Rainy Days ‘n Sundays

Another one of those rainy Sundays where you’re not too sure what to do and by the time you think of anything, it’s too late! We’ve been getting so much rain these past few weeks we’re starting to feel like a couple of wet dish rags. The rain has been sporatic enough that the lawn hasn’t had enough time to dry out so it can be mowed, or to clean-up after the tree cutter finally chopped up the roots of the two trees we had removed. Plus it’s just miserable enough that you don’t feel like going anywhere. So you sit, watch a little TV, have a pre-lunch snack, sit some more, get a little lunch, sit some more, do a crossword, watch a little more TV, grab a mid-afternoon snack (because you’re bored to death), walk around the house, watch the rain from various windows, sit some more, get a drink, watch even more TV, check your emails, surf the net, and generally just drift in and out of consciousness.

Out of sheer boredom and inbetween rain pellets Nat and I went down to Canadian Tire and Wal-Mart to wander around after lunch. If we didn’t, I think we would have been asleep in our chairs by 2:00 pm. So off we went with our little list in hand – some bird feed, a rug for the laundry room, reflectors for the mail box posts and some Aero chocolate bars to keep my addiction in tact. Naturally we came home with a few more items that were NOT on the list, but that’s always par for the course. A wasted day but at the same time we still accomplished something!!

As I mentioned earlier, our tree cutter appeared suddenly out of the blue on Wednesday. I’m sitting in the office, while Nat’s at his golf game, and I can see out of the corner of my eye this yellow piece of machinery appearing very slowly from the east side of the house. Next thing I see is Richard (the tree cutter), behind the handles of this rotating blade machine bobbing up and down ever so slowly over the exposed roots of a once growing pine tree. It turned the clay soil, it chopped and diced those roots up as fast as those slicers and dicers in the infomercials, and it spit out those pebbles and small rocks like they were marshmallows!! Before I knew it he was done leaving behind a couple of small heaps of fluffy clay soil with chopped up roots and rocks that looked like side dishes! Now if the bloody rain would just let up for a few days, we can finally get some of that debris spread around the base of the house to fill in those gaps to stop the water from seeping down there. I suppose if we wait long enough winter will be hear and everything will be frozen so we won’t be able to do a damn thing again until Spring, when the rain will start all over again!!  Mother Nature you’re killin’ us here!!

Our Little Corner of the World

Had another day outdoors. Such a perfect day, Nat and I took the opportunity to do more yard work. Naturally, Nat did the bulk of it – mowing the lawn, assembling the new wheel barrow, etc. – but I managed to get a hold of those clippers again and did my thing. This time I trimmed the umbrella tree in the front. A lot of dead wood in the middle and it’s never been trimmed back for a more fuller growth. God, listen to me, you’d think I’ve done gardening before!!!! NOT!!!!

While waiting for Nat to finish cleaning out the air conditioner, I found some more brush along the stream that needed trimming. We did our thing and then grabbed a couple of lawn chairs, a beer and a drink, and we sat a spell!! Despite living on a major road, we could still appreciate the peace and quiet around us. The birds were singing, a slight breeze was blowing and the sun was shining – couldn’t ask for much more (maybe a few more bucks, but that’s a whole other story!!).

All in all a pretty good day and we’re starting to get a bit more of a positive feel about the place. Nat still has some worries about some of the things that need doing, but we’ll whittle away day-by-day and will get there eventually. Because we pretty much had everything done at our old place in St. Catharines, I think it can get overwhelming sometimes, especially at our ages. There are times we feel like we’re starting all over again wherein we really just wanted to buy a new home, settle in and maybe do the odd little update. Naturally, it didn’t turn out that way, but there are always compromises to make. I’m starting to convince Nat that there are a few things we can hire some people to do when time and money permits. We’re discovering that the lawn is all lumpy and bumpy and looks like it’s never been properly leveled when the house was originally built, and I think that’s one thing we can get quotes on. Plus we’ve still got a couple of trees that need chopping down. The list can go on and on, but owning a home is always never-ending from what I’m finding out. It’s worth it, however – I love our little corner of the world!!

Let There Be Heat – Finally!

Today was absolutely gorgeous, weather wise. So I was more than thrilled to get out of the house and get into St. Catharines. I headed out to Gail’s first and delivered some magazines and CDs. We had a great visit, albeit a little short.

On the way home Nat wanted me to stop in at Harvest Barn and pick up a special jam he likes. No problem!! But I also picked up some great looking corn on the cob to go with the homemade hamburgers tonight, along with some cherry tomatoes, baby potatos, mint leaves (the sugary, ooey, gooey kind and not the herb!!), and an ooey, gooey treat for Nat’s tea later on tonight. Oh, yes and I found the jam. It goes without saying you don’t walk through Harvest Barn and just pick up a jar of jam!!!

I then headed down the road to Michael’s for a few things I naturally didn’t need, but it made me feel better and that’s all that counts, right?? My bone density test got cancelled – the machine broke – so I took my little sandwich that I had packed and went to McDonald’s for some french fries. I sat in their parking lot to eat my little lunch and watched the traffic come and go from the Wal-Mart store and kind of had a nice quiet time of it. A little weird, but who cares!!

When I arrived home Nat was well into raking the back lawn. Old dead leaves and debris in oodles of little piles all over the place. And of course the gas man or the new part for the hot water tank hadn’t shown either. So we continued on with the afternoon – Nat finishing up the lawn (9 bags of leaves and counting!!) and I puttered in the kitchen. As it turned out the gas man arrived closer to 4:00 pm amid a bit of confusion about the part – it was to be delivered directly to our house. Long story short – it was put in the mail box long after Nat had picked up the mail – and the whole matter was resolved. Part not needed, gas man checketh meter and the good Lord said “let there be heat”. God bless us everyone!!!

Now, if Moses comes along and parts the waters in our little stream out back – we’re in big trouble!!!!