Feb 28, 2011
Birds! Every stinkin' year...
I had been wondering why my peas hadn't germinated yet so I took a closer look at the beds... looks like they are riddled with shotgun holes where I planted each pea! I only blame myself - they did the same thing last year but I stupidly thought maybe they wouldn't bother them this year since I hadn't seen many birds in the yard yet. Today the birds were perched on the fence laughing at me and my rubber snakes all over. I hate bird netting with a passion, it seems more likely that I will die some horrible tangled death 'Alaskan Crab Fishing' style in that stuff than that it would work for its intended purpose, but I admit defeat. Tomorrow, I buy more peas, grumbling since I don't want to have to buy them from Joe's Big Box Store, and bird netting.
On to other things: we made Mama Pea's Oatmeal Bread yesterday, and we rushed it! Don't get me wrong, the flavor & crust was very good, we didn't let it rise enough so it came out too dense and weighed about 10 lbs LOL. We will definitely be doing this again and not cutting any corners because the flavor was delicious and well worth figuring out this dough thing! Maybe it's because we used the stand mixer? I hear lots of you prefer to do it by hand instead, I think I need to try that.
Some of the more mature seedlings were allowed outside today, don't throw things at your computer screen and boo/hiss.... but it was 77º here today. (duck!) Temporary though, back to the 40's tomorrow.
Checked to see how the dormant goldfish are, they are definitely out and about and ready to eat! The pond needs to be cleaned on the next nice weekend, but they all fared well through the winter. Mine are going on 3 years, but if you remember my "rescued goldfish" from the hoarder next door LOL? - they did fine!
I have so much to do outside and feel so behind, but I have to keep reminding myself it's only February (for another day!) and there is plenty of time for chores yet. Seems rushed since our nice days have been coming more frequently than in other years, and much warmer than the usual "nice days" in early Spring.
Pathways around the beds and the berry beds outside the fenced garden were weeded and mulched. I have only mulched once since the garden was built several years ago, so it looks very pristine compared to the spotty mulch and weeds that were there last year.
One little bright spot is now growing on the patio: overwintered flowers are blooming once again and I planted Sweet Peas in the container as well, they will grow up a suppport behind them.
I had a request for a tutorial on the cart skirt I posted the other day - I will try! It made me giggle since I can't even read a pattern, but all your nice comments gives my confidence a boost! It does seem crazy that I am quilting but have yet to sew a skirt or bag... I really want to learn but I'm intimidated about cutting out paper patterns. I can't explain it, but quilting is "different" - I don't really follow a pattern, yet it is very exact, I don't quite understand how I'm doing it and enjoying it so much, maybe it's best left unpondered LOL!
State of the Seedlings:
All tomatoes have germinated, about half of the peppers!