Sunday, March 03, 2013
I spent my Saturday doing the home-ownership thing: I did loads of laundry, vacuumed thoroughly and got some groceries into the house. Usually one day of each weekend is taken up with some sort of housework.
I'm not complaining, believe me. I am a lucky lassie to have a warm, dry place to live. The neighbours are friendly and my 'hood is safe and quiet.
I visited a neighbour on Saturday morning to see if she needed anything in town-- she gets depressed and house bound often. I ended up taking her in my car to pick up her ulcer medication and I bought the groceries.
She decided she needed a new blender too, so I suggested a hardware store which was next door to a restaurant for lunch. (I didn't know she had skipped breakfast again, so my care taking instincts were spot on.) We got her blender and then she needed a coffee... which turned into a healthy breakfast after all. I was due for a lunch, so it all worked out.
It was a trip that did us good all the way 'round.
On Sunday, more of my house got painted inside. A corner fireplace (electric) got a darker coat of paint by five in the morning and we agreed it looked better in the Tomorrow's Taupe shade of light brown. Think "chocolate milk" and that will be close to one of my new colours.
Before lunch, my neighbour, Tom showed me how to trim back my red rose at the front of my house. Now I understand what he sees in pruning roses. Aaaah, I am still trainable.
I tried pruning two hydrangea bushes on the south side of my home. Tom gave me two thumbs up! Who knew the blossoms appear on new wood? All this time I had been afraid of trimming and killing them. But they are ready for spring now too.
My pruning nemesis is a weeping pussy willow tree in my backyard. That thing is so over-grown that it will take a month of weekends to open the branches up and allow a breeze to flow through it. (Right now it looks like a thatched umbrella!) All the branches are twisted and grotesque and I'm supposed to make a logical trimming of it???? Tom, are you kidding me??
I was assured that a few cuts this weekend and more work throughout the spring will be OK with that mangled mess of pussy willow. I am trusting my green thumbed neighbour on this one.
So, if you see a pruning sheer wielding gal who looks like she is bewildered with the amount of trimming to be done, you might be looking at me.
The way I ended my Sunday, was by getting some trimming done on my head of hair. I haven't had a proper hair cut in over a year. Who knew that I had waves in my hair?? I've always cut it too short to realize it. So I was coached today to use a hairdryer for a 50% drying and leave it to finish on its own. I can scrunch the ends for a natural wavy look. There is product out there to lock in the curl if I want to part with $16. Hmmm, no. Guess I'm cheaping out here, but I'll try the halfway dry advice and wait for a fifty percent sale sometime in the future.
All in all, quite a lot got done around here. I think I deserve a bubble bath before dinner.
That's what I call a happy weekend. How about you?