It’s early morning, and I’m in the enclosed porch now, by far my favorite place to be when it’s not too cold. The birds are busy tending to their babies and serenading me.
Unfortunately, so is the neighbors dog, who barks incessantly when he’s alone.
But nothing’s perfect.
I am waiting for Fisherman to wake up so we can continue the retaining wall. That man can sleep like nobody’s business. As for me, I don’t need much. Maybe 5-6 hours at most, but every so often I make up for it. On Wednesday, we finished up the first row of stones in slightly under two hours, so maybe we’re finding our mojo. Hope so, because a Dr.’s visit this week revealed Fisherman shouldn’t be lifting heavy objects. Seems he has a cyst on his wrist and that would cause it stress. So guess who will be recruited to do the heavy lifting?
We will need to take an unanticipated trip to the Apple store later today. My keyboard for my Mac isn’t working, which pretty much makes blogging almost impossible. So I’m typing this on my iPad, but will hopefully finish it up tonight from the comfort of my desk. For me, the iPad has way too many limitations.
Or maybe I’m the one with the limitations. 😉
This is the first time I’ve had planters on the deck. I’m happy to see what I’ve planted so far is doing well. I bought a few of these deck rail planters and I love them. They just straddle the top of the railing. No muss, no fuss. We found them at a local nursery, but I know they’re available on Amazon, and I’m sure other on-line sources just in case you’re interested.
I planted some lemon grass in the hopes that it will help repel mosquitos. Looking at what I have compared to what I saw on Pinterest, I’m not too optimistic my measly display will cut it.
I’m really drawn to the vibrant color of Gerber Daisies this year. I found some geraniums in orange too, which I’ve never seen before. Have you?
See that angel? I just got her this week, via a giveaway the lovely Jemma from athomewithjemma had a few weeks ago. Stop by and say hello. I know she would love to meet you! I don’t think this will be the angel’s permanent home, but until things shape up in the yard, here she will remain.
Years ago we took a trip to Palmas Del Mar in Puerto Rico, and I’ll never forget the aroma of the hibiscus that seemed to be everywhere. Surprisingly, they seemed far more ubiquitous there than in Hawaii, and even more fragrant.
I’ve got quite the bumper crop of herbs too. Parsley, rosemary, cilantro, and tons of basil. I see some pesto in my future.
We went to a true ‘country’ flea market which was a short drive from the camping site last weekend. There were lots of antiques, mostly tractors, which really don’t interest me that much, but I do love me some vintage cars. 😉
Can you imagine the amount of work that went into hand carving this? Just look at the detail!
And while not exactly antiques, who could resist these cuties?
Now about our weekend RV trip…I wish I could say it was all fun and games.
Turns out we had some serious electrical issues. The heater went on by itself at around midnight Saturday, and couldn’t be turned off or adjusted until the next day. NOT fun for someone who likes to sleep with a temp around 60. The pilot light for the water heater kept shutting off, making a hot shower impossible, the grey water tank wasn’t draining properly, which caused the water to back up in the shower, and the fuse panel was crackling, which is kind of scary.
And that’s the good news.
The good news is everything they say about campers being friendly and helpful is true. I don’t know what we would have done without their assistance. We got through it, and learned a few things in the process…one of which is we need to take a few more short trips before venturing down to Florida next winter for three months. The issues are hopefully being fixed this week by the dealer. Fingers crossed.
And in case you’re wondering, we did have the RV inspected by an independent garage. Makes you wonder, doesn’t it?
I think I hear Rip Vanwinkle now. Be back later tonight.
Ok, I’m back.
And I have a shiny new keyboard to show for it. 🙂
We did a little more work on the stone wall. It’s getting a little easier, and Fisherman (maybe I should call him ‘Rip” from now on?) is helping me pick up the really heavy ones with his good hand. We ventured out to do some shopping for things we need for the RV mostly and stopped off at an Estate sale on the way. This may sound funny, but I thought of you all while I was there. I think some of you would have had heart palpitations seeing all the treasures! I’m at a point where I don’t want to get anything unless I really need it, or it somehow speaks to me. I ended up getting 10 large size mason jars for just $2. I like to make this tomato sauce every year and I never seem to have enough of the right size jars. Now I do.
Is it me, or do any of you feel a little strange looking through someone else’s stuff, knowing they’re gone? I find it somewhat sad. A lifetime of collecting, sold to strangers or worse, thrown away. I overheard the women in charge of the sale tell a shopper the woman’s daughter was overwhelmed with all the stuff her mother left behind and didn’t want any part of going through it all. A couple of year’s ago I wrote a post about just that. I wonder if people realize what their family members will have to go through after their gone.
After finishing up our shopping, we had an early al fresco dinner at a Mexican restaurant, then took the scenic route home and stopped off at a country store for some dessert. I couldn’t resist indulging in a cannoli, my all time favorite thing to eat. I’m justifying it since I’m doing all the heavy lifting ;).
In other news…
Our son-in-law Josh is in town from Singapore for a few days, sans Sarissa :(. She was debating joining him, but decided against it. I can’t say I blame her. It’s a looooooong flight and they did it three times last year. Twice for two of their friends’ weddings and once for theirs. It’s hard to believe their first anniversary is coming up this month. I put together a wedding photo album for them, and one for us. I really enjoyed the process, although it’s very time consuming. Now I know why photographers charge so much!
If the weather holds up, I’m optimistic the stone wall will be completed by next week, and I’ll be sharing some tips…like ‘hire someone to do it for you’. :/