Rain Barrel

My son installed this after putting my gutters back up. My watering can fits under the spigot. 

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Neighborhood Patrol

 

 

I finally got a pic of this guy or gal.  It was in my yard hunting for critters. I am glad to have hunters in my yard, I have too many snakes, slugs, mice, grasshoppers and voles. This cat came visiting a few days ago, but ran away when I went outside to take a pic. Today, I took it through the window. I took it in case it was dropped off or lost. It looks pretty clean so it must be someone’s in the hood. 

I moved the ratty table to behind the shed. I should not have left it out all last winter. The bottom is iron, I hope I can restore it next year. I planted a bunch of perennials in a makeshift raised bed of trader joe’s bags. They are all still alive a few days later. I got free rudbeckia from craigslist, lilac bushes and what I think is perennial geranium from my Mom’s.  I plan to add log sides to the bed and fill with compost when I buy more next month. I moved some other pots around and gathered up my fallen totem birdbath from the side yard. I bought better glue and plan on reassembling it in my new raised bed.

My older son came for a few days to do work on my house. My rain gutters are now back up and I have a rain barrel. I also have a big planter to catch water from the porch gutter. I have a new toilet seat….I am queen of my castle with a new throne! He repaired the wall that was torn down to fix the frozen pipes last winter. He fixed the screen door from not staying closed. And he added a hinged cover to my attic access. He lined that with weatherstripping, so I should feel less cold drafts and lose less heat. I only had cardboard covering it before. He worked really hard and took unpaid time off from his job to do this. I am so thankful for free skilled labor. 

 

 

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Light The Night with Fire

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I worked on burning my growing pile of dead tree. After awhile the mosquitos came through the smoke for a snack of stroke victim. I can’t really feel them biting on my left side. I can feel them on my right, and now I see the bumps on my left.

I sat in the parking lot at the big box home improvement store….it was too hot to look at the plants so I people watched while my son was inside buying parts to fix my house. I saw several very overweight people. One was toting an oxygen tank. He was huffing and puffing from walking his cart to the corral then back to the handicapped area. I don’t want to end up like that. I started to mow the lawn for exercise when I got home. I am hoping to keep the mental picture to keep me motivated to walk. I still remember being mad at myself in the hospital after my stroke for allowing myself to gain another 30 pounds.

 

Cute As A Button

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A really BIG button. This is her getting into trouble face. She is off the charts in height, and up there in weight. With the help of my 14 year old son to lift her up out of her crib I was able to take care of my grand daughter for the first time. It was just while she worked for a few days while her dad was staying by grandpa’s side for his first round of chemo treatment. Strokes suck, they suck the energy out of me. They suck for the increasing amount of young people that are getting them, since they can happen at any age. I still have some balance problems, coordination issues, can not functionally use my left arm. Cancer sucks even worse. It seems like everyone I know is affected by it right now. I was just playing online poker via facebook and played a game of high-low against a women that died from lung cancer a few years ago. It does not seem right at first (playing games against the deceased), but it is a way for me to remember her. 

I want this cute little button to grow up with a chance to play with her grandpa. I want her to have good memories of him.

Getting Back To My Positivity

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I have not been home to do posts. After I arrived home, my internet was working too slow to do anything other than read wordpress if I could sign in.

I would like to remain positive even through some bad stuff going on with people I love. Cancer sucks, getting old AND decrepit sucks.

I want to be old and strong and agile….even if only half of me.

Easily Mixed Up Nut

IMG_0368I am calling myself confused. I knew my timeline was mixed up, but I thought it was about days past not the present so much. I thought yesterday was the day I was leaving for a road trip. For some reason I looked at the date on my computer (it requires clicking on it) and huh or duh it was only the 9th. I swear it was the 10th, to make sure I was wrong about what day I was leaving I had to consult someone. Part two of the confusion is when I stared into the closed store window wondering why the door was locked. I thought maybe they suddenly closed up shop. I peered in to make sure there was product on the shelf. I then looked for their hours sign that was moved from the door to their window. I still could not figure out why they closed one hour early until I was driving home and it hit me it was Saturday not Friday. I swore to myself in the car. I then swore again for it being the only “store” near where I live and it had to close so early. I had an extra day in my week and I still can not get my act together. I swear I am of sound and stable mind, just my timeline gets so confused. Everyone else thinks I am squirrely.

Another View

IMG_0363I am not a photographer for a reason. My eyesight is too out of focus. My pictures are “like a box of chocolates, you never know what you are going to get”. (can you tell I have seen Forest Gump over and over recently)

I read this other blog of a single women writer that quit her day job to just be a homesteader/writer. She started a kickstarter for her first novel, she has already published several non-fiction books. If I was rich, or soon to become rich I would back her. Her name is Jenna Woginrich, her blog is ColdAntlerFarm.blogspot.com. If you check it out and can afford to support her, “that would be great”. (another movie quote from Office Space)

I need to get ready for a road trip, I hope to get many great pics. I have to check my garden and finish mowing my lawn. If you ever get a rechargeable lawnmower, a backup battery would be helpful. I can not do my whole lawn with one charge.

Sailor’s Delight

IMG_0365I did not get a good in focus shot of this gorgeous sunset. This is across the street of the hospital in Saranac Lake. I was visiting my mother, she just had shoulder replacement surgery. She is now full of metal and plastic, but hopefully out of pain.