Monday, June 30, 2008

To Center, To Center, To See The Therapist

The resident stinker named, Zuzie, is yelling and pleading, "please let me out to the garage!". I will not be fooled twice in one day!
Little did I know (and did not check)that Norm had left the garage door open a crack during the night. I let Zuzu out for her usual morning garage check. Next time I saw her, was when I walked past the sliding door the same time she did - only she was on the other side.
"meow?"
Which we all know is cat for "hello" or "goodbye" and I'm assuming she meant both. Stinker!
She stayed out in the backyard watching birds and squirrels until I returned from getting my hair cut. Then she yelled through the screen, to let me know she was done.
Fran had an appointment with Kathy for PT this afternoon. She brought another therapist in to get more ideas (something doctors might consider)and they both proceeded to poke and manipulate the girl. Can't be too horrible, she's always smiling when she comes wheeling out. Sounds like some massage (just for loosening some muscles) may be the ticket now. Where did I put that name TJ gave me??

Sunday Activity


On Sunday, we had one of those, we-didn't-plan-on-replacing-the-kitchen-faucet-but-now-we-have-a-nice-new-one-that-makes-the-rest-of-the-kitchen-look-even-shabbier, days. The valve in our kitchen faucet has been doing odd things the past week and a half, until I noticed Sunday morning that this valve/pressure thing was causing the sprayer to slowly ooze water that traveled down its hose under the sink. Augie (our friend at Geo Morlan) had told us that once a Moen fails, you might as well replace it, but it didn't even give us a chance to try and change its cartridge. Norm mangled it, because it was so stuck or froze together.
We left to go look for a new faucet at Home Depot. While we were there, a woman came up to us and told us there was a place in town that was handing out free beer or wine while you shopped their plumbing. We laughed and hoohahed with her and when she left we both turned to the other at the same time,
"where did she say that was?". So we missed out, totally. So sad! ;>) Seemed a bit dangerous, though. DIY with booze? We finally picked out a faucet at Geo Morlan and Norm began the installation. That is, he did begin after a trip or two to Ace up Madrona. :>/ While replacing the hoses that go to the new faucet, his wrench hit the drain pipe - not the main one, the one that connects to the main one - and discovered it was soft, rotted and easy to break. Seemed like another step, not too bad, he can handle this. Took about an hour for him to be able to remove it - finally resorting to a saw. Sheesh! It just peeled right off once he had a loose spot to pull on. Thank goodness Fred's had the pipe and drain seat (?) that he needed so we can now use the sink and the nice new shiny faucet.
He decided he'd be a rich man if I'd been paying him Sunday plumber rates for the entire day.
I guess that means he won't be benefiting from the use of this faucet??

Sunday, June 29, 2008

Peace


That's what this backyard brings me. I've complained about the issues with the neighbor's trees on the borders of our yard, but I had an epiphany yesterday. Half or more of this environment I love out here wouldn't be possible without their addition.
Sheesh! Some critter just dropped his little wild cherry onto my keyboard! I'll bet he's disappointed! Well, it's mine now! Mine, do you hear me?! {maniacal laughter}
I hear it's only supposed to get up to 92 today . . . will we notice any relief after the high of 95+ yesterday?? Hmmmm, I'll get back to you on that.

Saturday, June 28, 2008

All I can say is, "AWESOME!"

Turning Poop into Fuel: The Personal BioGas Machine

Awareness Test

Okay, have to share this video I just watched on another blog-

Sassy Day


It was mind blowing! N and I, up, showered AND out of the house a little after 8 on a Saturday!! As an added incentive, I suggested breakfast at The Sassy Onion before running errands around town. Why can't my scrambled eggs ever taste that tender and delicious?? Probably adds to the enjoyment when someone else does the prep, cooking, serving and cleaning - ya think??
Afterwards we went to BiMart, Costco and then out to the Kluvers' to give them the wedding photo CD. I can't wait to hear about Randy and Gina's plans!
Guess I better go see what the man's up to.

Friday, June 27, 2008

Part-time Worm Farmer


Everyday, the past two weeks, when I've watered my container plants, I water my wood worm box, too. And then wonder if they're getting enough moisture . . . until I'm done with the watering, then I've already tucked them away in my brain. Poor worms!

While I was sitting in the backyard reading this afternoon, one of the resident Robins kept hopping over to proudly show off her beak full of wigglers.
Aha! Check the worms!
Sure enough, they were on the dry side, particularly in the bottom tray. I pushed the bedding aside, added more yummy kitchen waste and topped each tray off with some fresh, shredded, wetted and squeezed newspaper.
Bon Appetit, my wiggly friends!

Good Read

I've been sitting in the backyard all day with a glass of iced tea and a Kate Atkinson book, Case Histories. It makes me sad. Sad, because her writing is so pleasurable to read and before I know it I'll have it devoured. And the next novel I pull from the shelf is sure to disappoint.
Fran's up on her stool prepping away for our dinner. :>)

Thursday, June 26, 2008

Nest or ??

Okay, here's your puzzle for the day . . .
This morning I watched a squirrel go up the maple tree and then back down
with a mouthful of leaves - over and over. As the photo below shows, the leaves are in a pile in the maple tree's crotch. What's going on??
Would a squirrel build a nest so close to the ground?

Fish and Chips

N's had a tough week, so in my desire to cheer him up I took him down to Albany to eat at his favorite fish and chips joint.
The drive down on I-5 wasn't bad, but the back road drive home was relaxing and gave us even more time to talk. We've always done our best talking either driving or on the phone.
No more appointments this week, but I asked Fran to think of somewhere she'd like to go today. She's always worrying about asking for too much. Maybe I need to print her out some coupons to cash in.

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Backyard Pondering



I thought I'd better take a picture of my greenberries. Once they begin to ripen, they'll be pecked to the ground and eaten before I rise in the morn. You're welcome, birds.
Fran had two appointments today. After the first one, she felt miserable. I nearly called Leslie's office and told them to cancel. BUT when I asked if she could soldier on and to remember she could hit the mattress once we were done, she made her way out to the car. She seems better now. I can smell the ginger syrup she made to add to tea. She's thinking that may help her nausea.
Sounds like Shirley's youngest son will be marrying the love of his life next summer. I'm so glad they found each other. I can't wait to help them prepare and set-up without the stress of one of my own children getting wed.

Carolyn Hax

I try to read her column every morning. She's more like what Dear Abby and Dear Ann used to be. Every once in awhile she writes a bit of wisdom that I want to save. Where? I'm not sure, but here's one from her column today:

"Accept that people are going to do lousy things sometimes, for their own reasons. Where you share the responsibility, you can try to make amends, but when it's nothing you've done, all you can do is carry on living as well as you can according to your own principles."

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Happy Anniversary number two!!

I LOVE This Bean Dip


It does require some forethought, since you have to roast the head of garlic, but what a great smell to have in the house - IMO. :>)
I've used other white beans with good results, but I've never tampered with the type of sun-dried tomatoes it calls for.

Roasted Garlic, Sun-Dried Tomato, and White Bean Dip

Prepare a day ahead; bring to room temperature before serving.

1 whole garlic head
1 cup water
1 (3.5-ounce) package sun-dried tomatoes, packed without oil
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1/2 teaspoon chopped fresh rosemary
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1 (15.8-ounce) can Great Northern beans, rinsed and drained

Preheat oven to 375°.
Remove white papery skin from garlic head (do not peel or separate the cloves). Wrap head in foil. Bake at 375° for 45 minutes; cool for 10 minutes. Separate cloves; squeeze to extract garlic pulp. Discard skins.

Bring 1 cup water to a boil in a saucepan. Add tomatoes; cover and remove from heat. Let stand 10 minutes. Drain tomatoes in a colander over a bowl, reserving 1/4 cup liquid.

Place garlic pulp, tomatoes, 1/4 cup reserved liquid, oil, and remaining ingredients in a food processor; process until smooth.



Yield: 2 cups (serving size: 2 tablespoons)

CALORIES 43 (36% from fat); FAT 1.7g (sat 0.2g,mono 1.2g,poly 0.2g); PROTEIN 1.2g; CHOLESTEROL 0.0mg; CALCIUM 8mg; SODIUM 94mg; FIBER 1.6g; IRON 0.4mg; CARBOHYDRATE 6.1g

Berry distracting

My goal was to start the sprinkler . . .
If we had more sun on the raised bed, we'd probably have enough to make something. We'll nibble instead.

Where's my cat translator?

You'd think Timmy was down the well for all the talking Zuzu's done this morning.
Food - check,
water - check,
litter box - I'll get there, I promise.
Really.
We're using the clumping litter now. The traditional stuff was gone at Costco and we couldn't wait. I think it is an improvement. She doesn't have to push around dirty litter anymore, but instead of a small sandwich bag for clean-up, I've had to go up to the quart size. I hope you're done with breakfast. :>)
Fran began to feel a lot better yesterday. Her appetite is returning and she even felt good enough to go to Office Depot and Fred's with me. We ran into an old Salem Height's/Little League acquaintance during our first stop. She was always easy to talk to, but also a bit self righteous. I thought we were going to end up using all of Fran's strength for that conversation. {Contact with people is a good thing, K.}
We needed to go to Office Depot to replace the microphone I vacuumed up. (I blame it on my color blindness) Fran uses it to talk to the boy on the computer.
There must be something fun we can do today . . . I could finish washing curtains and sort through drawers. Now that's what I call fun!

Monday, June 23, 2008

Blue Monday

Why are there some days when the sad feelings fall over me like a dark cloak? I feel like I should take those feelings and use them as a motivator to get something done for the girl. There are limitations as to what you can do for a child who is no longer a minor, though. I can suggest. I can ask.
She must have caught a bug last weekend. She's felt lousier than usual; loss of appetite, more tired, headache, nausea. Those are the things I know. She thinks her fever broke last night. I hope she'll be feeling better soon.

Sunday, June 22, 2008

Garden movie - is it really that loud out here?

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Build me up buttercup, but don't take the yard . . .




I've been on a mission ever since we've lived here to keep the ivy and vinca from taking over our back fence. Two years ago, I decided to add ranunculus repens (creeping buttercup) to that list. Probably had to do with our new relatives visiting our house and wanting it to look as good as possible.
It's a good feeling making progress - at least I feel like I've made a dent in the buttercup. Not so much with the ivy or vinca.

Back from church

Okay, we're back from the 'church of the bottle deposits'. We've found that Sunday morning is the best time to get in there and get out. I remembered to take my gloves, but it wasn't as dirty as other times. Probably because it's usually a year between trips when it's just the two of us, but the girl enjoys one diet soda a day. Adds up a lot quicker when you add the boy, too. The most disgusting part for me is how your shoes become stuck to the drink spilled cement. ugh! We went in to the store while we were there at Freddy's and even remembered to use the deposit slips! Yahoo!
It's not even Christmas and I hear someone on the roof . . .

Why not?

I was out eating my breakfast on the deck this morning and thinking about what it might be like to have all the sibs and their families live in the same neighborhood. Close enough for frequent contact, but we'd probably all still have our own lives, too. I wonder how that would work?

Friday, June 20, 2008

Fran relaxing in her new chair with her new book and mother won't leave her alone . . .

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Zuzu! What ARE you trying to do under there??

Piquing interest for a blog

An online friend is wondering how to create more interest in his blog. I believe he's on the right track; he keeps the topic upbeat, takes photos, reins folks in when necessary, asks for participation, has a created a team. I feel like I need to be able to think more like a younger person to weigh in on this.
Fran and I think Lise, too, have a list of blogs they read on a regular basis. I don't know how often they "participate" and I don't know what drew them in initially. I think of blogs like a conversation. If I have something I'd like to add, no matter how trivial, I usually do.
No electronic word or images from the Kruising Kluvers this morning. Guess I better get moving and quit waiting.

Thursday, June 19, 2008

Down the garden path

Oh my goodness! Sissy K knew what she was talking about when she said I'd have my work cut out for me deadheading Shirley's roses! Fran laid in the grass while I tried to do the job in the most thorough fashion - I thought. Every time I walked back through the rose bed, I'd find another bush I'd missed. I did a little weeding - mainly looking for those weeds that grow a foot a week in the spring. I wheeled the girl back around to the driveway and she informed me, "there's another bunch of roses out here." Just a small fraction of what grows in the backyard, thank heavens.
I think it should work out well if I head out to deadhead every 4-5 days. I just want to make sure her roses continue to bloom when they return.
We drove there and back on the old highway. It was a nice drive and made it easy to go to the Humane Society on the way home. There was a sweet, 2 month old, black lab puppy named Zeke, who was very happy to get Fran's attention.
Her birthday package from her sis arrived today. She opened and went through it while doing a video chat with the Chases in Sweden. :>) Like a virtual party. hahahaha

Invasion?

I was quietly sitting at our computer waiting for my morning emails from Europe (Kluver's blog), when suddenly there's the sound of a small loud engine winding, winding, winding - louder, faster . . . I was sure an explosion would be imminent. When it became obvious it wasn't out of control, I started checking out the back of the house and then the front. It's the tree trimming company that is contracted to take care of encroaching vegetation around power lines. Whew!! I sure hope they take care of the neighbor's branches that lay on the lines to our house.
Shirley just emailed their post, but because of the demand for the computers she has to wait to send me their pics. There were over 100 visitors to their site yesterday. Probably only 20-30 of those hits were from their family and friends. I think their site was featured somewhere on the web. Maybe because of the popularity of European cruises?

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Squirrel Takeover in Oregon??

Darned little rodents! I vaguely remember when they used to look so cute, but now they seem to be crawling over every square inch of our backyard. After my shower this morning, I walked past our sliding glass door (in my robe, of course) and there was one of the big greys on the deck working on a peanut. He didn't even get that from our feeder and yet he chose to peer into our house to enjoy his snack. Gives me the willies! ;>)
Where did all that bright blue sky I awoke to go? {sigh}
Fran is still recovering from overdoing it on Sunday and Monday. She was going to run a couple of errands with me yesterday, but once she sat upright on the couch she knew it was a bad idea. She'll just have to soldier through it today, if she's still weak, as she has two appointments back to back. Her PT appointment ended up being canceled due to Kathy having a family emergency.
I'm continually fascinated how comments on blogs can take a different turn than the author intended. Salem Man put up a post several months ago asking readers to post their nightmare restaurant experiences. Instead of doing as he asked, the comments were 99% about the experiences people had had at the restaurant he had his latest nightmare experience in. On Monday, I added a post to his blog about the lack of people dining out on Father's Day and asked others where they usually eat on that day. Instead it's becoming a "discussion" about who does what chores in your home.
I'm still waiting for Dan and Shirley's latest email. I want to see and hear about their trip to Pompeii.

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

What day of the week is it?

So easy to lose track of the date this time of year. I'm not sure if that's a bad thing or not - unless it's an appointment heavy day, like tomorrow. Three! Battabingbingbing!
How do I go from shivering full time just a month ago to wanting all the doors and windows open? I'm trying to be mindful of Fran. She does have a blanket, but she doesn't have enough body fat to keep herself warm. Which reminds me, I forgot to exchange her thin blanket for her comforter last night. I hope she didn't suffer.
She had to say goodbye to the boy and his mom and dad in REI's parking lot yesterday afternoon. They'll be leaving sometime today - if not already.
Okay, I think I hear the treadmill calling my name. So sweet that it misses me when I'm late!

Monday, June 16, 2008

Weekend recap

As I mentioned on Eat Salem, we had Father's Day brunch at our house yesterday.
Yearly, I find myself wishing we had a house more suited to entertaining family. The backyard works in the summer. Thank goodness we can do that at least. We need to remember to think of that option more often during the summer months. Utilize those opportunities!
Fran talked me into changing my tried and true strata recipe - yikes! Scary! What if the main dish was inedible?! (Sassy Onion here we come!!) Instead of cheddar cheese, she wanted me to add equal portions of gruyere and Parmesan - along with some complimentary herbs (summer savory, herb de provence, basil, thyme, parsley, smoked paprika). Then I thought some sauteed onions and mushrooms might make a nice topping. At the last minute both Fran and i agreed it would be better to leave that on the side - just in case. Turned out quite tasty - not too sharp, not overly spiced. It was nicely balanced. Having sissy sue and c&l bring champagne and strawberries was a good idea, too. I think just having Fran standing close by makes me have better ideas. :>)
She left with the Chases to Portland. Trying to get in as many minutes as possible with the boy before he leaves to Sweden. N and I, will go pick her up this afternoon, as she has a PT appointment with Kathy.
Can't think what else I wanted to write. I may edit more later.

Thursday, June 12, 2008

Day one

Wow! I'm so glad I'm done (well, pert near) with my thank you cards. I usually procrastinate for a week or two. One year, I was so tardy, most people probably forgot they gave me a gift. Bad K!!
The progress stops there. Unless you count taking Fran to her PT appointment and to Costco to pick-up her prescriptions.
Kathy, her PT therapist, said that much progress has been made in Fran's incision area. I'm not sure what all that means. Most likely that the techniques she has applied to the area have increased the circulation and blood flow to the muscles, as well as beginning to release the adhesions. Her incision area has changed drastically in looks from just a month ago. It looks much healthier now. She wants Fran to continue to slowly and carefully increase her activity level. Walking and sitting up a bit more each day, but listening to any warning signs her body may give her. She also said if we see her "gimping" along, that we're to tell her to "stop!". I'm sure that annoyed the heck out of the girl.
Both Kathy and Dr. Pitchford have said that they will write letters to Dr. Heros to update him with better information than was placed in her file by the 'OHSU Pain Clinic'. According to the them, she was anorexic and a basket case. So heartwarming to actually be receiving support from medical professionals.

2008 Short People Card


Don't be scared. It's just my usual fun with cards.

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Whatcha reading?

Fran just let me know that I'd been sitting here quietly working away until she picked up a book to read . . . and then I began to chat. Is that one of those weird human nature things? We see someone engaged in a solitary activity and we have to bother them? I know I'm guilty - just been caught, in fact. ;>)
Our end of the year school luncheon was sooooooooo long today - nearly 4 hours! Crazy! It seems like we've been saying goodbye to Bill all school year. The best part was Timmy's skit. He was an expressive youngster with a lisp, cuddled up in bed, telling his mama all about his day at school. "His day" was a run down of all the collected bloopers staff members had made throughout the year. I laughed so hard at his delivery, I had a hard time breathing and stopping the tears.
We need to go pick up Fran's prescriptions and glasses tonight. Looking at the clock, I wonder if we'll make it. Whew! She just let me know that she can wait until tomorrow.

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Sailing away

I keep thinking it's Friday . . .
and then I remember. Oh yeah, even though it's not a paid day I still go in to help a bit and attend the luncheon. AND, hello!, it's only Wednesday.
Things to remember:
Don't stay up late
Get up when the alarm goes off

Today was a good end of the school year day. Everything went smoothly. And I had some sweet reminders that there are many repeat families coming our way. No guarantees I'll have them, but I can cross my fingers and toes.

I went to our after-hours-end-of-the-school-year-happy-dance at a local restaurant today. Instead of everyone grousing and worrying about losing Bill and being anxious about our new principal, we began a "Top Ten Reasons Why Bill SHOULD Leave Sumpter" list. I'm glad he gets our sense of humor, because some people might need a medical intervention after hearing 15 (so we can't count) reasons they should leave their place of work. I sat by gorgeous Darla and had a fun old time laughing and talking and joking around.

How sad is it when it's someone's birthday and you can't take them out to dinner or shopping?
. . . rethinking what a celebration is . . .

Monday, June 9, 2008

Silly Zuzu!

I don't know what it is about the Python hose aquarium vacuum we use, but it seems to drive the kitty nuts. From the time it's hauled out of the garage until it's emptied, coiled and returned to storage, she's "wowing". We've speculated over whether it's the debris that travels through the hose, the zooming air bubbles in the water or even the noise of the water in hose, but just having the hose in the house makes her "wow". Even if no one is touching it or running water through it. It's pretty much the same noise she makes in the car. Only then she seems genuinely stressed out.
Fran had a double appointment day. N took her to see Dr. Pitchford this morning and PT with Kathy this afternoon. I should probably hand her an ice pack now. Kathy said that it's very possible that her intestinal issues may have been caused by the deep tissue massage last Friday. Good to know, but why?
The short people were excited and loud today. I'm certain tomorrow will be ever so much more so. I'll miss them - truly.

Sunday, June 8, 2008

Who's that in my tree??

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Is that a Dutch Baby in that blender??

It's Sunday breakfast! Yay!
N's crafting a dutch baby and it may even be nice enough to take my plate out to the deck.
Double Yay!
The coffee is fresh ground and brewed.
Triple Yay!
This is me enjoying the immediate simple pleasures of life. :>)
(click here for link to dutch baby recipe)

Saturday, June 7, 2008

House of Sighs

Sighs of relief! Regence BCBS, has accepted our application to continue Fran's coverage as a dependent.

We watched an Australian film last night, Swimming Upstream. Chase, from House, was one of the main characters. What a great film! Wonderful casting, wonderful knitting of the tale together. Now I'd like to learn more about the swimmer, Tony Fingleton. I understand that he may be responsible for a second movie. I'm not sure if it's a continuation of his life story or not, though.

Friday, June 6, 2008

Yoo hoo!! Barkeep!!

My partner for life must have distracted himself from his generous offer to make me a drink. He's back . . . but I don't think he's headed in the right direction. {sigh} Does that mean I have to get up off my rear? So sad!
A slightly wacky day at school, but very ordered and manageable at the same time. TJ is a pro after all, even if it's not her class. I get such a kick of how jazzed the short people get over their 30 minutes of end-of-the-year bouncy toys. They go full tilt the entire time, even while waiting in line.
Fran went for her first massage at Pathways this afternoon. From the second hand info I've heard, it sounds like it was a good experience for her. She's icing her incision area on the couch now. The staff must've had a meeting about her after she was done. They called to ask some questions and to make some suggestions. They think it may be best for her to see their neuromuscular masseuse and they recommended a chiropractor in the area. Pretty soon she'll have an appointment for every business day of every week. It all seems to be good stuff now. As opposed to what now seems like wasted gas, time and money going up to the OHSU Pain Clinic. I'm even having fewer feelings of frustration regarding Dr. Weeks. She did recommend doing PT locally, Dr. Pitchford AND the pain patches. Dr. Pitchford has recommended a new pain doctor. Maybe we're heading in a better direction now.

Thursday, June 5, 2008

"iiiiiit's SHOW TIME!!"

Today was the short people's program - or programs. (We do one each for AM and PM.)
I thought everything went great, from beginning to end, but then I'm of the opinion that whatever happens at a KG program will be adorable, the audience will love it and it'll make a fun memory for most involved. So many sweet upcoming students! I love to have the families over and over.
I'm pretty much beat now. Maybe I won't vacuum or do laundry after all.
N and I, ate at Bigfoot again last night. Their burgers are finger dripping good. I had the "hangover burger" this time. They add a slice of Tillamook Cheese on top while the patty is still on the grill and let it melt onto the grill and crisp up. What I really enjoy are the generous slices of tomato they give you AND their grilled onions. Now if only they could have beer as good as McMenanim's.

Fran's New Do





Tuesday, June 3, 2008

"Where Highway, Rail and Water Meet"

Such an interesting motto for a town. You have to wonder what kind of brainstorm session shot that one out. Growing up on a major waterway, I can think of a great number of towns and cities those words might describe. I suppose many mottos were adopted due to a total absence of creativity. I'm still trying to figure out how Jenny knew that bit of trivia pertained to me. There were some good ones revealed during the game of Jeopardy during our assembly today. Here are some highlights; someone had brought their grandmother's gallstones for show and tell, another staff member had their hands chewed on by a monkey when they were 3 and yet another had to swim to Wizard Island when their Crater Lake excursion boat sank.
As the morning sun lit up our backyard early this morning, the presence of a large branch from the Maple tree became evident. I'm so glad it didn't hit the deck or roof when it fell. What a noise that would've made!
I did our "last science" today with the short people. The rain prevented me from taking them out to the garden and a lack of time kept us from doing anything more than just saying what our favorite activity was. When we have time and I ask them "why", oft times I get some thoughtful responses.
I really should've hopped back in the car (after tending to Fran) and drove the camera memory card to Costco. Lazy me. So easy to talk myself into "tomorrow".

Sunday, June 1, 2008

. . . all your heads with garlands crowned . . .

N and I, took a drive down to Garland's Nursery this afternoon. Such a nice selection of the kind of plants we desire and enjoy. We looked at their many varieties of lavender and wished we had enough sun to plant all of them. Between that and the Hellebore we could have a ex-scent-vaganza. Hmmm, have to work on that one.
N has all the new additions planted and watered. I can't wait to see how the impatiens and lungwort do.
J and Fran returned from shopping soon after we arrived home and then J left. He'll have a late arrival home. I sure hope he secured enough sleep over the weekend. Fran doesn't have a regular sleep schedule, but has a very set routine on how to get what she needs. I'm not sure if it would be good for any of us to try and match it. Drive safe, J.
Fran is cooking away in the kitchen. Looks like she used the rest of her bread dough to make a bread similar to what Caprial made on her show yesterday. I'm not sure what she's making with the corn meal and milk. Polenta, maybe?

Breakfast on the deck

It must be time to move to the coast, if we even considered eating breakfast out on the deck in 62 degree weather. Seemed warm enough to me. N must've decided we needed to redeem ourselves this morning - he added a lot of veggies to breakfast.
I have a feeling Bigfoot will be a place Salem can embrace. All they need to do is have their patrons figure out a solution to the limited parking. We seem to be the type of town where everyone brings their own vehicle to the restaurant.
Well, time to move this body. Type ya later!