~ Author Unknown
Sounds like a Steven Wright joke to me, but this is the Steven Wright version:
Last week I went to a furniture store to look for a decaffeinated coffee table. They couldn’t help me.
If we were having coffee, I would be happy to see you again. Come on in, and let’s get you dried off. I’m sorry you got caught in the rain, but have to admit I am pleased as punch that it’s raining. I’ll tell you why in a minute or two.
Let’s sit in the living room today where it’s nice and warm. The weather sure cooled off the past few days, didn’t it?. Thank goodness it didn’t cool off too much since we already had some vegetables planted. It did get down in the upper 30’s last night, but everything seems to have weathered it just fine. I’ve been enjoying the cooler weather, especially since we’ve had a few hot days in between. I am not ready for the heat and humidity of summer, and don’t mind this mild spring at all.
How are you? What have you been up to this week? Have you seen any good movies? Read any good books? Listened to any good music? Traveled anywhere?
Since we last chatted, M and I watched Ghost World, another indie film. I enjoyed it much more than I thought I would based on the description on the Netflix sleeve that came with the DVD. I don’t know who writes the descriptions, but I am glad I don’t base my movie choices on them. M and I are so slow at getting through our Netflix queue that we’re watching movies from ten or more years ago, and I never remember why I put them in the queue. Maybe it was a film we wanted to see at a film festival, but didn’t get a chance, or a friend recommended it.
As for books, I haven’t finished what I was reading last week so nothing new to report there.
I do have a wee bit of bad news, but it’s hardly a crisis. There appears to be dust on the sensor of my big girl camera (the Canon Rebel). There are no camera shops in the area so I’ll wait until we take a trip out to Ohio and get it taken care of somewhere out there. Probably in Columbus where there is a shop that is authorized by Canon (and Nikon) to do sensor cleanings and other repairs. That way I don’t have to ship it out. In the meantime, I’ll use Photoshop to deal with the dust and/or use my old Kodak.
If we were having coffee, I would mention that I have spent a lot of time outdoors this week. Sometimes I went for long walks, enjoying the brisk temperatures and gusty winds. Sometimes I worked in the scrounger’s garden, or had a seat on one of the benches and allowed myself to just be.
Today I went to a local nursery and picked up a bunch of plants to put in the scrounger’s garden.
I bought sage, rosemary, lavender (the lavender I planted last year weathered winter so well I decided to pop in a couple more), thyme, catnip (which will go in a pot because I have enough mint on the property, thank you very much), marigolds, echinacea (purple coneflowers), lupines, dahlias, and lobelia. I might be missing something, but I don’t think so. The newly purchased and planted flowers and herbs are the reason why I am so thrilled it is raining. Mother Nature can water everything for me.
I also came home with a bunch of different tomato and pepper plants. M got those planted in the veggie garden. He is faster than I am at planting, and it seemed as though it only took him about ten minutes to get everything into the ground. It took me all afternoon to get the flowers and herbs in.
In the greenhouse I have zinnias started, and will have to put them in the ground soon. I hope to get some oregano started, but may end up buying a plant or two somewhere since it takes so long to get it growing.
It smells wonderful out in the scrounger’s garden. There is mint underfoot (the whole area was overgrown with mint when we bought the place) and the cherry blossoms are perfuming the air. I really need to get the cocoa mulch spread out on the path so it will add to the scents out there.
If we were having coffee, I would tell you that I wish we had brought our chipper/shredder with us so I could make my own mulch. We have plenty of brush to chip and shred, that’s for sure. We left the chipper/shredded in Ohio. M the Younger and his lovely wife (who are renting our Ohio house from us) use it from time to time to do some clean up around the pond.
We had our second spring bonfire today. The rain has probably doused it and put it out by now which is good. Everything we needed to burn was burned. I think that’s it for the spring bonfires. It’s nice to get rid of the burn piles. It makes the place look much neater.
If we were having coffee, I would tell you that M found a big box full of plates out near the trailer (the one behind the pavilion). I will use some of them to edge the future beds in the scrounger’s garden. There are coffee cups and saucers with the plates, and I’m wondering if I can make a water feature of some kind with them (similar to what you see sitting on the table in the photo above, although there’s no water going to it right now because I was testing out how it would look, and would probably — likely — ditch the candle sitting on top).
If we were having coffee, it would probably be about time for you to go. I don’t want to hold you up too long, but you should know you’re welcome to stay longer if you like. I think M and I are going to watch a movie tonight, something a little more recent (Gone Girl). I read the book last year, and will try to watch the movie without thinking about the book. It’s best that way. Hopefully I won’t fall asleep before it’s over. All the fresh air and exercise today have left me relaxed and somewhat drowsy. Anyhow, if you’d like to stay for the movie, I’ll meet you in the man-cave. I want to pop some popcorn for us, and make a pot of herbal tea to go with it.
Thank you so much for visiting with me today. The rain is training in now, and if you need an umbrella, let me know. We have an extra one or two. You can return it next weekend if you come back around for coffee.
Be good, be kind, be loving. Just Be. 🙂