Saturday, January 31, 2015

A brown post

Just finished spreading those two truck loads of pine straw in the goat's lot.

Now I don't know how a goat feels about walking on a bed of pine needles, but it looks to me like it would feel mighty good. Pine straw looks warm and cozy. This summer when the temperatures are in the high 90's I may feel different about all this brown.

Still working on the lay of the land out here...



One of these days we may be looking uphill instead of downhill, when we look out the kitchen window. :)



Chickadees, the little acrobats, don't mind telling you to hurry and move on. This one and a few others fussed at me the entire time...



Cardinals too were waiting for me to go away...



and even a Mockingbird tried to shoo me away... 



It drives me crazy that all the wooden posts in the yard have turned green. That ugly green. Must be the shade and moisture. Wonder if I could scrub everything with a stiff brush and Clorox water. Now that's a job to add to my "to do" list. Good gosh! 

There's plenty of help around here. All you have to do is slow down for a minute...



Guess this will be a "brown post". Speaking of brown, I've just made myself a cup of hot cocoa to help me feel warm again. The temperature was 33 when I went outside to work. Wasn't long before my heavy coat was unbuttoned. Then I had to come out of that heavy coat...down to my sweater and long sleeved tee shirt. Hauling that last load of straw, I was downright warm. In the house now, I feel chilled to the bone.

Once again it's about time for Poppy. Need to be thinking of something for supper. 

Sure is good to have you to talk to. Thank you for stopping by. 

Love,
Henny

16 comments:

  1. You sure had a busy, productive morning. I know what it's like to come in from exercising (or working) outside and get chilled. I sweat something fierce and soak through my shirt. If I don't change and get dry I just can't keep warm in the house. We have Carolina wrens that fuss all the time if they see you. They show no fear. They sing so loudly for such little birds. I love them. It's time for me to be doing something for supper, too. I'm thawing some ground beef for chili. It's that kind of weekend. We're supposed to get down to 12 degrees by Monday night. Leftover chili will hit the spot. Stay warm.

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    1. The little wrens are one of my favorites too. They are loud and cute. Chili sounds good. I like making chili and it does warm you up! Gosh! 12 degrees is cold! You stay warm too! :)

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  2. Wonderful wheelbarrow picture, and I'm sure Smokey (or have you come up with a new name yet?) is convinced he's being an enormous help.

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    1. No, I can't seem to call him anything but Smokey. He is a sweety pie.

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  3. I could do with some brown right now. Brown means SPRING!
    Jane x
    PS I need your e mail address so you'll have access to my blog from Feb 8th.

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    1. It's February! Spring is a little closer! I'll send it right over. Thank you Jane.

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  4. I love those Chickadees. They are always yacking at me too but they are so adorable. I don't think I have seen a Mockingbird in our area. Today I spotted a red-breasted nut-hatch for the first time at my feeders and then a flock of gold finches flew in for lunch. So gorgeous.
    Look at that Sassy Smokey. Hitching a ride with him momma. lol. Hugs,Deb

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    1. I love your birds! I haven't seen a nut-hatch this year. We usually have the blue/grey colored ones. I've been a little slack feeding the birds this year, but just bought special feed and filled all the feeders.

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  5. Are your feeders full? Sometimes the birds will give you what for if the feeders are empty.

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    1. You're right. But I had just filled the feeders with special feed. The birds must have been hungry. The feeders had been empty for a few days. I've been slack. :(

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  6. Goodness Henny,
    Congratulations on getting all that spread. I, too, think it would feel good to the animals. And I am so glad Smokey was helping you... he was helping - right? lol
    Love,
    Lily

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    1. Thank you Lily. I suppose he was helping. He kept me smiling anyway. He is a sweet kitty.

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  7. I had to chuckle at your not liking the green posts. That green scuzz is just moss, or algae, what we call Seattle Green.!

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    1. Scuzz is a good name for it. I wonder if you keep it scrubbed off. Maybe I should like it. Been thinking about you today...it won't be long before the game starts.

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  8. Not much grows under pine straw, it should keep out the weeds. I have green moss growing in between my pavers...the power washer takes it out but boy is it ever messy...I think I would just enjoy the green posts:)

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  9. Some random landscapers (at least that is what their card says) stopped at my home just before New Years Eve, and offered to spread bags of compost/mulch on my front garden. At $7.00 a bag, I said OK, maybe 10 bags? Ha! Well, they got to work and dug in several inches, and put down about 4" of the stuff. Guess what, all my plants are doing so well, just in 1 month! I had been neglecting the fertilizer since it didn't seem to be working, but I know there is some sort of manure in the mulch (sniff sniff!) and all the plants look happy. Pine straw for free sounds really good, just don't think it would help in So. Cal! Folks living in the country can have a good laugh at my final accounting. 54 bags, gulp! You get my vote for hardest working "hobby farmer".

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