Friday, May 13

Odds and Ends

I've had this fish for years. The tag said it was made from oil drums somewhere in the Carribean. This year, it graces my pump house.

This guy is new; I thought the fish needed company. I should have bought the BIG one when I saw it. It was almost three feet tall and would have looked terrific on the pump house all by itself.

I bet my poison ivy is bigger than yours. The vines going up the oak tree really are poison ivy, and you can see the "leaves of three", on the lower right side, under the oak leaves.  We have it sprayed every spring, but this one has never fully succumbed to the spray. About ten years ago, before I knew what the vine was, I touched it. BIG mistake. I had never caught poison ivy before, but this vine is some sort of super ivy, I guess, and I was covered with it. That's an ouchie I hope never to have again.

My rambler rose is performing quite well this spring. Just wait until the Japanese beetles come back - hard on the heels of black spot. It never fails.

Weeds are better than nothing, right?  I have not been in the mood to buy plants (or seeds) this year, so I have let the weeds take over this (and a few other) pots. Some green is better than plain dirt, isn't it?  Do you know what kind of weed I'm cultivating here?   

The plumber is here now, along with some house cleaners. I had to put my high school Spanish to good use today, while leaving the cleaners a note
En dos banos, yo tengo agua caliente solamente; no agua frio.* Considering that I haven't had a Spanish lesson in 53 years, I think that's pretty good.....lol     We hope that the plumber will be able to repair the leak today, so they will be able to do the necessary wet cleaning. Have a good weekend!




*In two bathrooms, I have only hot water, no cold. 

12 comments:

Sparkling Red said...

I'm just catching up and I'm sorry to hear that you had such a tough week! Your garden ornaments are lovely. I agree that weeds are better than nothing, by a long shot. I was out today enjoying a field covered in cheerful, yellow dandelions. They may be weeds, but they sure are pretty.

Arkansas Patti said...

Glad to see you are up and running. I still haven't had my last post restored.
Did you really tell your plumber to go suck a lemon??? Kidding of course. Hope you are fully functional soon.

Celia said...

I crave your pump house decorations. I love having those kind of things around, they are pretty, fun, and reminders of good times.

Nancy said...

Judy,

I don't know what kind of weed that is but I hope you can smoke it!

Ginnie said...

Interesting "yard art" but I don't want to see that crawly one in the dark !

Pat said...

I have an old squirrel of my mother's crawling up the shed. But as Jackie pointed out yesterday it never gets any higher.

srp said...

All week it has been wonderful cool weather to work outside in and I have so much stuff to plant and clean up. But, every single day I had to get parents to doctor's appointments... most often in the middle of the day so it shot the days. Got a few done this evening... hope the rain holds off until tomorrow night.

I know we have some poison ivy out behind the fence somewhere. But I am not sensitive to it.... the ticks are another matter entirely... time to deck out in the white shirt, pants, socks, extra covering for the head and then checking carefully. Ah yes, the beetles and black spot. I see some black spot... no beetles yet. I plan on going with the milky spore stuff in the fall... the grubs are hard on the grass as well and supposedly the milky spore works on them.

spunfull said...

I think it's thistle - they have little thorns so be careful!

Gilly said...

I just love that fish and the lizard! They really are great!

And what does poison ivy do to you? Is it anything like our boring old green ivy in the UK, which as far as I know does nothing, though the flowers and fruit are loved by birds and insects.

Which reminds me, we really must get a plumber in soon..........

Grannymar said...

That fish has given me an idea! Thank you.

Nance said...

Help! We had one of those growing up a tree in our back yard in Greensboro when I was growing up. I was fascinated by it and touched it all the time. It looked like a giant tree worm to me with a hairy coat. It's no wonder I eventually developed a severe reaction to the stuff!

I think you'd have to hack it down near the root, drill into it, and inject the Round-up right into it's main artery to kill it! We've got your back.

Granny Annie said...

I have often had hot water problems but never had a problem of just being out of cold water.