Thursday, 6 October 2016
The Ilwaco post office garden got a tidy because this weekend the Cranberrian Fair will be in session at Columbia Pacific Heritage Museum across the street.
The first thing I saw when we got to the city hall garden was a hole in the ground where there used to be a beautiful amber-leaved Heuchera.
Later, I was checking on planters on the two southernmost blocks of downtown. I was cheered by this sign that the Herb ‘N Legend Smoke Shop owner had made, so much so that I went in and gave her a hug.
Allan’s project was to dig a not-showy-enough baptisia out of Fifth Street Park.
By the time I had checked on two blocks worth of planters and Allan had dug the baptisia, a drizzle had begun. I still had a couple of small projects I wanted to accomplish: pulling the Crocosmia ‘Lucifer’ from in front of Wind World Kites and digging out the ugly-on-one-side big old lavender in front of the Cottage Bakery.
Don’t be surprised if you see Wadworth Electric company digging in the planters next week. Something wrong must be fixed with the electrical line that runs the lamp posts between the stoplight and the police station, but first they have to find it by digging.
By now, the rain had become fierce and we were soaked through and envied folks who were indoors. I had been in denial and had not put on my raincoat.
At City Works, the street sweeper was dumping at the same time that we were.
I suggested that Allan retrieve a white tree trunk that has been catching my eye every time we dump debris for the past two weeks.
On the way home, I looked at the weather and was surprised to see a storm with 50 mph winds was predicted for the evening and overnight.
A quick stop at the library netted me some books I had been eagerly awaiting.
Two books came in that I was ever so eager to read.
We later drove back out into the wind to meet Dave and Melissa (Sea Star Gardening) for our weekly dinner at…
The Cove Restaurant
When I reminisced about last autumn’s menu dish of Cajun Chicken Alfredo, darling Chef Jason made me a dish of Cajun Prawns Alfredo.
Over dinner, we talked about our work weeks. Melissa and Dave had cut back the hydrangea allée in THE Oysterville Garden the day before.
Friday, 7 October 2016
Allan worked outdoors on the fence panel project.
I had had every intention of Friday being a day off. After the wind storm had blown through, though, and Friday had turned out to be a pleasant weather day, I became anxious about the Long Beach planters. I had only checked half of them yesterday before getting rained out. I had two home visits scheduled for the day: The “knee brace” woman was coming by to do a quick fitting, and Bill and Carol were coming over so that Bill could show us the beautiful plans he had drawn for our bathtub replacement project. After that enjoyable visit, Allan and I headed out to do just a couple of hours of Long Beach tidying.
Allan had already tidied the Ilwaco post office planter when he went to pick up the mail.
After tidying two blocks of planters and one bed of Fifth Street Park, we decided to check on…
…for sideways cosmos and such. At last there was a “sale pending” added to the For Sale sign so we knew that the wheels of bureaucracy were successfully turning. I was glad we visited because a big rose branch had come down at the inside of the entry arbor.
Because of the weather and impending dusk, we decided not to bother with the Ilwaco planters. We will save the city some money by just letting them go into a mild decline for another week or so. I did want to have a look at the port gardens and fix anything blown over or trash blown in by the storm, so we did a drive by. We found nothing amiss enough to warrant more work.
Around the corner on Howerton Avenue, a new shop has opened with a green theme. It was an ice cream shop, thus the pink theme. I’d repaint the trim with green if I were the Ilwaco Freedom Market.
Now we would have three days off, two of which I hoped to spend just reading, IF I can concentrate instead of obsessively reading the news about the increasingly infuriating Republican candidate.
1997 (age 73):
Oct 6: SUNNY—WARM I spent a couple hours pulling the blighted tomato plants, throwing them into the garbage can. It was in the 40s last night so I must get started planting the plants from the shop and the Bluestone perennials.
Oct 7: Received Dutch Gardens bulbs and spent time in the evening checking them against my list. All ok.
1998 (age 74):
Oct 6: I picked all the tomatoes that were ripening—got 4 Sealameal pkgs from the ripe ones. I also picked up apples and some from tree and got 4 Sealameal pkgs.
Oct 7: It stopped raining in the afternoon so I went out and labeled the upright begonias and did some watering (by hand). I set up the hose to water in PRFB in the morning if I get up early enough. Note: It rained all night and during day so I didn’t water in morning.