I started this blog to get to know other gardeners and track my own garden's progrss. It is a wonderful way to honor the stewardship I have over my plot of ground I have been blessed with. Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

What is Happening This Week in My Neighborhood!

Linking up today with Blooming Tuesday!
I know many  of you have your yards a blaze with blooms!  I love seeing what is coming my way.  I live in Idaho and we are just at the beginning of Spring wonderful happening.

Here are a few pictures of things starting to wake up:

Apricot Tree Filled with Blossoms
Please don't freeze for the next few nights!
  Bleeding Hearts - Brand New!
 A Few More Dafodills

 The First Tulips and Grape Hyacinths
In the Greenhouse
Hosta Seeds are starting to pop up!
 Moon Flower seedlings peaking up too!
    Today I am grateful for the spring time burst of energy happening all over our beautiful area!

Friday, April 6, 2012

This Week - Snow Snow Snow Snow!

Linking up this week with Tootsie over at Fertilizer Friday

This week has been an up and down week in the neighborhood!  Monday we had snow.  Tuesday it was 70*. Yesterday it was 60* and today we are in a blizzard. Snow is actually drifting in the road.  Sheesh!

This week:
  1. I finalized our play yard area plans. (Details next post written on Monday April 2, 2012.)
  2. Some daffodils are blooming.
  3. Cleaned up the Side Yard.
  4. Planted a few more things in the greenhouse.
  5. Shoveled the walk!

Here are a few pix:
Side Yard before cleaning - it was a mess - all the clean up stuff filled a pick-up. 
I let the leaves stay in the side yard to help protect my darling plants through the winter. 
 After cleaned and washed:
 Daffodils are blooming - a full month ahead of time.
Does this mean we will be ahead of time all season?

Poor Mother Nature - it looks more like Christmas this morning than it did at Christmas!  The weather is all mixed up here.

That is all for the week. Hope you have a wonderful Easter. 
Today I am grateful for Jesus Christ and what He did for all of us!

Monday, April 2, 2012

Plans and the Play Yard

Check out all the fun gardens on this weeks blog hop.
Linking up today with Blooming Tuesday!  Blooming Tuesday
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Wednesday - Outdoor Wednesday Outdoor Wednesday

I was totally excited to go out into the yard this morning and work.  The sun was shining - I opened the curtains and this is what I found....big change of plans! 
So I spent sometime doing some research finalized the changes I am making to the play yard - pictured below. 
(The date on my camera is off by one day - oops!  
We have 10 grandchildren, one is six and the rest are under four years old.  Most of them are boys and we have to have to have some more activities for them when they are here.

Here are a few of the ideas I am planning to do:

This is from www.thisoldhouse.com   I want to build a fort back in the right corner just behind the tires.

Next to it I want a square that is a nature square. This picture is from: www.progressiveearlychildhoodeducation.blogspot.com

Next to it, right behind the treehouse I am going to put a 4x8 piece of plywood with astro turf on it that the little boys can drive their trucks on.  I don't have a picture of it.

I want to add a chalkboard to the back fence. This picture is from: www.blogs.babble.com

I am going to add a sound wall with a thunder drum.  This pictures is from  www.progressiveearlychildhoodeducation.blogspot.com  I am going to move the fence forward on the right side and make the sound wall the fence on that front side.  It will be about 4 feet tall.

Both pictures above are from   www.parqueparabrincarepensar.blogspot.com. I want to add this tire climb to one of the openings in the tree house.

On the left side  I am pulling the fence out and this will be the side of that fence - a water wall - it will face out so the water doesn't go into the play yard and will be about 4 feet high.  This picture is from

I want to add a simplified version of this to the water wall that will just spray out when the hose is hooked up to it.

Where I pull the fence out, I am going to add this tire mountain - loe the bright colors and the fun the kids would have on this.

I already have a hopscotch in there - but I am going to let each of our g-kids decorate a block - this one is really fun - it is from www.nearlycivilized.ca

When it warms up a bit and I have the fence where I want it - I am gong to have all the little boys come over and help me paint - isn't this so great!

There are a few more ideas - I will take pictures as we begin the renovation.  

I told our 6 year old that when I finished the greenhouse we would start working on it.  Last week when I finished, he said to me, "So now we can start the new play yard right Mimi?"   How can you say no to that?!?!?!?

Thanks for stopping by!
Today I am grateful for new beginnings! 
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