Sunday, May 26, 2024

Weekly Wrap-Up 5/26

 Hello to all.  Here it is Memorial Day weekend in the U.S., and the unofficial start to summer.  It looks like we have 2 very strong waves of storms that may come through today - not a good thing for the race or for race fans!  Guess we will see what happens.
The first part of the week was hot, hot!  The past couple days have been nice, and next week looks cooler as well.
I hope this finds everyone SAFE!  PLEASE check in.  There are several of you that haven't posted in the past couple weeks - it makes me worry!

Prayers and thanks to all those families who have lost loved ones in the name of war and conflict!  Always remember.

It has been a very busy week for me.  I think I have actually accomplished more this week than I have all year!!!  LOL!  It has felt good, and well, today is a resting day!
I got to see the Thunderbirds fly over the house 2 times and hope it happens again today before the race.  They are awesome to see.  There have been many old type biplanes going over pulling advertisements!  It reminds me of back in the day! (even their sound)
I have D'Oro lilies just starting to bloom and there will be hundreds of Tiger lilies blooming soon!  Things are growing and greening and blooming.  Love it.
It smells like rain this morning!

This past week (it was busy):
  • I got all the annual flowers planted
  • Garden - finished weeding, hand turned the dirt, weed fabric down, soaker hoses down, and garden planted!  I planted 8 reg. tomatoes (2 types), 4 cherry toms, 4 green bell peppers, 1 candy cane bell pepper, zucchini & yellow crook neck squash, 8 cabbage, basil, lettuce and onions
  • Dead headed poppies
  • Mowed and trimmed yard
  • Moved around seating and created a couple new seating areas for myself - a little more private
  • I moved my 2 faux whisky barrels (rubber/plastic) and worked on the pallet area where they had set
  • Cut back a bunch of the TALL weeds growing in the back part of neighbors yard - UGH
  • Cleared a ton of poison that was growing in the perennial bed - and then just killed that specific area (strong salt & vinegar)
  • I repaired the hose and added new fittings and a quick release
  • Ran to the hardware up the road and got a spicket for the handmade rain barrel.  I am tired of getting water out with a bucket (it is heavy!).  I drilled the barrel and got the spicket put in and sealed.  That was a real sight to see!!  Barrel on its side and me headfirst inside it on my back!!  But now I have 2 rain barrels again and easy pour spouts!
  • Washed plastic baggies, made new bottles up of dish soap and shampoo
  • Ran to the library while out for hardware (a few buildings apart).  First visit there in a while
  • Did some cleaning, sweeping and trashing in the garage yesterday
  • Porch set a bit and visited with neighbors
  • Made a small batch of sorbet with some fruit that needed used - YUM
  • I did run to Kroger and got a watermelon (very good), corn on cob and some buns - that is it
  • Had a strawberry/banana milkshake one day - no sugar added - Mmmmm
  • Received a small thank you basket from neighbors for letting them use the water hose when they had problems
  • Got to air the house quite a bit
  • Doing all the regular stuff
Meals this past week:
Burritos (homemade)
Loaded baked potato
Ham & veggie sandwich
Tuna mac n cheese with added peas
Homemade (fat!) taquitos
Chicken breast fillet, corn on cob and cuke/tom/onion salad
Cheeseburger, baked beans and cut-up fresh veggies

That is pretty much my week in a nutshell - I kept busy.  I feel accomplished.  Things are in and growing!  Now to maintain.
How was your week?  Any good holiday deals?  Graduations?  Gardening?  I hope those up north that have been experiencing colder weather are warming.
I hope all are safe from the many storms that have been going through.  There are several of you that may be vacationing as well - I just miss hearing from so many, here and overseas!  Stop by and say HELLO!

Hoping you all have a safe and healthy week.  Blessings to you and yours from my humble little home.

He who tills the land will have plenty of bread, but he who follows worthless pursuits will have plenty of poverty.
Proverbs 28:19

Dear Lord, Guide us each one as we try to grow and harvest some of our food, and please bless the farmers.  We need the farmers in our lives everyday.  Bless all who are involved in providing food sources to each of us.  May the crops be fruitful.  Thank You for all our blessings.  AMEN  


  1. Good morning Cheryl. Excellent prayer again! Thank you. And I agree that we need some folks to check in. I have been keeping a watch out for a Kim update.

    In my world last week, nothing momentous. I am very glad you mentioned that, in your experience, grief was a four plus year adventure because I have ups and downs and it was very helpful to recalibrate the timeline. I am making good progress but there are certainly moments when I fall into a funk. But by nature and by choice, I focus on the positive.

    I don’t have regular tv so I don’t think I can watch the 500, but I will go online and on the radio to see. Have a good week, hilogene in Az

    1. Thank you. Yes, many need to check in. Debby, Cookie, Heather, etc. I hope all is ok with Frances and Elise as well. Kim has become such a traveler it has been hard to keep up!

      Oh, hon you will fall into those funks from time to time. It is so different for everyone. Don't judge yourself adversely. It still happens for me too - those special days, or songs, or just stuff! You are doing well. Hang in there.
      I can't watch it on TV - we are blacked out! I guess they figure you live here - you can go. Aint happening for me. It usually comes on TV after it is all done here.
      Have a wonderful weekend and week.

    2. Hilogeene, I so agree. I'm 10 years in and the first 5 were a struggle. Year one was basically a blur, I remember very little of it, other than the panic I felt early on. By year two I learned that I had to stand on my own two feet, even though sometimes I still felt unbalanced and fell out in tears; I kept telling my self that, if I was going to survive, I had to put on my "big girl panties" and figure it out, deal with what needed to be dealt with. Year three, I started making some decisions and planning for my future. Year four, I finally felt I could make it on my own, and year five, I finally felt as if I'd found my stride. Even all these years later, when anniversaries and special dates come, I find myself in a funk, and that's ok. I look at is as the price for loving so deeply. But, I know it's not a place I can stay very long. Sending hugs to you (and anyone else who is grieving a loss) across the miles.

    3. Lori - your first 5 sound like mine. It took a good while to get my feet steady under me.
      Love sure makes our hearts long for what we have lost.
      You said this so well. Thank you and hugs!

  2. Dear Hiolgene, Four years is a good number to hold in mind, but grief can catch you 20 years later too, just a scent, a sound, some odd thing you catch sight of, and there you go. But most of the time it's not like that, just be aware.

    Cheryl, it's so wonderful the way bean seeds pop out of the ground in what feels like No Time At All! I went out to water the pots and I could see the little stems of the seeds coming up! Yesterday I planted Four O-Clock seeds in a great big tub and I hope they'll come up and bloom this year. The Nasturtiums are up, the Feverfew has started blooming. :) Seems like every day has something new in the garden.

    I've put folded up newspaper underneath the pots & tubs because tree roots have been trying to get in there from the bottom. Discovered that this spring when ammending the soil before planting seeds, the pots were fixed to the ground, solid! ;) What a surprise!

    Yes, Bless the farmers, Lord, they are so valuable and precious!


    1. You are so right, memories sneak out no matter how long it has been and cause tears!
      It is amazing how quickly things sprout and grow up. Love it. Nature sure is amazing. Glad you have things popping up.
      Yes mam, farmers are essential!
      Have a lovely week!

  3. Your devotional is spot on! Too many folks don't want to work for what they need.

    Good for you putting a spigot in the rain barrel! We have three water collection systems in the backyard, as well as 5 gallon buckets the Farmer has placed under the gutters on the greenhouse and the back porch. He was talking about some places not allowing rain collection, saying the water belongs to the state. How stupid can you be? The government is not responsible for rain falling. How have people strayed so far from the truth?

    Erin called this morning and said the traffic on Rockville Road is solid as is the traffic on Gasoline Alley. We are going to the Lowe's in Avon as it would be impossible to go to the one off 10th Street. Since we took the chicken compound down, we have a whole new empty space for plants. It would be a dandy spot for sweet corn but we'll plant something else.

    Enjoy your day! Looks like the rain will hit midday. See you Tuesday!

    1. Thanks. I so needed that spigot. It sure will make life easier. It always amazes me how they say people can't catch rain water. it is being used one way or another - pleeeasee! Nutso.
      I bet the traffic is crazy. I have been watching it all morning (until blackout) - it looks like they are going to call it for rain until late this afternoon/early evening.
      Have fun planting in a new spot - heck yes, I would utilize it too. Good and fertilized!
      Have a great week.

  4. You were super busy this week! Kudos to you for making a spout for your water barrel. And yes, a bucket of water is heavy!

    We have poison ivy here too, it grows on many of the trees. Sometimes the vines are super thick too. Makes me want to stay away from them!

    Bailey got the savings of the week on her CeraVe lotion, other than that no amazing savings to report,

    I hope you have another terrific week.

    1. It was busy! Thanks - it was really easy to do once I got started. The guy at the hardware showed me what I needed, and I did it!
      I hate poison ivy - it is very prolific around here. I am very allergic - so it is always a battle.
      She did get a great deal on the lotion - that is great.
      Have a fantastic week!

  5. Good morning, Cheryl! We've got thunder, lightning, and some heavier rain this morning. It started around 9:30 (CDT) and should clear by noon, and then there's a second wave, predicted to have high straigh-line winds and possible tornados, along with heavy rains, expected late afternoon through evening. I wonder if they'll get the Indy 500 in, with the weather that's expected. My deck planters are done, but I've held off on doing anything with the front gardens. Our HOA is supposed to handle them, but haven't. I met with the president of our Association to discuss their condition, and they've met with the landscapting company that SHOULD be keeping them up. He asked for input on plantings, and so we'll wait and see what they actually do. I'll give them this coming week to pull the weeds (huge thistles, dinner-plate sized dandelions, lots of creeping stuff), and if they do nothing, I'm going to go out and tackle as much of it as I can and pile it up in the middle of the front yard for them to clear before they can mow. Because I'm in a homeowners's associaiton, we cannot put rain barrels in, and my only spigot is on the lowest level, inside my garage. My planters are on my deck (2nd level), so I make sure my watering can is set in a position to collect rainwater. I'll use that water for my first watering after a rainstorm -- especially important, since I have to pay for city water.

    1. It i raining here now - so don't know what they will do. If it dries in time, they can run for a while or maybe just wait until tomorrow. But it is pouring now!
      Glad you have your planters done at least. They sure are dragging their feet on the front. You have a good idea - at least they will have to deal with it in some way.
      Good for you - there are ways to catch that rain!
      Have a good week!

  6. You had a very busy and productive week! Well done.
    I do want to get a rain barrel for the new house - one with a spigot preferred. But for now, we're using a large garbage can and pails. I'm hoping to get the planting done on Wednesday when I'm back in town for a few days. Not sure when the realtor will be there but I suspect the end of the week.
    My heart goes out to those who were impacted by the storm. I read this morning there were several deaths as well as injuries. And, of course, the damage that was done to property as well.
    Enjoy your weekend!

    1. Thanks. I hope you get your planting done. Rain barrels are nice - sure saves on the water bill. I think rainwater is just better all the way around.
      The storms have been just devastating and they aren't done yet. I sure hope all our readers and their families are good.
      Have a wonderful week.

  7. You sound like me a few weeks ago. I did more in one week than I probably have done in a while, and I felt it for two days. I've promised myself to do more stretching and strength training to avoid this in the future. We had the first round of storms predicted for today from 6:30 to 10:30 this morning. The rain was steady and some thunder and lightning but no winds or tornados. It seems south of us was not as lucky. The storm this evening is supposed to be a bit stronger depending on how warm it gets today. I hope they are mild for you. Enjoy your Sunday and the Memorial Day weekend.

    1. Yep, I am resting this weekend. I need it. It sure is amazing how out of shape we get over winter!
      It is pouring here now. Started just as it was time to have the race begin! They called it an hour earlier. We will see.
      I hate having storms at night - especially bad ones. That is kind of scary.
      Thank you. Have a great week!

  8. Good morning, Cheryl
    It's been a hectic couple of weeks here with lots going on. Sometimes the time just gets away from me. We completed most of our spring doctors checkups. Just a couple of things on the yearly schedule left like mammogram, and hubby's yearly cardiology check. All good results from the ones already completed.
    We got the raised bed veggie garden all planted last week and things are already coming up. Sometime this week I will plant the containers with sweet potato slips, and rerooted basil plants, carrots, and more lettuce and arugula. Took out the summer clothes and put away the winter ones. Did a bit of grocery shopping at the Amish market and the farm. Decluttered and donated a lot of things to the rescue mission. Visited the library for new books. Worked on June birthday cards and tidied up the craft room. The grands will be visiting the end of July so we went to the Dollar Store and found some age appropriate toys and games to keep them entertained. Made all meals from scratch and made some new to me recipes. Ordered our yearly blueberries from Kiwanis and they will be picked up at the end of June.

    Tourist season started exta early this year with many school class trips from surrounding cities and states. Our narrow two lane streets are clogged with buses and cars. We consciously avoid going into town until after Labor Day. We're grateful for the backroads. That's all I can think of for the past couple of weeks.
    Have a blessed week ahead. Cookie

    1. Good to hear from you. Glad all the tests and exams have been good. Some weeks are just busy like that.
      Glad you got your garden goods in. It is amazing how fast things grow.
      Gal you have been busy with all sorts of things. Mmm the blueberries sound good.
      I bet that is a pain with all the tourists. I am glad you can get around with backroads.
      Take care. Have a good week.

  9. You did get lots done this week. Good for you. We are under a tornado watch ( though they are saying rotating winds ) right now. I hear thunder and the rain is falling. We did manage to get the last of this years yard projects completed (just needs painting) before the deluge.

    God bless.

    God bless.

    1. Thanks. Be safe. We have another storm front that is supposed to come through tonight. I am glad you got ytour yard projects done!
      Have a good and safe week!

  10. A busy week in the books. There was .8" of rain. We experienced summer today with temps >68F. Finally able to cut grass; it was heavy & lots of clippings to rake up & move off. I joined my DIL in Edmonton to see Jann Arden (singer/songwriter) with entertainer, Rick Mercer. So good. Did some shopping for mom. Visited a few green houses & did not come away empty handed. Used up some rhubarb from the freezer. Made 2 pies for LTC (long term care) staff & a galette that I shared with the little's family. I've committed to tending to the overgrown plants at LTC and repotted 2 Christmas cacti. What's worse than no plants? Overgrown, dried up plants. In the kitchen: rhubarb pies, scalloped potatoes, ham, pea soup. Have a good week, Cheryl.

    1. Glad you got rain, warmer weather and some grass cutting in. You music concert sounds lovely. It would be hard to walk away with nothing from a greenhouse - so I understand buying some lovelies! How nice to make that commitment to LTC. I am sure it will be appreciated.
      Yum rhubarb pie. I need to pick some this week.
      Have a great week.

  11. The Blue Angels flew over our neighborhood on Friday. Right near our house and quite low-that was exciting! Usually they zoom past us at a far greater altitude. They had to cancel the Sunday show near the beaches because of poor visibility unfortunately. But we had our own private show on Friday! Sometimes we see the Thunderbirds or the Golden Knights instead. They are all so impressive aren't they? Dee/NY

    1. Yes Dee they are!!!! The Thunderbirds were the ones that were here and I was excited like a little kid. They were low and loud!
      Glad you got to see such an awesome event. So sorry they had to cancel the show for everyone!
      Have a great week.

  12. you have been busy and now you are ready for summer! I hope you make time to sit in those relaxing chairs a lot.
    We had a cloud burst the other's funny how my daughter just a few minutes away did not.

    1. It has been busy - hoping to rest a little as well. But as we all know, the work never ends!
      Rain is funny. The day I was out last week it was cloudy - and my area got no rain, and I drove 5 minutes up the road and it was wet.
      Have a lovely week.