Monday, 19 December 2016
Our friend Bill Clearman, who is going to make a beautiful bathtub enclosure for us, had stopped by twice recently with ideas. We have been charged with making a trip “overseas” (Warrenton) to look at tile colors. Today was going to be that day….until the weather was just so good that we had to finish the work list instead.
(I must admit I have recently shortened the work list by just erasing a couple of items.)
This morning, here is all that is left (along with the size of tiles we are supposed to look at).
Smokey would have preferred that I stay home.
We parked at the Red Barn and did a brief tidy of the planters there, then walked over to Diane’s garden.We’re still waiting to see when the septic company comes and takes down Diane and Larry’s trees and drives through the long narrow garden strip. We clipped all the dead annuals in the back yard container garden. The next time we come here will be February and one of the first things we will do will be to prune the hydrangea: After a mere 15 minutes of work, we were off to The Anchorage Cottages, where Mitzu and Beth greeted us.
In Long Beach, we did a bit of clipping on planters by NIVA green.I hope I remember those ideas for next year, when perhaps I will be in the mood for decorating. Part of the problem this year is not just the loss of hope…I also feel like it was JUST last month when I took down last year’s decorations. And I promise you that I did so on December 31, 2015. The years go disturbingly fast now. Maybe Christmas 2017 will feel like a long enough to interval to make decorating a treat again.
We checked on Veterans Field gardens and decided to postpone clipping the plants until late January, 2017. We watered the window boxes at the Depot Restaurant for the pleasure of the bulbs.We had NO wind which made for a good work day. Tonight, a 65 mph gale is supposed to go through and that may delay the trip to look at tiles.
And that brings the work year to an end (and the tile notes transferred to something more portable than the work board):
With how fast time goes, it will seem like just days before I am filling the board with the first of 2017’s tasks.
Allan and I are both feeling a little bit poorly. It is my desire to be well enough to attend three more planned holiday festivities (and not disappoint friends who are counting on our presence) and to make the tile-shopping excursion. I managed to write three blog posts this evening (this being the last of the three) and will now return to my book, Modernity Britain…only 300 pages to go.