All Things Monday…

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It was a hot and busy weekend around our house, but it wasn’t all work and no play.  More about that later, but first I’m going to participate in the “Monday Quiz”.  Here are today’s questions, along with my answers:

1. What is your favorite ‘G Rated’ activity that you like to share with your SO or BFF?

I love it when we go shopping together or eat out, but my favorite activity to do with hubby is relaxing under a shade tree or an umbrella beside the ocean.

2. Do you buy summer clothes at the end of season clearance sales?

No, I usually buy my new clothes, on sale, at the beginning of the season, when the selection is best.

3. August 13th is national left-handers day.  How many left-handed people do you know?

I’ve known quite a few left-handers, in my day, in fact, I’m left-handed myself, thanks to an older cousin who is also a ‘lefty’.  (When I was a baby, he’d always switch the spoon to my left hand, so I’ve been told.)

I worked at school for many years, and, one particular year, about one-fourth of the class was left-handed!  On any given year, we always had at least a couple of left-handed students.

4. When you go swimming do you: a) jump into the pool; b) gently move into the pool; or c) dive in?

Whenever I go swimming, I gently move into the pool.  No jumping or diving for me, ’cause I like to keep my face and head dry!

My question for you:

Do you have a Kindle, and, if so, do you use it much? (I’m trying to decide if I’d enjoy using one.)

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Weekend Recap:  Boy!  The weekend went by in a blur of activity!

Late on Friday afternoon, our youngest son and his wife came for a visit.  The stayed next-door with our daughter and her family, so the entire family met up over there for Friday night pizza.  We don’t often all get a chance to get together like we used to, so it was nice.  After we ate pizza, the adults sat outside and watched the little ones swim around in the pool.  We had the fan blowing at one end of the deck, and the fire pit burning at the other–a strange combination!

On Saturday, Ed began the day by installing our new tv antenna.  About the time he got it attached to the roof, our daughter walked over and told us that CBS is now back on Dish Network.  What timing!  Ed asked me if I wanted him to finish installing the antenna, and I told him “Yes, so we’ll be ready in case this happens again!”  We plan to eventually discontinue with Dish Network, especially if their fees continue to rise.

Ed got a lot accomplished around the yard on Saturday afternoon.  I had a long “Honey Do” list, and he got most of those things done, including finishing our new walkway.  We ended the day by sitting by another fire, while the fan blew on us again, except this time we were burning trash in our back yard!  We may have started a new summer trend!

The rain held off throughout the weekend, and Geraldo, the concrete mason, came on Saturday and built the form for the concrete under our carport.  We had a bit of excitement when our daughter’s unruly dog, Jack, tried to slip around the corner and nip at Geraldo’s son, who was helping build the form! ( Jack quickly got sent back to his kennel! )

Geraldo’s supposed to come and pour the concrete this morning.  I hope the rain continues to hold off until the concrete dries, (even though I’m now having to run the water sprinklers on our newly planted lawn!)  Speaking of unruly dogs,  one of ours decided to dig a hole in the middle of the freshly prepared carport dirt on Saturday night!  Ed had to staple plastic around all open sides of the carport, to prevent this from occurring, again, before the concrete arrives.

Ed’s new lawn mower is supposed to be delivered around lunchtime today.  It’s one of those zero-turn mowers, so it should be interesting watching Ed learn how to maneuver the thing around the yard!  Thank goodness, we don’t have many flowers!  The delivery man called last night, to set up a delivery time, and he asked me if I was going to drive this mower!  I told him, “Nooo, that’s my husband’s baby, not mine!”

Finally, Ed and I took a much-needed trip back to St. Simon’s Island on Sunday.  After the past two weeks, we both needed some R&R!  As always, the time passed much too quickly, and all-too-soon it was time to pack up and head back home.  It was a hot day, but the sea breeze was cool, and it felt so good to just sit and relax for a change!   All work and no play is no fun!  Best of all, we didn’t experience any car problems on the trip either.

That’s it for me today. Have a great Monday!

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Published in: on August 12, 2013 at 7:46 am  Comments (11)  
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Friday Fragments…

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What a short week it’s been in our neck of the woods!  Ed and I have barely had time to catch our breath.  Early mornings have found me hard at work in the yard, then Ed has been joining me in the late afternoons after he got off from work.  Things are looking better with each passing day.

We’ve finally been getting a break from the daily rain showers that plagued us for nearly two months.  It’s only rained here once this week.  I hope the rain continues to miss us throughout the weekend because, if it does, we’re getting concrete poured under our carport on Monday.  I’m excited about that!  Ed built the storage house, with an attached carport about three or four years ago, but we weren’t able to get a floor poured until now.  Rain, please stay away!

Lawnmower problems plagued us, all of last week, after Ed accidentally ran over the protective netting covering my blueberry bush.  On Friday evening, he finally pinpointed the problem and got the mower running again.  Meanwhile, our son-in-law’s push mower died, too!  Our riding lawnmower worked double-time getting everyone’s grass mowed, once it was up and running!  Meanwhile,  Ed and I decided to purchase a new mower while the ‘end of the season’ sales are still going on, then sell our old riding mower to our daughter and SIL.  The new mower should be arriving on Monday.

The television antenna that I ordered, last week, arrived on Tuesday.  It’s an outside antenna, but it’s so tiny!  Not at all like the huge antennas of yesteryear.  Ed hasn’t had a chance to properly install it yet, so, at the moment, it’s sitting on a corner table in the living room!  It works like a charm, even from there!  We were finally able to watch Big Brother again on Wednesday and Thursday nights.  Life is good again!  Now, when the time is right, we can kiss Dish Network, and their ridiculous fees, goodbye…

Ed lost his cellphone about three weeks ago.  He doesn’t have any idea what happened to it.  He looked for it everywhere he could think of, but no luck finding it.  Finally, after a couple of weeks, he decided to just buy another Tracfone and port his number/minutes over to the new phone.  When he did, he discovered that 700 of his minutes were gone!  I think we can safely assume someone stole his phone, and have been enjoying his minutes!  Either that, or Tracfone cheated Ed out of some of his minutes.

I really liked Ed’s new cellphone (another flip phone) because it actually gets a signal and will work in our home, unlike most cell phones.  We went back to the store and bought another Tracfone just like Ed’s.  After TWO DAYS, and MUCH AGGRAVATION, Ed finally got my number and minutes ported over!  By then, Ed was threatening to buy a ticket to India, where, apparently, Tracphone’s unhelpful, customer service representatives are located!!!  What an experience!

I spent yesterday visiting with my friend, Diane, who lives about an hour away from me.  After three failed attempts, we finally had a beach trip planned.  As we were loading up her car to go, it began to sprinkle rain!  We went ahead and drove toward the beach, but the rain got harder!  She continued to drive.  Eventually, we ran out of the rain, and by the time we arrived at the beach, the sun was shinning and there wasn’t a cloud in the sky!  It was so hot and sunny, we sat under the pier.  However, on the way back home, we ran into one of the worst thunder storms I’ve ever been caught in!  It rained so hard we could barely see the road, and this continued for over thirty minutes!  What an experience, but we finally got our beach trip!

It’s official, I’m getting senile!  I was so tired and rattled last night that I took my medication twice!  I remembered I’d already taken it, about halfway through taking the second round!  Fortunately, I’m still here, and I didn’t get sick during the night.  Hopefully, all is well!  Next time I see that the slot in my ‘pill reminder’ is empty, I will assume that I’ve already taken the medication, whether I remember taking it or not!

That’s about it for me, and this session of Friday Fragments.  I’m linking up with other ‘fraggers’ at Half-Past Kissin’ Time.

We have a busy weekend planned, but I’m hoping it will be a good one!  I hope yours is a good one, as well.  See ya’ on Monday!

Published in: on August 9, 2013 at 9:00 am  Comments (8)  
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The Wednesday Hodgepodge…

1. The first week of August is National Simplify Your Life Week…what’s one thing you could do this week to qualify as a participant?

I have no idea, but I really need to figure it out!  My life has been entirely too complicated this summer!

2. It’s also National Peach Month…peach pie, peach cobbler, or please pour me a Bellini? What’s your peach pleasure?

I love peach cobbler, made from either fresh peaches or peaches that I’ve canned myself.

3. Eleanor Roosevelt once wrote, “Do one thing every day that scares you.” Agree or disagree…explain.

Being the shy, reserved, ‘change-hating’ person that I am, I’d have to disagree.  That being said, I realize that I have to step out on a limb sometimes to grow and learn, but I always do it unwillingly.

4. What’s your favorite household chore? Yes-you have to name one.

Doing the laundry, because it’s the easiest chore to do!

5. Fodors recently listed (what they’ve dubbed) the ten most beautiful sunset spots in America. Click here to read more and see the pretty pictures, but this is their list:

Butterfly Beach in Santa Monica CA, Mount Haleakala in Maui HI, Old Fort Marcy Park in Santa Fe NM, Laguna Beach CA, Hopi Point in Grand Canyon AZ, Four Seasons in Miami FL, Santa Monica Pier in Santa Monica CA, Gay Head in Martha’s Vineyard MA, Ensign Peak in Salt Lake City UT, and Mallory Square in Key West Florida.

Have you seen the sun set from any of these spots? If you could choose to watch the sun set this weekend from one spot on the Fodors List, which would you choose? Where was the prettiest sunset you’ve ever seen?

No, I’ve never seen the sun set from any of these spots, but I’d sure like to!  If I had to choose one location, it would have to be one of the beach locations, of course.  To me, the prettiest sunsets are always over water.

6. What’s your favorite or most used app? If you don’t use apps how about your favorite or most visited website?

I don’t use any apps, but I enjoy watching Youtube, and I use Google nearly every day.

7. We’ve recently passed the halfway mark for 2013…write a seven word sentence that sums up your year thus far.

Mostly calm with occasional bouts of chaos!

Random:

I love modern technology!  Even though Brad and Jennifer live miles away, through the magic of sonography and Facebook, this week, I was able to enjoy a ‘sneak peek’ of our little grandson sucking his thumb!  Six months down and counting…

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Thanks to our hostess, Joyce, for providing the weekly questions for The Hodgepodge! If you’d like to read more answers or participate, simply click the button at the top of this post. Have a great day!

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Marvelous Monday…

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One word describes this past weekend around our house–busy!  Ed and I worked outside in our yard for thirteen hours on Saturday, and boy were we hot and tired at the end of the day!  We’re still trying to get our yard straightened out from the tree cutting ordeal, and it’s turning out to be quite a job.  Eventually, we’ll get there, with a little blood, a lot of sweat, and maybe a few tears…  By the way, my ears got sunburned and I worked up a blister.  Ed’s got a bruise, a couple of cuts, and an aching back.  We make a fine couple!

Busy or not, the weekend has come and gone.  It seems like it was just Friday, but I blinked my eyes and now it’s Monday again. Monday means Ed’s gone back to his job, and it’s time for me to join “The Monday Quiz“, so let’s get started.  Here are Heather’s questions for the week:

1. Do you prefer brain games or games of chance?

I prefer games of chance, at least I have a 50/50 chance of winning one of those!  Brain games?  Not so much!

2. How often do you misplace your keys?

Never, unless Ed drives my car and leaves the keys in the ignition.  I hate it when he does that! (FYI – We live in a very rural area, and never used to bring our keys in out of our cars–until we had an escaped prisoner in our area, a while back, who was going around stealing cars.  Sometimes Ed still forgets and leaves the keys in the cars.

3. It’s National Clown Week!  If you were a professional clown what would your name be?

The crazy cat lady!  (If the shoe fits, wear it!)

4. What is the strangest conversation you had last week?

It was the one where I was telling Ed what to say to the Dish Network people when he called to complain about us losing our local CBS channel.  Ed would repeat what the customer service rep said, then I’d tell Ed what to say next.  I know what you’re thinking, I should have made the call myself.

My question for you:

Have you seen the new show “Naked and Afraid”?

This is the craziest show I’ve ever seen, but it’s quite interesting!  Each week, one man and one woman are dropped off in a remote location, without any food, water, or clothing.  They must live together (naked) for 21 days, surviving on whatever they can find to eat and drink.  Their adventures are endless, and quite interesting!  Some couples are quite resourceful, and even manage to fashion clothing from things found in the wild, but others really have a hard time and have lost as much as forty pounds during the ‘survival period’.  Each week I find myself wondering, Why would anyone, in their right mind, agree to do this show?  However, I do enjoy watching!

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Friday Fragments…

Unknown Mami

It’s 6:30 in the morning, and here I sit, unable to sleep any longer!  When I used to work, I dreamed of the days when I’d no longer have to get up early.  It never occurred to me that I would still be getting up early because I wouldn’t be able to sleep!  Oh the joys of growing old…  Since I’m awake, I think I’ll take this opportunity to join in a little Friday Fun with Unknown Mami and the gang!

This week, Ed and I have worked diligently on getting ‘things’ back to normal around the house.  We’ve raked up tree roots, limbs, pine straw, and stump shavings.  We’ve filled in holes and ruts left by falling trees and heavy machinery.  We’ve worked to re-level the areas where grass used to be, and Ed even planted some grass seed.  A lot of work remains to be done, but slowly, but surely, we’re getting there.  In six months, we’ll probably still be trying to ‘get there’!

It continues to rain here almost every day!  Just about the time I think we’re going to dry out, it rains again!  Some days it rains a lot, other days it rains a little.  We’ve just about given up any hope of planting a fall garden.  I have a few cabbage and lettuce plants growing on the front porch.  If I don’t get to plant them in the garden, I’ll just transplant them to larger pots.  It’s been so wet, we haven’t even been able to mow down the rest of the summer garden yet!

Whenever it rains on a regular basis, our grass grows like crazy!  Although we don’t have a lot of grass left in our yard, at the moment, we still have plenty of grass to mow in other areas.  Wouldn’t you know, our riding lawn mower picked this year to go on the blink?  Usually, Ed can fix most things mechanical, but, so far, he’s failed to get the lawn mower running.  At the moment, we’re left with only a very old push mower and a new weed eater.  I guess we know what Ed will be doing this weekend!

Public school started back here on Thursday.  What a short summer it turned out to be!  Neither of our grandchildren are attending public school this year, so the start date didn’t affect our family.  One grandchild is attending a Pre-K program that doesn’t begin until later, while the other is being home schooled for First Grade.  Neither grandchild will have to worry about going to school for another whole month.  Lucky them, because it’s just too hot to ride on non-air conditioned buses right now!

I’m just a little bit aggravated with Dish Network!  As of midnight, on August 1, we no longer get our local CBS channel.  Something broke down with negotiations and the two were not able to reach an agreement for the coming year.  So right in the middle of this season’s “Big Brother”, we’ve lost the channel it comes on, and right in the middle of the new series “Under the Dome”, I can’t see what’s going to happen next!  Ed called Dish to complain, and was told they’re still negotiating.  In the meantime, they gave us a small credit to our bill for the inconvenience.  I ordered a television antenna yesterday.  Until the antenna comes or negotiations get settled, I guess I’m stuck watching the CBS episodes on the laptop 😦

Two of our grown children, who are also our neighbors, and their families, are headed off to the beach this weekend.  Both are going to a large water park on Jeckyl Island.  I’m really feeling the need for a beach trip of my own, but not the water park!  I’m hoping to go somewhere soon, ’cause this old gal sure could use some rest and relaxation instead of work and worry!  On that note, I’m going to end this post!

Have a great weekend, everyone!

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The Continuing Saga Of Our Pines ~ The Tree Climber

I didn’t know quite what we were in for on the morning the tree trimmers arrived.  We’d never had even one tree professionally removed, much less forty-seven of them!  I decided to walk next-door and take a seat on my daughter’s deck.  From there, I had a great view of the activity going on in my yard.  Little did I know just how much activity would be going on–or that it was going to last for six days!

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I watched in awe as the tree climber, whose name was Scott,  walked straight up our sixty-five foot pines, thanks to the sharp spikes he strapped on the insides of his ankles!  He’d knock the small limbs loose, as he climbed, then re-position the safety rope surrounding his waist.  As he neared the tops of the smaller trees, sometimes the trees would gently sway under the pressure of his weight.  Did I mention that he usually had a running chain saw hanging from his side?

Scott always looped a rope around the top section of the tree that was about to be cut.  This aided the men on the ground in guiding where the cut tree would land after it was cut.  Sometimes the rope was also looped over another tree, so the cut tree could be gently eased down to the ground.  Many times, Scott would cut the tops of the trees off, other times, he’d leave much of the top in place. I always enjoyed watching Scott quickly slide down the rope as he descended from the tops of those tall trees, once his work up there was done.

Most of the time, Scott would do the tree cutting, too, while one or two other men held tension on the guide ropes that he’d secured to the top of the tree.  It was interesting to watch the men with the ropes run out of the way, once the cut tree actually began to fall toward them!  Some of the trees hit the ground with such force, they seemed to vibrate the ground!  I don’t know whose job is the most dangerous, the tree climber or the rope handlers, but since I’m afraid of heights, I’d choose tree climbing as the scariest.

Scott often had to rest after climbing and cutting several trees in a row.  He was in great shape, so it must be very difficult to pull your body weight straight up a tree, especially using those spikes on your ankles.    Scott shared that he had been climbing and cutting trees for thirty-four years, and still loved it!  Then he also shared his amazing story with Ed.

First of all, we learned that our 65′ pine trees were small in comparison to many of the trees Scott’s climbed and cut.  He said that cutting the tops out of some trees can “give you quite a ride” as the tree whips back and forth after the top is cut out.  He also shared that he once fell out of a bucket truck and through a concrete picnic table!  In doing so, he basically ‘trashed’ one whole side of his body.  He has screws in his ankle, a rod in his leg, an implant in his hip, and I can’t remember what else!  He also suffered some facial injuries, which are evident in one of his eyes.  It’s a miracle that Scott’s alive, since he wasn’t expected to live, but it’s a double miracle that he’s alive and still able to climb trees for a living!!!

Scott’s boss shared that one of Scott’s toughest obstacles, after the accident, was overcoming his fear, and climbing back into a bucket truck.  Thankfully, no bucket truck was used in our job, and we don’t own a concrete picnic table!  Below you will find a brief clip of Scott’s first day of work at our house!  

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