It didn't take long for me to figure out that there was no point in dwelling on what I can't do and just do what I can. So, for the past four days, I've been up and outside early enough to watch the sun clear the tall mountains to the east. That's before six am and I love being outside working or walking that early.I just came back from here:
How great it felt to pick up the mail. Small steps forward.
Princess enjoyed her walk this cool morning.When I came back, I started to water the cottonwoods, which look like this:
But I soon realized that there is a lot of water in the ground. I just sank in the mud, something unusual for around here.The cottonwoods are not getting any leaves in a normal sense – I believe the buds simply froze. In pictures from last year, they had leaves in the beginning of May.
Now leaves are coming in from more protected places on the trees, like close to the trunk.
And there are a lot of shoots on their very long roots. So the trees are alive and I have no idea what to do with them. I'll probably do some research and then treat them the same way I do every summer. If anyone knows about trees -- advice will be much appreciated.
I decided to spend about an hour each morning clearing weeds, using these tools. Don't laugh, they work. So does pulling some tall grasses up with your hand. I also use a shovel to beat around the weeds and then listen for rattles, which is my way of checking for rattlesnakes. I hope I won't see any, because I won't be able to move them. Since I won't kill them, I would have a problem on my hands.I've been out there, working, three days in a row now, but today I'm tired from the walk, so I'll just rest and work on my blog.
Yesterday morning, I started on the west side of the house, where there are wooden boards by the sheds. Critters live or like to hide under them.
The rest of the yard – all that Rachael wasn't able to mow looks like this. And it's only a small part of it: there is the back yard, up the hill, around the barn – I need to borrow a couple of goats here.
Yesterday evening, as I rested on my couch, there was a lot of bird activity outside.
Two ravens were courting in the cottonwood tree.
Getting cozier and cozier. I've never seen a raven chick, nor do I know where they actually have their nests. Something to check into.Then a hummingbird peeked through my window and kept coming back all evening. So lovely!
I enlarged this a bit, but it's not very clear. My living room window belongs to the dogs -- it's the one they bark at, spit on, and really mess up. With all these fun activities taking place outside, I should keep it clean at all times and get better pictures…..
Pretty pink clouds appeared as the sun set on an altogether lovely day.
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HI Inger! Glad you sound so good! We have to mow real short, especially next to the fence on the pond side, so we can see the snakes. I would be beating the tall stuff with a shovel too, not in for surprises! I'll bet Princess really loved getting out for a walk with you again! That hummer was waiting for you to fill the feeder maybe? What a lovely evening sky!ReplyDelete
Hi...I'm glad you are feeling better and healing...don't work too hard on all those weeds, let the mower do it! How do you keep the dogs from the rattle snakes? That would scare me to death! Hope you'll be all healed soon :DReplyDelete
I'm not specifically familiar with Cottonwoods but watering it may be waste of time. But, your environment is totally opposite from mine. The new green shoots on the trunk and roots are the new branches forming. That tree has a lot on energy in it's roots by the look of it. The top past of the tree is probably dead....especially since it doesn't have any green leaves like last year this time.
In any case, I love your location/landscape (minus the rattlesnakes though!). Good to see you are 'coming along'.
Well, you sound like you do feel a lot better. I'm so glad. You just keep on doing what you can do, and you find, I bet, that you can do more and more. I was going to ask why not keep the grass long, it looks good that way, until I read Sharon's comment above and realized that it does give advantage to the snakes that way. Get those goats!ReplyDelete
Sharon: Princess liked that it was cool when we walked.ReplyDelete
Julie: Princess was vaccinated and she stops dead on command. The other two I walk on leashes, something I can't do now. We only see a couple of rattlesnakes in June. Then it's too hot and they turn nocturnal.
Jabacue: Thanks for your comments. There are two trees. Both had buds in April, but we had a cold May and snow on May 23rd! No other plants have suffered.
Louise: Much, much worse than snakes is the fire hazard. So hubby has to whack the weeds when he gets here next week. I doubt he'll get them all, so since I love it, I'll help a little.
So glad to hear that you are feeling so much better. Nice scenery.ReplyDelete
I would love to spend a day in the desert. There is a sort of zen attitude about letting the peace of a morning or evening there melt away stress. I bet the dry heat would be good for my arthritis. It's always very humid here in Oklahoma, something I tolerate well, but the bones don't like. Our cottonwoods have been wreaking havoc on my husband's allergies this past month. Their fluffy white seeds settle on the tops of the ponds, along the banks, up noses. I still like them. We, too, get wild fires, especially the summer after a wet winter. They are dangerous. Thanks for posting all the neat pictures.ReplyDelete
That's great you are feeling better to get outside. Very positive thinking. :)ReplyDelete
I also hope you do not run across any rattlers! Maybe it is still too cold for them?!
You need donkeys!!
I love the attitude, we can only do what we can. I am glad to read that you are doing better, going further. I've been limited in my activities (to say the least) in the past months and I understand how you feel very well. We cannot rush our body, we have to dance to its own rhythm and not vice versa. Keep getting better and enjoying what you CAN do :))ReplyDelete
Thank you Tina, Liz, AJ-Oaks,and Sandra for your comments. Trust me, my attitude is not always great, but I find that being outdoors walking or working really helps. Liz, I lived in NJ when i was young, so I know what you mean about the humidity. The dry air seems to be so much healthier for you.ReplyDelete
Sandra, I hope you will feel better soon.