Monday, March 15, 2021


Hello Folks ~ Thank you all for kind comments, prayers and links to websites that had exercises to help with sciatic pain. I am happy to report that I've not had pain like I did after that Sat of being on my feet for 5 hours helping with the fencing project. I still have twinges now and then, but I think working outside every morning that Juvenal is here is helping to keep me limber. Pain seems to come after I've been sitting or laying down.

Last Monday night, around 9:30 a LOUD explosion freaked me out. I jumped out of bed and looked out windows and didn't see anything. All was quiet, except for my racing heart and mind. I read again a piece from a book I'm reading by Phillip Keller, 'Strength of Soul'. I had read it a week or so back, and needed to read it again, about 'refusing to worry, just trust Jesus'. I calmed down, turned out the light and went back to sleep. Around 1:15a.m. I got up to 'tinkle' and I heard a steady beeping sound. It was coming from my driveway. It was the tree trimmer that the power company uses when they have a power outage because of limbs hitting the power lines.

This company had opened my gate and was backing in my driveway. The explosion I had heard was the transformer that had blown at the back of my property. I wasn't without power, but people to the east of me were. Tree trimmers were here about an hour, driveway ended up being filled with cut limbs. They told me the clean up crew would be there after 8 a.m. Two guys did the clean up having their huge noisy chipper in my driveway. When they were done, instead of raking up all of the small debris like they've done in the past, they 'blew' it with a leaf blower. I now have to go along the driveway and rake and bag it all up. The tree trimming was an answer to prayer as the overhanging limbs in my driveway have been a source of angst for quite some time now.

Below are pics before and now. The first two pics of are how it looked with what I could reach with my pole saw/cutter.

Below is after Sean did as much cutting back as he could do. The rest was all tangled in lines.

Below is after the tree trimmers cut limbs from power lies, and then after the clean up.

What a difference!! I wish the neighbors would just cut down that dang hibiscus tree. It grows horribly fast. My dear hubby used to keep up with keeping it cut back from our side, but with him not here now, I've just been doing what I can. The power company has sent out the tree trimmers twice, this was the third time I think. Both the night crew and the day crew said this was an awful tree because of how fast it grows.

Juvenal has carted load after load of scrap iron away from here. He was here again this morning, filled up his truck bed then hauled out brush to the pick up pile. What would have taken me many trips to get out front he did in 4-5. He has been such a blessing to me. He sometimes brings McD's breakfast and coffee. We barely speak each other's language, when I have to say 'more' than I know, I google a translator and that works great. I just copy and paste. ;-) He makes sure I drink plenty of water and rest. He told me the other day that he wants to make this place pretty for me. He and I both say 'Gracias Dios' off and on.

The other day when he was here tears started as I was sitting in an area he was working in. I had to leave the space. He wanted me to be there, cleared a stool for me to sit on, that way I can tell him what he can have and what I might want. When he saw me with tears he told me not to cry, it makes his heart hurt.

What I am showing is 'part of the ugly' of the property. Remember, my hubby has been gone a little over 8 years now, and I've not been near this stuff. I know he is 'glad' that I'm finally getting rid of the 'junk'. God has worked it all out to happen when it has, and for Juvenal and myself. I am oh so thankful!!

The hook laying on the rotting wood floor space is what got to me. My hubby 'hooked' me and the hook just spoke to my heart for some reason. The aluminum piece is a claw of some sort and then there's the wrought iron old light fixture.

Below are some rusty, crusty iron stems, leaves and flowers probably from another light fixture.

Now for some of what's blooming here, there's a lot more, but I'm ready for a nap, so I'll wrap this post up.

Saturday is the first day of spring and also my 72nd bday. A friend has invited me to her place for bday lunch and I am looking forward to that. I'll try to remember to take pics while there.

Thank you all for your friendship, kind and helpful comments and prayers.

May God bless you and keep you safe.


Monday, March 8, 2021

Thankful, but tired

Hello Folks ~ Here we are into a new week. My heart and prayers go out for all those in TX that have had to deal with historical weather that has done so much damage, and taken lives as well. When you are NOT expecting that kind of weather as normal seasonal patterns it would be shocking and something you're not prepared for. Now there are those dealing with flooding in TN and KY.  Actually, my prayers are for the whole world, landslides, tsunamis, earthquakes, volcano eruptions, etc.

Today, Tuesday, 2 March it is very warm and humid. At 10:57 a.m. EST it is 81 but the real feel is 89. Yikes! I was working outside, but am done for today. I wanted to get a post up sometime today.

Well, I now have a hardworking younger man here clearing the 'junk yard' and taking scrap iron/metal. He has been clearing out overgrowth as well so that I am kept busy with hauling brush out to curbside. He has been here 8 or 9 times now and I can hardly believe how much he has hauled away to the scrap yard. He gets the $$. It isn't much these days for iron, but there has been some aluminum also. I had asked him how much in the beginning and he said no charge, as he is getting the $ from scrap. He speaks a little English and I speak a little Spanish. When I text him. I look up a translation page online to get what I want to say in Spanish. It's working.

Sean was here again last Friday to trim another tree, a strangler fig, which I may have cut down completely one of these days. He got it trimmed before it leafed out with spring growth and birds made any nests. I made a large sheet pizza from scratch, 1/2 with Italian sausage and cheese and the other with pepperoni, artichokes and cheese, what he likes. I baked it, cut it in half, then froze it until he came.

With all of this tree trimming I've had a LOT to haul out front. Each Saturday the brush truck comes around to pick up piles with it's scooper. I wave and give the man a thumbs up. I'm appreciative. I make sure my pile is neat and cut to a good size that is recommended or smaller and bag the small stuff.

I've been exhausted physically, mentally and emotionally. Decorative iron pieces have been uncovered which I am keeping. All of this metal makes me think of my dear husband and how he hated to see anything useful going to the dump if he saw it on the side of the road. We sold some, used some. We found good things dumped, not just scrap metal bits. Some things are in this little cottage, some we sold in our antique shop years ago, and other things he used with his antique restoration jobs for us and other antique dealers. 

Now, let me take a break and edit some photos to share here. I'll be back later.

Later is now the 5th, I wrote the above on the 2nd. Juvenal came Monday morning but has taken the rest of the week off as his upper back shoulder area was in pain. I guess so, with all that he has been doing. He will be back next week. I am thankful for the time off, it has given me time to myself, and I puttered yesterday in the 'secret garden', not done but making forward progress.  That is what the property is in right now, a state of forward progress. I will be glad when the fencing, trees being trimmed, and clearing property of overgrowth and metal is over. 

Below are some wrought iron chairs that I kept. ;-)

Well, here it is the 8th, Monday a few minutes after noon. Juvenal was here this morning and worked for around 3 hours, filling his truck bed with more scrap iron and he did some tree trimming and clearing vines off the barn's big awning, which I want to park under once again when everything is cleared out of the space.

Found some more decorative iron pieces that I'm keeping. 

Saturday Sean and Stan were here to take down old fencing, and replacing with the new sections, 4 1/2 of them, so the west side of property is done. I know the neighbors are happy about that. I am thankful for their contributing $$ for the panels. Prices had gone up since the last time I bought fencing and that was quite the shock, I used gift $$ to make up the difference. That fencing job was about 5 hours with maybe 30 minutes for lunch, which Stan got for us at Wendy's which was just up the road. Cheese burgers, fries and cokes. Hit the spot. We were all beat when they left around 2ish. 

This week I made something sweet for the guys to take home, peanut butter, oatmeal, chocolate chip bars. I also gave some to Juvenal this morning. He brought me coffee, a hash brown patty and chicken on a biscuit from McD's.

Saturday evening I was having horrible sciatic pain right rear cheek and down leg. I've not had anything like that before and am pretty sure it is from all of the bending, hauling, and walking cut limbs, etc. out to the street, for the past few weeks, hours at a time. Plus, Saturday I had been on my feet for over 5 hours. I broke down crying and took an ibuprophen, just sat and tried to relax, used a heating pad and a pain cream too. Yesterday morning it was better, and this morning I took an ibu before Juvenal got here.  It's bad when I get up after sitting or laying down for awhile.

I'll share more pics later. I've got to download, edit and sort them.  I'm about ready to go get horizontal for a nap. I have PILES of brush to cut smaller to carry out front and some to cut up and bag. NOT looking forward to it but it needs doing and I'm a grateful FlowerLady. I'll get pictures of the different projects together for different posts for later dates.

With that, I'll close. If you don't see another post for awhile, you'll know why. 

Love, hugs and prayers,


Here's a photo of one of my very favorite flowering plants.

Eranthemum - Blue Sage

I got the original plant from the flea market over 30 years ago. 

It is easy to propagate from cuttings.

Here are a couple more pics of blooms here at Plum Cottage.