Sunday, June 30, 2019

2019 Project 365 – Week Twenty-six

It’s the last day of June & it has been a scorcher! I went shopping with my sister-in-law today & I thought I’d just melt right into a puddle. The rest of the week is supposed to be similarly hot. When will I get my towels & sheets washed? Because I ain’t doing it when it’s in the 90s outside. In fact, I’m just going to place a moratorium on cleaning any cloth items in the house. If I have to go to work nekkid, so be it (note: there is NO DANGER of me running out of clothes to wear before the weather cools down).
Sunday, June 23rd                                         
Dr. M caught a glimpse of the baby wren – apparently shortly before it fledged. Baby birds are so ugly they’re cute.

I made a little business card holder for work. I used knobbly yarn so it doesn’t want to stay upright very well. I might try again later.

Monday, June 24th             
Dr. M had his morning coffee with Ms. Pinky.

Tuesday, June 25th                                             
I stopped by my dad’s house & came home with some home grown goodness!

Meanwhile, Dr. M was fixing all the things so that it will be easier for me to do yard work after his surgery (four more weeks!). Here is what he said (if you didn’t already think he was a nut, this will convince you): Imatellyawhat, that @danabugly is gettin serious about the yard work! I changed out the air filter and spark plug in Lil Red Ridin Good (under her rain cover) to fix a hitch in her (the mower’s) giddy up, checked out the battery powered weed eater, and serviced Benicio el Toro so she could have a trim mower (new blade, air filter, and spark plug, fresh oil and gas). Heck, I even sprayed the tool shed lock with WD 40 so she maybe can get in it now. Phew, where’s my ice pack?

Wednesday, June 26th                                                       
Your weekly daylilies.

Thursday, June 27th                                                        
The only picture is this “before” shot of my little pony tail. I like to sleep with my hair pulled up so that it’s not so hot. It also gives it some body the next day if I’m not going to wash it. There’s no “after” picture – I was going to show how goofy it looks in the morning, but nobody needed to see that. Whew boy!

Friday, June 28th                                                        
What I think my hair looks like during the day vs. what it really looks like. Who can get any work done with all that hair in your face?

Saturday, June 29th       
Finished! Well, except that I need to find some mandala rings to crochet them onto. They’re going to be wall hangings for my office. Also, maybe they’re not finished because I finished the last one with purple & I like that a lot better than the red, so I might add some purple rows to the smaller ones. We’ll see.

We sang patriotic songs at church this morning. And this is the end of pride month – I can’t imagine what it would feel like to be a gay person in today’s climate (or a person of color either). And there are children living in criminal conditions. I know I tend to be pie in the sky, but it’s hard for me to be patriotic when there are so many blatant injustices – injustices that supposed “good” people rationalize away with “but they shouldn’t.” I don’t care if they should or shouldn’t – they should all be treated with dignity and basic human rights. (Although let’s face it, as a bleeding heart liberal I usually think they should have fabulous human rights, not just the basic ones.) OK, getting off of my soapbox now. Have a great week everyone!

Sunday, June 23, 2019

2019 Project 365 – Week Twenty-five

Busy work week = Brain-befuddled Bug = No blog reading. So sorry! Hopefully this week will be less crazy so I can find out what’s going on in all of your lives!
Sunday, June 16th                                        
Father’s Day! I spent most of it with my dad. Here we are mall walking & he’s telling me that as his daughter I should never be ashamed to perform in public. That’s true. After years of being humiliated by his public whistling I got over myself & now I just go with the flow.

Monday, June 17th             
I took a plant into the office! Now we shall have a moment of silence as we contemplate its fate… I really am curious to see how it did all weekend – my office has no windows. It might be coming right back home again!

The moon!

Tuesday, June 18th                                             

Wednesday, June 19th                                                       
My mom’s birthday – always bittersweet. But it was a good day. Dr. M found some sheep (who, strangely, did not stare at him).

Then he took another picture of the wildflower bed – lovely!

Thursday, June 20th                                                        
Ms. Pinky & the deck flowers are doing just fine, thank you!

I got to play with the new mower! It was a little terrifying at times (our yard is pretty hilly), but I think I go the hang of it.

And then Roy came to visit.

Friday, June 21st                                                       
More progress. Not coasters!

Saturday, June 22nd      
WW showed this interesting breakfast on Instagram – fried egg on sweet potato “toast.” It was really good ya’ll! Even though I had spinach instead of bacon (only because I didn’t have bacon).

We had our annual employee event at the Hickory Crawdad’s (minor league baseball team). My fellow HR coworkers & I worked – taking raffle tickets & handing out game tickets. It started out rainy, but ended up being just fine. I had some good BBQ & ice cream, but I didn’t stay for the game. I was exhausted!

I skipped church again today because I didn’t feel well. And then I cleaned & did laundry. Tomorrow’s going to be a really busy day at work. Remember what I said last week about going to bed early? Ditto! Hope you all have a great week!

Sunday, June 16, 2019

2019 Project 365 – Week Twenty-four

What a beautiful week we had! I guess that helped make up for all the rain. I enjoyed sitting out on the deck again. We’re back in the oven again today – but that’s a little more normal than running my car heater on the way to work like I did this past week. And that’s enough talk about the weather – for now.
Sunday, June 9th                                        
It was Pentecost Sunday at church. As I said on Facebook, the paradigm of church might be changing, but that doesn’t mean we can’t still gather together to listen to God’s still speaking voice. And isn’t that a glorious arrangement on the altar?

Dr. M took a picture of the neighbor’s driveway. I guess it was a glorious week for me since I didn’t have to contend with this type of damage – yikes!

Monday, June 10th             
Flowers after the rain.

I got home from Monthly Monday Mexican night to a very exciting shipment! I’ve been salivating over Scheepjes yarn for a while & I finally found an excuse to order some. Also pictured, the rice heart from my meal. Awww.

Tuesday, June 11th                                             
Did I mention that the weather was fabulous? Dr. M did some deck sitting.

I started my project!

Wednesday, June 12th                                                       
Dr. M quickly decided that hooking up the trailer to borrow his dad’s mower was not going to work for us after he has back surgery (and really he shouldn’t be doing stuff like that now). So he found this cute used mower that will be my baby. Can’t wait to try Little Red Riding Good out!

Thursday, June 13th                                                        
Here is a long boring story about how I got my new work nickname. I wore this to work & my boss commented that it was a nice suit & she hoped I didn’t have a job interview. I said that I thought this suit was a little casual for job interviews & that I thought of it as my Miami Vice look (and that in fact it probably went back to that era). After she & my coworker stopped laughing they decided that my new nickname is Miami. (My old nickname was Eagle Eye because I have a really irritating habit of noticing misspellings & such. Really. Irritating.)

The Roy has a cone of shame – we’re not sure why – but it doesn’t stop him from getting good scritches!

Friday, June 14th                                                      
There is a fabulous bank of daylilies on our main road. Dr. M was able to get a pretty good picture of them.

Saturday, June 15th      
We spent some time with Dr. M’s Pop. Dr. M took me to the grocery store to show me what kinds of things he gets his dad – this will be my job while he’s recuperating. Not pictured: about forty eleven cans of cat food.

Making progress! One of these is done, but the other two have a ways to go yet.

I spent today (Father's Day!) hanging out with my dad (Mall walking! Eating!), and I’ve been working on this post “talking” to you guys. I think I might be extroverted out. Sorry Dr. M – no more communicating today. I shall silently make the beds with our clean sheets & then I shall silently crochet & then I shall silently go to bed about an hour early. Good night.

Sunday, June 9, 2019

2019 Project 365 – Week Twenty-three

Well, we’ve had some excitement around here – off and on torrential rain for the last three days has resulted in some collapsed driveways, storage buildings sliding off of their foundations, washed out roads, flooded basements, roof leaks, and all the different ways that too much water can be a menace. We just had a (very minor) leak around a light fixture in the kitchen, so we were very very lucky!
Sunday, June 2nd                                         
The wildflower bed continues to be fabulous.

I took a Friends and Family CPR class after church today. The mannequins are really pretty terrifying, but I saved my infant so I was pretty pleased about that.

Monday, June 3rd            
The boys are back!

Tuesday, June 4th                                             
They’re renovating the offices on the floor below where I work & there have been some really interesting noises, but today’s wins. I’m pretty sure this is the call of a wounded Wookiee.

Wednesday, June 5th                                                       
Dr. M saw his surgeon today. They’ve set the surgery date for July 29th (a “MAST Midline PLIF lumbar fusion”). He could have had an earlier date, but his father has some upcoming medical procedures that he needed to coordinate around.

That evening I tried to crochet a coaster. Perhaps a gauge swatch would not have gone amiss?

Thursday, June 6th                                                        
I found a cup big enough for my ginormous coaster! FYI – my sister-in-law made this cup for Dr. M (shh! Don’t tell him I stole borrowed it for work). She can make cups for you too if you would like – almost any design. This particular cup is pretty amazing – it had ice in it when I left the office on Thursday & still had ice in it on Friday morning!

Friday, June 7th                                                      
No picture.

Saturday, June 8th      
I photographed some of the “wildlife” on our gloriosa daisies. Such interesting little critters (one of which is a dreaded potato bug – I’m glad these daisies aren’t potatoes).

As I mentioned at the beginning of the post, we have had torrential rains. As of this morning, my dad had gotten over 11 inches of rain in about two days. Dr. M posted a couple of videos of water running behind our house & across the street. It was pretty impressive (even if these screen grabs aren’t all that impressive). Lots of damage in our area! Fortunately the sun is currently shining, so hopefully people have been able to start getting back to normal.

All of this crazy weather is just another reminder that the effects of climate change are not “someday” or a problem for future generations to handle. Sometimes I feel fired up & sometimes I just feel despair. But I’ll continue to try to do the little things that I can, work toward more drastic changes, and hope that everyone else gets on board too.  

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