Sunday, April 30, 2017

Daffodils And Some Big Decisions

Here it is the last day and April, and it's a beautiful Spring day.  Some sun and blue sky and big puffy clouds.  A bit cool and a bit of a breeze now and again, and a load of laundry hanging on the clothes line.  The perfect kind of day for working outside.  This morning I stopped and did some digging out of weeds in the north garden.  I want to get the dahlias planted there, or at least some of them, and I want to get it done in the next few days.  I am DETERMINED this year to get them in in decent time.  We have had so much rain that the ground there is still a bit wet in spots, but will mostly be okay.  

The daffodils have finished here, and my one little bunch of tulips is blooming.  The cherry trees, both ornamental and fruiting ones, are in full bloom.

The fellow up the road that is a daffodil grower breeder packed up his roadside stand earlier in the week.

We walk past there most evenings with the dogs.  This particular evening we had all four.  They get to go off leash on this quarter mile section, which is a road right of way.  The daffodil stand would be behind Larry on the other side of the gravel laneway.

That's our road on the left, and it makes a 90 degree turn here at the corner

There are lots of daffodil stands in our area, as we are a daffodil growing area, but this particular stand probably has the most wide variety of daffodils

Another half a mile away is this huge field of dying daffodils.  I think some years they are picked for the cancer sales.  This year the daffodils were late, and then all came on in a rush, so it was a big mass of blooming flowers.

The stand at the corner had a half price sale on bunches for the last few days.  For $3.75 I got this beautiful display.

As for big decisions.....well a while back I had to do a mass jam making session.  One of my fruit freezers decided to kick the can.  By the time I discovered it, everything was thawed out.  I discovered it in time to rescue some of the fruit, as there were still some clumps of ice in the freezer.  The problem is that some of the plastic bags of fruit tend to get small holes in them as them are moved around in the freezer.  So that fruit all leaked out of the bags and was a fruity mixed mess in the bottom, and useless to me.  I was able to salvage quite a few of the bags, and did a LOT of jam making that week.  One day as I was stirring, I thought to myself that I didn't really want to do this any more.  It's not that I haven't thought this before, but this time I am going to act on it.  I decided that next year I am going to phase out the jam making.  Maybe not all of it, but most of it.  After I have used up the fruit that will be carried over from this year, I'm just going to make jam if and when I feel like it.  
I have a feeling that there will be a lot of disappointed customers.

The other big decision is David's and he has accepted a good position in Edmonton, Alberta.  It is about a 12 hour drive or one hour flight away.  He set off yesterday in his land rover and will be arriving as I am typing this. He will be flying back in three weeks to attend his grad ceremony, and staying for the week, and then will be flying back again in mid June when Melissa has finished her work contract.  Then the big move will take place as there are two dogs and two horses going along as well.  We are looking after Tucker for a bit.  He may fly back with David after the grad week.  It all depends if David can convince his boss in the next few weeks to let him have a dog in his office ;-)

Things are changing around here.

PS  About 2 seconds after I hit 'publish' I got a text to say that David had arrived at his new accomodations!! A mother is always relieved that her kids (no matter their age) have made it safely.


  1. Karen, I didn't realize until now that I had missed two of your posts. It's crazy here! I may never adjust to having a retired husband! Anyhow, I enjoy your posts, and hate to miss one! That vase of daffodils is beautiful!! It would be easy for me to say, stop making jams and jellies, because I don't enjoy that sort of thing. Your customers will be disappointed, but you do so much and have so many interests. Seems like it would be such a good break, not having to make jams and jellies any more. Oh gosh, you never stop worrying about your children, do you? Glad David arrived safe. You have such nice children. Congratulations on finishing the run. That is amazing. You and Meredith are really something!! Thank you for the nice comments and ideas on my playhouse. I do love to make something out of the junk I find. Also, I did reply to your comment about calling Simplicity Pattern Co., don't know if you had time to check back or not. Didn't mean to go on and on. :) Henny

    1. Yes Henny I did see your reply and I left another comment. Do you get your comments via email as well as on the blog, as I thought you might see it that way. I love it when people leave long comments ;-)

  2. Yeah for David! It is nice when they get jobs, but so far away will be a little sad for you, but you can go and visit! Your bouquet of Daffs is beautiful, how much fun it must be to see fields of flowers!
    I am paranoid about our old freezer giving up so I check it twice a day! It is across from my desk so it is not a big deal.
    No jam making for you is a big decision, perhaps you need to raise the price:)

  3. Too bad about your freezer and the resulting chore of dealing with what could be salvaged. I'm not surprised that you've gotten tired of jam making. If you ever tried to estimate how many jars you've made through the years you'd be appalled.

    Your huge bouquet of Daffs is so lovely. I've had fresh Daffs on the table for weeks now but I'm afraid that's coming to an end. Incidentally, I did buy some Daffs at Devan ( from their new cooler) but was very disappointed. They opened and were done in such a short while. Normally a fresh bunch lasts a week or more!!
    I put my Dahlias in the ground but I'm afraid of how they'll fare since the ground is still so sold. and soaking wet.

    Hurrah for David and his new job!! I hope he ( they) find a nice place that will allow them to keep the dogs and the horses.


    1. They are renting a basement suite on a horse farm, and the dogs are allowed. Melissa has a place in mind to take her horses, but will probably change that after she has had a chance to look around more. There are no shortages of horse boarding stables in the area, including the place they are living.
      Hoping to get some dahlias in tomorrow!


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