It’s finally time to retire the old adirondack chairs.
I have had them almost 3 years now and when I found them on the curb discarded with the trash I didn’t think I could get one year out of them. They were so delapidated, but thank goodness my husband has the same vision as I do when it comes to vintage stuff. He was able to patch, replace and repair until he wouldn’t or should I say couldn’t do it any longer. In his words “the paint is all that’s holding them together”. The chairs had seen their day and I had to accept the reality.
So when he took the rotting, broken chair to the curb, I held on with all my strength to the other one, while protesting loudly that he should find a way to replace the rotten pieces of the one in his hands as it crumbled to the touch where it had broken. The other chair I carried safely to a corner that doesn’t get too much use. It looks good, and after all isn’t that all that really matters?
New ones can’t compare to the classic lake charm look of the old ones. They just don’t make them like they used to. But alas I had to begin looking for new ones because my yard just doesn’t look as good without them and it’s our favorite place to sit when we exchange the events of the day in the evening.
By chance, Home Depot had just two left of their inexpensive Adirondack chairs. We snatched them because they were A. inexpensive (like $38 each) and B because it will take time to find some really cool ones that were built long ago and are still keeping together or at least replicas that look that way, so I need some to fill the gap until then.
After several coats of shiny red paint they didn’t look half bad. Of course, they aren’t as comfy or nearly as sturdy as my old ones(in their prime) but they would have to do.
We need a place to relax and enjoy the show which is our life.
~”A garden is always a series of losses set against a few triumphs, like life itself. ” ~May Sarton
Using a rain barrel is a great way to conserve water and keep your garden watered for free.
It saves one of our most important resources and making a rain barrel is really not that difficult. With just a couple of simple steps you can make your own.
You will need
a plastic barrel
a drill, a hole bit (the size of your spigot)
a short length of flexible downspout
and a jigsaw.
First you need to find a plastic barrel. (We were lucky enough to be given a large plastic barrel that is used to store milk on a farm.)
Drill a hole about 6 inches from the bottom, (bring your spigots to the hardware store and find a drill bit to match the size of it)
Insert the spigot and seal it with PVC glue.
We also suggest installing a second spigot about 6 inches from the top – that way any overflow can go into a hose directed away from the house. Rain barrels fill up surprisingly fast.
If you like, put a coat or two of paint on your barrel (suitable for plastic). Choose a color that makes it blend in well to your background. Then you will hardly notice it while it works for you.
After you select the site for your rain barrel, cut your house downspout about two to three feet higher than the height of the rainbarrel. (plus the hight of the cinderblocks.)
Cut a hole in the top of the rain barrel that fits the flexible downspout.
(*You could of course place your house downspout straight into the rain barrel if you can fit it in without being flexed a bit)
Place the rain barrel on top of a couple of cinder blocks to enhance the power of gravity for hose pressure.
Insert the flexible downspout into the barrel and then fit the flexible downspout onto your house downspout.
Next connect your hoses. (We chose to put a soaker hose on the bottom spigot so it automatically waters an area under our pine trees that is often untouched by rain. We also added a regular hose to the top of the rain barrel spigot that will direct any water that overfills the barrel to another location that hardly gets any water.) Or you can choose to let it fill up and use the water when you need it with a watering can or attaching a regular hose when you need it.
Now sit back and get ready to collect that free run off water that usually ends up washing away down the sewer.
*This is really an easy project but if you are not a do it yourself type of person, there are many rain barrels on the market that aren’t very expensive and you can set up easily.
“Some people walk in the rain, others just get wet.” ~Roger Miller
My Granddaughter Gracie and I planted some seeds this week. The weather was actually pleasant so we headed out to the back yard and got our hands dirty.
She is finally old enough to participate in gardening this year so I am excited to see her reaction to the seedlings sprouting.
Patience is the first lesson in gardening and 2 1/2 year old children don’t have a lot of it. ~(Heck I don’t have a lot of patience waiting for plants either)~ But that’s what she will learn about while she is waiting for her seedlings to appear.
Kids in the garden are so fun. She was way more interested in digging in the dirt and getting her hands dirty than picking up tiny seeds and trying to place them in the tray.
Sounds like she is a natural to me!
~”One of the most delightful things about a garden is the anticipation it provides.” ~W.E. Johns
It’s Easter time and most of us picture bright sunny spring days filled with birds chirping and flowers blooming. Not this year in the North East. We have had gloomy skies for the past several days filled with March winds and flakes of snow whipping by.
But all is not lost because we can get through these last days of winter weather in the spring by taking in the little things around us, like daffodils in the grocery stores to bring home and pretend I have just picked from my garden, and a few brave bulbs beginning to emerge from the cold ground.
A Christmas cactus that thinks it’s an Easter cactus and old Easter cards that I found in a box.
These are what hold me over until the real thing comes along.
That and the knowledge that in a few days we will be heading to Florida to sit ocean side in muuuch warmer weather than we have here.
So I’ll keep on smiling because we have made it this far and the worst is behind us now
…it just has to be.
Happy Easter, I hope it’s spring like where you live!