Day of Rest? I think not…

Since we lolled about on a Saturday and watched football, enjoyed the incredible weather, watched the migratory birds on the lake and chatted with the neighbors at Wit’s End today was a MAJOR WORK DAY.Juana_2

It has been two years since the back deck was sealed so it was pretty scummy. And it’s big -2,000 sq.ft. I like to pretend I live in a climate where I can be outside all the time so this house has more deck, front and back, than innards. We had the good sense to use that new compound material for the front so it’s completely maintenence free and looks just like natural cedar decking. But the back gets gak.

The garage is the pits and all my gardening paraphernalia has to be cleaned up so that we can actually get two cars in there for the winter. And the aviary needed a major disinfecting which always gets the birds a little frantic but it’s the storm before the calm, when they get their new winter nests, nice new branches from the white birch and some silk ivy garland where they like to play hide and seek.June

Juanita was feeling very spunky for being 8 months pregnant so she and Chris came over and then June showed up to help me begin clearing the vegetable garden ( She is the garden version of Ping. She also speaks very little English and is completely and totally charming, delighting in every bloom and bird and bug that I do, so we always have a grand time together.).

About 4 o’clock everyone was hungry so I made Maryland lump crabcakes and fresh pasta and a Ceasar salad. Then it was back to work and now at 8 o’clock we’ve just knocked off for the day. And what a productive day! I’m dead tired but it feels great to get so much done. The icing on the cake was when Juanita put her feet up for a few minutes and the baby started dancing so I was able to feel that and remember.

Here are two pictures – the first is my total contribution to power washing the deck and the second is Juanita and June. The Whole Foods bag is FULL of tomatoes- they just keep coming- and I notice we’re just now getting around to recycling the bottles from the last poker club meeting…All in all, a wonderful day: beautiful weather, good friends, great teamwork and much accomplished. What did you do today?

8 responses to “Day of Rest? I think not…

  1. Oh, boy those crabcakes sound good! What great pictures!

    I was not nearly so productive. Finished up the grant. And then set about deliberately to recover. So, is that productive? Recovering mentally so that I can work tomorrow?

    This is what happens during “feast” cycles of consulting work– I have more deadlines to meet before I can really take some time off.

  2. I envy all you got done. I have done school work and house work, but needed to put the winter fertilizer on the lawn. (and didn’t) Our tomatoes got hailed on yesterday and rained on today, so I’m pretty sure we won’t have too many more. It was a decent year–not great, but not bad either.

  3. Mmmmm…crab cakes! What a lovely yard!!

    1. Ate crow for breakfast. Hail to the victors valiant, etc., etc., etc.
    2. Church followed by helping my husband teach confirmation class. Bruce is going through the Bible with a fine-toothed comb that picks out God’s grace. Today His grace saved Cain’s life (Genesis 4).
    3. SALMON DAYS!!!
    4. Enjoying a fire while the kiddos finish homework and take baths.

    Have a relaxing evening, Vicki!

  4. Got up at 6AM to go to church and discovered that my dad had slipped and fallen in the garage on Friday morning and had not told anyone. He bruised his behind and since he is on coumadin for his atrial fibrillation, this means soft tissue hematoma and swelling. In other words, it hurt him a lot to sit down. So we got him fixed up with an ice pack and back to bed. I had taken Benedryl for the ongoing sinus mess and was still looped out, so we both conked out.

    I fixed baked catfish with a mixture of corn flake crumbs and crushed croutons as a coating. (we didn’t have enough corn flake crumbs), steamed broccoli, cauliflower, celery and carrots and a tossed salad for lunch, nectarines for desert.

    We went to the rehab center to see mom. Helped her walk around the hall one and a half circuits. Very good. Her right leg is swelling so this should be looked at by the internist tomorrow. When she had her hip done her left leg did the same thing. She may have to have an ultrasound to make sure there is no venous thrombosis. More physical therapy tomorrow. She will be here for three weeks.

    Came back home, called Nyssa, got the “I have a big exam tomorrow, I cannot talk, good-bye.” I expect this roller coaster ride with her by now.

    Watched a little QVC Silver Jewelry day. I have no income right now, just outgoing so I just drooled this time. Now am ready to post a really cool picture I took at a local pumpkin patch. Never knew there were so many different kinds, colors, shapes and textures….something for you to look forward to.

    Maybe to bed a little earlier than usual.

  5. Yum. Crabcakes. I have to admit, that is what Terry calls me….Not exactly the pet name I would have picked out.

    All our tomatoes are finished and I miss the easy BLT dinners!

    Today we moved wood from the woodshed to the woodroom of the house. We probably moved about a half season in but hopefully we will not need to make a fire until way up into October.

    Watched the last baseball game of the regular season–getting ready for post-season!!!

    Had a long phone conversation with my best friend who moved way too far away (to South Dakota), way too many years ago.
    Had a very short conversation with Jenny who was “busy” getting ready to go to an art exhibition, eerily similar to srp’s conversation with Nyssa.

    Did laundry. Contemplated mopping the wood floors but put it off. Grilled out. Fooled around on eBay. Posted my “7 things” lists.

    Kind of a quiet day.

  6. I don’t have any tomatoes. 😦 When the temps hit 100 the plants stopped producing. I personally did not do much this weekend but Steven did. He pruned lots of things and cut back many more until he was sore and walking like a really old man. I did cook chicken parmesian for him and finished my daughter’s bedroom makeover.

  7. How did I miss this post yesterday? My Sunday is chronicled in excruciating detail over at my place. It was productive, but not as productive as yours. Like srp and Ac, I also tried to reach my college girls, but didn’t even get the brush-off. Just the voicemail, and no return calls by bedtime.

  8. I got my girl but the conversations are brief. She did allow as how she was very excited to see me Wednesday night. 🙂 I’m coming by to visit you now!

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Day of Rest? I think not…

Since we lolled about on a Saturday and watched football, enjoyed the incredible weather, watched the migratory birds on the lake and chatted with the neighbors at Wit’s End today was a MAJOR WORK DAY.Juana_2

It has been two years since the back deck was sealed so it was pretty scummy. And it’s big -2,000 sq.ft. I like to pretend I live in a climate where I can be outside all the time so this house has more deck, front and back, than innards. We had the good sense to use that new compound material for the front so it’s completely maintenence free and looks just like natural cedar decking. But the back gets gak.

The garage is the pits and all my gardening paraphernalia has to be cleaned up so that we can actually get two cars in there for the winter. And the aviary needed a major disinfecting which always gets the birds a little frantic but it’s the storm before the calm, when they get their new winter nests, nice new branches from the white birch and some silk ivy garland where they like to play hide and seek.June

Juanita was feeling very spunky for being 8 months pregnant so she and Chris came over and then June showed up to help me begin clearing the vegetable garden ( She is the garden version of Ping. She also speaks very little English and is completely and totally charming, delighting in every bloom and bird and bug that I do, so we always have a grand time together.).

About 4 o’clock everyone was hungry so I made Maryland lump crabcakes and fresh pasta and a Ceasar salad. Then it was back to work and now at 8 o’clock we’ve just knocked off for the day. And what a productive day! I’m dead tired but it feels great to get so much done. The icing on the cake was when Juanita put her feet up for a few minutes and the baby started dancing so I was able to feel that and remember.

Here are two pictures – the first is my total contribution to power washing the deck and the second is Juanita and June. The Whole Foods bag is FULL of tomatoes- they just keep coming- and I notice we’re just now getting around to recycling the bottles from the last poker club meeting…All in all, a wonderful day: beautiful weather, good friends, great teamwork and much accomplished. What did you do today?

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