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, July 30, 2016

Shezebo Is Assembled and Installed!

It has turned out to be a perfect weather day for the install - not too humid, not too hot, a breeze, temperature in the mid-70s!  The two installers arrived shortly after 8 a.m. and got to work right away after I showed them where I wanted the Shezebo located.  Here are some photos of the ongoing process.  I took the photos through the screen of the patio door to stay out of the guys' way, you can see the screen close up, LOL!


There is no way I would ever have been able to do this, even with an army of helpers -- way too much hardware and parts!


Pictured above are some of the roof panels and various parts/hardware.


I am itching to get outside and arrange some of the furniture with the new cushions and the footstools and put down the outdoor rug.

I haven't painted the coffee table - I'll start that project tomorow.

Oh - and I forgot in the last post, I wanted to show you the "smart solar" water fountain/bird bath that I bought on Wayfair:


She's got a remote on/off so I don't have to rely on an automatic timer and stands 46" tall.  This is the Lapham Floor Fountain by Rosalind Wheeler.

2:05 p.m. Update:

Introducing you to my new - Shezebo!


She's already doing her job - making shade!  She's so lovely, and just the perfect size for my yard (like Goldilocks said, not too big, not too small, just right!)  The guys put up the mosquito netting and tied it back and that was the last touch.

Altogether, the assembly and install took 5.5 hours, 8:00 a,m. to 1:30 p.m., but half an hour was a lunch break.  The installers cleaned up everything, every last bit of plastic and cardboard, including the boxes the Shezebo was shipped in, and hauled it away in their van.

I'm going to hose down and broom clean the patio and then start moving in furniture/furnishings, whoop whoop!

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