Monday, we packed up and went to the retirement property. I was returning all freshly washed bedding and the freshly washed dishes to their freshly cleaned cupboards. I made a list of all the little things that I didn't know I would need (the pepper grinder broke, we have no glasses, dish soap, etc) Also made some amazing discoveries (I found a vacuum in the closet and stared in astonishment as it slowly came back to me that I'd bought a stick vac last summer specifically so that I didn't have to haul my vacuum back and forth)
Give me a couple years and I can probably hide my own Easter eggs.
The garden needed continued attention. It is going to be a real mixed bag. Seed crops are hit and miss. It looks as if something has been eating the seeds, specifically the corn, beans and peas. I got a decent amount of corn (one of four rows is pretty much decimated) and the beans and peas have a few survivors. The sad news is that we cannot replace those seeds to try again. We got things in late but I will have a lot more time to devote to that garden, and so I am hopeful. Tomatoes, peppers (five varieties of each), onions, cucumbers, squashes and potatoes look pretty nice. No. No pictures, sorry. I meant to get back out there and do that, but I didn't.
Once up there though, we found ourselves stranded. We had driven the 'good car', and they tarred and chipped the road. Tim did not want to drive on fresh tar and chips and we had enough food and clean underwear, and lord knows we weren't going to run out of work, so we wound up staying an extra day.
It was a nice break. We worked hard on our respective projects, but had plenty of time for setting off some fireworks and giving four wheeler lessons to William.
We came home today to find that our television and phone had been shut off. We were a little surprised by that. We pay our bill every month on the 10th. Turned out we were $10 short on the last payment. Tim is adamant that he paid what was billed, so I don't know what happened. They apologized and turned it back on and said the mistake was on their end. but that we still owe that mystery $10. We don't know why or where the charge came from and they can't explain it any more than to say that we owe it.
The plan was to take William to the pool to spend the afternoon today, but our temperatures only got into the low 70s and it was cloudy. We've delayed that for one day. Tomorrow is supposed to be in the 80s and hot and muggy, a much better day to spend at the pool. He's also got his drum lessons and he's about to hit 600
hours MINUTES (for pete's sake!) of reading since his last day of school on June 17th. He is just finishing his 4th book of the summer and his dollar is sitting on the coffee table as enticement.
Tim called inside, "You've got a visitor!" and I went out. There was Mangey. He is looking quite healthy. He followed me inside while I dished out his cat food (he's special, he gets the good stuff). If you look closely, he still has thickened skin on his back and by one of his ears, but his hair has grown back. He was very vocal today, and did not eat until I sat down on the steps with him. We visited for a while, and I petted him. He finally settled down to eat after ten minutes or so, and spent another hour or so grooming himself and greeting people as they came in and out the door. Quite a change from the skittish cat several months back!
I'm headed to bed early tonight to read for a while myself. I'm dog tired (don't tell Mangey) and in need of an adult beverage.