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 It's a good thing I don't go to work.  It seems to me it takes longer to do the tasks and chores I've always done in a shorter span of time.  I love spring and summer.  When I wake at 5:30 my mind says   yes, I'll have more time to do all the thing I want to do today. Doesn't happen....probably because I come up with more tasks that I think I can fit into my day.  We're in a dry period now.  I washed the yoga deck with a bleach/water solution Saturday afternoon allowing two days of drying and stained it Tuesday.  Before staining I had to blow all the ants and little creatures of my clean deck. Tibetan Peace flags sending prayers and peace out to the world with each breeze. The garden is struggling but some things are flourishing.  Butterfly bushes and native bushes thriving from the spring rains.  Mountain laurel, native azaleas, and dogwoods doubled in size this spring and were full of gorgeous colorful blooms.....better than any other year I remember. The but
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 I wanted to blog this past week but the computer was in a deep coma on life support and probably overheard me tell Michael it was going to be thrown in the dump.  Just for the heck of it I tried turning it on again tonight and it woke up.   Friday I had a window put in Cliff's old shed.  It's really nice to have some natural light along with the fluorescent overhead.  Charlie put it in and framed the outside for a finished look.  He's going to stain it later next week.  We have rain coming again tonight.  I still have to soak the labels and gently remove them so I don't scratch the glass I keep some supplies for the raised gardens and the weed whacker in this shed and other tools in the other shed down by the big garden.  It beats trudging up and down the mountain while tending both gardens. Last week I bought a 5.5 cu wheelbarrow for working around the lower garden.  Tuesday the old rotted rails and posts got replaced. I've slowly been raking the leaves and dumpin
 It was Mr. Toad's Wild Ride all through the night............. Cliff loved electronic gadgets so we had three weather alert radios in this little house.  One was placed on top of the fridge.  Another in the big bedroom and one positioned by his recliner along with his fire radio, pager, and TV remote.  Oh, and his iPhone and iPad.  Everything a techie needed within reach.  Every so often there would be a chuckle from the recliner that he couldn't the channel with his cell phone.  I did keep the weather alert by his recliner which is now favorite place.  From that position I can see the HB feeder and bird swing  and the one seed feeder.   The weather alert sounded five times throughout the night for storm and tornado warnings for Cherokee County and Murphy.  I listened then fell asleep again.  When it went off again at 5:45 I just got up and after checking the map figured I had enough time for a quick wake-up shower. This is a good day to catch up on all the neglected inside ta
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" I can't get you out of my heart.  Without you I'm lonely.  My heart wants you only."  Ti amo,-ti voglio, amor   Jerry Vale  I listen to Italian songs on my Pandora all the time.   We're in for a week of rainy days, not continuous rain so it's not bad, just typical Spring rainy periods.  It's not cold so I'm thrilled.  This is my time of year.  The past couple of days the trees have exploded with new green leaves.  Feels like a topical rain forest which I love.  My gardens are happy. Nights are warmer, fifties and sixties, and weeds are running the show.  It's only been a couple of weeks since my Carolina wrens fledged from their covered porch nest and a new nest is under construction in the geranium window box.  Luckily the house staining didn't interfere with the building.  Sonny removed the box and placed it under trees while staining the front south side of the house returning the box before he left Thursday.  This morning while preparing
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 Our last cold spell is this weekend, the blackberry winter. I got to the Murphy farmers market by 9 this morning to buy a bag of fresh crisp spinach and a huge head of butter crunch lettuce which will last one person two weeks.  Fresh greens go quickly and our small market has only two farmers right now.  My plan was to walk the river loop after the market but the wind picked up and a cool misty rain changed my mind. I have "empty nest" syndrome again........... I slowly walked over to the nest to check if the babies were still inside the nest and caught this one sitting on the edge.  When I came back with my phone it was hiding but I took the picture and as I slowly walked away it jumped out of the box and flapped to the porch floor probably thinking "monster alert!"  It hopped around the floor flapping but not becoming airborne.  I left it lone so parents could tend to it, took the Toyota and went to Lowe's.  Lowe's was so mobbed with mulch and plant shop
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 It's raining so I can't go out and play............... Last night after showering at 8:30 and turning off the TV I sat out on the back porch, no lights on, and listened to the night sounds.  Sky was cloudy so no stars were visible but I did watch the fireflies flicking.  According to the Farmers Almanac these are actually dormant beetles that emerge in warm humid weather so we are seeing them early. Last night at 9 our temperature was still near 70 degrees.  Off in the distance I heard the whippoorwills calling.  Perfect spring night...................... I've been busy the past couple of days getting the porch ready for pressure washing and staining.  Finally did the last cleaning today.  Pressure washing tomorrow.  It's amazing how much stuff I had to remove and get off the porch.  I didn't think I had collected that much.  The HB feeders will stay up until the guy gets here.  I'm concerned about the baby Carolina wrens that are getting close to fledging. Par
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 Merle Haggard and Willie Nelson wrote the lyrics to "It's My Lazy Day."  ....Well, it must be the season No rhyme or no reason  I'm takin' it easy It's my lazy day.  When I got up this morning and knew I didn't need to go to town or get the mail or make a pie, I thought today was going to be my lazy day.  I showered but dressed in loose yoga pants and a loose warm pullover, did thirty minutes of lazy yin yoga, which consists of laying on the mat and holding the pose for three minutes before taking a different stretching pose.  I discovered yin, which is perfect for aging joints or soreness from overworking in the gardens and just before crawling under the covers at night, a few years ago.  After eating a hot oatmeal  breakfast ,  I made a cozy mug of tea and headed for the recliner to sit and watch the birds gather the sunflower feeder.  And there I sat enjoying the quiet.  I think I dreaded the freezing temperatures returning even though it is short te