I know, posting twice in one day isn't something I do. Sometimes I hardly post twice in one month.
A nice thing about being married to someone that sells pretty glass on ebay (besides often receiving nice gifts of pretty glass) is that I take a lot of the pictures he uses. Like this one. If you don't have an iris in your garden, this sure would be something pretty to look at instead. :)
Our new house may have been built in 1908 but it's full of new things to me. A garden pond, for example. Full of icky looking (but not smelly, thank goodness) green water. We keep the fountain/waterfall going 24/7 because that somehow inhibits things from getting to the smelly point. But according to what I've read online, we need to get this thing cleaned out. And having some fish and plants would help keep it clean, supposedly. But then again, like my son said, "We could just fill it with dirt and put plants in it like Nana did with her swimming pool." Seeing how I'm pregnant, that's not a project I'll be tackling this summer. For now, we have a garden pond full of green water. Which, besides the green water and poison ivy growing up a very nice big oak tree by the bench, we could have provided a lovely place for Stephanie to take pictures of her recently completed Birch shawl.
Next, how were we to know there's so much involved in caring for a hot tub? The cover needs replaced because it's got a hole in the middle and is letting in dirt and leaves. We also keep the hot tub "on" (this apparently means some low amount of bubbly water circulation, but not on full jet blast). According to the internet (do you think I'd actually go anywhere else to get my information? ha), there are all kinds of chemicals and cleaning, blah blah blah, necessary for proper care and feeding of a hot tub. Who'd'a thunk? It's nearly like having a swimming pool. But for now we're just keeping it on low bubbles and will sweat about the hot tub after we get the furniture arranged in the house.
But back to the garden. Okay, I've planted what I could find at this nutty time of year to be looking for something to plant. A few marigolds and some jalapeno pepper plants. I really love to make grilled jalapenos stuffed with cream cheese and wrapped with a piece of bacon. Those things...... MMMMM!!! But along the fence where I planted the flowers and peppers, there's this nice looking thing that I have no clue what it is. Any clues? Pretty glossy heart shaped leaves. Reminds me a bit of a violet, but of course late June is a little past blooming season for violets. I don't know if I should pull it out or let it grow. I'm seeing it in other parts of the yard too, which means nothing based on the "make everything appear jungle-like and natural" gardening style of the former owners. I'm much more of the conservative no-weeds straight line (or at least manicured curves) kind of gardener. So I've spared this thing with the pretty leaves and am giving it plant food (it might be the most well fed weed in town).
And finally. Ohhhh, last but not least... my rosemary. A sad sad story. Like any good mother, I couldn't leave my treasured plants in Texas, which I had been grooming and weeding and feeding and watering for the past few years. So I dug them up, put them in a few buckets, pitched them in the Blazer, and very carefully drove them to Kansas with me. But I was crazy busy when we got here, so my treasured plants spent an entire week in their buckets. It rained every day night. I knew they were wet enough despite the daytime heat. So a few days before taking a six day trip to Texas for visiting my older children, I planted them along the same fence where I continued with the marigolds and jalapenos. Sooooo.... long story short.... I got back from Texas and found my plants to be nearly dead. I started watering plants before kissing my husband hello!! I was worried. I was upset. How could I have left without giving him instructions to water the plants? Every day the rosemary looked worse. So yesterday I finally did the only thing I knew to do.... I gave the rosemary a MAJOR hack job. I cut through those woody twigs, some more than 1/4" thick! It was so healthy before I moved it. I hope and pray it bounces back like everything else has. The sage has one healthy branch so I cut the others off. I think it will be fine. The mums are beginning to bloom. They'll be fine. Even.... yes, even the gerbera daisy appears to have some new growth. No flowers right now, but she seems to have forgiven me for the transplant and is happy to let me continue admiring her. So.... hopefully there is forgiveness from my rosemary. I loved having that bush. It is the cornerstone of my newly developing herb/flower bed and hopefully she'll come back to be as pretty as in her former home. The ground seems to stay damp longer in this location, so that can't be a bad thing unless it stays too wet. We'll see. I might decide this is a bad place for a flower/herb bed because the fence shades the space for a good part of the day even though the grass just one foot away gets full sun most of the day.
So we have these interesting "fun" things to learn how to care for. And my poor rosemary to keep talking to, feeding, weeding, watering, and loving. I hope all that works.
And in parting... a picture of our precious Emeline. She loves our new porch but is STILL hard to get a good picture of, so this is the best I could do the other day.
Oh, there is so much to tell. I haven't posted in a while and there are so many things to ponder and mull over when you're living in a new house and new town.
First I should say "There's no knitting content today." It's too hot. I'm too busy. I'm too tired. I couldn't begin to concentrate on knitting anything but maybe a dishcloth, and I have plenty of those. So no knitting content this time.
Emeline is growing and toddling more every day. Yesterday evening I took her out on the porch before putting her to bed. She likes the porch swing but is obsessed about practicing walking. So she got down and toddled around on the porch for a while. She headed for the steps so I jumped up to help her down the steps. She never had been down to the sidewalk before so she was so excited it made her walk faster. She paused at the edge of the walk, let go of one of my hands, and slowly reached down... gently touching the blades of grass with her fingers. She looked at me then reached down again, gently running her fingers across the grass. She didn't pull it or slap at it like I expected her to. It was a sweet sweet moment of discovery and an awesome thing to witness.
More next time. I have weeds to identify and transplanted herbs to ask questions about. And how to care for a garden pond? And a hot tub? Oh, this new house has so many things I know nothing about.
And the new air conditioning is supposed to be installed tomorrow or Monday. I hope. It's been HOT!
Whew....!!!! What a wild and wooly time we've had. We're here in Kansas at the "new" house (new to us anyway!) sweating. The central air won't be installed until some time after the 20th of June. I'm looking forward to it very much.
The packing and truck loading in Texas took a total of five days and you should be GLAD I don't have pictures. It was a nighmarish scene. Five days of it. We were absolutely exhausted. Then we drove for a day. Then the next day involved two men hired from a moving company in Wichita to unload our U-Haul in the pouring down rain. Tracking in water and dirt on my pretty wood floors. It was a week I never want to repeat.
We're slowly but surely arranging furniture and unpacking the kitchen and other boxes. You think things are labeled well until you start searching for the can opener among 40+ boxes marked "kitchen fragile". Thank goodness I packed Jeff's kitchen stuff or we still wouldn't have eating utensils.
The stove is hooked up. The washer and dryer are hooked up. The piano is where it belongs. The dining table, living room furniture, etc. Tomorrow we finally get our cable TV and cable internet installed. Thank goodness. It's tough to go without TV and deal with dial-up when you're used to having those conveniences.
I went to the doctor yesterday for the first time during this pregnancy. I'm 16 weeks, look way bigger than that (c'mon, it's my 5th), and the receptionist says "have you had your pregnancy confirmed?" I'm sure you can imagine my expression. I think I said something like "By the fifth one you usually know." We'll have an ultrasound in another month to find out if we're having the 4th girl or 2nd boy. I had a dream the other night that it was a girl. At this point the doctor says "I think there's just one in there but the ultrasound will tell us more." She only found one heartbeat but tried really hard to see if there was more (because apparently I'm measuring as more than 16 weeks). If there are two babies, oh.... it'll be the thud heard around the world as my husband hits the floor during the ultrasound.
Emeline is waking up from her afternoon nap. Time for more barking, tweeting, meowing, and baby steps. She took her first steps two days ago and was so tickled with herself that she couldn't stop giggling and couldn't stand up any more. She's very entertained with this new and exciting venture!
Oh, and.... the temporary summer arrangements with my three oldest children are that they spend June with their dad in Texas and July with me in Kansas. We have a final hearing date set for July 28th and my attorney is very confident that the children will be attending school in Kansas. It makes me sad that they will probably never get to enjoy the fun summer activities in our new little town, but in situations like this there are always compromises to make.
One last note: I have been enjoying reading Jan's blog from somewhere in Oklahoma. Her spinning and natural dying are such an inspiration. I found her through a link on Stephanie's blog refering to Jan's lace work and first spinning effort. I really love the golden colored fiber she colored with wild coreopsis. It's so beautiful and makes me wonder what it will become. :)