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Our Garden Club Work Continues

I really thought when I joined just two years back this gardening thing around our little town would be so easy.  You all see I know how to grow some real beauties so what’s the problem?

Well wanting something really badly,  sadly will not make it happen.  It takes members.  Men woman and children if need be!  You need a town who actually cares how they present themselves to the world. Sadly we were on a very slippery slope on that part.  Four sickening murders in just the time I have been here, 27 years.  All hitting the papers here and abroad.

This dream of mine to join was long overdue.   I wanted our small little town to care for one another.  Be a community.  Like the one I grew up in.  Sadly day in and day out I see the world around me not as it used to be.  Have people changed that much?  Do they no longer want what is best for their children.  Are they so busy working to see there are more important things in life than 3 cars, a  boat, 4 wheelers, motorcycles?  Toys all toys with no substance.  No family dinners as both parents work outside their home to pay for all the trips to the mall,  no one sews  clothes for their children anymore and if they do they are looked down upon and bullied.

So who was I to dream so big for my little town?  Well Eunice of course and you know what a wise woman told me if I wanted to do something do it myself for I was the only one I could count on boy was she right in the beginning  I placed my cell phone number up on a billboard in front of our town haul and waited for the phone to ring off the hook!   I had the town place an Ad on TV(towns private station)looking for members again adding my private number.  There were just three of us.  President of club walked out in a huff her best friend stayed as did I and the treasurer.  Now of us three I am the only one home and was nominated to be the secretary oh joy I wanted to get my hands dirty not make phone calls!

Another lady who works nights joined and made it a point to come to our once a month meetings on a Monday night the others came as well.  We made plans for plant sales, yard sales too!  You need money to make a town such as ours pretty and not ugly as was portrayed over and over in the news, in books and around the world in the papers.

Well We still have those who stayed in club from a year ago and just recently welcomed another woman.  She is a stay at home Mom and we love that she is young, loves to garden  and can do more than us older crippled members.

I ordered business cards and gave each of us 50 to start with.  Pass them around to local businesses they do business with.  I went knocking on doors as I am home all day.  I had a few positive meetings for things we can do down the road.

I received a wonderful email from our AD on TV who asked if he could donate some plants for our upcoming plant sales.  I told him we would love to accept his gracious gift and made plans for another member to help me.  The first load Ron and JT came with me as this was a stranger and wanted to make sure everything was on the level him not me I am too trusting.  We went and filled the whole bed of the pickup truck and there were many we could not get that trip.  I had one of the full-time workers go with me and filled the truck again!  Now we were a real garden club!  At the next meeting we set a plan in motion.  We would all meet on a Sunday morning at 8 AM and tear out a whole intersection with our hand tools what were we thinking!

We showed up with rakes, shovels trash bags and water.  Plants too,  a whole pickup truck load,  poor Ron no one else has a truck and you know me I am on a mission!

We pulled out the plants we could save and then we tore out grass, and bagged it to compost.  It was now noon and time to take a break three of us said we would meet back there at 6 PM to start placing the plants back into the rotten soil after we added some sphagnum to lighten it up with.  A friend of mine from town stopped to ask when I had gotten such a green thumb he knew me as only a female who owned and drover her own rig.  He had his own excavating company.  He asked if I needed anything and I said “Are you sure?”  yes he was sure so I asked for some nice rich organic soil.  Dream big I say!  He came back with his own dump truck and dropped us off a nice pile of loam.  We wanted a raised bed to keep plants protected from drivers and plows wait you know about the snow we get.

So here is when I will share with you a project done by first 4 then three woman from 8 AM till 8 PM with a few hour break in between for a cold drink and something to eat.
Hope you can see how it evolved into what it is now.

A mess
A mess

We had moved the pretty Urn here but sadly it was doing nothing for this corner downtown.  Before the grass came up it looked pretty for a few days.

Nice soil
Nice soil

When the two ladies met back at 6 PM they were happy to see Paul’s gift of rich soil.

We raked it down and shaped it.  Two of them lifted this heavy Urn up into the middle of the planting then we laid fabric down to keep weds in check.

We unloaded the truck and placed plants in a design the best we could and set about knocking them from their pots and cutting holes in the fabric where they would go into the new soil.  This is back-breaking work when you have a wrecked back to start with!

Till Dark

Two of us stayed till dark as you can see the lights across the way have come on.
We were tired both of us in our mid 50’s.  She with a desk job me with no job.

I came by the next day to check on our work

Needing Mulch Badly

 

 

We needed to mulch this area to complete the look, hold down the weeds and fabric as well.  Thankfully as we wrapped up the night before the rains began to fall gently upon our  new planting.

JT and I took 3 half pick up truck loads of mulch I had saved in my yard all winter  and added it to this space.  The parade would be days away and I wanted it to be complete for Memorial Day.

Done till Fall

Now some of you have seen these photos before others have not

Now I will show you some shots of what we have been up to all this summer no wonder I hurt so bad!

 

I scored FREE BARK MULCH FOR ALL OUR PROJECTS!

I went to a business the next town over who makes bark mulch, I used to love hauling mulch with my rig to all the local garden centers I miss my truck.  Well back to the story I asked if we could get the wholesale price as we were a tiny garden club next town over and really needed to find the best deal.  She says to me IS FREE GOOD?  You already know by this post   Thank You!   Only deal was they gave me a sign to promote their business well I was all alone to I said yes the deal was made and each and every corner will look the same and only cost Ron gas money to truck it back and forth!

 

Flower Boex for the downtown granite bridge

One of the members bought two 40 in long cedar window boxes we filled and put on our granite bridge downtown   so our color draws you through town.

 

 

Ok the last photo in my story is of a corner Lowe’s gifted us plants for last year but needed to fit in with the rest of what we had recently done so Ron dropped of 21 bags I think he said it was and I spread it to finish off the intersection closest to my home.

It really makes a difference

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So yes a group of driven residents can make a difference little by little one corner at a time our little town is feeling more loved.

So what do you think is it worth our effort?

I hope with each planting we do there will be another member joining our team and another business climbing on board with us as you know I am not afraid to ask help from one out-of-town!

Thanks for reading this very long post had I known I would have done it in many segments
XO
Peace and Love to ALL of YOU

 

 

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I have seen signs of SPRING

I have seen signs of spring but mostly they have been in the blogs I follow and finally caught up with today.

It has been a busy week.

I turned another year older and 10 years wiser.

I had all my long hair cut off, before going to see my Mom for the meal she prepared,  in celebration of my birthday .

It was time,  it had gotten long and dried out with all the high lightening over the years and it was just not me any longer.  I needed a wash and go look not the wash and clip up look I had been rocking for over a year and a half, even my hairdresser  who lost her business to a fire, had found a place to work so that was not my excuse.  I had no excuse except being lazy and holding on to hair that no longer did a thing for me,  I guess you could say a RUT, a really deep one.

So knowing I would be heading south to spend the day with Mom and stylist having just gone back into her shop all shiny and new,  I asked if she had an opening early and she did,  she made it for me by starting work early.  I was one of her first steady customers when she came out of school in the mid 80’s.  I used to pull up in a rig and jump out run in for a wash, cut and blow dry then back later for high-light. Well Tuesday was different I hugged her while boyfriend and dog waited in truck and she washed my hair and then I said words I never had before MAKE IT SHORT and NO high Lights I am too old.  She assured me I was not but got the scissors out  and proceeded to rid my head of all those dried out locks.  It was half way down my back,  so I know it will grow back but now being 57 and looking forward to showing my art,  it was time not to appear to be a hippie.

The work was done,  there was a huge pile on the new wooden floor.  She had cut lots of layers all over my head as I have straight and fine hair so now I could blow dry on a round brush and then add curls with the small iron for lots of tight curls or the fat curling iron for some pretty bouncy curls.  I may even use my old curlers now and then.

Now just picture this I was always a blonde then I added more blonde highlights and now that they are all gone.  I am no longer going to be called Blondie maybe just  Eunice,  for a change.    I missed weigh-in on Tuesday but maybe down even more ounces without the extra length.  I am not used to having real short hair.   I did have a Twiggy Haircut back when Laugh-In was a big deal as was she.  From the days when Charlie’s Angels hit the TV with Farah my hair has always been just like hers,  it fit me.   Now that is a VERY DEEP RUT hey, lol.

 

So Ron was great with it for a man he is cool he knows I just want a fresh start and it can grow a little longer and still look pretty. Now I  was off to see what Mom would say.  I hugged her when I went into the house I grew up in, no coat on and friendly dog at my heel and she never noticed.  After I made a cup of coffee and helped her make some moves on her Words With Friends, yes she is now on Facebook, I asked “so do you like my hair?”  She looks at me and says what did you do to it then says OH, OH I like it what color is that?  I said my own to which she reminds me it was always pretty till I messed with it in the mid 70’s.  So then she says you have a rinse in it though right to cover the gray.  I burst out laughing and said no Mom 57 and no gray yet.  She has had beautiful white hair since she was 50!  I reminded  her she raised us four brats and I had dogs and  not back talking children.  When I left I think she still thought I had colored it my color I was when I was 18.  Now my hairdresser took photos and never got to me in time for this post and for that I am sorry and one I took in mirror I do not think is good enough but I did add it even though I know it could cause me to really lose my wonderful followers.’  I did add the photos as it would not be my blog without them.

 

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Nope this was 3 years ago highlighted  leaving Farrah behind

 

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Nope not this one either. This was 5 years ago when  I did my hair the night before I took this photo,  with strips of a brown paper bag, like back in the day when I used rags to roll my waist length hair up on the ends just to make it pretty when in a pony tail.

 

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Yes me above now down 70+ pounds and I want another  70 or 80 off but no longer can I hide behind the HAIR  I know I should have smiled pretty but I was worried about all those wrinkles  and the shower curtain, etc. behind me so I cropped all I could out sorry but I must say I feel liberated bathroom shot and all!

 

Now for the CAKE!

 

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Mom may be 77 but she still can make a beautiful ROSE and yummy cake maybe I will miss next weeks weigh in as well oh no wait I won’t have to there is SNOW TO SHOVEL as the storm is no upon us!

Now to get back to the POST Name

I hear the sounds of spring in the birds voices.

I see birds arriving that stay further south wait you got as much snow as we did last storm but really we are now seeing chipmunks and mom had greens tall ones for her Daffodils already up so certainly it will arrive soon as this bout of 6 inches melts and the other 12 inches follows suit and the huge snow bank under the Apple tree well she will bear fruit like crazy with no water shortage!

 

It was so nice to sit with my feet up and read your blogs well the ones I got to and to sit with you and let you know all is good I am getting so excited to start out fresh and full of  joy and a light heart,  head too.

Love you all and miss you too

Susan  B. still no blog listed on  my list for you 😦 HUGS I will locate you here or there though.

 

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From my beautiful snow-covered NH home to yours we shall talk soon!

Eunice