Ron insisted that he didn’t want to eat out or spend money for his birthday, so I put together a shelter-in-place party für zwei: a burrito bar from on-hands and rice cooked this morning, purple and white alstroemeria and a piece of chocolate cake from Roche and a six pack of Dos Equis from Andy’s.
We’d hoped to do a walk but rain is predicted for late this afternoon, which also put a crimp in my plan to finish removing usable soil from the edging sod.
We got what was left to be done in the shed, put the good soil in one of the veg gardens and the weeds in the truck. I also cleaned up the truck bed a little. Ron watered my transplants by the stairs.
We did the Mashpee River Ridge Trail yesterday. I thoroughly enjoyed it. The trail has been beautifully groomed by AmeriCorps, we had the woods to ourselves and there’s enough variation in the terrain to provide aerobic exercise.
Ron spotted berries that are safe to eat. We think they are winter berries. He tried one and survived. I found mayflowers, which we haven’t seen anywhere else.
Made banana bread this morning and except for laundry, didn’t do much else.
Helped Ron order some meds.
Ironed the scarf Jan gave us but in the process of untangling the fringe, ripped it. I pinked both ends and when I have the energy, will hem them properly. It’ll be much easier to launder; irons beautifully.
We walked around the neighborhood and met some cordial people on the east side of Winslow Farms.
Ron has a) washed more solar panels and b) prepped and set out the hummer feeders. These included setting up the ladder, sterilizing the feeder parts, making the sweet water and greasing the ant traps. Not a small amount of work.
I did the transfer station run this morning and started to edge the rose bed. Was interrupted to hold the ladder for Ron. I emptied the barrel of wood chips for mulch.
I cleaned out the water line closet, including a small mouse carcass, and put the den back together again, more or less.
The electrician installed Ron’s new lights: what a difference! He said the lights are of high quality, which is a relief since I ordered them online from a company we haven’t traded with before.
Ron and I have been fighting like cats and dogs. I don’t think it’s because of the coronapocalypse; this has been going on for a while.
I suggested a walk, and we went a fair distance, across the way to John’s Pond estates and around the neighborhood.
It was raining lightly when we started, but by the time we got back to Holly Farm and Dixon, it picked up a bit.
We put on the tea kettle and had hot rum drinks to warm up. By that time or maybe shortly thereafter, the rain became a wild thunderstorm. We were lucky to have missed it. Raisins and nuts for dinner.
This morning, I cleaned up the sawdust from the yard and managed to clog the shop vac, not bad enough to damage it, but loud enough to wake up the neighbors. We were able to get the clog out, finally, but that’s what started our day-long argument. I did get everything done before the rain, which was the objective.
After that, I did a shop at Stop & Shop, drove to the beach (Mashpee lots are open) but didn’t stay long and stopped in to the wholesale nursery for herbs, which I didn’t plant because I was ravenous. Brought home fried pickles and pizza for lunch.
I’ve spent a small fortune on food this weekend: vinegars from Gustare, produce and groceries from Shaw’s and S&S, Peet’s for the Nespresso, take-out from Moto.