Monday, January 26, 2015

The adventures continue.

For Pete's Sake!

If it's not one thing it's another!

Holy Moly!


Enough archaic expressions for ya'?

Oh wait, Alack and Alas!

Why all this? Because I've had yet another misadventure.

Remember when I said someone was coming to clean the deck, porch and ramps? Well, they did and it all looks great. Except we forgot that the spigot was open in the green house .  .  . for several hours .  .  . while he was running the water for the pressure washer.

Now, we always remove the hoses around the yard and open all the spigots in preparation for freezing temperatures that do occur here on Puget Sound.  Almost every year I forget about the one inside the greenhouse when I hook up the hoses and turn on the water for the first time. But I usually catch it within minutes of my mistake.

I wish I'd remembered it this year.

Since the greenhouse was full of plants and debris, the floor drain clogged and the greenhouse flooded. The man cleaning and I were oblivious until he went to the back of the yard to clean the greenhouse ramp. 

Hubby happened to stop by about that time. He scooped away the debris blocking the drain so the water could recede, propped open the door and got a fan running.

I didn't see it until the water was gone but everything was soaked. 

My new red cart!

You might not be able to tell but all of this was soaked.

This forced me into greenhouse cleanup immediately. 

Much of this is drying in the woodshed or behind the greenhouse for now.

Spent plants removed, pots emptied. Potted perennials pruned and set on the bench or up on plant stands to keep the floor free to dry.

Door and windows open, fan running.

Thankfully we are in the midst of record high temperatures for January - perfect timing, heh! The sun is beginning to shine in the greenhouse for a bit more each day. So before we know it I'll be doing this:

I've been buying seeds!

 And this:

My favorite spot in the world.

Friday, January 23, 2015

Yet another illness!

If you read my past posts you know I've had quite the turn with misadventure and illness. Well, a new ailment has struck but I don't mind this one:

Spring Fever!

I know it's only January and here in the PNW we can have some bitter weather yet. But we can plant primroses in containers (and shelter them if the weather turns).

I poked around in the greenhouse the other day. It is unheated so we close it up tight during the winter. Unfortunately, that is prime condition for grey mold (Botrytis cinerea). I had tucked many plants in there that were still blooming then when I broke my wrist they didn't get any more attention. When I brushed against them, clouds of dust/mold blew around.

Can't wait to do this!
But today all the slippery decks and ramps are getting cleaned so I will feel free to go in and out of our buildings without fear!! I will need to clear out the dead annuals, empty the pots, cut back the perennials and prepare to clean the whole greenhouse before seed starting.

The full cast which I only had to wear for two weeks.
I am still recovering from my broken wrist and injured back. It is a bit frustrating not being as strong as I normally am - heck, I dug all these gardens, some with a pick ax! I love digging, planting, hauling, lifting, carrying.

Thankfully I can still cuddle my grandson.
Yup, it's painful but I've just gotten started on Physical Therapy.  I can't wear my wedding ring yet since those fingers are still stiff and swollen.  Stretch, message, exercise, rest, repeat.

Many friends have shared similar stories with good recovery in the end.
That's my hope because this is coming:

My very own "White Way of Delight" ~ Anne Shirley
And this:

Oh, I've got the fever BAD!!!

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Good Grief

Now I am not only recovering from a broken wrist but from blunt trauma to my back muscles from falling down the stairs!!

And a rip-snortin' cold. Oy!

I lay in bed and wander through the summer garden in my minds eye.

"The sun will come out. . . tomorrow!"

Friday, December 19, 2014

Organizing help

Good Morning!

I'm still sporting my Seahawks blue cast. The next step of a removable cast got delayed due to an insurance snafu. But it'll happen soon - can't wait!

In the meantime I've been busy Christmas shopping and enjoying times with friends. It is a whole different December without baking, cooking, putting up a tree, etc! I ordered lefse from the Midwest that arrived freshly made & tastes just like the family recipe. Hubby is happy :)

Yesterday, I lunched with Joy of Joy Thomas Design We met through my oldest son when he lived in San Diego. Now Joy & her family have relocated to the PNW. She is continuing to build her business as an interior designer, home stager & organizing specialist. 

That brings me to our lunch conversation - the chaos that remains in the living room. She asked me some good questions including what was stopping us from getting that stuff put away. I've pondered that ever since. I told her of many of the emotional obstacles that come with sorting/decisions. One of her recommendations was to tackle one bag or box a day. Aha! I don't want to give away her tips but she knows of what she speaks having just done major purging & a major move.

I came away encouraged. Once hubby gets the new bookshelves built & I get a cast free stronger arm, watch out! Things will be happening again around here!

Saturday, December 6, 2014

Doing well

Thought I'd one-handedly type an update to let you know I am doing really well. My wrist is healing just like it should without any need for surgery, yay!! I have a shorter cast which allows for more arm movement & allows me to drive.

My spirit stays positive despite all the things I won't be able to do this Christmas ~ rolled/cut-out cookies? Um, nope. Thankful for new DILs to take the reigns.

The Spare Oom is all freshly painted! We ended up needing the painters to do a whole second coat on the walls. We had used left over paint from another project for the walls and had to buy more for the touch-ups. The paint formulas have changed in recent years so any touch ups weren't working. The closet shelves are done, too, so we are beginning to put things away.

The stairwell also got painted and is done! I will get photos up of these areas when I am able. I may need the real photographers in the family to help with that, heheh.

I am very thankful to my hubby for taking on mundane household tasks that I've normally tackled. I am a "hold down the fort" type, happy to be home. He will be glad, I'm sure, when things get back to normal.

Friday, November 14, 2014

Life Interrupted

Good Morning!!

It is cold for the PNW this week - 29 degrees this a.m. - but clear & sunny.

I just wanted to give you a quick update & a why-I'm-not-posting-much, My Facebook friends know all about my adventures last week but others don't, so here's the scoop:

I came home from a day of shopping to find part of the front door kicked in and the 6th robbery in our 40 years of marriage! What in the heck is THAT all about?! All my jewelry gone. My iPad, too.

The next day I notice the shed door is still open from the police (4 of them!) and us determining what had been stolen. So I venture out to close it only to then slip on the slimy ramp we hadn't gotten around to cleaning. The fall resulted in a broken left wrist. I am right handed, thankfully.

Now I have a full arm cast and am figuring out what I can and cannot do. It is crazy!

Hopefully I will be able to get back to almost normal in a few weeks.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014


I just lost 3 days due to not feeling well. You know how after being sick you are overwhelmed with everything you need to do? The usual daily tasks plus this is waiting for me:

and this:

I need to thoroughly scrub this funny little cubbyhole closet so I can put things away in there.

I need to get back on the exercise wagon. 

And I KNOW I've been sick because I began to look at Christmas stuff online, ME, who gets anxious in the middle of Christmas displays at WalMart!! Actually Christmas seems SO doable in October, heheh!

So, I did head out yesterday morning to mow up more leaves and cover one of my raised beds. It was a great workout - check!

 Soon I will be getting all this put away.

Because hubby has been busily building adjustable shelves in the "Spare Oom" closet, going from this:

to this:

It's going to be so nice to have better access to the things stored in there. We have lots of sorting and deciding to do yet but as long as our lovely Autumn weather holds, you'll find me outside!