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...


Sunday, July 8, 2012

Is There An Easy Way To Mount This???

Hola!  Now that the Super Hot Humid High Dew Point Monster Heat Wave has finally broken its hold on Wisconsin and dew points have dropped back down into the tolerable range, I am filled with energy and don't feel like I'm 150 years old, cooped up in central AC-treated air.

Yesterday I watered the front (all day) -- which entails constant trips in and out after monitoring the time to move the sprinkler around; I washed windows; I discovered wood rot on a window sill (NOT GOOD); I did laundry; I read; I blogged; I watched TV and drank lots of cheap wine.   I even slept relatively decently with the windows wide open for the first time in WEEKS!

Back yard  today, a lazy Sunday afternoon with sprinkler going!

Today, after enjoying my usual Sunday morning rituals (feeding animals outdoors, my one cup of coffee per day, leisurely reading the newspaper and sales papers that takes 2 or 3 hours), I cut the grass, did some weeding, did some pruning, chopped down spent perennials and ruthlessly rooted out invasive species, and yes - pulled out the sprinkler once again as I put my feet up on the deck (which needs a good sweeping) and whiled away the afternoon looking at the latest print editions of House Beautiful and Traditional Home :)  Nothing like a lazy Sunday afternoon when the weather is perfect!

That's not to say it's cooled off way much out there, but it's not 100 anymore!  Hallelujah!  It's about 85 F right now and not much of a breeze, but the house is relatively cool even without the AC on.  So, now I'm finally saving some electricity only to blow the budget wide open on WATER for the yards!  Oh well.  What else do I live for but to work to pay the utility companies...

A little project -- I noticed this particular piece of old partially rotted wood about a month ago -- it must have fallen at some point from the large double-trunked Chinese elm out back -- it is always shedding pieces of itself all over the yard.  I took it up to the deck to lay in the sun and dry it out, because it reminded me of the ancient Persian symbol  horns from a roe) for a very old Goddess. 

Today, the wood piece seemed dry enough after our relentless heat wave and mini-drought, so I gave it a good brushing off and several layers of clear acrylic spray paint.  It soaked right in.  I can't tell if it will do any good or not.  I've used up nearly the entire can now, so I'll have to get some more, and maybe spray it several times over again.  Maybe eventually it will actually turn into an acrylic mini-log :)

Okay, flight of fancy, sorry about that.  What I intend to do with this piece of wood is a vision -- somehow mounting it on a thin piece of metal that is somehow anchored to a base of some kind that is heavy enough to support the wood piece (it's pretty light, actually, probably because it's so rotted out!)  Here is an inspiration piece from Gump's Online, one of my favorite places to window-shop, to show you what it is I have in mind...

I haven't yet thought about the size of the base, what material it could or should be made of, or its shape:  round? square? rectangular? free form?  I also have no idea what it might be or should be mounted upon, or the actual mounting process itself to make sure it is securely supported and anchored at both ends, other than -- the inspiration photo looks like the wood carving is anchored on round metal supports that are grounded into a wood base (per the description). 

So -- any help any of my two or three readers can give me would be greatly appreciated :)

I am posting this at The Shabby Nest's Frugal Friday (July 5, 2012 edition) in the hopes of getting responses!

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