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Update on Wedding Preparations

Sunday, September 14th, 2008

Update on Thirteen things
I would like to get done before the upcoming wedding in our family (This Saturday!) and dinner at our home prior to the wedding:

  • Dust the kitchen thoroughly. This is almost done; just have the “up high” places to go.
  • Scrub the tile floors. Rick will probably Swiffer the floors for me, since I still have a bad cough and am feeling wimpy.
  • Neaten the carport (My husband and youngest son will do this.) Rick cleaned the stairwell leading to the basement, off the carport, and got rid of debris in the woodshed. He and Seth just have a bit more to do.
  • Buy a couple of tubs of chrysanthemums to decorate the front porch entryway. I hope to do this Friday morning, when I make a quick Costco run.
  • Preorder three decorated sheet cakes from Costco (for the reception). This no longer needs to be done, since Sarah let me know that there will be cake-a-plenty. Instead, they want fresh fruit platters. OK!
  • Make sure the obvious garden beds are weeded, since hopefully the weather will permit guests to enjoy the out-of-doors. Not done yet. I’ll ask daughter Debra to do this, since she is a good gardener.
  • I’ve been told I need to insert some zippers in some dresses, which I will hopefully see this Saturday! These dresses are for the youngest wedding attendants. Kayla and I have been working on this together. She is finishing up the last little dress! They turned out beautifully.
  • Remind my husband to make a dump run to further clean up the yard. The trailer is loaded, and ready to go.
  • Make sure my elderly mom has some attractive, comfortable clothing to wear to the wedding. I’ve ordered several things from an online store, Buck and Buck, which specializes in adaptive clothing. I surely hope this works out! She thinks she just won’t be able to make it. The slipper/shoes are wide enough in the toes, but anything at all touching one of her toes bothers her. I’m VERY satisfied with the quality of the clothing and shoes, however. I’m going to hem up the slacks I ordered for her, just in case she changes her mind.
  • With my girls’ help, make sure that our basement suite is completely ready for our married daughter and her family, who will be arriving at wedding time, and an upstairs bedroom for my sister, who is the honor attendant, and who also will be staying with us. Rick and Rebecca are almost done with this project. I need to find an anti-allergen cover for the futon crib mattress. I purchased crib sheets and a nice crib blanket, too. Little Carly will be sleeping in the crib which her GrampaPoppa Rick made for her momma and Auntie Sarah when they were born.
  • Request two personal days off from work, the day of the rehearsal dinner, which we are hosting here, and the Monday after the wedding, so I can drive my sister to the airport. Done. The principal approved my request. Thank you, Principal V.!
  • Keep going for daily walks with the dog (Relax!) I have been too sick in my chest to go out walking; maybe tomorrow, before the evening chilliness sets in. Oops! Tomorrow I’ve been invited to attend the final wedding gown fitting, so that’s what I’ll be doing!
  • Get well from the sore throat and chills which I have contracted. This means that I will have to get a decent amount of sleep, something I am loath to do! I’m working on it!

Warm Day, Relaxing Day

Friday, August 15th, 2008

(Image from Snapshots of Joy.)

Debra and I have been enjoying a lovely, WARM morning here, as we await the homecoming of the rest of the family from California tomorrow. Rebecca gave me a call to let me know they are currently “on the road”, and the sail boat is towing nicely behind our little car. 🙂

Rick will be glad to know that Debra showed me how to clean the fountain filter for his goldfish pond. We did that. So nice on a warm day (feels much warmer than 80 degrees – maybe it’s humid as well) for the fish to have plenty of water circulation.

We also cleaned the above-ground swimming pool filter and added bleach to the water. Someone who knows how to vacuum the pool bottom will have to do that when everyone’s home. Eek! It looks a little scummy. 🙁

Next, Debra watered all the garden beds, and is just starting the sprinkler down by the apple trees. I see she has the sprinkler going by the raspberry bushes as well.

I’ve reserved some books and CDs online from our library system. I recently finished reading Regency Buck by Georgette Heyer. It was an enjoyable read in the manner of Jane Austen (though lighter). Now I’m in the mood for some good young adult literature that was recommended by Celtic Librarian on her Thursday 13 post this week. I’ve requested:

  • Aunt Dimity’s Death by Nancy Atherton
  • Escape to Witch Mountain by Alexander Key
  • Crocodile on the Sandbank by Elizabeth Peters
  • The Girl with the Silver Eyes by Willo Davis Roberts
  • The Beekeeper’s Apprentice by Laurie King

I’ve taken longer to do this little post than I anticipated. I’d better get busy in the real world again.

Whew! It’s going to be a HOT day! Hope you all have a good day. 🙂

Here Comes the Sun (let’s hope!)

Thursday, June 5th, 2008

Friends, you would never guess, from the downright cold weather (40 to 50 degrees, the last week, I think) we’ve been experiencing that it’s almost summer time! It was so chilly when the apple trees were in flower this spring that I doubt any bees were around to pollinate the blossoms. Let’s wait and see if we get much fruit this fall. Anyhow, my mood has been subdued with all these overcast, chilly, rainy days upon days. My haiku is based upon my hope that sunnier days are ahead. The photo for this haiku was taken a few summers ago.

For more Haiku, visit Jennifer over at Playgroups are No Place for Children and Christina at A Mommy Story.

Haiku Your Garden Grow?

Thursday, April 17th, 2008

Question of the day:

What to plant in the garden?

It’s time to decide.

Everyone enjoys

Green beans, broccoli, carrots,

Pumpkins, maybe leeks.

I’ll need cucumbers;

Want to try brining pickles

The old-fashioned way.

That brings to mind beets;

Also delicious pickled;

We need to plant some.

Something not veggie,

Want to see them everywhere:

Smiling sunflowers.

Don’t do much canning,

But we do love fresh produce

Grown in our backyard.

For more Haiku, visit Jennifer over at Playgroups are No Place for Children and Christina at A Mommy Story.

(Almost) Wordless Wednesday – Trillium

Wednesday, April 16th, 2008


This is an ALMOST Wordless Wednesday post, because I want to tell you a little about this special plant. I believe that this TRILLIUM is a Trillium ovatum, a native plant here in the Pacific Northwest. According to the Sunset New Western Garden Book, this spring-blooming plant is a member of the lily family.

I anticipate the appearance of this particular trillium each Spring, on the forested side of our driveway. From what I’ve heard, trilliums do not transplant well, so I just leave it alone and admire it from a distance.

Do any of you have this type of trillium growing in your area?

Thirteen Favorite House Plants

Wednesday, April 9th, 2008



  1. African Violet, or Saintpaulia ionantha
  2. Spider Plant, or Chlorophytum comosum
  3. Weeping Chinese Banyan, or Fiscus benjamina
  4. Watermelon peperomi, or Peperomi argyreia
  5. Swedish Ivy, or Plectranthus australis
  6. Grape Ivy, or Hedera
  7. Snake Tongue, or Sansevieria trifasciata
  8. Jade Plant, or Crassula argentea
  9. Rex begonia
  10. Fiddle-leaf philodendron, or Philodendron bipennifolium
  11. Prayer plant, or Maranta leuconeura
  12. Kalanchoe blossfeldiana
  13. Mystery plant: Do you know what this is? If so, PLEASE tell me!


A Little Landscaping

Monday, April 7th, 2008

This past Saturday, my husband and our youngest son worked to spread a couple loads of sand and gravel over a drainage ditch (now with a drainage pipe underneath) at the end of our driveway. The ditch had become unsightly with blackberry brambles constantly growing up, and volunteer bushes and trees doing their bit to return the driveway to its original status as part of the forest.



Seth is doing his bit to help Daddy spread the sand/gravel.


Rick took down some low-hanging branches at the end of the driveway at the same time.


Here is as finished as it got on Saturday. The next step is to spread topsoil over this, and plant some grass. This is a big improvement I think. It looks cleaner, and we have better visibility at the end of the driveway. Nice work guys!

Ten Things to Fix in Our Home

Tuesday, April 1st, 2008


This is the prompt given by Yano this week for the Ten on Tuesday meme. We just recently had the house reroofed, so really, I am quite satisfied that our domicile is not in imminent danger of tumbling down around our ears. However, Yano indicates that we are to think BIG, as in no monetary or time limitations. So, here is my list:

  1. I would like to sew or have made new tab-top curtains throughout the house. My neighbor sells some fabric which is supposed to be dust and mildew resistant. If the fabric is also attractive, that would be ideal.
  2. A few of the double-paned windows, and the lovely stained glass in the front door need to be replaced. Think: lawnmower hits rocks, rocks shoot out, windows are now damaged. I’m just so thankful none of us got hit.
  3. My husband is in the middle of a project to tear up all carpet in the house and replace it with laminate. He has 3 bedrooms yet to do, plus redo two runs of stairs. He has accomplished so much already, but this much of the project remains.
  4. We live on a gravelly hill. Each winter the heaving of the soil brings large rocks to the surface which must be dug out, and the lawn becomes more undulating. It would be nice to go over all the lawn area with one of those tractor attachments that sifts out the large rocks, and start the lawn out fresh again once it’s all level. It’s been 18 or 19 years since we did something like that.
  5. Similarly, our gravel driveway becomes rutted and ugly. I would like this leveled. I don’t really want it to be blacktopped, but that would be OK if it happened. I kind of like to hear vehicles crunching up the driveway.
  6. I would like my husband to have a nice woodworking shop. He loves making furniture, but presently doesn’t have a shop.
  7. My husband enjoys swimming (and I suppose I could be talked into it), so I would like him to have a lap pool.
  8. We enjoy outdoor entertaining, so a fancy-schmancy area for that would be nice (not at all needed really, though, as we manage to have plenty of fun outside as it is).
  9. It would be interesting to have a professional landscaper redo the yard, but I would still primarily want only native plants. I’m OK with showier plants near the house for a splash of color.
  10. I would like to do a thorough cleaning of the house from top to bottom. We do keep it neat and clean, but sometimes you just like to really dig in and clean some more. I would enjoy that.

Give Me Five Monday

Monday, March 31st, 2008


The prompt this week at Give Me Five Monday is:

5 Things I’m Looking Forward To

  1. The birth of our granddaughter in late May/early June
  2. Summer vacation at Grampa and Gramma Taron’s place in beautiful Inverness, CA, including the trip down 101 along the Oregon and northern California coastline
  3. Planting some annuals in the garden, such as snapdragons, salvia, cosmos, sweet alyssum, and begonias. I’m even looking forward to weeding IN WARMER WEATHER!
  4. Learning to use our new digital camera
  5. Helping chaperone and cook for the high school girls’ soccer camp this summer.

13 Native Plants in Our Yard – Thursday 13, edition XIII

Wednesday, March 12th, 2008


For this Thursday Thirteen, I’d like to list 13 native plants growing in our yard:

  1. Dogwood trees
  2. Cedar trees
  3. Ferns
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  5. Foxglove
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  7. Trillium
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  9. Wild geraniums
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  11. Hazelnut bushes/trees
  12. Wild plum bushes
  13. Snowberry bushes
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  15. Blackberry vines
  16. Alder trees
  17. Lupine
  18. Mullein
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