Besides that, I can putter at something for as long as I like. Well unless, of course, there is a showing. But really there are no deadlines, just self imposed ones. As a friend of mine once said to me, "when I retire I plan to do nothing all day. If I get half of it done everyday I'll be happy." Best of all, for the most part, what I need and want to do are things I generally enjoy. Maybe not the vacuuming...but pretty much everything else is okay.
Back to the weekly update. On Monday I was out the door shortly after 8 a.m. to go downtown to work on the garden project at the Canadian Cancer Society's office. Here are a couple of photos of the "after".
The one on the left is closest to the main entrance, gets the most sun so is more filled in. The opposite view is on the right and you can see there is lots of room for more plantings. Actually I plan to split some of the day lilies (once I figure out when is best to do so), and move some volunteer plants to the center of the bed. That is, after I finish with the other bed which is on the in the shade of the tree (top right of the photo on the right). It's even shadier and although I haven't checked it out, it appeared less weedy than this bed.
In the 5 1/2 hours I weeded, I removed three garbage bags of weeds, including thistles, creeping Charlie, purslane, and the bane of my existence quack grass! I hate quack grass...it is so difficult to get rid of. Since this is the cancer society, no chemicals can be used. Thus I'm digging by hand to try to get the roots as far down as I can. I figure once the second bed is complete, I shouldn't need to weed more than once a week. I do think I'll ask if the office will invest in a few bags of mulch as it would definitely keep the weeds at bay as well as hold the moisture. If not, I may just see if I can find some on sale and donate it.
On my way home I stopped at one of the Pet stores...there are so many, PetSmart, Pet Valu, Petland - I can't remember which one I went to. I picked up some enzyme cleaner for cats stains and urine, and also a black light. I'm still getting comments that some (not all) of the viewers can smell the cats. This stuff is expensive but I'm hoping this will be the thing that "clears the air". I spent the afternoon washing the walls and doors in the front hall, living room, kitchen and hallway. There definitely was an indication of something on the wall at the front door and foyer so I just kept going. I diluted the cleaner with very hot water and when I went back over the area with the black light later that night, whatever was there was gone.
Tuesday I tackled the bedrooms and bathrooms upstairs before heading down to the basement to clean the carpet. I did not dilute the cleaner for the carpet, and gave some of the set in stains a good work over. I had washed the walls last week with Mr. Clean and the black light only picked up a few areas where I didn't clean well enough. Once the carpets were dry I went over those spots. I also scrubbed down the laundry room, the furnace room, and area in the back where I'd pulled out the carpet several years ago. I figured the more I cleaned the more likely I am to find the problem areas. Meantime I was in the midst of doing laundry...the clean sheets for my bed that evening were sublime!
Wednesday brought another showing, at 10:30 in the morning. In and out in 20 minutes according to the e-mail notices I got. Definitely not promising. I used the time to run a couple of errands so at least there was that. In the afternoon I headed to the library again to meet the stitching group. There were only four of us there but it was a nice couple of hours working on my latest project and chatting. These ladies are all very experienced stitchers and quilters and while I'm not doing any of those crafts at the moment I'm learning lots of great tips.
|Saku checking out my purchases|
The rest of the day was spent crocheting (sometimes with Saku's help), reading, and watching television. Our temperature was up into the 30C so it was a good day to stay indoors and simply relax. Our Riders played that evening and one so it was a even better day! Friday was much the same, hot and humid so I stayed indoors for most of it before meeting friends for dinner. Ditto for Saturday including going for dinner. Yeah I was very lazy.
The heat let up on Sunday and I woke to a rather cool 14C (57F). A perfect day to do a bit of yard work outside, some baking inside, and more crocheting. First up though was a video chat with my adorable grandson. When he gets the phone from his mom, he races upstairs to his room and we sit in his tent. I usually end up upside down on the floor so I told him, "it's dark in here". He immediately repeated it to me...he's a real little mimic. There are also a lot of unintelligible sounds - at least to me - that only he and his mother seem to understand. His vocabulary is definitely increasing and with the mimicry I reminded his mom to be careful what she says!
I did get outside to do a bit of yard work. I watered the containers, refilled the bird bath, picked up pine cones, and pulled some weeds. My neighbour was out as well so we had a visit across the fence. She's recuperating from back surgery about halfway through her 12 week recovery. I'd say she's doing well as I've seen her puttering in the yard and enjoying company on the deck. She said that she's even managing the stairs in the house so that's a great sign. Next up a hip surgery! Wow, I'm so grateful to be in general good health.
Back indoors I pulled a couple of bananas out of the freezer, a zucchini out of the crisper and put together three mini loaves of banana bread and three zucchini loaves. I probably should have done that prior to the outside work as it had warmed up considerably. But I was on a mission...and the house sure smelled good!
And then, of course I got a call from the real estate agent asking for a showing that afternoon. I spent the next 60 minutes or so cleaning up the kitchen, washing the living room, laundry room, and furnace room floors, and dusting and straightening things up. Then, of course, they were only in the house for 15 minutes or so. Anyone want to bet me a million billion dollars the back yard was too small? I'm guessing not. :)
Monday is a statutory holiday here in Canada. I'd quite forgotten about it and have planned to go do some more weeding at the CCS office. I'll still go, and take my own tools and garbage bag, as I'd like to get that last bed cleared before I start regular maintenance. It will be quiet downtown, the weather will be cooler, and I'm sure I can finish it off in a couple of hours.
We haven't had any storms this week, so I'll sign off with a photo my brother sent me from an earlier storm. The storm clouds were building above the old stone house, what a sight!
Have a great week everyone!