Wednesday, April 6, 2022



The past couple of weeks have been full ones.  Out of the house by 8am with yard work, projects, errands and such have kept me very busy.

The two weeks my daughter was here were wonderful, marvelous, good, good, weeks.  Mostly we just had time to “hang-out” and that was a huge part of the wonderful.  

We did go to yoga several times.

And, one day we went to the Katy Home and Garden Show.  There were lots of vendors selling doors, windows, ac units, solar panels, kitchen/bathroom remodeling ideas and other home improvement things.  Disappointingly, not too much garden stuff.  There was only one garden shop there with some pretty plants.  And, I was very tempted, however I was strong and managed to come home with only one plant – a type of lavender that, I was assured, will grow here in our hot humid climate.  We’ll see.

There were, maybe, a couple dozen DYI’ers.  Everything from cute little terrariums

To handmade dolls. 

I did think the owners went a bit too far though.  They both wore hospital scrubs with nursery aprons over them and walked around holding a doll as though it were a newborn human baby – wrapped in a blanket, bouncing it in her arms, cooing at it. 

We did a lot of walking around the neighborhood and when I say ‘walking’ I don’t mean casual strolling.  I mean WALKING!  Interesting things to be seen in the country.

This mama was out running errands with the kids.

And, this made me laugh out loud – king of the mountain!  Honestly, I don’t think I’ve ever seen a cow on a hill - okay, on a big mound of dirt.

I painted the front porch.  Well, I sealed the front porch with a clear sealer – sort of the same thing.  Still have a little more to do to finish but it requires me on the ladder with a paint can and brush.  I may have to wait until my granddaughter comes to visit.  Her fiancée is coming with her and I’m making a list of ‘honey-do’s’.

Daughter and I both like English/Australian mysteries so we watched Mystery Road and Winter (Australian) and Whitstable Pearl (English).  Winter and Whitstable Pearl were excellent. 

Mystery Road was okay, good even, once you got past the stoic abrupt leading man.

My daughter left this past Saturday.  I am sad still.

Lookee here!!!

Baby Tomatoes! 

Everything else in the yard is being very slow to come out with leaves, much less flowers.  However, finally my little trees are leafing out (I’ve had firm talks with them.  This year I expect them to grow taller than me!), the roses are starting to set buds, the coneflowers have buds all over, the ferns have come back, and the plumerias are finally starting to show a leaf or two.  The herb garden is growing slowly.  Cool evenings and coolish days have everything moving slowly.  However, with the arrival of April, I think summer is upon us – supposed to be nearly 90 degs today.

I had a bit of a scare and Daryl had a very bad day.  Daryl (one of the Demon Duo) stopped eating, stopped drinking, only slept.  This is bad.  I took him to the kitty doctor where he, Daryl, was VERY UNHAPPY.  First of all, he had to get in the carrier.  Not a favorite thing.  Then, in the car. Where he squalled the whole way to the vet.  When I finally opened the carrier, he stuck his head out, looked around, and sucked right back into the carrier (nope, don’t know this place, not coming out).  We had to turn the carrier up and shake him out.  He doesn’t really like to be touched, specially by strangers.  In came two techies that touched him all over and then, he doesn’t like men and a big man came in the room and touched him all over.  Finally, he had to get an IV of fluid and two shots.  He couldn’t get back in the carrier fast enough.  (and was very quiet on the trip home!) 

All is well now.

Zack was terribly concerned, as you can see below.

(Tired himself out, playing with his mousie.)

Well, that’s pretty much all.  Nothing exciting.  But nothing bad.

I saw this the other day.  Ohhhhhhh . . . . yes a moment . . . . Wasn't 1970 just a year or two ago??

5 Apr 2022


  1. I'm glad you had such a good visit with your daughter. That is an AWESOME yoga "action shot!"

    Poor Darryl. Glad it all turned out okay. HRH hated the vet too. Would fight me tooth and nail getting into the carrier and going in the car. But once at the vet, her bravado would collapse and she'd be a docile little sucky baby the entire time. And all the way home!

  2. I redid the calculation because I didn't believe those dates either! I think a cool drink and a lie down next.

    So good to have a daughter who's also a friend and good company. It sounds like a great time.

  3. OMG-my mother was born in 1918 and was certainly still with us in 1970. She was determined to live into the next century, but 1997 was a few years short!

  4. I'm so glad you had a nice visit with your daughter! I wish I'd spent more intentional time with my mother as an adult - it was always whirlwind trips home with my husband in tow.

  5. I watched both those series and enjoyed them a lot..

  6. So pleased you had such a good visit with your daughter :)

    All the best Jan