Wednesday, April 11, 2007

Best Laid Plans

The freezing temps we had on Friday and Saturday night sure did do a job on some of the, already planted, crops around here. Below is the field of corn on the south side of our house last week before the freeze. (notice the crooked rows, I think the tractor driver was high or something)
This is how that same field looks this week after it got a frost bite. Sure doesn't look promising, does it? (You'll notice the freeze didn't straighten those rows out any.)
below is Mr. Mockingbird. He's got a brother, a wife, and a sister-in-law and the whole danged family has become a little problem. I've been taking photos of them for a couple of years now and they don't seem to mind, they let me get closer and closer as time goes by. But they've sort of taken over the neighborhood and don't want new folks (birds) to move in. We've caught them beating up on the other bird species that like to hang out around here. Today, the mister here tore up Lucy and Ricky's (the dove pair) nest that they'd made in the plum tree. I'm not sure just what to do about these neighborhood terrorists.
This is the cute little bird feeder that Jerri gave me at Christmas. James painted it John Deere green and hung it in the cypress tree for me but the wind's been blowing like crazy and there's no way I'm gonna be able to keep seed in it unless I glue it in or something. (Hmmm,,I wonder if duct tape would work and still let the birds get a bite? ) Anyway, I was going to buy one of those pole things with a hook on it this week and buy a new feeder to hang from it so I'd have one closer to the house,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,
but that was before I changed the ink cartridge in my printer and the thing took a cranky turn and would no longer work. I was right in the middle of printing out a last minute tax return so I had to get dressed and go into town to buy a new printer so I could finish. It took awhile to search for one that would take the same cartridges as the old one cause I wasn't going to lose that $32 and have to spend more for another new cartridge for the new one.

James went to town with me and we bought 24 more tomato plants to replace the ones that got frozen last weekend. That sneaky, old, Jack Frost better keep his mitts off of these!

10 comments:

mreddie said...

We have had mockingbirds around our house as well and they seem to keep other birds away from the blueberries - a good thing. Sorry about your tomatoes, I hadn't planted ours yet because of being out of town but if I had they would have been frozen as well. ec

Special K said...

Your poor tomatoes! Less for your MIL to get at, I guess. ;)

Andie Pandie said...

We have tons of birdies around here and I'm looking to get some feeders set out soon. You know, once the stupid weather goes back to normal.

Joan said...

My mom used to laugh at me every year when we put in the garden. You could always tell which row I dug, it was always crooked or slanted off way to the other side. I always said, the veggies will taste the same whether the row in straight or crooked!!...but she never bought it and made me re-do it:)

"Early Bird" said...

Yikes...the prices on milk and eggs will be through the roof...we need more corn grown in the country...lol!
I think the pole you are speaking of is called "shepherds hook"...that's what I call them anyway!
Good luck on the future 'mater crop!

Brent said...

I've been reading that the cold has devasted everything down your way. Most of the crops aren't in the ground here, so the only worry is WHEN they can be planted.

Attila The Mom said...

Bullies---can't seem to get away from them!

I'm so sorry 'bout your plants. :-(

kaliblue said...

We almost planted our stuff last week. Glad we didn't. Still not sure about it. Cold here today. Talking about a possible frost over the weekend. I dunno. I sure hate ya'lls tomatoes got bit . Tomato sandwich season is a coming *giggles*.
Have a great weekend!!

Cindra said...

I hope you didn't plant those tomatoes right away. It looks like there is still a little more bad weather out there.

Summer said...

Can you replant the corn or is it a lost cause? I live in Northern Virginia and we had snow the day before Easter. What's up with this weather? Where's my global warming AL?