For Better?

I almost think I should repost my last post. I don’t think anyone saw it. But, that is typical for this weekend. (although, I posted it on Thurs..) Oh, well. This one doesn’t have as many photos as Thursday’s, but it is in the same vein!

I’m starting to feel better. I hope this round of antibiotics keeps working. The last ones seemed to lose momentum, but at least this time if they do, the doctor said to contact them and let them know. I’m not sure if it is the rain (which I usually love) or the chill in the house or the lack of people or the job, but I’m starting to think this is never going to end.

I was texted a couple of times this weekend (five by The Craftsman!) and spent a while on messenger with someone who wanted attention (I didn’t get it, but they did! Lol), got a couple of emails, and read books. (I’m so glad to finally get to finish the book I’ve been waiting all winter for! It’s a story of a journey wrapped up in a search for an ancient book. The Bestiary by Nicholas Christopher). I’ve still not made the bed, I feel like a tramp cuz I’m in a sleeping bag on the mattress!! I hope I’ll feel well enough to do that on Monday. I’ve not seen anyone, have a lot of papers to haul to the dump, and am feeling a bit down in the pit of despair! I have seen on FB many people from my past are around, yet most of them don’t realise I’m here. I supposed posting photos of the area isn’t good enough! Lol I know, if I visited with them, they’d notice how boring I am. I’m definitely not a party person. I’m usually the quiet one in the corner who reads or watches. I do not fit most places. Silly, huh? However, it is just feelings. Things which really aren’t as important as what is really going on.

I am wondering if I should throw away the cards from my parent’s memorial services. I have a guest book for mom, we didn’t for dad, and mom’s cards are still in nice shape. Dad’s were in the garage in a chewed on box. I’m not looking forward to sorting the wishes. I did move them from the bad box, but they are still mousy. If I don’t keep dad’s, I don’t really want to keep mom’s! I did find more papers I need to take to a bank to make sure that account is closed. I don’t get mail up here, but they kept sending stuff on that account to me in OR. I’m not sure what mail I’ve gotten since I’ve been here. I take that back, The Craftsman told me the tax bill for this house came. I’ve not done near as much as I wanted to this weekend, I was so tired much of it. I did find some manuals and repair books for the juke boxes. The Craftsman was going to call and tell me which ones were in OR, so I could take those out and give the rest to Juke Box Kid. He texted he had the model numbers, but he’ll call maybe on Monday. I keep thinking my life is spinning in circles.  You know the funniest thing? I was reading in my journal through those months I was taking care of mom and consistently wrote I was tired and frustrated!!! I need an injection of pep vitamins and an attitude adjustment. (I probably wrote that a great deal in here, too.)

My power bill went up from last month almost 100$. I have not turned up the heat, I wear lots of warm clothing, and think it must be the dryer and the hot water heater. I take short showers, but I also use a space heater when I’m in the shower. (in to out and dry, it is about 15 minutes) I put my damp towels in the dryer and use the dryer after I wash at the laundromat. I boil water to wash dishes and that is another electric contrivance. The stove/oven and then the microwave. The fridge has a need of being replaced. I also use my laptop and now that it is finally getting darker by 10 pm, I use lights. I look at this house and can only see the horrible parts in it. My joy in being home has been stifled.

Thankfully, the lake is always there and I noticed the golden eye male has shown up (for some odd reason. I guess he prefers teens over ducklings). I love seeing their white feathers when they dive and shake themselves off. Such a pretty sight in the green rain dimpled water. The other day someone was target practicing across the way and the noise was so loud, the little golden eyes scampered across the water to hide in the weeds! They were cute, their wings are tiny, but they can still run on the skin of the lake.  Friday I also had fun with birds. The chickadees were being very brave. One landed on my shoulder and several times I had them feeding from my open hand. Also, I had a pine grosbeak land next to me. I was startled when the wings brushed me, chickadees are much smaller! (I guess I’ve had winged encounters quite a bit this week-the butterfly in the last post was the beginning). I think birds are for the better! The squirrel was fun to watch eating, too-

Not fun, Fun.

This last while has been horrible in spots and not so in many others. On Wednesday afternoon, I visited the doctor and he (after poking my face—why do they do that???), determined I had a sinus infection. He did say it could also be strep, but he didn’t want to swab me if he was giving me something for sinus. He also said if it didn’t do the trick, to contact back in 10 days and they’d give me another round. (in retrospect, I wonder if I should have gotten another round after I finished the first ones before I left Oregon?) My internet is super slow and I find it difficult to do much online. (it could be my laptop, too) My glucose has been terrible, probably cuz I’m sick, and I wish I had someone to take care of me. Although, if I was in Oregon, I’d be taking care of me, anyway! (photos from Monday, when I felt ok and the inlet on Sunday)

Monday I spied SSC (Sexy Smart Cookie) at the store and he said he could come out on Saturday to help with trash. My other friend hasn’t contacted me since he took the large haul of garbage out, so I was thankful for SSC (his hair is longer, country gentleman like!). While getting my meds on Wed., I met my friend E in the parking lot and we chatted for AGES! I really miss that woman.

One of the odder things I discovered was a book. I was finally able to check out library books again on Monday. (super thankful, especially since I don’t feel good) I checked out several and one of the Mercedes Lackey novels was a surprise (I wasn’t going to get read that particular series since she still have a couple left to write and I don’t like reading an unfinished set). Anyway, the book cover isn’t one of my favorite bits to read, but I do read them because they have words and they kind of hint what might happen. Except, as you can see, this dust jacket blurb was absolutely wrong! I went to a few sites and found a quote by M. Lackey to explain it:

Because they wrote the cover blurb referencing my pitch synopsis without checking with the actual book prose. They’re stripping all the ones in the warehouse to put on corrective jackets, which means the uncorrected ones are now Collectors’ Items.

While on FB, I shared how I’d love to own this collector’s edition, a friend from college suggested I ‘forget to return the book’ and then pay for it when they asked. (have you EVER heard of anything so horrible to say to a person who considers a library sacred???)

Tuesday, I took photos of a cow moose on the other side of the lake (remember, it is a tiny lake) and later was startled to see her swimming up to her neck to get to my side! It was starting to get darker and I looked out the window and saw a funny looking dog in the water. But, it was really odd looking. Then, I discovered it was the cow. (was she moose paddling since she wasn’t a dog?) She was moving fast and with her speed and the low light on the water, the only photo I got resembles a flat Nessie. I deleted it from my camera chip.

Wednesday had a some cheerful moments (the people in the doctor’s office, texts from TnT and even Digman, and messages from Kel). Juke Box kid also texted. The trailer he is going to use to haul the boxes has wasp nests in it. He was sharing what he was going to do for their removal and I had to laugh. I do hope he doesn’t end up burning it down, that wouldn’t be useful at all!  One of my favorite surprises was the butterfly that landed on me briefly as I stepped outside. Completely thrilled me to have it stop for even a millisecond.

The feeders I fill now and again have bullies. One is a small dark junco and the other is a teen age squirrel. The junco dashes at birds as he sits in the feeder munching away and the squirrel is just munching and deters them by presence! The golden eye are now teens and have tiny wings, but go all over the place by themselves. Rarely does the mom keep them near and I’m glad the lake isn’t larger cuz they’d for sure get lost or eaten or something. Tuesday night, the moose had gone and suddenly three fast little kid fowl skittered up to where the golden eye used to perch. They didn’t stay long, but it was like they wanted to ‘go home’ for a little while!!! Birds are out and about in EO, too.  I had to laugh when The Craftsman called on Wednesday. He said he got buzzed by a barn owl! I was surprised, barn owls are predators only if the prey is the right size and a 6’2” human is NOT barn owl prey. (to be fair, The Craftsman was really surprised, too!) They are cute little birds of prey and a great deal of fun to watch. I wasn’t all that impressed with the books using them as the main characters, though. I love watching them fly, I’m also glad this didn’t happen to The Craftsman! video from Youtube:

Lighter

My last post was odd. So, I will share some of the experiences I’ve had this week and some of the cartoons I’ve found to make things lighter again. A lot has happened!!

My sister did get her piano. Gig man, her spouse, had an involved plan that wandered all over the place. He wanted to get the post WW2 piano out of the door, onto the stoop, down the steps, and down the side walk to a trailer..which they would need to ramp to get the piano onto. Thankfully, a wiser head said, ‘I’ll bring my trailer up to the edge of the stoop and go through the door, onto the cement and, in one push, onto the trailer.’ Perfect. The lady who was helping was great. She was tinkling the ivories as it was relocated to 10 min away. (she was in the trailer to make sure the winches were secure around the instrument.) It reminded me of a calliope in a parade! Mom won’t like my sister has the piano, she’d have liked Fingers (name for piano players!) playing it on the road. Now, if my sister would get the rest of her things! They brought a rig to do that, but they also brought their partial black lab. Who, apparently, ‘ate a bee’ while she was here and that was why she was so clingy and needy and wanting in the house after being in the lake. At any rate, since they had the dog, they didn’t have room to haul anything else. She did take a small bag of things, so that was good. Besides, Gig man hates her bringing mom’s stuff home and the bag wasn’t the hope chest or anything else. She told me they’d come early (they arrived after 6 pm) to help me move furniture. (I’d emptied all the shelves and the piano top completely and moved the things by myself before they arrived. We’d not have had time, if I’d waited. They took the screen door spring apart. So, I locked it. I don’t want to mess with fixing it when I didn’t take it apart. Besides, I had to put things back when they left.) They were here for about 2 hours, maybe a smidge more. I only took photos and I’m glad I napped before they arrived!!!

I don’t remember Tuesday, but the next day I did errands. (OH, there was an earthquake in the Aleutians and a tsunami warning. Nothing happened and all was peaceful. Except for the alerts. I did stay off of FB!!!) Took a box to the post and found a typical Alaskan scene. The mom left her kids in the vehicle she’d driven. But, as you can see from the photo, it wasn’t your typical rig! Then,  I discovered the book I’d wanted to check out when I returned to AK can’t be. Yet. It appears my library card expired in May and since I canceled mom’s post office box, I now don’t have a way to verify I have an address to get a card. Although, I was told they might accept general delivery. I was so annoyed. Owning property and paying taxes here isn’t enough. I need a mail box!  I couldn’t find that book in an online library and I couldn’t find it in an Oregon library. I could find that author, but not that book. I may need to just buy the darn thing. Nicholas Christopher ‘The Bestiary’.

At the bank, the dear banker (he’s helped me since 2016) had no idea why the Oregon branch of Wells Fargo wanted certain documents for me to cash a check. So, they just had me sign it ‘executor’ and called it good. Much less stressful. People were fretting about wearing masks in stores and insisting their rights were being violated. I was disgusted. A mask is hot and you can’t see smiles, but if one person wearing a mask stops at least one of the mutations of Covid, I’m good with the covering. We don’t know for sure if they will, but the illness is not something I want around me. I only hope I can get back to Oregon, the area I live in normally is a new hot spot.  Temps and Covid wise. I think they said it was almost 96 degrees F this week. Yuck!!! I’d melt.

I discovered the Celestial Seasonings teabags are smaller than they used to be. The bags are made of some other kind of material, too. The Vermont Maple Ginger is a good flavor, but it is irritating the bags have less product than they used to. There are still three ducklings on the lake. Or there were this morning, before the neighbors took to the lake in a canoe and paddle board and with dogs. The golden eye are still fluffy and not at all like the teenage mallards. When those were dipping their bills into the muck in the lake and bumped into each other, I admit I laughed out loud from where I was watching!

It rained quite a bit on my errand day, but by afternoon it cleared up nicely.

Still couldn’t see the sky. Well, I could, but it was light. I was awake til 340 am and saw some stars, faintly. The comet wasn’t visible, nor were any constellations. The guys in OR were more fortunate. They not only saw the comet, but the rings on Saturn, and moons around Jupiter. Plus, meteorites! The night is one of the few good things about the states. Being able to see stars when it is warm outside! You can tell from the photo how light it was at almost 4.  At the moment, it is 930 pm and the sun is shining through the birch trees. You can see the hidden fall gold in the fluttering green leaves. Bees are scurrying for pollen and huge black dragonflies are kiting on the breezes filling the sky with clouds. It is a beautiful world, in spite of what is going on around us!

Dumpy Day

I’m just tired and achy and wanting to cry. My right arm and elbow ache and burn. My left breast is sore (It has had something odd for several months, but I’ll get a mammogram when I return to Oregon). I work and then sleep for 10 hours and wake tired. My eye is still goopy and red. I hate doing this all alone. (and that isn’t even true! This week I’ve had at least half a dozen people who have visited and helped get things done.) I need to do laundry and go shopping and it is so difficult to decide to do those things when I have to be here. I’m just so darn tired for anything!

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Being kind to others is much easier than to myself. Ok, being kind to most people is easier than myself. I do hope when my sister does eventually arrive someday, I’m considerate and gentle. (I keep bitch typing about what I know she’ll do, then I delete it! Writing it out isn’t going to change her actions and it isn’t necessary or nice of me) I do take time for Kris. I like to sit in the sun now and then. I do take time to play mindless games on the kindle (two, wordscapes and a lovely jewel game that must be a prototype cuz it is entirely not at all like any jewel game I’ve played. It is like an embryo version of many of them. I don’t even remember the name! lol). I was slightly annoyed. The kindle version of Wordscapes is different than the ipad one and the last few weeks, I could actually play words that I could on the ipad. Unfortunately, one of the powers that be must have realized people were accumulating up to 20 extra points with words like ‘tod’ or ‘tor’ or ‘lich’ or other somewhat obscure pairings. I try them anyway, just in case! Besides games, I have watched a couple of movies and gone to the beach once and watched the ducks now and then and fed the birds. I’ve baked several times and even mowed the yard twice. And I read. So, I really am doing things for myself.

Except, when you sleep for 10 hours or more, there isn’t much time left to get all that needs done completed! (ooooh, that is a confusing sentence!)

I have been sorting papers I set aside last fall. There was a will that cracked me up. I’m not entirely sure how many of these people are still alive, but the poor lawyer was looking in the early 90’s. I kept it because it was so typical of life. Confusing, with ties that twist and bind! As you can see by the partial photo document, there are a lot of names with not much information! Then, on another page, the lawyer says this: “The problem arose because Harry Franklin S name was changed to Harry Franklin E, he was than married at least twice, and it appears he may have adopted some of his step-children.” Later, I learned when he died, one of the persons mentioned sent a letter out for help with funeral costs. (that is the second photo). For me, I recognized some of the names, except the names were not for those people!!! Great Aunt Ginny was an alcoholic kick in the pants. Julie was my 4th dad’s mom and Uncle Harry was my dad’s brother and I thought Harry was his only sibling! It is bad enough naming kids after persons who have died, but to name them after living relations is just confusing!!! Then, I learned, dad, who had his name changed by court order ended up getting it changed again to E a few years after my sister and I were adopted and had our names changed to E. The worst part of adoption is that on the birth certificates, it now shows my dad, Bill, as my birth father in 1965. Except in 1965 my real dad and mom were living in MN and a few years later my sister was born. I also found divorce papers for mom’s previous marriages and in each one the document reads mum had proof for a cause for divorce. Now, I know in 2 of those, the men hit mom. I’ve never found anything anywhere to see exactly why mom left my real dad. I do know he wasn’t good at keeping jobs, his type 1 diabetes was uncontrolled and made him difficult, and I understand that mom never really wanted to marry him anyway (she wanted to marry my second dad and dear Johned him when he was in the military, thus marrying my birth father. Or at least, that was one story I was told by someone else!). I also laughed because in the second divorce, mom got the trailer with furnishings and that dad got a truck and a barometer!

I also, once again, lost my contacts. I was able to get many of them back cuz I hadn’t completely deleted all texts, but some…I’ll just have to wait for them to identify themselves more thoroughly! The golden eye mom has two young left as of Saturday night and today it is blowing and raining. Thankfully, I do like rain! It is also easier for the ducks to hide in plain sight, although they are pretty good at that normally!

Sunshine and Rain

This week has been full of crazy weather. I finally decided to leave isolation (my quarantine was up, but I’d not heard if I should) and go shopping and wash clothes. I think I ate better when I didn’t have more choices!!! That was on Tuesday. Monday was lovely, Tuesday it was ok, Wednesday it rained all day. I love rain!!

These pictures were taken before the rain.

I’d not noticed the ‘heart’ shape in the tree before. It makes me smile when I look down on the lake. The lake has receded a bit since the first week I was home. It has a lot of grass growing in the middle and the ducks seem to be surviving. I’ve not seen any loon, they prefer a clear lake and with the weeds growing up, it isn’t clear. I’m not sad!

We did have a rather crazy loud incident where all the ducks of both breeds banded together when a predator flew in. I’m not sure what the bird was, but as far as I could tell, everyone was accounted for when it flew off. One little golden eye was frazzled as it came up from where the mallards had gone. I think it got mixed up with the bigger ducklings!! That night it rained. A lot.

On Wednesday, I got my blood drawn (doctors don’t care if you aren’t in their area. If they want blood, they find a way to get it!) and got my clothes washed and picked up a covered firepit thing from TnT to burn stuff. OMG! My dad has pay stubs saved from ’77. He also, thankfully, didn’t keep entire packets from investments, but there are a lot. I am removing the SSN’s and tossing the rest away. I was in the midst of a series of numbers when I saw one that looked very familiar. It was mine!! I was quick to destroy those, I am not dead and would be very put out to have that stolen!!

I’m also glad dad’s gone. I’ve never said that before. I was clearing out VHS tapes and found one that made me think dad might have become a fan of our current POTUS or even a conspiracy theorist. It would have been hard to follow dad’s way of thinking. It is hard enough to follow my spouse and the youngest in their politics. Dad..I’m just glad I don’t have to know. Then, I found an aged Richard Simmons tape. He’s so scrawny for being so healthy!!! There were a handful of Bill Cosby tapes, too. Which makes me wonder if anyone wants those….

Thursday was a stunning day. I finished up a sweet cinnamon sort of roll I purchased on Wed. It was cinnamon, strawberry/ rhubarb and absolutely delicious! I am looking forward to trying her blueberry ones. I love the bakery. It is new and the motif matches my shoulder tattoo. (Heart of forget me nots) If I was staying here, I would so ask to be hired. Baking is one of my favorite things to do. In case you wondered!!

It is later in the evening, almost 930 pm. The clouds are starting to roll in and the temps are dropping. I was hoping to see the sunset tonight, I did get to see the mountains briefly today, but there may not be one! Cool looking grey clouds, though. I guess I’m torn between the contemplative squirrel and the stressed out bear!! Perhaps, I’ll just go and sort a bit more!! Although..I did buy ice cream!

(OH! I found out my airport covid test was negative. I had to send two emails and we’ll see if I need tested again!) Yes, ice cream sounds like a good celebration snack!

Sad to glad

I love how little moments of joy can pop up in the less than happy times. I was convinced there were no babies left on the lake. The mom ducks have been fighting like crazy and I was certain it was cuz their maternal tasks had been cut short. Hours later, I see the golden eye has her three and one mallard looks to have a couple gold chips floating near, as well. I watched them last night and those golden eye ducklings are so darn cheerful! I’m incredibly thankful they have survived another day.  I even braved the mosquitoes to go out and try to photograph the sunset in the lake. (I’m not impressed with my new camera. I really really want another chip to go in my older one. I did find the directions for the new one, so I’ll see if I can figure it out.) The sunset at midnight, in the camera, was completely white, very little pink or amethyst in it anywhere. I’m hoping it is a setting I can’t find on my own. I also don’t like how this new camera isn’t able to get as close as I’d like. With certain creatures in nature, you really don’t want to get too near physically or socially!!!

I’ve mentioned the mosquitoes, I will probably continue to mention them. I was rather surprised when I opened up the kindle in the morning and found a squashed skeeter inside. It is definitely stuck to the cover. I’ve killed several inside with mum’s handy dandy bug zapper. I’m so glad the batteries still work, I went online to try and figure out how to open the racquet zapper, it was useless. When I was outside at midnight, they were landing everywhere. I was impressed the view finder on the camera didn’t show the shadows of them as they were zipping past!

TnT visited and fixed both the light and water heater. I’m glad he did, if I had tried to do the heater on my own, it may have taken a while! My favorite comment was when he got the cover back on (the temperature thing was underneath a cover and some insulation stuff), he read the cover and it said something about disconnecting everything before fiddling (my words) with the insides. TnT, “They don’t really mean that.” I laughed out loud and remembered back to some of my favorite Mythbuster shows featuring water heaters gone bad. I was, however, glad to have a shower and to wash my hair. Eons back, I read an article about how good it was for your hair to not wash it and how long it took for it to get to where it was nice. It always seemed a dubious undertaking to me. Mine was getting decidedly oily. Ewww. TnT also enjoyed the cookies (his helper wasn’t with him). I’m going to like making them for Little Bear to try.

I’ve been drinking a lot of tea. I decided that black and green teas are not ones I prefer at all. No matter how fancy they are! I much prefer basic fruit and herb teas. Tea is a soothing beverage when you look at the mess around you and want to cry. When you wake up and realise you feel sore and icky, in spite of how good you felt the last few days.  I need to get online and see if some more of this debris can sell. Except, I need to wait for my isolation period to be over. I’ve thrown away many things I thought I’d not. There is just too much and I honestly do not need it and it isn’t worth anything to anyone else, or my sister. I have taken photos of some of the odder things for a post!!

I’m also hungry! Gary at Yummy Lummy made pizza and as much as tea is comfort, so is pizza!! Actually, I’ve not had any meat protein since Monday and I think my body is confused!! (I kind of wish I had packed some packets or tins of chicken or fish!)

This summer is absolutely not what I’d envisioned. However, I will make my moments count and enjoy them. Like lost babies showing up when you don’t expect them.  

Northern World

I’m glad to be home. I do miss things like working septics and the wonderful kitchen in the Oregon house, but by and far, this really is where I belong. I will cherish the moments I have here with every beat of my heart. And the not so nice moments, well, those I will remember and shake my head over and eventually see the lessons in them.

There are a few ducks in the lake. Since mom isn’t here to feed them, most of the adult mallards have moved to less stressful shores. (the neighbor’s insist the labs can do what they want on their lake and chasing and killing duckling is a favorite pastime for the younger lab.) There are other predators, too. It seems there is a raven nest quite close and raven (one of my favorite birds) are fond of nabbing anything they can find to eat or feed their young. I read they will even grab heron nestlings (which seems more like a dare kind of thing- heron have very long beaks!). When the mosquitoes are less aggressive, I’m going to see if I can find the nest. I’ve only glimpsed a very awkward cow moose and, once, heard her as she galloped across the drive Friday morning at 830.

We’ve had a lot of rain. In fact, I think it has rained every single day since I arrived on Monday. Thankfully, the showers on Thursday were light and happened after I finally got to do a spot of yard work. As you can tell, I didn’t manicure it. I love having wild around me, with borders! I miss that in the Lower 48. I tried to leave a few of the forget-me-nots, most of them were in the middle of places needing mown. Photos are a good way to keep them around longer!

I was reading one of the blogs I follow and realized how icky I was feeling from not having a shower since Monday morning. I’d wash outside, except the skeeters are really intense this year. All the rain may have brought up the water level on the lake, however, it has also brought out insects that bite! I like being clean, I’m not filthy yet, but still! (as you can tell from the photo, I was a bit worn after the yardwork!) So, I thought back, recalled the scene from ‘Witness’ where the young Amish mom is taking a sponge bath and thought, ‘I did that before, I can do it again!’ (sponge bathe inside, not be an semi-innocent for a voyeuristic Harrison Ford!)

I also have been frustrated with the lack of ingredients in the house. Being isolated, cleaning, looking for things I knew I had here and finally find, and reading in between, all make me want to cook. Thankfully, I discovered an eggless (eggs and milk were two things I didn’t pack in my suitcase to bring north!) cookie recipe. It needed tweaked, but I think it turned out ok. I’ll let TnT and his helper try them when they stop by today. They are going to turn on the water heater again and change the light that went out in the store room (it needs a ladder, which is scary. The Craftsman said it might be less terrifying for me if I can’t see how far I am off the ground, but that seems dubious!).

Since being back, I’ve slept a lot. I do feel a ton better than I did last week. Still tired, though. Not sure if it is the meds or a more comfortable bed or finally getting here to finish or being in the absolute peace of this place (I hate living in town, all the curtains are closed cuz the huge windows overlook streets and other people’s busy yards. You can hear everything anyone is doing and I do not like it!!). Or, it could be all of those reasons!!

I keep finding things mom bought and never used. I need a duffle, this one is purple, and so, I’m going to see if it will work for what I need it for. Mum joined Curves, bought bag, shoes, and went to a couple of meetings before giving it up. At least it was less expensive than her golf lessons, clubs, and assorted accessories!  Seriously, please please please, help your parents purge before you need to do it for them and do try to keep your own debris to a minimum. So often today, I look at things and imagine using them elsewhere. Then, I decide it isn’t worth it. I’ve enough junk to haul south to sort later!!

One of the coolest things I’ve found this year, I’ll have to take back in a photo. I’ve never noticed him before, perhaps he just showed up in the last few months. From where I sit next to the window in the dining room, he’s visible just by lifting my eyes. I call him Sage. Can you see him? I’ve not gone out in the kayak to find my other tree friend, it is a great deal of work to haul the craft up and down the bank. I think Sage moved in to keep an eye on me since I can’t visit the other. I do love trees in all their stages!

This is another bit of wisdom I found today. From Cauldrons and Cupcakes. “Don’t put off living–we must make every moment count, even if they are not the moments we had envisioned for ourselves.” I think this will be a theme for me for this summer.

Rockin’ Robin and more

Little Bear took these photos. I like how he captured the adult ‘showing off’ how to fly. In reality, the bird is probably getting ready to forage for more food. One site I found said a single parent can make up to 100 trips to the nest in a day. (And I thought keeping two boys fed was a lot of work!)

I have a lot of things on my ‘to do‘ list before I head north. AK is wanting visitors to test pre and post, but I’ll have to do the post and the isolation period. Oregon will not test anyone unless they are very ill, which is probably one of the reasons the numbers here are so very low. (it is also one of the many topics I cannot discuss with my youngest or spouse.) I did get my taters planted today. That WAS on the list. (they were purchased in March, but The Craftsman has been busy with other projects and a garden is out for this year..mostly!) Anyway, I used the lasagna method to plant the taters and will do the same for peas and beans. He did create a cool succulent planter (he made the round base from old boards). He enjoys succulents. I added the fairy and he’ll add more polished rocks to the container later. (his dad used to collect and polish rocks, no information on them, just a lot of rocks!) The tater spot took an hour. Most of that was clearing out a space for them. I got out the major weeds, removed or cut the grass and then put down the newsprint. (I had to wet it completely since the wind is so strong today!!) After getting my area ready, I dropped cut seed taters on it. They were not looking as good as they could have, but even a few taters is more than none! On top of that, I put layers of hay. This hay is one of the projects The Craftsman has been doing. Unfortunately, it was damp when baled and can’t be sold. He was angry with himself, but I reminded him he’s a mechanic and not a farmer. He felt since he was around farming his entire life, he should have picked up how. (I’m not entirely sure farming is like that…) However, it makes for lovely expensive cover for the taters!

Meanwhile, there are snack dragons blooming and I had a simple fun lunch of a leftover waffle with Tillamook cheddar cheese, sliced meat, and lettuce. My yummy smelling soup I was making for supper is probably just for me. The Craftsman called and is out shopping (I appreciate this, I just thought he’d be home for dinner) and so is Little Bear (he told me he’d not be home). So, the two will probably eat out. I really shouldn’t eat out, one of the things I need to do for traveling north is write down where I’ve been the last two weeks before my leave date. It is easier if I stay home!!

Hoping your Monday and week are shaping up less crazy than mine is so far. When I made my list, I should have planned lists for each day, too. I have done Monday chores today and very few of the other stuff! My lovely mock orange and Moses being silly with myself!

I also had to laugh when Little Bear brought home a puzzle from his grandma’s the other day. He did most of the work on a Loon one (I did the words and The Craftsman did a great deal of the inside and most of the border) and wanted another one. The one he chose is ‘card table sized’ and has pieces with slightly wavy edges and is 1000 pieces. I hope the tables haven’t changed sizes since the 70’s!! Do you like puzzles?

Mr. Postman-

I was thinking about all those songs from the past that many kids today can’t relate to. The term kicks is actually shoes (I had a song with this word in it on a favorite mixed tunes cassette), telephone booths, directories for those phones, and more recently, postal services. The bill passed the House, we’ll see if it gets through the Senate. I’d miss sending cards and letters. (In fact, I have one addressed and stamped on the table next to my mail in ballot that is due tomorrow. I’ve had the card ready since Friday! The ballot isn’t filled out yet.) However, the POTUS has determined an email is just as good. (insert scowl)

Little Bear got mom’s laptop back to the factory settings, eliminating most of the junk my BiL added to ‘help mom‘. It still has issues, the kid will work on it later today. I hadn’t used it yet for anything and was trying to explain why, when I decided it didn’t’ matter. It also turned out my glucose was 47 (that is fairly low for a US blood sugar). Needless to say, the rest of my evening was toast as I was dizzy and then sleeping and then my glucose went too high. As I’ve mentioned before, being a person with Diabetes is a balancing act.

Plus, today is a Garfield Monday. I normally like a Monday. I like to wash laundry on Monday and clean is sooo lovely. Today, I even got a long call from TnT, which was super nice. Yet, most of today has been odd. There is a branch almost vertical on the lilac with the nest in it. I hope no one was after that mamma! I was trying to translate an old letter and am up against more than I thought. First, I need to iron it and then maybe I can scan it and darken the words so they can be read..or copied and pasted into google translate. I’m trying to decide if mom’s pearls are real or not (the letter was with a child sized pearl sort of necklace and is in Norwegian) and I’m pretty sure most of them are imitation. (the home tests are inconclusive!) She has a drawer full of coins from all over and a 1952 silver dollar that is pretty, but tarnished, in an envelope ‘from grandma‘. (the safety pin and lock are just more odd things mom saved) The tennis bracelet is also pretty, but probably fake.

I will leave you with a squirrel-it was on the porch railing Sunday.

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Now that is a fun song, too!! Let me add it from youtube!

Mother’s Day-again.

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A year ago this minute, I was having lunch out with my guys. We were driving the ’56 Merc and visited a drive through restaurant that was almost as old as the car. The next day, I flew to Alaska. It is truly a different world today. My guys went off to a nearby town to scrounge through old stuff to purchase and bring some home. (I don’t exactly know what they are getting, they enjoy bargains that often don’t work well) I am hanging around thinking about cleaning the dining room table off. (why on EARTH does the dining room table always end up covered in debris??? Oddly, most of it belongs to the kid. The Craftsman actually tidied a lot the other night looking for a tax form!) We ae supposed to have the MIL down for dinner on Mom’s day. I figured it doesn’t matter. They go and see her every day and she’s been out and about herself. I’m the only one who was in the most isolation and I got some kind of flu the start of April. At any rate, in order to have more than the dad and the kid here, I need to make sure things are a bit cleaner. I hate mussy and this is a mess!

I have some things I want to do outside, but I need to wait til Monday. If I work outside today, I’ll be worn out tomorrow and will be unable to cook. (Why is it on certain days when the ‘dad’ cooks on a grill, the mom still needs to set the table, plan the menu, make dessert, the side dishes, and clean it all up when it is done? Yet, the dad gets all the credit???) OH, I don’t need to make dessert!!!! I asked The Craftsman to buy a coconut cream pie cuz Friday was coconut cream pie day. He purchased a chocolate cream pie, which he and Little Bear and the MIL very much like. Thus, the strawberries he also bought (I was going to make chocolate scones with whipped topping and berries) can be frozen, except for a couple I’ll eat, and they can have pie!

I do hope they remember to buy some petunias today. There is a container..well, it is not exactly a container, I’m told it originally was a very old street lamp. At any rate, it is super cool and is a good sized white bell shape that cries out to hold something. I have often tried to keep plants in it, but the one area I wanted it was a bad area. The yard is squareish and in one of the corners there was a sort of empty spot. Last spring I buried the end of the bell in that corner (the shape has a bit on the end that sticks out, probably where the actual light was), popped a flower pot in it, added flowers, and left for the north. Unfortunately, the corner is in sunshine close to the entire day and Eastern Oregon summer sunshine can get up to 80 degrees a couple times a week. I thought white reflected heat, but it is a metal shape and the poor flowers frequently fried, even with underground sprinklers every other night. So, I am moving it. At the back of the square yard I have a pink metal bathtub (The bathroom in this house was all pink before renovation. Seriously. Pink tub, toilet, sink, and walls. The junior high boy’s budding man card was disturbed. Actually, so was the mom!!! Thus, we removed the pink and the tub was mine to use as I wished. It has finally graduated to having flowers planted in it, most of the bulbs didn’t bloom this year, but it was a bad year for bulbs anyway!). So, next to the tub, I had a hops plant that after several years, it was determined was too much for the neighbor on the other side of the fence and us. (The darn thing would clamber into the filbert tree nearby and removing hops from a tall tree is ridiculous!) The empty space needed something. I did purchase a white poppy, but then I remember the light case. I am going to put that there with petunias again and add climbing flowers like nasturtiums. That area is cooler and gets water from the neighbor’s yard as well as the UGS. After weeding past the ‘tree’ (it grew out of the container!), I realised I will put the poppy where the closer plants are (see photo) and leave around the tree….or maybe I’ll put the container there….Oh, the ideas one can have in a garden!

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I also have discovered this week, critters. The honeysuckle in the bath has aphids and holy heck in a handbasket!!! Do you know how many ‘tried and true’ ways there are to eliminating aphids??? Granted, you can use ladybugs. But keeping the ladybugs in the area you want..well, they don’t make leashes for ladies. (OK, they DO, but that is totally different!) I visited a Farmer’s Almanac webpage and learned you can also use these methods to deter aphids: brake fluid (you need to be careful with this…insert eye roll!), nasturtiums because the aphids love those and will leave the other plants alone (I also love nasties!), catnip (which is already growing nearby), and one that Little Bear was startled by (How would you collect that, mom???) a ratio of 1:5 cow urine and water. Soapy water is supposed to be good, but the day after my application of that, I went out, flicked a leaf and watched tiny bugs fly off. Blasting the plant with water is not entirely useful either, because the bugs land elsewhere!

There was one ladybird on the honeysuckle the other day, no spots, but I do hope it reproduces fast!! And in one of the white lilac trees, robins are building a nest. Not much cover, but the fragrance must be divine! Imagine being a mom living in a lilac!! Speaking of lilac, check out the itty bitty tiny bit of purple. Flowering in spite of being just a stem. What a world this is!