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Tuesday, July 22, 2014

it's peeling

Good morning.
Goodness! I can't believe it's Tuesday already!
Where does the weekend go?   :-)
Anyway, we came home Saturday after work and relaxed on the deck.
Sunday, we walked and I burned up a huge pile of branches while Craig did his usual bookwork.
I think I've finally got all the winter damage trimmed up.
Monday, another walk, and shopping and I painted the front patio.

 The reason I paint it is when they ran water to the house, they cut out a section of the slab. The water comes in under the kitchen sink, under that side window. And there were also spots of concrete that had surface degeneration, so I patched over it and then painted it so it looks more uniform.
Also Monday, I cleaned up the inside of the mo-ho, so it will be ready for our next trip. It feels odd not talking very many trips this year, as we were planning on going out to Vegas to work on our house.
Which we still don't have yet.  Day 113 now, but who's counting.  :-)
And if you ever think of getting a London Plane Tree for your yard, consider this.....
 Craig had this planted about 20 some years ago. He picked it because it has a nice broad crown for shade and he loves the cool mottled pattern on the trunk.
But, he obviously didn't realize, for the mottled look to happen, the tree needs to shed it's bark. As the tree grows, the branches expand and the bark splits and peels and falls to the ground. The above pic is just 4 days since we mowed. And this will go on for several weeks.
Now time to enjoy our last day off.

Friday, July 18, 2014

hosta Friday

Good morning.
It's been a steady week in the Salon so far.
A few gaps here and there. I was able to get an oil change and  we did manage to get the mo-ho yesterday. Hope that's it for repairs this year.
And of course, more garden pics.....

hostas around planters framing the gate.
Hostas behind the house including my blue giant, called Blue Angel.
Two more days of work before another weekend, which is looking to be real nice, I hope.  :-)
Now off to work.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

It's day lily time

Good morning.
Here's a few of my 40+ day lilies blooming now....

The gardens are at their peak right now. And we've had so much rain, everything is nice and lush.
And speaking of rain, yesterday was a wash-out as scattered rain made it too wet to do anything outside. And thanks to this polar cold wave, yesterday reached only 65. We should be in the 80's this time of year.  :-(
And I did get news on the mo-ho. Something about a bad manifold gasket. Sooo, $300 bucks later and it'll be road worthy again.
And no, still no news on the house in Vegas.
Still all and all a nice weekend.
Now it's back to work.

Monday, July 14, 2014

and off again

Good morning.
It was a very busy week in the Salon, and I'm enjoying the weekend.  :-)
It was a beautiful day Saturday, and we came home from work, fixed a couple of drinks, and sat on the deck.
More rain came through Saturday night, but cleared by morning. After cleaning the Salon, I worked in the yard trimming bushes and weeding.
And here's a few yard pics....

miniature hostas in bloom.
red Bee balm.
along a border bed.
And I can't remember what these are but they're very cool looking.
Today, I take the mo-ho in for a knocking noise in the engine. It only makes the noise when it's in gear, and Craig thinks it's the same noise we had 3 years ago when we had warped manifold covers.
I have no clue what it could be, but I'm hoping it's a minor issue. We'll see.  :-\
Now time to go.

Wednesday, July 09, 2014

and....back to work.

Good morning.
Well, we got another inch of rain yesterday, so it was a mostly inside day. We did get some running around done and I made a big batch of kale chips.We've had over 4 inches of rain in 2 weeks.  :-\
I didn't get the rest of the mo-ho waxed due to me, I think, straining a muscle near my shoulder.
So I've been taking it easy trying to let it heal.
Here's a couple of pics I took with my phone on our walk on Saturday.

We walked through downtown East Lansing that borders Michigan State University.
The building is called the Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum. Designed by the Pritzer prize winning architect Zaha Hadid. Unfortunately, they have so many trees around it, it's had in the pics to see the extreme angle of the rippled metal and glass. But it's a very unusual looking building.
Anyway, it was a nice long weekend that always seems to go to fast, and now it's back to work.