Into The Holiday Weekend…..

….and I’m not going anywhere.  Two reasons the first being the price of gas.  Prove to me that travel this weekend has nothing to do with gas prices and I’ll put salt on my bra and eat it!  Second as I watch the the traffic, even in front of my house, the speed and  the amount of vehicles is a warning to stay home.

Well the June issue of the Alfred Hitchcock magazine has been read now leaving two  only two issues to catch up on.

Yes I decided.

 a simple border for the afghan.


a simple border for the afghan.

I’m half way done with it.

What I laughingly call the back 40!

What I laughingly call the back 40!

Yesterday afternoon after Adam had fixed the mower deck I cut the area in the back that I hadn’t got to earlier.  Now the front is almost ready to be cut again.  Well you know what they say about a woman’s work!!!

Another spot is getting ready to bloom.

Another spot is getting ready to bloom.

The bush in front of the site where some of the utilities come in at the front of the dome is getting ready to bloom.  I planted it here to try to hide the pipes and meters right in front.  Soon it will be tall enough to do a good job doing it.

My visitor just arrived so it is good bye for now.

Something You Can And Some You Can’t!

After mowing the other day I noticed the cover for the shoot on the mower deck had come off again.  I had Keene’s put it back on once and Wes also did it. But It is old and broken so I ordered a new one. Today I tried to put it on.

No can do!

No can do!

So I called my neighbor Adam and he is going to help me.

But there are somethings I can do like this.

Good read and I finished it today.

Good read and I finished it today.

Or this

Finished this last night.

Finished this last night.

Just thinking about maybe a border.  Then I have to find a home for it.  Why?

Because I still have this left!

Because I still have this left!

Oh well I have a place to take this to if I don’t want to play with it.

Where I sit for Tv  watching.

Where I sit for Tv
watching.

Much to my surprise last night I discovered that without my hearing aids in there are some things I can’t hear.  Like the clock just over my shoulder when it chimes.  Some times I don’t hear the doorbell or the phone ring unless it is nearby.  Yep deaf as a post.  So if I look like I’m home (or should be) it is not that I don’t want to see or hear you because I do. I guess things start to shut down when age advances on one.

Well as my friend Lady Jane says the weather is getting warmer again and the gas is climbing so that is some good and some bad.

I forgot to tell you I saw the video Dollhouse on Amazon prime (both seasons).  It was one of those shows you wish would not end.

Take care!

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Half Way Through May

Saturday afternoon I mowed.  While out on the tractor I noticed the Kildeers moving around.  I moved a little closer and saw either three or four babies running in different directions.  Now I have taken pictures of the eggs in the nest in past years but I have never seen the young ones.  So I reached into the carrier on the back of the tractor to find my water cup had leaked and my camera was wet.  Of course there would be no pictures that day.  I so wanted to capture the little ones in a picture because they were miniatures  of the adults.  Now I went out on Sunday and this morning but the only ones visible  were the adults.

As for the Lilacs.

 

The large bush is full!

The large bush is full!

the smaller one is doing well.

the smaller one is doing well.

The Snowball bush is well on the way to blooming.

Some one tell me again it's correct name please.

Some one tell me again it’s correct name please.

A lovely close up.

A lovely close up.

Les and Anne were up yesterday for a late Mother’s day visit.  After lunch Les cleaned up my Libre file and transferred some pictures for me.

Picture is from my files.

Picture is from my files,

I finished the Ellery Queen magazine for May, read the June Reader’s Digest issue, and have started The Cinderella Murders   by Clark and Burke.  Still managing  a few rows on the afghan in between times.  It is warm out today so I’ll finish the mowing in the back yard tomorrow when it is cooler. Have a great rest of the week!

Begone Grass

Good morning!  Yesterday was spent outside with the weed wacker.

Starting at the deck on the West side of the dome.

Starting at the deck on the West side of the dome.

The grass went right over to the top of the retaining wall.  When I finished this was the area.

Clear to the wall.

Clear to the wall.

On the same side by the kitchen door area.

By the door over under the Fire bush.

By the door over under the Fire bush.

Same area cleared.

Also cleared was around the wishing well.

Also cleared was around the wishing well.

I cleared the area around and under the swing and the Crabapple tree then moved to the front of the dome where I cleared around the little porch and down the East side of the dome.  I ended back at the the steps of the deck on the other end.  It still needs to be mowed but I ran out of steam.

Today I’ll work inside mopping, vacuuming, and dusting.  I have to get the inside ready for a showing tomorrow morning.  During that time Brandy and I will go for a ride.  I will cross my fingers that the people like it.

Have a great weekend and do something for you!

 

A Little Of Everything!

59 degrees and overcast but forecast is not calling for rain so I guess it is just a  gray day. (Oops there is a little sun.)  I have been busy this morning.  I finally got around to finding the summer sheets.  I went through two large boxes in the basement that I had packed up earlier this year.  One set is in the dryer and the other is in the washer.  I have the two flannel sets  clean and will have them packed away today.

While I was downstairs I stepped out side under the deck and found two nest.

In behind the lamp resting on the base of the fixtures like this one.

In behind the lamp resting on the base of the fixtures like this one.

One of the fixtures is at the exterior door leading into the mud room.  The other is beside the garage door.  If you are quiet you can hear a little chirp from both of them.  I don’t want to try and see into the nest because I don’t want to disturb them.  Normally I have a nest on the fixture in the  front of the dome every year.  But checking the front today there is nothing out there.

Well I finally got Brandy into Doggy Depot yesterday

She not only looks good but she smells good too.

She not only looks good but she smells good too.

She is like me get the extra hair off and you are rejuvenated. We both needed it badly.

Well I finished the May issue of the Hitchcock magazine and 1/2 way through the May Ellery Queen.but I still have the June issue of both to catch up on.  I did finish Kasischke’s The Infinitesimals another book of poetry.  I found this one a little easier to understand.

As a change of pace I will start Mary Higgins Clark’s The Cinderella Murder (with Alafair Burke) now.

I have now started on the decrease side of my afghan also.

I’m going to have to get out and mow again.  I also have to weed whack but not today.  The burn pile will have to wait also because the wind is up a little.

Have a great rest of the week!

 

 

Mother’s Day

I realize I’m a day late for Mother’s Day and I’m sorry for that but being a mother I got tangled up in other matters and didn’t get to visit.  But I’m here today and hoping you had a great day.

My presentation was to begin with You can tell it is Mother’s day because.  Because Mother Nature is putting on her pretty dresses for us.

The Red Maple at the base of the back driveway.

The Red Maple at the base of the back driveway.

One of the first blooms on the Quince bush.

One of the first blooms on the Quince bush.

The blossoms on the Crab Apple tree.

The blossoms on the Crab Apple tree.

The blooms on the large Lilac bush

The blooms on the large Lilac bush

The Sand Cherry bush at the deck

The Sand Cherry bush at the deck

Every where you look the beauty of Spring shines brightly for you.

Now this momma’s old look is back.

My haircutter says I look 15 year younger.

My haircutter says I look 15 year younger.

Do I look 65 to you?

Yesterday Cindy came up to ,as she said, beat my ass at rummy and she even brought help with her.  John, her border,  wanted to meet me so he joined the game. Well the results were that I won two games and Cindy won the third one.

Every one smiled for the camera.

Every one smiled for the camera.

But John said he wants a rematch–some ‘children’ never learn do they.  It was a great visit and phone calls from my other two (plus my pseudo daughter) made the day complete.

 

Working In The Sun!

Outside again this afternoon.  This time I mowed the front yard. While I was out there I found this.

This was in the berm

This was in the berm

 along with this


along with this

So it is starting to fill in now.

I also spotted this as I mowed.

Blossoms on Jay's Green Gage Plum tree.

Blossoms on Jay’s Green Gage Plum tree.

Also on the second tree.

Also on the second tree.

 

 

 

 

 

It has been a few years since he planted them.  Every year he would look for buds but never found any.  Now he is gone and not able to see them.  I hope they make it through to fruit this year.

If I move I will asked my neighbor to let me know how they survived.

 

 

 

My poor Sand Cherry tree suffered storm damage a few years ago and every Spring it fights to survive.

The Sand Cherry

The Sand Cherry

Brandy gets her haircut tomorrow and I’m scheduled for Saturday.  So in between the two I want to polish up the house in case someone wants to see it  I may possibly wash windows on the main floor also.  I received my new shipment of books yesterday and they are waiting on the shelf for me to pick them up.  I did get a few more rows on the afghan yesterday and this morning.  I just keep plugging away at it.

The Girls

51 degrees in Otisville with rain expected between 3 and 6 pm.  I don’t expect to see much of the sun today.

Cindy and David were up yesterday to visit and use my computer.  After lunch we played one game of rummy.

Guess who won!

Guess who won!

I was on the phone this morning trying to arrange appointments for Brandy and me.

We both need haircuts badly.

We both need haircuts badly.

I got Brandy set up but not me yet.

Well I have finished both In A Perfect World and Eden Springs  by Laura Kasischke. I enjoyed both and have ordered two more novels by her.  I picked up my Alfred Hitchcock magazine  May issue last night. I have four of them to read right now and I would like to catch them up before I move on to my next novel.

Nothing new on my house sale –just sitting and waiting.

Well there is an election today so I guess I should go vote this morning and do a little bit of grocery shopping while I’m out.

I hope you enjoyed the pictures of the girls.

 

A Morning Start

Out this morning in a heavy sweatshirt, sweatpants, and leather gloves.

Hauling debris to the burn pile.

Hauling debris to the burn pile.

I had two more trees to clear before I’d be done so I decided this morning was it.  The weather was warm, the sun shining, and my guilty conscious was tugging at me to get it finished.  It took an additional three trailers full to finish it up.

but now it is done .  all the trees are cleaned out and I'm glad I did it.

But now it is done.   All the trees are cleaned out and I’m glad I did it. 

While I was out there I got a short of the Violets.

They were all around the bottom of the Quince bush.

They were all around the bottom of the Quince bush.

Adam, my neighbor, came over and trimmed some branches off the tree that was at the end of the deck,  Some were near the roof of the dome and the other hung down almost to the ground making it difficult to mow that area.  Bless his heart it cost me a handshake.

Yesterday afternoon I spent out in the swing again.

I managed what will show all the colors in the afghan.

I managed what will show all the colors in the afghan.

I think I will be out again this afternoon once I finish the novel I’m reading.  Sure do love that sunshine!!!

 

 

 

Another Step Forward

Outside this morning and took pictures of leaves.  Now I know this isn’t near as pretty as flowers but is does show the step forward towards summer!

First the Crabapple Tree

First the Crabapple Tree

Next the Snowball Bush

Next the Snowball Bush

The Large Lilac bush

The Large Lilac bush

The small Lilac bush

The small Lilac bush

These bushes were planted a year apart.  The small one last year. They both have buds on them and soon there will be fragrant blossoms.

 

 

Violets in the berm,

Violets in the berm,

There are more under the Quince bush out back and some in the woods.

This is the other Peony bush which is in one of the extension gardens.

This is the other Peony bush which is in one of the extension gardens.

Now you have read about Brandy and me walking down to the mail box.  Well this is what you would see if you walked walked with us.

A bit of exercise for us both!

A bit of exercise for us both!

Being a bit under the weather I will be doing this again today.

In the swing, afghan on my lap, and Brandy at my feet.

In the swing, afghan on my lap, and Brandy at my feet.

It seems I have a bit of a headache that I can’t shake.  Just don’t feel like hauling branches or mowing but I’ll get over it soon.  I did get my burn permit yesterday so I’m going to have to finish clearing the area around those two trees and get rid of the pile by the burn barrel.  Then I’ll go after the twigs on the ground and finally start mowing. It will be fresh air  galore then.