You would think that, being retired, I would have all the time I need to do the things I want to do. Sadly, no. My activities expand to fill all available time.
Thursday was a great example (I'm behind a few days in my posts).
I started off the day with a haircut. It had been 2 months...
bought a new microwave oven a month ago. After a couple weeks, it
arced and popped twice even burned a black tunnel through a sweet
potato. It is more wattage and interior size than my previous one.
Trust me, I know not to put anything metal in the M/W after 25 years of
them, LOL! Keeping a pyrex measuring cup of water in it stopped the
problem, but made me realize that it is designed to cook larger
quantities of food than I routinely do.
And I decided
there was no way I was going to get along with having a pyrex cup of
water in the M/W for the next 8-10 years. So I called Amazon about
returning it. I order a LOT of stuff from them, so they are forgiving
about the occasional return. They emailed a return label.
repacked it so carefully I even put the peel-off plastic wrap back on!
I keep EVERYTHING from a box for 90 days, just for reasons like this.
But I had to get it back to UPS eventually and I wasn't looking forward
to it. The darn box was so big I could barely get my hands around it to
carry it to the car, and the distance from customer parking to the UPS
input desk seemed more than I wanted to do. But I have a little
handcart and that made it a lot easier.
Then I pulled
it in the the input desk, the guy said "Wow, what are you shipping"? I
said I had a bad shoulder (sometimes a small lie eases conversation).
He casually picked it up and placed in on his counter. Hey, he looked
25, and I'm not. It's something you start to get used to in your 60s.
taken care of, I drove home, where I discovered that another UPS guy
had delivered a 50# bag of Nyger seed for the goldfinches. I buy it
that way because it is really cheaper per pound. But the M/W was only
35# and this was 50#. Yet I could lift it because it was a smaller
box! I could get my arms around it.
Ladies, when you
complain that you can't reach to top shelfs of kitchen cabinets or lift
heavier objects, I understand. I'm 66 and 5'6". I know the problems.
I have a few 2 step stepladders around the house for a reason. Every
time I buy a new pair of pants I have to bring then to an alterations
guy saying make the inseam 25". And he goes "Are you sure"? Yeah...
I was able to carry the 50# bag of Nyger seed to the basement (not
easily). So at the workbench, I had a 50# bag of nyger seeds and two
35# buckets of kitty litter and 2 cases of wine. And 4 litter boxes to
clean. I knew what the next couple of hours was going to be like.
used to buy kitty litter in 12# plastic jugs. I saved them. It is
worth the effort to transfer it from the buckets to the jugs. And I
found a 12" funnel to help. So I set the 12# jugs on a bucket on the
floor and lift the 35# tubs to dump it into them through the huge
funnel. I can handle a 35# tub of litter but not a 35# box with a M/W
in it. Smaller! 30 minutes of pouring and I have 5 12# jugs easier to
handle for the next few weeks. Done!
Now I have the
50# bag of nyger seed (I should actually weigh those some day to make
sure the supplier is honest). I got it up on the workbench laying flat,
put a 5 gallon bucket right underneth a corner overhanging the bench
and cut it open carefully. As I saw the spilling seeds were going right
into the bucket slowly, I cut it open a bit more. When the bucket was
3/4 filled I lifted the cut corner to prevent further flow. Stuck a
brick under the corner.
Remember the kitty litter jugs I
mentioned I saved? I have more. I use them for nyger seed too. They
are rectangular and fit perfectly into my freezer with little wasted
space and that keeps the seed lasting longer. Goldfinches won't eat
"old" seed, which is one reason I won't buy the smaller bags in
department stores. They sit around, get heated, and the birds don't
want them. The 50# bags come straight from a producer and straight into
So with the workbench FINALLY cleared, I
could FINALLY clean the litter boxes. I try to do that daily, but I
KNOW I've waited too long when they gather around waiting for the
cleaning. Or maybe they just find it amazing that I do that and like to
watch. Who knows what cats think?
I have found it easier
to just lift the litterboxes to the workbench one at a time. It is
easier on my knees and I get to sweep away the loose litter around them.
I sweep the spilled litter (not output) into a dustpan and toss it
back in a litterbox. Waste not, want not. The cats don't mind; litter
material is litter material.
But that wasn't the end of
the afternoon. I had 3 flats of flower seedlings emerging on the bottom
shelf and the lights were 12" away. Way too far. But 2 bulbs were
burned out. I have what I think is a very good rule. Cats and plants
get what they need before I do. They can't take care of themselves
So I had to haul out 3 flats of seedlings,
find 2 bulbs, and replace them. The bottom shelf is the worst. I had
to place bulbs toward the back of the shelf and so crawled in on my back
over the shelf. Which is bad. When I twist around like that, I
usually get some back or rib muscle spasms.
didn't want to go in. It took 3 frustrating minutes to get one in, only
1 to get the other. But 4 minutes on your back in discomfort is never
fun. But I did it and crawled back out. Sure enough, soon as I stood
up, muscle cramps! Never fun. But I won't stop gardening because of
that. Its worth it.
After that, since it was still
daylight and heavy rains are coming today, I re-planted snow peas where
the previous planting didn't come up. I planted 20 originally and 9
came up. So I planted 11 more.
And then, just to make
sure all my seedlings were growing close the the indoors lights, I took
all the flats off the shelves and rearranged the 6-packs. Some seeds
were 2" tall and some just emerging, so the re-arrangement was needed.
Now I have flats of newly-emerging seeds and taller ones grouped
together. and each growing as close to the lights as possible.
All are as close to the light bulbs as possible. Matched in heightss
Then I made dinner, watched an hour of political talk TV and came here! To blog personally and catly.
Quite a Day!