Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Solar Powered

I am solar powered.  When the sun is out, so am I.  I do love the rain, and chilly days of winter, but I don't feel like I am very productive.  When the weather begins to get warm again, I get so much done!  This week has been gorgeous!  Today was warm enough for shorts, and a short sleeved T shirt working in the yard. Over the weekend, we did a lot of yard work.  After the yards sleep for several months, there is much to do.  We have a lot of ivy on the one side of our house, and it has gone plum crazy!  I had to pry it free from a few orange trees, and untangle the strangulation that it was imposing on them.
It climbs so fast, and it starts to feel like a jungle out in the yards.  One side of the yard has an area about 15 ft deep that is just a thicket of small trees, and ivy.  It is home to many possums, and bunnies and heaven knows what all else?
I also worked on the area outside of our bedroom, where our spa is.  The ivy has covered the fence and become quite a problem.  I removed it off of the back side on Sunday.
We have 4 big green cans for green waste, but I filled them all up, so that huge pile of ivy has to wait until tomorrow to get put away into a can.
Today I cleared the ivy off of the entire front of the fence, and also pulled as much as I could out of the earth on the slope.  WHAT A JOB!!!  I should have taken before photos.  But I forgot.  The fence wasn't even visible!
That fence is going to have to be painted this Spring now.   It felt so good to work outside today in the warm sunshine.
I did some work in the grove too.  Spent some time visiting the chickens.  They are all laying every day again.  So nice to have lots of fresh eggs!!!
As soon as that sun begins to set, they strut back into the coop, single file!!
They are looking so fine in their new plummage, with bright red combs and wattles!!!
Yesterday I popped into one of my favorite haunts, and found this brand spankin' new pair of Sloggers, in my exact size.  Love the raspberry color!!
Sloggers are kind of like Crocs, but they are a heavier, more sturdy garden clog.  They come in different styles, and this is my favorite for the yard.  I am in water and mud all the time, and I just hose them off, and leave them by the door.  I have a pair of Hunter rain boots in almost the exact same color!
Yesterday Gennifer and the girls came over to pick fruit.  We had fun dragging the wagon all through the grove finding the best oranges.  Genny took a couple bags home, and today I gave a few bags to my friends Pam and Lori.  I still have a full wagon.  Come on over and fill up a bag!!
I put my Spring pillow slips on my pillows on the wicker set on the patio.
In the next few weeks, I will begin to get out my Spring and Easter decorations.  Easter is so early this year! 
Oh, I got his cute basket at the thrift shop yesterday too.  I seem to have a thing for baskets.  I love them, and use them everywhere.  This one would make a cute picnic basket, I think.  But I am  not sure how I will use it just yet.
Today I got a phone call from a friend who bought a few ear warmers at my boutique a couple months ago.  She said her daughters loved them, and wear them all the time.  One of her daughters is married to a pro motorcycle X game guy.  Metal Malicia is their company.  She said that her daughter was wearing the one she got her in Aspen at the X Games, and was shown on TV wearing it!!!  I wish I had seen that!!  She said they love them so much, that they all want more, and she ordered 5 more today.
I will be busy with my yarn this weekend!!
Tomorrow I am having lunch with my best friend Jae.  She has been in cold Minnesota for a week visiting her family.  We have not gotten to see much of each other lately, what with my bug I had, and her crazy busy travel schedule!   I am looking forward to having a real nice visit.  I would like to squeeze in a little stop at Lowe's for some flowers too, if time permits.
Time for me to go rest my weary body.  But you know I am going to be watching my favorite show in bed!!  THE BEARDS ARE BACK!!!!  Duck Dynasty returns!!!!!  This makes me Happy-Happy-Happy!!!
Thanks for stopping by today.  And as always, I love to read your comments.
XO  Kris

33 comments:

Grayseasailor said...

You are definitely feeling better, Kris! I am so glad!! I can appreciate your efforts getting the ivy down because I had an invasion of it at our house in northern CA. The trunk of the main ivy plant had to be cut down with a chain saw...it was about 8 inches in diameter[I didn't do that part :-)]

I am so excited about the success of your ear warmers!!! Bravo! And I loved seeing your wonderful harvest of oranges and avocados, and your healthy happy hens!

Have a great visit with your friend, Jae!
xx,
Gracie

TACIStudio said...

Wow ...it's wonderful to get solar powered. I think it's wonderful you got these orders... It's so fun when someone likes so much something we made and they want more ......
I thought it was so funny you like Duck Dynasty ...it's one of my favs right now also... It makes me happy-happy-happy to know we have one more thing in common :) fun.

by Teresa said...

Hi Kris, I'm so glad to see you are back to your busy girl self! That dang English Ivy! Some people are trying to get it banned from being sold in nurseries. It's terribly invasive, damages and kills other plants and trees and is nearly impossible to get rid of. We've done battle with it here on the farm, too. We also battle blackberries. Good job on your fighting it. I so wish I lived close enough to come over for oranges and avocados! I need to send you a recipe I found for orange cake where you put a whole orange in the food processor for the cake and frosting! ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

Holly said...

I'll bet you are sore today! You were so busy and got a lot done. What color are you going to paint your fench? Love the thrift store finds. Sure wish we were closer so we could shop together.

corners of my life said...

I love this:
I am solar powered.
When the sun is out, so am I.

Connie said...

You worked very hard on your chores! Isn't it rewarding to have visible results of one's labor. Wishes for a great Thursday.

Dawn said...

I can't believe all the work you have done and your yard looks fantastic. I get more done when the days are longer. We still have snow on the ground and got about 6inches yesterday, so working in the yard won't be any time soon for me. I do plan on moving my garden this year and hope to get some landscaping done. We have friends that participated in the XGames this year too:) I may have seen you ear warmer and didn't even know it.

Debbie said...

Good morning! Yes, we have been having such GORGEOUS weather. I love the sunshine too! I am soo impressed with how much you got done. Soo much energy Kris...I could use a little of it, haha. Love the shoes, I bet they are perfect for gardening. Have a good day! : )

Cathy said...

Wow, wouldn't I love to drop by for a few of those oranges and avocados. I can't even imagine being able to pick them in my backyard. I always love seeing photos of your cute little chicken, Kris. I would love a couple of them in my backyard as well. Ivy is hateful stuff. It always comes back.

Sarah said...

Holy smokes, you've been BUSY! And those oranges look amazing! I'm having a brunch for the boy's first communion on Sunday, wish I lived closer, fresh squeezed orange juice would be fantastic!

~Niki~ said...

love your backyard! sure wish I was close. I'd come over for a visit, grab some fruit :) and chat. have a good day kris :)

Karen Bates said...

Ivy is the worst and what a pain it can be...you got a lot done...big job. Don't paint that fence...stain it...so much easier to keep up.

I love the clogs..I have that same pair and they are great year round up here.

Your chickens are so gorgeous and I can see very well loved. I am getting ready to start some chicks.
Wow sure wish I was your neighbor, that fruit looks fabulous!

I have been wanting to make one of your head wraps for sometime...can you direct me to a pattern?

Great post!

Pammy Sue said...

You were a busy bee, as always. I swear, Kris, you have so much energy! I am a giant slug compared to you. Ha. Good job on cleaning out all the ivy. It looks nice and clean now. Love the clogs too. Have a nice time enjoying your crochet. Put some love in those stitches!

Patty@Lemon Lane Cottage said...

I did a little clean up yesterday in the garden, too. Today I am going to work the soil and add some compost so that it will be ready for some new flowers when we cool down on Sunday or Monday. I love this time of the year.

You are such a worker! You put me to shame...

priscilla said...

Wow ..nice clean up ! I shoveled a little snow yesterday .. just a little my boys did most of it . I am ready to be in the yard too ! That wagon of oranges.. OH MY ! What a harvest :) Really fun about your crochet on TV. Have a great weekend !

NanaNor's said...

Hi Kris, What lovely weather to be working in the garden; you got so much accomplished. WE are heading to Mesa AZ this weekend for some sunshine-I can't wait. I am thinking Dusty must be better by now; it is so hard when our furbabies are ill or hurting. Love our vet, just don't like the bills. We haven't yet seen Duck Dynasty but our daughter and sil told us about it-we'll have to find it.
Have a great afternoon my friend!
Love, Noreen

Nana Go-Go said...

Lovely post - so full of sunshine and oranges!Glad you're feeling tip-top again my friend. x

The Garden Bell - Kate said...

I so want to be outside with you working on the yard. But, we still are having a bit of the white stuff here. Plus, if it warms up too much I will feel silly heading to Florida for a month. March 16- April 14. But spring should be here when I get back. Not sure how it’s going to go this year. I’m really freakn’ about where I will work out. Crazy as it sounds, it’s totally a different feel this year around. No seating long for this kid. Hey, by the way, can you believe we pay close to a buck a piece for an avocado here now. I so want to come visit your grove……Carry on, but not to hard now. Those pink clogs are perfect.

The Garden Bell - Kate said...

I so want to be outside with you working on the yard. But, we still are having a bit of the white stuff here. Plus, if it warms up too much I will feel silly heading to Florida for a month. March 16- April 14. But spring should be here when I get back. Not sure how it’s going to go this year. I’m really freakn’ about where I will work out. Crazy as it sounds, it’s totally a different feel this year around. No seating long for this kid. Hey, by the way, can you believe we pay close to a buck a piece for an avocado here now. I so want to come visit your grove……Carry on, but not to hard now. Those pink clogs are perfect.

Jill said...

So jealous of your warm weather! It is freezing here still :-( that is so cool they were shown on TV you are so talented!!
Have a wonderful evening!

Jill

Jann Olson said...

Oh sweetie I am solar powered too! Love the heat much more than the cold. I love ivy, but it does grow fast. Especially in your warmer climate. The sloggers are a great find. Love, love the color! Hoping to deck my porch for Spring soon! so jealous of all that lovely fruit. Especially avocados, YUM!
hugs,
Jann

Pam said...

Wow - great job on all of the yard clean up. Ivy grows like crazy here in Oregon and it's hard to keep up with. I am glad the chickens are doing well - fresh eggs would be so sweet. Really jealous of those fresh oranges and avocados! Lucky lady!

Kris said...

How fun to be out working in your yard!! Still cold and lots of snow here in northern Utah!! When I lived in Southern California I loved the oranges and lemons and grapefruit - miss that!! Those yarn colors are yummy and I think your chickens are so cute - so are your new Sloggers!!

Susanne said...

I know all about that ivy business, we have some on the house and had I known years ago when I stuck that small plant in the ground I would never have put it there. My hubby use to keep it trimmed back into a heart shape, now it will be up to me to keep it tamed back. It is notorious for birds nests and also wasps harboring among it's leaves. I guess one needs to dress like a bee keeper to handle it. You are so darn lucky to have the fresh fruits and avocados on your property. And, I envy you the warmer weather. Ohio has got to be one of the most boring states for having such bla weather. They always say if you are tired of the weather around here, stick around 20 minutes and it will change. I am so ready for Spring, but so not ready for lawn mowing.
(((HUGS))) Susanne :)

Maryjane-The Beehive Cottage said...

Hi Kris! You have been one busy bee! Come on over to my house to jump start me! LOL! It has been beautiful weather for sure!

Love ya,
Maryjane

Kristen said...

Oh my goodness--that's a jackpot of oranges and avocados. In my neighborhood, one avocado will cost you $2.50! And I love them so much. I'm jealous of your weather, and your produce, too! :)

The Tablescaper said...

Love your little touches of Spring.

I t was wondering if you'd like to join Seasonal Sundays? The link goes up at 7 pm on Saturday evening and I'd love to have you link this post.

- The Tablescaper

melissa said...

Man that had to be a lot of work pulling off that Ivy, but oh does it look nice :) I'm jealous of your weather, we still have over a foot of snow! and it was 0 last night when I was out with the puppy trying to go potty! Brrrr! Enjoy your shorts weather!

Patty said...

I just can't believe the lifestyle you lead with that scrumptious produce, Kris. This is one thing I love about blogging - reading about others' lives. It's so interesting. Wishing you a wonderful week ahead and visit with your friend.

Linda said...

Hey Kris...
Great clean-up...makes you feel good,eh??
I will be right over for some of those delicious looking oranges and fabulous avacados...INCREDIBLE!!!
Happy crocheting!!

Cheers!
Linda :o)

Robyn said...

You certainly have been busy! My goodness all that ivy and you're right what a job!.. I am still waiting for it to warm up here so I can get outside for a while but I think we still have a few more weeks to go and so I just sit and look at all the weeds..

Genn said...

I'm solar powered too. Which is why today I feel like doing nothing. Blah. Where'd our sun go!?

sparkle100-havealook.blogspot.com said...

your a real worker and I like inside your beautiful house with al the right touches of cosy. Your blogs are very attractive. I see you have clogs so pretty for the beautiful garden you have. Are you Dutch? My hubby is Pure Dutch. The clogs they who made these coloured have copied from the dutch wooden clogs for gardeners. Is that right? Cool!