Saturday: Another storm roared through about midnight Friday. Ugh. Hot and humid today. Breakfast with Carly, Karissa, and Nancy at Croissant du Jour. Then, Tracy and I took in a few garage/tag sales. I’m looking for specific items to round out furniture for the house. This will take some looking. But, I did re-acquaint myself with the Clovers down 30th St. SE with whom I did the Sentinel Star Safari ride in Florida. they have a fabulous deck! And, I did come back with a snow shovel (today’s temperatures are in the ’90s!), a few canisters that match mine and a terrific stained glass panel that fits the window between the kitchen and the den all for great prices! Gettin’ the hang of this. I never did garage sales before as we didn’t have much discretionary money and our house was tiny!
The “gals” came back in the afternoon to tour the house and sign the table cloth. Just as I finished up the main floor windows. Just the top floor to do. Gettin’ there.
Friday was another beautiful day. Two in a row! Rich, Nancy and I did a food and barn quilt tour of SE Iowa. Cantril was fun as ever with lots of items to look at and buy. Nancy later made a peach pie from the peaches we bought. Delicious bologna not too salty, from Washington, IA. Lunch at Bonaparte’s Retreat and humorous service by the older woman who knows how to entertain and serve. Des Moines River very high. Sat out and talked over a casual supper and wine.
Thursday: What a wonderful night for sleeping! Cool, low humidity, calm, beautiful waxing moon. Today Nancy and I tackled the windows! I have done some of them and last night did the entire garage set. Not too bad. The stinky storm the other night blew onto the front porch and the dirty rain hit the just cleaned windows. Woe is me! But, I learned how to take the one set of screens off, so come October and the freeze, they will come off, the windows will be washed and then we will be able to see out so nicely over winter. Well, we worked hard this morning. The window panes themselves were not too bad. But, the sills, frames, grooves, crevices and such have not been cleaned for lo these many years. That means a nasty, fine powder, like flour, has settled into the cracks and crevices and been wet and dried over time. Oh horrors! It took forever to clean the screens and frames before we even got to the windows. But, now the north and south first floor sets are done. On to the second floor. I did the basement ones, which were pretty “easy peasy.”
We had a lovely talk after we were done for the day about the home and visits. Then, off to the Nature Center, Solon to Savvy’s for treats and Rockin JL Ranch to see Lora’s menagerie of pets and to play the “gate game.” Nancy took right to the dogs and vice versa. Just like the bunnies that let her pick them right up. Those stinkers! Who feeds them? Who lets them play outside? Who grooms them? Well, obviously, Nancy has the touch. Good for her!
Wednesday: In the middle of the night, Tuesday, another storm roared through and rain continued into the morning. But, later in the afternoon, a front moved through and the air cleared. Temperatures dropped from 82 to 68 within a couple of hours. After exercise where N. showed me yoga moves, so much like fencing and general balance moves, I did sauna. Very restful. Then, N. went off to see the Currans and I did some work around here. Rich, Nancy
and I attended the Quarton Society luncheon courtesy of the Greater CR Community Foundation. Very tastefully done and with excellent growth. Then, back here to make cards, wash windows and make stir fry. Nancy is off to visit with a high school friend.
Nice air, finally.
All these entries will be “bass acwards” so anyone can read them in reverse. Or, I could put new ones at the end and have a chronological entry, or….
Tuesday. Rain – again! Ugh. I am going to buy aqualungs. Maybe I’ll do sauna again this morning while N sleeps. She brought the nicest house warming gifts. Say, is that more an Eastern tradition? Well, no, Nancy S. brought us one. Back to the gift. Norby pottery from Sundance, WY. The couple are friends of the Ohlens (they know such cool people like the Norbys and Paul Goble the artist/illustrator) and make fabulous pottery that I have admired at Dave and Sandi’s home. So, now, we have two mugs. Nice sized and way cool silhouettes on them. Now, on to a pie dish and a few other items.
Note from Monday: Edgy day. Why? What channeling was going on? Maybe just hard to breathe because of the ridiculous humidity. No. Was more than that.
Made Lemon Meringue Pie. Tidied a bit. Did sauna. Napped.
Nancy’s flight left 1.5 hours late from Dallas, but arrived only 1 hour late. Not bad. Flight Tracker is a great invention. We toured the house and yard, grilled out, enjoyed salad from the garden, cherry rhubarb crunch from 1511 home, watched the bunnies dig and push sand and the chickens run around. Visited. So nice to have her home.
One of my lilies from 1511 is blooming. The deer ate the hosta from school. OK, this is way war. Cecil, get your bow! Now I know why one neighbor down the street has an eight foot fence! Grrrr to such bold wildlife.
Sunday. Nancy comes home Monday! Today was muggy another storm last night. But we got things done. Trees down. Porch and front windows done, inside at least a lick and a promise cleaning. had Nancy and Tom over to enjoy “Toad Creation in our Pond”, “Pregnant Moments” a la “Charlotte’s Web”, and high wire acts by the squirrels.