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...


Monday, February 13, 2012

How NOT To Install A Net Canopy

Oy!  So this morning I unwrap the package from that holds my net canopy.  The one I bought has 4 corners and drapes over the bed from hooks installed in the ceiling, which means 4 holes have to be installed.  Why, why, why did I do this?  I should have bought the simple 1-hook kind and let it go at that, but nooooooo, I had to print out pics of several different styles of net canopy and then ask the opinion of the ladies on the bus.

They all preferred the 4-hook version over the 1-hook version. And so, caught up in enthusiasm for their excellent taste, because actually I preferred the 4-hook version look myself, I ordered the thing before I could change my mind.

So, here it is - and look at all of those colors it comes in, too!  Including white white, which is what I ended up ordering.

Looks fabulous, doesn't it?  The look of a four-poster bed without the posters!

Except - the instructions say that two people should be hanging it.  And that is one person more than I have in the house.  That would also mean two step ladders.  How many people do you know who have two step ladders in their house?  How many people do you know who even have one step ladder in their house?

I don't have a drill to drill holes in my ceiling, either.  My step ladder is old and rickety, and may fall apart at any moment.  It rattles and creaks when I get on it, and wiggles and jiggles.

Three different times I went up and down the ladder after attempting to get the first screw-hook affixed in the ceiling, and determined that I was going to wrap up that sucker and send it back to  Finally, on the fourth try, I managed to get the screw-hook to stick in the ceiling with some help from a very large hammer.  I didn't fall off the ladder once.  The first hook was in.  I hung up one corner of the canopy.  Moved the ladder over.  Managed to get the second hook in.  Draped the second corner of the canopy.

Now I'm taking a well-deserved break.  I sure hope when I go back upstairs the damn thing hasn't fallen off the ceiling.

Sort of looks like a spider web, doesn't it.  Oook!  Did you see Grimm on NBC Friday night?  Spooky stuff!

Oh yeah, my chair!  Loaded with the curtains I'm going to swap out at the windows, but first I need to pop them in the dryer with a wet cloth to try and get out some of the storage wrinkles, but I'll probably end up ironing them anyway.  Look Ma, more brown!  That's a nice soft afghan that I like to wrap myself in sometimes, because I keep it pretty chilly in here and if I'm not moving around doing stuff like huffing and puffing up and down a jiggly step ladder 25 times to get two hooks into the ceiling, I get cold quickly.  Hey, this photo actually gives a pretty good look at one of my boudoir lamps (see prior post Lamp Dilemma).

Okay, I am going to go back upstairs now to finish hanging that canopy.  Damn the torpedoes, full speed ahead!

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