Frantic Friday

Things have gotten even crazier as our week of house-sitting winds to an end.  They will be home today!  Reesie and I had to RACE through our morning to try to make everything as perfect for their return as we could. It is an act of love, and we enjoyed every minute of it.

Electrician was to arrive at 7am…so we were up early.  My car is in the shop needing brake repairs (head cylinder?  All I know is…expensive!  ouch!) and we still needed more topsoil to complete the flower bed we have been working on all week. So we had to go to Lowe’s and buy it just a bag at a time, load it into her teeeny Miata and bring it home.  Took three trips, but the bed was completed.  It is a long curve that begins at the patio, goes straight, forming a path between the rose bed along the back of the house, and this new perennial bed and then curving to invite the visitor to stroll into the yard itself where other plantings and settings await.

I lined the bed along the walkway with daylilies…. yellow, black, red, oranges, bicolors… so many different and beautiful plants.  In the center is a tall tower covered in clematis in burgundy and pale lavender.  The edge closest to the patio is lined with identical pale gold daylilies, then a stone paved pathway to the nook under the birch tree, and the bed resumes with a grouping of various perennials in lots of colors including carnations, dianthus, balloon flowers, and blanket flowers.  When we are finished planting it, this will be a gorgeous display of color.

We also tended Merrill’s vegetable garden, potted his white onion sets (they couldn’t wait any longer to go into the ground), and treated the roses.  A bright candy striped rose opened today…a fitting finale to our week.

At home, there is plenty of work to be done.  Some very long, busy days ahead of us getting the house cleaned and fixed up and our gardens in.  First up… a lawn mower!!!  And removing a lot of ‘stuff’ from the screen porch.

And to finish off this gorgeous, busy, frenetic and fun Friday… our weekly Fantasy photo…

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What a fabulous Friday!

The Spring equinox!  A solar eclipse (even though we couldn’t see it here…bummer) and tonight a Super Moon to celebrate the arrival of Spring!  Now this is a day to remember.

Spent much of the day cleaning house with all the kids pitching in one way or another.  Then Reesie and I went and did half the grocery shopping for my 2 week menu of meals to see us through till next pay day.  Tomorrow we will finish the shopping and drive out to look at another potential ‘home’.

The nightmare of my budget remains.  God gives me a little ray of hope, enough to cling to in these dark hours.  And just when we take a deep (and oh so very thankful!) breath… the next catastrophe hits.  Maybe God is checking:  do you trust Me now?  how about now?  do you trust Me NOW?

I do.

I have to.  He’s all I have to hold onto.

We’ll get through.  We always do.

Tonight, as I was making supper another totally random moment.  This time a huge raven flew down into the azalea outside the open kitchen window and sat there… looking at me and making the strange croaking cry they often make.  We watched each other for a bit before he sailed up to sit in the oak tree.  Such fascinating birds. I enjoyed his visit.  I don’t believe they venture often here, but having grown up with both ravens and crows I know the difference.  Hope he returns again. I could use the enlightenment he symbolizes.

Tonight?  Editing and writing to be done on Khyr’s story.  Maybe a quick visit with Mathias as well.  So many stories…so little time.

It is quiet.  Perfect weather.  Dogs snoring.  Life is good.  May it be as lovely for you all.

FRIDAY FANTASY!  (did you think I’d forget?)  In honor of tonight’s gorgeous Super Moon

Moon lights the snow

Marvelous Monday

Reesie brought me home last night.  We made salmon croquettes (a favorite)  and hung out. A pleasant afternoon.  Today we ran errands…. the ones I can’t get done because of the lack of car situation.  We went to Staples, the bank, got gas for her car, I wrote letters to be mailed tomorrow, we got some groceries … then home in time for dinner.

I made chayote to go with supper.  A different recipe than I usually make, but well suited to the meal and went wonderfully with the roasted pototoes and the cranberry sauce.  So simple:

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil

  • 1/4 red onion, diced
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • chayote squash, cut into 1/2 inch strips
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • ground black pepper to taste
  • 1/2 teaspoon white sugar or stevia
  • 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes   (I used more…but we like spice)

  • 1 tablespoon lime juice

You put the oil in a skillet, brown the onion and garlic, toss in the chayote and seasoning.  Brown for about 3 minutes, stirring occasionally.  Add the lime juice (you may need a dash more if you have a large chayote as I did tonight) and cook another 2 – 3 minutes till done, but still crisp.

YUMM!

When it’s cold…

Another Friday…but much different than a week ago.  Today, after a week of really lovely weather, it got freakin’ cold.

Now, I have to tell you, after half a lifetime trapped in the abyss that is ‘the heart of it all’  (Ohio), I have a strong dislike for anything even remotely cold.  Fairly well anything below my body temperature is not welcome (yes, I prefer around  90).  This weather isn’t even warm.   It is cold.  Cold enough the squirrels stayed in their nests today.  Cold enough I had zero desire to be outside in it.  I knew I had to.  There were errands to be run….or in my current carless state…walked.

Errands are almost all done.  And I am blissfully back  inside my warm little house with blankets and socks and sooooo thankful this is not Ohio!

It is, my dears, that time again.  FANTASY FRIDAY is upon us.  And while I spent the afternoon wishing I could go to my Crab Shack and eat rock shrimp till I couldn’t move… we are looking for a different kind of fantasy tonight.  Posting pictures of my protagonists could be fun too…but alas… also not on tonight’s agenda (anyone wants them to come out to play some Friday, be sure to let me know.  I am easy :D)  Tonight I am searching for something ‘winter’ inspired but amazing.  And here you have it… now there is a moon!

moon over snowf

Finally February

The month is off to a chilly, but lovely start.  Lots of sunshine, pretty rough winds today though, steady at 33-35mph gusting in the mid 40’s.  It will be interesting to see how many tree limbs are down tomorrow morning from the old, Hugo divided, live oak out front.

it will be a short, crazy busy month I am sure. Lots of writing to do this month.  Lots of spring cleaning, and adapting to having the little guy here for the next few weeks.  I forgot one year old boys never sleep.  Except 9 to 4am.  Which would be fine, except I write till around 2am.  Forget him needing naps… I might!

Just noticed the living room walls need washed.  Ah, the joys of bright sunlight, revealing all my nicely winter-hidden chores.  Guess that will go on this week’s chore list.  Right after hand scrubbing the kitchen floor again.  Dang brick floor.  I love it, but really need to get one of those shark steam mops…. hands and knees may be the most thorough cleaning, but certainly is not time effective.

And there is far too much fun to be had to waste it on scrubbing floors.  Right?

Monday Mania

What a crazy week lies ahead!  All week Reesie and I are ‘house and cat sitting’ while DeeDee and Merrill and family are in DisneyWorld.  We started Friday, and it has been busy, fun, and lots and lots of running because I basically have to ‘manage’ two households at once.

So each day I run home and feed the critters, make sure there is dinner for AJ, check on schoolwork, check on clothes, do dishes, pick up…. run back.

Tomorrow Lorien is flying in for a very very short visit.  Wed is yet another crazy day….more stressful than I even want to think about… with the potential to be wonderful and the likelihood of being depressing and hard.  Each day at DeeDee’s we sweep and vacuum and pickup and try to keep things looking as nice as possible with workmen coming in and out and so much of the house under construction.  The vacuuming and mopping will have to remain a daily thing, workmen tramp a lot of dirt into the house.

Blogs this week will be short due to the sheer hours spent busy with ‘life;…but I continue to write each day and work in DeeDee’s garden and yard.  Her roses are all coming into bloom.  Today a yellow joined the pinks, red, and white. The balloon flower will be ready to bloom soon also… it has nice fat buds.  Sully cat complains nightly about the disruption to his routine (aka Merrill and DeeDee being gone)  but is otherwise doing very well.  Love his pets and even his brushing.  Lots of purring here.  Life is good.