The mulberry bandits

Once you hear the song of the cedar waxwing you know they are back.

They are here for one reason and one reason only that is to eat the mulberries right off the tree. They fly in groups of 20 – 30 and go to town all the while wearing their mask and filling up on berries.

We have 4 of the purple mulberry trees and one white tree but the purple are so much better. The largest purple tree is our biggest producer and I was hoping to make some jelly this year.

I think they are beautiful birds and I love to hear them but we really enjoyed picking the mulberries last year with the grandkids. They would run for the trees the minute they drove up so they could eat some berries.

Purple stained hands and lips and lots of giggles to go around. These are the moments that make life so precious.

Covid Vaccination

I received my first Covid vaccination March 6 and my second March 27. I had the Pfizer injections.

These injections are timed out 3 weeks apart.

I have had no serious side effects from either injection. I was prepared because I have allergic reactions to a lot of medications mostly antibiotics.

There is a small red spot on my arm that started out the size of a dime the first day then a nickel then a quarter now day 2 it’s about the size of a half of dollar from the second injection. It is slightly raised like a mosquito bite and felt a little bruised for about 24 hrs. This is not bad at all it is slightly itchy I can tell it’s an allergic reaction but I knew this would happen with me so I was prepared.

I had to travel about 16 miles to get my shot at a large clinic but since there were people there coming from Katy I felt like 16 miles was nothing. This clinic has been doing 900 vaccinations every weekend.

Texas reopened our state against my better judgment but noone asked me my opinion.

While we were driving for my 2nd vaccine on Saturday I could not help but notice all the crowded restaurants honestly are people that desperate to eat out at a crowded place with everyone not wearing masks?

Everyone, please get their vaccinations and do not be scared of them. We have to get rid of Covid so our lives can return to normal and we need everyone’s cooperation to do this.

Be smart wear your mask wash your hands often and get your vaccines. Let us all do our part to end COVID.

Pink blooms are everywhere

Even after the great Texas freeze of 2021 the George Tabor azaleas are blooming their hearts out.

I have two of these plants on the right side of the front door. On the left side in the front of the house is the Pink Formosa they are not blooming. I feel like they will not bloom this year due to the freeze. They were hit much harder by the 13 degree temperatures.

My azaleas are 38 – 40 years old. I wanted Azaleas so badly because my grandmother had them. Every time they bloom they make me think of her. My grandmother had some planted under pine trees she said they liked the acidic soil the pine straw created. She also had some in the front of the house. She told me to give them coffee and tea grinds for the acid and she said they would thrive. I always give our plants the coffee and tea grinds.

The beauty of flowers in the landscape can put a smile on your face and joy in your heart.

Wisteria blooms

The paperwhites are always the first to bloom then the wisteria and the azaleas.

That is how you know springtime is here in the Texas gulf coast.

By the time the wisteria is fully leafed out, it is through blooming at the stage it is right now there are more blooms than leaves.

Taking pictures of the flowers as the bloom each spring is a passion of mine.

The beauty of nature surrounds us all we just have to take the time to appreciate what is right in front of us.

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.

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