Friday after lunch, since the library was closed, returned home to work on the compost sifting awhile. Made Mom's spagetti for supper although I went amok with the cheese. Continued sewing Halftroll's coifs up.
I had great plans for yard and garden work this week and the weather just isn't cooperating. Leofwyna has ordered a neat blower/vacuum that I'll use to deal with the leaves this year. It will reduce the leaves to 'mulch' and will be great for the compost piles.
Monday I got the mower out to the repairman and they called midafternoon so I was able to get it picked back up same day. I should have gotten out to finish the mowing but... I didn't, no cookie for me.
I got a call for jury duty last week so spent Monday downtown. I was in the top 30 potential jurors for a motor vehicle homicide case (http://journalstar.com/news/local/crime-
Thursday when Leofwyna got up she suggested going looking for garage sales. I'd been planning on mowing but the humidity made it an easy temptation and off we went. Unfortunately it was late in the afternoon already and we only found a couple of 'em so we ended up stopping in a couple antique malls instead.
Friday I started re-building the big compost pile after cutting away the vining plant from the neighbor's yard. I got the whole yard mown with the grasscatcher and mixed the green clippings into the compost as I moved roughage from the tops of the smaller piles. Progress has been made and I'm beat.
Spent the day in, in my pjs, continuing in the genealogy site. Later when Leofwyna was up and we were done with supper (chili and cinnamon rolls) we sorted and cleaned out the pantry, bagged up recycle and carried out compostables. We left some of the older stuff out on the side counter, determined to be using it up in our meals the next couple weeks.
I spent a quiet day on the computer and Internet 'cause I knew once Leofwyna was up we'd be out doing yardwork. She was up early and winterized her roses while I raked and raked. Together we got the leaves from the entire yard moved back to the compost bins and I spread wire fencing over the piles while Leofwyna cut back the peonies. We then treated ourselves with a trip to Valentino's for the buffet.
I've spent time the last couple evenings taking apart the small sunshade and finished that up tonight. I wanted to be able to reuse the cotton webbing off it's edge and found only the two black panels and one of the tan panels damaged. I think I'll disassemble the larger sunshade too and reassemble the best of the panels into a single sunshade and get a few more year's use out of the fabric.
It being a grey and dreary day, I worked on RUNESTAFF paperwork during the afternoon. I never did get the address situation cleared up but I'll get it dealt with before next month's issue comes out. When Leofwyna got up and finished running her errands and planting her rose bushes she took me out to supper. While we were eating a great, heavy rainstorm rolled through with lots of thundar and lightning... dinner theater!
Was contacted, finally, by Premiere so that process has begun taking shape. It has been mainly a slow, unproductive day but I'm enjoying it.
Trolled around for rummage sales and stopped in at one of the Goodwill stores this afternoon, enjoying the beautiful weather. Stopped in at Hancocks for more white thread. Didn't find anything interesting though so returned home for computer and kitty cuddles.
We spent outside time dealing with bits of yardwork. I turned up the east end of the big east compost pile. Fortunately I did not find any yellow jackets (although one came visiting while I was working and made me a little leery for awhile. I'm glad to report our dead-winter visit digging it up and pouring in boiling water seems to have done the trick.) Anyway, I alternated between mixing up the compost piles and digging out the western-most veggie bed and thoroughly wore myself out. The night ended with pulling out another jigsaw puzzle with Leofwyna.
I made a lunch run, stopped in at Goodwill (Travelling Sale = one normal priced garment then up to four more at $1/ea) where I picked up a great shirt so added in four more 'cutter' items. Back at home I worked awhile on one of the weedy beds trying to get the crabgrass roots removed. What a tangled mess that is. Tonight we finished lastnight's puzzle and blasted through another smaller one.
I got into the garage awhile this afternoon and started sorting stuff onto the new shelves. The high shelf over the window is just right for the five empty ice chests. The four shelving units Leofwyna picked up at Walmart a couple years ago fit along the north wall, two on either side of the window there, and will hold camping, gardening and grilling things conveniently.
The Halftroll and I got the oldest compost pile emptied and sifted onto the four cleared veggie beds and the compost turned in. I shifted some of the leaves off the top of the neighboring pile into the empty one and with his help got the winter compost bucket dumped over... phew!!! At that it was time to stop and wash off the stink... we called it a day and he went off to find his supper.
Today I finished moving a compost pile over into the new bin and leveled the ground ready for seeding grass there. There's still two half piles to finish clearing out but I have to wait for them to dry out a little so I can sift the finished compost for the garden. Then I started digging out the first of the ten veggie beds. I'm going to have to get every bit of crabgrass root out and break up the compacted dirt. There's lots of nice little red worms but obviously it's become too dense for earthworms. The compost will remedy that. I hope to get seven beds done this fall and take out the west two which have started breaking down at the corners. I won't do anything to the southeast bed as Leofwyna has herbs in there and is hoping to over-winter some of these.
I cleaned up this evening and went downtown for the planning session for next Monday's demo. Natalya, Vasilla and Jane also showed up so we'll be able to direct the others in our roles Monday. This is certainly going to be a lot of fun as long as the future bride says yes. I'm remember being at Shakespeare on the Green in Omaha a few years back when a young man had arranged for a plane towing a banner, Marry me! We weren't close enough to hear anything but the pantomime was clear enough. She said no and I think everyone there was hurting for him. Apparently he didn't know her as well as he thought he did. I don't think that's the case in this instance but we haven't met her yet either. Anyway, I'm going to anticipate a good time Monday.
Spent both days doing yardwork, mostly moving compost and cleaning out front flower beds. Ran a bucket of iris corms over to Sash Monday. Spent a couple hours both days at CYT for my computer fix and some job search time. Upon learning Asa and Calien had room for a passenger to Standing Stones next weekend for the Charlemagne event I decided to go; Leofwyna encouraged this thought so I was encouraged to follow through on that decision.
Went to CYT to email Asa to confirm plans and Maglist to beg help on the monitor situation. An immediate response from Dwolm and Owain was most gratifying. Arranged with Owain to pick up a monitor from him at archery practice this evening. Got back home in time to complete 3rd quarter report so I could get Natalya's signatures on it at moot tonight. Also at moot arrangements were completed with Ray for a demo to facilitate his proposal next Monday. We're having a rehearsal tomorrow night.
After moot Leofwyna and I joined Isadora at Noodles for supper, then we stopped at archery practice to pick up the monitor from Owain. We were very pleased when we got home, plugged it in and accessed our systems straight away. Rah us!
Went to Omaha with Leofwyna and Odierne. They wanted to go to a Thai restaurant there and Od had a money order to use at Borders. We filled the rest of the day visiting 4 of 5 Thrift World stores. I came away with three tops and a pair of pants in addition to various fabrics and a long-handled silverplate slotted spoon. We ended at Whole Foods and I had a nice supper and read my book while they both went crazy shopping there. As Od had bought our lunches I think I probably stayed under $30 for the day's expenses.
When we were settled in at home again we found the monitor was flippin' and I fear we're going to have to find a replacement as it's old and has the right to go belly up. I was frustrated not being able to catch up on email and journaling. After breaking down a few sample books and trying to sort the cotton stack I gave it up and headed up to read in bed. Haven't done that in a lo-o-ong time.
Called Mike first thing about the monitor... he's pretty sure the monitor or the card has died on us. Yardwork this afternoon... Leofwyna worked on clearing the east part of the front beds while I started moving compost to the new bin. After supper I came to CYT computer lab to catch up and register for this week's unemployment insurance. Late night just isn't the same without the computer at home; I've been spoiled and want to stay that way, thank you very much!