  I guess he has a mechanical interest.  That can’t be a bad thing.

In pulling out the mower, he came upon a bee’s hive.  A pretty BIG bee’s hive.  You should have seen that city boy run, but I think his dad ran faster.  Hehe.  Here’s a few pictures for you viewing pleasure.

Watch those boys run

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Leon's project
Leon’s project
Checking out the hive.
Checking out the hive.
A double shot of bee spray
A double shot of bee spray
Running for the hills
Running for the hills

Now that made my afternoon.

Back to the weeds.  Here is my solution to the goats head aka puncture vine, gather together the vine as much as possible without dropping the pointy seeds, dig down to get the root and pull up and put in a container for disposal.  Then you can lay a piece of styrofoam on the ground and walk on it and it will come up with a lot of the loose seeds stuck on it.  Now you just scrape those little devils into the container.  You can never get them all, but you can get a lot of them.  The styrofoam idea came from a co-work.  It works Walt.  Wahoo.  🙂

One cluster of puncture vine.  You can identify it by it's lacy leaves and yellow flowers, and it thorny seeds.
One cluster of puncture vine. You can identify it by it’s lacy leaves and yellow flowers, and it thorny seeds.
an even bigger patch along the driveway.
an even bigger patch along the driveway.
The weed digger and disposal kit.
The weed digger and disposal kit.

Well, I guess that about sums up my weekend.  Back to the salt mines tomorrow.  Weekends go by too fast, but I don’t know that I could physically deal with a longer weekend.

Annie, The weed pullin’, gate hangin’ country girl.

Fences and Weeds

It has actually been a very productive weekend.  Too bad it has to end.  I have lots and lots of stuff still left to do.  I think I probably should update the blog on Saturday and Sunday.  Because by the time Sunday is over, I have forgotten what I did on Saturday.  I wish I could forget to eat like I forget everything else.

Saturday:  Did some more painting on the fence boards and, actually, Lynn and I put up 4 more boards (2 sections).  Then we went to town and did grocery shopping and stopped to get some Chinese food.

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2 sections done
2 sections done
Up a little closer.  The Gate will go just to the left of the 2 sections
Up a little closer. The Gate will go just to the left of the 2 sections

Then a little later in the evening we decided to check out the back gate and how we are going to put that in.  We are both very anxious to get little Miss Kinzie in her own back yard.  The weeds are mowed down for now.  Lynn broke another belt, but at least we have the weeds more under control now.

Lynn checking out where to put the back gate
Lynn checking out where to put the back gate
A little closer shot of Lynn scoping out the next thing on the "honey-do" list.
A little closer shot of Lynn scoping out the next thing on the “honey-do” list.

Sunday:  Painted more boards and finished up 2 more sections.  Then painted some more.  Still have a little bit more to paint before I retire the paintbrush for another week.  Want to get the boards done so Lynn can work his magic and build our gate.  I’m hoping that he will work on that tomorrow, but we will see if he feels up to it.  Weekends are hard on him.

Thought if I painted the boards first it would be much easier than painting the whole gate afterwards.  Can always touch-up any mar in the finish.

One of the other things Lynn and I both did this weekend was to mow and pull some weeds.

My side job.
My side job.
This is a before picture.  Stay tuned for next week
This is a before picture. Stay tuned for next week
More to clean up around the utility porch
More to clean up around the utility porch
So much sage brush and weeds.
So much sage brush and weeds.
Where the back gate is going.  It is just leaned up for now.
Where the back gate is going. It is just leaned up for now.

Those are the photos of what was accomplished this weekend.  Tune in next weekend for the finishing pictures.  Now that I have committed to posting the finishing pictures, I have to get busy and give you some results.  Okay, now one last photo.  Not sure when I will get to this project.  🙂

On of Lynn's many mower carcases that he can't part with.  Ugh.  It may disappear  someday when he's not looking.
On of Lynn’s many mower carcases that he can’t part with. Ugh. It may disappear someday when he’s not looking.

Stay tuned, and thanks for reading my blog.

Annie, the fence building, weed pulling Diva of Waitsburg

Productive Weekend – Burned and Bitten

Happy Sunday Afternoon,

I have been so busy with trying to get a bunch of stuff done on the house.  Painting boards for the fence and pulling weeds.  We don’t have anything remotely resembling a lawn.  So I am busy trying to level all the mounds of dirt and pulling weeds, and in the meantime trying to unpack a box every now and then.

Since the last time I posted, a couple of weeks ago, things have been moving at a snail’s pace.

Last weekend, I began painting boards for the fence.  They are 16 feet long 2X6’s.  Priming them with the Kilz, primer.  Yeah, I know my favorite.  But that is because it works.  Then putting a coat of exterior semi-gloss.  That sheds the dirt the best.  We live in a very dusty climate.  Especially during harvest in late summer and early fall.

Then this weekend it was pretty much the same.  I managed to go shopping in the morning then working out in the yard most of the afternoon.  Lynn had started taking out some of the arborvitaes that were in the way of the fence, but got dizzy bending over.  I don’t know what he was thinking.  That was before I came home of Friday.  Anyway, I finished the job.  I am always leery of using the chain saw, until I really get into it.  Not only did I take out the arborvitaes, but I trimmed the locust tree too.  Looks pretty good, even if I do have to say so myself.

This will be Kinzie's fence
This will be Kinzie’s fence

Today I spent the morning helping to put up the first boards on the fence, and physically digging down more high spots in the yard.  The fence wasn’t easy but I managed to swing that 20 oz hammer until my arm hurt.  I will be so glad when I can go back to doing girly stuff.  Seeded a little bit of grass, just to see if I can make it grow.  I grow weeds really good.

A closer shot of the fence.  Where all the dirt is, I hope to have grass by the end of summer.
A closer shot of the fence. Where all the dirt is, I hope to have grass by the end of summer.

Another thing I did was trimmed the maple in the side yard.  It is getting so big.  We planted it from a seedling from some maples that had gone wild on the back pasture.  Love the beautiful umbrella shape that it has.  We also have an American Chestnut that we planted about 4 years ago and it is taking so long to get started, hopefully, it will do us proud, as many of the things we have planted are, since we moved in over here.  It’s as if the house and grounds are coming alive.  I will show you the transformation of the Iris’.

Oh, my iris' are coming up.  Spring is right around the corner
Oh, my iris’ are coming up. Spring is right around the corner
My Iris' are a blooming.
My Iris’ are a blooming.
This will be Kinzie's fence
This will be Kinzie’s fence
Beautiful colors.  Really outdoing themselves
Beautiful colors. Really outdoing themselves
What a pretty peach color
What a pretty peach color

Then last but not least.  Our front door, and a side view of the house.  Keep in mind I will be cleaning off the front porch and it will look better in a few more weeks.

Front door.  The before the storm door goes on.  Maybe this week sometime.
Front door. The before the storm door goes on. Maybe this week sometime.
A side view of the house.  Again I hope to have grass there someday.  Wish I could afford to have it landscaped.  Someday.
A side view of the house. Again I hope to have grass there someday. Wish I could afford to have it landscaped. Someday.

Aside from getting sun burned and bitten (no eaten) by monster mosquito, all is well for now.  Hope to post more next weekend.

Annie, the novice chainsaw and hammer wielding girly girl.