50th thanks (lotsa pix)

A great big thanks to everyone who made my 50th such a very, very special day. I’ll share some of the pictures below …

Elly scanned a bunch of old pictures for a ‘through the years’ poster [1.7 mb]

Corey came home from school in Albany. Fred was so happy he was dancing.

fred dancing

Carol made the cake and a mighty wind got all the candles first try.

carol and cakemighty wind

David and Rosemary, what a pair. They both wore black in mourning for my passing (the 50 mark).

david and rosemary

The big surprise, Dad (with Corey) and Sandy (pictured later) came up from Florida for the bash.

corey and dad

Corey and cousin Becky. Becky set up the scope so we could see the crows nesting in the pines. And she made me granola. Another Uncle Craig mystery exposed.

becky and corey

Charles was in charge of the speedies on the grill so I could relax. Jack mentors Cay on her business plan in the Camry office.

charlesjack and cay

The wise ones, Eunice (my mother in law), Cal (my father) and Sandy (my stepmom).

wise ones

I only hope that I can be half the man my dog thinks I am.

me and fred

Marc made me a cold frame to replace my dilapidated one in the background. And he painted it bottle-tree blue.

cold frame

Sister Sue gave me a trellis, and Kim and Nance brought a Thunbergia. And they didn’t even plan it out ahead of time. Robert roamed his barn looking for things an eccentric gardener might do something with. What can I plant in this disk blade?


More goodies from Robert’s barn.

barn goodies

A vase (rhymes with was) from the Museum of Modern Art from Steve. I’m not sure many of my flowers are classy enough for this work of art. Thanks Steve!

moma vase

Sue and Corey reading one of the weiner cards, no doubt.

weiner cards

Look dear. You open and close the card and the guy picks his nose.

El and me

Niece Nancy. Bowling pin vase Marc made me. The bowling ball in the garden story will have to wait until a future blog. But by now you should understand Marc is one serious artist. Check out his bowls and other woodworking. The make great gifts.

nancybowling pin vase

Lori and Paul from the balcony.

Lori and Paul

Water garden repair

I’ve got a backlog of pictures from last weekend to get out over the next few days. My major accomplishment Sunday was repairing the water garden. The warm winter was easy on the fish. (The spring-fed pool was frozen over only maybe a dozen nights all season.) But the freezing and thawing heaved the surrounding soil and sent a lot of the edging stones into the water. It was a real mess:

water garden before

I straightened things out as best I could, hauled out the whiskey-barrel liner with the mini-water lilies, and trimmed the dead foliage off the potted emergents. But I’ve got to dig up or buy some flat stones and rebuild the edges or this is only going to get worse.

water garden after

The ugly pile with the pond liner scraps in the background is going to be my ‘mud man’ sculpture. More on that project as it evolves.

Garden Footwear Review

While I decide whether or not to take GardenRant up on their very kind offer of free Sloggers, I thought it best if I review what I already have. Being ‘green’, I want to make sure that I’m not engaged in mindless consumerism or becoming a slave to the gardening fashionistas.

Aldo Sandals Fake ‘Merrells’ K-Mart Sneaks

Description: Son’s locker room wear during ’01-’02 hoops season Impulse buy from Walmart clearance bin
circa 2003.
6 months of office attire before called
for garden duty
Price: No clue $12 $19
Off/On: No bending involved. Requires finger at the heal standing on
one foot.
Requires socks, knots — what a hassle.
‘Puttering’: Perfect OK Too much work to put on
Shoveling: Ouch Light digging Pogo in tight soil
Mowing: Too slick Eh Perfect
Snow: Dusting to 1″ Up to 3″ Up to 6″
Temperature: > 25F > 10F with socks Down to -10F
Smell factor: Funky but cleans up nicely Amorphophallus in flower Biohazard
Other uses: Walking the dogs, ‘visiting Quito’ Considered evening wear in Ithaca Rodent repellent