There were a lot of questions in the comments yesterday, and today I’m giving answers and clarifications. I thought I’d just put them all into a post.
Questions about the dining table:
No, I’m not painting the table. I could have ordered it unfinished if I wanted to paint it. Another piece of furniture is coming into the dining area. And it is not yellow. Think red.
I can’t recall if I noted the size of this table. It is 42 inches with the leaves up.
The reason I don’t put the table and chairs in the middle of the room is that it blocks my view of the patio. And I like to see the fruits of my labor from where I sit in the living room. Now it doesn’t look nice out there, but it will soon.
In terms of the indoor/outdoor furniture, if they’d made this type of furniture as nice as they do now when I had small kids, I’d have purchased that kind of furniture because it is so durable. Back then we had limited furniture for outdoor living.
Actually it’s something people with kids might ought to think about. This kind of furniture isn’t easy to damage. And we all know what kind of damage kids can do to furniture during the normal course of growing up.
Who Nathan Is:
Someone missed out on how Nathan figures into the picture. He came to work as a maintenance man in the early fall.
He recently turned 32. He is 6 foot 6 inches tall. He literally can paint ceilings without a step stool or ladder.
He and his girlfriend broke up over various reasons. But I think the main one is that she has a condition for which she will not take medication. This makes her a bit volatile and hard to deal with.
He likes to cook, having once been roommates with a guy going to cooking school who became a chef. Nathan says it relaxes him to cook and he enjoys cooking for more than just himself.
He will call sometimes and tell me what he’s cooking and ask if I want any. Then he’ll appear at the door a bit later with my meal.
They get along much better since he moved to these apartments. Plus he can act as security here too since he lives on the property. Who would take on a 6 foot 6 inch man like him? If they have any sense anyway.
Nathan’s mother lives in Austria, as she married a man from there some years ago. I don’t think he has any family around here.
He is a big part of his boys’ lives. The oldest boy lives in Texas with his mother. The two little ones are with Nathan from Friday night through Sunday night. And several days a week he picks them up from daycare and hangs out with them.
He never really had a father, so it is important to him to have a relationship with his boys.
Plants that over winter here:
Someone asked about what plants over winter on my patio.
My gardenia that was looking so good in its container a month ago isn’t looking so good now after we had really cold temps.
I think it will bounce back once cut back. Hope so anyway.
I can easily over winter sedum autumn joy and really any sedum plants that I have. Those things are like the Energizer bunny. They just keep on going and growing.
Sedum Autumn Joy growth this week
Mints and lemon balm grow like crazy and make it through winter here just fine.
Hostas come back. I’ve noticed that since I didn’t cut the lantana plants all the way back, they are sprouting green at the base.
Yes, I know lantana is poisonous to animals. I keep them up high in containers.
The wild morning glory always comes back, and that stuff sprouts up everywhere.
Most ornamental grasses come back. The black mondo grass is still growing as well.
Just cut the dead looking stuff back on the ornamental grasses and they usually rebound.
In about a month other plants that are coming back after winter will be emerging and I’ll let you know which ones made it. We’ve had unusually cold temps for this region this year.
About a month from now is approximately when I head to Southwood Nursery for plants and seeds. And to get my veggies and herbs. I always look forward to that.
Gardening is such a rewarding part of my life. I find such peace digging in the dirt. And I’ve read that digging in the dirt boosts serotonin levels in the brain.