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

 

Vacation’s Ended, Back to My Real Job Tomorrow

Wow, that was a fast 9 days.  Of course I didn’t get as much accomplished as I always envision, but inching along still.

Did caulking, painting, assembling vanities, celebrating the hubby’s Birthday, making Thanksgiving dinner, and brushing the dog.  The last part was my favorite, but needless to say, not her’s.  I try to be gentle, but she just hates to be brushed.  She’s sleeping at my feet right now so our struggles wore her out.

Can’t say much for our weather the last few days.  Had some snow and some melted and it will be dry probably until Tuesday when rain is predicted.  I’ve had enough of winter already, looking forward to spring. It is in the single digits outside.  Ugh 😦

Not much in the way of pictures on the house, but I do have some showing the beautiful snow while I was painting.

 

Our snow fall looking out the bonus room window
Our snow fall looking out the bonus room window
Looking out the front window at the front pasture
Looking out the front window at the front pasture
April enjoying her second snow of the year
April enjoying her second snow of the year
My sewing room window
My sewing room window

I have come to the realization that it’s a good thing I am a Paralegal, because I would starve as a painter.  There is no end in sight for anytime in the near future.  While winter is here I will be spending my weekends painting the interior.  When spring comes, I will be renting a lift and finishing the rest of the outside of the house.  If I am able to sell the house we are in or get a long-term renter, I hope to have a new lawn.  Well here are some more photos.

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Looking out the back bedroom window over the upper deck
Looking out the back bedroom window over the upper deck after the snow with clear cold skys

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Looking across the highway
Looking across the highway
Another shot out the bonus room windows looking at the back acreage
Another shot out the bonus room windows looking at the back acreage
A big cottonwood tree in the back pasture
A big cottonwood tree in the back pasture
Trim primed in the upstairs hall
Trim primed in the upstairs hall
Another shot of the hall
Another shot of the hall
Hall sconce
Hall sconce
Pretty all lit up.
Pretty all lit up.

Well that’s pretty much all for November.  Tomorrow is December, and it looks like I won’t be resting until next December.  Ho hum.

Annie, the working girl.

Winter’s Coming – Trying to get it done

Busy weekend.  Trying to get some of the porch work done.  The roof is done.  Yeah, I am a happy girl.  Did some painting on the balusters, posts, 2×4’s and painted the fascia board.  Cleaned up some of the yard.  There just isn’t enough time to get it all done.  Will be taking down the scaffolding and moving it around to the side of the house, so I can work on the fascia boards that need repairing.  I think I will need to take some time off to get it done.

The weather here in the beautiful great northwest is starting to turn.  It has been in the high 30’s at night, but will be in the high 60’s during the day for the rest of this week.  It is just a matter of time before it will be too cold to work outside.  For me, that is.  I am hot house plant, and don’t like the cold.

Yesterday I did a little bit of painting but just couldn’t get my mind into it.  But, this morning I was raring to go.  Although, I did have a couple of detours before noon.  You know those detours are a necessity, but then I am back on task.

First detour, I found a deep whole in the horse pasture that could have resulted in injuring one of our horses.  So it was checking the depths and making sure the whole was filled completely.  Wasn’t sure if it was from water or moles.  It was deep and went in a couple of directions, so that took some pounding down and filling.

Second detour was when I was in the pasture, I saw that our little 6 month old colt was getting a hay belly.  He needed exercising.  My husband is the horsey person.  I love to watch them but don’t have a clue what to do with them.  Well we both had a lesson today.  He is stubborn as a mule and probably knew he had a novice cowgirl.  It was fun though and I got the exercise, trying to get him to move.  Gave him a little love and brushing and all was good and I was ready to go back to doing something I know how to do, painting!

Ann & Cheyenne 10-06-2013
Ann & Cheyenne 10-06-2013

Well, as always I wanted to get more done, but all-in-all, it was a productive weekend.

It gets dark about 1 hour after I get home in the evenings and that time is decreasing daily.  Add that to the fact that I am plumb tuckered out by then also.  So another priority is that we get some porch lights up.  It gets dark out here in the country and I don’t like walking from my car to the porch in the dark.  I’m clumsy enough when I can see, much less when it is dark out.

Now for the porch pictures:

The 2x4's for the railings
The 2×4’s for the railings
The balusters
The balusters
The fascia board is painted green.  Love my porch.
The fascia board is painted green. Love my porch.

Well, that’s all folks 🙂

Annie, the novice cowgirl