It would have been a nice day to be on a boat yesterday. I was home, lugging stuff closer to the curb for my yard sale. I then had to haul it back inside. I thought I learned my lesson last time. If not I will remember next time. I am sore, exhausted, and sunburned. I only made a few dollars, around $30. I am not complaining, I am sure in some country that is a monthly wage. If I sell my stuff online, I don’t risk skin cancer. I have yet to sort out what my son threw together to carry back inside. I asked him for a little help. He complained so much, I made him help me shop for groceries today. I was happy he picked out a watermelon and apples on his own. I made him promise to help me cut up the watermelon, since it is really difficult for me to do. I had hoped to get my home in shape today, but it gets further and further out of control. I hope to contain it tomorrow, and hopefully will not be sidetracked by trivial stuff like getting my new printer working, picking up my prescription or finishing my raised garden bed. I decided I want to make it into a 3 sisters bed. I will plant corn, squash, pumpkins and green beans. I have to get my oil changed, get the dog bathed, and take my son to three appointments before Friday afternoon. I hope I get the house in ship shape tomorrow, so I will start now.
I have not taken any more pictures, so I offer another blurry view of 7th Lake. I made rice and veggies for dinner. I had about 1 1/2 servings of rice mixed with about 2 1/2 servings of veggies. I love the combo, I call it veggie fried rice. I did not actually fry it this time. I have noticed, eating rice makes me extremely hungry. Immediately afterwards, and later. I wish I had some chocolate chip cookies right now. Warm and gooey, and for the next course some cold smooth and creamy ice cream. I don’t have any of those in my house, but I will still probably gain a few more pounds.
I am not going to write about my mix up I had today. I just learned, the hard way, not to rely on my brain for anything. I had another, duh, lame brain moment later in the day. I was looking for my reading glasses on my desk. I was frustrated, because I knew I just saw them there. A few minutes later, I realized they were on top of my head. I blame that on not being used to wearing glasses.
I think this is the 7th Lake NY State boat launch. I stopped to get a drink of water. I can not drink and drive most of the time, with only one useful hand. It was almost dark, because of the snow clouds. I love to see white caps on the lake waves. I hope to live next to a lake or river someday. I could stare at it forever. Unless I get a subsidized retirement condo, it probably won’t happen anytime soon. I am actually committed to keep my son in the same school district until he graduates.
I have been visiting my family in the Adirondacks since they moved there in 1986. I even lived there one year, not too long ago. I have never seen a moose. I paid a surprise visit to my Mom for Mother’s Day. My sister had a cookout for us. Driving back in the early evening, I was on the lookout for animals. They always think the grass or bugs are tastier by the road I guess. They might just be looking for beer cans with a few drops left. Anyway, I saw what I thought was a horse standing by the side of the road. It had a horse face, I swear. But of course, it was a moose without any antlers or horns (not sure what they are called). I can check that off my bucket list. I will probably see them all the time now.
I only saw one deer, that was in the morning on the way up. We saw dozens of turkeys, a few at a time. I did not see any bears this time, but I have before. That was another reason to head back early.
Hopefully this will be the last night of cold weather. I did not get the space age fabric comforter out. I guess I will blame that on the reason I can not get back to sleep. I also started laundry, and will fall asleep to the soothing sound of the dryer.
Sorry for all the junk shots of random stuff I am selling. This ornament, I think is supposed to be an angel. It reminds me of a Spanish Flamenco. I did not eat or drink any Spanish themed goodies yesterday. I did not celebrate in anyway, the 5th of May.
I have been super exhausted today. It took everything I had to get myself together, make a trip to the library then home to get my shipments ready then pick up my kid on time to take to his doctor appointment. Was stressed I could not find the place, but made it there after asking a random dentist office, because I could not find my cell phone. That sentence does not make sense, but either did I today. I cursed at the giant step to get into the office. Other patients heard me. I cursed as I dropped crap out of my purse trying to find my son’s insurance card. I found the cell phone. I am sure the insurance card will turn up tomorrow.
I don’t want to break my son’s patient confidentiality, not because of Hippa, but because he is my son, but he said something that had me laughing so hard, right in front of the doctor. I tried so hard not too. Yes, mother of the year. I don’t know if the doctor heard my apology, but I will explain my laughter to my son. He already knows I do inappropriate outbursts because of my stroke. I also reminded my son that Mother’s Day was only 6 days away, on the way home. I told him I was going to remind him everyday, like he does on his birthday month.
By the way, you know the doctors office will have a long wait time when there is a vending machine in the waiting room. That was a first for me.
I started some projects on my list. Thanks to checking my email obsessively I scored some planters from freecycle. I had to drive a ways to get them, but Ash needed something to occupy her brain. Sticking her nose out the car window helped. They were not the large beautiful planters I envisioned, but some were ok, and some were fabulous vintage houseplant type pottery. They are still in my trunk, because I could not figure out where to store them. A normal person would use their garden shed. Mine is full of stuff, I can barely move, plus lack of shelving means everything stacks on the floor.
Things that did get partially done included putting the soil and marigolds into the window box. I still did not plant the seeds, I thought it was too shady where it sits now. I might have my son help me move it out a bit, to get more sun. I watered the peppers and tomato plant still in their tiny nursery packs. I contemplated drilling my two 5 gallon buckets, and a wood planter that needed drainage. That is just fancy talk for I never got around to it. I also had my son help me bring out the raised bed so I could paint it. It is now setting on the firewood from the tree that blew down last fall. If I skip my book club tomorrow, I might have time to paint. I also listed a few more things for sale on Ebay. I have tons more to take pictures of. I even wasted about an hour trying to look up some brass buttons, to find out what country they are from. No luck, I might as well just list everything I do know and hope someone recognizes them. I can not even date them, but some are worn down so I believe they are early 20th century.
I am trying to catch up on laundry, so I hopefully won’t have to go to the laundry-mat. I don’t want to use stuck on gum dryers again or pour my soap in a slot but don’t see any suds.
I have been awake since 5AM! Only a short nap, I told my son to wake me up in 1/2 hour, and he did! I was hoping he would be too self-absorbed and let me sleep. I went to the greenhouse this morning! I wish I had one in my backyard. The atmosphere is so calming. I quickly tripped back to reality, trying to walk over stones and hoses. I got my favorites, petunias and peppers. I planted my hanging basket. It needed a new coco liner, but I just used the old one. I have learned to live without perfection. I planted so many other pots, that I will call planters, to make them sound more hoity toity (f’n spell check). I bought new gladiola bulbs, another favorite. I planted them on each end of the house (in the “planters”). I used my busted up watering can as a flower “tower”, I filled it with stones on the bottom, then dirt, then planted and stuck in another planter. I bought marigolds, yellow because I don’t care for the rust ones. I planted some in my plastic window box that is on the ground. I have more for the wicker window box, but I did not want to go back to the shed to get more dirt. So, phase two will commence tomorrow. Ashley was out with me. She did not relax, because I parked the car nearby. When I opened the door to get the plants out, she tried to get in. She worries too much about being left behind. I did not go anywhere since letting her out. when I brought the hose around to the front of the house she went nuts. I had to bring her inside early, she wanted to attack the hose. The hose nozzle did not winter well and is busted. The water came out the crack in the side, so I just rolled with it, but was pissed at how much water I wasted. I bought one tomato plant, just regular old size. The other varieties were so small, I thought I might as well start my own seeds. I also was going to plant peas and cucumbers in my two window boxes, but that will be tomorrow as well.
I have to get my son to help me bring my raised bed out from behind the shed so I can paint it. I told him I wanted it done today, but I was beat. He already helped with the hanging planter and took off to swim at the neighbors. It is not warm enough to swim here, but both my son and the neighbor kid have been in their 50 degree pool. My son says it is warm now, the water is in the 60s. I am such a great mother, some other neighbor asked if he could go with them to see WWII heroes. I just said sure. Now, I don’t know where he is or what time he will be back. Mom of the year, the kind you read about when things go wrong. I left the light on for him and the door unlocked. I don’t think I can stay awake much longer. I doubt I will stay awake at 5 AM tomorrow.
I hope to get some “before” garden pictures tomorrow. My flowers are sparse. I am sure the veggie seeds will not sprout instantly. I am lucky if I get the raised bed painted. I will then need to fill it and plant. I am still searching for more 5 gallon buckets to use as my container garden. I also need to drill what I already have. Another person from craigslist was supposed to have more, I am just waiting for them to get back to me. I also want to try at least one cardboard box container. I read they last for one season.