Ta-Da!

We’ve had a heatwave.

Plain and simple, the vegies I usually plant for a later harvest have struggled.

So to compensate, I dug through my stash of old sheets and between the hubby and I, came up with an idea that just might do the trick.

I present the Cucumbers of July 16, 2018 complete with sunburn and impending death.Cucs shaded9.jpg

What our young cucs needed was some relief in the form of shade. So I looked into the mesh shade cloth that you see at greenhouses and larger gardens.

It’s very nice, but I want to save a few pennies. That’s the whole point of gardening right?! Grow your own vegies to save on the grocery bill? And of course there’s the flavor 😉

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So here’s what we came up with. Two giant ‘sails’. Really just a curtain with rod pockets at top and bottom. Some old pipe came in handy to attach it to our raised bed. And when storm clouds rise or the weather turns fair, we gather it in the middle and tie it up until danger of getting ripped passes.

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Taken just 1 week after assembling this shade curtain. And I will admit to having some nice rainfall to help the situation. Just a good all around combination.

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And here’s the mandatory garden view.

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Throwing Some Shade/Thursday Doors

When your daughter has a request, you do what most mothers do…..Fill that request. On this occasion, I took myself through this door and got busy.

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The plan was to get some window treatments to keep the heat out in summer and the heat in during the upcoming winter months. Trying to save on the utility bill in other words plus stay comfortable. Not to mention, the daughter gets to control the thermostat for the whole building. Sounds good until she found out her apartment was always the warmest in summer and coldest in winter. The culprit….all those dang windows. shadescollage So rather than buy the store variety, we joined our resources and with a little elbow grease, thread and time, we managed to recreate for 1/3 the price what she could have picked up. The only downside was the wait. It takes time to measure, cut and sew it all up. But mission accomplished and if nothing else, the sun won’t be quite as bright in those east windows every morning.

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I think this is where I’m supposed to insert something about ‘on the backs of immigrants’ as I wasn’t tall enough to reach the foot pedal while making the shades. We are very proud of our immigrant heritage and I’m going to heist those books someday in the future for some ‘light’ reading. History is always worth reading and remembering.

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Missouri Pacific Depot

I’m sure saving old buildings is a thing.

 I’m just not seeing much of it in my small town. There are plenty of grants out there but I suppose the investment of time is becoming too much for folks these days. So before another one bites the dust, I’m using it for this week’s Thursday Doors entry.

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As the pictures says, this is an old depot that was once not so forgotten, the Missouri Pacific Depot. I’m sure these doors have stories to tell. I’ll leave you to wonder what they may be as I give you a few more pictures below.

A pretty hazy day with our unrelenting heat wave. I decided against filters this week. You’re getting the real deal.

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The roof is in good condition, at least on this portion.

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Back view with some stairs lying haphhazard.

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Many of the rails are gone but we still have these left.

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Keeping it local this Thursday Doors. The art on the side of this garage is hard to ignore, and I apologize, but I’m really not 100% certain on what the painting spells. I’m relying on some of my visitors to give me your opinion.

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The artist may step forward once I share this with Facebook friends? Who knows?! However, my focus was on the doors per the requested topic of each Thursday.

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I felt the ‘white hot hue’ of the forground in the middle frame went well with our 4th hottest June on record. I didn’t get out of the vehicle for this photo assembly. Praying for temperature relief for a better photo opportunity soon.

For other wonderful Thursday Doors posts, please visit the blog of Norm 2.0 and follow his directions.