Winter grass

In the wintertime the grasses in the pasture turn this beige color.

Beauty can be found during all seasons of the year. Everything around us puts on a show you just have to have the right view of it all to see what is truly there.

Potting bench progress

My potting bench is started and I am quite excited about having this thing.

I always pot and repot my stuff in different containers and I am always buying new stuff to plant in containers and rooting stuff for containers.

Jack made this bench 8ft x 2ft with a sink, faucet, and a dirt area where you do not have to waste your dirt you sweep it back into the container. There is a lower shelf for larger pots and supplies. There are hooks on the back for hanging my garden tools and a shelf to put some extra small pots and supplies.

Pics will be coming soon.

Life is good in Texas and springtime is on its way.

The yard and garden

We spent the day working in the backyard and part of the front.

The yard seriously needs some rehab since the freeze everything is getting cut back and will have new buds soon enough.

We ran the leaf rake pull behind the lawnmower thingy and dumped it 6 times from leaves in the front yard. He then places the leaves between the rows in the garden and as they decompose the dirt gets raked up on the rows.

On top of that, we planted 22 tomato plants, bell pepper plants, seeds for yellow squash, zucchini squash, cucumbers, and potatoes. We still have some hot peppers to get planted and some marigold flowers to keep bugs away as well as some basil to plant between the tomato plants to enhance the flavor of the tomatoes.

We already have onions that survived the freeze and are growing well. We even have some cabbage that made it.

Jack did get a new area for Okra but we are not planting as much as last year I got so tired of picking okra.

I went to 3 garden centers over the last week looking for Vinca flowers and there are none to be found yet. I wanted the Vinca because they bloom from now until freeze. They never look wilted or windblown. I did see the Dianthus and may end up with some more of those they are pretty hardy as well.

He tilled one of the raised beds by the barn and there was 15″ earthworms in there they were HUGE. They make the dirt perfect for planting vegetables.

When springtime rolls around we never stop I am always needing some color in the yard and Jack is always anxious to get the garden planted. Today I am using one of the free photos we have access to on WordPress.

We have spring fever in Texas and today was a beautiful day.

Photo by Laureen Raftopulos on Pexels.com

The family bible

I recently inherited a large display bible from my moms estate.

It was given to my great grandmother who was known as Miss Rilla Anders on April 3, 1903.

My grandmother later married my grandfather Grover Cleveland Moore also known as G.C. Moore and became Mrs. Rilla Moore. He is the one who gave her the bible before they were married.

It’s very used, tattered, worn, and needs repair to be restored to be able to be passed down to future generations.

I honestly did not want the responsibility of having something like this to take care of but I have it so I need to do the right thing.

Does anyone have any suggestions about who to contact about restoring a 118-year-old bible? What to preserve it in for the meantime I was thinking of an L vacuum seal bag maybe? Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Elvis the Cane Corso Pup

This is 8 week old Elvis he is one of the survivors of Ravens last litter.

We are babysitting the grandkids this weekend and this puppy. He went to his new home yesterday in San Antonio. The grandkids go back home today lol.

He just had his ears cut on Thursday and has white stiches so if you notice a thread coming out his ear its just the stich thread.

He has a cleft lip but it’s just the lip, not the roof of his mouth that is why he is called Elvis see his little gap in the middle of his mouth. I can just see how cute this will be when he gets his big teeth in showing off a new tooth.

This pup has a cute personality and followed me around all day long yesterday and slept in Jacks lap.

Puppy breath and puppy kisses will make anyone’s days brighter.

Texas cold blast and our insurance

I realize a lot of people have had issues with their insurance since the Texas Cold Blast issue. I am so sorry this has happened to so many people.

We have been very blessed with a really good insurance company and great agents.

Everything has been done virtually via video calls, pics taken by me, and phone calls. They even have a site to upload your images to.

Document everything the water touched when the pipes broke and if the ceiling caved in you are supposed to report it all.

We ended up with 3 leaks involving the kitchen, dining, and washroom. The leaks have been fixed the pipe has been replaced with PEX all the faucets had to be replaced and this has all been done. We had one sheetrock cave in the kitchen/ dining room this was a large hole that involved dropping nasty waster, insulation, and debris on our countertops, wood laminate floor, and kitchen table. Our cabinets in the washroom were dripping water and the water was dripping onto the floor, hot water heater, and freezer.

We are waiting on the sheetrock to be done but we did buy supplies when we found them just in case the shortage lasted for awhile. The hole has been temporarily covered up. We were able to find what PEX supplies we did not have online on Amazon.

We are supposed to have a check issued to us on Friday for our damages via direct deposit. I am very grateful for our insurance company and the people working for them.

There are still really good companies out there and if your lucky you have one of the good ones.

Red-winged blackbird

The red – winged blackbirds are most often seen in groups.

I think they are a pretty bird and do not mind them at my bird feeders but they do eat a lot and can clean out a bird feeder really quick.

Often times the males are seen bowing up at each other trying to decide whos the boss.

Natures beauty is always around even during the wintertime.

Woodpeckers are everywhere

This morning in our large oak tree was about 7 Red- Bellied Woodpeckers I was able to get a few good pictures.

I love these crazy birds that eat upside down. I found this feeder empty a few days ago and decided to refill it and I have seen the woodpeckers and the titmouse eating out of it.

Birding is one of the biggest bright spots in my days.

Life is GOOD!

The Texas cold blast

As many of you have heard Texas is one of many states getting the latest cold blast.

It is true ERCOT ( Electrical Reliability Council of Texas ) let Texas down and many of us lost power for us that meant we also lost water due to the water well being electric. We are all electric so there were no backup cooking options unless you wanted to try the gas grill in the freezing temperatures.

We were only without power for 24 hrs our house quickly went to 48 degrees. With a generator, we were able to keep one room at 62.5 degrees with the doors closed and a space heater. We could watch the regular channels on tv to keep up with the weather. We stayed under about 6 blankets and doubled layers of clothing.

We had some snow but very little. Just very cold temperatures 14 degrees F. being our lowest.

Now it’s Friday we still have power but no water. The water well broke some parts. We have had no water since Monday. So you have to get resourceful.

You find someone nearby with water and fill large containers for flushing the toilet, washing hands. If you need a bath you heat water and take a quick wash rag bath. Washing your hair is a bit more challenge it takes two people to not drown yourself. We heated water to wash dishes it works just a bit primative.

Lessons we have learned this time.

We will be getting more insulation blown into the house in the next couple of weeks for a cost of $1500.00. We are looking at buying a whole house generator that runs off propane for $10,000 the propane would mean not hunting for gasoline. Nothing else here is propane but it’s a good plan. Our oldest son Joshua has a friend who sells the whole house generators and so far I know of 5 people who are interested in purchasing one. We are all hoping he can work out a bulk purchase.

This is so rare for the Texas Gulf Coast most winters here we go without a freeze sometimes we get a few hours one night of a freeze but never 5-6 days of cold weather. We lost a lot of plants, lots of garden vegetables and other plants. Most things will come back but it just takes time.

We had enough food to get through the storm and the stuff in the fridge never got below 37 degrees because of the cold house so we did not lose it. We never opened the freezer.

Last night we got creative-made burgers on the grill wrapped them in lettuce added mayonnaise, tomato and we were good to go. We have been out of bread for three days.

All our pets were in the house and glad to get the heat back on again.

We are safe, warm and most of all counting our blessings. Life is Good!

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