Since the letter P seems to have popped up a lot around our place in the last week, I decided it would be pleasurable to post about it:
1. Last Saturday, Jim, Anna and I went blackberry picking at my private patch on the West Side (Hope preferred to purchase packages at McAllister Place instead). Jim ploughed purposefully through the prickles, blazing new paths. We picked a full plastic peanut pail of blackberries in about an hour-and-a-half. Anna was perfectly fine until she was pursuing a particularly perfect bunch of berries, lost her balance, and pitched into the prickly purgatory. She suffered painful scratches which we later applied Polysporin to. I pointed out that I had perspiration pouring down my posterior – Anna said that was a piece of information she’d prefer not to have been privy to. After picking up Hope, we stopped at Jim’s parents’ to pick up a ladder. Jim wanted to put up the new ceiling fan we’d purchased at the yard sale in St. Martins.
2. This week, I took my persnickety pupils to finish up shopping for school supplies. Hope got purple wedge heels (Anna bought them for her), which later caused her to fall and tear a hole in her pants. It’s a pity that it is no longer prevalent to patch jeans! Hope also got purple sneakers (she protested when I prevailed on her to purchase size 10 – said she didn’t want to have “clown feet!”). Jim got Hope a purple plaid bookbag, and purple plaid sneakers for Brianna at Payless.
3. Jake, our poodle/schnauzer got a haircut this week. The job was somewhat patchy, as the guard kept falling off the trimmer. He made me laugh yesterday when I caught our pooch perched on the arm of the chair perusing the kids who were playing outside on the trampoline. His back legs were sticking straight out…I tried to photograph him, but he defeated my purpose by turning around to look at me!
4. We’ve been snacking on foods that start with the letter P this week. Jim and I both like peanuts (Jim eats barbecue, I prefer honey-roasted). Jim got a big bag of mixed chips – he doesn’t like pretzels, so he leaves them for the Pretzel Princess (that would be me). I also love glasses of pineapple juice over ice.
5. Wednesday afternoon, I stopped at the post office to pick up postage stamps. I had to pass the Big Brothers/Big Sisters book sale, so I purchased another pile of books. We have a customer named Phil who likes all things outdoors…several of the books made me think of him. As I passed through the City Market, I actually ran into Phil, and told him I bought books for him. He put aside several as he was waiting for a payment to pass at the bank. He plans to order a pricey publication on fishing when his check clears.
6. On Wednesday, I pissed off a passionate patriotic person with something I posted. I pouted for a couple of days…my proclivity to post was temporarily paralyzed. I am partial to the person I perturbed, so we both apologized profusely for provoking each other and the precarious predicament has passed. Everything is peachy!
7. On Friday, we called the plumber because we had a leaking pipe in the kids’ bathroom. When I talked to him on the phone, he proposed that sometimes pinholes in the pipe cause leaks. I proclaimed that the problem was probably bigger than a pinhole, as Jim had seen quite a puddle of water in our basement. The plumber made a big hole in the wall, and replaced the tap. He didn’t have the right part to make it possible to have a shower.
8. On Friday evening, I was in the garden when I perceived a couple of pink poppies peeking out amongst the profusion of plants: these were the third and fourth ones I have seen (the first one was in Dad’s pea patch). I did not plant poppies this year (although I purchased seeds for them). I had been pulling perplexing weeds that I couldn’t identify in any listing of pervasive plants prevalent in our province (after poring over some publications on plant identification, I became privy to the name of another pretty weed we have: purslane). Upon examining the leaves of these poppies, I realized they were my mystery weed!
9. Remember the pumpkin that was growing on the fence? Well, it’s even more portly now! The biggest ones are starting to turn orange. Our beans continue to be prolific, particularly the Blue Jay, Mennonite Purple Stripe, and Royal Burgundy beans, which all have purple on them. It’s doubtful whether our peppers will ever produce. We’re still waiting for the purple Brussels sprouts too.
10. We’re having people over for supper tonight, my little Puddin’ Pop, Elise, and her parents. I’m looking forward to seeing her…it’s been at least three weeks! I had planned to have pork in the Crock Pot, and mashed potatoes, but got a beef roast out of the freezer instead…I must have been preoccupied!