Flowering Iris



I saw something different the other warm day last week.  I was outside getting my fishing equipment ready when I noticed a cat being very still looking at something.  I finished tying a palmer knot and walked quietly over to the cat.  It didn’t even notice I was coming until I got real close, and then it sprang and ran away.  What it was watching was a flower.  Badona planted iris bulbs in a circle at the corners of our house.  These are really short iris.  I had already seen the crocus blooming.  When I went to show Badona the crocus, I saw the short iris.  It wasn’t there earlier.  The warm sun really brought them out.  What the cat was watching was an iris’ petals opening up.  It finished opening up right before my eyes.  I’ve only seen that on TV.  It didn’t take that long to open.  I felt sorry I scared the cat from seeing it.


Feels Like Spring!


There is one thing I don’t like to do—cutting the grass.  I spent part of the day Sunday changing the oil in the lawnmower and replacing the spark plug.  I also got the weed eater going.

I like the purple vetch, dandelions, goat weed, buttercups, and snowdrops.  I don’t even cut the violets.  We have purple violets and two-toned purple and white violets.  We used to have several lady slippers.

Well, if you let the grass get too tall, it’s hard to cut.  But if everyone would let their yards go wild, mine wouldn’t stand out so much.  I think mine looks better with wildflowers!


Almost Spring!



What a fantastic winter day Sunday was!  It was 82° here with no humidity.  I took a long walk Sunday morning, talking to the Lord and praying for the people in the houses that I walked by.  I was also able to fix a door that wouldn’t shut properly and did some house chores.  I was afraid that Badona was going to get in a spring-cleaning mood.  I reminded her that it was going to get cold again.

Monday I started calling commercial contractors to do some work at church.  I know of only two.  If you know a commercial contractor, let me know.  I’m ready to start taking bids to fix the wall in the fellowship hall, the closet, and the women’s bathroom.  We have the talent, but we don’t have the speed in getting it done.

My goal is to get all my extra stuff done so it won’t interfere with fishing.  The yellow perch are biting, and I hope to get out there this week.  I plan to fish a lot when the shad runs.


I Hate to Shop



The pressure is off!  I don’t need to find my wife a birthday present this month!  We went to Home Depot to buy a hot water heater, and there by the entry was just what she wanted—peony bulbs!  I’ve looked for them at Lowe’s every time I go in.  The clerks there would say, “They’ll be in later.”  No matter what time of year I went in, they never had them.   (I’ve been looking for several years!)  We will still go out to do something.

At Lowe’s, you have to find someone to help you.  At Home Depot, they come to you and ask if they can help.  Diane, a small lady with gray hair, helped us.  We slid the hot water heater out of the box to inspect it, and she knew right where to go to get all the other connections we would need.  It seems that hot water heaters change over time.  They’re taller and the connections at the top are male connections.  Anyways, we are blessed with the ability to install it.  We prayed that it would not leak anywhere, and it didn’t!  I had to put a pump under the house to get out all the water from the failed unit.  We have fans blowing now to finish drying things out.  But we took care of two different things in the same day.  Now, where do I take Badona out to eat for her birthday?