Monday, January 26, 2009

Winter Clean-up

January is a big yard clean-up time for us. The sun usually manages to push through the cloud cover and shine for a few days and makes you think Spring is on the way. The fruit trees need pruning, the lawn needs crab grass preventer and fertilizer, and there are TONS of leaves, weeds and green waste to remove since we are usually too busy to do anything about it during the holidays. We had a great crop of mandarins this year and shared a lot. Our wonderful neighbor, Elisio, came over a couple of times to get some and offered to trade some labor for the last of the crop. He raked leaves for us in return for oranges. It was a big help to me! David later paid him to help with tree trimming, so we are pretty much done with that, and it's not even the end of the month. I got the lawns done and Round-up sprayed last week before the big rain storms hit. David has been wanting to move the pomegranete cuttings out of the garden so he could roto-till it. He was getting their final resting place ready and accidentally broke a water line (see picture above). That's all fixed. Now all he has to do is plant the cuttings which have grown about 3 feet tall. I have to spray the weeds in the peach orchard and plant some pretty flowers for Ellen around her deck and also some for me. That's the fun part. I love Spring. I can't wait for all the blossoms and flowers.

Hall Wall Art by Ed

This is a section of my hall wall "after" being cleaned with Magic Eraser.
We were all busy during the holidays and didn't keep a close enough eye on Ed. He somehow found some non-washable markers and decorated my hall with black and red artwork. I wasn't too worried since I have successfully been able to remove all previous smudges, crayon, pencil and other kid inflicted stuff with Magic Eraser. It took off the black pretty well, but was not successful with the red. I had consigned myself to re-painting it when Barbara (David's sister) and Carolynn came for an overnight visit. Barbara suggested I try rubbing alcohol, a remedy recommended to her by a friend for lots of unwanted spots. I did and IT WORKS! I just received this cartoon in the mail from her a few days ago:

Sunday, January 18, 2009

Jared's 3rd Birthday

Sweet little Jared is three! We love him so much. He is truly a joy in our family. I made a frog cake for him and we had a fun time celebrating with the family.

Thursday, January 8, 2009

National English Toffee Day

Jocelyn and the Delgado boys came over to play this afternoon and she told me today is National English Toffee Day. Now, I personally think this is a BAD time of year to have such a day, what with New Year's resolutions and such, but after talking about it we just had to MAKE some. After a look in the pantry we were able to find all the necessary ingredients. Above is the finished product, below, how it appeared before refrigeration and the breaking up. Jocelyn does not like nuts on hers. I do. If you live nearby and want to help us celebrate ...come on over. We'll be happy to share if there's any left when you get here.

Brio Fun

All the grand kids got a Brio train set for Christmas and it is kept here at my house. Will, Ed and I spent the morning setting it up. The little red engine next to Will's right hand is motorized and that is one of their favorite pieces. There are five other engines and lots of cars, but they like it best . The other favorite is the red and yellow forklift. They are staying at my house until Sunday while Ryan and Karrie are out of town for a little time away and shopping for things for their house (like door hardware).