Turn Around Surprise

The zinnias, and marigolds were killed by the frost, and looked pretty ugly. I didn’t pull them out. I’ve been reading a lot about no till gardening, and decided to try it with my front bed. I cut the flowers down at the soil line, leaving the roots in the ground. Then I put cardboard in the back behind the flowers on top of buttercup that I have been fighting. I put bone meal on the soil to feed the daffodils that are under the ground so they will be healthy, grow well, and look pretty next spring. Then I covered the whole thing, cardboard and soil with beauty bark. That cleaned up pretty good!

Before and after the front bed cleanup.

Garage Project

The garage has been quite a bit overflowing with boxes. We decided we were going to get five shelving racks, one for each person living here, to let each one have their own storage in the garage. We looked online and found some we liked at Lowe’s. They were ordered online, and we used the curbside pickup so that we didn’t even have to go in the store, having us be less exposed to the possibility of the virus. Here is a picture of the assembled shelves.

We are planning to get rid of most everything else, except what is on the shelves. Then we will have a clean garage!


I had a birthday recently. I won a carrot cake at work, and decided to use that for my birthday cake. It came undecorated, so I let my granddaughter decorate it.

Now everyone knows what my age is.

For my birthday, I got myself a couple sparkly batts to spin up on my wheel. They have merino (which is a breed of sheep), bamboo, firestar (the sparkly stuff), softsilk, and seacell all blended together.

Here it is being spun up on my Ashford Traditional wheel. Pre 1973 version.


Now to talk about what we have been doing about moving. We have been looking at several places. We really liked an old farmhouse on a little more than an acre.

We got outbid on it. We feel sad about that one.

Next we almost got a triple wide mobile on some land too. It had a really big covered porch, the living space was about twice as big, and the kitchen was terrific. My granddaughter loved the swings!

We decided not to buy it after the inspection turned up some electrical and foundation problems that would have cost a lot to fix.

By that time, most of the family members decided that they didn’t want to move, and we are staying in our present home after all! It’s really nice now with the new carpet, flooring, fresh paint, and we are going to get the garage all cleaned up.


My husband and I recently had out 39th wedding anniversary. To celebrate, this year we went to a bed and breakfast in the small seaside town of La Conner. Here is a picture from our room.

Pretty View

While we were there, we checked out the shops around town, and the quilt museum above it on a hill. The shop I love the most is the yarn shop. I bought a book for knitting doll clothing I can help my granddaughter do. I always love going to the quilt museum. Here are a few pictures of quilts.

Rose of Sharon pattern
Thousands of pieces cut and sewn.
Three D blocks.

That’s all for now from Grandma’s Garden. We will eventually move, probably not till we retire, but we will be better set up financially to do it, and we can go wherever we want then.

I will be looking for someplace to start a community garden to be able to grow more, and to help others in the community.

Blessings to All,


Published by Grandma

I have a certificate in horticulture, and am a master gardener with my county extension agency. I also spin yarn from fiber, knit, crochet, sew, and cross stitch, as well as cook, bake, and preserve foods using freezing, canning, and pickling methods.

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