I can't say I got much done for the first half of the week. We had rain in the forecast though it didn't materialize but was overcast and cool until noon on Wednesday. As a result, I stayed indoors for much of the time, though looking back I ought to have at least gone for a walk! Instead I vacuumed, did laundry, washed floors, washed dishes, and cleaned cat litter.
C was off work on Wednesday for Canada Day. I had full intentions of sleeping in that morning, but Sasha had other ideas. Who am I kidding, that is every day of the week. I'm not sure I even bother thinking I might get a sleep-in. However when your cat is 20 years old, as Sasha is, you tend to grumble but be grateful he's still around.
He does enjoy a good sunpuddle! I'm sure it feels good on those old bones.
Thursday I woke to overcast skies...again, feeling very defeated as the forecast had been for sun. It was warm though with a promise of heat to come later in the day. After chatting with my daughter, I made a quick trip to the grocery store for some veg and fruit, and a bit of meat on sale. Back at home, the sun had made it's appearance so after putting groceries away, I headed outdoors. Those darn weeds have loved all the rain. I pulled another grocery bag full from around the lower deck and shed. The grass needed mowing, so that got taken care of as well.
Once that was finished, I pulled up a chair, grabbed a cold container of water, and my book and settled in to relax and enjoy the sun and heat. Oh, oh, the neighbour kitty-corner to me has a new toy. I'm not sure if it is a generator or a power washer but it's noisy! I gave up after 20 minutes or so, as I couldn't concentrate on my book. But I have the front patio, so I simply moved around there. Then the neighbour on the corner decided to vacuum his car while playing loud music. He has a small car so it didn't take long so I stuck it out until he was finished. After an hour or so I'd had enough sun and headed indoors.
Friday, I had big plans to do a deep clean of the sunroom. I knew I needed to start early as the temperature was forecast to reach 29C (84F). Even so, it was nearly 9 a.m. before I had finished my breakfast, chatted with D, and a few chores and got out there. This photo was taken earlier in the spring, after I'd done a decent amount of cleaning, but not what I had planned for today.
I took the towels I use to cover the chairs and tossed these in the washer. The cushions that the towels protect have gotten stained over the years from cats and people spills. Sasha tends to eat his supper out there in the nicer weather, on one of the chairs, to keep him away from Saku. Although Saku no longer eats Sasha's food (or not often) it's easier to have them feed in separate spaces. Add in a a few coffee and other drink spills and the cushions needed a good scrub. I took these out to the deck along with my Little Green machine and got busy. I was able to get most of the cushions clean with a single good scrubbing, but there were two that needed a second go. I left the cushions out on the deck to dry in the sun and I was happy with the results.
Meanwhile I hauled out the two rugs that cover much of the floor and put them side by each on the lower deck. I had originally thought I'd use the carpet cleaner on these but realized it would be a pain to haul the big machine upstairs. Instead I gave the rugs a good brushing with a broom, then took a clean sprayer, filled it with a citrus smelling cleanser, attached it to the hose and soaked the rugs really well. I left these to dry in the sun as well.
I spent my time outdoors while the cushions and rugs were drying, either on the deck or out on the front patio. Lunch was eaten al fresco at the patio table, with Spotify playing country music in the background. I do so love days like this! I finally got around to reading a magazine I bought two weeks ago, and did a home manicure outside as well. Nail polish dries quickly in this heat. :)
The front flower bed is starting to come to bloom. It's in the shade most of the time with one corner getting a bit of sun in later afternoon. I grabbed my camera and captured several photos, a number of which I'll share here.
Below the Jacob's ladder (I love it's leaves) is this pink flower, which name I cannot recall. I checked my garden book and I must not have kept the tag, as I only describe it as pinks. I've got a few of these in the front bed and they are doing beautifully, lots of flowers and beginning to grow over the edging.
The fuchsia isn't actually in the flower bed but in a hanging container above. This is the first year I haven't bought a mature plant, but rather created my own container with fuchsia and purple and white bacopa. I'm so pleased with how beautiful the basket looks, and especially how well the fuchsia are doing.
This container has calibrocha, with white, and blue and white variegated bacopa. I'm especially smitten with the latter.
Lastly in my "leftover" flower bed against the fence is this lobelia. It's sharing space with a couple of impatience, and a couple of stocks. There might even another lobelia in the bed, a blue if memory serves. This bed gets morning sun, and then is in the shade the rest of the day. These little white flowers pop out and make me smile.
In the evening we had several thunderstorms roll through the area. C and I sat in the sunroom for nearly 90 minutes watching the sky for the strikes and listening to the thunder roll. It is one of my favorite things to do in the summer. We got about a half inch of rain too, so I didn't need to water the containers on Saturday morning. Our time was well spent; besides the storm watching we chatted about various things, memories from his childhood, things happening at his workplace (my former workplace), and what comes next for us. Because of our discussion, we've decided we'll stay put for now. I'll continue to do the necessary improvements to the house over the next four or five years, and then we'll look at moving. He's happy here, as am I, and it makes sense to wait for house prices to come back a bit. I'll have to figure something out for the winter months - I may even consider a part-time job just to get me out of the house. Otherwise I tend to get cabin fever. It is different in other seasons because being outdoors makes me feel good. Yes, I can go out in the winter, but I'd rather not when it's so cold.
Saturday morning I woke to the sun and a noisy old cat who wanted his breakfast. It was lovely 17C (63F) so I took my coffee to the sunroom. We were forecast to reach 30C (86F) so I knew I'd have to shut up the room later in the day. Best enjoy it while I can. By mid-morning it was too warm for me, so I ventured inside while the cats stayed put, at least briefly. When I saw both in the house splayed out on the kitchen linoleum, I knew it was time to shut the door between the two rooms.
I can't say I did much that day, just puttered around the house. I did go out to deadhead the containers, hung a couple of pictures and a mirror in the house, did dishes, and washed the kitchen floor. Mostly I played on the computer and watched television I'd PVR'ed in the last few days.
I also had a couple of video chats with this handsome boy! Check out his haircut. I might be a wee bit biased, but I think he's adorable. He's always been afraid of a haircut, so his mom talked to him for several days in advance about what would happen. When it was all said and done he told her, "haircuts aren't scary." It probably helped that she bribed him with a treat from Tim Horton's after the cut. :)
Today we're expecting a bit of a cool down, so I'll try to be outside as much as possible. There is a possibility of thunderstorms in the morning, but for now it's clear and sunny. I wandered out early to check the containers but with the exception of the tomatoes, the rest didn't need watering. From my vantage point in the sunroom, I can feel a slight breeze, hear the birds singing their morning songs, and I see the neighbour's apple tree shows the promise of fruit to come. The cats have been fed and are both now fast asleep. There is nothing pressing that needs to be done, so I think I may just read and relax for much of the day.
Take care and stay well everyone! Have a great day.