Rain; Wind; Sauce; Electric Usage

Ron’s still not 100%, so I made rice and heated up chicken soup for him.

Several of the poor tomatoes from last weekend went bad; a mess to clean up.  I made sauce, though, and saved quite a few for salads.

It’s been raining since early this morning.  Not that cold, but quite windy.  I went out in it to put out the trash, empty the compost bucket and grab the mail.

Sure would be nice to have a fireplace.  Grateful to have a house.

I started reviewing our electricity usage for the last two years.

Our solar production isn’t that far off last year, about 4%, but our usage is up.  Average January temperature for 2018 was a full 10 degrees cooler than 2017.  Average temperature for August was not that much greater than last year, but our usage was up by 50%.

Midas; Flu Shots; Service Center; Planting

Ron waited with me at Midas while they were checking out my brakes.  They found a bad caliper.

Went home so Ron could have some breakfast.  He was afraid to eat before.  Afterwards, we dropped off recyclables at the transfer station.

We went to Christ the King for a VNA flu clinic, only to find that their website was in error.  Got our shots at Falmouth Hospital instead, stopping on the way to the Service Center for gorgeous produce and other goods, including milk and cheese.

Ron dropped me off at Midas to bring the truck home.  Timing was perfect.

I planted everything from yesterday: Phlox, Coreopsis, Coneflower, Baptisia, Catchfly, Cransbill and Blue Eyed Grass.  Ron made tea and cinnamon toast.

Made eggs, baked beans and toast for supper.

Supposed to get a Nor’easter tomorrow.

New Pollinator Garden

I’m going to clean out the birch tree garden and put in a pollinator garden.

Picked up nine half-priced plants at Scenic Roots today.  Gave them a good watering.

Voted and dropped off the property tax payment for Edgewater.  Returned the “Outer Limits” DVD to the library.

Mac and cheese and broccoli for Ron’s supper.  Earlier, I had cereal, half an apple and cheddar cheese.

Pimlico Pond and Community Garden Pollinator Gardens

Dug out grasses and planted some Baptisia.  I’ve been putting off working with this group for quite a while, but today was enjoyable.

Stopped at the banks on the way home to move money around so we can pay real estate taxes.

Tomato soup and sandwiches for lunch to warm up.

Signed and commented on a petition to Congress requested by the Wampanoag Language Reclamation Group.

Finally cleaned and put away the tools after doing some minor pruning in the corner garden.

Cleanup: Yesterday and Today

Yesterday, Ron and I loaded old wood onto the truck and today we brought it to Bourne.  That cleans up a lot of the area behind the big shed.

Today I also emptied a pile of flower pots, buried several pots worth of stones and put the empty pots in the truck for a transfer station run tomorrow.

Yesterday, I drove Peter from and to Midas.  The Infiniti needed brake work.  We paid for 70% of the work in the hope he’ll pay us back.

Then today he blasted a series of messages to me about my poor character.

I got booted out of another FB group of holster sniffers and badge bunnies.

Big screaming match with Ron last night.  I’d inadvertently broken one of his buffalo statuettes.  He put them all away and I took down the shadow box they were in.

Today, I returned the cow laughing at a horse pic to the living room and dug out an old oil painting for downstairs.

I cancelled DNAGedcom and all of the HomeServe coverages.  Have a call in to review the Bankers Life policies.

Tomatoes

I vacillated for most of Saturday but made it to Cape Abilities Farm to pick tomatoes.

Brought back 13 pounds for salad and sauce and a box of cherry tomatoes that are out of this world.

Picked up trash early enough at Edgewater to see James and chat with Peter.

Ron has been in bed most of the day; intestinal distress. Set up the heating pad for his feet. Occurred to me that if he had circulatory problems, his feet would be swollen. Wonder if something else is going on.

It was after noon, so got a scone at Coonamessett Farm to tide me over.

Checked in with Cathy and Cindy.  Cathy’s having another eye surgery this week.

Stopped at Pariah Dog farm stand; too many people, never again. Did get some beautiful romaine and a gorgeous bunch of dill from a house on Gifford. Went to Walmart for a prescription and some household items.

Finally, stopped off at Windfall for cheesecake for Ron, his one request from his bed of pain, kale and delicata squash.

Stupid and Smart

I crammed myself with part of a Milky Way and handfuls of corn chips last evening and had serious GERD.  Stupid.

Bought Mega Millions tix.  No one won; it’s up to $1.6 BILLION.

Rain this morning.  Ron was SMART to mow yesterday.

Made a big veg stew yesterday.

Mulch, Laundry

Cold last night, but an exceptional day today.  Sat with Ron for a while on the deck while we enjoyed cider and an apple from the CapeAbilities Farm.

Finished mulching the butterfly bush garden.  Tossed the small bee balm seeds and a handful of soil in the oval.  Sifted through the dug out sod from yesterday and put that in the gardens.

Softneck garlic has sprouted.

Frost warning tonight.  Harvested green tomatoes; put Agribon on the Romas and cherries with clothespins.