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May 06 2010

Just the usual stuff.

My husband asked me today to set up a blog for him.  This might be a sign of the coming apocalypse.  I’m not sure.  I need more time to analyze this data.

Another sign of the apocalypse:  I’m really not feeling my own blog, lately.  Between Facebook and Twitter and my Droid, it seems like I do a lot of writing, and staying in touch, but when I look back over what I’ve actually DONE in a month, in terms of writing, it’s not much.  But what do I have to write about, really?  I have a pretty quiet life.

The one thing that is sort of not quiet right now is that Mackers and I are embarking on a new business venture.  I guess I should say we’re sticking our toes in the water of a new business venture, because we are Cautious Cathys (or at least I am).  She’s doing some perfumes, massage oils, and therapeutic balms and such, and I’m working on lotions and salts and lip balms and your basic “I feel pretty” things.  For now, the plan is to share booth space at several local craft shows and see what happens.  Our first show is coming up June 12 and I am a Nervous Nelly (see, personality crises abound!) because it is a New Thing and, as we all know, I am not big on New Things.  New Things give me stomach pain.

SPEAKING of stomach pain and new things, The Man and I were recently up north at Dr. Mom and Moll’s, and we discussed taking home Milo, a Corgi who belongs to one of their neighbors and who is a very sweet boy.  However, my Big Anxiety prevented this from happening, as I could not get over the utter nervousness of taking another dog home and having it not work out for various reasons.  I’ve been dog-burned.  Therefore, Milo remains with his owner, who is OK with that, and we remain dog-free.  This makes me a little sad, but it’s probably for the best right now.  Our cats are old and cranky, I’m a bundle of nerves, and introducing a new animal into that mix is….well, let’s just say The Man has only so much sanity to go around.

I’ve been working on the gardens lately.  I got some tiger lilies from my Grandma and some bluebells from Milo’s owner.  I moved some stuff out of the berm that was taking over (FYI: yarrow spreads like a mofo) and added some things to the butterfly garden, which I’m now calling the St. Francis garden, mostly because there is now a statue of St. Francis back there.  I call him Frankie-baby in my head, which is in NO WAY respectful, but I can’t seem to stop myself.

Also, this year is The Year of Seeing If We Can Get Edible Apples (doesn’t exactly roll off the tongue, does it?) and also The Year of Keeping The Stupid Birds From Eating My Berries.  There are now nets over the berry patch and we are spraying the apple tree for the first time ever.  Let’s see if that extensive pruning campaign paid off, shall we?

I’m looking forward to the summer,  but I know I’m getting old because it was JUST February like, yesterday.  Tomorrow it will be August.  Time flies, tempus fugit, whatever you want to say.  Sometimes I’m scared that I’ll wake up at 55 and think “What did I do with my life?” but, day-to-day, I’m happy.  I’m content.  I don’t really WANT to be out there, doing some exciting job, making the big bucks, or seeing the world.

Hey, this entry sure went all over, didn’t it?  I think this is what happens when I don’t write enough.  Verbal. Spewing.

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May 28 2009

Summer Mayhem

Published by under House Renovs,Outdoors,The Fam

It seems like we’ve been busy, busy, busy lately, and that’s probably because it’s creeping up on summer, and life gets hectic in summer.  Hey, we only get a few nice months every year.  We have to make the most of them.

It doesn’t help that The Man and I have voluntarily revamped our weekends, or at least revamped our Sundays.  Sunday is now “Go to church then go visit family” day.  We try to get out to Grandma’s and his dad’s at least twice a month.  One Sunday is already taken up with his monthly D&D game, and sometimes the other Sunday gets appropriated too.  But mostly, 3 out of every 4 Sundays we are trekking into the Thumb.  And that’s OK with me.  I prefer to have a day dedicated to family and visiting.

We are also trying to get the septic field tilled and planted with grass.  Well, the tilling and planting is The Man’s part of the job.  I’m responsible for watering.  The mosquitos are so pleased to see me at evening water time!  I have reserved a spot on the field for a little flower garden.  This one will have props!  I’m planning on putting an arbor back there, which will have sweet pea vines climbing it (sweet peas should be in the mail soon).  Also, a small bench.  And the rest will fill in as I see plants that I must have.  I want it to be kind of a wild little patch.

Not much has been going on inside the house.  We are saving up money to do the trim in the dining room, living room, and spare room.  And we’re also eyeing up Retrofoam for the downstairs insulation.  We don’t want to have to tear the walls down if we can help it.  But, that is months or years in the future.

I’ve been getting very antsy to go up north, but since Dr. Mom’s area is still in the heavy part of Tick Season, there is no chance of seeing them before late July or even August.  Stupid ticks.

Dad is up here for a couple of weeks, but he left today to spend the week up north at Grandpa and Grandma’s.  No ticks for him, though…or at least not a big infestation of wood ticks.  I guess they have deer ticks, but not so bad.  Anyway, when he gets back I’m thinking we’ll have to get together with him, J-bird, and her husband for a barbeque or something.  Mmm…barbeque.

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May 15 2009

Lovely.

Published by under Outdoors,Photos

Around this time of year, our yard smells just beautiful, because our four, fat lilac bushes are in full bloom.

This monster, which is between the house and garage, was just a collection of stumps and a thick ring of suckers when we moved in.  I’ve been slowly working on it and shaping it over the past few years.  It bloomed, but this year – the first year I was able to get it into a shape somewhat resembling the vase shape lilacs are supposed to have – it rewarded me with a great big display.

I walk out there a few times a day just to bury my face in those blooms and inhale.  Mmmm.

Lilacs are one of my favorite flowers.  I’m sorry they last for such a short time, but I sure do enjoy them while they’re here.

Plus, that color.  Yikes.  It gets me every single year.

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May 28 2008

Memorial Weekend.

Published by under Holiday Magic,Outdoors

The Man and I had a rather busy holiday weekend, contrary to our normal holiday weekends, which consist of sitting around and not doing anything.  On Saturday, we headed out to J-bird’s for a full day of tree planting mayhem.  She and her husband had ordered a whole lot of rather large trees that had to be put into the ground. Luckily, they live on a farm and so have lots of heavy machinery on hand.  I didn’t get to use any of the machinery, which is probably best for everyone.  I had a hard enough time with my shovel.

We had to cut and run at around 7 PM, though, because we were supposed to be a D– and C–’s for a fire.  We were a little late, and a little dirty, but no one seemed to care.  C– let me ride her horse a bit, which I love to do.  We didn’t stay as late as we might have, since I was pretty bushed from the day of tree-haulin’ we had put in.  We got home around midnight or so.

Sunday we drove all over the town, looking for the one elusive garden center or greenhouse that sold blueberry bushes.  My standby greenhouse for trees and shrubs was closed for the holiday, so that meant a lot of searching.  We finally found them at the enormous greenhouse several miles away, and that place was PACKED.  They give you wagons to pull around and put your plants in, and people were not being careful or considerate with their wagons.  Lots of bumping into people and standing around in the middle of a row, daydreaming.  I wanted to ram them, so it’s a good thing The Man took our wagon away from me.

Monday we had to go BACK out to more garden centers, looking for dirt, peat moss, and a soil pH tester.  Then back home with our spoils to plant the blueberries, plant the annuals in the planter box, and hide the new soaker hose in the berm.  I think that soaker hose is going to be a good investment.  I really didn’t want to have to stand out there for hours watering that berm.  This I can just hook up, turn on, and let it go.

I’m really glad we got those bushes planted, though.  Fruit bushes/trees take so long to mature and give any significant amount of fruit, that the sooner you get them in, the better.  I eventually want a little fruit bush plantation over there.  The next thing to go in will be currant bushes.  If you have any to sell on the cheap, I’m buying.

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Apr 27 2008

Spring pictures.

Published by under Outdoors,Photos

Two pictures from my spring yard.

Grape hyacinths, transplanted from J-bird’s yard, now thriving in my berm.

Branches from the ornamental pear tree, reaching for the sky.

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