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

Friday, September 26, 2014

Catching Up

Hola!

Today is a beautiful one in Milwaukee - incredibly, I hear cicadas still buzzing!  It is sunny today, very still, and very warm.  I don't believe I've ever heard cicadas this late in the season, but I'll take it, because even though some of the trees are reminding me that it is no longer summer, today it feels like it!

I have finished cleaning and putting the china hutch and curio cabinet back together; all that needs to be done now is filling them up with my treasures and polishing the wood on the outside once that is done.



The china hutch is so large it covers a lot of the finish on this particular wall (an "accent wall") that I don't care for.  By rights, I should have Kevin the Handyman move the hutch and paint that wall, but I just don't feel like it right now, and may not for months yet.  I want to get "settled" first -- still not feeling that way -- and then think about what I want to do with future decorating.


I'm starting to unpack the boxes from the former Maison Newton's front room:

 

I cleared out all of the boxes of books and workpapers from the former built-in:



And have contracted with Kevin the Handyman to return it to bookshelf status.  He will sand down the areas where the metal bracket holders used to be (you can see the bumps and lumps where they used to be and were painted around countless times), spackle and touch up the paint, then install new metal bracket holders and cut new shelves to fit the width and height of the niche.  The basement stairs are on the other side of the wall.  In the house next store that I looked at before deciding to buy this place, the actual cabinet with glass doors and wood shelves intact was in pristine condition, but I will be very happy with open shelves. 

Those planters I put out on the front stoop (I can't quite get up to calling it a porch since it has no roof or railing and is rather puny size-wise) have grown tremendously over the last month.  We had some abnormally cold weather and the African "daisies" suffered some, but this week we've had mostly sun and more seasonal temperatures, so they are holding their own again, even though it is now dark out by 7 p.m., sigh.





Oops - got part of my reflection, drat!

Some close-ups (I'm practicing):







And here is a photo of Maison Newton the ranch house, with my bright red mailbox:



I'm still working on backing up sufficiently to get the WHOLE house in the photo :)  Love that pop of red.

Back to work here...

1 comment:

  1. I LOVE that pop of red too!! And what a fantastic hutch and curio!! Beautiful!! I am at work and it is a bit slow so I am playing catch up...

    Hugs,
    Deb

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