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  •  Spring has sprung in the Great Plains! (14+ / 0-)

    How do we know? The number of consecutive days of storm and tornado watches and warnings... the new hail damage... the swift drop in temperature from 80+ degrees to 50 degrees, when the storm front runs through at 45 miles per hour.

    And the wind. Did we mention the wind that never stops?

    But the moving part of the move is completed. Now is the unpacking, cleaning, organizing, and discarding things that should have been discarded on the front end of things.

    The good news is that we have 4 trees planted so far! The tulip tree was first, the burgundy hearts redbud was second. Both trees are already showing new growth.

    Then came the cedar of Lebanon, which appears to be settling in nicely. The buds which were opening on it have completed opening, and the tree is newly staked with a much taller piece of bamboo.

    And then... the swamp white oak. On Thursday, our cat Dom took her final visit to the vet. She had been suffering from squamous cell carcinoma, and she'd finally reached the point when we could no longer keep her comfortable. We are grateful to have a humane option for ending her misery, but it was still painful and difficult to do.

    So in the spot where we were planning to plant the swamp white oak, we dug the primary hole for the tree. Then we dug an extension off one end, which is where Dom's body was laid to rest. The tree was planted and watered in, and should now thrive in the most moist part of the yard.

    We still have more to do. There are hostas, columbine, wood geraniums, and a hellebore to plant; also lavender. We still have 4 small trees to plant (3 Japanese maples and 1 dogwood). And I really need to go out and get a couple of tomato plants yet, maybe a couple of bell peppers too. But we've started! And with Glenn's help, and his son's help, we're getting things done.

    (We need to get it all done before my rotator cuff surgery, because after that, I'll be useless for anything other than watering for weeks.)

    Oh! And I almost forgot! Kennedy Landscaping here in town has an owner who enjoys ordering unusual trees. So I plan to ask Glenn for a birthday present. It turns out he has a Princeton Elm in stock! It will not be cheap, at a 3 to 4 inch caliper B&B, but the sooner we plant it, the sooner we'll have shade off the SW corner of the house.

    And the downed cottonwood tree trunk/s are carved up and waiting for the neighbor to come get them.)

    The lawn needs to be seeded out front, but Glenn has decided to put in a sprinkler system first. Luckily, he already had a lot of the parts; it's a matter of picking up several more heads/valves, and then tubing. He's also putting in watering heads for flower beds - yay! No reason to water the whole lawn, if only the hostas need it.

    "Fast, Cheap, and Good... pick two." - director Jim Jarmusch

    by AnnCetera on Sat Jun 01, 2013 at 07:48:19 AM PDT

    •  As always, (8+ / 0-)

      just reading what you've accomplished makes me feel worn out.  I wish I had half your energy.  And a Glenn & Son wouldn't hurt, either.  ;-)

      So sorry to hear about Dom.  Sounds like she has a beautiful resting place.  

      •  She does... (8+ / 0-)

        The oak will end up being big, but of course it will grow hardly at all for the next couple of years. Next year I'll start with a fertilizer spike in the spring; the following year will see two spikes. Though the oak will not grow quickly, it will be beautiful.

        As far as planting, it doesn't hurt that the soil here is a sandy, slightly silty loam. That's made digging SO MUCH EASIER than in the heavy clay covering the Missouri limestone. I will still readily admit to using shortcuts like the 4" auger bit attached to a hammer drill, which makes planting small things an easy-breezy task!

        "Fast, Cheap, and Good... pick two." - director Jim Jarmusch

        by AnnCetera on Sat Jun 01, 2013 at 08:20:43 AM PDT

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    •  Good luck w/ the surgery. (8+ / 0-)

      Had it done on both shoulders. First one was miserable...but the second one, done 5 years later, wasn't as bad at all. And it is so blessed wonderful after you heal and realize the pain is gone.

      Get ready for elastic waist pants and pull up bra's...if you're a female. :)  And bad hair for awhile.

      My spousal unit was a great help...but dang, he was not so great w/ the hair stuff. Bless his heart.

      "I'd like to find your inner child and kick it's little ass." -Don Henley.

      by Olkate on Sat Jun 01, 2013 at 08:26:41 AM PDT

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      •  I broke my right wrist about 15 years ago. (8+ / 0-)

        I could do most things by myself, fortunately it was summer so elastic shorts and Tevas were the daily norm.  Hair, though, was a big problem but Mr. Light insisted on doing a french braid for me every morning! He's really good at it. I was so grateful, because my hair is normally to my waist and curly, so it's quite lively!

        “You can say any fool thing to a dog and the dog will just give you this look that says, 'My GOSH, you're RIGHT! I NEVER would've thought of that!” ― Dave Barry

        by Merry Light on Sat Jun 01, 2013 at 09:09:34 AM PDT

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        •  Luckily... (3+ / 0-)
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          Whenever I've broken anything previously, it's been on my left side. Not so lucky this time! I suspect the hardest part will be sleeping, because I may be reduced to sleeping on my back... or sleeping on the reclining sofa. Not fun, but it might be the only way for me to get a decent night of sleep.

          As it stands now, I sleep for 3-4 hours, wake up because of the pain, get up and take OTC painkiller, stay up for a while until they start to take effect, then go back to sleep for 2-3 hours. Not ideal, but I can mostly function.

          "Fast, Cheap, and Good... pick two." - director Jim Jarmusch

          by AnnCetera on Mon Jun 03, 2013 at 06:29:21 AM PDT

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      •  Thanks! (3+ / 0-)
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        I think I can do my very simple hair with the left hand... and Glenn will be more than happy to assist with putting the bra on. (And taking it off! LOL) I have plenty of work pants and some casual pants & shorts that are elastic waist, so that will be fine.

        I will NOT be entering any fashion shows while still in a sling or cast!

        "Fast, Cheap, and Good... pick two." - director Jim Jarmusch

        by AnnCetera on Mon Jun 03, 2013 at 06:26:04 AM PDT

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    •  Sorry for your loss of Dom (7+ / 0-)

      You picked a beautiful resting place for her. Years ago we lost our kitty Francis and planted yellow tulips when we dug her grave. Every year Francis' tulips reminded us of what a fantastic girl she was and made us smile.

      "The scientific nature of the ordinary man is to go on out and do the best you can." John Prine

      by high uintas on Sat Jun 01, 2013 at 09:11:53 AM PDT

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