Moved the TT behind the azaleas…the move is about over

Among other things we moved the TT from the driveway (where it has been since early March) to behind the azaleas in the barnyard.  Very nice to have the driveway back.

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Two New Daylilies

Ordered 10/13/18 from American Meadows at 50% off.

Frans Hals Daylily
Bag of 3, Item #: 7FDL3 $10.49

‘Frans Hals’ Daylily

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hyperion Reblooming Daylily
Bag of 3, Item #: 54FDL3 $11.99

Hyperion Reblooming Daylily

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Planted the First Vegetable Garden

10/8/2018 – Planted the 5’x25′ new bed between the new back patio and the house with seedlings bought at Walmart.

  • 6 green cabbages
  • 6 red cabbages
  • 6 Romain Leaf Lettuce
  • Butter Crunch Bibb Lettuce
  • 6 Mustard Greens
  • about 50 green onions
  • 1 cilantro
  • 1 Italian parsley
  • 6 swiss chard, Bright Lights
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Weeded Bed Along Road with Cultivator

Used the Troy-Built cultivator to weed and till the bed from fence to fence. Prep’ing to kill the weeds that were getting out of control and for wildflower seeds that will arrive from American Meadows this coming week.

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New Daylilies Planted

9/24/2018 – Planted one clump of Savanha Debutant and one of Siloam June Bug both from Oakes Daylilies. The SJB was the bonus plant. Both were planted between Crepes 6 & 7 (counting from the east) with the Savanha Debutant on the west side of the Bridal Wreath and the SBJ on the east side.

Savannah-Debutante

 

 

 

 

 

 

Siloam June Bug

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Patio Installations

Due to Hurricane Gordon, the patio installation was postponed until we were back at the farm and that was when we moved. So, two days after we drove from Houston for the last time, and the day the movers unloaded our stuff, the patio work began by Mike Chadwell, Springhill Landscape, LLC.

Monday, 9/17/2018  –  The installation began with stripping the sod with a rented machine that could not do it. So, they used the tractor’s bucket to remove the sod and in places about 6″ of soil. Dug up and found the new telephone cable to the house was only about 6″ deep in the area of the new patio. Note in the photo the location of the original propane line–that was not in service–as found when the sod was being removed.

Tuesday – Mike and crew got the kitchen patio graded and ready for pavers by the end of the day.

Wednesday – Patio crew laid the side patio by noon but still have the porch, bed-wall and edging to place.

Thursday – Side patio is 95% complete.

Friday – Side patio was completed–other than the pavers to be thin-set on the porch–and sanded in with Gator Max G2 Polymeric Sand. The stoop at the new back door was also completed.

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Moved to Sundown Farms. Week 1 & 2

Drove through a lot of rain on Saturday, Sept 15, 2018, after finally getting away and leaving behind our home for the past 23 years in Houston.

Saw a young deer cross the road from the yard as we drove up at 10:30 pm to our new full-time home. Pulled the 5’x8′ U-Haul trailer straight in and unloaded a few things. Had cold beverages, unwound and went to bed about midnight.

The next morning we unloaded the truck and trailer and began moving things to be ready for the unload tomorrow.

Sunday the 16th – Unloaded the trailer and returned it. Organized the house for the unloading.

Monday – The unloading went well although we found a few damaged items. The patio installation began by Springhill Landscaping with stripping the sod with a rented machine that could not do it.

Buddy, Hector and Jose have arrived

So they used the tractor’s bucket to remove the sod and in places about 6″ of soil. Found the microwave would not fit into the space provided. Found the new telephone cable to the house was only about 6″ deep in the area of the new patio. Note in the photo the location of the propane line–that was not in service–as found when the sod was being removed.

Tuesday – Unboxed and moved a few pieces. Mary got the kitchen into good shape and I got the dryer and refrigerator’s ice maker hooked up. By the end of the day, the refer was making ice and the washing machine was washing. Mike and crew got the kitchen patio graded and ready for pavers by the end of the day. Then I found water in the Utility Room and realized I forgot to insert the drain from the washing machine. We spent two hours soaking up water with towels, shop-vacuuming the water, then placing fans around.

Wednesday – Worked on unpacking the office. Set up the MES and got CS Ribs smoking. Mary worked in the MBR Closet. I planted the Hydrangea stumps pulled from beside the back door. Patio crew laid the side patio by noon but still have the porch, bed-wall and edging to place.

Thursday – Springhill Landscaping got the side patio 99% complete. Oscar (Faith Electric) installed the chandelier, made the other telephone jacks work and tried to install the power to the barn. Got the 100-amp sub panel installed on the house but buried cable was not continuous. We hung the mirror in the entry/dining room and unboxed many boxes.

Friday, Saturday, Sunday – Unboxing continues and by Sunday we had the carport unboxed, re-arranged and with a semblance of order. Broke down all the remaining boxes and hauled the pickup truck load to the Mobile County Recycle Center on Hitt Road.

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Sept. 2nd-The Lexus and TS Gordon

This week had three major purposes: to haul the Lexus from Houston; to see the gutters installed just before the patios were installed; and start the patios completing the side one.

Sunday – Arrived and unloaded putting the car in the carport for the first time.

Monday – Returned the UHaul Car Transport and when we returned to the house the Emergency Alert on the phone was sounding. They were alerting us to TS Gorden that had formed during the night in the Florida Everglades. Landfall is projected to be the AL/MS coast tomorrow evening. Bought tractor boom at TSC and removed the bell that has sat on the carport half-wall for years and its post.

Tuesday – A good day weatherwise while Gordon came across the Gulf headed for us.

Truck on one end & Fergie chained to the back for Gordon

Tim of the Gutter Guys arrived at 6 AM as promised and installed the gutters. Worked in the yard. By late afternoon there were strong breezes while overall a nice day weatherwise. By sundown, the wind was gusting and the clouds blowing by quickly.

 

11 PM the wind was blowing very hard and by 1 AM Wednesday, the pecan trees were thrashing about and the wind was howling around the house. The sounds were muffled due to the new windows and doors but still unnerving. The wind was reported to be in the 70 MPH range.

Wednesday – After Gordon blew through last night it seems almost eerie still with limbs down everywhere and no power since the middle of the night. Mary boiled water and poured over the grounds in the coffee maker. Set up the TT to use the bathroom and stove. A big pecan limb fell between the blueberry bushes. Piled it and pulled it with Fergie to the burn pile. Hot, muggy and miserable day with no power or water. Ran the generator to keep the refrigerator on the carport cold and the TT battery charged. About 5 PM the power came back on and life was a lot better with AC and running water.

Thursday

Drug three large piles of pecan limbs to the burn area and three truckloads of small limbs. Cut the larger limbs into firewood. Robbie installed blinds and shutters. Edged driveway, front walk and around long bed and purple crepes with McLane and new blade.

Friday

Finished cleaning up the driveway from edging. Disconnected the pole light at the side door in prep for the patios to start on 9/17/18.

Dug up the apparent drain into an assume cleanout outside the MBR BR. Did not find anything. Filled the two holes. See photos.

Picked up the remaining limbs in the orchard. Hauled maybe 1/4 cord of firewood out with some logs being 8″+ diameter. One large truckload of the small stuff and two large drags with Fergie. Totally removed from yard and orchard were 4 truck loads and five large drags. Done by noon. VERY hot due to the high humidity.

After limbs from Gordon removed

PM – Fertilized the roses with Miracle Row. Mary cut the grass other than the barnyard. Put away stuff in preparation for leaving for the last time for Houston.

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August 21, 2018

This was the trip for the gutter installation and to take the plants from the yard in Houston. We stayed in the “new” house for the first time. Continue reading

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August 4-10th with Piper and Olivia

This was Piper’s 3rd time and Olivia’s first time at the farm. Piper is 6 and Olivia is 4 years old. We pulled a full 6’x12′ U-Haul trailer with Mary’s art, blank canvases, paper and 5 lbs of carrots to feed the horses and mules. Continue reading

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