Archive for the ‘summer’ Category
Go to the bottom of each day to read a new day. Last week was “bass ackwards” this is just “awkward” to find the right date!
How wonderful to included in the continuing friendships, to learn about our adult children’s lives and to encourage them as they seek their way.
After breakfast they took off for the day to shop, eat at favorite Zoey’s and just renew bonds. Then, they came to the house and toured. So fun to see them interact as adults but also as the long time friends they are. Stories I didn’t know, like playing with the Brio trains on Grandpa Fellows’ rug and wondering if they should play in Dan’s Spy Center upstairs in the attic at 1511. They signed the table cloth together along the drive.
Watched, “The Fantastic Mr. Fox” a cartoon version of a funny flick with George Clooney’s voice.
Another storm roared in this morning and dropped a lot of rain, again. Then, the wind shifted to the west and the air cleared for the flight out at 12:45 p.m. We had a nice breakfast, did some computer work, hung Grandma Fellows’ rug over the bed to complement the picture by Great-Granny Alcock of New Boston, NH, talked in the cabin and then, off to the airport for a little visiting and the transition to “back to normal.” Napped a bit, took in Sue Kramer’s party, and now back home. Looking at the pictures that Michael’s framed, which are gorgeous! And, more than a little crying as the familiar sense of loss that comes with this transition takes over for a while. It’ll be OK.
Tuesday: What wonderful weather today! north wind, cool, breezy. Washed the front windows from the roof today. Rather cool to do. Appointments – one was getting my credentials in for lane change. The others proved positive, which is a relief. Took the stained glass up to Tina’s who showed me her absolutely fabulous yard with lilies, shrubs, native grasses and forbs, the toad who is rather enormous. She advised on getting it renovated and offered, should the price be too great, to refurbish it. A great visit. After supper Rich and I water proofed the deck. I have tools and paint for the porch, so will get to that and finish the upper story windows.
Finished Glass Castles, Jeannette Walls. An interesting read.
One more day of applying the caustic cream as a first step in ridding actinic kerotosis. Hope it works.
Tuesday, June 29. Another day without rain! Wow! Another two windows finished. Three to go! They are so hard to do because the frames, cracks and crevices have not been cleaned in eons of time and are absolutely filthy. Then, I sanded the porch and deck posts, applied the rest of the sealer and later put primer on the porch and deck posts. Tomorrow on to painting them.
Excellent program on preventing skin cancer and I saw many people I know there. the young doctor is one I had an appointment with, but was able to get into the plastic surgeon first. This doctor said the cream is excellent for pre-cancerous skin conditions. Let’s hope so.
Nancy is back safe and sound and so we begin to transition into parents without kids around, again.
Wednesday: Another gorgeous, sunny,mild day. Lows were in the mid-50s in the early a.m. I kept the house closed and it never got above 68! If this were winter, we’d complain and “freeze.”
Finished the windows! Hooray! Wow! Were they ever a mess. Hanging out the windows I noticed all the gunk that had dripped down from storms, but…I closed my eyes to that and said, “manana” (with the accent mark). And, Wendy, the massage therapist, wisely admonished, “Hire that one out, Marion. Power washers, cherry pickers. Don’t you try to wash the outside yourself.”
I am a mass of bruises from all this silly activity – washing windows, carrying ladders and I also know that the ibuprofen and extra fish oil contribute. Boo to that.
The deck is water sealed and the posts painted. The front porch is underway. My pictures are framed and are “wandering” around the house figuring out where they want to live.
The left shoulder is “getting there” with physical therapy.
OK, now to watch, “The Men Who Stare At Goats.” I guess I like Netflix. Now to get the 21st Century TV and adaptor to watch movies, “on demand” and not in front of a computer screen.
Thursday, July 1
Another gorgeous day! I painted some of the front porch – quite tedious. Later LS dropped by with the truck and off we went to investigate places that refurbish “stuff.” She has an old bench that is about as shot as can be. But….First it helps to verify that a business exists in the spot listed. The building was empty. Also, give the correct information about where we are going – like the name of the place, the street number….Well, we wandered around and finally ended up at Borst. If she had just said so in the first place….OK, OK. Next to Chadimas which has moved to Higley. Well, the person who could give an estimate was “out to lunch.” Then, to Belkins, on Mt. Vernon Rd, which was closed. For Pete’s Sake! By now we are starved and I cannot get the blood sugar up from earlier in the morning and my shoulder really hurt from therapy and poor sleep last night. OK, OK. Then, Parlour City was WAY TOO LOUD! and I about lost it just coming into the building. The Vietnamese place was closed for vacation. That is how her week has gone. And, since LS wanted to be in control, my suggestions fell by the wayside. But, a good thing, is that we stopped at a garage sale on 29th St Dr. and found a “big ‘ole fish!” So, that became a prop for Rich’s b-day party tonight.
I rested some in the afternoon. Well, not really. Hair appointment and Toyota check up. Then, off to a sale on Red Fox Rd. and I saw a pretty Birdseye maple dresser. I’ll call Friday and see if I can pick it up. Really sweet.
We had just corn for supper as it is just now in. About once in seven or eight years it is ready for R’s B-day. Nice to have a small group over to chat and see the house. Good people, all. I value them.
Back to painting tomorrow.
Friday and Saturday – Wow! Paint…Paint…Paint. Almost done. Ooohhh bruises, paint in my hair, all over me. The end of our really nice weather is upon us. So, we are scrambling to get these projects done. We induleged in Bob Anderson’s “Sixth Glass” ale. Wow! Sock it to us. Early to bed.
Saturday after painting we rested and cleaned up and went to Davises’ for dinner. Nice to catch up with people. They confirmed what we have observed – people may want to have folks over, but so often they just don’t get it done. “You are always so good about inviting people over.” Well, like the Godfather’s pizza ad advocates – ‘Just do it!’ Very nice night.
Can week three of break be over!? Nancy, Tom and Mary called from a rodeo in Bozeman. Lucky ducks.
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.
Well, one week of vacation has flown by. Lots of rain. A few really nice days. Some spontaneous activities and visits. Some work around the yard. Front porch and front windows are done! Yeah! Wonder if my poor shoulder will last through the rest of this. Between PT stretching, ice on it, and using it carefully…maybe.
After PT I did shopping at a different grocery store. So interesting to see other ways to set up the store, different products. But, then, I was beat, so a nap was in order! How surprising! LS left a message and up until she said her name I was certain the Lucy was leaving a message and thought, “Oh, she is calling again so soon after my b-day.” As I was coming up from a deep sleep LS re-called and we talked some. Then, I decided to run errands and play a bit, so went to the “Rockin JL Ranch.” (Learned that was the name of their place.) Bought goofy things for Jeff’s b-day. Very nice and, occasionally, serious conversations. And, cookie dough to eat! Yum! That followed by the footlong hot dog at the ball park, well, not great cuisine, but tasty! Listened to Dan Bern’s hilarious song, “Dark Chocolate” about – his relationship with, dark chocolate.
After the game we sat out and watched fireflies. I thought of the popular song RH shared with me, “Fireflies” by Owl City.
Today, after exercise and sauna, I have worked on sanding a platform to put the plants on in winter. Storms brewing, so I need to get off the computer.
The early morning sun tries to burn off the accumulated haze of several days. We might actually break the 80 degree barrier for one of the first times this year.