Friday, June 16, 2017

This Day

June 16th is my parents wedding anniversary, it would have been their 71st....

Went to a funeral today. Mom's niece's husband. Mom's sister, Leona, was the first born about 20 years before mom, the last born.  So mom was an aunt when she was born, basically.... and she grew up with all of Leona's kids, there were 4 girls and a boy.  they did lots of things together.  I did not know them very well, don't even ever remember interacting with Bob Harper, but I did see his wife Norma a couple of times, and their girls (2) and she was at mom's funeral.  That will be 11 years ago this October.  Time sure does a trick on us, doesn't it?  We are loosing all of these older relatives, the people that lived thru a depression and a World War, the Korean War. Can we not learn by their experiences??  b4 TV and cell phones.  Remember Mom saying they did not even know Roosevelt had leg braces or was in a wheelchair, boy that is not the case now, we know every little thing that happens in real time.. is that for the better?

Pray God we can remember......

We are having extremely crud weather here, rain, overcast, in the 60's... supposed to get nice by next week, I keep waiting.....

I did plant grass out back and have little, tiny green shoots coming up, very exciting.
Right this moment, my grass is cut, edged, everything weeded and watered, that is pretty darn exciting too.

Monday, June 12, 2017

Things

Here it is the 12th already... Not done a thing, just the regular 'stuff' about the house. some lunches with friends. Went to Stamp Club, the new catalog is out and was the 1st chance to order out of it, excitement was at a high level. :) yes, people that is my excitement.
I have not gotten the oompf to DO anything. Can't get to the gym.  Just sit here and read. Have gone thru a prodigious amount of books. Gave a HUGE sack to friends.  I do love to share my books, and hope others get the enjoyment out of them that I do!  Don't know if I am experiencing a bout of depression or what. Just not interested in anything, going or doing. Just like my house/yard and doing things in it.  Did get that load of compost spread all about and unloaded and the pick-up bed cleaned up.  Now need to get a load of gravel... That is really backbreaking, heavy work to do and can only get a half load in the little pick up.... so have to make two trips. Then the unloading and spreading and moving the wheelbarrow.... OMG... the whining and complaining.... geez, it gets me out and exercising, right!!!???? and it more than likely good for me.... and the gravel areas need freshening up, they are looking spread out and sparse, with violas/sunflowers growing in them....
oh, oh, goodness, came across utube things on scaring people, angry dad and another that is titled bastard!   Normally it is the son's that are doing the scaring,(a compilation of a number of times)  sat here this afternoon and laughed and laughed.  Is that a 'sick' sense of humor, don't know, but boy it sure hit my funny bone!!!
Well, this is sure a  weird bog, oh, well, nothing going n guys.... just day to day normal, everyday stuff that is not interesting but sure seems to keep me busy and entertained
Take Care and God Bless

Thursday, June 1, 2017

JUNE


This was Mother's Day on the Deschutes river. the people I was visiting have a place right in the middle of a bend of the river ...  it is so very pretty there.  We have seen deer in the meadow across the way. One 4th of July we sat and watched people float down the river. It was fun, everyone happy, waving, drinking, fishing.... So very hot tho...
This is south of Sunriver . Top looking North, bottom looking South.


Lots of clean-up needed tho for pine cones and needles are VERY abundant....

Have been busy, cleaning house, got a load of compost today in the pick-up, which still started.  I had charged it a couple weeks ago and have gone out to run it a couple of times.  If you have read this blog before, it is a HUGE thing for me to keep it charged and ready to run!!! Guess I have been doing OK, so far.  Got the compost spread on the places between the sidewalk and the road, looks really good and fresh, tomorrow going to fix the back yard and plant some grasses then cover with the compost.... will probably have a bunch left over, but can dump it in the side garden area....
Made apt for Luci yearly check-up, hopefully she checks out ok.... gave her a bath today, she is all frisky and look at me, aren't I special???? :)  cutey.....
I can't really believe it is already JUNE... geez... where does the time go?
Also want to get another 1/2 load of gravel to freshen areas in the yard.... can't figure where it all goes, just sinks into the dirt???
Well that is it for now, enough with the mundane
Take Care & God Bless

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Rain 'n Rant


I just LOVE the smell of rain after a hot day.. Something so special about it and it brings up all kinds of memories.

I have been very slothful in not writing anything. I DO things, just does not seem too terribly newsworthy or blog worthy for sure.

I was asked what is it I do all the time recently, well..... 'stuff' -I am up and moving, there is always something, even if it is a 'little' thing that needs done to maintain a household. And I do enjoy those mundane little things, of a daily basis, tho letting the dogs in and out repeatedly throughout the day does seem to wear on a person at times. I am so lazy and they are SO very insistent and why, oh WHY can't they 'go' at the same time?? that is just not happening. Maybe I am of weak character that I let them dictate the when most of the time....

There goes Luci, not 5 minutes AFTER Carl was out... oh well...


Have more and ending for the on-going saga of Dad's flag... that was by his and mom's headstone at the Redmond Cemetery.  Carol and I drove by there to see that all was OK not 2 weeks ago. All OK. Then....
THEN....
Went last Thursday to do the annual upkeep and digging out of grass around the stone.  The flag, pole and thingy (sheath) that it fit into was all gone. Everything.  There were people about as they were doing clean-up for the coming Memorial Day. And a funeral was in process. So went to talk with the maintenance people I guess they were.  And they said that yes, they remembered the flag and it was taken down as it was faded and ragged (NOT true) And it was hard to mow around. I explained to them that we did not just willy-nilly put that up that we got permission to do so.  It had been there since 2002 and why now? They had no reason other than there was a general clean-up of the whole cemetery for the holiday and it was ragged.  I re-iterated that was NOT the case.  I buy a flag for the house and the cemetery at the same time, they both fly 24/7 and the one at the house is not faded or ragged, and the one there was not either as I had just checked on it. They were firm, would not listen.  I could go to the shed, they put everything in there and look for it, I did, nothing thing there. What did they do with it?  They said garbage... then quickly changed and said it was burned (well you know that did not happen) Where was the pipe holder?  they did not know, threw away..... I then went to the Public works Dept, in charge of cemetery and complained, they said the same,  except they added that what if 500 people wanted to fly their own flag? They could not have that!  I said we got permission, did not just put it up. I re-iterated all I told the other person, they had nothing else to add, by this time I had gotten myself worked up into quite the tizzy and was crying, could not catch my breath, sobbing, I just left, what to do, nothing to do.  And before Memorial Day too.....
You know it was one brother that got permission and put up the flag and then I was left to care for it and change it and file the police report and report it when it was stolen last year.  So it is somewhat of a relief that it is no longer there, I no longer have to drive by and 'check' on it as no one else was going to.  And last time it needed replacing, it was almost $40 for one flag.... So maybe it is a blessing, but the way it was done, no warning, no, come get the flag, we have changed our minds, this is no longer ok.  Just the faceless bureaucratic way of them. We can do as we please and to hell with what you want or need and so sorry this is upsetting to you, what can we do to help? Nothing, just nothing.....
So I am letting it go.... trying to find peace.. took flowers yesterday. It was strange with no flag.  But I know Mom & Dad understand, I don't love them any less or not remember them. it is just a symbol. And I feel sad about it.....
Take Care and God Bless All, treasure one another now.....

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Bloomin Yard!!


Today Carl is in the vets for dental work, again... SO decided to clean house, becuz, HE barks the whole time the vacuum is running and it is SO annoying!!!! So I was able to clean house, in quiet. It was actually NOT annoying and sort of ok... got it all done. In bedding mode right now.


Yesterday I finally finished the sidewalk area weeding, took forever it seemed, maybe a week, used to get it all done in a day or so.. Still have the garden area to do, but it looks so very good weedless. Got the pick-up running, after a Winter of sitting there not driven, the battery was dead, so charged and it started right up. So now am ready to go get compost and some gravel, to spiff up areas around the yard... Have to get some seed out again in the back yard, would like to have the area outside back door in grass, but with the dogs, seems impossible to do.  Or at least keep it grassy, get it to grow in the 1st place..... Have done it at least 3X but then left for a couple weeks and it dies as not watered enough, so maybe this will be the year I can get grass back there and get it established in order to stay, who knows??
The blooms in the yard are lovely, the top is a quince (pink) and bottom is a weeping cherry, that we thought we had killed by shoveling snow on it and broke off some of the limbs, but Brian used duct tape (that stuff works for everything, huh?) and the limbs are blooming!!! miracle!
Take Care All and God Bless

Saturday, May 6, 2017

No Worries...

Birthday dinner toast....
lemondrop martinis!! Yummm...


Well, took Carl to vet yesterday and all went well as can be expected... bad arthritis, pills for the pain, he is taking the SAME thing I took for nerves in my ankle!!! How about that???!!! He needs more dental work, had an ear infection, yet again or still, whatever... at least he does not appear to be on his last legs, having blood tests done and collected poop and pee this morning, good thing there is not a utube video of that procedure!!! He was truly horrified that I was trying to stick a plastic tray under him while he was trying to pee, just flipped himself around and sat down and glared, actually glared at me for doing something so awful in his vulnerable moment!!!!  At least I got a very small bit and apparently it was good enough, ran it right down to the clinic, they had impressed on me that they needed it 'fresh'.... geez, the things we do for out pets.... (well, not mine really)
AND I want to give a shout out to friend Tanya for coming in to town at 9am to help get him in the car and out at the vets then back at home, don't really know if I could do that myself... he Weighs 46# has lost 8# in the last year..... can feel his backbone.  You know, you get used to seeing them and don't notice these things or choose to ignore them until you have to take them to the vet/doc and explain yourself and your actions and what is going on with your dog/pet.  it is sobering to say the least.  It is not like we neglect him or anything. I mean all he does is sleep and go potty, eat twice a day, administer pills. Brian spends time at night with him.  Carl and I just tolerate one another and get along for Brian's sake... (neither one of them think Luci is ok and just put up with her for MY sake, and Carl takes out after her once in awhile to put her in her place, I guess, but that is truly awful when it happens and Luci is quite offended)   He certainly did soak up all the attention at the vets tho.... don't know what it is, but he is a 'chick' magnet for sure, all the assistants wanted to sit on the floor and cuddle him... I guess they are not the ones having to clean up after him on a daily basis is what makes him so alluring????
BUT I am glad that he is around for a bit more and that we don't have to make any 'final' decisions..


The large buildings are the St Charles Medical Center complex on Neff Road seen from the top of Pilot Butte in Bend.... Just thought it an interesting picture.... there gets to be more and more of those buildings and they keep getting bigger and bigger.
Got water going on the yard, the lilacs are budding out, going to be a lot of them this year!!! Got the lawn mowed, now need to do the edging.... still weeding, but getting there and can now sit in my chair and not see any weeds.  Just stay in the chair and not go to the side of the house and no worries :)  
Take Care all

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Misc


One day we went to the "Moon" and back.. haha in Terrebonne they have vicuna, smaller than llama and so darling, you can buy feed to give to them and they are very aware you are there to do just that!!! This mountain is Smith Rock, a hiking and rock climbing mecca.  when I was in high school it was just an interesting formation of rocks, weird how things change. Now you can't even park there unless you get there in the wee hours of the morn....

Today was just a day, toes clipped for Luci, she hates that!! Then to post office, and roads were closed here and there, so could not get there from here type thing, took forever it seemed. Then round about way to get to Taco Bell for a 'crunch wrap', then to get car washed... becuz that is the way I go, too lazy to do it myself... BUT then I came home and worked in the yard for awhile, I am making inroads on the weeds, but will take forever.  We are having unseasonably warm weather, at least 80 today!!! Figured I will do one load of weeds in the wagon a day, may take forever, but will not kill me !!!!  hahaha.... just seems like it is taking forever to get any stamina back or the 'will' to want to exert myself in any way.... that is probably closer to the truth... but those weeds are right out in the sun, who wants to do them after the sun goes down, I got all hot and sweaty, that was enough for me, then inside with tea and a good book for a nice quiet rest, with NO TV....
Need to mow again.... the list goes on and on....
At least had my sewing machine serviced, don't think I had ever had that done, not that I use it that much, but it is over 40 years old as the quilt store was quick to point out to me.... and it did not need to be fixed, just had the buttonhole knob on!!! I did not even know it made buttonholes!!! ha!!! So now have no excuse to NOT be doing something with it, have all sorts of 'projects' lined up waiting for me to get the 'will' and the machine to work..... so am off to do that.
I so miss my friend and having someone to talk with all day long..... that was a fun thing to be able to do... oh, well, those special times can't last I guess or they would no longer be deemed as 'special'
Take Care All and God Bless.. we are just going by here, day by day, seeing what happens or shows up or needs tending to......