The Craig and Jo Show: This and That

Kalissa worked the weekend.  She worked overnight and you know what that means…it’s time for the Craig and Jo show.  We had an abbreviated show this week as we worked on Sunday and Kayla was here for part of the time.

Both of us commented that it didn’t seem like we got a lot done as we didn’t have a big project, just lots of small ones.  Gannon was a trooper and slept through most of it.  What a precious boy.


Craig tilled the garden so I could plant my fall garden.  I’m hoping to do that soon.


We planted the apple tree that Kramer’s family gave us as a memorial.  It’s the second one.


I looked at the older tree…it’s not looking good.  No apples again this year.  The leaves are looking bad too.  Hmm.  Any suggestions??


The nursery where I always get my plants from in the spring always has a sale in July.  They give “Bucks” out in the spring that can be used in July.  I ended up picking out this pink coneflower for free.  It got planted.


We had to move the swing a couple feet to the north.  The willow tree was getting big enough to be in the way of the swing set.

I ended up looking closer to the tree and saw this….
UGH.  It’s the knotty wart things.  I ended up having to trim the tree to get them off.   Kayla and Carver carried the branches I trimmed off away.  I’m thinking this tree isn’t going to make it.  I have more and more of these “warts”.

Just a day or so before Kramer passed away he told Craig that he needed to clean out the lawn sprayer as he didn’t know what was in it.  Craig did that today…then he sprayed the lawn.  We have so many weeds in it.  Kramer would have hated it.


After Craig did my lawn he drove over and did his.

I’m so happy we got these things done.  I can’t thank Craig enough.  He’s so good to me.  He’s truly been one of the biggest blessings to me.

10 thoughts on “The Craig and Jo Show: This and That

  1. Candi

    So happy you have Craig there to help you accomplish tasks. It makes things much easier when there are two to get into trouble. I’m sure you are creating wonderful memories for Carver as “helps”.

    Enjoy the time together.

    Love, hugs and prayers coming your way.

  2. Cheryl

    Your apple trees that are new need 1 slow flow hour of water every week and lots of sun. That’s the key to Apple trees.

  3. Sheri

    The problem with the willow might be a gall. If you contact the Iowa State Extension Service, they will probably let you email a picture to identify it. In the classes I took from our extension service they always said to plant a willow for quick shade. Their branches are not really strong and are easily broken in the wind. The teacher suggested planting a slower growing shade tree near the willow so that when the willow fails you will still have shade. You previously talked about pruning your raspberries. The extension service probably has instructions on how to do that (if you have never done it before) because the two kinds of raspberries are pruned differently. The extension services in every state have so much great information.

  4. Shirley

    I believe you need to have two apple trees for cross pollination in order for them to bear fruit. I am not sure if they should be the same variety. I do know that you need to spray the trees in order to have nice apples.

  5. Kara

    I wonder if the white protector is too tight around the apple tree. I agree with one of the ladies above, consult your state extension service, they can point you in the right direction. Hugs! Kara

  6. Donna Pheneger

    Your yard is gorgeous and your garden filled with yummy things! Hope your trees make it through. Can’t help you there as I have a black thumb.
    Love and prayers

  7. Kim LeMere

    How wonderful that Craig is able to help so much, lucky you. Your pink coneflower is gorgeous, they are one of my favorites to plant.

  8. Donna T

    You could not ask for a better son in law and you two work so well together! The yard looks great!

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