Electric Blanket (I’ll Sit in the Dark)

Ron is always cold, and he’s resisted using an electric blanket all winter.

I got sick of listening to his moans and groans last night, so put it on the bed anyway. He loves it.

I called the Fairgrounds today about the damnable snowmobiles and ATVs.

Ron found out that he has a life insurance policy with a waiver of premium. Unbelievable.

We straightened out his banking alerts. He’d set them up incorrectly, so our understanding bank forgave $105 of overdraft charges.

How anyone could be so befuddled about financial affairs is beyond me.

I have an idea of where to put a new garden, in the wet spots in front of the hydrangeas and St. Johnswort. Whether I can afford to do that this year is a whole other matter.

Wood Ash

If you have highly acidic soil it can be a good direct soil amendment – common recommendation is 1 lb. for 100 sq. ft


Finished (For Now)

Cleaned up the back yard at Edgewater yesterday. Visited Candy; she was much better: no casts, she’s able to read and even shared some recipes from memory!

Ron is off to see his orthopedic surgeon this morning. He’s much better, too.

Extremely windy today, but mostly rain. I’m very happy to be inside, watching the occasional bit of snow or sleet shoot by.

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Burning It Up







After being sent away from the transfer station yesterday with a truckload of brush from Edgewater, I turned on the water to the front outside faucet, hooked up the hose, and set up the Weber here.

Once the fire got going, brush disposal went pretty fast. So, instead of stopping with the several piles that Ron had raked, I decided to clean up most of the yard.

Ron came out to help and harvested a few more armloads of brush. He estimates there’s 8-10 pounds of ash. We cleaned up the lawn and most of the cleared woody area on the right side of the lot.

I quit at about 20 of 5 so I could get to a Cape Cod Healthcare blood drive at the library.

With AB- blood, Ron is a righteous 1%-er.

We’re supposed to get some “weather” later this week, so I’m really happy that we were able to do so much cleanup on both yards.

Cleanup; A Little Waquoit Action

We rented a chain saw from Botello and Ron cut up the giant limb that had fallen on the neighbor’s property on Edgewater.

We cleaned up enough woody debris to fill the truck.

The transfer station isn’t taking truckloads any more, so we dumped the entire load at Davey for $10. Ron took us to lunch at Moonakis.

Afterwards, we walked across the street to the Waquoit Garden and Feed to browse and look for kitty grass. Had a nice conversation with another customer about bats and attracting them to your yard.

Ron was in a great mood afterwards, said he really loves small towns.

Attended the O-F steering meeting at 6. Was ravenous by the time we got home, so I made tacos.

Booked an appointment with Window Treatments (Harwich) to give us an estimate on Hunter-Douglas screens for the Southwest-facing windows.