Last time we talked I showed you the new patio. Yesterday Scott and Will finished everything out side except the two shelves Scott has to make for my garden shed so John, Jane and Sam came over to christen my completed patio and Bella came to help Otis celebrate also. We all enjoyed ourselves and I got so involved I forgot to get a picture for you.
Now I’ll show you what I have besides the patio. At the end of the patio is my “utility room” or laundry room. When I bought this place that was just a garbage shed and smelled it. All the cleaning we did could not make that a room anyone would want to walk into or to work in. I had to hold my breath when I went in to put in a load of washing and it made my skin crawl to walk into the room the floor was so caked with dirt, grim and spilled chemicals and the ceiling was covered in mold. Monday Scott and Will pulled everything out of there that was not nailed down. They disconnected the washing machine and the drier which turned out to be a good thing as the drier was not connected up correctly. It was blowing into the room instead of out the vent. The vent hose on the machine was too small for the exhaust pipe and was ripped so could not connect. All that hot air in there with the garbage was not good and the garbage cans did not have any cover so the smells just got worse.
They power washed the whole room and bleached the ceiling and got rid of the mold that had been there so long it had etched marks into the metal of the ceiling. Then he painted the washed floor to make that look good. And with new shelves and new garbage cans with covers I now have a great laundry room. This is the patio/car port. In the back you can see the door to the laundry room.
This is the back door that goes into the craft room. If in the future I need a ramp it will be made to this door so it can go into the car port/patio without cutting the patio in half and interfere with the hot water heater. across from the above steps is my tool rack. This keeps all my tall tools organized without taking up room in my laundry room or garden shed. going into the laundry room I now have this beautiful floor, no more dirty awful floor for me. And the ceiling is now clean and white. It is a small room so I could not show you the whole thing with one picture. The east wall has a wash tub with water, a washing machine now hooked up to the sewer as it should be thanks to Scott and a drier now blowing outside thanks to Scott. There is a small space beyond the drier but that will stay clear of “stuff” so Scott can get to the pipes if I have any problems. On the west wall is my new shelves. Beside these are the two new large garbage cans with covers. One for garbage and one for recycles. These must stay in the laundry room so the raccoons can not get to them. Raccoons make the rounds every night and even sometimes durning the day so all food must be kept locked up and inside somewhere.
On the other side of the house is my screened in porch. That too was all dirty and moldy. We have very high humidity here so mold is a constant problem and if you don’t keep up with it you have to power wash. It is not something you can wash off once it gets a good hold. So Scott and Will power washed this room and fixed the roof so I can now have furniture out there. It is a nice place to sit and enjoy the cool fall air but Otis can’t see outside and enjoy watching the people of the neighborhood go about their daily duties so we spend our time in the new patio. When Patty comes we often sit out here. This room is 20 feet long and you can sit at either end you want to depending on what you want to see facing south you see only the preserve. You feel as if you are were in a southern jungle. If you sit at the other end and face north you see the back yard of the three or four houses. It is still a very quiet peaceful view and makes this porch very private.
My garden is on this side of the house. Out the door from the porch you step down onto a small patio where I have put my herb tower. There is a table there also but I don’t use it, I like my new patio for sitting better. Also this patio has a fence but it does not go to the floor so I have to put a small fence below it so Otis could not jump down and head for the preserve. He would love to go hunting the animals in there but they would eat him up.So when he goes out he either has to be on a leach or stay in the patio or garden where Scott installed a small fence that seems to hold him in just fine. He is a good dog and tries to follow the rules but does need reminding once in a while so I don’t let him out without me.
This is the small patio with my tower. From this you go along the walk that Scott and Will made for me with a fence on one side to keep Otis in line and my pineapples along the other side.
And at the end of the walk is my garden. It is hard to see the small fence but it is there and Otis respects it and stays in the garden with me when I am out there working. When he decides he can get out then he will have to be on a leash or stay in the house. The garden is growing so great. I had ten grow boxes. Each box is made up of two parts, the lower held water and the top one held the soil and plants but because my land is slanted and I have animals that insist on jumping up on them they kept tipping over and I would have to replant my plants. So What I did was to separate them and drill holes in the bottom so they had good drainage too. Now I have 20 boxes and I have to water them every day that it does not rain and some days I water twice a day. This is my shed. It will hold all my garden supplies after Scott makes the two shelves, right now it holds only the large bags of things.soil and mulch. As you walk into my garden you are greeted with a box of basil, I use so much of this I decided to plant a whole box of it. Behind that are two boxes of broccoli. This first box is just a little larger than the second as the second one was one that got tipped over and I had to rescue those three plants and replant them. They really did great concideing to fall they took. The last box in that row is the green squash, zucchini. So far so good with those I just hope I don’t have too many plants in the box. if I do I will have to thin them out.The next row is has tomatoes, two boxes of lettuce and one of beets. The last box I just planted some seeds and don’t remember what I put in that box but will know this week when they come up. The beets are growing fast now and I will have a meal of beet greens this week and one next week. Then they should be thinned out enough to just let the beets get large enough. This gives you a better look at the lettuce and beets. I missed the green peppers but these are the next row, the strawberries. These are the ones we planted last spring and got a few berries from then, I’ll see how they do this next spring. The other boxes I have just planted some seeds yesterday and today. beyond that are the blueberries. This is the row of five blueberry bushes. They were not too happy about being moved from Patty’s house but they are coming around and starting to send out new growth. I hope to get some blueberries this spring but time will tell more. In the last row are my string beans. I thought they were bush beans but I know now that these are pole beans and there is not room for them to grow as tall as they need to so I may not get any beans from this planting. In the center of this garden is a large gardenia bush that was there for many years. The bush is looking happier every day. Before it was covered with weeds. I am hoping for lots of flowers on it this spring.
I guess that covers the out side. Next time I will try and show you the inside of the house. I am now trying to organize the craft room but that will take several months to get that done. Have a great day.
I had to leave you for a wonderful visit from my daughter. Now I am back to being alone most days so I will take the time to finish the tour of my house. I showed you the outside of the house, the kitchen, living room and dinning room so I will go on from there.
From the kitchen turn right and go down the hall and you find the guest bathroom. This is how it looked in the listing ad. I haven’t done anything to this room. I do have rolled up towels on the other end of the counter so when a guest comes to stay over night they have all the towels they could want.
Continuing down the hall you come to the guest bedroom. This is how it looked in the listing. I have changed this room a lot. This room is now my library. I took off the closet doors since they no longer stayed in the track and were just swinging free and have put shelves in there for my books and genealogy books and papers. I put in my daybed and trundle so there is room for two people to sleep if need be and yet have a couch for people to sit on when visiting and add to the comfort of the library. As you see I have opened up the windows so lots of sun light come in. The front windows now look out onto John’s house. It is only from these windows and the front windows in the master bedroom that you see any other house. This house is set so far back that from all other windows in this house all you see the the greenery of the preserve or the six foot hedge on the side of the car port. You really get the feel of being in the country. I have Uncle Web’s chest of draws in here. I will leave the top two draws empty for guests and use the other three draws for library supplies and linens for this room.
This is the closet area. I took this picture before I was all unpacked now there is another book case in there along with the file cabinet. I have my family notebooks up on the high shelf. What you see for a bed there is the trundle. They had not yet brought over the day bed part. Now that is in and up closer to the wall under the window. The whole center of the room has to remain clear so when I need the trundle it can be easily pull out. It also helps to keep this room from looking too cluttered. On the wall to the left is another book case.
Next in line is the master bed room, master bath and walk in closet. I haven’t done much to change this except to clean and put in a single bed so I have more room. Right now I have a book case to hold my clothes and that will go to the craft room when they bring me my dresser for my clothes. The master as on the listing. I open the windows to the light now so the room is bright and pleasant. Because I have a single bed I have plenty of room for a sitting area in the big room. I have Aunties old pillow chest in front of the bay windows and when my dresser comes it will replace the shelves. Otis sleeps with me and he can’t jump out of the bed as it is too high so he has his own steps to get out of bed. He still can not go up the stairs as they are made of foam and he doesn’t trust them. This is the master bath. It is long and narrow. I haven’t done anything to this as it functions very well as is.
Going back to the kitchen going straight or left gets you into the living room and beyond that is the screened in porch. I haven’t done any thing to that yet except clean it. The back half of the porch, it is the same size as the living room. Front half. I don’t know what I will do with this yet. I have to wait until it gets cool enough to really spend any time out there. It has been such a hot, humid summer it is impossible to sit out there. It is not under air nor can it be since it all open. Off the far side is the patio. They left the table and four chairs so all I have to do is junk one chair that has the strapping broken and clean up the other three chairs and the table. Again I haven’t touched this yet as it is much too hot to sit out there. I don’t think I will use this area much as it is no fun sitting out there alone. Maybe when the weather is cooler it will be a nice place to sit when Patty comes to visit. It is very private out there and is set right into the green area.
Going back inside you come to the Florida room. From the patio you can look into the Florida room. This is my craft room. This was the last room I unpacked and much of my stuff is still in the boxes such as some yarn and all my cloth. The pictures I took of this room just show the mess I had. example So now I will take some new pictures and show you how it will look when I get it all sorted out.
Back again to finish up. Remember this room is far from being organized yet. I need at least the one large book case for my cloth and work to organize the different crafts. But here goes for what I have done. This corner is to be all my patterns. I have so many crocheting, knitting and sewing patterns and if I don’t sort them and make them easy to find and get they are useless and might just as well be tossed out. So I have lots more work to do in that corner. Next to the pattern corner is the sewing area. I wanted to get a folding sewing table but couldn’t see spending over $100 for it right now, then when Shanti and I went out for a walk with Otis on trash day we found at a neighbors the exact table I wanted to get, free for the taking so we wheeled it home and here it is. Right now it is opened up and I have two trays of puzzle piece on it. Later I will fold it up and move it against the wall and this area of the room will be empty so it will not look so cluttered and there will be a space to open up the table whenever I want to use it. This is the second bay window area. Here I will have my jewelry making area. I also have Auntie Thayer’s antique table set up to make puzzles on. I love stopping and working on a puzzle when I get busy. It is a wonderful way to relax so I will always have a puzzle to work on here. The third side of the room has the door to the car port and all my boxes of cloth and yarn. I think I want some shelves here under the window to put my odds and ends on but we will see as I get the rest of the room organized and neat. The fourth side is mostly the two big sliders. I will keep the sliders free and the area in front of them so there is plenty of room in here to work on which ever project I want to. As you see this is the largest room in the house.
I am not much for house cleaning and now I have a very large house to keep clean all by my self. Since I do not wish to live in a pig pen I have taken a couple of steps to assure all of you my house will be clean and welcoming for you when ever you come to visit. First I have Neide come once a month to do the high and heaving cleaning. She is a wonderful house cleaner and keeps me on the right track. Second I have Effy,
She is all programed to wake up and go to work each afternoon and she runs all through the house cleaning up the floors. If I leave anything out of place she pushes it out for me to pick up or she fights with it and I have to stop the argument. She fills her dust bin every day even when it looks clean here and she makes it impossible for me to leave a mess anywhere so every night when I go to bed things have to be in their place and the place is clean. When she is finished she parks herself at her station to recharge for the next day. Otis hates her as she just chases him around and won’t let him sleep when she wants to work.
When we lived at the Villa I made Patty a pillow to sit on when she came to visit but now Otis has taken that for his place to sleep whenever I am in the living room. One last thing before I close. Kathy asked me to show her some of the animals I have been making and that I will now sell at the craft fair in Nov and I thought this might be a good place to put them as all of you might want to see them too.
Here is Otis asleep on his pillow. At least here I don’t forget and step on him. When he sleeps on the rugs it is a different story.
Here is the mouse made from felt, the monkey and the hippo. I no longer have the hippo as I sent that to Prem and I sent the rabbit to her sister.
Here we have the Red Hen, the pig and the horse, the monkey and mouse are behind them.
Here I have the seal, the giraffe, the cat, the dog, 2 bears, the octopus, raw puffer fish, mouse, sea horse, crab, the shark, the elephant the cat and some apple fridges.
And lastly I have the cow!
Have a great day. My door is always open.
I finally got up my nerve and bought a house for just Otis and me. I lived in Spanish Lakes back 25 years ago before we retired. I like it there but didn’t take part in much of the social activities because we were both working and didn’t have much free time. Now I have lots of free time and lots of things I want to do in that free time so I can join any group if I want to or I can just enjoy sitting with Otis and watch old movies. So I decided to buy a house in Spanish Lakes River Front again only this time I needed a place in the pet section. There was only one house available in the pet section in River Front and the price was right. There were two places available in Spanish Lakes I Pet section but they were two and three times more and I really didn’t want to use up more than half my savings. I worked out my budget and found I could afford the HOA fees and still have money to spend on all the little things I like to get so I put in an offer on the house and got it. Last weekend Patty and Jen helped me move in and now it is up to me to unpack everything and make the house just what I want. There is all my crafts and writing that I like to do so instead of a conventional house I will have one big craft house.
Two weeks later now and I am all unpacked and ready to sort thought some of my things to get all the different crafts together so I will know where they are.
I have the pictures that the sales agent took of the place and I will take you on a tour of the place with the pictures and show you what I am making out of each room.
First here is the entrance to my new home . This is the drive way. Notice it is a long drive way and can hold four or five cars in my drive way. I could put two cars in the car port at the top of the drive but since I don’t have a car and don’t intend to I think I will make a patio out of the section of the car port between the kitchen steps and the utility shed where my washer and drier is housed. You have to keep the trash buckets in the utility shed also because as you see I back right up to the preserve and that is where the raccoons live. Anyone that doesn’t have a shed to keep the trash in gets a nightly visit from the raccoons looking for anything they can eat. This is the car port. This was taken when the previous owners had it. You see how two cars can fit in here just fine so I will use where this car is a an open patio and still have room for anyone to come in if it is raining out when they come. This is the agents picture of the kitchen. This is a small kitchen and this is only one side of it. The two ends are open, one has the door to the car port and the other is open to the present living room. The fourth side has the refrigerator. a small counter and a full size pantry. This is the kitchen now only taken from the opposite side of the room. You see the door to the carport, my new stove, new dishwasher is in there now and the micro wave (new) is in the dinning room on the hutch. You can just see the fridge and pantry. This is the picture of the dinning room taken from the kitchen. That was the biggest room so I switched the dinning room and the living room. I took out the chandler and put in a fan with a light. The one thing this house lacked was light. They had blinds on all the windows to keep out the sun, good to keep it cool without having to pay as much for AC but awful for light to see anything. It felt like a cave which I can’t stand so I changed out all the fans and put in new fans with lights. Now I have a light in every room as well as a fan.
This is that room looking into it from the kitchen. You can look right past the living room, out the slider to the screened in porch which runs the full length of the living room. This is one end of the living room. Hard to see as the bright sun from outside makes it hard to see the inside. That is my new sleep sofa and there is a nice space behind that for the dogs large cage when I need it and a chair. It is a long room. This was the front half of the living room before I got the sofa. You can see the entertainment center they left here for me. It was so large they didn’t want to move it and I didn’t have one so it worked out great. Not a very good picture but it will have to do. You get the idea now I have two small book cases that go on either side of the entertainment center and they look as if they were built just for that. I makes a nice large room for entertaining or visiting . Going out the slider on your left you come to the screened in porch. I haven’t done anything with that yet so it is empty, this is how it looked before me. Notice how large this is and what a beautiful view you get here. The only rooms that look out onto another home is the two bay windows in the front of the house. All other rooms look out onto the greenery and preserve so you always feel as if you were in the country. As the weather cools off some I will dress up the porch and use it much more. At the end of the screen porch is the patio that looks right out onto the preserve. They left the table and four chairs. I think I can clean up the table and three of the chairs to use if I want to. I will see when the weather gets cooler so I can work outside better. There is no need to do it now as it is too hot to sit out there even just to visit. At the other end of the screened porch, along the side of the house is where I will put my garden. As long as I have it fenced in with a small little fence and take care of it, I can have as large a garden as I want. I will get rid of the sod and use heavy mulch and several of my grow boxes for my garden. Again that will be when it cools off a bit.
Now back into the house. This is what they had for the living room. The kitchen is to the left and the Florida to the right. They used the Florida room as a bed room as they had as many as 8 people in here living off and on. They had all the windows covered as well as the slider to Florida room, Just like a cave! Now I have brought light in and this is my dinning room. I regress for a moment. This is the wall in the living room looking out over the screened porch. I want you to see the 1900 picture of my father and Uncle Bing. It goes just perfect there and see all the light that those windows and slider bring into the room, they had this all covered up. Here is that cave now. Again so much light comes in it is hard to focus the camera on anything but the light. Notice I have my new freezer just around the corner into the dinning room with the hutch next to that with the microwave and my dishes on that. On the other wall is all my picture albums and another shelf with all the puzzles and games. I also am putting my crocheted animals on that set of shelves until I get all 34 done and ready to give away.
Right now my back is aching from sitting here so long so I will have to stop for now. I will be back soon to finish the tour and show you the Florida room/craft room and the two bed rooms and bath rooms. Have a great day. I hope you have enjoyed the tour. Love to you all.
Just as we thought, the locals know what they are talking about, June is not the time to start plants in Florida. First the bugs are here in force and what the bugs don’t get the sun does. I had hoped the 3 gallon reservoir would be enough and I could water just once a week but no. She like the corn and tomatoes go though that much water each day and others like the strawberries it works fine for but the sun is still too hot for any of them. The peppers are growing fine and the herbs are doing fine but everything else is being eaten by the worms or the sun. Here is my recent crop of green beans. there aren’t a lot but enough to make a small three bean salad for tomorrows picnic. I will put these in there too. The yellow beans are just starting. Becca had a handful of the green beans last week as they get more sun so are growing faster than the yellow, but neither are getting a lot of beans on them and there aren’t many plants in a box like I am used to in our gardens in TN.
also in this dish you see a few cherry tomatoes, one radish, some chives and some parsley. then I will need some onion slices and the green bell pepper Patty picked yesterday.
I have one ear of corn starting and three regular sized tomatoes and a couple beets. The birds ate the only strawberry. Not much but at least I know now what things will grow in a box and come fall I will plant a few of the things I really want and I know will grow. Patty will keep four boxes and I will take 6. I do want one of the Boses with flowers for cutting to take into the house. By then I will be in my new digs. When I close on the house I will take pictures of it to show you where Otis and I will be living.
Have a good day.
Yesterday I spent the day with my great grand son, James. He didn’t feel well in the morning so did not want to go to school and asked if he could stay home with me. I welcomed the company for the day. It gave me a chance to face myself and finally see what I need to do to be happy again.
I was not a happy person as a youth and blamed others because I didn’t fit into this world. When I found Norman and we started a life together we each used the other as the excuse for not trying to fit in to the world. He worked with people all his life and found it a very stress filled existence. I taught school and loved it but always said I would love teaching if each student didn’t have to have two parents that went with them. I blamed other people for the stress I felt and it wasn’t anyone but myself. When we retired and we both gave up our outside jobs and we moved away from former friends and family and moved to GA, we were both happier and healthier than we had ever been in our lives but we made a big mistake there. We joined the local church and we introduced ourselves to the neighbors. It didn’t take long before we felt the pressures from without and our peaceful lives become more cluttered. Again we blamed others for what we had done ourselves and again we were trying to change the world and the world did not want to be changed, it was going along just fine so after almost ten years we sold this farm that we had put so much time and work into and found a piece of land in the middle of the wood in TN and moved again. This time we did not go to the church, and I did not meet the neighbors. Of course I blamed Norman for that. He really had always wanted to live as a hermit like his great grand father had done but I thought I needed people around me, why I don’t know, I never fit in or was happy around others. Anyways we spent the best ten years of our live, alone in the woods, making a farm out of this patch we had found and cleared. Once a week we would go to the local farmers market and talk to the local farmers but we never knew most of their names and we never tried to “make friends” with them. They were the best friends we ever had, they didn’t demand anything of us and we never demanded anything of them except a friendly smile and “how do you do” once a week. When we got too old to keep up the farm we decided to leave and come back to Florida rather than stay and watch our farm go back to nature. We found a couple who wanted just what we had made there and would love it as much as we did and we sold it to them for what they could afford, much less than it’s monetary value. We came back to Florida and tried to live here as we had done in TN but it was not possible and I think now it was because I had not face myself enough to know it was not all Norman that wanted the kind of life we had in TN but it was the kind of life I needed also to be happy.
When Norman died and I found myself alone, I could not handle it, I felt I needed to get involved with life again and set out to do just that first blaming one thing and another for my not being happy and able to adjust to the warm happy homes I was welcomed into. And again after three months returned to Florida to live with my youngest daughter. It has been a real trial for her and she has been an angel to put up with me but I finally know what I need to be happy again. So “stop the world, I want to get off.” I have all my memories, and worldly possession around me now. I have my research and hobbies to keep me busy and I can take care of myself here alone for as long a period as I want to. I have family and friends to visit or call once in a while with no demands on me and I don’t really need any one to make me happy. I love to hear from anyone that wants to talk for just a short time but don’t expect me to go anywhere. I like it right here and won’t go anywhere, I have found I don’t need Norman to run interference any longer, I can take care of myself now for the rest of my life and be happy doing it. I will keep blogging at least once a week so anyone that wants to know how I am doing can find out here, no lies and no half truths just how it is. I am going to let the world take care of itself, I hope America wakes up and becomes the great country it used to be but it will have to do it without me, I can’t help any more since I never really made a difference anyways. So instead of watching the news I’ll be watching the old movies when I want the hear a person’s voice. And Otis and I will settle into a wonderful life.
I hope I have not hurt anyone in my search for peace in my life and if I have please know I am truly sorry, but now I am getting off. Have a great day and find your own peace. God Bless you all and bring you peace.
My gardens are growing well or at least most of them. My bulbs are not coming up and never will as the squirrels dug them all up and ate them. Also my peas are most gone, there are only two plants left, the squirrels pulled up all the others and ate the seeds. The other one that isn’t doing well and I bet it never will and that is the black berries. I found what I thought was a sale one a nice looking black berry bush and it came today. OH MY it was a tiny packet of seeds. I guess I didn’t read that page very good. I will plant the seeds but I don’t have much hope for them so I’ll put some carrot seeds in the box too. I will show you what I have got growing.
these are the two sides of my tower. I don’t know if you can make out what is growing but there are chives, basil, parsley, thyme, strawberries, radishes, spinach, cucumbers, summer squash, even a Lillie or two. I put every thing that I had left over and will see which things will grow in the tower. Each thing has it’s own little piece of dirt but if it will be enough we will have to wait and see if they grow.
These are my strawberries and all of the ones I planted here took well and you can see a few are even in bloom now so unless the squirrels decided they like the looks of them I will have a few strawberries.
These are the tomatoes. They are growing well but are not awfully big but all four of the plants have blossoms and three of the four have small tomatoes on them. The one standard size plant I have had to tie up to the fence to give it support. So I know I will have some tomatoes. there are three regular size and one cherry tomato. These are the summer squash. I don’t know if they are yellow squash or zucchini I had six little ones of each and five are here and the others are in the tower and I won’t know which is which until I see the fruit. So far there are bud but I can’t tell yet if they are male or female flowers so I don’t know for sure if I will have squash. I just have to wait a while. This is one of the two egg plants. They are in the corners of the squash box. At first they had a hard time because the sun was so hot and they nearly died with the heat but as the squash has grown and gives the egg plants some shade the egg plants have really taken off and are now blooming. I don’t see any fruit set yet but there are lots of flowers. Here is my fun experiment, the corn. So far it is going great and getting taller every day but we will have to wait and see if they can get big enough to have ears of corm on them. Each stock can have two ears of they have enough dirt under them, again it is wait and see. this is one of the two boxes of beans. One is yellow and one is green but which is which I don’t know, they look the same. This box the beans have little buds on them the other does not yet. It will be quite a while before the beans start to grow and not until then will I know which are green and which are the yellow wax beans. These are the peppers There are three of the four I put in. The biggest one did not survive the transplant but two of the three here have buds on them now so I should get some peppers. In the front corner where the dead pepper was I have a Lillie growing and it doesn’t seem to mind the peppers at all. Plants can be very picky about who they have to grow beside. On the farm I could never plant the peppers next to the tomatoes, when I tried it the peppers would not bear fruit until the tomatoes were done and out of there. This is where the peas were. There are only two tiny plants left so I planted the flower that Bob brought for me last week. I have had to put the dirt back around it’s roots twice as the squirrel seem to think there are peas under the flower as well. The last day they have left it alone and it seems to. be quite happy there. I am hoping it will attract the bees to my garden then I will get a better yield from the plants. And the flowers are so pretty they dress up my garden. This is the tent/car port that Patty got and built for the patio so we could have some shade. It is much too hot to sit outside without some kind of shade. It is very nice now and we can sit right there and watch the birds as they come for the bird bath and feeding station. I don’t use the fountain in the bird bath any longer. The bird love to drink and bath in the bird bath and they splash so much water out the fountain could not keep shooting. Now I just have to add water once a day so they have enough water. This is my little red oak tree. It has quite a sun burn but it is still alive and growing. I put the chair there beside it to give it some shade for part of the day. There is also a sun flower planted beside it and since I feed the blue jays sunflower seeds in that same space I bet I have lots more sunflowers growing there soon. Oh, yes in the red buckets that the car port is anchored in has cement in the bottom and then filled with dirt and we planted some wild flowers in them and some sun flower seeds so we may get the birds up close and fun to watch. This is the view of the bird bath and feeding station that we get from the patio and those are busy most of the day.
I guess that updates you on the gardens. So far so good. Have a good day.