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 21, 2013

Drowning in a Sea of Mesh Netting!

Hola darlings!

Just a quick blog.  I'm going into the hospital in two days for a heart procedure.  Been running around like a mad woman trying to get the house in order just in case I croak -- well, I'm not planning on it but you never know what may happen.

I recently got this bug to rearrange my bedroom from a perfectly good arrangement that I'm not going to take the time to put pics up here now -- nope -- I went back to the way it was when I began the rearrangement that actually began this blog.  Totally SILLY!  I think my brain has been affected by this heart thing.

So I huffed and I puffed and I rearranged things Friday evening, and spent a little time Saturday puttering around, but not really accomplishing much.  Now I DON'T LIKE IT!  But I don't have time to rearrange it and since I'm committed to using feng shui principles of design, I am limited as to how to arrange the bedroom. For instance, a mirror should NEVER be overlooking your sleeping form in the bed.  Remove the mirror, or block the reflection.  That limits where to put my triple dresser with the big honking 1970's style mirror over it.  It's certainly not the way Dear Genevieve would arrange things! 

Well, I thought it would go one two three and presto change-o, it's done!  Hasn't worked out that way.  Nope.  First of all, for some reason my right ear decided at this particular time to get totally plugged up and I've been trying the Debrox ear-wax removal off and on all day.  It hasn't de-clogged my ear totally and I'm still hearing out of the right ear like I'm 5 feet under water as opposed to 10 feet under water, so that's a good thing. Sort of.  Problem is I fell asleep on the sofa for several hours earlier this afternoon while waiting for the Debrox to work it's magic in my ear.  All of a sudden, it was early evening! 

And then, I've been glued to my computer screen ALL WEEKEND watching HGTV FULL VIDEOS of shows.  A whole new world.  A bad time to discover it.  Damn damn damn.  Grass did not get cut.  House needs a once-through because I do not want to leave a messy house if the worst should happen. 


And so I'm laughing at myself and I really need to shave my legs tonight.  Geez. 

So, back to the bedroom!  EEK!  I had got this idea that it would look great for what's left of the summer (I always seem to be behind the times) to literally "half" the mesh/net canopy I have above my bed.  No problem, says I.  I worked it all out in my head before I took the canopy down and moved the bed.  I rearranged the furniture and spent Friday and Saturday nights in a messed up bedroom.  I meant to get things done today.  Me bad.  I started to hang the dang canopy tonight at 7 p.m.  Now it's nearly 10 and it's a big honking mess!  I screwed up somehow and now it's after 10 and instead of trying to figure out what the heck I did wrong I'm blogging about it.


Pics!  Not very good ones -- it's dark out and I've got my ancient camera set on "scene" (I don't know how to use the camera actually, but that seems like a good setting because when I try to use the flash my hands shake so much all I get is blurry) and the only light is from the three intentionally not bright lamps in the bedroom!  But they sorta kinda give you an idea...

Way too saggy in the middle too  -- you can see the low dip in the back  I figured I'd have to get up there at some point and hammer in a few plastic tacks, but that's going to mean moving the bed!  DUH!  Didn't figure that into my brilliant (NOT) plan.

Somehow I've got one too many tabs, I think, over on the  right side.  And I have yet to put in the second hooky thingy into the ceiling to hold the tabs over the middle of the side of the bed on the left side.  Yep, got to do that next -- after I finish this blog.  Now, is this dedication or what, I ask you?

What a mess!

Help, I'm drowning underneath a sea of mesh mosquito netting!

So, I'm going to quit this now and take a nice long hot bath -- and shave my legs -- and then climb up on the ladder once last time before I call this a night, and see if I can put in the fourth hooky thingy into the ceiling and figure out what canopy tab goes where.  And if by 11:30 it's not finished, I'm sleeping in the guest room tonight.  I've got to work tomorrow, need some sleep!

Updated July 22, 2013:

I got the canopy done after my bath last night.  I think I just needed to step away from it for awhile.  After I went back up the ladder, it went pretty much one-two-three!  I was then all set to go to bed, folding away the ladder when what do I see scurry under the bedroom door from the hallway but a centipede! 

I HATE bugs of any kind, and the feeling is mutual.  Damn centipede scurried so fast I had hardly time to move a hair and it was underneath the tall dresser.  Then it scooted across the floor underneath the bed. I don't know where it went after that - I got the hell out of Dodge and spent the night downstairs in the recliner!  It was nice and cool downstairs with the staircase window on the landing opened, the cool air cascaded down.  Finally got to settle in and get some sleep about 1 a.m.

Here's the now fixed canopy.  I think I still might raise it by pinning up the center at the front and back, just to see if I like it that way:

I have two other pics but they turned out very blurry.  This picture makes the canopy look like it extends all the way to the food of the bed, but it doesn't it ends right about where the sheet is folded, mid-way down the bed.

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