1. We celebrated Dad’s 73rd birthday on Wednesday night…his actual birthday was the 28th, but not everyone was going to be around on Friday, so we moved it up. We had lasagna, and German chocolate cake for dessert (I bought the cake – it was good, though!). Hope gave him a “Grandad” mug she bought with her own money, and Jim and I ordered a set of Ron James DVD’s for him (which haven’t arrived in the mail yet). For those who don’t know who Ron James is, he is a hilarious Canadian comedian from Nova Scotia, who once visited our store (he collects “Big/Little” books). He’s kind of a Canadian version of Robin Williams – ADHD on wheels. Check out his website:
2. Wednesday night was the first night we saw hummingbirds at our feeders – we have determined that we have at least three of them: a pair of ruby-throated hummingbirds (a male and a female), and possibly a second female, but she has different colouration. Anna saw all three at the same time once. Here are some photos Jim took:
3. When I went out to water the garden on Wednesday night, I was delighted to discover that some of the seeds I’d planted on the weekend had sprouted…several kinds of lettuce and greens were up! Unfortunately, there seems to be a bug that has something against my yellow beans – they have been chewed down to the nub in most cases – it started with holes in the leaves, then the leaves disappeared. I didn’t really like yellow beans anyway…
4. I spent most of Thursday and Friday at the store assessing books. We are to the point where I have no idea where we’re going to put the next bunch that walks in the door…my chair is surrounded by boxes now (I have eight boxes to put away!). We need a room-stretcher (and more shelves). Hope was off school on Friday, so we had Chinese food for lunch.
5. Saturday morning, Jim and I and the girls got up early and headed out for the Quispamsis Town-Wide Yard Sale (Devin is not a shopper, so he enjoyed some extra hours of sleep). We had picked up the map at the grocery store a couple of weeks ago, and I had carefully mapped out a logical route (which Jim estimated would take in excess of eight hours to complete – we had 4-and-a-half!). Jim got a palm sander for $10. I found a beautiful painting of a blonde cocker spaniel that looked like the one my dad had when he was a kid (although Dad said the dog in the painting looked “too intelligent” to be his dog). I also got a lovely art deco painting for a dollar (I will take it to my friend, Amy, to have it reframed). The kids picked up a few small things too – Hope was happy to get a karaoke machine for $3 to continue her singing. About noon, we started smelling something burning – our van had an issue with its brakes, so we dropped it off at home and picked up the car instead. Our last stop was an estate sale: they had lots of old books, and I bought a boxfull. I totalled up my finds today – for the $25 I spent, I got over $725 worth of books! Not a bad haul…
6. We stopped and picked up a new hose and nozzle on Saturday before going home…it made a big difference when I watered my garden on Saturday night! Talk about “more power!” A package of cinnamon buns also forced its way into my cart at grocery – have no idea how that happened! We had pizza and some of last year’s spinach (fresh from the garden!) for supper – nothing tastes as good as just-picked veggies!
7. I spent Sunday morning trying to get caught up with laundry (which has been badly neglected since I’ve been gardening in the evenings). I washed and dried five loads, and folded about eight (still some there from last week). Poor Anna informed me that she didn’t have any shorts that fit (funny…her pile of clothes was bigger than anybody’s…). In between loads, I made clam chowder and started rereading “The Pilot’s Wife” by Anita Shreve – it is our next book for book club, and since I read it last September, I felt the need to read it again (especially since I’d suggested it – I thought I should at least know the character’s names when we talk about it!). I loved it the first time!
8. Sunday afternoon, Jim and Anna and I went to see the Shrek 4 movie: Shrek Forever After. I enjoyed the soundtrack, and there were a couple of funny lines, but it didn’t come close to the first one. One of my friends commented about how “dark” the movie was. I got some new Mint Crisp M&M’s at the dollar store to eat at the movie…they were yummy! We saw a double rainbow on the way home…
9. I was happy to discover last night that I had several more new seedlings in the garden…morning glories, sunflowers, cabbage, Chinese cabbage, brussels sprouts, a few tomatoes, and a couple varieties of winter squash. I expect the sweet peas and pumpkins to be up soon. No sign of carrots, peppers, broccoli or cauliflower yet (except for carrots, these are seeds I replanted directly in the garden last weekend after Jake destroyed the ones I planted in the house). The peas and broad beans are doing well, as are the pole and bush beans. My weeding last night was interrupted by a brief thunderstorm…I wish it had rained a little longer…it’s been dry.
10. This morning on the way to town, we saw a “fisher” cross the road in front of the car…it’s kind of like a big weasel, and apparently is the only animal able to eat porcupines without suffering any ill effects from the quills (they also eat cats and small dogs, as well as mice, squirrels, and rabbits). The one we saw was about three feet long…neat to see!
I continue to enjoy the posts my blogging sisters are writing lately…it amazes me how much we seem to have in common with each other! They are amazingly gifted writers – each has her own special style. I look forward to Jane and Nancy’s return to regular posting…I miss you girls!