I did a little light house cleaning this morning hitting the bathrooms and vacuuming the middle of the floors. Frances and Al arrived about 10:30. Al had sod he dug from his yard he needed to get rid off. He put it in the back where a garden was that I have been trying to revert back to lawn. While Al put out the sod I planted more bush beans and squash that were not showing signs of coming up.
We went into Sparta for lunch at the Pines then stopped at Scott’s Lawn and Garden. I bought four bushes that grow fast and tall. Al planted those for me in the back corner of the natural area. The plan is for them to take over the whole corner to add some color. I will pick up more bushes to add to the area along the way but it was a great help for Al to get me started.
We spread a couple bags of mulch around the plants in the butterfly garden. I am waiting on the seeds in one corner to come up before I can mulch the whole area. They headed back down to Winston this afternoon after the yard projects were finished.
We had a nice day for it overall. We had some ugly looking clouds off and on then the sun would come out. I leave in the morning for Folk school. Be back next Saturday.
Gym this morning. It is a very nice warm day with lots of sunshine and, of course, windy. I’d guess 10 mph with gusts 15 to 20. For lunch I harvested another bowl of lettuce for a salad.
After lunch I raked an area in in the front yard that always accumulates a lot of grass after James mows. I mixed up a bucket of peat moss and compost to use to hill up the potatoes. Then I put in three 5 ft. metal fence posts and used twine to make a trellis for the peas. And, in between all those tasks, I played ball with Colin. He is now very good about lying in the yard with his ball while I work not showing any desire to go wondering off. I would never let him be outside by himself but as long as I am out he seems content to be either watching me or playing ball.
I put browned pork chops in the slow cooker with a couple of cans of cream of mushroom soup, a can of condensed milk, and some onion, garlic, and Worcester sauce for out dinner tonight. Bob can eat the leftovers for dinner next week while I am at Folk school.
I am reading Murder in Morningside Heights by Victoria Thompson.
We had another two inches of rain yesterday and last night. Turns out I was driving home in the middle of a tornado watch and a couple of the counties I was driving through or nearby did get hit.
It’s windy and chilly but clear skies this morning which gave me a chance to get some gardening work done. While in Winston yesterday I picked up a trellis for the Clemantis cutting Al planted out by the mail box last fall from his in Winston. Although way behind his in growth at this point, once we had some warm weather up here it shot up several shoots tall enough to see it was going to make it and needed something to climb on.
I also picked up a four pack of large Gerber daisies to go along the front porch and six sweet potato plants for the garden. Even with the 4 inches of rain we’ve had in the last few days Al made the rows high enough with walking space in between that I was able to get in there this morning to plant and pull a few big weeds along the sides of the rows and in the walking spaces. I put the citronella plant in a bigger pot and filled the bird feeders. Kit stuff this afternoon.
It’s been a long day. I was originally supposed to leave this afternoon to drive down to Winston to run errands, get a haircut, and stay overnight with Frances and Al. Bob woke up with vertigo issues this morning. I was going to cancel my trip down to Winston and see if I could reschedule my haircut for Friday. Instead, I headed down to Winston this morning, ran all my errands, had my hair cut and got back up here about 4:45. It rained all the way down to Winston. It was cloudy and humid with no rain there, then rained all the way back home, sometimes pouring down in sheets.
As a matter of fact we are under tornado watch, very unusual for around here, until midnight tonight.
A busy day ahead. I have a golf tournament planning meeting at 10 at the Wellness Center. After we finish up I have several errands to run and need to grab a bite of lunch before my 1:30 shift at the Friends bookstore.
We started watching the crime drama Shetland yesterday. As the name implies, the series is set in the Shetland Islands. In the past we have tried to watch a couple of series set in that area and the accents are so strong it’s hard even for us to understand them even though we watch a lot of British TV. Bob turned on the closed caption making it much easier to follow the dialog. The show is excellent and is based on a series written by Anne Cleeves.
Gym this morning. I filled another set of bottles then have more to label this afternoon. We had about an inch and half of rain last night. Today is cloudy and cool with more rain on the way.
We were having stir fry for dinner last night. When Bob went to cook the rice yesterday afternoon he discovered we were out up here. I had to climb over and around all the stuff in the food room but was able to snag a bottle from the shelf. I hate going down there because I see all the mess that will need to be cleaned up after the contractors get the new ceiling and floor installed. It’s worse than when we first moved in. Oh well, out of sight, out of mind.
I am reading Title Wave by Lorna Barrett.
I vacuumed and cleaned the bathrooms this morning. We filled several sets of bottles this morning then I filled a set of 120 by myself with a dry crystal chemical. Those still need to be taped. I am watching season 5 of Chicago Fire and the first season of CSI: New York when I do stuff in the den. I had to fill the bottles in the garage but I can tape in the den.
Today is cool, cloudy, and misty with rain to start sometime this afternoon.
Sunny, warm, and just a hint of a breeze this morning. I thinned the turnips in the garden, watered the potted plants, and filled the bird feeders. We had a thunderstorm late yesterday afternoon and another one overnight but neither one produced much rainfall.
We filled bottles after I finished in the yard. I have museum duty this afternoon.
Gym and grocery store. We filled bottles this morning. We just made up a batch of oatmeal/chocolate chip cookie dough. I will bake them later this afternoon. I have some kit stuff work on while the dough is chilling in the fridge.
It’s thundering right now but the sun is shinning. This afternoon it is warm, 83 degrees, and partly cloudy. Off and on thunderstorms all day tonight and tomorrow.
I am working on kit stuff this morning. I have Friends bookstore this afternoon.
I picked my first batch of lettuce this morning. With only a few plants it’s enough for a salad for my lunch. I picked from the Green Salad Bowl plants which are doing really well. The Black Simpson, which is also a leaf lettuce, is not doing as well but I do have some small leaves on several of the plants. Since lettuce does not like hot weather I will wait until late summer into fall to plant more.
The other veggies and herbs are not doing too well on the deck but the garden is doing great. I need to thin the turnips soon and we have peas, beans, and potatoes coming up.