Wednesday, May 19, 2010

I've Made Friends With My Lawn Tractor

Today I was supposed to go see a friend's studio, but I was itching like crazy from the medication for my shingles to keep me from being itchy and in pain -- go figure -- I had to cancel.  After two doses of antihistamine and a nice nap I wanted something to do so I thought I would finally go out and make nice with my tractor.  Once I realized that I was in control and not the tractor, we got along just fine.  I mowed for just under 2 hours.  The pictures show just some of what I mowed today.

You can see here how high the grass is -- part of the reason it is taking me so long to get it all done.

I was working on crocheting a basket but the yarn didn't work for the pattern so I took most of it out and now have a round dish cloth.
Back a few post, I said I wondered if this was going to bloom -- well it is.

Sunday, May 16, 2010

Rain and Hail At The Cabin

Yesterday a storm rolled into Blowing Rock and brought hail with it.  I took a few pics to show.  I know this isn't much hail -- not like the golfball size hail Clarksville TN goot but it was still hail.

There was little bitty hail all over my porch

If I sit on my couch in my living room, this is the view I have.  Dosen't look like I live in a tree house?  I love to sit with a cup of coffee and relax looking out the window.

This is a test pattern but when finished it is supposed to be a basket.  I'm not sure yet that it works.

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Lawn Tractor Part 3

OMG -- Why did I think that all I had to do is get on the tractor and drive?  Noooooooooooooo!  You have to make sure the choke is set, the gears are set, the blades engaged and how high.  First of all I am not strong enough to push the lever to engage the blades.  Then I am too scared to drive it and since my yard is not level I am scared I will tip over.  It also doesn't help that the seat keeps letting me slide off.  My neighbor came over and showed me how to use it.  He told me I had a very good and powerful machine but I might want to hire someone to mow the steep parts of my yard.  It's crazy but I am going to learn.  This is what we got done today.

You just can't believe how steep this yard is, especially when you are on a lawn tractor.  My house is just out of sight in the pic above.

I was thinking we could play extreme croquet in this yard.  Wouldn't that be fun.  There is at least 2-3 acres with a creek and a small back yard.

My neighbor told me today that these were apple and peach trees.  I can't wait to taste some fresh peaches.  He said there are also some blueberries bushes behind them too.

Anyway, I am learning to drive the tractor up and down my driveway and across the street to my neighbor's house before I tackle the yard again.

Dumber than Dumb Bugs

My front door has a glass panel and with the living room light on at night, there are some beatles that keep trying to fly into the light.  So every morning I have to go sweep up the dead bugs off my porch that have flown right into the door and cracked their skulls open.  YUCK  Today I think I will hang a lace panel on the door and see if that makes a difference.  Stayed tuned to Bug 2

Sunday, May 09, 2010

Lawn Tractor Part 2

As I said in my last post, I was sick and didn't get a chance to mow my yard.  Well it was a lot more than just the flu I had severe asthma.  I drove myself to the hospital Thursday morning and promptly passed out in the emergency room.  My oxygen was 86.  That is not good.  I finally got out of the hospital on Sunday but I am still to sick to mow the lawn so I hired someone to mow it for me.  It is probably a good thing too because he said that hill is a killer.  You can see how some of the yard is mowed and some not.  But I love this tree.

I found these clogs at a store for almost nothing so I bought them and planted some little flowers in them.

This little flower is growing in my yard.  Not sure what it is but it just stood out in a sea of green.

These are some neighborhood steaks -- I mean cows.  Arn't they cute!  Anyway I would love to have a good steak cooked on the grill.