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I Cut the Backyard Grass On Saturday

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Gotta brag... we have stuff growing out here.

My lawn in the backyard was getting out of hand. I didn't trim it in September or in October, so I was faced with ten inches of green that was growing out of a very damp base.

I knew nothing was ever going to dry out if I left that grass for another weekend.
So, I got out the lawnmower, my ear protectors, the extension cord and my rubber boots.

What a sweet sound of Spring.

I had to be very careful to allow the blade to cut and then clear, so I trimmed a swathe and raised the mower, cut another 30 inches and raised the mower. Big clumps of soggy grass dotted the yard about every meter. (Now I'm writing in Canadian.)

Only once did I spin on my foot and smear the moist grass into a muddy swirl. Ooops, a lawn blemish! My bad.

When I finished, lots of the clumps ended up in my composter. I'm no raking fanatic, so there will be some thatch or nutrition left on the cut lawn. It all depends which school of grass trimmings you believe in.

My yard is just "tiny perfect". If I march back and forth about 8 times or maybe nine, my lawn can be completely shorn.
Remember that freshly cut grass smell from last summer? Did it! I sniffed deeply and enjoyed it.

And then the other neighbours followed my lead and turned their lawnmowers on too.

I am such a trendsetter!

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DJ4HEALTH 2/28/2013 10:06PM

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IUHRYTR 2/27/2013 9:29PM

    Way to go getting the yard done and showing the neighbors what they needed to do, too. My yards don't need mowing yet but there must be two million leaves to rake and bag. But at least yard mowing and leaf raking counts as cardio minutes. emoticon -- Lou

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L*I*T*A* 2/26/2013 11:29AM

    spring is in the air!!!

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SHERIO5 2/26/2013 10:02AM

    Good work! We are a ways off before I will get out the mower..probably April...I find it so satisfying to mow the lawn!

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GOLFGMA 2/26/2013 9:14AM

    I love the thought that mowed grass brings to mind. It is the smell of Spring and Summer coming and I love that thought! It is cold and raining and a gloomy looking day here today, so, the vision of a freshly cut lawn is enchanting. emoticon emoticon

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ALICIA214 2/26/2013 12:22AM


And I am enjoying my snowdrops and all the green shoots that promise more spring flowers very shortly....Yay Vancouver and our lovely mild weather.

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MARYJEANSL 2/26/2013 12:19AM

  I had to laugh when I read this! I have a giganto lawn, and mowing it is a chore that gets bigger and bigger the longer I avoid it. I mowed it a few weeks ago - 23 (count 'em, 23) bags of cuttings! Ah, the joys of home ownership! I posted pictures of my horrendous lawn in my blog when I cut it. And it is getting so long I am going to need to cut it again shortly! :-( I do envy you your little one.

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Hostessing Can Be Fun

Monday, February 25, 2013

Today I was planning a dinner party for five. Unfortunately, two neighbours had to stay home due to illness.
But I had a fun time getting a Birthday party ready for my neighbour, Shirley. Even though it was only a tiny gathering of my partner, the birthday gal and myself.... I wanted it to be special.

I got my dining room table cleared off for the first time in nine months. I chose a green tablecloth to go with our Laurentian Snowdrop china. (I figure it is 50 years old-- the china, not the tablecloth.)

For starters, I baked up some cheese canapes which we nibbled on as our dinner finished in the oven. The birthday gal had brought some bubbly wine, so we ate our cheese appetizers around my counter, with her vino contribution. It was perfect.

On the fancy table, I had chosen cloth napkins, china bowls for the veggies, a presentation platter for some ham and a trivet under the steaming scalloped potatoes. We had mustard or apple sauce to go with the meat.

To finish, we enjoyed some decaf coffee and a wedge of layer cake, called Hedge Hog cake. I put five fancy candles on the top for her to blow out. She is 80!

I made up a quiz about Shirley and she got 100%! Why wouldn't she? It was a laugh.

Before she went home, we watch a few moments of the Oscars. Shirley had seen Lincoln, but she didn't know many of the actors on stage. Oh well, she was finished and ready to go home anyhow.

My calories were over my daily goal, but I enjoyed a special day with a special neighbour over a special meal. It was totally worth it. What a fun evening!

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JUDITH316 2/26/2013 12:43AM

    Sounds like a lovely time, I can almost see the beautifully set table with all your china, that was so sweet of you to do this for your neighbor, I'm sure she appreciated what you did for her...Thanks for sharing. I love your background picture, is that a photo of your china? So Very Pretty... emoticon emoticon emoticon

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DIDMIS 2/25/2013 11:11PM

    How nice. I know it was beautiful and you had a good time.

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EVWINGS 2/25/2013 10:59PM

    How very thoughtful of you to treat her. It will make a good memory for her! Your setting sounds just lovely. It's ok to go over on this special day. It's not like you do it daily!! Try eating a little less each day and by the end of the week it should all average out.

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IUHRYTR 2/25/2013 10:20PM

    What a wonderful time. She will surely remember your thoughtfulness fondly. -- Lou

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DJ4HEALTH 2/25/2013 9:37PM

    That is great that you had a great time with your friend and don't worry about going over, it just one day and that will not affect it. emoticon emoticon

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SHERIO5 2/25/2013 10:05AM

    It sounds lovely! emoticon

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GOLFGMA 2/25/2013 7:38AM

    Sounds like you went out of your way to do a kind deed for a neighbor. emoticon

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Ticked Off

Monday, February 18, 2013

I am usually an easy person to get along with. But there are things that get under my skin.

Last week, I gave my partner a Valentine's Day card (humorous) and the February issue of Fine Woodworkers Magazine. It is his favourite thing to read. I had hidden it away for a week or two.

I was pleased that he happily received it and wanted to get right down to seeing how to make a craftsman-styled headboard and footboard for a bed. (We need one!)

Guess what showed up in the mail.... for FREE?!?!?! The same February issue of Fine Woodworkers magazine! He doesn't have a subscription. It is a mystery why it came to our house. Nobody has "gifted" him a year of magazines.

My reaction is GREAT! Why did I spend $10.17 on a magazine that just shows up for free?

Why now?

I took my purchased copy back to the local book shop only to be told they don't refund or exchange magazines. Ever.

Hey, maybe my Sweetie can learn to read in stereo! One book for each eye. (sarcasm)

Can anyone understand why this turn of events is really bugging me?

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DJ4HEALTH 2/22/2013 8:18PM

    Uh oh you and his mom think alike!! Glad that you solved the mystery

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GOSPELCLOWN 2/20/2013 12:31AM

    24 hours later...

DH phoned the publisher and explained what happened. Out of the blue, his mom DID order a year's subscription with all the on line extras. So, that's why the magazine showed up. She wanted to surprise him...

... she surely did!! And me too. emoticon

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EGRAMMY 2/19/2013 7:48PM

    Oh we got a notice from medicare DH's dr would be off the list and didn't qualify for payment. I called several places to correct that it is a Dr with the same name several states away.

Who knows how these mix ups happen?

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L*I*T*A* 2/19/2013 10:03AM

    wow..................how strange is that......
well he has a good reference fill for the head board etc....
the universe is sending him a double message.......wowo wowow..........

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SHERIO5 2/19/2013 8:29AM

    Bizzarre! emoticon

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GOLFGMA 2/19/2013 6:53AM

    I can totally understand because I'm sure you don't like wasting $10. It is a mystery how this could have happened. emoticon

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Wishing for a Tea Party Day

Sunday, February 17, 2013

I usually go for a walk with my neighbour, Shirley, on the weekend. We manage to trudge up as far as a McDonalds restaurant, grab a coffee, chat and shlump back home. Shirley is at least 20 years my senior, so the walk is never much of a workout for me.

Today I can imagine something different...

A little walk (promenade) in this beautiful sunshine and warm temperature... sashaying toward a hot cup of TEA! Oh my.

I would fit into a Jane Austen novel today and wander about in my button up shoes, parasol in hand and sipping a beverage of infused leaves from India. Mr. Darcie, where are you?

Alas, I shall go for a wee trek north, enjoy a java and return to my book afterward. Later, I shall boil a kettle and enjoy the rest of my weekend.


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GOSPELCLOWN 2/17/2013 9:17PM

    I've never heard of too much hot tea....

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CAROLJ35 2/17/2013 8:46PM

    Sounds great!!! FL turned cool this week-end and I have been drinking toooo much hot tea!

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Gee It's Good To Be Back Home Again!

Thursday, February 14, 2013

This title may be a bit confusing as I have been away visiting my home town and my family back east. i flew back to the west coast yesterday and I'm all travel weary. My sleep pattern is 3 hours out of whack. (When will I be "IN" whack... I don't know.)

Today at work, my body wanted to go home at 2 p.m. but my shift ended at 6. Out of whack...

Eating? That's another story. Do I what breakfast, lunch or supper? I really don't care which meal it is-- I'm jet lagged!!

But still, it is a blessing to be back home again.

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CAROLJ35 2/16/2013 8:53PM

    Isn't it great to sleep in your own bed???
Glad you had a safe trip. Cherish your memories!

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L*I*T*A* 2/15/2013 11:54AM

    it is great to go away but even better to get back home!!!
blessings and hugs...........lita

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SHERIO5 2/15/2013 8:05AM

    I hope your body settles back to normal quickly!

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GOLFGMA 2/15/2013 7:12AM

    Glad you're safely back home and hope the "lag" doesn't last more than today! emoticon

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