Two days, so far, of beautiful sunshine and warm temperatures! I’m in heaven. These 75-year-old bones are getting a bit creaky, so I’ve decided that, this year, I’m going to go at my spring planting and yard work a little slower than I usually do. I don’t want to pay too dear a price the next day, so my goal is to get at least one major project done each day.
Yesterday, I planted my petunia box. It holds three dozen plants that I stick through holes drilled through the front and sides of it as well as those that cover the top. Digging the old soil out and freshening it before I layer it on top of the plants protruding from the holes takes a bit of time, so I had a real sense of accomplishment when it was done.
I have one more to do at my daughter’s house. I take pride in the fact that I built both boxes with my own hands a couple of years ago and when they are fully in bloom, they are a solid mass of color.
Today was shrub-planting day. Digging three holes and planting shrubs is all the physical work I want to do today since my back has said, “Enough!” But at least I can mark that one off my list now, too. I may even be up to doing some mowing this afternoon after I’ve written this column and worked on my new book a bit. (Fortunately, I use a riding lawnmower.)
The Easy Acres Neighborhood group is inviting the Lorane community to attend a Wildfire Prevention program to be held at the Lorane Grange on Sunday, April 29 from 1 to 3 p.m.
The program will be conducted by Fire Planning Coordinator Alex Rahmlow, of the Oregon Department of Forestry, District of Western Lane. We can all benefit from Alex’s presentation by preparing for this year’s fire season. We all know how scary wildfires are after experiencing one really close to home during the summer of 2015.
We hope there will be a large turnout, since the more people who care enough to take measures to diminish the chance of wildfires on their property, the safer we all will be.
Just a reminder… The Lorane Christian Church’s Bake Sale and Craft Faire will be held at the Lorane Grange on Saturday, April 28 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. They are renting tables to display your product for $5 each, plus a 10-percent commission will be charged on sales.
I’m going to have one of the tables there for my books (they are crafts, aren’t they?) and am trying to decide whether or not to bake some goodies, too. I hope to see some familiar faces there that day, although I won’t be able to stay to the end. Tracie DeBoer has agreed to watch over my table until closing. Be sure to sign up for a table!
Later, that evening, the Lorane Grange will be holding its Dessert and Bingo Night beginning at 6 p.m. It’s for the whole family and the progressive blackout game, played at the very end, is ripe for winning. They also have a 50/50 drawing and great desserts. It’s always a fun evening. Be sure to come if you get the chance.
Here’s an update on the fundraiser for the Crow High School Band trip to Washington, D.C. to represent Oregon in the “Parade of Heroes” that I included in a recent column. Thanks to so many of you out there, they are nearing their goal to guarantee that the band can go. Be sure to send in your donations to the high school office and/or buy a really great-looking T-shirt at https://www.bonfire.com/crow-high-school-band/. It looks like it’s going to happen!
I hope everyone has been enjoying this beautiful weather!
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