Friday Fragments…

Half-Past Kissin' Time

I must say, this week has been relatively calm compared to last week!  No hammering, no sawing, and no unintentional cutting of our electrical wires, since the workmen finished their part of our construction, last Friday.  Thank goodness for the quiet and calm!

Ed and I still have some work to do on the porch before it’s  completely finished.  We have some painting to do, and Ed needs to cut off the new posts of our step railings.  I’m sure we’ll get this stuff accomplished–eventually.  There’s always something to do, and there’s never enough time to get it done!

Speaking of the ‘wire cutting incident’, when Ed put the wires back together, he accidentally traded places with two of our light switches.  As a result, every time I turn on the lights in the living room, I end up turning on the ceiling fan instead (they’re on separate switches)!  I wonder how long it will take to retrain my weary brain to flip the first switch instead of the second one.  Ed offered to switch them back around, but I figured a challenge is good for me!  Eight days and counting…  I still haven’t retrained my brain!

We bought a new charcoal grill, a couple of weeks ago.  Ed finally got around to putting it together yesterday.  Our plan is to grill on Easter Sunday.  It will be something we haven’t done before.  Somehow, the thought of slaving over a ham or a turkey just didn’t seem appealing, this year.  Oops, is my age showing?

We had a mini storm on Monday afternoon.  The wind blew in from the west, which is never a good thing, because we still have lots of tall pine trees on that side of our house.  Ed and I watched in horror as the tops of those pines twisted and twirled in the wind!  Some good-sized limbs fell near the chicken house, and nearly gave ‘the girls’ a heart attack!  We later learned that a tornado had touched down just a few miles away.

Some of our garden has sprouted!  Most of the seeds that we planted last Tuesday have now come up.  It sure looks good to look down the rows and see those little green vegetable plants!  Unfortunately, weeds will soon follow.  I guess I’d better get ready to hoe!  One more thing to add to our ‘to do’ list.

Lately, I’ve been enjoying watching the birds around the yard.  They’ve been enjoying the warm temperatures and sunshine.  Our daughter has a couple of bluebirds nesting in a bird house in her yard.  Apparently, they have babies because I watched them taking food into the bird house, on Saturday.  Some mockingbirds have a nest in the cedar tree, as usual.  Ed and I, also, have a cardinal couple who regularly come to pick up the stray food from around our chicken’s pen.  We have a bird feeder, but this couple seems to enjoy stealing the scratch food.

I’ve spent a great deal of this week trying to finish and upload the last of my video montages from One True Media over to YouTube, since One True Media is going out of business next month.  I only have six weeks left before all of my videos will be deleted, unless they’re published on YouTube.  Unfortunately, lots of other customers must be doing the same thing because it’s taking FOREVER to get a video to process!  I spent two days waiting for the video, below, to process!  Believe it or not, I’ve posted 77 video montages to YouTube, over the past three years.

Here is a montage of our tree cutting experience, last summer.  It’s worth watching, especially if you’ve never seen anyone walk up, tie off, then cut down some VERY TALL pine trees (which happen to have been located VERY CLOSE to our house)!  It amazed me to learn that the tree climber had once fallen from a tree, landed on a concrete picnic table, and shattered one side of his entire body!  He wasn’t even expected to survive, yet there he was, climbing trees again, believe it or not!

Thanks to Mrs. 4-4-4-4 at Half-Past Kissin’ Time  for hosting Friday Fragments each week.  It’s always fun to link up and see what everyone else is ‘fragging’ about, and she’s, also, having a celebration all month! You should check it out!

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Have a great weekend, everybody!  I’ll see you on Monday 🙂

 

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I Can Hardly Drag, But It’s Time To Frag…

Half-Past Kissin' Time

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Whew!  What a week it has been!  My brain and body are toast, but it’s Friday, and everything’s gonna’ be alright!  Friday means two things around here–the weekend’s here, and it’s time for Friday Fragments.  First things first, let’s get to the ‘Fragments’.  Thanks to Mrs. 4-4-4-4 for hosting!

Speaking of Mrs. 4-4-4-4, this month, she’s having a ‘Fraggin Fantastic Tercentennial Celebration’ (and give away) over at HalfPastKissintime!   Soon she will be posting her 300th edition of Friday Fragments.   The celebration will last through May 9, so be sure to check it out!

I’ve been on an early schedule this week, due to having workmen at our house each day by 8 o’clock.  I’ve had to feed all of the animals and tend to the chickens before the workmen arrived at eight, because the noise from the construction disturbs my pets.  Today was the one day I could have slept in, but, no, my eyes popped open at six!  Wouldn’t ya’ know?!

Construction on the porch cover is almost complete.  The tin for the roof hasn’t come in, yet, so there will be a slight delay.  Hopefully, the tin should arrive sometime today.  As soon as it does, they’ll be back to finish the job.  For now, our porch has a ceiling, but no top!  This worries me a bit, and I’m sure hoping it doesn’t rain.

We’ve gone straight from winter to summer!  Yesterday, our temperatures were in the upper eighties!  Wow, what happened to spring?  I saw frost on the roof, on Monday, now it’s nearing 90 degrees.  Crazy!

We have seven rows of our garden planted, with 5 rows still waiting to be planted.  (Keep in mind, these rows are over 100 feet long!)  We’ve downsized from last year’s 17 rows, thank goodness!  The main thing we have yet to plant is corn.  The next good planting day is supposed to be Monday, if it doesn’t rain.  I’m thinking we might go against the Farmer’s Almanac and plant a row or two of something tomorrow!

I attempted to sign up for my retirement from TRS (teachers retirement system), earlier this week, but wasn’t successful.  I still have a few months before I’m sixty, but I’m glad I started the process early.  I have to wait for a packet of materials to arrive in the mail, which could take up to 30 days! No need to get in a hurry, huh?

Ed has begun to explore Medicare options, since he’ll turn 65 in November.  It seems surreal to be talking about Medicare!  I remember thinking we’d be young for a long, long time, and wouldn’t have to worry about such things!  Ha!  Time has a way of slipping up on us.

Speaking of time slipping up on us, Ed and I have begun making a few decisions concerning our future.  Some of those plans include death-related issues.  Several years ago, I made the decision that I’d like to be cremated.  Ed has since decided he will be cremated, as well.  When I first revealed my wishes to our children, they didn’t take the news very well.  (Cremation still isn’t a popular option where we live.)  This week, I saw something on Facebook, concerning cremation, that amused me, so permit me to share:

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Now I have another excuse for being cremated! Ha Ha

On that note, I’ll say “Have a great weekend!’

 

 

 

 

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