Thursday, May 31, 2012

New Crops

A couple weeks ago already, the little corn could be seen coming up in rows. It made me feel sad because that was one thing my deceased husband loved to see. He loved to ride somewhere and see the new little crops coming up. The fields are almost entirely green in places. It won't be long and it will be way above knee high by the 4th of July this year.

Monday, May 28, 2012

New Kittens

The great grandchildren are ecstatic over their new batch of kittens. I remember when I was a kid, we had lots of new little kittens. We named many of them and had pet cats for years. After I got married, my husband was more fond of dogs so we had dogs for all our lives. We just lost our little Boston Terrier, Holly, last year. You certainly miss your pets when they are gone.

Friday, May 25, 2012

Band Festival

This is the weekend of the annual Band Festival in River City or as we know it, Mason City. This is where 76 trombones first started. It is where the original movie was made with Meridith Wilson. Many bands come from miles around to march in the parade on Memorial Day. Along with that, it is celebrated with many vendors and much fun. We are hoping for a nice dry day and no rain but they will march rain or shine.

Kitchen Compost

We all want to be environmentally friendly, therefore, many of us have started composting. One of the easiest ways is to get a compost bin for your kitchen. Then you can easily add left over food you would normally throw out or send down the garbage disposal. There is a huge selection to choose a kitchen compost bin. There are many types and colors and you do not have to worry about odor. Having a bin right on your counter is so convenient. You are not always running outside to add to the compost outside. They are good looking so they compliment your kitchen as well.

Memorial Day

Monday is Memorial Day. Our town is having a special program Monday morning. They are going to call off the names of all the Veterans in this area . Then they will have a 21 gun salute in honor of them. My husband will be one of those names called as he passed away last September. He had a wonderful honor guard at his funeral. Pictures here are the men who took part in his Honor Guard.

Push Reel Mower

In today's world, everyone is trying their best to help the environment. One of the easiest ways is to use a push reel mower rather than the noisy, gas engine mower. You would be surprised at how light weight they are. They are easy to push and so quiet you can use your cell phone while mowing if you wish. A push reel mower will mow the grass easily and has a number of various settings. If you mow regularly and don't let the grass get to tall and out of hand, it will do a wonderful job for you. They are priced low too and will save you quite a lot of money on gas and running to the station to get gas.

Swimming Pool Pump

If you have your own swimming pool, then you know how important it is to keep the water circulating and flowing in the pool. I am also sure that you are interested in an energy efficient pump that will do a good job for you. That is why a swimming pool pump needs to be evaluated on its performance before you buy it. In checking the Internet, I found a company that has a large inventory of many types of such pumps, all kinds of brands for above and below ground pools. It pays to check them out for energy efficiency before you buy them.

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Kids Grow Up Fast

Here is one of the latest additions to the family. My daughter is holding her latest grandson. He is growing up so fast. I think when you have your own children you are so busy, you do not always realize how fast they are growing and maturing. I thought he was about 3 months old and he is going on 6 months. Time really gets away from you. Babies are so cute and fun to watch.

Saturday, May 19, 2012

Great Grandson's Accident

Poor little Kaden fell against the bottom of the fireplace. It cut his head just above the eye. This is a delicate place to stitch. His Dad and Grammy took him to the ER in the neighboring town. They stitched him up and he has quite a few stitches. He was such a good little boy. Hardly cried at all. He will have a scar to remember some day.

Sunday, May 13, 2012

Recycle and Garbage Day Tomorrow

I had built up 3 weeks of garbage, 2 sacks full of newspapers and magazines and a big sack of junk mail. Also had a recycle bin that was nearly full. All were pretty heavy and I pulled a muscle awhile back in my back so my son-in-law hauled it all out for me. Tomorrow is pickup day. I usually just have one yellow sack with some garbage in it but I really had a lot today and was glad to have the help. It's great to be able to call on family to help you out. They are all so good about that.

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Super Moon Special

What a sight! As the moon rose above the trees it was orange at first. That is just what a Harvest Moon looks like in the fall here. Then it became white and clear and you could see the land mass clearly on the moon. They said it was the closest the moon gets to earth and it was spectacular to see. I kept watching it off and on all evening as it was quite a beautiful sight to see.

Friday, May 4, 2012

New Swing Set and Slide

Our beautiful warm weather has returned and the kids can go out and play again. They love their new slide. Their grandpa has gotten them a new swing set to go with it now so they can have doubly the fun. We had a week of colder weather and we were kind of spoiled but now the warm weather has returned. We no longer have to cover the flowers in case of frost. The kids can play outside without coats again. Actually, I have had the air conditioning on several days this week already.