This 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!