Books by the old Leather Chair

  • Snow In The Summer
  • My Bible
  • The Power of Silence
  • What Comes Next and to Like It
  • Encore Provence
  • A Year in Provence

Saturday, February 9, 2013


Yesterday morning was very chilly.
Not planning on outside work
but the phone was ringing and it was my helper.
He needed a few hours work and did not mind the cold.
So always a to do list and told him to come to the woods.
My raspberry, blueberry and thorn less blackberry bushes were planted.
Moved a lilac bush, small evergreen and cleaned on my small garden plot and it was enlarged a little.
Remaining turnip green plants were taken up and have about a 15 turnips.

This small space which supplies all I need is now ready for planting.
Lettuce, peas, radishes, collards, turnip greens,  onions and any early plants I decide on will soon be planted.
Looks like in the 50's all next week and will see what is predicted the following week.
When weather warms more will add a couple of plants of tomato, squash, cucumber, peppers and a few other things.

I have been adding to a compost pile for 2 years and the new clippings on top
were set aside to see if there was any compost to put on my garden.
There were 8 full wheel barrow full scattered on some of the flower garden
and vegetable plot.   How rich it looked.  Wonder who else is this pleased
over their compost pile :)

Two large planters were moved and a dozen stepping stones were removed by my drive.
A lot done in 3 hours and a plus is this young man always takes off my bagged trash and filled
the bird feeders for me.

Returning in another week to bring mulch, gravel and will spread.

Everything he helps me was done by me in the past and I always washed my car and truck
 but it is almost too much for me at this time.

Today, my youngest daughter made a visit.  Was so good to see her and we drove to the local
town for lunch.   I usually do not go to town on Saturday and the traffic was terrible.  Also
had to carry my cane as medication may be making me a little dizzy.  Carrying it does not bother me
and find it comforting.  Also remember a comment made to me not long ago about an
attractive lady with a cane that made me smile.

So good to be home, my left overs in fridge for evening meal  and I am not leaving.  The sun is shining, Miss Callie on the deck sleeping, picked up New York Times in drive left by neighbor and just received an email
that my granddaughter will be able to make it back to New York this afternoon.  From the little news I watch I was sure that her flight had been cancelled.   Now will have her and my other granddaughter
on my mind continually with this storm in N.Y.

Also ever on my mind is my youngest daughter's trip to Africa and my son's soon trip to the woods from Thailand.  

I have said many times that one of the best things we can give our children is  roots and wings.  They do return (wish it was more often)
and then fly on to their lives....


FlowerLady Lorraine said...

It sounds like a LOT was accomplished there in your woods. I'm glad you have a helper that does good work.You had some family time, and things are going well with your family, so that is great.

Love and hugs to you ~ FlowerLady

sharon said...

makes one rather contemplative....mindful...of changes.... slow but surely

the wild magnolia said...

You may not believe it but I am near about as happy as you for the compost, and your helper. And...excited for the new years garden.

A trip to Africa is a big deal. How wonderful for her.

The son coming to the woods, i know you will enjoy each other's company.

Happy Saturday evening, and sacred Sunday, actually...every day is sacred.

Lynn said...

My helper has come twice this week. He has totally revamped my potting area for spring. It is going to work so much better. They told me at Lowes to bring back the empty plastic pots and they would recycle them. It’s nice to get a head start on the season. We have storms coming in for a few days and he’s promised to come back at the end of next week to work on my to do list. Happy weekend.

One Woman's Journey - a journal being written from Woodhaven - her cottage in the woods. said...

Lorraine, Sandy and Lynn, thank you for your visit.
Sharon, I checked your writing and your world is so different from mine. Love the images and your painting. Visit again...

mel said...

How wonderful that you have someone to help you, and then he earns some money too. I need someone trustworthy like that. Sounds like you had a wonderful day and I bet you slept well after it too.

Wisewebwoman said...

Lovely post, OWJ, so glad your helper came and you accomplished so much.
I wish my Leo was more like your helper, he is very limited and does not follow my instructions. It is like a game to him as he is mentally challenged. He sees what he can get away with :(
Glad your daughter visited and you went to town.

judemiller1 said...

I use to get terribly excited about my compost pile yield--also loved what was dug up back by the barn, where the previous cows old bathroom was, LOL. Lovely amendments to my gardens. I so miss not having the space now to roto-till and plant and harvest a vegetable garden.

My grand daughter was flying into NY from Oregon--she was delayed for 24 hours, but made it safe and sound. Scary, weird weather hitting the east coast lately.

One Woman's Journey - a journal being written from Woodhaven - her cottage in the woods. said...

Mel, WWW and Judy, thank you for visiting.
Not to for me over the last 24 hours...

Sharon said...

I especially enjoy reading your posts about what you're doing in your yard this time of year. We are in the thick of winter. I hope the groundhog was right about an early spring!