It's THAT time of year again. The best time. Planting seeds...
But that wasn't all today. It was one of THOSE days. Odd jobs... Things that should have been done before. I ahd all the cat-cards from Christmas stacked up and Iza trashed the pile. So I stacked them (and lost some of the addressed envelopes with the cards) and got them up out of her reach.
But she is a real paper-chewer, so I had a pile of wasted printed paper I use for temporary notes and she chewed up those. I better get her some jerky to chew up.
I tossed her mousies until she tired and wandered off into the bedroom to nap.
Saw Marley and Ayla snuggled up like spoons there. Naturally, my camera was in another room. As soon as I left to get it, Marley followed me out. No picture of THAT! I keep the camera in my pocket a LOT, but not that time.
Finished enclosing the garden. I thought I had before, but I saw Marley in it earlier today. He found a loose seam and was in enjoying the loose soil as a litterbox. Quite frankly, I don't want my carrots fertilized by cat-poop, but I will sifting it soon for planting.
Getting near time to mow the lawn, so I'll drive the riding mower up on boards to clean the old grass clippings from under the deck, sharpen the blade, and then take out the spark plugs and such to pretend I know what I'm doing while I clean and gap them. They are always just fine, but I have to look. You do what you know to do and hope for the best.
I suppose the mower would work better if it was worked over by pros. And I know some good ones. Every few years I go in for an "annual" tune-up. Maybe next year; the mower still works.
I think I need to pull out the chipper/shredder and see if I can start it. Been 5 years since I used it and I have a lot of brambles to get rid of. I could haul them to the recycling center in exchange for shredded mulch, but handling brambles is not fun. Easier to shred then here.
Sanding plaster patches on the walls. 2 year old electrical work patches and I've ignored them too long. You can ignore things a long time when you live alone. But I will have family visitors some month soon and can't let those patches be unsanded, primed, and painted.
The front door and garage door need to be painted. I've dithered about the color. The new house siding is medium green and the shutters dark green. The doors are white. Should I paint the doors to match the shutters or leave them white?
I've had a fantasy about painting that garage door a really weird color/pattern. Like a 60's Warhol.
Kind of daring for me, and my "cat" would probably look more like a rat. I can't sketch worth a tinker's dam! Should I dare try?
If my front door wasn't surrounded by brick, I would love to have a round hobbit door installed... But maybe I can make it look like wood. Fantasies that will never happen...
The older shed needs a new roof. I recall shoving 4x8 sheets of 1/2" plywood up there when I was 35. I can't lift the stuff now. But cut in half, I could manage that. And conveniently, I half 1/2 sheets stored in the basement from what used to be the attic flooring (which I can't use for storage now because there is 18" of blown insulation everywhere up there) and THAT would be manageable for the shed roof.
My azalea cuttings from last Fall before the soil ridge was removed are all doing fine. Amazingly, 34 of the 36 cuttings (12 white, 12 purple, and 10 red) have taken root. I'm not sure where I will put them all, but I sure have plenty to use.
Backyard covered with wild blackberries and english ivy and poison ivy. I hate to use herbicides, but if ever there was a good reason, this is it...
That's enough for now.