This is a view from the porch that is usual for this time of year. I feel sort of like when my kids went through a style or fashion phase that is not quite right for them. Not exactly flattering, but you still think they are beautiful.
Well Randy got here to Louisiana after a successful surgery, but in neck brace and only supposed to lift less than 15 pounds. It was pretty quiet for a few weeks. We got more of the houses set up: living in the “little” house with an awesome space of great room, bedroom and bath but no kitchen and using the kitchen in the “big” house to cook and eat if the weather permits since it has no heating or AC.
We weren’t sure what we were going to do with the big house and until we found a contractor to help us we decided to work on the “yard”. All 5 or so acres of it. Our awesome neighbor kept the lawn cut and some trimming done, but the almost 2 years of overgrowth around the pond, oak trees and such was a bit daunting.
Randy had trimmed the blueberries during our summer visit as the neighbors advised but that still left the pecans, blackberries, muscadines, crape myrtles and satsumas, as well as trees and brush all over. We were having a great time pulling out trees with the FJ and brush grubbers as well as weed whacking and good ole manual hedge trimmers.
But all that was BEFORE….
BEFORE… Randy got into some poison ivy in the beginning of December. It started on his wrists and spread to spots over most of his body over the first week. It got pretty bad and slowed us down plenty.
BEFORE…April got here-not all obstacles are bad!! We really enjoyed having her visit. We showed her around the property and area including a visit to a local Christmas tree farm to cut our tree. She and I attended our first Saints game—in the dome on Christmas eve. We had a blast. Beignets in the Quarter, the Saints Experience, and our team won. Back at home we played lots of games, even learning a new domino game: Chicken foot (which I could simply not win at), and a new dice game: Farkle (which I could win at). Christmas with the family was great as always-I really am blessed to have great family here. Then sadly we put her on the plane the day before we could answer her question of do we have to worry about our pipes freezing
BEFORE…The Freeze. Our pipes froze three days in a row. Our weather has been going from low 30’s to high 70’s like a roller coaster until this latest cold front. We woke up to find we had no water because of problems with the line outside, the pressure tank gauge and switch and other technical stuff that Randy took care of. We did eventually get water later each day, but it was an adventure. The freeze also affected the satsumas (the satsumas are a whole other story), so I harvested all the ones left on my favorite tree and processed them to make marmalade, which took up a bit of time.
Now that the weather is warm again and all the marmalade is put up, we are looking to get back outside. Randy got the tractor working so that we can tackle some trees that were too big for the FJ. And as if we didn’t have enough areas that we wanted to clear, it turns out we really have to work on the trees on the levee that is the dam for the little pond. In a classic example of how things work around here, our propane delivery driver came by today to top off the propane tank and got to talking with Randy. He was looking over the back yard and casually told Randy that those trees on the dam need to be taken out and that they could really cause problems. We researched it and sure enough he was right!
That kind of things happens a lot around here. Everyone is very helpful about so much, but then things come up sort of as a side note that turn out to be important or really fun to know. One of my favorites was during our visit in June/July. We were fascinated about all the different plants and trees on our property. We could get people to tell us about most of them, but some left everyone stumped until a gentleman from the electric coop came to check on why our 2nd service meter wasn’t transmitting. We had a good visit with him and Randy got some good advice on setting up the electric service for his shop that was going to be built the following month. Then we started talking trees. He was able to identify all the trees no one else could and took the time to walk the whole top pasture with us.
Happy New Year to all and lots of love from Green Acres