It's been a very busy week in the Salon and it continues today and tomorrow.
We've had a mini heat wave this week, with temps into the low 80's. Of course, I haven't been able to enjoy them since I've been working. :-(
And of course, just in time for my weekend, the temps are forecast back into the 60's.
I just hope it's dry so I can get out side stuff done.
I have been outside every morning for about an hour before I went to work, and I've been able to really get a handle on the flower beds.
And speaking of flowers, here's some of what's blooming right now....
Friday, May 31, 2013
Wednesday, May 29, 2013
I've just come in from working in the yard during a break in the current rainy period.
It has been raining pretty much non-stop since shortly after we got home on Monday.
We've gotten just over 3 inches of rain. We are under a flood warning, again.
We are forecast for scattered showers all week.
But, the rain has really gotten the yard looking good.
The perennials have really multiplied this year. The downsized beds I did last fall with all the transplanting and moving of plants are really looking good.
I've got some things blooming now, and I'll post some pics later this week, but with the selection of perennials I have, my yard looks best from mid June to mid July.
So, because we were stuck indoors for most of Monday and Tuesday, I was online looking for an alternate place to buy the Salon's laundry detergent and coffee. I'm a member of Sam's Club and this year, they're hiking the membership fee to $45. I think it crazy to pay a yearly fee for the privilege to shop somewhere, so I'm looking for an alternative. Anyone have any ideas? That's pretty much all I but there as the nearest one is on the other side of town.
Now it's time to go back to work, and it's gonna be a busy one!
Posted by Wayne at Wednesday, May 29, 2013
Tuesday, May 28, 2013
I've just returned from cleaning the Salon. It's currently a cold 52 with rain. Over the holiday weekend, we went to Maumee Bay State Park. We arrived Friday afternoon, after working half a day at the Salon.
It was a cool chilly weekend. Mostly sunny, low 60's, with a brisk cold northern wind.
Not the best weather, but we managed to have a good time. :-)
Went for a bike ride Friday before dinner, which was turkey kielbasa's.
Saturday morning, I didn't bike as it was only 39 when I got up. :-(
We did go for a coffee walk when Craig got up as it had gotten up into the upper 40's by then. Then headed into Toledo for a stop at the downtown farmers market. The place was packed! Besides the usual selection of produce, this weekend was flower weekend, where the market invited area growers to sell flower, perennials, and hanging baskets.
I found a really cool hosta, but didn't buy it due to no place to put it as I've been downsizing my flower beds.
After navigating the market, we headed over to the Libby Outlet store, where we managed to buy nothing.
Then as usual for our trips to Maumee Bay, lunch at Tony Packo's.
We eat at the one downtown near the baseball stadium. It's only about 8 blocks from the farmers market. Of course, we both had 2 of their famous Hungarian chili dogs. Yummy!
Then back to the campground where we managed to find a sheltered spot in the sun to relax with cocktails.
Later, another bike ride, and pork steaks on the grill with a baked potato and grilled marinated zucchini.
Sunday morning, after our coffee walk, we headed over to the new Hollywood Casino, on the south side of Toledo. It's been open just barely a year, and looks very nice with it's art deco decor.
We spent a couple of hours playing the slots and when we were ready to leave, I was up $40, but Craig was down $30. Is anybody noticing a trend here? I think I need to leave Craig home, or in the car with a book. :-)
Then on the way back to the campground, we stopped for lunch at a Buffalo Wild Wings where I, of course, partook in spicy garlic wings, and Craig had mini pulled pork sandwiches.
Back at the campground, it was a little nicer as the temps had reached into the mid 60's and the wind was light. Still colder than normal for this time of year, but okay. After relaxing a bit, another bike ride. This time, over to the beach, about a mile away. At least it was good weather for biking.
Then we made chicken thighs on the grill with another baked potato and grilled asparagus.
While fixing dinner we notice out the window behind the couch, a couple of Baltimore Orioles where feasting on nectar from the tiny flowers on this bush.
Before retiring for the evening, I strapped up the bikes, put away the grill and chairs for an early morning departure.
We arrived home late Monday Morning, safe and sound. All systems functioned normally. It was another good trip!
I managed to get the yard mowed while Craig did his usual paperwork and laundry, before a late afternoon rain moved in.
Today will be our usual Monday running around before back to work tomorrow, which looks like another crazy busy week.
Posted by Wayne at Tuesday, May 28, 2013
Friday, May 24, 2013
As expected, it's been a crazy, busy week.
I worked 11 1/2 hours on Wed. and 10 on Thursday. I've got another packed day today.
Her's a few more pics of the yard....
It rained nearly all day Wed and Thur but sun is forecast for the entire weekend, though it will be a little on the cool side with temps only in the low 60's.
Anyway, have a great holiday weekend! I'm looking forward to a long weekend also!
Posted by Wayne at Friday, May 24, 2013
Wednesday, May 22, 2013
Well, as usual, the weatherman was wrong again.
Monday, it rained a brief period early, and was sunny most of the day, and Tuesday, it looked like it wanted to rain, but didn't. So much for a 70% chance of rain.
Soooo, I took advantage of that and did some more work in the yard.
We have a fountain out in the yard, and I had Mother of thyme planted in it. Some years it looks great, and other years not so much. This was one of those years. Once it started to grow, I could see it was half dead. It's done this before, and I usually sort out the dead stuff, thin the good stuff and replant. Not this year. Because it's a raised bed, it can get very dry during the winter if we don't have much snow fall. This past winter was one of those, and so it drys out to much and dies off. So, I decided to tear it all out, and replant with a creeping sedum that thrives in dry soil.
I also did a bunch more weeding, and I'm surprisingly in good shape for so early. Downsizing flower beds has accomplished what I intended. Less weeding. And it should also help in the fall, with less deadheading.
Also, we cleaned out the dryer vent. This is what we took out of the chute, after the lint screen.
And as promised, here's a few pics of some tree peonies that have begun blooming...
Posted by Wayne at Wednesday, May 22, 2013
Monday, May 20, 2013
I've just returned from cleaning the Salon. I know, it's not Sunday, but let me explain.
My weekend's forecast, (Sunday, Monday and Tuesday) was calling for sun and 80 on Sunday, and rain Monday and Tuesday, so instead of cleaning the Salon Monday morning, I decided to put it off a day and clean and seal the roof of the mo-ho.
As soon as it was light enough to see, I got up on the mo-ho roof, and spent an hour cleaning.
After allowing it to dry, I then sealed the roof. The roof of the mo-ho is rubber, and it needs to be cleaned and sealed every year to prevent it from drying and cracking which of course would then lead to leaking.
After Craig got up, we did our usual running and also stopped and picked up flowers for the 4 pots I plant, and also a big bag of moisture control potting soil. I first used it last year, and I must say the stuff is amazing. We were able to leave on a camping trip for 4 days, and when we got back, the pots were fine. I highly recommend this for anyone who doesn't want to have to water your pots every day.
Back home, I planted the pots and I also washed the mo-ho and the Kia and Boston.
I then did some more weeding. It was an exhausting day, but I got a lot done.
As a treat for all my labor, we had pork steaks on the grill. Yummy!
And here's a few pic of the yard....
Oh, and now, the weather forecast for today is just a 40% chance of rain after 2pm. So hopefully, more time to work in the yard.
Posted by Wayne at Monday, May 20, 2013
Saturday, May 18, 2013
It's been a very busy week. In the Salon, and at home.
Now that we've finally have gotten some summer like weather, I've been working in the yard every morning for an hour or so before going to work. I've managed in one week to get a good chunk of the yard in shape.
But I've still got a lot more to do.
Here's a pretty Parrot Tulip.
I'll try and get more pics this weekend.
Have a great weekend!
Posted by Wayne at Saturday, May 18, 2013
Tuesday, May 14, 2013
Wow! I didn't realize I haven't posted since last Thursday. Forgive me. :-)
It was a busy week at work, ending with a couple of prom do's.
The warm week left us in a hurry, just in time for Mother's day, which hit a high of only 48 with a brisk north wind. Craig an I went to Muskegon to take my Mom out for Mother's Day lunch at Muskegon's famous Whitlow's. I cut her hair, dida little cleaning and off to lunch we went.
Joining us for lunch was my brother Bruce, and my brother Brian and his wife Ruth. Mom and I had Perch, and Craig, not liking fish, had a double cheeseburger. All very good. After lunch, we said our goodbyes to the brother's who had other plans for the rest of the day, and took my Mom to the VFW for drinks and pull-tabs. For a change, we actually won a $100! From there, it was a little grocery shopping for Mom, and back to her apartment.We arrived back in Lansing safe and sound.
Monday morning, I let Craig sleep in while I cleaned the Salon, and at 9:30 had my yearly physical. Everything was normal except my Cholesterol which was 245and should be under 200, and my 'bad' cholesterol which was 148 and should be under 130. He wasn't too concerned since my 'good' cholesterol was 81, which is more than twice the recommended higher than 39. Supposedly, the higher you 'good' cholesterol is offsets the 'bad' cholesterol. He wants to recheck that in about 4 months. If it stays high we may need to think about medication. I'm thinking all those wings I've been eating probably is what did it. Even with boiling and baking, they probably aren't the best thning to eat. :-)
Anyway, after our usual running around, I got out in the yard, despite the still cold weather. Yesterday only got to 53. But I prepped the newly reduced garden area for grass seed which I'll put down today, and I started weeding the flower beds. That process should go quicker, since I've now taken out the equivalent of a 6 x 30 ft bed between last fall and this spring. And I may take out more!
And here's a few pics of the yard....
And that's it for now....
Posted by Wayne at Tuesday, May 14, 2013
Thursday, May 09, 2013
It's been a beautiful week, temps in the upper 70's and that has allowed everything to burst forth. The shrubs have all leafed out, and the trees are right behind.
It's forecast to start cooling off towards the weekend with Sunday only a high of 50 before getting back into the 70's next week.
And it's a busy week in the Salon with Friday being a prom day, so working late that day.
And with that, time to go....
Posted by Wayne at Thursday, May 09, 2013
Tuesday, May 07, 2013
I've just returned from cleaning the Salon, which I do instead of Sundays when we go away on our weekend trips.
We returned home safe from our first trip. :-)
Our first trip took us to Indiana Dunes State Park.
All systems functioned normally.
Since this was our first trip of the season, our first meal was Popeye's Chicken! Damn that's good stuff!
Saturday morning took us into Chicago for some shopping. On our way back to the campground, we stopped at the Ameristar Casino in Gary, Indiana, for lunch and a little slot play. I had gotten an e-mail for $10 slot play and $5 in comps. We ended up, Craig down $20, me up $20, so a wash there, and the comps paid for half our lunch. back at the campground, we took a nice walk, and Craig fixed turkey cheddar kielbasas for dinner.
Sunday morning, after our coffee walk, we headed into Michigan City, and the Blue Chip Casino. There, Craig ended down $60, but I was up $80, so a $20 profit!
Then it was lunch at a marina nearby, and shopping at the big outlet mall here where Craig picked up these...
Back at the campground, another walk and chicken thighs on the grill for dinner.
Packed up Sunday morning, and arrived home a little after noon.
Spent the rest of the afternoon, working in the yard.
Here's a nice pic of a large bed of Grape Hyacinths...
I need to get out there and start weeding.
But now, time for my shower and wake up lazy bones. :-)
Posted by Wayne at Tuesday, May 07, 2013
Monday, May 06, 2013
Yep! We're ready!
We're ready for our first trip!
Actually, by the time most of you see this, we'll be back home from our first trip.
Craig won't let me pre-post when we're going away on a trip. He thinks there might be someone out there reading and watching for an opportune time to come break-in.
He's a bit paranoid like that, so I just humor him. Just easier that way. :-)
More on our trip later.
Posted by Wayne at Monday, May 06, 2013
Friday, May 03, 2013
It's been a beautiful several days, even though I had to work some of them.
But the warm weather has really brought out the flowers...
So other than that, I'm happy the warmer weather is finally here. ;-)
Posted by Wayne at Friday, May 03, 2013
Wednesday, May 01, 2013
Well, as usual, the weatherman was completely off on his forecast.
Instead of a sunny weekend, we had rain most of Sunday, and half of Tuesday. But we did talk advantage of what little dry weather we had.
Our April ended with 7.61 inches of rain. Our April average, 3.09. So a very wet cold month.
Craig made a tasty chili dish for dinner on Monday.
And with that, time to go....
Posted by Wayne at Wednesday, May 01, 2013