Jen, Kids, Mowed Lawn, Laundry

We got to see Jen and her gang last evening at her friend’s house on John’s Pond. The kids love the water; great setup for them. It was an unexpected surprise, and though brief, very enjoyable.

I fell asleep as soon as we got home and slept until 8 this morning.

Read the paper, did a little rose pruning and mowed the lawn. Caught up with our new neighbors to see if they’d be up for pizza and beer some time.

We did laundry and changed sheets.

Deluge This Morning

Glad we got some outdoor work done yesterday. I cut back the six Montauks and Ron and I dug up more oak seedlings in the front lawn.

We went to an orientation session for Woods Hole Film Festival volunteers and decided their expectations are more than we can meet: 4 3-hour shifts, mostly standing.

The giant plant I pulled out of Peter’s garden was pokeweed.

I yanked a bunch of vines from our fence garden yesterday. Planted pre-soaked Nasturtium seeds this morning. Blisters on my right hand popped.

I got Ron’s transfer station sticker at Town Hall and picked up a gorgeous red Dianthus at Attaquin Acres. Got it in the ground before the rain stopped. Groceries at Stop & Shop.

Ron cleaned up the buckets for recycles and worked on his room.

Leftover spaghetti squash for supper.

Knackered; Rain

Little motivation to do much of anything yesterday; not hot, but humid.

We’ve been using the whole house fan to cool things off in the evening.

It’s raining this morning.

We did the transfer station run yesterday. New/old recycling system wasn’t too bad, except that you have to cross the street to reach all of the containers: unsafe and in the case of one driver who stopped her car literally in the middle of the road, encourages idiocy.

I harvested strawberries and rhubarb and we made sauce. The berries are gorgeous but not sweet.

Salad and leftover veg loaf for lunch.

Ron washed the a/c filters, smart move.

I gave Robert a lift home. Happy that he likes his work!

Punted on planned evening activities again.


In the absence of programming tasks and outdoor chores, I baked a vegetable loaf and pound cake today.

The veg loaf has eggplant, onion, carrots, green pepper, celery, garlic and spinach, mostly from Misfits.

Ron shelled peas. We also had sauteed summer squash and baked potatoes, also from Misfits.

Slight Annoyances (Very Slight)

With a little help from me, Ron cut down the tree branches that he’s been fussing about for what seems like weeks. He gave me the usual patronizing talk, which infuriated me.

After much argument, we picked up a complete shower valve kit at Webb, but found we can’t use it because it would require cutting and sautering pipes. Brilliant.

I managed to lock myself out of my Rockland account. Fortunately we were very close to a branch, and the kind teller/manager helped me immediately.

Yesterday I did enjoy Meeting.

Did some watering today. Pizza for lunch. I can’t stand the thought of cooking and cleaning up.

We’ve been enjoying strawberries.

Casa Vallarta; Peony

The peony bush next to the driveway is gigantic this year, as are the other plants around it. Difficult to keep them aloft!

Cindy, Ron and I took Cathy out for drinks and tres leches cake yesterday.

I went to meeting this morning and bought a bathroom window fan at Walmart.

Still pulling up acorn sprouts.

Planted vermillionaires. The kousa dogwood that I transplanted seems to be hanging on. The Rose of Sharon is still touch and go.

Carb Load; Good Meeting

Outstanding discussion/debate last night at MRTC with Roger and Phyllis. Points scored on both sides.

I went out of my mind yesterday with starch.

We got a Misfits shipment with an especially good selection: peaches, corn, eggplant, green beans, spaghetti squash, pears, English cuke, etc.

Ron got his van fixed and inspected.

Discovered that the problem that’s been plaguing me with MRS may have been due to an SMTP password that was changed. Uploaded a correction last night, fingers crossed.

Did the transfer station run yesterday and a Walmart shop. A very kind customer decided he didn’t need the last two hose connectors and gave them to us. Ron picked up his meds.

I did laundry this morning.

Completing our appointment switch this week, Ron got his teeth cleaned by my old hygienist. I thought he’d like her, and he did.

Ron Does Floors

Yesterday, Ron washed the kitchen, hallway and bathroom floors: big difference, so much better!

I struggled with parsing JSON from dotDigital.

It stopped raining mid-day. I planted a six-pack of marigolds on sale from Soares. Ron and I surrounded the gorgeous peony in the front yard with an old tomato cage.

I stopped by Dino’s to ask about a room reservation for MRTC.

In the evening, we dropped the van off at Cormier’s.

Rain (Thanks); Strawberries

It started last night and there’s no wind, so we can keep windows open.

I’m enjoying having the day off from gardening and yardwork.

We’re also enjoying James’ strawberries, which are having a great Spring.

Check engine light on again.