Saturday, June 03, 2006

Colorado visit

Dan had help spotting the three deer behind our Colorado family's home last night.

It was a last minute decision to visit Colorado this weekend. The weather is beautiful. The men are participating in the neighborhood cleanup effort this morning and I am playing.

Maybe some mountain pictures soon.

Thursday, June 01, 2006

Wednesday, May 31, 2006


Overall I am a patient person, although, I try to avoid waiting in lines. I especially don’t like waiting for anything medical probably because there is often worry involved.

Tonight I scrubbed my kitchen floor. While thinking it gave me satisfaction to wait for it to dry, I thought about additional things I don’t mind waiting for. Here are a few more in no particular order.

Grandkids to finish playing
Cookies to bake
Sun to rise or set (especially over water)
Vacation to end
Dan to wake up
Coffee to perk

My birthday

Tuesday, May 30, 2006


It is thundering with a few flashes as the darkness sets in. It is a rainy warm late spring evening. I would like to open the window in my office.

The controlled environment of our homes is no longer a luxury. We enjoy 50 percent humidity rather than the 100 percent outside right now. We have a steady 80 degrees instead of the muggy 90 of earlier today. We like to sleep with a cover and gentle breeze of an overhead fan.

We didn’t install air conditioning when we built our home. Over the years, we felt we needed it about six weeks out of the year. The kids slept on bunk beds on the screened porch. We had an attic fan that cooled the house in the evening. We could hear the crickets, frogs, nightingales, owls and countless early morning birds.

Best of all we could hear the distant sound of thunder, the drops individually, and then the storm, with mist of rain blowing in the windows. I am not fond of air conditioning, I hate to be cold in the summer but we finally did install. I am not sure I could go back to no air at all.

I think I will go out on the porch for a while and enjoy the rain.

Monday, May 29, 2006

This N' That

I had goals for this long weekend and I am happy to say I met most of them. Tomorrow is back to the mail route and a routine. Thank you for the nice comments on my tree frog picture. Dan spotted the unusual guest on the hummingbird feeder. The picture was a lucky shot.

Rather than put flowers on the graves this year, I planted Sedum or as I have always called it, Live Forever (I liked the sentiment also). A co-worker of mine said she did that several years ago and now it makes an attractive backdrop for the flowers. I choose Purple Emperor. Mine are the old-fashioned green kind and tend to get too tall and fall over before fall. I mixed potting soil and Agrosoke, a water absorbent polymer, to help the new starts get started. The peonies in the cemetery were for the most part finished blooming this year. I did notice one family had planted day lilies and they were very nice.

We did camp…in my brother & sister-in-law’s driveway! Hey, we slept wonderfully, and Ruth fixed our breakfast this morning. How nice is that?

Ruth gave me a bunch of starts out of her many beautiful flower beds. We came home and tore into the bed behind our porch. It had so much grass in it that I thought it was lost. The dirt was like a brick, but Dan was able to hang on to the tiller and mix it up pretty well. Everything is in and looks very nice. I have my work cut out as I am sure we haven’t seen the last of the grass.