Thursday, October 23, 2014

Holding On . . .

One Lone White Annabelle Hydrangea holding on . . .
 while the others are dried and ready to close up shop for the season.
 okay my dear friends . . . I have a bit of a whine going on.
I hope I won't lose you while I vent!
I am into day four of
raking, blowing, hauling, mowing
and then doing it all over again. 
each year I enter into this fall time leaf space
saying it will be fine
there won't be too many leaves
and I dig in and start cutting back my hostas and other plants
so blowing the leaves out of my gardens will be easier for me

 that works for awhile
but there are so many leaves I can't seem to
cut back the plants fast enough in time
to gather up the leaves that need to be hauled away
Mister IGH is my guy to haul the heavy leaves,
I rake them up onto the sheets,
he pulls the heavy leaf load back into the woods. 
(we use old, light weight sheets to rake the leaves on to
and then haul them away into the back woods.)
( He told me earlier yesterday he has hauled at least twenty loads so far.
(I just finished raking up four more loads for him to haul back) 

I am making some progress, some areas are cleaned,
until the next winds come along and blow more leaves off the trees. 
 and some areas remain leaf covered 
in the back yard there are places that the leaves are knee deep
the bitter sweet vine was filled with the leaves and berries
the day before yesterday and today the vine is almost empty
When the trees are all leafed out you can't see back into the woods,
but now it is pretty much open and covered in brown.   
I am on my third blower in two years.
I purchase light weight and inexpensive. 
Light weight because they are easier for me to handle
and inexpensive because I know how long they will last. 
This is the famous bird feeder that almost took my finger off a few years back.
I am brave enough to load it again, (with gloves on).
That bottom ring flips the squirrels off when they jump on to get some food.
They have it all figured out now though,
they jump on the ring, the ring goes around with them on it
and tosses some of the sunflower seed
on the ground and they are happy campers!
See where they scratch away at the metal to get some seed?
In answer to the question
lots of acorns means what
An old tale has it that when you have a year with lots of acorns,
 you will also have lots of snow.
We have tons of acorns, last year not many.
So maybe the tale is just a tale!
mentioned to me this morning that one of our local weather men
is saying there is a "maybe" for snow on the 31st.
He is also hinting of a snowy November on the way.
Click on the Musings from Kim above and it will take you to her site.
She and her husband have a huge Halloween party each year.
It will be worth your visit just to see all their decorations
plus their soon to be twenty carved pumpkins!
One more thing,
I am taking a painting class tonight.
Maybe you'll see the results tomorrow.
Until next time,
Love, Lynne

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Fence Find . . .

Pennsylvania Fence Line
I thought it was perfect for
Good Fences
Thanks Theresa
for bringing us this meme
'til next time
Love, Lynne

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Rain, Wind, Snow Flakes . . .

 a few weeks ago

we had some rain, wind and snow flakes
this leaf was stuck on the window
stayed there until mid morning

 bitter sweet is winding up the old oak tree
a few weeks ago the bitter sweet was getting ready to pop
now it is in full bloom

inside . . .make believe acorns
outside . . . the real deal,
tons of them.
you know what that means don't you
'til the next time,
Love, Lynne