Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Done and done! with the leaves!

The little Sunday post is now old news, and even Monday has come and gone. 

Poppy was off work yesterday and friends, he actually met me down at the pond with a rake in his hand. Together, we finished raking the back yard all the way to the stepping stones...

Is there a picture of Poppy raking leaves? No!, but when the sun comes up this morning, I'll get a picture of our finished work...

8:05 am, and here it is...



we have visible stepping stones again, and those wild orange lilies coming up.


this path leads down hill and around the shallow end of the pond and during rainy weather, stands in water.

Gosh, I should have slept like a log last night, but no, I tossed and turned...too tired to sleep. My Fitbit showed 24,000 steps and having walked 10 miles. Raking is work! 


Seems my two daughters have been discussing whether or not to take away my Fitbit...Andee said, you know Mom, like some kids have to take away their elderly parent's car, to keep them safe. They were picking at me again!



I'm thinking the cold didn't hurt the peach tree protected by the circus tent. There have been bees and even a butterfly on the blooms. Not sure about the others yet. 



The weatherman shocked us by predicting freezing rain and a little snow for this coming Sunday...and 28 degrees! Seriously? 



I know, too many yard pictures...I couldn't resist. Why, all the leaves are gone!


This was our Sunday walk with Eli and Weetie. Around the pond then down the road and back.

We do take his leash off  to play in the back yard and on the grassy hill above the pond.

Surely I will come up with something better than the yard and the weather to post about. :) Thank you for visiting.

Love,
Henny











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  1. Good Morning! I love seeing your yard and the dogs. So thankful the peach tree is ok. You and Poppy did a great job of raking all those leaves. What a lot of STEPS! Cute about your girls teasing you about the fitbit. I sure hope the forecast for Sunday is wrong! We are due to get much needed rain today. A good day to stay indoors.
    Have a lovely day.

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    1. Thank you Mildred. I sure hope the cold and snow stays away too.

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  2. Lovely post Henny. Glad to see your peach tree made it through the weekend's cold weather. Your pathway down the hill looks wonderful!
    Have a good week!

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    1. Thank you Robin. Guess it will be a worry until warm weather gets here and stays.

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  3. Oh, oh.. "FitBit intervention coming!!!" -grin-

    Well, you could break up, all the raking you are doing. No need to do it... zippity-zip. But yes, it is lovely, when done.

    How delightful to have stepping stones to a pond! Ohh that sounds sooooo wonderful!!! I love ponds. And creeks.. And streams... :-)

    So happy the trees made it through the frost, with your help. Keep your fingers crossed, that the more-frost-forecast, will not happen. Watch the weather. But hope!!!!! :-)

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    1. Thank you Luna Crone! :) Believe me, it has not been zippity-zip. I have been raking since last November. :)

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  4. By the way, I want to say........ You come across as just the nicest of persons. Someone I'd love to know, in real life. "Just nice" as the saying goes. Not something that is "thrown around" much, these days, it seems. When so many of us, are complaining, complaining, complaining. -blush-

    I 'think', how nice you sound and seem. Why just 'think' it? Why not say it, to you? And I did!!!

    Gentle hugs,
    Luna Crone

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    1. Thank you so much, and I appreciate such a nice compliment. I would love to know you in person too, and you know what? I have thought the same about you. Hugs back to you Luna Crone. :)

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  5. What I would do to go for a walk around your pond. It is beautiful there. You have put in a lot of hard work but satisfying, for sure. I love the little stone path you are building. So cute. I built one around our old pump last year. It has warmed up again here but goodness knows what's around the corner. Everything is covered with ice here after freezing rain yesterday. Nice photos of Poppy and the pooches. Gosh, they must love it there.

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    1. Oh Deb, and what I would do to have you visit and walk around the pond with us! Aren't paths fun, and pretty. I can't get enough of little fences, gates, and paths. I love them! Thank you, Deb.

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  6. Your yard is looking so good, hope the snow and freeze don't hurt it too much.

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    1. Thank you Janet. I hope the snow and freeze stays away. :)

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  7. Never too many yard photos....you are living the dream !!

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  8. What a worker you are, Henny. I love those stones that make a walkway down to the pond. That is absolutely beautiful. I'm glad that Poppy decided to use the rake and help you...glad you had two rakes. All of the trees and flowers are beautiful. We aren't that far advanced here in WV but that is a good thing for us because I have a feeling that winter isn't finished with us yet.

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    1. Thank you Dianna. I too have that feeling about winter. Guess we are really paying for getting all that warm sunny weather in February. We actually had some 80 degree temps! I was tickled to have Poppy help rake. He has been talking about his arms and shoulders being tired. If nothing else, he now appreciates all the raking I've done. He was a big help though, and I appreciate that. Husbands are pretty good. :)

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  9. A huge pat on the back, raking all those leaves is such a lot of work, and it all looks so beautiful and serene around the pond, and yard....
    Well done !
    Let's hope the freezing rain stays away, we do seem to but up and down a bit so far :)
    Hugs,
    ~Jo

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    1. Thank you Jo. Oh, I really hoping the freezing rain and snow stays away. :)

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  10. Your yard looks wonderful after the raking. I know hard hard raking is because have done a lot of that in addition to mowing. Your fruit tree blossoms are gorgeous! I hope that you get a lot of peaches off that tree and here's hoping nothing is going to freeze. Love your furry dog!

    Shirley H.

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    1. Thank you Shirley. Anybody who has ever raked, knows what a job it is. Especially, where there are so many trees.

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  11. You must be so proud of accomplishing all that raking and yard work! I'd post every picture I had of an accomplishment like that.

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    1. Hey...good gosh, your name has completely left my mind. I'm sorry. :) I've noticed some folks call you Sugar, don't they? I am feeling pretty darn proud. :)

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    2. Sugar is a nick-name I've had since the Air Force in 69 to 72. The "old-timers" back then (jeash..I'm an old timer now) still used "Sugar" instead of "Sierra" for the phonetic alphabet. We used our first and last letter of our name as operating initials. My name is Sharon, so my initials that I used were "SN", which spoken phonetically was supposed to be "Sierra November" but the old timers refused to use the "new" phonetic "S" so they called me "Sugar November" and it stuck and I was always called Sugar every base I went to.

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  12. The yard looks great, leaf free. There is nothing wrong with yard photos and weather affects us all, it is good to know that the weather is topsy turvy everywhere.

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    1. Thank you Pam. Honestly, from what people post, it does sound like the weather has been crazy everywhere.

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  13. I do love your dog, pity I didn't catch the front..................... The beautiful walk in forest.

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    1. Thank you Bob. I know, I should have ran ahead of them. :)

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  14. Your grounds are so pretty that I love looking at your photos and it's so nice seeing your blossoms and flowers. That hasn't happen here yet and probably won't for at least a month. So, I'll enjoy spring-time on your blog :) Keep your sheets up and good luck with Sunday's forecast. Weathermen do make mistakes, maybe this will be one :)

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    1. Thank you Connie. I'm keeping my fingers crossed, but feel like I will be pulling out all those sheets and blankets again this weekend. I'm hoping they are wrong this time. :)

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  15. How nice that Poppy helped you and together you got all that work done. Wouldn't it be nice if it STAYED that way? At least for a month or so. It's like housework... always needs doing again and again.

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    1. Hey Granny Marigold. Yes, it was nice of Poppy and it sure made me feel good. Some times I feel like he doesn't realize how much I do or how hard some of the jobs are. I been thinking, in just a few months, the leaves will be falling again. That's okay though. :)

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  16. You conquered the leaves! It all looks so neat and tidy! Eli is so white and clean looking! :)

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    1. Thank you. I am so tickled to be finished...for now! It's been a job!

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  17. Congratulations on finishing the leaves (until they blow in from somewhere else!). It looks wonderful. Now you should rest. :-)
    The view from your window is just gorgeous with all the trees blooming.

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    1. Oh Cynthia, the wind has blown all day today and it drives me crazy to see a bunch of leaves go flying across the yard. Thank you. :)

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  18. I simply love your yard - my husband and I are retired and spend most of our time in our gardens - when we can - we live in Wisconsin and winter has been very mild winter for us this year so we've spent time raking, cleaning and burning which is months earlier than usual. Adore your cats and dogs - they are beautiful. Glad you are finished raking - we still have a lot more to go - actually we are never really finished.. take care - Mary Ellen (24,00 steps and I think the other day you did 35,000 - I am so jealous - I better get moving)

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    1. Oh Mary Ellen, thank you. Don't you just love being outside! I can just picture how hard you and your husband have worked. Sounds like Poppy and me! I have really enjoyed this warm February, but afraid we will pay dearly for it.

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  19. I love your yard pictures! It inspires me that some day I will have a yard again! And, yes, Andee and I have no idea what to do with you!! 20,000+ steps a day!!! Really? I have a hard time getting to 5000. I love you, mama!
    ~Your girl.
    (One of two who won't really take your FitBit away.)

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    1. Hey sweet Lynn. Glad to know my FitBit is safe. You know, I never did have sense enough to take it easy. I'm just like your Grandma Jewel. I love you, Lynn!

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  20. For you, that's a shocking weekend forecast.That's serious frost and will do damage.

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    1. Oh Red, that is a shocking forecast. I mean, we have had springtime already! :) Thank you!

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  21. That is a lot of leave raking and good for you for getting all those steps in!!!

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    1. Oh, thank you! I was totally shocked when I looked at my FitBit! :) But, I could sure feel it in my legs and shoulders.

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  22. Your yard is just beautiful. That's a LOT of work and a LOT of steps. I use a pedometer and rarely make 10,000 steps. You've got a lot more energy than I do. It was nice of Poppy to help; I'm glad you two were able to get the raking done. That's a big relief to you, I bet. I hope your weather isn't as extreme as they're predicting. It's supposed to get below freezing at home this week and lots of things are blooming that shouldn't be. We're in the Florida Keys right now with friends so I'm not going to worry about it.

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    1. Thank you Peg. Oh, it would be nice to be in Florida! We are supposed to get snow on Sunday! I just can't believe it! :(

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  23. You have a gorgeous yard! That was a lot of work to clean up.
    I have a fitbit and it does encourage me to get those steps in. Some days at work I'm amazed by how many I get. But I need that encouragement on my days off. :)

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    1. Thank you Mari. I bet you really do get a lot of steps, being on your feel all day at work.

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  24. diane in northern wisMarch 7, 2017 at 6:56 PM

    Wonderful blog post Henny! I don't know why you ever worry about what you post. We all enjoy your posts so much. I love how pretty your yard looks...what a wonderful job you and your hubby did on all that raking! No wonder you couldn't sleep! and all the flowering shrubs and trees and bulbs coming up look wonderful. We are still months away from that here. LOVE your pictures and stories!!!!!

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    1. Thank you Diana. Don't know what I will do with snow and freezing temps coming this Sunday. :(

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  25. You have a very beautiful yard! But oh, I would hate to have to rake all those leaves. I guess that is the price to enjoy the beauty though. I think I would have been dead doing all that! Nancy

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    1. Thank you Nancy. Every year I wonder if I will be able to rake the leaves again. :)

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  26. Leaves or no leaves, you can post all the pictures you want. You have such a lovely place!
    I hope you all have a blessed week and I hope you are protected from the bitter cold.

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  27. You do have to show off all of your hard work - a leaf free yard!

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    1. That's right. and having blogging friends who are willing to look and listen. Thank you Linda.

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  28. Oh, what a lovely leafless yard you do have! Wow, what a lot of work to get all that area clean and pretty. Isn't it just like a man to show up when the job is just about finished and be so eager to help????

    Your stuff surely is blooming. We also have lots of early spring things up way too early. And they are predicting possible snow here on Saturday. I knew that was probably coming and feel sorry for those poor flowers up before their time although it may turn out to just be cold, wet rain.

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    1. Oh Vic, you hit the nail on the head! I was thinking the same thing when he showed up with a rake...then he could say, "we" raked the yard. :) I did appreciate the help though. We're supposed to get snow Sunday too!

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  29. I would say that raking is hard work! The yard is so pretty. I hope your freezing rain holds off and, in fact, doesn't happen. I'm like that, when I'm too tired, it is hard to get to sleep. Have a great day.

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    1. Thank you Melanie. Raking is hard work and for some reason, this time it is bothering my shoulders more than my legs. My shoulders ache at night. Age!!

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  30. Your yard is beautiful--hopefully, you will keep showing more! I love your stepping stones--wish I could walk that path to the pond! There was ice in the water buckets this morning. Winter may have the last word, yet!

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    1. Thank you so much! I sure wish you could come for a visit and walk that path to the pond. :)

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  31. So Spring looking there!! We have had snow on the ground the last four mornings. It melts mostly by the time the day is done, and it looks like after today it will just be rain. I read an article once about a guy with a fitbit. He felt challenged to keep walking more and more, and eventually he was spending most of his day walking just to see how many miles he could go. Hope you don't get too addicted like that haha!!

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    1. Thank you Karen. Sure hope I don't become obsessed with this FitBit! Actually, I forget, most of the time, that I am wearing the thing. I don't always work this hard. We have had such pretty days, I can't resist clearing another half acre! :)

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  32. O no Henny it was completely wonderful to see all the lovely pictures.. I for one enjoyed them very much. The weather here in San Francisco has been so silly we had tons and tons of rain today is finally some sunshine...yay. It is planting time and the garden is so muddy going to have a late start. Happy Thursday dear with love Janice

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  33. I just love your posts! even if they are about yard and weather :D mari

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    1. Thank you Mari. Lately that's about all I know to post about. :)

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  34. It don't get much better than your yard! Love those stepping stones!

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  35. What a beautiful place you have Penny. Are you ready for our big snow???

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    1. Debby, can't you even believe it?? Snow! Now! Well, that's North Carolina for you. No, I'm not ready, are you?

      Thank you!

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  36. My dear Penny, I found your sweet blog thanks to Dianna's blog. Your name intrigued me and I just had to pop in for a visit.

    Well, I am your newest follower and oh, what a delight it will be to follow along. You have a charming place :)

    Have a blessed Sunday! Hugs! Stephanie-The Enchanting Rose

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