CollyMP's Journal, 01 May 2013

K, I'm going to pretty much ignore the computer the rest of the day-it's a beautiful day outside, there are weeds to pull and grass to trim that can't be done with a weed-wacker (it's around my peonies and iris), things to water, pamper and basically baby along and I just gotta get out there!

I'm in a great mood, if this is my new version of PMS I'll TAKE it!

update-I cleaned out the garage too. No, not the whole thing, but I took down the table we made out of sawhorses and an old door, to bring seedlings in on frost warning nights. Put all the plastic seedling starter pots away, and their trays, and assorted other stuff, put the door away on the wood rack, put the sawhorses away hanging on their hooks on the wall, picked up, tidied up, folded the tarp up and stuffed it into its cubbyhole...what can I say? It was shaded, the garage is still cool, it won't heat up in there for another couple of weeks and I wasn't quite ready to quit for the day.

Course, now I have to cook...sigh. Wish I had the means to just have someone bring me stuff to eat each day! LOL! Oddly, when I've worked outside a lot during the day, I really don't want to eat a big meal, I want something light.

Diet Calendar Entry for 01 May 2013:
2170 kcal Fat: 87.41g | Prot: 73.62g | Carb: 275.58g.   Breakfast: Rose Canadian Bacon, Pillsbury Grands! Biscuits - Flaky Layers Buttermilk, Cheddar Cheese, Dry Roasted Hulled Sunflower Seeds, Egg. Lunch: Ore-Ida Tater Tots. Dinner: Pork Loin (Tenderloin, Lean Only), Corn, Green String Beans, Kraft Velveeta Cheesy Chicken & Broccoli Rice. Snacks/Other: Custard or Cream Filled Eclair, Chicken Fried Rice, Winchell's Filled Jelly Donut - Raspberry with Glaze. more...
on diet CollyMP's own diet  


have a wonderful day and ENJOY!!!! Love you! 
01 May 13 by member: MissyAnn63
will do! Love you too! 
01 May 13 by member: CollyMP
Sigh... I'd be out there too if I didn't need to keep my store open today. The computer is what I do to keep myself amused in between the random customer. I think that's why my husband sent me flowers two weeks in a row - he's been noticing my 'taking the dog out back for potty breaks' was getting longer and more frequent.  
01 May 13 by member: FullaBella
whew, I am pooped! Watered most of the stuff that needed it, trimmed the grass and pulled the weeds around half the peonies. That alone took me just over an hour! I think I've found my summer exercise routine; even with my little portable garden seat I'm going to have thighs like a Russian gymnast by the end of summer with all the squatting, crouching and leaning! I have another swath of iris about 1/3 bigger than my swath of peonies still to do, and then that one last little ugly section along the fence that has junk plants and weeds that I really need to do something about. Oh, and I trimmed the miniature Iris that are around the A/C unit. Realized that I mowed half of them down yesterday...oops. I know there are some bricks buried in the junk section, so I think I'll rip out the grass near those wee little iris and surround them with bricks so I don't do that again. And yes, I DO love my garden! LOL! I'm off to go pinch back some salvia!  
01 May 13 by member: CollyMP
While it has only been about 95% effective.. (and likely my fault due to not using enough) I put newspaper (black & white only) down all over the 'beds' in between the flowers then cover with soil to stop the weeds & grass. But still better averages than before. Now I have the funniest looking stuff growing beneath the bird feeders - must be from the seeds or bird poo - but definitely isn't grass. Love nature fighting it's way through our efforts that way; reminds me how human and temporary I really am. 
01 May 13 by member: FullaBella
It does work, and as it degrades it helps loosen up the soil. We've had to work "like dogs", as my next door neighbor puts it, to get this yard even close to attractive. What we've had to do is just get some kind of plant life, with roots, into the soil around the edges of the yard, to break it up enough that we can actually dig in it, to amend the soil. We have a row of Rose of Sharon along the back fence that's on year 3 now, and they're starting to bush out and kill off the stuff underneath. Last year we had an 85 foot tree taken out and used the mountain of wood chips left from grinding the stump to mulch in 80 feet along the back fence and about 15 feet up one side. (the lot is something like 80 x 130, I think). The yard had never belonged to a gardener, so it was mostly clay and had never, ever, been dug up except to, we believe, stick a mothers day plant into the ground. I have something like 6 dozen iris, I found a clump of rhizomes, 3x3 feet at most, in one spot, broke them all up, moved them to a more iris friendly location, and they exploded. I broke them up moved them again last year to run along another section of fence. The peonies were in a corner behind the tree that is no more, mostly underneath a railroad tie that was magnificently rotten, and didn't take as well to being moved but this year are finally back and looking like they're going to bloom like crazy. There was a single rosebush, up against the house, on the shady side, that had one spindly little branch yearning for sun-we moved it over to a sunny spot where it has gone absolutely bonkers the last few years. I'll post pictures as soon as I have anything worth writing home about-the whole neighborhood goes a little crazy with the growing things in summer, you just wouldn't believe it! LOL! 
01 May 13 by member: CollyMP
So admire your go to-it-iveness and glad you got the yard done. I only have a small back yard and a little patch of dirt at the front, plus grass at the front. I hate gardening but I would like it to look pretty. Just don't know what I am doing. And never seem to have the time. Working/commuting takes 12 hours out of the day and I only have one day on the week-end. I could do evenings I supposed but just the thought makes me weak with fatigue - lol. Good job.  
02 May 13 by member: sarahsmum
Aw thanks! Yes, it IS a huge time commitment to garden on the scale that we do it, and I don't work outside the home so I do have more time to do it. I'm very lucky to be able to do that, I know-honestly I don't know how people function without someone at home to take care of things, I'm sure you ARE exhausted. Unfortunately there are very few things that don't require at least some time and attention, though the best bet since it really doesn't seem like you're going to have much time, is to find shrubs with nice foliage that work in the light conditions you have. Azaleas are nice if you have a partly shaded area, they not only thrive on neglect but they bloom in spring, as well as having gorgeous foliage most of the year as well.  
02 May 13 by member: CollyMP


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