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Spring Has Come Once Again

| 3/20/2012 6:06:42 PM

A photo of Nebraska DaveOh, yeah, Spring has sprung here in Nebraska.  The sun's warm rays are inviting us to be outside.  The flowers are blooming.  The birds are tweeting their Spring time songs.  The grass is green and wants to be mowed.  Ah, life is good.  Don't you think?  It's a wonderful time to be alive.  Yeah, I'm feeling just a little pumped up today even though I can't get outside due to the misty nonproductive rain.   I wish it would just rain already.  This one and two tenths of an inch is keeping me from gardening.  I tried to get some things planted yesterday and only half the carrots and four Swiss Chard seeds were nestled in the soil before the rains came.  So the alternative is to make ice cream. 


 Bradley making icecream 

No seven year old worth his salt would be caught without a nerf rifle within arm's reach would they?  Here we are mixing up the recipe for Lori Dunn's grandma's ice cream.  After a taste or two, I convinced Bradley it wasn't for us to drink but had to be frozen in the ice cream freezer.  It was pure torture for him to have to wait the 45 minutes for the ice cream to freeze.  Finally the ice cream was frozen and the moment of truth came.

Bradley tasting icecream 

After a spoonful and then another and then another, I asked how it tasted.  He responded, "Oh, yeah, it's great Grandpa."  So, Lori, I guess it passed the critic's test and if a seven year old can make it, then anyone can.  We each had a big bowl and packed the rest away for another time.  Oh, yeah!! (My comment).Daffodils are blooming 

3/24/2012 2:33:37 PM

Lori, the icecream certainly was a hit with both Bradley and me. The best part was that I had all the ingredients except for the salt and ice right in my storage cabinet. That's the first time that has happened. It was great to be able to just go to the cupboard and find everything needed for a recipe. My goal is to be able to do that more and more. My basement storage area can be used even though I'm not finished with the total project yet. The area itself is completed but the wall and door have not been built. I expect that will be down the road since spring has arrived and all my time is spent either outside or entertaining a seven year old. My raised beds are ready to plant and I actually started to plant when the rains began. I have a few carrots and four Swiss Chard planted. I'm real tempted to buy one of those early tomato plants at the big box store and stick it in the ground just see what happens. This crazy weather just could stay warm this year and it would be great to have some early tomatoes out of the garden. Have a great outdoors weekend.

3/24/2012 2:23:54 PM

Allan,thanks for leaving a comment. It's always good to hear your thoughts about my experiences with life. We are finally done with the rain for a spell but the forecast promises a return on Monday. Arrrgh, I'm not wishing the rain to stop but just give me a little more of a break to start fence building. It really difficult to dig a hole in mud. The icecream did ease the torture a bit but then a sugared up seven year old cooped up inside during spring break was a real challenge. Old grandpop is glad that school is back in session on Monday. I just can't wait for summer break. (big sigh) As for the plants, I'm not getting good reviews that's for sure. The word is that they are wild daylilies and words like ditch lilies, invasive, and not for gardens keep popping up. However that's exactly what I'm looking for to surround the outside of my garden fence. It's tough, rugged and doesn't need any attention, well, except to contain. I just need something to keep the rabbits from digging under the fence and that they don't like to eat. Maybe this is it. I'll let everyone know how it turns out. Yet another challenge. I love challenges. I'm hoping to get the yard mowed for the first time this weekend. Have a great weekend too.

3/23/2012 11:08:51 PM

Arch, the secret is definitely in the salt. Dont' be chintzy with the salt and it has to be course salt not table salt. I usually put a layer of ice maybe six inches and dowse it with salt. Then another layer and salt and the final layer of ice and salt. Then as it is freezing a couple more salt sprinkles and ice up to the weep hole. Still it will take about 45 minutes to freeze the icecream so a little patience is required. Not really something my grandson has much of. I hope that helps with the next icecream freezing. Hostas are mostly planted for the leaves and although they do have teeny tiny little flower stems, I've always been told to pinch those off to give the leaves more color. I am indeed partial to those flowers that just kind of take care of themselves. I am sure you will get your flower plans worked out. The compost can be turned into the soil anytime. If it rains the nunutrientsill just soak into the soil below so it doesn't hurt the compost any. I'm looking forward to reading your blog. Have a great day in the garden.

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