Friday, April 29, 2011
Our colder and wetter than normal spring continues. :-(
But from watching the news, it could be a lot worst!
The Salon has been slow this week, except for me. :-)
I've been pretty much booked all week, but it looks to be a shorter day today and tomorrow. Which could be good since we are due for a couple of days with no rain. Maybe I can get some more yard work done.
And unless you live under a rock, today is the big wedding day for Britain's royal family. It's been the talk of the Salon all week. Personally I'm not much interested in the actual wedding, but I have learned a lot of interesting things about the preparations and history of the British royal family. Did you get up at the crack of dawn to watch it?
Oh, and gas around here jumped to $4.19 yesterday. Not looking good for our camping season. We may have to rethink some of our destinations. But we won't let gas prices stop us. We may not go as far, but we will go. :-)
So, I'm off for a shower and work.
Have a great weekend!
Wednesday, April 27, 2011
We're continuing our spring like weather. :-)
But as you can see in these pics,
we are still in early spring.
The grass is green, and daffodils
and hyacinths are blooming,
but there are no bushes
or trees leafing out yet.
And I haven't even done a first mowing yet, though it looks like I might need to next weekend.
We've had sooo much rain, every river in the tri-county area is under a flood advisory.
But it's not near as bad here as in other places. It seems most of the storm systems are going south of us.
The rain did end early in the day,
but because it was too wet to wet
to weed, I decided to thin out the
pond plants. As you can see in
this pic from last year, the tall plants at the
upper left called Pickerel Rush have filled
the entire corner and the water lilies are
filling up the front half.
So I got out my wading boots, took of my shoes, and put my foot in and I felt something that wasn't normal. I about fell down trying to get that boot back off!
This is what I found inside that boot....
A mouse had tried to build a nest in the bottom of the boot!
I had the boots hanging in the shed! All that blue granular stuff is mouse bait. I put bait in the shed in the fall to get rid of any mice, and it does the job. But I about freaked out when my toes touched something that didn't feel like the bottom of the boot!
There was enough bait in the boot to fill 2 bait boxes.
Anyway, after I made damn sure there was nothing else in the boots, I got the pond plants thinned out. Then I decided to clean out the shed. Found 2 more mice nests in side some coiled hoses, and a total of 3 dead, dried up mice.
And it looks like more rain moving in for the next few days. We seem to be stuck in a very wet cycle. But at least the temps have returned to normal.
Now time for my shower and another work week!
Tuesday, April 26, 2011
We've had a couple of good days temp wise. Sunday, sunny near 60, and Monday, rain and 63.
With Sunday being such a nice day, I cleaned/weeded another flower bed. I also helped Craig install the new locking mailbox and repaired some landscape lighting. Craig has numerous 18 watt landscape lights all around the back yard. With the 2 porch lights on day/night sensors and 2 sodium lights, our yard is lit up like a freakin ballpark! But Craig likes to look out at night and be able to see if anything is going on. The lights make him feel more secure. It's just another one of his OCD issues. :-)
Anyway, a section of lights were out and replacing bulbs didn't help. So he bought a new light and it didn't work either. So it had to be the wiring, so I traced the problem back to a connector. Replaced that, and now they all work. :-)
And of course, being Easter, Craig made a delicious Ham for dinner. Had plenty for leftovers, and froze the bone for making broth later.
Monday morning, while Craig slept in, I went online to place our free lunch order. Then I went to the doctor for my annual physical.
Looks like I'm going to live another year. ;-)
But I swear, every year, there's at least one thing that's off. This year, it was my LDL or bad cholesterol. They want it under 130. Mine was 133. Last year it was 124. the year before that, 114. Before that, 134.
Last year, it was Glucose. It's suppose to be under 99, mine was 101. This year, 97.
3 and 4 years ago, it was Neutrophils, or white blood cells. They want them between 48 and 81. I was a bit low at 47.9 one year, and 48.8 the other. This year, 55.1.
I'm beginning to think some things just tend to fluctuate. :-\
After my physical, I came home to find Craig had gotten up all by himself, showered and was ready to go. :-)
We did our usual banking and shopping, getting the stuff home in time to go pick up the Salons free lunch from Chipotle Grill. They had everything ready when I got there, and it was indeed all free. It would have cost $61.47 had we had to pay for it. Got to the Salon, and only half the staff was there. Called and got various excuses. One completely forgot, 2 others were on their way, running late. You'd think people could remember a free meal wouldn't you? Anyway, we ate our free lunch, and decided it was pretty good, but kinda expensive for fast food. Had we payed for it, we probably wouldn't go there again. So if they hoped to get new customers, it didn't work for our group. :-)
Back home, since it was raining, I decided to tackle the riding lawn mower. It was in the garage, so I'd be dry. After some work, I managed to remove the mower deck, and with Craig's help, got the blades sharpened. It was actually easier to get the mower deck back on. :-)
Then, since the rain had stopped and the sun was trying to come out, I suggested to Craig we should change Cruiser's tires. So we took off the snow tires, and put on the summer tires.
So, it's been a productive weekend, and now it's time for my shower. Not sure what's on the schedule for today, it's raining again, and looks like it will all day. I might have to take a day off and just play. :-)
Sunday, April 24, 2011
Spring seems to have finally arrived!
For now anyway. :-)
It got up to 63 yesterday,
and today should be similar.
I had a fairly short day at the salon yesterday.
I started at 7:30 and was done by 1:30.
I came home, changed my clothes,
and went outside.
I picked up sticks, surveyed springs progress,
and cleaned/weeded a couple of flower beds.
I've got sooo much to do and I'm sooo behind.
It's a good thing I decided not to
have a plant sale this year.
Craig informed me at this time last year
I had 264 plants divided and potted up already.
This year, being such a cold spring,
most of my perennials,
are barely up enough to see,
much less divide.
After Craig got home, we relaxed on the deck
with cocktails and soaked in the spring weather.
I've already cleaned the Salon this morning,
and took these pics so I
could add them to this post.
Today, I plan on changing the tires on PT Cruiser
from winter tires to summer,
and I hope to get
the deck off the riding lawn mower
so I can sharpen or replace the
blades depending on their condition.
And of course, Craig will make a ham for dinner.
Semi-boneless is the only way he claims.
And deviled eggs, augratin potatoes,
So it looks to be a good weekend. :-)
Friday, April 22, 2011
It's currently raining, again, and 41 out. A high of only 53 is forecast. Not only has it been a very cold spring, it's been a very wet one. We are under a flood advisory. Not to worry about our house or Salon, we're on high ground. :-)
It also appears we'll be getting a little break. They are forecasting 60's to near 70 for the mid week before plunging back below normal next weekend. So, if the rain ever lets up, I'll be out working in the yard this weekend, as I'm way behind my spring yard work.
The salon has been very busy this week, and looks to end that way also.
Monday I have my yearly physical, and then for lunch, our Salon staff is getting a free lunch from Chipolte Grill. Last week I received a call from the manager, and they are doing a month long promotion to get more exposure for them. This month they are targeting Salons and Monday is our day. I went on-line and printed out a bunch of order forms and been having the staff fill them out. I'll go on-line Monday morning and place our orders, and pick up the food at 11:30 and deliver it to the Salon. Only one person on our staff has ever eaten there, and she said the food was 'okay'. But hey, free food is free food, right?
And that's all I got for today.
Have a great weekend!
Wednesday, April 20, 2011
We are continuing our colder than normal spring with temps yesterday reaching a high of only 40. Our normal high should be near 60. :-(
But things are looking up. The forecast is calling for near normal temps by the weekend, and possibly, dare I say, slightly above normal temps by the middle of next week.
And despite the temps, mother nature is 'springing' forth. The grass is greening up, and the spring flowers are slowly emerging.
Monday, after we returned home, I cleaned out the mo-ho, while Craig did laundry and bookwork. I then got the cleaning bug and cleaned the bathroom and vacuumed. Tuesday, after we shopped for the weeks groceries, we came home and I did absolutely nothing all day. It was cold and windy out, so no yard work, and I couldn't find an ounce of ambition to do anything. So I played on the puter all day.
Craig got 2 letters in the mail saying our tax returns were in error. No one ever likes getting a letter from the IRS! But we had already gotten our automatic deposit refund, that didn't match our figures. The letters informed us that we miscalculated our self employment tax, and we were due a bigger refund than we had figured. Apparently last fall, as part of the stimulus package, they changed the way self-employment tax was figured and Craig must have missed that. It was a one time deal, so it won't happen again next year.
And this week in the Salon looks to be quite busy, and busy is good. -)
Monday, April 18, 2011
Friday, April 15, 2011
Wednesday, April 13, 2011
Tuesday, April 12, 2011
It's currently 38 out, going for a high of 55 which is slightly below the normal high of 60. Yesterday morning, we still had a bit of the warm front left as it was 67 when I got up and the rain had quit. I decided to take advantage of it and when it was light enough, I went out and drained the water/bleach mixture from the mo-ho, and filled the holding take with fresh water. Flushed all the lines and filled the water heater. I then polished the remaining 2 wheels.
After my shower, I woke up Craig, and fixed us coffee. We went out and did our usual Monday routine, P.O. bank, and shopping which was a challenge. They have closed a large section Of Saginaw Street, reducing it to 2 lanes in one direction. Saginaw is the main thoroughfare through the west side. Nearly everything is on this main road. The street is undergoing a complete redo that will last all summer. Fortunately, Our Salon is on a main side street, so our customers shouldn't have too much trouble getting to us.
Returning home, I fired up the mo-ho water heater. After confirming the propane burner worked, I turned that off and turned on the electric heater. Since it would take an hour to heat, we worked on the car caddy. One of the mud flaps had ripped off, and needed to be replaced. We had searched all over, and no one carries them, soooo we stumbled on what were called rubber belts at TSC. They had them in widths of 5, 7, and 12, sold by the foot. Our old ones were 6 1/2 by 10 1/2 so we bought 2 ft of the 7 inch. Of course, I could only get 1 of the 2 nuts off that held each of the old ones on. But I did manage to cut the old ones off and we mounted the new ones just underneath where the old ones were.After that project, Craig went in to do the estimated taxes that are due on the 15th as any self employed person knows, and I went in the mo-ho. Checked the water, it ran hot. Good. Then ran a quick cycle on the washer/dryer/ and then a cycle on the dishwasher.
I'm happy to say, at least right now, everything has been checked and is functioning properly with the mo-ho and it's ready for it's first trip! :-)
With us having such a cold spring, I haven't been able to clean up the flower beds much since very little has come up yet. But that has given me more time to work on the mo-ho, so all in all, it's okay. We only have 2 trips scheduled for all of April and May, so I'll have plenty of time in the yard, once it finally decides to warm up and stay warm. But I do have a few things in bloom..... I'm not sure what the top pic is. They're cute little flowers only about 3 inches tall. The bottom pic is a large Hellebore. So spring is slowly coming along. :-)
Monday, April 11, 2011
Yesterday got all the way up to 83! It was wonderful! It felt soo good to be outside without a coat! Today, it's raining with slowly falling temps back to seasonal highs of near 60, but we took full advantage of the day we had.
And to answer a couple of questions from my last post about my 'dump battery'. We use a macerator pump to empty the grey and black holding tanks instead of those nasty accordion hoses. It is permanently attached to the dump outlet. It needs power to run. We didn't want to pay someone to hard wire it, so we use a 12 volt battery. After sitting all winter, I fully charge it up to use for the season. Hope this explains it for you. :-)
Now back to our day.....
Sunday, April 10, 2011
With Friday and Saturday being fairly short days at the Salon, I was able to get out side and do a few things. It's been near 60, so not too bad.
We appear to be done with the night time below freezing temps, so I restocked the mo-ho with the rest of it's liquid stuff. Shampoo, shaving cream, toothpaste, cleaning supplies, etc. I also managed to trim back a few bushes, and I also got the bikes off the garage ceiling hooks and filled the tires. While I was at that, I also filled the tires on the riding mower. And if I find the time, I need to pull the deck from the mower and sharpen the blades.
I also put the portable gas grill back in a mo-ho bay and charged the dump battery and put that back in.
And with one day of summer like temps, (it's suppose to hit near 80 today!) I plan on un-winterizing the mo-ho and sanitizing the system, and hopefully give it a good washing. Then, just a couple of more things to buy, and we'll be ready to hit the road! :-)
And now I'm off to clean the Salon....
Friday, April 08, 2011
Tuesday, April 05, 2011
Monday, after we returned home from all our running around, While he finished some bookwork waiting for the prep to start working, I went on a cleaning binge. I cleaned out several kitchen cabinets. You know, the ones with deep shelves you never see what's back there? Well, I found a bunch of stuff to add to my spring yard sale.One particular item, a few of you might remember, a hot air popcorn popper! We got this way back in the late 70's I think. Haven't used it in years! It's even got a little butter melting cup on top!
It still works, but with Craig's hundreds of fillings, (okay, maybe not quite that many) he doesn't eat popcorn anymore. So with this gradual house cleaning I've been doing, I'm filling up a space in the living room for a pretty decent size yard sale. I'll post more of these little treasures later. And if anyone wants any of the stuff, if your willing to pay shipping, you can have it!
Soooo it's back to work tomorrow.
Oh, ps, I was going to take a bunch of pics in the hospital, and even post the polyp pics, but Craig didn't seem to think it was a good idea. So, since he went through so much the last couple of days, I thought I'd humor him and be good. :-)