Saturday, April 18, 2009


This is my first Spring when it was my responsibility to mow the lawn.
Trim the Grapes and berry plants. Plant the garden. Take care of the
government project there are two of them, plus the hay fields. There was
a flood last year so we have to replant trees. 500 this Spring and more
next year. We reseeded the hay field last Fall.

I have been working on the electric fence and Kirk put in a corner post for
the lot where the mules are safe when I am gone. It was quite a job as the old
Rail Road Tie had rotted off and was a least 3 or 4 feet in the ground to be
dug up. It looked impossible to me, but Kirk said "we can do it" meaning
of course that he could do it.

Yesterday, Friday, We planted onion sets and shallots. We have a row ready for peppers.

It rained today and we could not go forward with our plans for a mass
planting of trees. Kirk and Lacey planted 50 in about an hour before they
were rained out. Kirk said the truck was sliding sideways before they got
off the Island.

I planted Romaine lettuce and basil yesterday. I really know a lot about
gardening as I grew up with it, but I left it all up to Glen as that was the
easiest thing to do and I always have other things to do.

I did drive the diesel truck to Oskaloosa on Friday. My next challenge
will be parking lessons. A friend is a driver for Hy Vee and he has
volunteered or his wife has encouraged him to give me lessons on Wednesday. On Tuesday I am driving the mules to the Vet in Ottumwa for
a dental check up. Those old mules have issues with their teeth like we
do, except if they can't chew they are in big trouble.


  1. Some of my fondest memories of Iowa include fresh sweet corn and tomatoes from the garden. Wouldn't it be great to have a real tomato right now? So many folks don't even know what one looks, smells, and tastes like. I am glad you have a nice garden spot. Good luck with the truck and the mules this week.

  2. Sounds like you, Kirk, and Lacey are pretty busy right now. Hope you can take time out to come over and camp next Saturday. We are looking forward to that.