Come set a spell on my deck

By: BriarCraft , 6:13 PM GMT on May 31, 2014

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April showers were such fun, western Washington repeated the same weather pattern two months in a row. We skipped May entirely and have now jumped feet first into June and summer.

Just yesterday (May 30), I was finally able to rototill the garden. The weeds were so big, I mowed them first. Even so, the tiller kept getting tangled up with them. It will take at least two more tillings to get ready for planting. If El Niño arrives on schedule, there's still a decent chance of getting some home-grown corn. Being the infernal optimist that I am, I will go ahead and plant as if it isn't too late for some crops. Then I will hope for the best while reserving the right to grumble about any failures that might come to pass.

With lots and lots and many lots of things on my To Do List, I'm feeling a bit overwhelmed. No worries. It's all good -- good exercise, good efforts, good progress, good results (hopefully). That said, my presence here will be hit or miss for awhile yet.

When I feel the need for a break, I will sit on the deck, sip a cool beverage, and survey my little domain. When you get a chance, come on over, relax, set a spell, and tell me what you've been up to.

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76. WunderAlertBot (Admin)
10:17 PM GMT on June 22, 2014
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75. BriarCraft
9:53 PM GMT on June 22, 2014
Prose: Beautiful photo and great quote to accompany it. I will recall that next time I lay on the grass under a tree or look up to admire the clouds.

Sandi: Nice to know I'm not alone in my failure with houseplants. Even the zygote cactus that somehow survived for 10 years finally gave up the fight last month.

YOR: We are all just learning. Even those who are expert at one kind of photo don't do very good at another kind. That's why Calpoppy and I want to have a photo challenge group -- to learn and to get/give advice on how to take better photos.

WW: Looks like that heron not only has an itch to scratch, but is having a bad hair day as well. Great shot!

Hey SP! Nice to see you!
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74. sp34n119w
7:25 PM GMT on June 22, 2014
Hi, Briar! I came by the other day but you were not at home. So, I sat and enjoyed the view for a bit. Hope you don't mind - it's lovely and very relaxing :)
Weather looks good up your way - hope you've had a pleasant weekend!
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73. WeatherWise
2:13 AM GMT on June 22, 2014



Happy First Day of Summer, Briarcraft! Summer is Here! This is a most unusual heron pose that I observed while on the Riverwalk Trail today.



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72. YelloworangeRose
5:10 PM GMT on June 21, 2014
I am willing to join the group in flicker and be just a civilian (not an admin). I do not have a nice camera just a digital one but i am willing to learn from the pros. and maybe someday will have a nicer camera. please send me invite or any instruction where to join. ^_^ have a nice sunday.
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71. sandiquiz
3:50 PM GMT on June 21, 2014
I never have flowering plants in the house, as I either kill them with too much love and water, or forget them completely, I have a couple of succulents, which cope happily on their own if I neglect them!

Out in the garden I have a policy that seems to work. If it has rained, don't water after supper. If it hasn't rained, get out here and make with the hosepipe or watering can! lol

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70. Proserpina
12:44 PM GMT on June 21, 2014
@Maria photo 075jsummer_zpsdff0f3bd.jpg

Rest is not idleness, and to lie sometimes on the grass under trees on a summer's day, listening to the murmur of the water, or watching the clouds float across the sky, is by no means a waste of time.
John Lubbock
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69. YelloworangeRose
11:26 PM GMT on June 20, 2014
Hi i Briar,
Have a nice week end! just stopped by to say hello.
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68. BriarCraft
10:51 PM GMT on June 20, 2014
Data: You threw a new weather term at me, so off I went to learn about advection fog. Those are the fog banks out to sea that come onshore in the evening, right? I see those just about every time I go to the Oregon or Washington coast. It makes sense that there would be names for different sorts of fog, but I've never run across them before. Thanks for expanding my vocabulary.

Poppy: I'm not fond of heat, but my garden would love some. The tomatoes and other heat lovers are just sitting around not doing much of anything.


My Inbox had a great gardening tip from Oregon State University Extension Service today. Since it really doesn't have a thing to do with climate zones, I thought it might be of interest to other veggie gardeners who might stop by my deck.

To know if your vegetables need water, study the plants' appearance and the soil. Wilting during the day, slow growth, or dull green color are the best indicators that plants are thirsty. Just because the surface of the soil is dry doesn't mean plants need water. But, if 1-2 inches of soil is dry, chances are a watering is needed.

There are also certain periods in a vegetable plant's lifecycle when moisture is critical for the formation of the most robust, best-quality produce. Below is a list of vegetables and the times when they need more water:

beans - during flowering and pod development
broccoli, cabbage and other cole crops - during head formation and enlargement
carrots and other taproot vegetables - from germination until harvest
corn - from tassel to silk and ear filling
cucumbers - during flowering and fruit development
eggplants - from blossom set through fruit enlargement
lettuce and other leafy vegetables - from germination until harvest
onions - during bulb formation
peas - during flowering and pod filling
peppers - from blossom set through fruit enlargement
potatoes - from blossom time until harvest
tomatoes - from blossom set through fruit enlargement

I find it interesting that some veggies, such as carrots and lettuce want lots of water their entire life cycle, other plants don't need lots of water until they start to blossom. This makes me want to rethink how I organize my garden in future years.



Oh, and Calpoppy and I are trying to put together a Flickr photo challenge group. If that sounds interesting, please go over to her blog, starting at Comment #33.
http://www.wunderground.com/blog/calpoppy/comment .html?entrynum=50
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67. calpoppy
7:36 PM GMT on June 20, 2014
Had my first ripe tomato last night, tomato bliss!! More on the vines ripening away. I do believe this is my earliest ripe tomato!!

Can we trade temps? Pretty please??
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66. DataPilot
3:30 AM GMT on June 20, 2014
Hi Briar! When your paint and gutter guy is done, send him down here. We need to have the same work done on our house. Plus much more. Sigh.

They did a special Winter episode on the show "Portlandia". I don't think so...I need sun. Half a lifetime of summers in San Francisco was depressing enough. The City is in a cold veil of fog from June through August. People would come to work grumbling on Monday mornings about yet another foggy weekend.

I sort of like foggy weekends. Maybe that's because I used to live on the coast, where advection fog comes rolling in every summer afternoon. When I was flying small planes into coastal airports, the fog made for some memorable instrument approaches.
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65. BriarCraft
11:23 PM GMT on June 19, 2014
Hippygator! Nice to meet you. Thanks for stopping by.

WW: That is a gorgeous daylily. It does look like frilly chiffon. It would be nice if you could see a young bluebird's first flight, but the odds are against it. You would have to camp out within sight of the nest and not take any breaks.

Sandi: Yes, the joys of homeownership. It seems there is always something in need of repair, but I wouldn't want to live in an apartment.

Ylee: Last time I painted over my head, I got a drip of paint right in the mouth. Bleh! And I always end up with some in my hair.

Mike: I don't watch Portlandia, but that clip is funny. Thanks for sharing it here.



For those of you who enjoy photography and/or a good challenge, please go check out Calpoppy's blog, Comment #33.
http://www.wunderground.com/blog/calpoppy/comment .html?entrynum=50
37 heads are better than 2. Put your thinking caps on!
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64. clearlakemike
4:20 PM GMT on June 19, 2014
They did a special Winter episode on the show "Portlandia". I don't think so...I need sun. Half a lifetime of summers in San Francisco was depressing enough. The City is in a cold veil of fog from June through August. People would come to work grumbling on Monday mornings about yet another foggy weekend.

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63. Ylee
3:58 PM GMT on June 19, 2014
The pain in the neck isn't a problem with me when it comes to painting overhead, it's the paint down the neck that gives me trouble! :' )
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62. sandiquiz
3:07 PM GMT on June 19, 2014
I am so with you about painting up above your head!
I always get a guy in to do the eaves and the top windows. I don't mind painting the lower windows, as I can reach from a small step ladder, or the floor, but up top...no way!
Actually, painting the windows might be a thing of the past come the end of the year... I am hoping to have saved enough to replaced all the other windows on the ground floor, like the kitchen window was done earlier in the year. I will move up and do the upstairs next year.

House repairs are a "never ending story of finance!" Hope they get on well and complete the job before the cats go spare, being locked up!
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61. WeatherWise
2:50 AM GMT on June 19, 2014
Hi Briarcraft, I see what you mean about your radar. On my radar, I can see it coming all the way across the country and your's is cut off like a cliff. If you had not pointed that out, I would have never been aware of that problem.

We sure have had two hot days and calling for another hot day, tomorrow. We are having really hot temps like summer.

I did not walk today as I had a doc appt. mid morning and then Bible Study. I thought of going out to the store and walking about. I decided against that since it was about 95 out. I decided I should not even get out and go anywhere in the car.

I will try to get up early in the am and get a walk in before it heats up too much.

My bluebirds were still here late this afternoon. It was too hot to even try to watch them except through the window. Today they are 14 days old and are sure to fly soon. Would be nice if I would get to see them fledge. It is just too hot to hang out with them. I might arm myself with slathers of suntan lotion or spray or whatever and try to hang out with them for awhile.

I had another specialty daylily to bloom today. It looks like peach frilly chiffon and is a Barbara Mitchell daylily. I figured out I must have planted at least as early as late summer of 2007. Reason being I posted a photo of it in June of 2008.

Peach Lacey Chiffon Day Lilly

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60. Hippygator
11:14 PM GMT on June 18, 2014
I'd love to, thanks! What a beautiful place!
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59. BriarCraft
10:06 PM GMT on June 18, 2014
WW: the problem I have with WU's radar and Intellicast's "National" radar is that they don't show very far out into the Pacific. Thankfully, Intellicast also has a Pacific Satellite map that shows me what's coming my way. WU's radar only shows me what will be here in the next couple of hours. I have to go to the Pacific Satellite map to see what will be here tomorrow.



Paint-and-gutter guy is here. Today, he is doing prep work: tearing down old gutters and power washing. Tomorrow, he will be back with his helper to do the primer coat. I sure am glad we decided to hire out this painting job under the eaves. I don't mind doing a wall, but painting over your head is, well, a real pain in the neck and DH and I would have been at it half the summer.
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58. WeatherWise
12:40 AM GMT on June 18, 2014
Hi Briarcraft. True, I think he does have a smartphone. And, yes, that is what I use is WU radar. I also like Intellicast Radar.

Intellicast Radar

It has the US map radar and you can click on your area for detailed view. I especially like it when waiting for the snow to show up. Mostly, I use WU local radar.

Glad you have had a couple of relaxing days. Have a good week!
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57. BriarCraft
9:56 PM GMT on June 16, 2014
Sandi: The UK's MOT tests seem like a good way to keep unsafe cars off the road. On the other hand, I can just imagine the screaming and hollering that would result from anyone trying to tell some of the ornery cusses around here that their vehicle wasn't fit for the road.

WTS: Wasn't that a voluntary system with the Highway Patrol inspections? I remember doing that just once and then it wasn't available any more, so my memory can't dredge up any details.

WW: I would have to have a "smart" device to use an app, but I do find the WU radar map very useful. And now that they have fixed it in NUWU, I don't have to go back to Classic to see it. I can take a quick look at the map and, knowing the direction the rain generally moves, I can tell if I've got time to mow or get involved in anything before a shower is likely to rain on my parade. To me, a quick picture is worth a thousand words, as they say.

YOR and WW: What you describe are what I call WU hiccups. They happen with amazing regularity and last for anywhere from 30 minutes to several hours. At times like that, I just have to leave WU and go find something useful to do. In fact, that is part of the reason I haven't been around much lately, as WU is getting hiccups more often. When I take a break and want to sit down at the computer, there is only about a 50-50 chance that I will actually be able to type a comment and have it appear with I click Post Comment. And sometimes, there is a hiccup when I am in the middle of typing, and what I have typed just disappears. Very frustrating!

Ylee: DH is just about healed up now. The light at the end of the tunnel was a train, but I stepped aside in time, so it's okay.

Skye: Thanks for dropping by! Maybe I'll have an actual garden to show you someday.

GG: When I pulled up my Favorites list I noticed an intriguing revised title on your blog, so I'll be over to investigate in a bit.

Sandi: This won't be a boring week, but everything feels as if it's going to cooperate and not cause mayhem.



Saturday, it was off to Portland and vicinity again. I picked up the bubbler, with a new pump installed at no charge. Then visited my parents. On the way home, I took a couple of detours, hoping to find a good photo op, but it was not meant to be. A riverside park, a lakeside wildlife area, and a National Wildlife Refuge later and I had not one worthwhile photo. I caught brief glimpses of a great egret, a blue heron, a hovering kestrel, and lots of little birds, but only as they zipped past. Everywhere, the grass was 3 or 4 feet high or more, so viewing and photography were impossible. Oh well, it was a nice day to be out and about.

Sunday, I had guilt-free lazies, as shower after shower rolled through and gave me an excuse to stick my nose in a book. We have had showers again today, but the radar map looks as though most of the showers have moved elsewhere now. There is a nice breeze blowing and things are drying off, so I might make it outside to do a little something yet this afternoon.

Sometime this week, a work crew will power wash and paint under the eaves, pull down the gutters, replace and paint any fascia boards that are questionable, and put up new gutters. When that is done, we will be through with home improvement projects for the foreseeable future. It has definitely been expensive, but sometimes that is necessary to keep buildings in good condition for years to come.
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56. sandiquiz
11:35 AM GMT on June 16, 2014
Monday and the start of a new week... hope it is a much better week for you.
How is poor DH? Hope it is healing nicely and less painful!
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55. GardenGrrl
10:10 AM GMT on June 16, 2014
Lots-n-lots going on. Poor DH. You two have had enough. No more stuff breaking, falling, poking sticking or scraping or biting or any other annoyance. (Waving sage bundle)
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54. palmettobug53
2:31 PM GMT on June 15, 2014
Hi, Briar!

Hope your weekend is much quieter than your week was. All those goings on!
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53. GardenGrrl
10:07 AM GMT on June 15, 2014
Wow. Where have I been? Going to have to finish catching up doing Sunday work lurk (hopefully).
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52. Skyepony (Mod)
3:45 AM GMT on June 15, 2014
View from the deck is nice..
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51. Ylee
3:41 AM GMT on June 15, 2014
Hoping the light at the end of your tunnel is getting bigger!
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50. WeatherWise
11:55 AM GMT on June 13, 2014
Okay, that was a weird ride and shaky start to my day! I did not reboot but closed my browser and reopened and now I am back on the real NU WU with Black bar at top and having to click to see all subheaders. Comment box is back at the top or between the entry and the comments and am guessing the 1-10 ratings are gone....have not checked photo section yet. Ype photos are back to NU WU format. Even my blog looked different before. My one photo was resized and squshed. Okay, I am back to normal in tiny print!
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49. WeatherWise
11:38 AM GMT on June 13, 2014
Hi Briarcraft! My NU WU is gone this am? Am I the only one that has been switched back to old NU WU? No Black strip at the topthat you have to click to see subtopics. I am now back to with Mouse Over revealing sub headers as before and photos have regular 1-10 ratings....which means all 19 likes are gone and I guess zero ratings for photos during the LIKE season. Weird here this am. Maybe I should reboot? I just turned computer on, though. Community activity window is going in blog page. Comment box is at bottom? Oh, I know, it is Friday the 13th - What else could go wrong!
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48. YelloworangeRose
4:47 AM GMT on June 13, 2014
i had that experience Last May. i had to click something to show the post. I have never known why but that was the time when the wuteam were busy doing re designing so i thought it was the cause.
wU is acting up yes i sometimes does not see my post so i type again and then i see i did double post so i edit the second one and just type something like ...it was hot today or raining today LOL.

I enjoyed watching OR's blog Posting a live vid showing the honeymoon in June.
have a nice week end ^_^
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47. WeatherWise
3:09 AM GMT on June 13, 2014
Something weird is going on. A lot of folks' comments are not showing and I have not clicked hide on anyone, ever. Is anyone else seeing that. I just noticed it after submitting my comment here. Weird! The Blog Troll!
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46. WeatherWise
3:05 AM GMT on June 13, 2014
Re: whether it is going to rain or not: My older son has mentioned to me on two occasions about an app that tells you immediate accurate forecast like if it is going to rain within the next 15 min or something like that. I am afraid I did not listen very well as I do not do apps. I will ask him about it and get exact info as he thought it was quite impressive.
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45. WatchinTheSky
10:12 PM GMT on June 12, 2014
A long time ago, there used to be annual 'safety' checks (equipment, not emissions) for autos in California (maybe most states). Seems to me it was free, just pull through a Highway Patrol check point and get your sticker. Way too many cars now to be free - but such a good idea.
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44. sandiquiz
8:45 PM GMT on June 12, 2014
Hi, I am glad the day is turning into a lazy day, you deserve it!

The MOT test does check emissions, and you can fail on just that, but it also checks tyres, brakes, exhaust, springs, lights... in fact, all the car. It can fail on the smallest issue, like a light out or a wiper blade worn, which are easy to fix, or something major, like the brake callipers and wheel bearings, as we had today. So we just are not bothering, the replacement and labour will cost more than the car is worth:(

Hope mother nature helps water in the fertiliser:)
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43. BriarCraft
8:16 PM GMT on June 12, 2014
Mike: Yes, there is a myth about the rain in the PNW, it's one we work hard to perpetuate to prevent too many people from moving here to avoid tornadoes and hurricanes. It used to be that November and December were the only months of continous rainfall, but I'm not sure what the new normal is. Last year, Nov. and Dec. were quite dry and we got the bulk of our rain in September and March. It does rain frequently, but lightly, about 8 months of the year, with dry summers. El Nio does make for rather pleasant warmer, drier conditions here. It gives me hope of a good harvest despite the lateness of getting the garden started.

WW: If I wasn't retired, I would have difficulty fitting in any time for work. I haven't even managed to fit in time for the yardening I thought I would accomplish this week.

WTS: Yep, 10 years on WU, but 6 years of that time was spent lurking, so that probably only counts for half credit. 8~}

Hi Prose! I know your time on computer is limited, so I truly appreciate you spending a part of that here and on my WP blog.

Sandi: There are similar auto emissions tests here in urban areas. Those of us living in the boondocks are exempted, though I don't understand why. Pollutants in the air circulate and move. Putting smog in the air here is no better or worse than putting it in the air in a city.



I woke up to a heavy mist moistening the outdoors and I have had a wonderfully lazy day thus far. The phone has been blessedly quiet. There is nothing pressing. The sun is peaking through at the moment and it is dry, I could go out and do some yardening. WU radar shows there is a lot of green and yellow heading this way. It will be raining here within an hour or two, so I think I will content myself with sprinkling a bit of fertilizer here and there for Mother Nature to water in. Then, a simple boiled dinner of smoked sausage, cabbage, carrot, and onion tonight. Sounds like a plan to me.
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42. sandiquiz
7:12 PM GMT on June 12, 2014
I don't know how you stay sane... I would be tearing y hair out!
In the supermarket today I paused in the "home" section for some dishwasher tablets. I looked up and there were several brands of "wooden matches! (Send an address and I'll post you some!! lol)

Hope today has been less eventful for both you and DH.

The only down side here is that C's car failed its MOT (Ministry of Transport) test. We were hoping it might get through, so we could sell it with a full year's MOT. It isn't worth doing the repairs on it, as we could only ask about £450 for it, its 14 years old, and the repair would cost £250, so to the scrap yard in heaven it will go. You are not allowed to drive it without an MOT, so once the end of the month is here and the MOT runs out... we would be illegal going on the road with it. He gets a new car (company car) the 2nd week in July.

Almost ten years with WU... I am in my ninth year, ten is next year:)
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41. Proserpina
7:08 PM GMT on June 12, 2014
Hi BC. Just a hello and goodby visit. Your area skipped May? Well we have ugly, dreary, humid, rainy, stormy days as our June weather. The bugs are out by the millions and the humid wet conditions are giving these ugly pests the opportunity to eat me alive! I guess it could be worse. Well, one more stop and then I must get off the computer. Take care.
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40. WatchinTheSky
6:26 PM GMT on June 12, 2014
Haven't been by in a while, the photo of the garden is new, yes? Garden is looking good! Then I start scrolling down to catch up - Yikes!! =:-O DH's excitement could have been much worse, wrestling with a falling chipper is tricky ;D My shins are aching just reading.
Looking for 'normal' always reminds me of Young Frawnkenstein and Abbey Normal.

I know I am a few days early, but it's a busy time and I may forget later and maybe a nice distraction for you -


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39. WeatherWise
2:14 AM GMT on June 12, 2014
WOW. Briarcraft, You do sound like you have been on a roller coaster recently. Often retired folks say they don't know how they had time to work before as they are just as busy as ever in retirement. Sounds like you got quite a bit accomplished between everything else that was going on. Take time to relax a bit!
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38. clearlakemike
12:02 AM GMT on June 12, 2014
Yes, I think there is sort of a myth about the rain in the PNW isn't there? More like a lot of clouds and misty rain. But you did get the jet stream stuck on downpour, I guess, there. And poor California continues to turn to dust. What will an El Nino bring your way? Drier, warmer weather? That is the history for these islands and those toward the southwest of us: Indonesia, Australia, et al, I think. Your view and land look very nice. Good that you can grow so much of your own food there! I have been somewhat studying locations around the world that are very sustainable with mild climates and clean water.
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37. BriarCraft
11:35 PM GMT on June 11, 2014
YOR: Hello! What with interruptions and all, your comment came in while I was composing mine and answering the door. Enjoy your Independence Day holiday! I will be visiting my 83 year old parents this Saturday -- they are not much younger than your mother. Enjoy your visit with her! Your daughter on television? How wonderful!
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36. BriarCraft
11:30 PM GMT on June 11, 2014
Ylee: Not only is DH hurting, but as they say, there is no rest for the wicked. The man called yesterday afternoon to say the chipper was ready. At least that saved him from his internal debate about whether to weedwhack or prune.

Thanks for bringing over that funny from Reno's Fishless blog. If not for the color of the cats, I would suspect he had come here to take that photo. That is just the reaction DH got last year when his ladder separated on him.

Sandi: I had heard ex-military men talk about not lighting a third cigarette off the same match, but not the part about breaking the match. Now, all I have to do is find a breakable match. ;~ } We use disposable butane lighters for all our fire-starting needs. I haven't seen a wooden match in ages.

WW: No hot weather here yet. I have mixed feelings about that. On the one hand, I don't do well any time the temperature goes above 80°. On the other hand, the garden would be much happier if it was 10-15 degrees warmer.

Poppy: I hope your Llano encampment is all that you hope for it to be. It has been quite a while since the whole famdamily was together. Will Coastie son will be heading east to his new post after the encampment?

Mike: In the PNW, there is rain and then there is RAIN. There are a lot of spring days that have a tenth of an inch of rain, but this year, April and May showers amounted to 10 inches -- nearly 3 times the "normal" amount.


There I go with that N word again. NORMAL?! In a pig's eye!

So, while DH was off getting the chipper yesterday, I spent the afternoon on the phone. Not by choice, but also not how I planned on spending the afternoon. First, there were a couple of call-backs from gutter and painter people, returning DH's calls. Then, Brother called with happy news that the short-sale house he offered to buy nearly 2 months ago is about to be his -- closing date this Thursday or Friday. Then there was the crank call of a heavily accented man supposedly from "Microsoft Windows". I was appropriately rude. Just moments after that, my mother called to talk about the new neighbors moving in next door. I nearly said something rude again, but thankfully waited to see who was calling first. Five calls in the 2 hours DH was gone -- more phone calls than I usually have in a month, but I did finally manage to get out to do some mowing.

I went to bed last night looking forward to a nice, "normal" day today, with plans to water the garden, weed the herb bed, and do another section of mowing. Fat chance!

I was awakened at 6:30 by the phone. Naturally, I'm thinking what bad thing happened now, but no, it was another idiot wanting to talk to me about my computer. I gave him both barrels before hanging up. It was a bit early to open the cat door, but I knew if I didn't, the cats would wake me around 7:00 wanting to go out. Proud of my muzzy-headed advance planning ability, I opened the cat door and stumbled back to bed. It seemed I just got back to sleep when an acute allergy attack ambushed me. I quick got up, downed a Zyrtec and a Sudafed and went back to bed again, determined to get just another half hour of zzzzzzs and was down for the count instead.

Cats demanding breakfast woke me at 8:30. I got them taken care of, brewed a nice cup of tea, and had just sat down to a little morning reading when the phone rang. Dang! Turned out to be the mechanic in Toledo. He is at a standstill on a bit overhaul job while he waits for parts to arrive, so he said bring the truck in. Now.

Half an hour later and back home, I nuked my cold tea, and headed back to my book. I managed to almost finish my tea before the next call, announcing that a gutter man would be here soon to bid on the job. Over the next couple of hours, DH and I had to tag-team dealing with people as more of his calls got returned and someone else came to put in a bid. And one of those calls was to remind DH of a late afternoon medical appointment he had totally forgotten. Before the last person left, the mechanic called to say the truck was ready and would we come get it so he can have the rest of the afternoon off. We finally got to have lunch at 3:10 this afternoon and I still haven't been outside to do any yardening.

The good news is the truck is all fixed and had an oil change, too, for $130 total. A contractor who does both gutters AND painting got the job of painting under the eaves (remember, they were replaced when we got the new roof?) and replacing the gutters. That is so wonderful not to have to try to coordinate the work of two contractors. Not only that, but it is the lowest bid and the description of the work they will do is exactly what we want. Yippy-skippy! They will be here Tuesday or Wednesday next week to do the job.

Just a few minutes ago, while I was typing the paragraph above, a firefighter came to the door to let us know they will burn down a house about a quarter mile from here on Saturday morning. The house has been empty since the occupant died. The family removed the windows and metal roof a few months back and the weekly Town Crier announced that it would be a training burn for the fire department sometime this summer. It is nice to know exactly when this burn will take place, so we don't wonder whether to call 911.

It seems like I've been living in a comedy of errors and/or a soap opera the last few days. I'm still looking for Normal. I don't have a GPS, so if you have a clue where to find Normal, please let me know!

I need a vacation!

I'm retired. I shouldn't need a vacation. Should I?
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35. YelloworangeRose
10:56 PM GMT on June 11, 2014
Good evening Briar, Thank you for visiting my blog and for leaving a nice comment. It rained a bit last night typhoon ester is leaving PAR but another tropical depression has been spotted. i do not have to work today it is Philippine Independence Day. I am waiting for the show the group of my daughter who is part of a church grand choir will be televised then perhaps giving attention to plants and also to my 85 year old mother. ^_^
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34. clearlakemike
4:51 PM GMT on June 11, 2014
Yes, it looks very green there, Briar! Two months of rain would be very helpful here. I thought that was normal for Washington State. I always remember people saying that the PNW gets sun only about three or four months a year. Well, enjoy it while it lasts!! lol
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33. calpoppy
1:54 PM GMT on June 11, 2014
So sorry about DH's fall!!!! Mr. P had a similar experience as he was loading a heavy wood burning stove in the back of a truck we used to have and the tailgate fell off. He escaped injury and so did the stove, LOL!

Glad to see you out and about the blogs, that means your work is slowly down a bit.

I am gearing up for the Llano encampment! Both sons and DILs plus one very cute grandson, LOL!!!
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32. Ylee
1:49 PM GMT on June 11, 2014
I saw this on Reno's Fishless blog, and I couldn't help to think it reminded me of someone..... :' )



Hope your cats don't think like that! :' )
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31. WeatherWise
10:50 PM GMT on June 10, 2014
Briarcraft, I am so sorry about your husband's fall! I suspect he will be feeling pain, tonight. Glad nothing broken. Sounds like you have had a full day. Not much going on here - just a hot day -saw a very high temp close by of 93.4 a few moments ago - However sometimes that weather station reports a bit higher temp than others. - suspect it must be right in the sun, perhaps. I walked early this am but not early enough to beat the heat. Just been doing stuff inside. I got new veggies today so been busy taking care of them. Your porch or deck looks quite inviting and garden spot and yard surely looks nice. I am going to check out your greenhouse! Have a good evening and hope you and your husband get a bit of rest tonight between all of his pains.
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30. sandiquiz
4:47 PM GMT on June 10, 2014
Oh, boy, when it rains at your house it really pours!!!

Hope DH is ok, I bet he is feeling sore and in pain everywhere after that fall.
I suggest you break a match!

"Bad luck comes in threes.....and breaking a match comes from a WW1 superstition that had a basis in fact. It was thought to be unlucky to be third cigarette lit from a match on the battlefield; 1st light gave the sniper a chance to spot the position, second to aim and third to fire. To avoid being third light, the match was broken after two ciggies were lit."


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29. Ylee
1:45 PM GMT on June 10, 2014
Ouch! Poor DH! There's a lot of nerve endings in that area, and I bet he's feeling it this morning!

Normalcy? Yeah.
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28. BriarCraft
6:50 AM GMT on June 10, 2014
YOR: Rivers and mountains are nice. Rolling brown-outs not nice at all. And ice cream only helps for a little while. Too bad you couldn't enjoy a refreshing river when there is no air conditioning.

Ylee: Your assessment of the hood release cable is probably right, but it looks like "normal" isn't ready to visit quite yet.

A while back, when DH wanted to fire up the chipper, the gas leaked out as fast as he could put it in. The repair shop called yesterday to say they finally got caught up on spring mower repairs and they could work on the chipper now. This morning, DH loaded it into the back of the truck and headed for Longview. When he arrived at the repair shop, the owner brought out his ramp and DH climbed into the back of the truck to roll the chipper out and down. Just when he was standing on the tailgate, the cables holding the tailgate both broke. Both of them. DH went down. Chipper, too, scraping one shin from knee almost to ankle.

You know when something happens that reallyreally hurts? So bad that you just can't move for a minute? It did. And DH didn't. And that scared the bejeebers out of the repair shop owner. I don't doubt that he had visions of law suits dancing in his head. Eventually DH convinced him that the ramp didn't fail, it was the tailgate that dropped.

Nothing broken. Nothing lost but some skin. Had to hurt like the dickens though. It's all cleaned up and bandaged now, but I wouldn't be a bit surprised to see his leg turn all sorts of interesting colors tomorrow or the next day.

Looks like the Toledo mechanic can replace three cables now instead of one.

Normal, where are you???

WTS: Probably the only way to get at the hood release is to reach up from underneath. Neither DH nor I could see/feel any way to pop the hood.

Successful shopping, as I was able to take advantage of a 15% off coupon at Petsmart in no-sales-tax Oregon, where I loaded up on cat food that does not contain any fish. (Gracie's blood work showed low-grade inflamation of her pancreas and the vet said NO FISH.) Would you believe that Friskies Poultry Platter and Liver & Chicken do contain fish? Thankfully, Turkey & Giblets, Country Style Dinner, and Mixed Grill do not. Nor does Purina Naturals dry food.



Meanwhile, back at the ranch...

I got the kitchen cleaned up today, organized the recycling, received a bid on new gutters, doctored DH, and did some mowing.
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27. WatchinTheSky
4:46 AM GMT on June 10, 2014
Why did they ever stop placing the hood release lever access in the grill??
There's such a thing as a 'normal routine'? Happy shopping!
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26. Ylee
7:54 PM GMT on June 09, 2014
Don't exactly know how to get the hood open without looking at it, but they usually route those cables throught the firewall on the driver's side part of the engine compartment. It shouldn't be too hard, maybe an hour's worth of labor. Cables are cheap, so maybe under $100 total?

Hope you find some normalcy soon!
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