Wednesday, March 7, 2012

A new DOG in Podunk

Meet Lucky.  She is the new DOG of Podunk.

We adopted (insert I was coerced by my daughters) her from the Humane Society last night. The daughters and I had gone to look on Saturday, and Monday (they are closed on Sunday) and again last night.  We had the choices narrowed down to two when we left on Saturday.  We went back on Monday to look again, and play with the two choices, and then again last night for one final test, the walk on a leash test. The daughters will be walking this dog ALOT!

Both dogs passed, but they decided on Lucky.  The Humane Society identified her as a Newfoundland mix.  She is full grown, and about 40 lbs, so I would have to guess the "mix" is more of what she is and the Newfoundland is less!  According to a website I found on Newfoundland dogs, a female weighs 100 - 120lbs with a "calm disposition"... ummmm, no.  The website also say Newfoundland dogs like water.  We don't know if she likes water yet, but she does like to drink water.  She has not met the Cows of Podunk yet, but there will certainly be pictures of that! 

Ginger was our second choice and you can find her here.  She is a red heeler mix, and would make someone an excellent companion.  She had much less energy than Lucky.  A really good thing  in my book, but the daughters wanted a more "fun" dog. 

This is what the CAT of Podunk thinks of our newest addition.

Annie is NOT impressed, and wants to know when that "thing" is going back!  What an evil stare she is giving the dog and me... mostly me.  Then she walked away and circled back just to give the dog a look that spoke of her superior being status before walking away again!

Lucky wants to know when she gets to play with the cat. 

 The cat says never.

On a lighter note, the dog (aka Lucky) needs a new and improved name.  She doesn't recognize the current name anyway.  We are taking suggestions.  Humane Society names are so generic (although she may have come with the name, don't know).  Ideas from the Daughters so far include Baylor and Bling.  The hubby voted for "dog".  Any great ideas??

Complete side note:  The daffodils are in bloom in Podunk!  Spring is here.

Sunday, March 4, 2012

A Garden in Podunk aka the Redneck Garden

The gardening bug has hit me full force, and for the last almost month, I have been on Pinterest and a number of gardening sites plotting my garden.  STOP right now if you think this post will be insightful in any way!  In fact, if I were the betting sort, I would wager that 50% of my plants will be dead in less than a month, that I will be lucky to pick one tomato grown by me, and that the farmers' market will be my primary source of fresh vegetables once again this year!

The two younger daughters and I went to Lowes to shop for plants yesterday.  If I am telling the entire truth here, they only reluctantly agreed to come with me because I promised (and kept it) that we would go across the street to PetSmart after Lowes to look at a dog to adopt. 

I brought home a blueberry bush, 6 strawberry plants and 10 strawberry roots, one rosemary, one cilantro, one basil and three tomato plants.  I also purchased "gardening" soil, vermiculite and 4 5-gallon buckets.  We did not bring home a dog... that saga will continue.

The fun began this morning... after watering each plant, I began the transplant.   From this site, which I found via Pinterest, I built a tower herb garden.  I used 6 diet Pepsi two liter bottles, duct tape (doesn't every project from Podunk need duct tape) and an exact-o knife. 

I'm a little concerned about it tipping over with the wind here, but so far so good. 

I am also wondering if the rosemary will get enough water.  I've poured quite a bit in the top, and so far nothing has made it to the overflow at the bottom. 

My second completed project was to plant the strawberries in a Topy Turvy strawberry planter I bought last year on clearance for $1.00.  I figured it was worth $1.00 to try it.  If it works, I can make some more.

I ended up not having enough plants, because reading how many it would hold BEFORE going to Lowes yesterday would have resembled planning, and we simply can not have that!  Daughter #3 thought I was putting too many plants in it anyway. 

The blueberry plant got planted in a large pot I have so it can be a container garden blueberry.  If I were to plant it somewhere "permanent" I am sure the deer here would eat it before I get the chance to kill it.  This one's all mine!  I didn't take any just looks like a stick at the moment.  If I get leaves, I will take a picture, if it doesn't I will return it to Lowes for a refund!

The tomatoes will have to wait until tomorrow.  I ran out of soil (more lack of planning).  They are going in the 5 gallon buckets, in a system called global buckets, I found hereTwo teenage boys came up with this, so maybe, just maybe, I can get at least one tomato before I kill the plants.  I am also going to try a pepper plant this way.  Lowes did not have any pepper plants yet (lucky peppers). 

I will, of course, be bringing these plants into the sun room every night, until the nights are warm enough, but like I said, I have the gardening bug!