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Monday, September 26, 2011

Turks Forecast: Get your job done quick and get back inside!

Turk loves getting dried off after a walk in the rain.
My newly mopped stairs, lucky for me Tazer skips a stair when running up them
It's nasty out today, and Turk knows it.  I debated waiting the rain out, but decided to just walk in it.  Luckily for us, it wasn't raining too bad when we started.  But still, Turk knew it was the 'Frank' walk (to the coffee shop and back, about 4 miles) but when we got to the crossroads pulled toward the 'Short-Short' walk.  It's almost as if he was watching the weather forecast from Pete Petoniak and knew our chances of getting drenched were pretty much 100%.  We got drenched.  Almost made it, but no.  Turk loves getting dried off after a wet walk, Tazer hates getting her face wet and always waits her turn.  Somehow her paws soak up more rain and mud than Turk.  Ahhh!  But we needed the rain.

Saturday, September 24, 2011

Weather According to Turk- Winter is coming: eat grass like it's going out of season!

Today Turk didn't want to go on the 'Water Walk'.  I thought that was odd, but maybe he didn't want to go in the water.  We went on the walk anyway.  Then half way through our walk he decided it would be nice to go in the water.  He also found a stash of fresh grass growing under the tressel and would not leave.  It almost looked like he knew winter was coming and he wouldn't have the great stuff for six months.  In the spring they go crazy at the first sprouts.

Monday, September 12, 2011

Time for some Fall gardening

Picking beans, tomatoes, basil, parsley and planting garlic.  I woke up from my Sunday afternoon nap wondering what to do with the rest of my day.  I don't spend a lot of time during the week getting down and dirty now that I'm back to my Fall schedule so I decided to see what needed doing in my garden.

I believe we are scheduled for a frost in the next couple weeks.  Not that I saw it forecasted, but it is time.  I have a lot to take care of before a frost and so I decided to start the process.

Time to bring in all the house plants.  I have been fertilizing again this year and have 9 blossoms ready to bloom on my ugly cactus that I didn't know was supposed to blossom.  My tall cactus grew at least 5 inches this year on the deck!

Arg- got a good deal, but now have to put them somewhere
 But first I had to get rid of the ones I didn't want to bring in.  I wonder the same thing every year.  Why did I buy this plant that I have to deal with now?  I had blue fescue that I bought for 50 cents at the hardware store.  I decided to throw them in the vegetable garden until spring.  The geraniums died- probably root bound.

I thought the rose bush died that I got half price.  I knew where I wanted to put it, but then it got complicated so I left it in the pot.  But it came back!  Finally got it in the ground.  I instructed Tazer to watch for snakes while I stepped in the garden.  There is so much foilage in there, one day I will come face to face with one.

Tazer keeping watch for me

watching for snakes

she smelled SOMETHING

Planted approximately 6 bulbs of garlic for next year.  Ran out of room and had to put some in the vegetable garden.  You can never have too much garlic and you can never have too much basil.  I picked some basil for drying (the next best to fresh) and also am trying to pot one plant.  I've done that before, but haven't had good luck with it, but I'm trying AGAIN.  Maybe watering will help :-)  I had three plants of basil this year.  In the past I've had 6 which was a lot, but then I had plenty for drying and giving away as gifts and enough to get me through the winter. 

I think six tomato plants was just right.  Don't feel like processing them, but I will freeze them.  I'm always glad when I don't have to buy tomatoes.  Probably only need one trellis of beans because I couldn't keep up and I should have picked more often and given more away.  I don't like frozen beans and only like them fresh.  I should maybe learn to can them?  And a note to self.... next year I would like to try some spaghetti squash and cucumbers.

Friday, September 9, 2011

Today's Forecast: a good day to lay in the grass and do the schnirkel gurks

Tazer copies
Turk has always done a dance after a good meal (every meal), when the pack is all together, when friends come to visit and in awesome weather.  We call it the Turk-Turk-Schnirkel-Gurks.  He must have thought today's weather was exceptional because he just dropped down and started his dance.

Friday, September 2, 2011

Weather Forecast According to Turk -- find a mud puddle to sit in!

Today I gave the dogs a choice on their walk:  The Short-Short Walk, or the Water Walk.  When it came to the fork in the road, Turk chose the Water Walk.  Stay Cool!