Friday, May 27, 2011

3-day Memorial Weekend

Oh my, I'm so glad it's Friday.  Yeah, I'm taking the 3 day wknd to get more stuff done so we can get this house ready to sell.  I haven't got enough sleep all week long and today, well, I'm crabby.  Stayed up real late moving all my clothes and stuff from the closet to the other room and put away all the dresser top stuff into temporary boxes and moved it all out with the help of my son.  That was Tuesday and the painters started in the closet and then yesterday, prepped and painted the walls and took down those damn vertical blinds that I've wanted to remove since we first moved there.  I slept in the other room since my bed and furniture was in the middle of the room and covered with paper and plastic.  Hopefully they are all done and I can get things put away over the 3 days.  I got some cheap mini blinds from the store last night and will put those up tomorrow, too.  What would I rather be doing?  Relaxing and having an umbrella drink and maybe read a good novel and sleep.

Here's a couple pics of the house the other morning.

Here's the Mandevilla Vine Flower that I transplanted from the broken pot last weekend.  I tied her up to her new trellis.  Looks like she's gonna live!  I'll transplant the ivy geranium all around to fill in the rest of that garden space.

The mystery plant from my earlier post is:

Gladiolus!  They are blooming so early this year.

Have a wonderful weekend!

Saturday, May 21, 2011

The End of the World?

Howdy!  One of my customers reminded me this morning that some doomesdayer predicted that today would be the last day for us all and so far it's been pretty much the same as any other Saturday for me, how about you? 

However, I keep seeing a bit of continued moral decline in our culture.  On some days I want to take down my gift box display behind the counter and list the 10 Commandments.  I don't care what religion anyone is, it's just that if we all followed those 10 (come on people, you can do anything else just not those 10 things) and we would all be able to live happily together as they are actually more like laws of "getting along" if you think about it.  Here's a couple of things that have happened recently here where my shop is:

What we found when we came back after the New Year's weekend.  Some gang members tagged our van that was sitting in our back parking lot.  We used some special remover on it but it took some of the gray paint off, too.  Someone also tried to remove the van's registration tag but I cut into it with an exacto knife when I put it on month's earlier so if someone ever tried to steal it it won't come off in one piece and then they can't use it.  So ha, ha on them!

When I opened the front door of the shop this past Monday, I saw that someone (that is crazy) stole the 15 year old dirty mats from in front of the Acupuncture's doorway as well as mine.  Two door mats??  Really?  Of course,  I called the Sheriff's Dept. on both of these incidents so they would know what is going on in the neighborhood.

On another note, I've been bra shopping and it has been horrid.  Even at Nordstrom, there isn't a bra that fits right.  I tried on every bra they had in my new size and came home twice with bras that I eventually returned.  So until I can fit into my other bras, I'm going to continue to wear my soft ones and lose more weight.  I've been doing good on my diet.  It consists of eating less carbs, more protein and basically eating everything I want except eating less of it.  I have tremendous will power when I put it into action.  So mid section menopause chubbiness, watch out, you are going to disappear! 

This afternoon and tomorrow will consist of continuing the garden planting and to de-clutter the kitchen and refinish the floor board and maybe I'll get to sewing the little curtain that will go above the sink.

Here's a couple pics of the rose tree my mom and I planted about 19 years ago.  Every now and then I cut off a couple buds and they fill my backroom with a heavenly scent!

Wherever you are, I hope you have lovely weather and can get outdoors and enjoy some fresh air!

Saturday, May 14, 2011

It's Planting Time!

Howdy!  Whatcha been up to?  I didn't get any pics of Mother's Day since my batteries died before the first take.  Of course my sis and I stayed up way too late yacking away and then had to get up early to make brunch for what family was coming down to celebrate the day with us.  After peeling back our eyelids, we got busy and turned out a nice meal.  Great seeing everyone who made it down.  But no pics :( .

Just been working away at the shop and this wknd I hope to get all the soil turned over and plant most of the plants (finally) in the bare places where the trees used to be.  I've hardly had a chance to crochet, boo, hoo.  I stopped at OSH and got some top soil this morning before I opened the shop and so I'm ready to go!  I still need to do the baseboard in the kitchen and refinish the blue bathroom upstairs, oh and also sew that little curtain above the sink that I still need to do.  But I really want to get the plants in so they can start growing and looking good for curb appeal while the house is listed for sale.  Also it has cooled down and it's always more pleasant to work in the yard without sweat on the brow!

A few things my nice customers surprised me with for Mother's Day!

Guess what's gonna be blooming soon?  Blogger sure had it's issues this week didn't it?  I wasn't able to post or go commenting but it seems to be working fine now.  Have a great weekend!

Saturday, May 7, 2011


To all my mommy friends, please have yourself a blessed and relaxed day to spend with your loved ones!

Martha Washington Geranium

Bromeliads I transplanted last weekend
All the Amaryllis are blooming now


I'm headed down to my sis's and mom's to spend mother's day with them and a few other family members.  We're gonna serve brunch at my sister's and then hang out and relax!  Have a fab wknd!

Monday, May 2, 2011

Danny's Chevron Scarf

Here's Dan's scarf that I finally finished.  Ironing it handled the ridges but who knows if it'll get the ridges again after it gets washed. Ironing gave it more drape and it made it just a bit larger, too.  This matches his hat that I crocheted over a few months ago.

When I got home on Saturday and was looking at the kitchen, I realized I didn't do the kitchen baseboards, darn.  I didn't work on that since I hadn't planned on it and all in all I was not feeling like doing much of anything and yet there is SO much to do.  I was having a tiny pity party for myself as all this mess about the house, everything and everywhere you look there is something to move, clean or fix (or maybe even throw away) and it's just overwhelming me.  I worked outside, even in the heat and potted the bromeliads like I planned to do and got that finished.  I was exhausted by nightfall and was listening to the radio, putting my clean laundry away when they announced that Osama Bin Laden had been killed and there was relief in hearing that.  Learning the evil mastermind was stopped gives us hope there will be less terrorism in our world now!

Have a great week!