Sunday May 26, 2019

78 degrees, sunny, and breezy.

I vacuumed, dusted, and cleaned the bathrooms this morning.

Then Colin and I went outside to wash the car. I used the remaining car wash soap to scrub the column bases. Al pressured wash the the front porch last year. The columns and ceiling still look good but the column bases were coated in dirt and grim. I used a wet towel to wipe down the porch furniture and cushions and the entrance to front door to get the worst of the pollen and dust off.

Low 80’s today with lots of sunshine but 10 to 20 mph winds again today. I have a hamburger steak and some chicken breasts to grill for dinner tonight and to eat next week.

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Saturday May 25, 2019

78 degrees, sunny, and calm this morning. While the sheets were drying Colin and I went outside. I transplanted the forget-me-nots, I started from seed in the garage, out to the butterfly garden. I weeded the beds along the driveway, trimmed the dead out of the butterfly bush, and tidied up along the side fence/natural area.

Partly to mostly sunny today with temperatures in the low 80’s. With no breeze it’s hot in the sunshine. I finished up the outside chores, took my shower, put a load of clothes in to wash, and mixed up a batch of oatmeal/chocolate chip cookies to bake this afternoon.

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Friday May 24, 2019

74 degrees, sunny, and breezy when I left for the gym.

From the gym I drove over to Independence, VA which is about ten miles from Sparta just over the VA line. They have their farmers market on Friday morning instead of Saturday. Since I did not have to work today I thought I would go over and check it out. They have roughly 35 vendor tents with flowers, produce, and a few crafts, food, etc. It’s a little early in the season for a lot of produce so they mostly had plants. Since my zucchini seeds did not come up this year I bought three nice plants from the guy who cut down my walnut tree last fall.

I planted those and did a few other garden related things before coming in to shower and eat lunch. It’s a nice day outside with temperatures in the low 80’s but winds are gusting in their usual 10 to 20 mph range.

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Thursday May 23, 2019

I am reading First Light  by Philip R. Craig and William G. Tapply

68 degrees, sunny, and calm this morning when I left for the gym. Warmer today with some wind and cloudy skies due to some spotty rain showers around us. But, no rain for us. Things are starting to get a little dry.

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Wednesday May 22, 2019

58 degrees, cloudy, and calm when I left for the gym this morning. I made a grocery store stop on the way back home then back to work my shift. Cloudy and cool all day but no rain.

 

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Tuesday May 21, 2019

I am reading Fifty Acres and a Poodle by Jeanne Marie Laskas. Some light reading I started at the Folk School I took along from my “to-be-read” shelf.

71 degrees, sunny, and a bit of a breeze this morning. I volunteered at the bookstore this morning. On the way home I stopped by Walgreens to get my pictures printed from the Folk School of my basket making. Bob always downloaded them to a thumb drive for me. Thankfully I can put the SD card directly in the machine. I know how to download them from the camera to Bob’s PC but that is as far as I can get. This way is much easier and a less stressful process.

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Monday May 20, 2019

72 degrees, sunny, and calm this morning when I left for the gym.

My friend and I had a great time at Folk school making bark basketry.

Very interesting process to take an entire piece of tree bark, score it in the middle either with a straight line or a foot ball shape and bend in up into a basket. You then drill holes in the top and sides for to use more tree bark for handles and thin cut tree bark for lashing to tie it all together. Handle and lashing bark is soaked in water to make it pliable. I made four baskets of various sizes and shapes. It’s an intense weekend with classes starting Friday night after dinner and going all day and evening Saturday with breaks for meals. We finished up our projects Sunday morning then we left for home. We did not stay for the show and tell part of the morning or for lunch so we could get back on the road home.

We went to dinner when we got back to Sparta then my friend headed back to Winston.

It’s an 8 hour trip from my house to the Folk School. We had good weather both going out and coming back home.

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Thursday May 16, 2019

51 degrees, sunny, and calm this morning. I am leaving today on my first mini vacation since Bob died. A friend and I are driving the Blue Ridge Parkway south heading toward Hayesville, NC for tonight’s stay. Tomorrow afternoon we arrive in Brasstown for a weekend at the John Campbell Folk School. Regular readers know I have been several times in the past. .

Between Colin and other commitments I did not feel I could be away an entire week so we are going just for the three day weekend classes. Al is here to take care of Colin and the home front.

See you next week.

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Wednesday May 15, 2019

51 degrees, sunny, and calm this morning when I left for the gym. I made a quick grocery store stop on the way home. Sunny and cool again today and just a light breeze with temperatures in the low to mid 60’s.

I checked on the garden this morning. Looks like everything I planted is coming up except the zucchini. I used the hoe to gently dig the weeds and grass around the taters and veggies and pushed up more dirt around the tater plants. After hoeing out the section for the zucchini I created new hills and planted more seeds. I will wait until the first of June to put in another row of green beans.

The peas and one squash plant in the deck pots are doing great but still no sign of carrots.

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Tuesday May 14, 2019

49 degrees with partly sunny skies and 20 mph wind gusts. The high today is only to be in the mid 50’s with those 20 mph wind gusts and partly cloudy skies.

I volunteered a shift at the bookstore this morning.

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