Saturday, July 26, 2014

Almost final pool post....

The solar light post caps came in the other day and we got those installed yesterday. They are glass with cedar bases.
These are on the two posts by the gate, and the two posts at the back of the pool.  We're just about done for a while, John's taking a break from the deck for the next couple of hot months.  I think we'll just enjoy the pool for a while!

PS: John did re-do the gate, and I'm liking it much better.  Once he's finished with that in the next day or two, I'll put up some finished photos.

Friday, July 25, 2014

Summer Day Camp --- Day Fourteen

Today we started with a trip to the library, where we found some books about airplanes....
 ...did some drawing, read a few other books, and did a few puzzles!
 We got home in time for lunch, and then went for a long swim - 1-1/2 hours! Whew! We were tired and ready to do something in the shade after that!
Next up, a craft project.  KT and Grumpy built a model airplane that is powered by a rubber band.  After they built it, it was time to decorate it, so they painted it together. This took a while.

KT loves to paint!
 All done, now to let it dry.  We didn't have enough time to fly it today, so we'll do that next week.  I'll let you know how it goes.
We left for town a little early so that we could make a trip to the ice cream shop.  So it was off to the Baskin Robbin's for a treat.
 KT chose chocolate chip cookie dough, I had my usual chocolate, and Grumpy had sherbet in a cone.
Grumpy giving us the "evil eye!"

Shivers!!! Can. Not. Wait.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Have I shown you this little cherub lately?

We have electric lights!!

John finished putting in the electric lights around the pool in one day.  I don't know how he does it, the heat out there just drains me in no time.  I sat in the shade and murmered encouraging words some, but that's about it. Whew!  But I really, really love how they turned out.  They are on all four corners of the pool deck.
 Here he is crawling under the deck running the electric lines....
 ...and climbing ladders to hang the lights.
 And here's how they looked that night.  Lovely! We don't have lights in the pool, but I have a couple of floating lights that just put off flashing lights from the top of the water.  Not much light, but they are pretty snazzy. Ha!  He's just about done for the summer...we will be skirting the bottom of the deck, but probably not until it starts to cool off this fall.  It's just hellish hot out there right now, and he really needs a break from this project.  The solar cap lights came in yesterday, and I'll post a picture of those as soon as they are put on.
Oh, and don't ask me about the gate....we're still negotiating his design.....arghhhh!!!! He's so stubborn!

Spring 2014 Garden Diary, Post 25

A few things still growing out there, despite the heat (or maybe because of it!)  These Porter tomatoes are still going strong.  The large cherry tomato and the Better Boy are still looking good, but the San Marzano and the Mortgage Lifter are looking stressed.  I'm keeping them watered and the rain the other day really helped.
 I'm starting to see some of the bottle gourds, seeds that I saved from some I grew several years ago. This one is about the size of a softball.....
 ...and there are several little ones coming on here, too!
And those Guarijio Frijol Gamuza black-eyed peas have finally started to bloom!
 Here's a cucumber, finally.  This is the second batch of cucumber seeds that I planted after the first one's were dug up by the armadillo.  So late, but I'm happy to get whatever I can.  They are in the same bed as the peppers, so luckily I can water them all together.  Most of the beds are completely empty and everything in them has been pulled up.
These are the Big Jim peppers, one of these plants has just been a big producer, the other three not so much.  Supposedly they are fairly mild, and we're planning some poppers with these soon.  So far we've harvested about 1-1/2 pounds of peppers, not a great year.  I'll cut these back in August sometime and re-mulch and fertilize them for fall and hope they do better then.
 All of the Castor Bean trees have drying seed pods on them.  The plants still look great, very tropical.
That Litchi Tomato plant has reawakened! It seems to LOVE the heat, and it is growing again, lots of little tomatoes on it.  It's a real conversation piece.  I wish I had planted this one in the ground, though, I think the pot is keeping it from realizing its full potential.
And the morning glories are just beautiful every morning.  I really love looking out the porch and seeing them at the edge of the lawn.

Summer Day Camp --- Day Thirteen

This week our theme is Airplanes, so of course we hit the movies! We went to see Airplanes, Fire and Rescue in Boerne at 11:30 a.m.  It was really cute, and KT was interested in it the entire time.  She already knew the main character, Dusty, from the first movie, so she was able to jump right into the story.
We had hot dogs, popcorn, candy and drinks for lunch while we were at the movie ... come to think of it, that may have helped keep KT busy, too! ha!
 (screen shot at the movie!)
KT's drink had this cool model of Dusty on it!
When we got home, it was time to swim! I didn't get any pictures of it, but we spent a whole hour in the pool today...that wore all of us out!