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This and That

Well, Friday was the big day! 

We signed our paperwork and paid for the Mountain Farmlet.  We were so excited that we wore ourselves out with it all.  We had planned to take ourselves out to dinner, but then didn’t have the energy to go!  But dinner at home was good.  ;)

Tucker is getting better!  It is painfully slow progress, but we don’t have to let him out every hour on the hour now.  In fact, we found out on Friday that he can hold it for over three hours now, and that is a milestone.  However, we will be waiting a lot longer for his fur to grow back.  :(

Now begins the hopefully not too long process of prepping this house and selling it.  We considered renting, but in the end we decided we just don’t want the hassle that goes along with being rental owners.

ANYBODY WANT TO BUY A NICE FARMLET IN HAZEL GREEN?

As for the Mountain Farmlet, well we still have one more week to go.  The Octogenarian is having her estate sale and then will be moved out by the 10th.  I was feeling sad for her to have to go, but then she told us she has plans to go traveling over the next year!  I think this is wonderful, and I hope she has a wonderful journey wherever she goes!

In the meantime  I have been busy making cuttings, and potting up plants I want to take with me to the Mountain Farmlet.  Roses, herbs, bulbs and more.  I started the roses by air layering and it is working FAST and FABULOUSLY!  I already have big, fat root callouses growing in under all that sphagnum moss and tinfoil!   I am taking more than one of each item to ensure that I get at least ONE OF EACH ITEM!  :D

Oh yes, and when I am not puttering and such in the gardens, I have been quietly packing and sorting for the moving sale.

So much to do!

And so, back to work I go!

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OH YES!!!

And today is Bob’s Birthday!

So you simply must wish him a Happy Birthday!

little kids blowing out birthday cake by Foxtongue at flickr(I just love this picture!)

Visiting the Mountain Farmlet: into each life some rain must fall

It rained on Friday.   I don’t do well with rain on the road since my accident in California in the rain.  I totaled my car and permanently injured myself.  Anyway, I no longer spontaneously burst into tears at the sight of a wreck in the rain (It’s PTSD the Dr told me way back then) but OH-BABY I don’t usually go looking to drive in it…  EVER.

That said, I had an appointment with the Octogenarian to see her gardens and I was going to get there!

So, I bundled the dogs into the car, brought plenty of water and a bowl for Tucker, dropped Buddy off for the day at the groomers, stopped 5 times in 80 plus miles for the Little dog to PEE (I couldn’t leave him home all day in his condition now could I?)  paid for insurance on the new Farmlet, transferred the water into our name, found out I need proof of ownership and $160.00 to transfer the electric into our name, and that the trash service office is only open for business for one hour a day (because it’s a one man office and he wears four hats, and three of those hats require him to be out of the office!!!) and somewhere in all that I ate the ugliest lunch in history (normally I would have asked the cook to try again, but under the circumstances I don’t think it would have helped and I was really hungry, and it didn’t poison me) and then it was nearing 2:00 PM and time for my visit!   

In short it was a busy day!

(Insert a rather long inhale here)  ;)

I arrived on time and she came out onto the porch to greet me.  We then proceeded to go inside because it was still raining cats and dogs!  He daughter was visiting, introductions were made, and we sat round the table in the breakfast room, drank coffee, and visited for two hours or more!

As we got to know each other better I was struck with the thought, that it was sad that we couldn’t be neighbors.  She is such a lovely and sweet woman.

Later when the rain let up and the sun pretended to burn through the clouds, we peeked at the gardens from the back deck and from the front porch.  Even with all the pelting from the heavy rain, the flowers showed me their potential and it was amazing!  Lilies, roses, iris, and so much more await me when we finally move up on the mountain.  And get this!

Even though she is moving away in a few short weeks, she and her daughter spent quite a few hours out in the garden weeding it!  (I understand this, and probably will do the same before we leave our current Farmlet.  :) )

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Now, about that rain.  This was the spent version of the rain that had caused the bad weather in the Midwest earlier in the week, and although we didn’t have severe weather, it was coming down in buckets nonetheless!

This meant that the gardens were tattered and puddled.  I’ll say no more except that I promised you pictures and I am delivering on that promise!  :D

Click the photo to enter the Mountain Farmlet…

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PLEASE NOTE

This post was scheduled to be shared over the weekend, but with all the commotion the severe weather has caused over the past two weeks, I just didn’t have the heart.  In retrospect, my annoyances pale in comparison.

I know very well how awful these storms can be because we lived through them in April of 2011.  The devastation is incomprehensible.  There is seeing it on television, and then seeing if first hand.

INCOMPREHENSIBLE!

My heart aches for all who have suffered the loss of life and property.  God bless these people, heal their hearts, and give them strength.

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Be still, sad heart, and cease repining; Behind the clouds is the sun still shining; Thy fate is the common fate of all, Into each life some rain must fall…

from The Rainy DayHenry Wadsworth Longfellow

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A phone call and an invitation…

Last night the *Octogenarian called with an invitation to visit the new property on Friday!  She said she wanted to show me around the gardens before all their spring loveliness was bloomed out!

Isn’t she lovely to think of that?

She also said she had some photographs of the old place for me too.

Is it Friday yet?

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*NOTEFor those who wonder why I call her the Octogenarian.  I do it to protect her anonymity.   I didn’t want to put her name out there on the net, lest she run into it and not appreciate my bandying it about! 

Random synapses firing

Good morning and Happy Monday!

Over the weekend we had sunshine with a bit of rain, and I made the discovery that I am allergic to something in Pace Picante Sauce.  My face broke out into little bumps all around my mouth and itched until 2:00 AM.  (It stopped at 2:00 because I got up and took a Benadryl.  :shock:  )

On Saturday we visited Tuscumbia and here is some of what we saw…

Tuscumbia is a quaint and lovely town, but I think they roll up the sidewalks too early on Saturdays.  By 4:00 PM nearly everything was CLOSED, and on Sunday everything IS closed!

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It is 7:00 AM and I have to get ready for the dentist, call the vet to inquire about Tucker’s medicine, and try to get some packing and sorting done.

How was your weekend?