Monday, 2 May
am reading a new Peter Lovesey, Stagestruck, which is not due out until
June of this year. However, someone donated an advanced reading copy to
the library, so Bob and I are getting to read it early.
Merchants called Bob about the middle of the day letting us know the
truck was fixed. Something about not getting the seal in the right
place. I had a haircut appointment after work then swung by to pick up
Bob to go it. I called our credit union today to get pre-approval. We
are going to look at vehicles on Friday. When Bob gave the go ahead I
restrained myself from shouting YAHOO at the top of my lungs.
Since the yard cart is full of bush clippings I tried mulching
tonight. Since I just mowed Friday it was not all that high. The grass
is usually too sappy this early in the year to mulch but my new mower
seems to be up to the task. I will continue to mulch unless I have to
let it get too high because of rain.
Tuesday, 3 May 2011
Wednesday, 4 May 2011
Now that we have Colin I have I had to change
my bedtime routine. Instead of going to bed between 9 and 9:30 I now
sit in the den to read and play with the puppy. Obviously he is not
ready to settle down that early and he does not like me to be in bed
reading. Now we keep him active until about 10 then go back to bed. I
bring him up on the bed with me to play while I read. Around 11 we do
last time, turn out the lights, and hope he settles either on the bed
with us or on the floor. He if goes to sleep on the floor Bob puts him
up on the bed with us later in the night where he is pretty good about
sleeping all night. If Bob or I get up to go to the bathroom during the
night and he wakes up we take him out.
Last night storms rolled in around 9 about the time we needed to take
him out. His indoor potty place is the hall bathroom so we just let him
go in there. If he gets cranked up he sometimes has accidents in the
foyer or kitchen. The first wave of storms went through by last time.
This morning I woke up at 1:30 and so did he so I tried to take him
out. When we opened the door and went out on the porch it was pouring
rain. He would not budge off the porch. He does not like to go out in
the rain. We came back in and went back to bed,
He is really growing. I need to take some more pictures.
Thursday, 5 May 2011
Friday 6 May 2011
I took a vacation day today. This morning I
pulled up all the pansy and viola plants from the front beds and pot
before taking a run out Lowe's. I needed to pick up some new bedding
plants and a couple of things for dad. I then wheel barrowed about
eight loads of mulch for the front beds. After lunch and shower Bob and
I drove over to the Credit Union used car lot. Bob had looked at
several cars on their web site while I was out working in the yard.
Many of the mid-sized SUV's were either too old and/or had too many
miles or not in our price range. Bob had his eye on the Chevrolet HHR
LS which is a smaller SUV. I admit I was not sure I was going to like
it since it sits a little lower than the Trooper and has front wheel
drive. But, after the test drive I fell in love with it. It's a 2011
with 17,443 miles on it. It really is a great car for the money. We had
driven the blue Trooper since we were not sure we would find anything.
We came back home to clean out the white truck, find the title, and let
the puppy out. We had asked them to deliver it but it would have been
tomorrow before they could get it to us. Instead, we drove the white
truck down to the DMV to turn in the tag then over to the lot to wait
until they had the car ready to hand over. The tag for the white truck
was expiring this month. Since we thought we would trade it before the
month was out we did not do the required safety inspection and tag
renewal and instead, just handed it back in.
They had it ready a little after 5, While we waited we signed all the paperwork for the loan and the title transfer.
Saturday, 7 May 2011
I pulled the car out of the garage this
morning and sat in the driveway for about twenty minutes playing with
buttons and knobs while I had the owners manual open. Electric windows,
door, and key fobs are all new to me. I then drove over to my folks
house to do some gardening projects.
I spread two bales of pine needles Al dropped off at their house for me
last weekend then helped dad with potting the stuff they bought last
Sunday. We ran out of potting soil about halfway through so we took off
to Lowe's and Chick-fil-A for lunch before returning back home to
finish the planting projects. Frances stopped by their house to see the
new car and pick up dad to take him to CVS while I headed home to mow
On the way I stopped at the pet store to buy some yucky stuff to spray
on the dresser corners. Colin has decided those are quit tasty to gnaw
on while he is back in the bedroom supposedly taking a nap. He did a
fair amount of damage when he was penned up in their yesterday. We have
not used the crate except for a short period of time at bedtime. We
have determined he is more timid then Ducan and Malcolm were as pups so
we are being careful not to scare with things too early. He is very
afraid of the crate. Once he grows out of puppy stage Bob can sand down
the gnawed edges and I will tough them up with some furniture stain.
Sunday, 8 May 2011
Happy Mother's Day to all moms and especially my mom. I am so very lucky to still be able to celebrate this day with her.
We've had a busy morning around here as usual. I caught up my ironing
before starting the weekly house cleaning chores. I had just fninshed
vacuuming the front rooms of the house and started down the hallway
when the vacuum motor made a series wheezing noise. I was not actually
sweeping anything off the floor but instead heading into the bathroom
so I know I did not vacuum up something to clog the hose. Bob tried to
take it apart to see if he could get to the motor but couldn't. It's
eleven years old. Being run almost every week for that many years I am
sure the motor finally just went out.
The downstairs upright that I bought from a neighbor when they moved
has one of removeable middle canisters to vacuum stairs and stuff. I
brough it up so I could vacuum the rest of the hall, bathrooms, our
bedroom, and my office. When I went to look under the sink to get floor
mopping stuff I found a big puddle of water on the floor of the
cabinet. Bob found a loose fitting on one of the connectors.
I mopped the kitchen, den, hall, foyer, hall bathroom, and our
bathroom. By this time the sun had finally come out. We had a little
bit of rain overnight. Bob mixed me up a quart of Roundup in my tank
sprayer. After I sprayed the weeds I planted my bedding plants I bought
Friday and used the weed eater to mow down the liriope in the
I've cleaned off my desk, paid some bills, and other assorted desk chores. That's enough for one day.
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