Layla lying in the ivy
Saturday Night Live here. I'm trying to get a post in before I get caught up in the television viewing. Yes...television is a new medium for me. For you newcomers, I'm hearing impaired--I have been wearing hearing aids forever, reading lips, following gestures and using closed captioned. TV became one of the things I simply crossed off my list. I mean I'm reading blogs and all sorts of things on my computer. Then I'm reading my books and magazines. And then I'm supposed to read the TV? Talk about a headache. LOL! Anywho, I managed to maneuver some chairs closer to the televisions in the living and family rooms so it's not such an eye strain to watch the darn thing and I've also learned how to work all of the zillion remotes we have. Long story short-I've been having a gay old time. Popcorn and everything.
With The Husband on on his camping/hiking trip in Colorado, I have seen Gone Girl, Fifty Shades Of Gray, several Housewives episodes, and of course The Kardashians (just love reality--makes my life seem somewhat normal and I need that). The first night The Husband was gone and I was feeling a little lonely, insecure and a bit jumpy at every noise I heard inside and outside the house, I happened upon a channel with The Holiday showing. Oh, how I love that movie and to see in May? Serendipity. Nothing like a Rom-Com to make you feel all warm and fuzzy inside. And the icing on the cake? Following this was Something's Got To Give. I've never seen this so it was an exceptional double feature evening.
Herb garden flourishing
Last night I had every intention of getting caught up on some blogging and doing some reading in bed. Then I started to fiddle with the remote and came upon HBO In Demand. Before I knew it I was wrapped up in the movie Still Alice. Oh, incredible. Still haven't gotten it out of my head.
The ultimate verdict? Television is taking over my life. Forgive me if I simply disappear for awhile as I catch up on years of deprivation.
Flower boxes on the bay window ledge
I've been planting flowers like a fiend while we've had warm weather and a break in the rain here in the upper Midwest. This year when I was looking at annuals I took a big interest in Dianthus, the tall and short varieties. The tall variety makes me think of wildflowers so I had some fun doing these boxes. I love Nicotiana also...I'm getting away a bit from my usual petunias and impatiens.
The front of my house
I was actually going to have all of these shrubs pulled out. They are over 25 years old and look overgrown for the most part. In the winter---from November until mid May, they have no leaves
The company that was to do our new porch, sidewalk and driveway was going to pull them out with their Bobcat. We ultimately decided to wait on the concrete work until mid June in light of all the stuff falling from the trees for the past few weeks. In the meantime, the shrubs and plants took off and I've had a bit of a change of heart. Yesterday I did my usual hedge trimming. The first time in the spring is especially hard, every muscle is still aching, and then I had to do the backyard. I definitely got my workout. Then I dug out a sort of 'free form' border and planted some red geraniums. They will bush out--they look a bit small now. I hope this adds some interest. What do you think? And I'm going against a lot of my family's wishes and keeping my ivy. So there!
The new black shoes (and I totally need a pedi)
In keeping with my promise (to myself), I made plenty of plans for while I'm on my little staycation and The Husband is on a real one. Last night my sister in law, Karen, and I went out to dinner a few blocks away. Lovely time of course. As we were walking out of the restaurant there was a table with two women and a man and they called something out to me. I turned and they were pointing down, "We love your shoes!". Well, I nearly tripped. Karen and I sat outside on a bench while the valet went for the car and I gushed excessively over this. Poor Karen. She was probably thinking, "This girl does not get out much."
First bloom on the clematis
So I'm faring well while The Husband is gone. But the poor guy, my two sons, three brother in laws and several of their friends...it's been raining non-stop in Boulder. As I've said, this is a camping/hiking trip. No communication in those parts so I don't know what's going on. According to my weather app, it's not just raining, they're having thunderstorms. And the temps at night are in the 30's. I really feel bad. They've been preparing for months. I hope it works out in some shape or way.
Tomorrow Emily is having a brunch for the ladies, some of us who were left behind as the guys went on their trip. And Monday is a barbeque at my daughter in law's mom's home, Peggy. Not sure. We have a short week and then we are on our way to Door County, Wisconsin for a three day break.
The lakehouse situation is still at a sort of standstill, The Husband is going up Tuesday to see if we can get things moving. I so wish we could go together at least for a day. I want to work on my garden. Remember that we planted that huge perennial garden last August? It must be full of weeds. And I landscaped the front of the house. I can't imagine what it looks like now. I missed the wisteria blooming. Seriously, you want to know what's holding us back from going there for a whole day? No bathroom! The water is shut off.--the floors are a disaster. Do you know how terrible it feels to knock on my neighbor Susie's door to ask to use her bathroom several times a day? Once the crew starts to work on the house they will have a port-a-pottie. Oh joy. Makes me feel so fortunate. And the newspaper articles? Well I still write my columns and submit them. Just never see them. I feel too embarrassed to ask the editor to send me a copy. Silly, I know. The Husband will bring home the most recent issue on Tuesday and hopefully we'll get there again soon to see the one I just wrote last week.
Sorry if I went on too long. So much happening. Now I'm off to see what's on TV! Have a wonderful holiday and say a prayer for all of those brave veterans. I'll be back soon.