Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Wood Stove Wall

Today I painted the wood stove wall - again. It needs touching up every year, not to mention I hadn't finished painting the ceiling near the chimney! 

So now it's all back together and the fire is going again.  :)
Next mission is to replace that ugly door!

Friday, November 3, 2017

October 2017

My big brother moved into his new place this year and decided he didn't need this fantastic little shed cabinet, so I scored it for my place!  Fits perfectly here.

Finally a place to store my tools close to the yard!

This was the biggest bean I have ever seen.  Right off the Scarlet Runner.  How funny is this?  I think it's what happens when they grow without supervision.

A cute rabbit came to visit here this month, was here for about four days and may have moved on today as I saw it hopping down the driveway.  It was so tame!  Didn't even run away while I was working out in the yard.  I hope it returns.

Surprisingly, there are still flowers blooming in October here.  This is my miniature rose that usually is eaten by the deer, but they haven't been around much this year.

And this funny little flower that is about the size of a bumble bee.  Just lovely.

So that wraps up October, thanks for following!

August 2017

It was a long hot summer here in my part of the Pacific Northwest, but I still managed to get some yard work done.  Everything was flourishing!  It was hard to keep up.

One of my projects this year was to divide up the last two bamboo and get them into 4 new pots.  I should have taken before and during photos, but forgot, as I was in the (literally) heat of the moment. 

Once you tip them out of their pots, you saw them in half (takes forever) and then they can be placed in new pots and add dirt.

They line the fence beautifully!  
In this last photo you can see how well the scarlet runner beans did on the old arbor and the lilies and ornamental grasses did very well also.

With yet another long dry season I had an idea to redo the landscaping in front so that next year I can lay in soaker hoses in the beds.  Also by leveling out the beds they will hold the water better too.

I also began moving some of the plants to a new bed along the driveway. 

The patio area became very scary as the season wore on, plants were tall and wide and it looked much like a jungle in there!

This is me with my big lily.  I'm 5'2", so you do the math.

 And the biggest cherry tomato I have ever grown!

Two of my brothers helped me purchase a large BBQ this summer, I confess, it's my first!  Primarily a simple cook and consuming few meats I was hesitant, but I am having so much fun with this!  I'm actually looking forward to my first "cookout" during a power outage.  My main dishes are BBQ stir-fry veggies and portabello burgers.

This is my local squirrel sitting on the wood shed looking in my window, waiting for a chance to intercept a small offering of seeds to the chipmunks - which she's figured out happens when they come to the door.  Is that the stink eye or what?

Another big project that had to happen this year was the removal of the back awning and porch.  It's been falling apart for years and now has dry rot and is dangerous.  Here are two "before" pictures.

My friend and handyman, Harry, helped me take it apart from the roof down.  Not too difficult and was all done in about three hours.
My next chore was to repair the siding underneath and repaint.  So here it is dismantled, at least.

And now repaired and painted.

So it's the doorway to nowhere right now.  I have two options.  I can put in a window or another door with steps.  This part of the mobile doesn't really need another door, there is one on the other side, for a fire exit on this end.  What this room doesn't have is an opening window, so that would be my preferred plan of action.  Now to find the person who can do it.

So that wraps up summer!  Thanks for following along.

Friday, July 21, 2017

Mountain Quail

More new babies!  The very shy Mountain Quail have been visiting here for the last couple of years.  Each year they bring their brood.  This year it was 9 new babies! 

I followed them around inside my house, peaking out windows, trying to get pictures!  Very challenging.  In the end I only got two chicks together and one parent and one chick at the water hole.

They've returned, so it's possible they are nesting nearby!  I'll keep trying for better pictures.

Sunday, June 4, 2017

New Babies

I love this time of Spring when new baby wildlife start appearing from the brush.
This week two song sparrow fledglings have joined the world.

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

May Flowers

It is true that April showers bring May flowers, but I think in our case this year it was many months of showers!  Finally the sun has come out for more than a few hours and things are drying out and blooming.  Life!

Monday, April 24, 2017

Spring Has Sprung!

Finally!  Some greenery and buds to show for all that rain we have had. 
The wildlife is returning and so is my sanity - but still not much sun.

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Mountain Quail

These little cuties are new to my area, only seen in the last couple of years. 
Easily confused with the California Quail, but if you look at side by side photos, the differences are many.  These are bigger, like the size of a football, much more colorful and their topnotch is more of an apostrophe shape.  The CA Quail's topnotch curves over the top of their head.

This year I have only three or four.  Last year I had about twelve.  I imagine they are a tasty treat for cougars, bobcats and coyotes, which we didn't have last year, but have been seen this year.

I enjoy watching these sweeties roaming about the yard, driveway and bird feeding area, just about any time of day.

I'll try to get better photos, but they are quite skiddish, so I have to shoot from inside the house.

Thursday, March 2, 2017

Mini Art Studio

If you've been in a vintage mobile home you have seen the second "bedroom" which is really more like a closet.  Very small.  In the old days a single bed could fit in them and maybe a small dresser.  A friend of mine had one and they built in bunk-beds for their kids.

This small bedroom, that I previously used as a closet, (calling it my walk-in closet), has been transformed into a small art studio!
I have lived here over 10 years and never realized how perfect this space is for a studio.  It even has a window!

Before it could be a studio I had to remove some old shelves, caulk the cracks and seams and repair some wall board.  Then I painted it a lovely bright white, installed new shelves and additional lights.

The next two photos are some of the tools and supplies I use.

This very small room turned out to be perfect for the metalsmithing work I do.  I work standing up and can reach all of the shelves and work tops easily. 

Saturday, February 25, 2017

Winter 2017

We've had a lot of snow this winter - for us, anyway.  The above photo is the front yard the first time it snowed.  We had about a foot the next time, and several days of just an inch or two.

The second photo is Highway 101 - the main road north and south along the Hood Canal, this is in front of the Lilliwaup post office.  Even the plows couldn't keep up that day!

I know so many people who had trees down due to heavy snow, unfortunately this year, I was one of them.  The damage was minimal!

I had just arrived home and heard a thump - turned around to see the neighbor's willow had just fallen over, on my new fence!

Fortunately they were home and we were able to cut away the branches to take the weight off the fence, then cut away the trunk.

I was greatly relieved to see very little damage done!  A few boards will need to be replaced and one beam is leaning slightly, but I think it can be propped up from this side.  Several piles of branches in the end, which they promptly hauled off.

The bamboo all survived, save for some minor embarrassment of being tossed about by the whole experience.

Winter is not over, and more snow could fall, I just hope nothing else does.  :)