Hello friends and family and God bless you all! Well, we made it through April! Happy May 1st, 2020! I haven’t written a post in a few days because, as you know from my last post, our great state of Colorado reopened on Sunday April 26th and we are no longer under quarantine, so I’ve been outside taking care of the lawn. The seasons don’t stop, so welcome to spring!
I did the first mow on Tuesday and I turned on our sprinkler system. The mower started right up and did a great job, which was very nice. Actually felt pretty good mowing the lawn again. It’s fun using my battery powered trimmer too. Unfortunately, the sprinklers were not so easy. There is a leak coming from one of the valves inside the main box. That’s the way it goes sometimes, but it will be fixed soon. The system still works, which is a blessing.
A couple years ago, I had to replace one of the solenoid valves (black things on top with wires coming out). I worked landscaping summer jobs for many years, so I have some sprinkler repair training, but I had never done that before. I watched a YouTube video and it worked out great. That is my wiring job with the newer connectors in the middle. The leak is coming from the main valve on the upper right (the circular gray piece). That is a bit more complicated than changing a solenoid. Looks like I would have to disconnect some pipes and more, so I’m having the landscape company tackle this one. I will watch and learn this time.
Plumbing is no fun. Onward, to the backyard!
Our Serviceberry tree is starting to bloom its beautiful soft white flowers. It is always so pretty and a sure sign that spring is finally here. I’m really glad winter is over!
During spring clean up I cut back all the native grasses, rake the yard and landscaped areas, prune trees if needed, then do a nice mow and trim and finish with the sprinklers. I did work like that for many upscale homes and businesses in the Chicago area back in the 90s. It is knowledge and experience that has been very useful in owning and caring for my own property. Saves us a lot of money too! A spring clean up like that would have cost us at least $250 to $300. All it costs is my body being sore for a few days, which is also why I haven’t written since April 26th. I will get back to publishing posts more regularly and reading everyone’s blogs very soon.
May 1st is also Law Day, U.S.A, and we show respect to our nation, our Constitution, and our laws by flying our nation’s beautiful flag. I am very thankful for our country, our laws, and our rights, and I am a Patriot who stands ready and willing to defend our country against enemies both foreign and domestic. God bless America, and may we be a light and blessing to all the Nations of the world!
The kids only have two weeks of school left, and we are all looking forward to summer. 2020 has been a very unique and challenging year so far. I am praying the Lord will bring great healing and spread revival through the world!
Do not be discouraged or dismayed! God is in control and He is bringing peace to this time of worldwide trouble. Many states are opening back up here in America and it won’t be long before our country and every country is back to work. Keep praying and never give up hope!
“For I am the LORD, your God,
who takes hold of your right hand
and says to you, Do not fear;
I will help you.”
I pray everyone has a blessed Friday and weekend!
“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.”
Jesus speaking in John 3:16
Grace and peace to you all!