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

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Back to the Drawing Board on Christmas Decor for the Dinette

8:49 p.m.  I will be returning the Darby curtain panels to Cost Plus World Market on Monday (when I get back to the office).  The company has a 10 day "price guarantee" policy.  I discovered this sale on day 15 after the date of my order, and merely by accident, because I wanted to post a link to the product in my earlier post today about the beautiful curtain panels.  It was then I discovered the panels were on sale.  If I buy them at the sale price, I will save about $22 on my purchase price. After emailing the company earlier this evening and receiving a reply, I am shit out of luck. The product is going back.  I will reorder it (maybe), at the sales price, but I have to tell you that right now, I am so pissed off, I may never ever buy another thing from Cost Plus World Market.

Now how fricking stupid is a policy that pisses a customer off so much, I ask you!

Updated Sunday November 16, 2014:

Hola everyone!  It started snowing last night and by this morning, we got about 1.5 to 2 inches.  Today felt positively balmy, temperature wise, when I got up, got dressed, and headed out with the shovel.  I cleared the sidewalk (didn't have one of those for 24 years, now I've got one again, sigh), then the walkway to my front door so the mailman has a clear path, then the driveway, and finally, the patio.  The squirrels were waiting eagerly for their hazelnut ration and I wanted my breakfast!

Squirrels are fed, I'm fed, the Sunday paper reading ritual is nearly complete (I'm taking a break to write this), and -- oh, it is pretty, light flurries at the moment.  The snow residue has melted off the patio.

I did some research on my rug issue and found this very informative website.  The rug it used as an example of one coming out of long-term storage has the same lumps and bumps as mine:

Their rug.
 
My rug.
By the way, I realized while taking the photo (above) that it is not navy blue, it's black!  I couldn't believe my eyes, but the bright flurorescent lights in the wreck room reveal all secrets.  My slippers are black, so I did this to test it out:


Yep, sure looks black to me. 

In the meantime, just having the rug resting flat overnight in the heated wreck room has made some difference in "relaxing" the ridges, ripples, bumps and bubbles.  I can let it rest and relax for the next three weeks and give it "regular" wear by walking on it and vacuuming, or I can help it along by placing weight on it.  So I think I will help it along because I don't have three weeks until my 4-day Thanksgiving Day weekend!  I'm going to flatted out some of my cardboard boxes to cover the rug evenly and then place my unpacked boxes of books on top of the cardboard, starting in the center and working out to the edges.  Another work-out today, wow (not to mention having already gone up and down the basement stairs about ten times while doing laundry).

Meanwhile - BLACK!  The dark areas in the rug are NOT navy blue, they're BLACK!  Holy Hathor!  I honestly did not remember that and yesterday, in the upstairs light, it sure looked navy blue to me.  But it's not. 

So, what to do, what to do? 

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