Blooms in our yard

I will be doing several post about blooms in our yard.

This post is about the Day Lilies, Texas Trumpet Vine, and the Yellow Cana Lilies.

The Day Lilies were started from a few bulbs our youngest sons 4th. grade teacher Mrs. Oberg gave the class at the end of school.

The Texas Trumpet vine grows wild here and my husband drug this home from work about 6 or 7 years ago and now we have it several locations and it never lets me down. The hummers love the trumpet style flowers but it needs a place to crawl like a fence.

The Cana Lilies our daughter dug me some up from a rent house they were in about 9 years ago.

Flowers can brighten your day and put a smile on your face plus they add to the landscape of your yard no matter how big or small it is.

Our yard has a little splash of color at every turn.

Galvanized Planters

When looking for a different type of planter always look in the summer section at Walmart or Target to see what you can find.

A few years ago I found this summer drink container at Walmart for like $18.00 I loved that it was galvanized metal, rectangle in shape and somewhat deep. It has started to rust some on the inside but should be good for a few more years.

This container could be changed simply by painting it all one color or 3 colors. Even adding a stripe of fabric or burlap just use your imagination to come up with some different ideas.

I love to plant mixed containers this year I planted red caladiums and hosta together for a new mix. The contrasting difference between the colors really go well together. Normally I put 3 different things in a container but this one ended up with two. It is supposed to be thriller, spiller and filler when doing containers like this.

I love hostas but so do the snails and we seem to have a really good population of snails here at our house. My other hostas that are in the ground are snail snacks.

Have fun when planting your containers look for some unique containers to brighten up a seating area in your yard.

Life

Every time we turn around something in our world is changing.

As we get older we like changes less and less.

Our youngest daughter Jeanelle her husband David and their 4 kids just bought 25 acres near Livingston, Texas.

They will be putting their house on the market in the next six weeks and moving 1 1/2 hours away from us.

The good news is David will still be working in and around Houston so the kids can always hitch a ride to our house.

This is a dream of there’s to have a big piece of property for the kids to run around and explore. Making trails in the piney woods will be great fun for them. This is great for the dogs and the cows which are both in need of more room.

They have wanted a barndominium for a very long time and this is the chance to get one. Their bid was excepted on the land, the earnest money is paid the survey is happening this week. Hopefully they will do closing in the next 30days.

In case you are wondering what a barndominium is its a metal type building on a slab but the shapes vary and some look just like a house but are built out of metal.

As soon as the closing is completed they will get the well, septic and electricity installed before they head that direction.

They are on the waiting list to build a barndominium it seems there is a 12 week wait for them to start. This involves a deposit to hold it at the current price.

Our daughter suggested we move there. The housing market is very hot right now in our area so its a good time to sell.

We help out with my mother n law who is 92 years old so we can not move away from here full time. We share this responsibility with one of my brother n laws and sister n law. It works out good sharing this responsibility but there are 3 sons and only two sons and their wives are sharing this responsibility.

We have not ruled out building a weekend house I like the houses with lots of tall windows in the woods. I would have great places to photograph and there would be much more wildlife to see. I love winding paths in the woods with tall trees and nature right beside you.

Life is full of changes we learn to adapt, change and move forward.

Yellow crowned night heron

This is a juvenile female yellow – crowned night heron.

Normally it is the males I see but this female was hanging around yesterday morning.

When she posed on the dead tree stump I knew I needed my camera I went into the house and grabbed it lucky for me she was still there. I was able to get quite a few shots BUT the way the sun was they came out in silhouette form. I had to edit but they turned out quite nicely.

This was my favorite picture. I love her big eyes and her color.

The beauty of wildlife is all around me and I am blessed to get to photograph it.

The ducks just a waddling

I see the ducks all the time they wander around in the pasture.

They are in the trees and the feeders eating the seed.

My favorite thing is to see one of them in the duck house. I feel sure they are nesting but have yet to climb a ladder to look in the house and check it out.

My friends the duck couple need names.

The garden

Our garden has been doing great this year that is until all this rain hit us the last few weeks.

To much rain makes the ground soggy and when the sun comes out it steams the plants so they go through a spurt of looking like heck for awhile. Hopefully the tomatoes survive it seems like we waited so long for good tomatoes.

We have given away about 100#s of produce so far mainly yellow squash, zucchini squash and cucumbers. We have put quite a bit up in our freezer and eaten squash 2-3 x a week since it started making. We eats lots of cucumbers and tomatoes as well. I made some zoodles to put up as well.

We put up 7 quarts of dill pickles yesterday that is only the start.

We share a good amount with Jacks brother, sister n law and mother n law. My mother n law loves tomatoes.

This pic is from a few days of picking this was not quite all of the squash and cucumbers but it was enough to make a good picture. We had eaten a few tomatoes already as well it is so hard not to eat them they taste so so good.

Jack has put a lot of time into the garden this year and it has really paid off. I think we have 53 tomato plants maybe more. My favorite tasting one is the mater sandwich and beef steak.

Planting a garden and watching it grow brings us both great pleasure. Sharing with friends and family makes it even better.

Getting to photograph the harvest really makes my day.

My sister cousin

On Thursday my cousin Sam’s wife Suzanne passed away she was only 64 years old.

She was more like a older sister to me than a cousin in law. I call her my sister cousin.

Suzanne had been in and out of the hospital numerous times over the last few years. She had some health issues but she was always able to fight back. I think this time her body was to tired to fight.

After my dad passed away she was the one person who was always there to listen to me and let me cry on her shoulder. She was close to her dad and had lost him a couple of years before I lost mine. Anytime you have someone who has been through what you are going through it always helps.

She was always doing things for other people and trying to bring a smile to someone’s face. Her faith was very strong and she would let you know it.

I will miss her so much we loved talking on the phone and making each other laugh. We could always brighten each others day when we were feeling a little down.

I believe there are Angels put on this earth to help guide others they leave their mark on each person they touch this was Suzanne. I am so glad she touched my life in a way I will never forget.

Love you girl was always the last thing we said to each other when we hung up the phone.

A pair of Black Bellied Whistling Ducks

We put up this duck house at least 3 years ago and the only two thing I have ever seen in it was a squirrel and a woodpecker.

Tuesday for the first time a pair of Black Bellied Whistling ducks checked out the housing. This couple looks young so they have probably not nested yet.

In years past the ducks have been here daily for months at a time sometimes groups of 8 to 10 would show up.

This couple started showing up about 1 week ago and checking out what we had for breakfast.

Now they are checking out the accommodations and seeing if we have free shampoo and soap.

Life is good and everyday with the wildlife is a new day for pictures.

A pair of Eastern Bluebirds

We finally started seeing the Eastern Bluebirds again.

This pair is nesting in an older birdhouse that is 20ft off the ground. This is very unusual for these birds because normally they like around 5ft off the ground and we have several houses just right for them that no one is nesting in.

I am guessing they love the height or the look of this worn out birdhouse lol.

I am so glad the Eastern Bluebirds found their way back after the freeze. I know a lot them died because they were caught off guard with the freeze in our area.

We provide housing, birdbaths and food for our feather friends it is very nice to see them back again. This pair posed for a picture together.

The foundation of the house

Monday we started the foundation work on our house.

Our oldest son Joshua was able to get a much better bid than we were able to get. He and his wife flip houses and build new houses for their side business so he has a few connections.

They have been putting piers around all 4 sides of the add on and tunneling between the old and new slab. We can get it done for $11,000.00 instead of the $15, 890.00.

It is crazy to think you can not even put down new flooring if your slab is off a few inches. One step always holds up the next.

The noise that is involved is crazy when they are pounding in concrete piers to the tune of 17 – 18 per hole x 35 holes its crazy. When they start lifting the house the walls start cracking, eeking, squeaking and then the big BOOM like a earth quake that is when its being leveled.

The cats and dogs are neither one fans of this whole thing and today is our 6th day of doing this but they should finish up tomorrow.

We are looking forward to this being over with so we can start on the next projects.

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