November 12, 2017:

Hola!

It's hard to believe, but winter has arrived early in my hometown. One week it was in the 70s and gorgeous outside, the next week it dropped down into the 40s and then boom, less than a week later, into the 30s. We've already had several hard freezes, the earliest that's happened since I moved here in 2014. Anyway, the trees had not even begun to turn color yet in the neighborhood - and now most of them are bare due to the many hard freezes and strong winds that blew most of the days last week. Wowsers! Today, however, the sun stayed out all day, there was no wind to speak of, and the temperatures felt positively balmy outside. I was very glad because I had to be out and about today.

So, the poor trees did not have a "fall" this year but we did get enough rain to ease my mind that my pines and shrubs will have enough moisture in the ground to survive the winter. The squirrels are SO fat and SO furry, I can't help but think they know we're in for a bad winter. Sigh. I'm way behind in everything including lots of garden clean-up that now I won't get to unless we get a few days of "Indian Summer," which doesn't seem likely this year. I did, however, get everything outdoors pretty much put away, except for the area rug (it needs to be "washed" with some soap and rinsed off) and the mosquito net curtains on my Shezebo. Now I'm already thinking about Christmas, and soon it will be here, before we know it! So, I figured it's about time I put up my "autumn" photographs from prior years as the seasonal header here at Maison Newton. Enjoy your Thanksgiving, that will be here soon and then it's into full-tilt Christmas decorating. Take care, everyone!

Saturday, May 19, 2012

Spring Cleaning Mess!

THE HOUSE IS A TORN APART MESS!

Dinette loaded with stuff from other rooms, dining table overloaded!
 
Things have been conspiring against me getting anything productive done around this house!  There has been family tree work done and much more to do - a Makuski cousin has showered me with tons of information that needs to be incorporated in to the FT and I want to try and have it all ready for Mom's birthday on May 22nd.  EEK!



Then there is the yard work!  Our good weather and lots of rain has meant mowing and more mowing is a must every week!  I Love being outdoors when the weather is clement and I don't mind working up a good sweat and getting grungy and dirt under my nails.  Guess that's the "cultivateur" from Dad's side of the family and the "farmer" from Mom's side.  As they say, "blood will out."  With yard work and gardening, you see the fruits of your labor, and get to eat them too :)  How gratifying to see a mowed lawn with the scent of fresh-cut grass wafting into the house all afternoon as I stretch out on the sofa in the family room to nap for a few hours...

Today is warm and sunny, a small breeze. I am a fresh air person and this time of year is perfect for keeping windows open at night.  Starting about 4:30 a.m. this morning, I was slowly awakened by a symphony of birdsong greeting the new day as the Sun came up over Lake Michigan.  I love that time of early morning.  I roll over and look up at my canopy in the near-darkness, stretch out a body that suddenly feels like it is a foot taller, fluff my feather pillows, and then settle back, close my eyes again, and just let the beauty of Mother Earth's birdsong lull me back to sleep for another hour or so.  It's a little cool in the room so I tuck myself under the comforter (which usually ends up tossed half way to the floor during the night sweats...)  Ahhhh, life is good. 

Up by 6 a.m., my usual time.  A perfect day to have the carpeting throughout the house cleaned and all of the furniture in the family room, too.  I am soooo glad the weather forecast proved correct cuz I scheduled this last week.  I've been using the same carpet/furniture cleaners for the past 21 years.  Am I a creature of habit or what?  Geez Louise!  It cost a small fortune but I only have it done once a year.  Been tearing the house apart since Wednesday night, moving end and side tables, removing area rugs, lamps, other assorted this and that on tables and desks (why do I have three separate computer work stations in this house???)  Everything that I could squeeze into the kitchen and dinette is here, and the rest is stuffed into the upstairs bathroom and overflow is stashed in the garage.


Sofa bed in family room cleaned!  You can see where I'm still
removing wallpaper on the bottom half of the family room walls,
and some of the damage said removal has caused to drywall finish.
Still a lot of work to be done before I can paint and install chair rail.

Now I've got every window and door open that can be opened to try and get the carpeting and furniture dry by tonight and also get rid of that chemical smell, slight though it is, that makes me cough and cough.  Thank Goddess the guys arrived early - just before 8:30 and I was already outside sweating my butt off cutting the front lawn, half of it was already in blazing sunlight.  Whew!  What is it about sweat that makes one's hair curl???

Curtains tossed aside to let in fresh air.  Believe it or not (probably
not) I have started "cleaning" off some of the crap from the bookcase
you see in this photo.  LOL! 

 I have new sheers and new over-drapes for the window in the photo, above, once I finish stripping off the wallpaper, repairing walls, priming, painting, installing chair rail molding and textured-patterned wallpaper on the lower portion of the walls.  Seems like forever since I started this project, and I'm not even half-way finished stripping off the wallpaper!  Sigh.

And starting at 2 p.m. is the final exciting game of the U.S. Women's Chess Championship taking place (concurrently with the Open or "Men's" Championship) in St. Louis, Missouri, at the gorgeous Chess Club and Scholastic Center of St. Louis.  So maybe the grass out back won't get cut today unless it's this evening before sundown.  Thank Goddess for these nice long days now! I've got to watch that final round because there is an intense rivalry going on between the two highest-rated chess queens in the USA -- Anna Zatonskih (current U.S. Women's champion) and Irina Krush (a former U.S. Women's champion).  Zatonskih and Krush have been trading the title back and forth for some years now, and it's damn exciting -- well, at least to some of us chess femmes :)

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