But then, haven't we all? Time stands still for no one.
In my corner of the world, my life seems to be careening off at a mad tangent, despite the disc brakes I keep attempting to apply. I understand slow down, its my 79 year old mother who doesn't.
Some stuff, obviously (I sound like my younger son, who adds the word "obviously" to everything lol) .... some stuff obviously has to get done and there is no stopping even if you want to. One of those things has been to erect a new fence between my home and my moms bedsitter which is attached to my home. It's an unnecessary expense which became necessary in an attempt to stop my mom complaining about everything related to dogs. She fitted the bill, so I shouldnt complain I suppose. Hopefully with the fence up now, SOME peace will be resolved. I know it wont be permanent, my mom isnt a very peaceable person...neither was her mother before her. (I'm breaking that mold...and I'm determined not to be the same way when I reach her age. I know I wont be, simply because, I have been nothing like her through the different ages we have shared to date.)
Mostly I have been busy with just driving my mother around since her op. She is a typical "galloping granny" but with her knee bandaged, she has been unable to gallop...but her whipping hand has been very active. LOL
This wasn't intended as a mother bashing blog....rather a busy period of my life blog and some thankful down time.
The new fence is looking fabulous, and we are just waiting for the fence guy to finish doing the gate and then all should be okay. I hope it gets finished soon though, because she sadly allowed the fence guy to charm her into paying him fully...up front. So, I might have a fight on my hands to get the job completed. He came last week Monday, promised to come and finish the gate on Tuesday (public holiday) after the fence had stood overnight - for tension purposes. It is now Saturday and he still has not returned. He is generally a decent chap, so maybe he just needs a reminder.
After telling the fence guy plus my bil at least 10 times where the water pipes are....they still managed to forget and hit the pipe! So annoyed, but still they fixed it without too big an issue.
I've been redoing my garden too. After cutting my finger nails off, I started the garden project. I always have great nails, full of nail color all winter long, then come spring, its off with the nails till winter again. Some of the gardening included taking out all the old growth, cutting back and replanting some younger trees, flowering shrubs and plants. Been fun, but hard work too. I was just saying to my friend today that in my younger days (30's) I could garden from sunup till sunset. Now in my 50's I can manage a few hours and then Im exhausted, my bad knee aches, my back gets tired....crazy hey.
Lots of refuse which still has to be ridden away because the municipality won't collect anything that is not bagged. Still, that will be another outing.
My new section between the lounge door and the kitchen door. I've also planted a jasmine which will grow into a tree next to the lounge door and by summer, the smell will be too die for. I can already see myself, sitting at my garden table sniffing the air filled with the smell of jasmine as the evening comes in.
I have no idea what plant this is, I paid next to nothing for it at the botanical gardens sale and cant wait to see what it will do. I just loved the splash of red it brings to my new garden.
I also have several pride of Madeira which should look like the one in the front garden where the dogs cannot reach.
The other two, look like this because my dogs EAT THEM. I know, weird, isnt it? I have never had dogs that literally graze on my pride of Madeira...but all three these Great Danes do just that. I have no idea why, as they are on premium food, bones, bone meal. Your guess is as good as mine??
The look good, considering their "green" diet lol
Jewel (my rescue great dane) has been with us for what feels like just over 6 months and looking and doing so well. She has overcome many many fears and turning into such an incredible animal. Not only is she a superb watch dog, but she is devoted to me and very lovable.
It's hard to believe how thin and sad she looked a few months ago.
This is my first PRIDE AND JOY. My grandson who is 3 now. I rarely get photo's that I can use. But this was sent to me today and it is finally not a blurred picture.
I have other photo's but cannot use them till my cell phone comes back from the repair shop.
On the dietary side of life, I'm doing well. I have lost 20kgs so far and working on the next 20 now. Today I got my best compliment at the old ladies tea party I was asked to attend....they are used to seeing my at our Christian meetings, but today in slacks and a matching top with my hair loose (usually up in a pony because of the heat).....several did not recognize me from behind. LOL aint that a grand feeling?!
I may have sadly put on a kilogram after eating so much of the junk food. Oh my word. I know ALL about GETTING AWAY FROM THE TABLE...but did not listen to myself today. I ate and ate and ate.....now I'm suffering. I have heart burn, I am over full, I am tired from a sugar rush.
Guess, I will just have to drink as much water as possible to dilute some of the rubbish out of my system and move on.
Here's hoping you have had a good weekend also.
Tomorrow hubby and I are going up the mountains for a walk with our dogs. I will definitely take my camera along. For some unknown reason, I've been forgetting to take my camera everywhere with me as I used to. I must get back into my old routine, I enjoyed my quieter, peaceful life then. Mother started driving herself around today, so here's hoping I can stop playing chauffeur and start getting some of my own stuff done at my more leisurely pace I enjoy.