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Monday, April 27, 2015

this and that from the weekend

vintage hand painted tea tin, creamer, mug and plates

Good Monday morning to you!  How was your weekend?  
It was dull as rain here, no pun intended.  I shouldn't complain as Saturday we could actually get out into the yard and putter around even though it was so cold I had on a winter parka, hat and gloves!  Sunday we woke to beautiful sunshine which lasted until mid-afternoon then the clouds and mist rolled in again.  

Pussy willows in the ditch last Monday when it was sunny and 15C.

Burning brush, old wood and an ant infested stump.  

Murray decided to chop up a couple of old stumps the other night.  One chop stirred up a whole nest of black ants.  It was SO creepy.  There were hundreds of them - some with wings, which I detest to see on a muggy day.  I got the bug spray and we stomped and sprayed them until we got them all.  (I hope!)  The stump was riddled with holes and the ants just kept on coming out.  I guess leaving old stumps sitting for a couple of years is not a good thing.  I know it's nature's way to dispose of wood but when it's that close to the house we don't want those critters to find their way inside!


The flood season has been kind to us this spring - so far.  We are on very high ground where we live but the road in the above photo is one route we take to the city and church often and it sometimes floods over.  We have had high water levels along the rivers and streams and some roads have been flooded in spots but no major flooding has occurred even with all the snow melt and rain.  People are breathing a sigh of relief.  We often get the major flooding in the first 2 weeks of May so hopefully we won't be getting any heavy rains to add to the swollen rivers.

Good neighbours build better fences.  Do you see the green grass??

The joint fence with our neighbour collapsed last week when one of the posts had rotted and broken off.  Our neighbour helped Murray re-build it on Saturday.   



Look at this tulip.....struggling to grow without the sun.  Why are the stems so short?  Lack of sun?  

I hope you aren't having a lack of sun where you live and that things are blooming.
I'll try to get out and find something to take photos of this week so I can blog.   It's been slim pickings lately.  Have a wonderful day!  Oh, and thank you for your kind thoughts about my shoulder pain.  I appreciate it very much.

Blessings.

Pam

34 comments:

  1. Yes, I would imagine that the lack of sunshine would cause stems to be shorter. Makes sense to me. I love the photo of the road along the river. Beautiful! Hope you have a wonderful week, Pam.

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  2. You definitely don't want ants running around in your house. Best to do what you did.


    Well, we're having mostly overcast skies today, and haven't seen much sun in a week.

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  3. My one little daffodil is also vertically challenged. Well, we have been under the same weather pattern as you...it has rained or showered every day for over a week. We don't expect improvements before Thursday. One hates to whine, but to have spring be a near bust after a foul winter...yup, I am tempted to moan and groan. And how much baking can one woman do? LOL!

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    1. By the way, good call on those ants!

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  4. love the shared fence line! i do hope you can avoid flooding this year!

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  5. Lovely scenery and shots. I do hope you get some warmth soon.

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  6. love your this and that posts...a peek into your bit of God's country!
    but, I HATE those ants too. On Saturday our son Matt will turn 17. The night I went into the hospital before he was born I was trying to get rid of those winged-ant thingys in our rec-room!! yuck. so I'm always on the look-out for them this time of year.

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  7. Lovely photos ! Glad to see you have grass now and it is greening up ! Hope the waters don't get any higher and you have lovely sunny warm weather from now on ! We have been and will be getting our normal temps and sun shining now as the week goes on we will be reaching 20C or more WOOHOO ! Thanks for sharing , Have a good day !

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  8. Hi Pam...it has to feel just wonderful to finally be able to get outside and work in your yard! I came across a huge farm of big black ants myself last week...they were covering one whole corner of the front of the house and the surrounding ground...yikes! I sprayed a good 3/4 of a bottle of spray on them...I was hoping they hadn't made it inside and so far, I have not seen one. Spring is a wonderful time and unfortunately, we have to take the good (like tulips) with the bad (like ants). And you have a very sweet neighbor too :)

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  9. we're overcast here, but it keeps the heat down :)

    I fried on Sunday's safari.

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  10. Glad to see the snow gone. It will be fun to see it green up!

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  11. Hi Pam.. Isn't that tulip saying a lot for us? grin... Our lawns were covered with snow this am but it is gone tonight.. Praying that the river will not overflow for you all this Spring... Take care.. xo

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  12. I love that old tea canister. I was looking for something to group on a tray today. I may look around some more! lol Enjoy your week! Sweet hugs, Diane

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  13. It's cooler here today with a tiny bit of rain...for which we are so thankful for every drop. We always need moisture out here on the Plains of West Texas.
    Love your olden canister...:)
    Stay warm....

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  14. Pam, we have had an unusual amount of rain for Texas, but it is wonderful to finally be out of the "severe drought" class. So we aren't complaining. I love your picture of the tin.

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  15. Those were Carpenter Ants.....they have wings! We had them at the cottage our first Spring!
    Had to have some wood replaced.....and an exterminator!
    Our weather is crap too, Pam....you are not alone!
    Sorry about your shoulder.....too bad you have to wait so long....how about an X-ray at a clinic?
    Enjoy your week.....take it easy!
    Cheers!
    Linda :o)

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  16. Hello Pamela!
    We've had quite a bit of rain all weekend and again today. We did not notice our sump pump was not working and our basement carpet became wet with water coming up through the floor--my husband spent hours wet vacuuming it up. :( Fortunately I ahve a wood stove in the basement and have had that going to help dry things out.

    It sounds like those were carpenter ants. Very destructive. Hopefully the fire will rid them from the area!

    Here's hoping we both get some dry and sunny weather soon!

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  17. I know how it is... Spring hasn't sprung here either.
    Your photos, however, are beautiful and interesting.
    I hope you will avoid flooding!

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  18. I am so glad to see no snow!!!! Yay!!!! You must be so very pleased about that. My tulips came up with the flower head appearing to be about to bloom and tiny short stems, but the stems suddenly shot up right before the flowers opened so I hope that yours will do the same! xx

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  19. Your photos are beautiful even on gray days. What is it that is pleasing to our eyes about a winding road. I like your old tea tin!

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  20. i love the tea can. i would say that tulip is something to try to be just like. no matter the struggle to keep on going. he/she is determined to keep on going. it should give you hope too ... spring will be there soon. just is taking a while to make it there. keep the faith. i love the winding road ... very grey but such a cool shot. have a nice one. ( :

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  21. We've had black ants in the house for a couple of weeks, upstairs and in the basement but no idea how they got in. The winged ants are the females that lay the eggs. I did a bit of gardening again yesterday and it was cold but the warmth is back this week.
    You had a fair bit of flooding last year so I hope it doesn't happen again. Our sump pump has barely run this spring.

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  22. Spring is slow in our part of the country as well, even though our last real snow was on Easter Sunday. Everything is so dry and it would be so much nicer to see a little rain. Sorry to hear that you had to wear your winter parka to work in the yard!

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  23. Ohhhhhh . . . I wouldn't have liked the ants either .
    On the other hand, I like those pussy willows . . .

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  24. We are really getting more than our fair share of rain lately, but so far no serious storms. My husband spent an entire day digging a stump out of the ground that was next to our house..that sucker was in there good!

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  25. No, we don't have a lack of sun - we have a lack of rain. I hope that you will not get any flooding - it looks pretty wet anyway. Hopefully you can toos that winter jacket soon - it's almost May and I hope you will have a wonderful spring with lots of sun and no flooding.

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  26. We are having a surprising heat-wave with plenty of sandy dust (and me, having just cleaned the windows). This is not the spring I've been looking forward to.
    Amalia
    xo

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  27. Springtime is here on the island and everything is so green and warm...
    Have a great week and take care!
    Titti

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  28. Springtime is here on the island and everything is so green and warm...
    Have a great week and take care!
    Titti

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  29. I love the pussy-willows in the ditch! It's been going from warm and sunny to bleak and cold here, too. Spring can't make up its mind! Glad you aren't getting the flooding this year. Hope you get some sun soon! xo Karen

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  30. It might not be sunny there, yet...but it is showing signs of recovery after that brutal winter you have been having.

    Poor little tulip, it's a shortie for sure, it might need some more fertilizer as soon as it blooms. Probably ran out of energy.

    Jen

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  31. It might not be sunny there, yet...but it is showing signs of recovery after that brutal winter you have been having.

    Poor little tulip, it's a shortie for sure, it might need some more fertilizer as soon as it blooms. Probably ran out of energy.

    Jen

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  32. Pam, your photos are really great. Love those pussy willows. I missed ones around here as when I noticed they were already sprouting leaves. Every year I mean to pick a bunch but I guess we had such nice weather here they came out early. It is so nice when neighbors help each other. Hope your shoulder is getting better on its own. Why do we always have to wait so long to see the dr.? Take care and Happy Wednesday..Judy

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  33. hope you got all the ants, they really are pests. i like your green pitcher and it was nice Murray and neighbor could rebuild the fence together.

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