May 20, 2018:


Yesterday Prince Harry married American Meghan Markle and I couldn't get enough of the royal wedding. What a gorgeous dress, the bride was radiantly beautiful and the church at Windsor - oh my goodness, the flowers alone were soooo beautiful. There's nothing like a good love story to make one appreciate how precious we can be (and should be) to each other.

I'm glad the weather was perfect yesterday for the new Duke and Duchess of Sussex's wedding. I can't say the same for around here. Spring keeps teasing and then going away. This morning I woke up to a "balmy" 47 degrees F outside, rain, damp, and I turned the heat back on! It's May 20th, the heat. should. not. be. on. Period.

Last Thursday, however, was beautiful. I was able to get a goodly amount of yard and garden clean-up done over several days last week. I also took some photos of my flowering tree anchoring the north corner of my house and made the current collage. I think it's an ornamental cherry, and on the the other end of the house, I think that's called a purple sand cherry? I'll have to check that. The blossoms on the tree do not have a distinct fragrance, but the purple shrub that wants to be a tree (despite my hacking it back, back and back yearly - I'm losing, by the way) has myriad blossoms with a distinct fragrance. I can't decide if the scent is too beautiful to bear or too awful to smell, it certainly can be overpowering!

This coming week will be the third cut of the grass this season. We had rain late Friday night and then for several hours earlier this morning. This rain, on top of the rain we had over four days the prior weekend, and the grass is growing like nobody's business! I don't mind doing the grass, though, as long as it's not too hot, too cold, not raining, and not too windy. I'm not picky at all, am I...

I still have a lot of raking out of areas that suffered from snow mold over the winter, and have not yet really tackled cleaning out the north flower bed in the backyard. That will be a chore!

But Memorial Day weekend is coming. This coming Saturday I will be out with a friend (who has a nice large van - goody!) stocking up on potting soil, top soil to fill in never-ending low spots in the yard, grass seed, and lots of plants! For some reason, this spring seems busier than those in prior years. I can't figure out why that is...


Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Oh, That Yellow Jacket!

Prior post.

Tonight walking home from the bus stop, I saw a neighbor lady on 81st Street (she organizes the annual neighborhood rummage sale, a huge undertaking) talking to the "twins" (sisters) and their cute little doggy, Dixie.  I stopped by to say hello and chat for a few minutes before heading on -- the sun was headed down down down and I knew my squirrels would be waiting for their evening nut hand-out!  Not much time these days before sundown - before 6:30 p.m. now although on a clear day the sunlight lingers below the horizon until about 6:45 p.m.  We're losing more and more minutes of daylight each day, and it's just damn depressing!

Anyway, today I wore the yellow jacket and the neighbor lady complemented me on its color and cuteness.  The sisters had complemented on it about 4 days earlier when I came across them walking Dixie about 7:20 a.m. on my hike to the bus stop; usually they are not out quite that early; I am more used to intersecting them, as in the summer, about 7:25 a.m.  Five minutes doesn't sound like all that much, does it?  But it's about 2 blocks walking distance, the difference between seeing someone and saying hello, or missing them completely.

So, tonight I determined to hang up the yellow jacket where I could take some photos of it.  These aren't the best - and the jacket needs a good pressing :)  The front photo affords a tiny peek at the inner flannel lining of light blue and yellow print.  It looks much better on me than hanging against the closet door.  These photos were taken with an overhead light on, about 6:15 p.m. (not much natural light left) and without the flash. 

The jacket has a detachable (button off/on) hood but it's not what I consider usable since there is no way to "cinch" it tight against a breeze -- it would blow right off! So, right now it's off the jacket. Yes, a "cinched up hood" would not be very flattering; on the other hand, it would be warm and keep my hair dry, two primary concerns when the weather is nasty! So, I need to check out whether I can have some cording added to the hood to tie it closer to the head/face, or perhaps a band and some snaps added beneath the chin so the hood can be secured around the hair and face. That will be a project for later on -- the time is fast approaching when this jacket won't be warm enough, and it will be washed, ironed and tucked away to await the spring...

I have to say, seeing this bright yellow color just makes me smile all over again, darlings :)

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