John Hardy Memorial Hike 2015

My Life So Far

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Summertime!

It is really enjoyable to sit out on my deck and enjoy the peace and quiet, plus we have had lots of rain so everything is looking very green and happy.
 

Maryanne and I went to Martin's Nursery (a Mennonite group) and got the must lush plants I have every seen.  After three years without geraniums, this is a gorgeous geranium year and they were 5 for $20!!! I love them.

 
I now have a special Granny's Corner where I can glide into old age.  I love it.  It was a nightmare putting the glider together but I did it all myself!!!

 
I did have to call for help from my neighbor when I put the umbrella on the picnic table, though.  I do not have enough muscle and I got it half way and dangerously not completed.  He did it quite easily, though I hated to ask him, what can I do when there is no muscle around?
 
 
The geraniums on the front deck are red and they are peach on the back deck though it is hard to tell by these pictures.



 
An amazing thing to see is my giant Columbine in the front planter--usually nothing will grow there and it is strutting it's stuff.  Unfortunately the deer love them and I wake every morning with fear it has been gobbled up.
 
 
Ah, summertime, I love it.  I strained my back weeding though so have decided to "rest" and watch some of the Classics on Hula Plus.  I saw 'Becket' yesterday and today 'Taming of the Shrew'.  I have never really gotten Shakespeare but it is about time I tried again.  I didn't mean to order Hula Plus but guess I will try and watch all the Classics I want to see before canceling it.

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Mitch Surprises Me

Mitch surprised me in early May, I knew he was coming but I did not know when.  He looked so good and he is tall!!!!.  He traveled from Asheville, N C up to Michigan and stayed with his grandparents for a bit and then traveled on through the northern part of the U S, even went through Glendive. 

He was driving a truck he bought for $500 and his Dad helped him fix it up and they put a camper roof on top!!  Really works well.

 
One of the first things I told him was that I was on this special diet to heal my digestive system and he said great, he was having too much heartburn anyway.
 
So he was my judge of what tasted good and he liked it all and said he didn't have any heartburn while he was here.  He said he would do any of the work I needed.  Wow, that was music to my ears.
 
So while he was here, he did an amazing job.  There were about 90 bags of trash and he decided to undo his truck, load it all in and haul it to Waste Management.  I was happy to pay the cost to get rid of it all.
 
There was a huge stack of branches from the winter storm and he chopped all that up and tucked it into my bins.  He worked on the watering system, changed burned out light bulbs.  Always lots of tasks around here for tall, strong guys.
 
And he finished bagging some waste I hadn't finished.  The yard looked super by the time he was done.  In the meantime he would go back and forth visiting his friends in Susanville and even drove down to see his girlfriend and haul a friend back and forth from Sacramento.
 
It was delightful and extremely helpful to have Mitch here!!
 

Later I captured a pix of Mitch and his girlfriend when they went to San Diego to visit Maria and Johnny and Matt and Destiny.  He started work for the Forest Service where he was last summer on May 18th...hope he can save that money to finish college!!!