Cindy’s Brunch

It was a marathon this morning to fit in tasks before the brunch. Returned the screen, picked up trash and recyclables at Edgewater and did the transfer station run.

Ron attached the hoses and I cut down more overgrown forsythia. Also watered the azalea. Cleaned up behind the shed, washed out a pile of flower pots for recycling.

Ron did more watering here and started filling in and sanding the deck railing. I’m working on laundry and changing sheets. Did some cleanup on the porch and in the shed, spread a little more mulch in the front. Enjoyed seeing the brunch bunch.

POS next door has been running a leaf blower for close to two hours; my ears are ringing. Another POS is riding a motorized vehicle in the field.

Big Day

Ron changed the water pitcher filter.

Ron also cleared the upper left corner of the back yard at Edgewater AND the area behind the shed.


I put in a new garden in the corner next to the back stairs. Emme designed it with plants from the Wholesale Nursery. We used some slate tiles that were in the outside shed. It is gorgeous.

Emme mulched around the holly tree. I weeded the grass garden. We bought some beautiful pansies at Attaquin Acres and planted those in the containers on the trellis: beautiful.

That pretty much finishes everything I wanted to do in the gardens this Spring.

Good Day

We went to Home Depot for deck stain and used our 10% off coupon to get some things on the “wish” list, including a new saw and extra blades for Ron; pruners; mulch for the front yard and plywood to fix the outdoor shed at Edgewater; and a very cool remote temperature and humidity sensor “weather station”.

I mulched the rock garden and Edgewater and finished the mulching here.

We helped set up the Pilgrim informational session at Town Hall. It was well-attended and the giant 8 foot screen worked out great (Ron figured out the setup video).

Gardener’s Diary: Color

Bought a hangar and a couple of pots of Jonny Jump-Ups on sale at Stop & Shop.

Fed the wisteria – Triple Phosphate and Chicadee.

Pruned the rose bushes and more weeding.

We have some nice color now: yellow daffs and jonquils, gorgeous violets and hyacinth, pansies. Looks like this may be a very good year for the lilacs. Grass is starting to green up, I think; the sparrows like the seed I put down.

The big gray neighborhood cat loves the catmint!

Loaded up the truck with brush from Janicks. Couldn’t fit it all in, so hauled the rest to the side to get it off the grass and away from Bob’s climbing rose. Can’t believe how much he cut down, and with a bad heart: amazing.

Rain Truck Cake

We’ve had a nice, quiet rain all day. Very happy.

Had the truck serviced: warranty work, oil change, checked the alignment.

Found and rented an eight foot screen and Duvetyne for the Downwinders meeting this Friday.

Ron brought home a cake from the senior center and picked up a giant pizza pie plus a free large cheese at Zoe’s after driving me home and back to Hyannis Toyota.

USDA Recommended Safe Minimum Internal Temperatures

“Cook all raw beef, pork, lamb and veal steaks, chops, and roasts to a minimum internal temperature of 145 °F as measured with a food thermometer before removing meat from the heat source. For safety and quality, allow meat to rest for at least three minutes before carving or consuming. For reasons of personal preference, consumers may choose to cook meat to higher temperatures.

“Cook all raw ground beef, pork, lamb, and veal to an internal temperature of 160 °F as measured with a food thermometer.
Cook all poultry to a safe minimum internal temperature of 165 °F as measured with a food thermometer.”


Peony: Super Phosphate
Rhodies: Holly Tone (finally dug up the dead one)

Ron is bringing a pile of brush to Davey: ours, the Winslows, the Janicks. Good fellow, he! He’s been busy today: dropped off bread at Peter’s, went to Cormier’s to book an appointment for tomorrow, brought cans to the Redemption Center, and now he’s off to his credit union.

Went to the Senior Center, pruned the roses and the rhodies, vacuumed and cleaned out the truck, made lunch, transplanted some pretty ground cover from Edgewater that I dug up to make room for the azalea, did some watering, enough so that I was soaked to the skin. Having changed into dry clothes, feel like I’m in heaven.

Ron was right: none of these things “just happen”.

Ron’s Present

Picked up Ron’s birthday present at Cape Mac today, an OlloClip iPhone 4/4S Lens. He whipped it out of the box and attached it to his phone immediately.

Weeded in front of the fence and put down compost and mulch. More weeding in the little garden. I will be dreaming about weeds. Did two loads of laundry, including two sets of sheets. I may be dreaming about laundry, too.

Emme came with us to the transfer station, then we went to Spohr Gardens. She stayed for supper and made a cheesecake which we all devoured.

I planted a pretty Girard’s Crimson azalea at Edgewater. Closed up the cold frame, there’s a frost warning tonight.


I am not a duck.
I am not a duck.

We’ve been hearing ducks. Wonder if it’s the pair we saw the other evening and if they’ve taken up residence at Flashy Pond.

Rain and wind last night. Great timing.

Ron reminded me that his knee surgery was less than a year ago. Less than eleven months ago in fact (May 23). Time does fly.

Did some seeding and weeding today in the back and in front of the fence.

Left ankle bothering me last night and today.

Red tulips are starting!

Stopped by Cotuit Liquors to see Colleen and buy some wine, then took a spin around Cotuit Bay. Picked up compost at Paramount Landscaping for the front garden. Amazed at how good the soil is there – FINALLY!