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Grabbed a quick shot of the shelf in the garden shed to use as sketch material later. Most of the things on the shelf have been there for many years, just things that I find lying on the ground or elsewhere and and that ask to be to be saved, a motley assortment.

Weather app says it's 62*F today, a stiff breeze made it feel more like. But, nonetheless good weather for the ending of February in Missouri. I tramped about the yard looking for signs of spring and found some. The spinach is astonishing. The cover blew off the hoop house yesterday and since we are expecting rain had planned to take it off anyway so thank you to the wind. Even though a lot of it is frostbitten on the edges of the leaves from that serious cold snap we had, looks like we should have a pretty good harvest and maybe be able to pick some soon.

The melting snow revealed a whole lot of dog excrement so walking around out there's a bit like a Minefield right now but once it warms up will get that all cleaned up. I was quite excited to see that the poppies in the Bottle Tree Garden are coming up as are the ones we transplanted at the end of the tall raised bed. None of the poppies bloomed well last year so I am hoping for a better show this year.

Ordered a new mechanical pencil for my sketching  And, found a cool tie dye shirt on sale so I'm adding that to my collection so that soon I'll be able to wear tie-dye everyday for a year.


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Feb. 19th, 2018 10:06 pm (UTC)
It used to be exciting when the snow would melt and reveal its treasures (excluding dog poop). I can't believe your spinach!
Feb. 20th, 2018 01:01 am (UTC)
The spinach was a big surprise, last time we checked it looked bad. Dog poop no surprise- annual event.

Edited at 2018-02-20 01:01 am (UTC)
Feb. 20th, 2018 02:32 pm (UTC)
I'm glad it's making a comeback! Mmm, fresh spinach is the best.
Feb. 19th, 2018 10:37 pm (UTC)
A lot of interesting things on that shelf to sketch.

And what we can find under snow cover including deer poop!

You do have a good sort of spinach there and good news on the poppies!

Feb. 20th, 2018 01:04 am (UTC)
Its great not to have to leave home to find artistic inspiration.

Thought the poppies might be dead as they didn't put out foliage in the fall, happy to see them.
Feb. 20th, 2018 12:26 am (UTC)
Oh LoL I spent my afternoon picking up dog treasures in the backyard myself! It was awful haha

Your spinach looks great >:> Yum

Would love to see more of your tie-dye collection :D
Feb. 20th, 2018 01:07 am (UTC)
Not looking forward to that job, rained today, maybe some will melt, hah.

Will be taking pics of tie dyes once I embark on the adventure.
Feb. 20th, 2018 03:04 pm (UTC)
Can't wait :D

Raining here today, too. "Warm" rain, though, almost eight degrees :D
Feb. 20th, 2018 10:28 am (UTC)
Your shed it neater than my shed! And just asking to be sketched!

You will have a good spinach season :)

I almost bought my granddaughter a tie dye kit. Her mother wouldn't have minded as they do artistic things all the time, but in the end I went with something else.

What do you do with the dog poop? I've heard it can be composted, but you have to be careful. Most put it in the bin, here.

Edited at 2018-02-20 10:30 am (UTC)
Feb. 20th, 2018 11:37 am (UTC)
The garden shed is cute and functional. The husband is good at building things.

I used to tie dye professionally on a grand scale but thats been years ago (like most things) Its messy but not difficult.

Have never composted the dog poop, just rake it up and haul to the woods.
Feb. 20th, 2018 11:39 am (UTC)
I have a garden shed but have lived here too long and have accumulated too many things :P

Oh, that's interesting!

Oh, okay. I guess it's good for the trees :)

Feb. 20th, 2018 10:24 pm (UTC)
Wow, spinach outside in February. What do you do with your soil?

If I had a shed it would be full of stuff I found that begged to be picked up too.
Feb. 21st, 2018 01:05 pm (UTC)
The spinach was planted in October and under a hoop house all winter.

The husband uses potting soil, peat, compost and a vast array of trace minerals in the soil. And we've been working on this dirt for 40 years as it's mostly clay except for the garden spots which are quite rich and good for intensive plantings.

Edited at 2018-02-21 01:05 pm (UTC)
Feb. 21st, 2018 12:13 am (UTC)
Wow. I'm jealous. Your spinach is almost enough to get me planting some seeds indoors. First I have to find a store selling soil though. We still have snow so few people are thinking about starting seeds
Feb. 21st, 2018 01:00 pm (UTC)
That spinach was planted in October, under a hoop covered with plastic all winter. Almost lost it when temps dipped below 0*F, so am surprised abf happy. It's been rainy and warm so am now hoping the lettuce planted on Valentines Day will sprout.

We don't start any plants inside these days, but usually did that in February. Much farther south than you. Stores have seeds out and potato starts.

Edited at 2018-02-21 01:01 pm (UTC)
Feb. 24th, 2018 05:34 am (UTC)
I miss our dog but I don't miss the surprises she'd leave. ;p I only stepped in a few but Whitney did it on a regular basis - which usually required me cleaning her poopy shoe so she could keep wearing the shoes. At one time she was wearing a R shoe from one pair, the L from another pair bc their mates had poop in the treads.

The motley collection of objects, I do that too w. things wanting to be saved or be put in certain places. We have a chair that moves about the house, was in W's room for a short time for Bumble to get on/off the desk but now back in our bedroom by my nightstand. The cats jump on it and jump to the bed although they're all young and can jump from floor to be w. no problem. The chair has served several cats, and lastly Miss Prissy, along w. a step stool to make steps as a way they could get onto the nightstand and then on the bed. In this house the chair was used in the studio/study at first, then when our cat The Bit began having hip problems and could not climb onto the the bed - we even built her a ramp up to the chair and another one to walk up to the litter box.

I hope the poppies do you proud this year. Good to see the Garden coming back to life and putting out the green. We've had enough warm weather the tiger lilies and salvia are coming up through the mulch, the ones I planted last year. Had meant to do more bulbs but, yeah life and such.

Edited at 2018-02-24 05:44 am (UTC)
Feb. 24th, 2018 12:20 pm (UTC)
Glad our dog doesn't poop inside, she's quite large and one could lose a shoe totally. Lol

Just thinking about moving things around in the house reminds me that i had intentions earlier this week to explore the bottom of my closet and see if I might find a place for the many pictures stored there, but as is often the case my intentions came to nought.

I will be happy to see spring arrive. I meant to plant some new tulips but oops, that didn't happen and forgot some I had dug up and they froze, oh well, at least I have some old ones.
Feb. 25th, 2018 04:48 am (UTC)
Oh, Lucy did not poop in the house (other than when she was a puppy and the 2nd day she was here). We had problems w. the older cats not using the boxes and Miss Prissy was the worst. Part of that was the kittens were too curious to leave her alone in the litter boxes. She'd get under our bed but her last months she'd use puppy pads for her business and I kept them in her 4 favorite spots. Bad enough w. a cat going on the floor, but at least it was small and firm. Still required carpet cleaning, etc, but not anything like a 50 lb dog.

Mike would let Lucy out the front door into the yard and she'd stop and poop in the yard as often as she'd go across the street to the then empty lots. I only let Lucy out in the fenced back yard and she had a corner where she went. In front it was not kept in one spot but wherever she happened to squat - not next to the side walk but mid-yard and towards the street. Lucy also would go poop in neighbor's yards, more than we realized - and a neighbor was understandably upset w. Lucy using their yard all the time - but Mike wanted to think he'd trained her to go poop across the street and then return, even when she'd run off a few times and we had to go look for her. We're close to a major road and it was a miracle she did not go to it and get hit by a car.

W had an uncanny gift for walking across the yard and finding a landmine... getting off the bus she'd run through the yard to the door instead of going up the drive and sidewalk. When I saw she was wearing 2 different shoes, and different colored shoes at that, bc the mates had poop on the soles, I knew I'd have to de-poop her shoes when it happened.
Feb. 25th, 2018 10:48 pm (UTC)
Now I get ya. If I had a brain, I'd be dangerous lol
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