Monday, July 24, 2017

DSCN1328This plant is history — I thought it was one of the Crown Vetch seeds I had planted. No… as I eventually learned, it’s actually Stinging Nettle. The plant has a medicinal use, so it does have value to some people, but I am severely allergic to it, so out it goes. I put on rubber gloves, took a patient’s drawstring bag and put it over the plant and pulled the plant up and into the bag. When I was sure all the roots were pulled and put into the bag, I stripped off the gloves and put the whole mess in the trash. Sigh — it wasn’t until I saw the flowers that I was convinced that it was actually a Stinging Nettle plant. And it was growing sooo good, too! :/ Ah well. I had some Zinnia seeds that I had salvaged from the garden in front of my dr’s office, so I planted those.

The railroad is coming along … The tunnel has been mortared in place and today Robert put duct tape across the inside of the spaces between the flues. He’ll mix up small batches of mortar and close up the gaps so the DG doesn’t fall inside the tunnel and onto the tracks.


It was 80+ degrees but Robert had to put on the long sleeved sweatshirt to protect his arms as he reached inside the tunnel. Once the martar has set up, he’ll remove the duct tape and be able to set the track inside.


There’ll be a board secured to the bottom of the tunnel that the track will be affixed to. There’s enough room for the train to pass through, but if it derails, it won’t fall over and it really shouldn’t derail as there won’t be any joints or anything to snag the train as it passes through.

Last week we contacted three fence installation businesses and have selected one of the three to put up what’s called a three-rail wood post fence around the perimeter of the back yard. It’ll have 2″x4″ wire screen attached to keep the younger son’s dog IN and the wildlife (hopefully) OUT.


Be safe, be well, and please be happy. Be sure to tell those you love that you love them!


About tehachap

The easiest way to define myself is as a very happily married woman with two sons and two grandsons. My hobbies include reading, writing, sewing, trains (watching, photographing and running them in G scale), and travel. My husband and I are retired and we spend our winters in Arizona. I used to own a secretarial and desktop publishing business, but closed it when my husband retired in 1999. We have truly enjoyed our retirement years, and have fulfilled one of our primary goals in life and that is to own a home overlooking train tracks so we can watch trains 24/7. We are sincerely blessed in this life.
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2 Responses to Monday, July 24, 2017

  1. mageb says:

    It’s so nice to see you writing again.

    Liked by 1 person

    • tehachap says:

      It’s still a bit difficult because of my eyesight, but I’m sewing a bit now too, so that’s good. I’m having discomfort in that left eye — no idea why. The right one didn’t hurt at all — ever. I see the dr. on Monday for my follow-up. Hugs to you both!


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