Sunday, May 28, 2023

Blooming Time 2023

Constant battle with weeds - I think I'm at a tie


Sunday, May 14, 2023

Mothers Day

 Happy Mothers Day

I hope you can celebrate having one, being one, 

remembering one, or loving one. 

I was fortunate to have my kids drive in 

to help me with the long awaited garage sale Saturday.

I have helped with dozens of friends and clients sales,

 and held dozens of my own, and 

believe me the thrill is gone.

 I've been purging forever it seems.

Of course the weather turned hot, and we were only open 

from 7:30 - 2:00, but still 

I made what I needed to replace a long built in broken microwave,

and treat myself to a fun new item for the backyard.

I still had a nice bit of money left over so it's a win!

The sacrificing a weekend to deal with an awful thing 

like these sales, well was just the best present ever from Ben and Hannah. 

They also cleared out a hidden side yard of accumulated debris

which also made me sooo happy. 

Toward the end I always slash prices and fill boxes with 

free stuff - everyone loves that, so nearly all sold.

I have just a few boxes in my car to donate, and a small pile of good things,

mostly kitchen items, that will just go back on now empty shelves. 

I won't "need" them so I purged, but I will still use them eventually.

Right at the close of sale, UPS showed up and in a fast five minutes 

I took these tired bones and tried out my new.....


Walter checked it out and eventually hopped in also.

Not sure where I will place in the yard just yet.

This was very affordable, and the hammock

removes from frame in seconds so 

I can store inside on the porch, keeping it clean.

 The frame will knock down in five, and everything stores

in a carry bag.

I "hung" out for an hour while the kids talked, and listened to 
music and I could have easily dozed off, very comfortable.

Enjoy your day.


Wednesday, May 3, 2023


Either you care about such things or you don't.
It's about so much more than you missing your favorite show.
It's about decency, honesty, fairness.
This type of behavior and business practice is rampant
in every corner of our society, in politics, housing
health care...
Yes, this is affecting my daughter and Jenny, her writing partner, and 
their WGA family. 
It is affecting us all when it comes to AI.
When AI writes anything it is not birthed magically 
thru the computer components, it is "farmed" from all the
 ideas and creative pieces that humans previously wrote, 
and then they will never be paid for, 
yet the 1% at the top will GREATLY profit from.
The proverbial "tip of the iceberg"
with whatever icebergs we'll have left...

This is, as many things are, about more than what you 
see and read on the surface. 
A few powerful folks at the top of many companies,
including our "political corporations", SCOTUS etc  are 
living gluttonous lives on the backs of what
resembles the serfdoms of the past.

It is also why when a neighbor asked if I was excited to 
watch the coronation I replied hell no, 
much to the dismay of the folks behind me in the checkout lane.
I cannot, will not, support or encourage the continuation of 
a monarchy built upon, hugely profited from, 
the colonization and slavery of other countries.

So please if you begin to miss some of your favorite entertainment,
instead of cursing those on strike, 
drop a message to the studio 
or company behind the show and tell them
 it's time to play fair and be decent.
A message to a sponsor is always a good idea. 

and on another note-
 Teachers are quitting in droves,
most for the same reasons. 
Who will be left to teach all your grandchildren?
as at home schooling went so well right? 

It is about more than just this union having to fight,
it is our country so out of balance, 
devoid of truths and compassion.
We must care or be forever lost. 



Saturday, April 29, 2023

The Little Things

New solar lights for the front.

A small addition but makes me happy

and this.... 

Walter waiting for me on the back porch,
thinking I was in the side yard, 
when I'd actually already come into the house 
and walked up behind him.

Life is hard some days, many days in fact;
but when I begin to fret,
 I try very hard to search for the little things.
They're everywhere.


Wednesday, April 19, 2023

Coming Up Roses

First fig

Told you they'd fill the wall
happy bees- but not too many, just enough

Chihuly Roses
Totally neglected, but oh so forgiving


Monday, April 17, 2023



Fig Tree



Banks Rose and Gardenia

Pink Lady Hawthorn

Soon the whole wall


Friday, April 14, 2023

Garden Time

I've lost track of how many days I've been hanging out back here. 8 maybe?
I've filled 9 - 33 gallon bags in total ( I think)
Thank goodness tomorrow is extra pick up garbage day. 
I have no room in garage as it is filled with totes
 and boxes full of purged items for garage sale.
Hannah and maybe? others coming in early May to help.

Last sale was 2019! 
I've been sidetracked with painting and garden and need to get back to it. 
I'm hoping to at least purge 25% more of what I've already done.
Gotta set those goals.

Tomorrow I install another fountain with new pump,
(old one gave me a good shock yesterday!)
and finish planting a few veggies.
Not doing many this year.
They weren't huge success last year.

Pain patches on knees- Aleve - 
lots of breaks are helping.
I've noticed a huge difference in my abilities,
just since last year. Not sure I'm aging at 
the equivalent of only 1 year at a time;
sure doesn't feel like it some days.

Gotta love this weather - for now
the dark days are a comin'



Monday, April 10, 2023

Mellow Yellow

 My banks roses never fail to show off each April.
I would love to show you lovely curated photos, but honestly 
the yard is a mess and I'm just beginning to clean it all up.
The winds wreak havoc on my breathing,
 and we have had WINDS!!

The weed disposal comes first and I've been hard at it.
This is just one walkway area ( four more like this but longer)  

This took three hours - as I have to sit and scoot and pull by hand.
I won't spray as the yard is Walter's playground,
and can't kneel or stand to do it.  

All the greenery that edges the back yard remains to be trimmed,
and I've started some faux ivy panels in that right back corner.
it can be seen from inside on the porch and I hate the concrete blocks.
Thirty years ago when I bought the house I couldn't afford to stucco. 
Now because of the plants it would be much worse.
 I hope to at least paint that side area sometime in the future.

The chores never end, and aging is not kind 
when it comes to doing them,
 but I'm in there slugging just the same.
I think another week of 3-5 hour days should do it..

and then...
a garage sale as DD comes to town to help. WOOT!
I've been showing items to my email list 
and have sold about a dozen large things so far,
even shipping off some things today to a far flung,
never met, blog friend. 


Saturday, April 1, 2023

Saturday Afternoon With Walter

Walter burrows
This happens to be his favorite 
downstairs blanket.
Just a Saturday snooze

Was that the garbage truck?

A huge yawn, and he's up,
checks out the truck, scans the 'hood, and he's ready 
for the next nap on the chair under the window. 


Friday, March 24, 2023


The totality of my Easter decor
Times have certainly changed
I'm good with it
Purging is healthy and wise

I had a health scare this week.
Woke up unable to see clearly out of one eye.
It was similar to looking thru a lace curtain.
Of course I googled, scared myself a little more,
 and managed an appt for the next day.
 All will be well, with some drops multiple times a day.
C-pap was leaking air onto that eye at night,
and I already had dry eye (syndrome?) 
and didn't "drop" like I should. 
I have two large floaters that were exacerbated
by all the stuff done and now I'm dealing with them also.
It just never ends as we age does it?
But hey, for the most part it's all grand.
Good enough 



Sunday, March 19, 2023

A Sunday Moment

Mom's Birthday


Saturday, March 18, 2023

Memory Bowls

Back in 2008, the year I started blogging, 
I was making memory bowls for myself
and with clients 


Thursday, March 9, 2023

Last of the Winter Days