May 20, 2018:

Hola!

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...

Jan

Sunday, June 23, 2013

Removing Carpeting from the Stairs - Continued

Hola darlings!

Day 2 of my project.  Another hot and uber-humid (dew point is like 70 and no, that is not the same as humidity, it is even WORSE) here in Milwaukeeland and so I'm house bound again.  I did my trek to the Pick 'n Save way early this morning to pick up wine and toilet paper (BASIC necessities) and food (not a necessity during this heat as my appetite totally disappears and I have to force myself to eat, even within the air-conditioned comfort of Maison Newton).

 I read the Sunday newspaper while having my one allowed cup of coffee per day, and started blogging at Goddesschess (my other blog).  And then it struck - the energy to finish removing the carpeting from the first seven stairs toward the landing going upstairs!

And I got it done, darlings, I got it done.  Woo woo!  Look - except for the toilet paper (that I was on my way to deliver upstairs when the energy to remove the rest of the carpet struck) and a few miscellaneous tools, and don't mind that horrid excuse for "padding" still on the treads, I've got more or less carpet-free steps:


Let me tell you, step 2/tread 3 were real beyatches and you can see lots of left-over carpeting still stapled into the wood, all of which will now have to be hand-picked out with a screwdriver leveraged with a hammer.  Arrgggh!

But - progress has been made, and I'm so happy.  In fact, I was so pumped up, I started on the second set of stairs from the landing up to the second floor hallway.  Woo woo woo!  That's only five full stairs!   However, am now stumped with some particularly stubborn staples on riser two.  I may have to put a new cutting blade into the box cutter to cut the carpet in order to get better pulling leverage.  That means I'll have to unscrew the box cutter, take out the old blade and insert a new blade.  I hope I'm able to put it back together the right way!

However, I am taking a break at the moment to eat a very late lunch and maybe take a nap after, before even contemplating going back out into the mucky, steamy weather to cut the other half of the front lawn, once the shade comes around. I knew I should have done it yesterday when it was just as mucky but about 10 degrees F cooler, but I just couldn't bring myself to get out there and do it.  And the backyard remains to be cut, too...

I wonder if Milwaukee has "Rent a Husband" service available?  I need some muscle around here to get this done! 

1 comment:

  1. I can't tell you how impressed I am!!!
    Amazing that you did that yourself - I know it's not easy - but look at what you have now!
    ( and I know that TP was there in case you had an accident LMHO )
    xox

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