The last post made to this Springtime saga was April 30. Today’s date is June 4, 2014: And I am at a loss to know where the time has gone so quickly! Is it my imagination, or did it simply vanish like a vapor? Days are longer now and plants, trees and crops have grown, flowered and gracefully performed their spring rituals as they have forever. Still I am at a loss to understand a full calendar month vanishing as if it never occurred! Fortunately there are always pictures and memories to remind us that a particular day, week, month and season really did exist.
Time in any week, month or year can bring enormous changes to our lives. In this spring time we lost our faithful and precious family member known lovingly as 'Prissy'. She was a rescue puppy from the animal control center back in 2001; and immediately bonded to the family. All our days were brightened and became more enjoyable during the past thirteen years because of her. We are heartbroken at the loss of her presence and companionship. On Memorial day we honored her memory with fresh flowers and grave marker. This paragraph will sound odd to some. However, until you've truly loved someone, something or somebody you can never experience what I call the real purpose of life.
I am aware the days of the month actually happened because I’ve tracked them on a garden chart. My chart shows the dates when certain seeds and vegetable plants were bought and planted as well as information pertaining to rainfall and weather conditions as each day passed. I can remember also planning to update this Blog post a dozen times, but without so much as a syllable! Therefore I will use my faithful wall chart as a reminder of events and milestones as they happened in May 2014. And there are pictures of course to prove the month did in fact exist in time! But before adding pictures I need to show some significant dates for my own references below:
May 5: Pick Up Lumber @ Home Depot For Chicken Coop
May 6: Begin Work On New Chicken Coop
May 7: Work On Chicken Coop
May 8: Finish Basic Work On Chicken Coop- Painting & Finishing Touches: More Work/Windows/Vents To Follow Later
Confined Chickens Within New Fencing
May 11 Rain 1 Inch- Badly Needed
May 13 Rain .50 Inch
May 14 Rain 1.25 Inches
May 15 Cold-Breezy All Day: High Temp 52*F
May 23 Rain .25 Inch
May 24 Replace Drive Belt Ford Tractor
May 26 Pick Up Lumber @ Home Depot For Tool Shed Remodel
May 27 Work On Tool Shed Balance Of Month: Mow Dates In May Were May 3, May 10, May 17, May 23 & May 29. Total Rain MTD 3 Inches
Chicken Coop Progress With Sons #1 & #2 In Pictures.
At my age it is inconceivable that I could not wait for Spring 2014 to arrive. But the older I get, the more I dislike bitterly cold weather, and the more I seek out the best parts of the year. The 'best' parts for me are any day above 50 degrees Fahrenheit with sunshine, and lots of it and no Arctic winds! With this said, I plan for this post to be primarily a record of daily activities so as to keep tabs of what happened & when. (Something like a gardening diary of sorts.) Since I am beginning late in April some of these dates & times might not be in order exactly as happened. So with that said here goes: Spring growth is beginning even with below normal temperatures as illustrated in these pictures. We have had several hard freezes this month with heavy frosts, placing our gardening endeavors at least three or more weeks behind last year.