Bob just got back from the Green Barn Garden Center with the news that we have pine sawflies. They are nasty caterpillars/wormy menaces that have infested one of our pine trees for the second year. Just the really long needled pine. They eat off a bunch of needles, leaving a stripped branch, but not killing the tree, then they go through their life cycle, I guess. So now he has something to spray on the tree, no, we are not organic when it comes to this, we will use what it takes to kill these nasty suckers, short of a shotgun.
Bob has relocated the garden this spring, and got a bit of a late start with his planting because of that. The spot it used to be has become progressively more shady, so that is not back to being part of the lawn and the garden is on the south side of the house where it gets a lot of sun. It is right next to the little waterpond, which has a bit of an algae growth at the moment, but I am sure Bob has something to treat that, too. The lawn looks pretty brown out there, due to a dry spell, but it might green up now that we had rain earlier in the week. Squash, cantaloupe (muskmelon), green beans and spinach are starting to show. A few tomato plants are taking root, although they could have been planted deeper to give them more root power, but I can't really complain since I was not a participant in the planting! My sewing and quilting have knocked gardening down on my list of interests, so mostly Bob does it now, and I am thankful for that.
A few years ago, he built a pergola over one end of the patio ( I think this was done when Brita graduated from HS, so that was 10 or so years ago) and transplanted some of the wild grapevines from our wooded area to grow up the posts. It took them awhile to get established, but now they make a lovely cover over the beams, and cast a good bit of shadow on the blocks of the patio. The 2 chairs in the picture belonged to my Grandpa and Grandma Irvine and we repainted them over the rust and light green peeling paint, but I would kind of like to go back to the green, I think. They are great old chairs.
Just one more thing to share at the moment--I am finished with this striped scarf, I wrote something about it awhile back, and it is washed and laying on the table outside to dry.
Thinking of my kids today, too, this would be a great day to go out in the boat with them. Brita and Ben are in the windy city, having great fun with friends and Cubs, I'm sure. And Dan is in Sioux Falls, the place of his birth, to celebrate a friend's wedding. Strange to think they are all in the midwest but not here!
So that sums up my Saturday so far! Hope yours is just as much fun!