Archive for May, 2009

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


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 02 2009

I say.

Published by under Media

The acronym for the World Health Organization has been adding a little amusement into my morning lately.

I have a gadget on my iGoogle page which pulls the top headlines from CNN.  For the last few days, the three top headlines have been about swine flu, and the World Health Organization usually figures in to at least one of them.  And since you are generally pressed for space in a headline, the World Health Organization gets abbreviated to WHO.  This makes is much more fun to read the headlines, if you decide that CNN is being cocky and antagonistic.  Instead of “Number of H1N1 cases jumps to 615, World Health Organization says”.  You can read it as:

“Number of N1N1 cases jumps to 615.”

Some of the bullet points also come off as quite paranoid if read in the proper tone:
“WHO is reporting 615 cases of h1n1 virus in 15 countries”.  That’s right, CNN, just WHO IS REPORTING THIS?!

Or in an article from Time, “Still, the WHO has urged all governments to prepare for an imminent pandemic.”  Stay out of government affairs, Pete Townshend!

I get the same funny out of hearing headlines about the World Wildlife Fund, because in my childhood, WWF meant Hulk Hogan and Andre the Giant.  So, when a commercial tells me that the WWF is working hard to preserve the Amazon, or to protect a certain species of animal…well, let’s just say the mental picture that conjures is probably not what the makers of the commercial intended.

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