Sunday, March 29, 2009
I've shoveled more snow in the past two days than I have in my entire life...and I still can't get out of my driveway. I have a place in front of one garage that's probably big enough to park my car...and a walkway from the porch to the mailbox that's now about 3 shovel widths wide. While I was out shoveling today a good Samaritan on an orange Kubota tractor came sailing around the corner, buzzed over and moved about 4 or 5 scoopfuls of the icy hard snow that the road grater had piled across my driveway up onto the parking. I was so tired I wasn't thinking and when he took off, he waved and I just waved real big. Why didn't I run out there and $$$$$$$Stop him?!?!?
It has all really begun to melt...but it's still deep. I can now see the entire seat of the green metal lawn chair...and most of the planter that's right beside it (if you look at the picture you can barely see the rim of that planter.) Still haven't been able to get out the back door..maybe tomorrow. There about a 5 foot drift on the north side of the house so it'd be tough going around...plus, because I have a pool, the gate's locked on the inside.
I'm really hoping for warmer temps tomorrow. Today was great, but tomorrow's supposed to be even warmer. I'm still working on counting my blessings, but I've struggled with it today. (Pratt, about 70 miles southwest of Hutch, had 28"...) Rest will help! Stay warm..
Saturday, March 28, 2009
Just decided to go out to the sunroom and take a look....hmmmm...seems to me an intelligent person would have known the wind was from the north and put the hard door in the doggy door. I have a drift INSIDE the sunroom.
And this second one is the other inside corner of the backyard.....
That little dark spot out there the other side of the pool (which should be plenty full by now) is an old metal lawn chair....the seat's completely covered!!!
I bragged about putting the lawn chairs and table out one nice day a week or so ago...maybe it was a little too soon. YA THINK!?!?!?!
I'm trying to think like a wheat farmer with no livestock, or maybe an incredibly good tractor and lots of warm clothing...and with a larder full of good food. This is no longer funny....enough already!!!!
You'll probably notice all my pictures have line through them....that's blinds in between the two panes of glass in my windows: I'm NOT going out to take pictures at this point!!!! It's about 10 am Saturday..this is supposed to stop about noon. It's going to have to stop pretty abruptly however, as it's still coming down BIG TIME!!!!
The first picture is to show you the snowdrift that comes up to the TOP stringer on my 6' privacy fence.
With the second picture I was trying to capture the huge shelf of snow that's hanging off the eave....it's obviously already "relieved itself" once...the bushes below it are covered and disrupted.
The third picture is shot out the front door (which was blocked with snow) at my neighbor's car and the drift between me and the rest of the world.
We really needed moisture...this is wonderful. And it's beautiful! And I went to the grocery store Thursday and have absolutely no reason to get out. I said this morning if I was a paperboy, this is the day I'd call in and say, "I QUIT!" I don't find a paper on my porch, but I'm not willing yet to go out and dig around. Surely they didn't deliver papers.
Just now Schiz started barking and I went to see "what at"....someone in a red truck was crossed up in the street. They finally got loose and started backing up...must have decided they'd gone as far as they wanted to!
Well, no livestock to feed or worry about, the larder's stocked, Spring will be back soon...this is terrific moisture. I'd love to get a picture of my forsythia but that would require me going outside. Not that important to me.
Schiz has a piece of old basement carpet in the garage that she knows is ok to go on, so I don't have to let her out even.
All's good...SMILE......I've got electricity (so far)...cable tv..computer...food...running water...a roof over my head...and plenty of Diet Coke....and two and a half bags of chocolate chips!!!! Count your blessings!!!! I do!!!
Friday, March 27, 2009
I'm usually a person that gets out of bed and gets around, takes a shower, gets dressed, and acts like the day's going to continue. This a.m. I went out and got the newspaper, read it, did the puzzles while sitting in bed. Then I dozed. The dog woke me up at 10:30. It's now 2:35 pm....and I'm still in my housecoat! I'm not going anywhere...no one's going to get out in this...why bother to get dressed? Well, so far, a young man trying to convince me to take him up on his offer of a free carpet cleaning, and then about an hour later my neighbor gal came over because she'd lost her phone and wanted me to call her. Who knew? I wasn't expecting company!
I've ran the dishwasher, "vinegared" all my glasses and coffee pot, dusted everything above the cupboards, and all the ceiling fans. I'm currently doing laundry. I've played WAY more games of Text Twist and Sudoku than any human should. I'm bored... so here I am. A friend and I had planned to go to the Fox this evening to see the movie, but we've decided it's too yucky to get out. So.....last week was gorgeous....next week will probably be gorgeous. It's Kansas! Probably won't have to shovel snow...a tornado will probably blow through...or a dust storm. We need the moisture so badly it's hard to complain...ok...maybe not THAT hard!!! Stay warm and dry ... and be patient!
Monday, March 23, 2009
March 23 and the forsythia is in full bloom. Lots of iris and day lilies beginning to show up all around the edges of my yard. The grass is getting pretty green and I've already mowed one time. Tornado watches and warnings are prominent. I heard on the local news that part of Hutchinson's Main Street between 1st and 3rd streets was closed to traffic today because of debris falling from the buildings; 70 miles per hour winds were clocked in downtown Hutchinson. Three semis blew over on I-70 west of Salina. Yeah...spring has sprung. In Kansas, you get the good with the bad, and vice-versa. But....Spring has Sprung!!!!
Friday, March 20, 2009
And then, the next morning I woke up with a sore throat, which I fought for two days. I'm a believer in vitamin C...so popped 2 or 3 of those a couple of times, ate oranges, ate pico de guyo (I'm sure ONIONS and peppers and tomatoes help too!) I figured I didn't have to worry about giving my sore throat to anyone because a) I think it was a "dirt and dust" thing, and b) who'd want to get close enough with all the onions and pepper breath? But, anyway, today I feel pretty normal again..well, normal for me!
Today is my friend Mary's 66th birthday....only Mary claims she'll never be more than 9!!! Recently she and her hubby were written up in the local Hutchinson magazine for their bicycling habits. She certainly doesn't look 66....and she CERTAINLY doesn't ACT 66...she is 9!!!! This morning we went out to the Dutch Kitchen west of town for a cinnamon roll. Friday...9:30 am... I was amazed at the number of vehicles in the parking lot!!! Saturday...or early morning...or noon...yeah, but not Friday mid-morning!!! But we got right in and waited on immediately...and the food was, as always, delicious! Mary had a cinnamon roll and I had the biscuits and gravy...but then we each left with a cinnamon roll in hand as well. Hey...we're gonna ride those calories off!!!! Sure we are......
Not much more happening here...the forsythia is in full bloom and the Bradford tree is about 1/2 in bloom. It's surely going to be Spring soon!!!!! Have a great day...and be sure to count your blessings!
Monday, March 16, 2009
I got home about 12:30...ate a bite (or twenty), and went out and added chlorine to the pool. Needed to get that done. I've been thinking seriously about mowing just to get rid of the dead grass on top, but decided today wasn't the day. Maybe tomorrow.
Hope your day has been as fun as mine was!
Sunday, March 15, 2009
Saturday, March 14, 2009
There's Jude in the black sweater. The blue table cloth area was her stuff.
Friday, March 6, 2009
We had a wonderful ride...including seeing a young fox..in a most unexpected place. We were headed out to ride Illinois Avenue (a mile south of Highway 50 and running parallel with hwy 50). We went up over the viaduct and then headed east through the south edge of Careyville. Being cyclists, we notice dogs. We both saw this small to medium sized "dog" at the edge of the road..right in front of a house in Careyville. When it looked up I thought it kind of looked like a fox 'cause it had big ears. Then he saw us, hopped in the air, pivoted and went down into a culvert under the people's driveway. It was then we both saw the bushy red tail and kind of simultaneously said, "Look...a fox!" As we got even closer, of course watching the culvert, he stuck his head and front shoulders out and just looked at us! Carol and I agreed that he looked pretty young. I've seen fox (foxes?) in town before, but not recently and usually they were at dusk. This was about 9:45 a.m. He was a real treat to see!
A kind of funny thing happened on my ride home. I was on College Lane, less than two miles from home, when my phone rang. It was Patsy. She wanted to know what I was doing and when I told her, she said, "Gee, if you're out exercising I almost hate to tell you why I'm calling." She was thinking about going to Roy's (wonderful, delicious Roy's...yummmmmmm) and wanted to know if I was interested. Interested, absolutely...but I knew I had to have a shower and it would take me quite a while before I would actually be able to go, so we decided to do Roy's another day. So...dear Patsy, I had an orange and a granola bar for lunch. Just how yummy does that sound!?!?!?! I'm still craving Roy's!!!!
After getting home and cleaning up, I took Schiz to Dillon's Nature Center to walk. She's never been there before and WOW!!! were there ever a lot of new smells to absorb! She was "plum tuckered out" :) by the time we got back to the car...in fact I even carried her for a little ways. But I didn't feel guilty about leaving her at home a little later when I went to run a few errands.
I've been searching for sewing machine cabinets...or parts of sewing machine cabinets. I've hit most of the antique and junk stores, the Salvation Army, Goodwill, even a used furniture store. Today a friend suggested I try Allied Painting, so I went out there. Sure enough, he had exactly what I was wanting. (Plus we had a great conversation...turned out I know his wife very well..but I didn't know he had Allied Painting.) He had the framework (with 3 drawers even) for drawers. Here's what I'm doing with them. I did these first three several years ago (several like in "more than 25" years ago) and now am trying to do some more to sell at the Hutchinson News' MONSTER Garage Sale on March 14.
It's hard to take pictures of these newer ones as the glass isn't connected to the frame yet. They are pen and ink on glass. The "frame" is the part of a sewing machine that the drawer sets on...the framework of the drawers I guess. The ones I bought today are a little different than these...the top and bottom of the frame are a little wider..about twice as thick as the side piece. I brought them home and spent some time dismantling and scrubbing and sanding and steel-wooling them. Tomorrow I'll take them out and touch them up with a little stain and hopefully by mid-week they'll be ready for some glass.
Tomorrow's supposed to be cooler and much windier so I doubt I'll get in a bicycle ride...but it's Saturday and it's warm, so I'll find some garage sales to go to!! I love garage sales!!! They're fun! I went to several today...bought a old walnut picture frame that's gorgeous..for 50 cents! Think I'll look into getting a mirror put into it. And a brand new brick red hand towel for a dollar! ??? I dunno..I just liked it!
Well...enough for now. Hope your day was a pleasant as mine! More than once today I thanked God for giving me the opportunity to do the things I can do. Beautiful weather, beautiful scenery, great friends, good health...and it goes on and on.