Happy Monday everyone -
Okay....now I have a few minutes, so here goes.
Sorry I didn't get a chance to check in over the weekend. We had a great Mother's Day weekend with DMIL. We went out to breakfast on Saturday, then to several nurseries to purchase plants. We ended up not going to the retaining wall seminar because we had to coordinate our errands around Mischief's medication times, and DH said he could probably find really good instructions online. One nursery we went to in Racine is huge and always has a lovely selection of plants, including ones you won't find anywhere else. They didn't have scooter carts there, so I'm glad we brought my walker/seat so that I could sit as often as I needed to. We got some lovely "burning bushes" for the front yard - they are a lovely green most of the year, then turn a brilliant red in the fall. We also got plenty of flowers - both perennials and annuals, and I've got nearly all the veggies I'm going to plant. I'm able to plant more this year as DH is building me a 4' x 4' garden bed in addition to the plants I'll grow in containers. So we'll have plenty of cucumbers, tomatoes, lettuce, beans, squash and whatever else sounds yummy to me next time I'm at the nursery.
Yesterday, was grocery shopping (with a scooter cart - yay!), followed by gardening/planting in the afternoon. It was gorgeous out...sunny and warm but not too hot. It felt wonderful to soak up all that sunshine! I planted lots of flowers using a low stool to sit on, and I was very happily surprised that I didn't have any back pain!
Though last night, I was a bit stiff from all the walking, standing and planting done during the weekend.
Mischief seems to really be getting better!
Her rear legs haven't collapsed once even when she's gotten really excited barking at dogs in our neighbors' yards or chasing after squirrels and doves.
I'm taking her to the vet on Thursday for another blood test.
Shad - It sounds like you're having the same lovely weather that we are.
Though your temps are probably a bit warmer. We've thought about having a wooden bench around one of the trees, but not only would the angles defeat us, our trees are roughly 40 years old and the trunks are so big that we'd have to make it huge. You're probably right about the lack of production from the hanging tomato thing. I fertilized it when I planted it, but not afterwards. I'll do better with my right-side up veggies.
When is your trip to Central Queensland? I actually have steel-toed hiking boots for when DH and I go rock hunting. I'm glad DS2 took you out to a nice Mother's day dinner. Did you get any support from the no-help desk?
Mel - I hope the neck and shoulder pain have eased up. We didn't get to Costco this weekend, but we plan to go next weekend. We did stock up on some frozen items that were on sale at the regular grocery store.
on the closet cleaning!! Good for you for clearing out all the unnecessary stuff and making the place look spiffier! I REALLY need to do that, but it seems when I have the time, my back's hurting, and when my back's not hurting, I don't have the time.
I'm glad the maintenance men are looking out for you even if the ditzy tenant was harmless. Your Mother's Day dinner sounds really yummy!
Happy - Good for you for canceling your WW online. If you're not using it and don't like it, then why pay for it. I keep hearing about the Mississippi flood predictions and I'm sending
: to you and Ceejay that you'll stay safe and dry. My DH heard they evacuated parts of Memphis over the weekend. Sorry about the Momma drama. My DMIL ships things out here prior to her visits, and ships them home before she leaves so that she can keep her suitcase under 50 lbs and not pay the extra fees. As for the massage, for me, the worst kind of massage to get is one that's too light. I've had those occasionally and it's like "What's the point? Why am I paying for this when I can't feel it?" I do let her know when the pressure is too much, but at the same time, I need her to really work the knots out. I'd rather have an enthusiastic masseuse than an enthusiastic dental hygenist. Bummer that the new neighbors have quite a lot of fixing to do in the house and yard. So sorry that you didn't sleep well last night. I hope by this afternoon you're doing better.
Annie - You're so right about missing all the times that our parents drive us crazy. I've spent the last week or two feeling blue REALLY missing my mom and dad. I figure it's cuz of Mother's Day. While I was grateful to be able to spend it with DMIL, my step-mom was away on a trip and couldn't be reached. I also really like the song Turn the Page. So nice that you spent time with your Dad yesterday.
Laura - Such a great surprise for your bf's mom!! I'm glad the nosy neighbor didn't spoil it. I hope your ear is feeling beter. Sometimes a nice nap is a good way to spend a weekend. Bummer about all the cooking issues with the ribs. I personally don't like the mandoline slicer. DH bought one for me a few years ago, and I thought I was using it (and the protective piece) correctly, but apparently I wasn't as I sliced the heck out of my finger. The bleeding didn't last too long, so I didn't go to the ER, but MAN, those things are sharp! Anyway, have a great time at your Step Class. I'm supposed to have a meeting with a trainer at the gym right after work...so I don't know if I'll just work out then or go home after the meeting and head back for the Water Aerobics class.
Ellen - I hope you're feeling better. Did you have a nice Mother's Day?
Ceejay - I hope you're staying safe and dry. No driving on any flooded roads, okay? Bummer that you can't go to your sister's graduation.
I'm sure she'd rather you stay home safe than to take a chance on the dangerous flooded roads. Hopefully you can get there in June.
Time for me to get back to work.
Love and big hugs,