Sunday, May 31, 2009

Hot Water

I know that when they say,"You are in Hot Water" that is bad. But not having hot water isn't so good either. Yesterday the hot water heater died and leaked precious fluids into the basement. This morning Hubby and I heated water on the kitchen stove to take a sponge bath before church. The system was simple get wet, soap up, scrub, and rinse off. Since the temperature in the house was quite cool this morning, it was a very refreshing bath! Hubby has gone out shopping with the hope or a quick installation. Martha, fortunately, will be staying at a hotel in Lansing for a comprehensive class on cement.

Saturday, May 23, 2009

A Busy Week

Last Monday Hubby decided he was ready to fly his RC Model Airplane. We found an acceptable

field and he did it!. He wanted me to take his picture with the plane while it still was in one piece. His first landing was pretty good. On the second he ended on his nose and the third time he hit a post. The airplane was surprisingly durable.

On Tuesday we went to the Oakland County Farmer's Market. Wow did they ever have the flowers. I bought a hanging begonia, 3 flats of wax begonias, and some other plants. The man we wanted to get our tomato plants from wasn't there so we will go back next Tuesday again.

Wednesday, Mary's father in law had a heart attack. It has been very difficult for the Brain. His Dad is still listed as critical after three surgeries since Wednesday. We are all praying for him.

Today we went to Tony Paco's in Toledo Ohio to meet Mary for lunch and give her the cane that her grandfather used. Oh Last Monday Mary found she had broke a bone in her foot.

Saturday, May 16, 2009

Made in ?

Last August Mom and I went to the Dollar Tree as we often do. There I saw these cute Margarita glasses with cactus stems. I was having a party and bought 14 of them for $1 each. When we were in Florida we went to Disney World Epcot. At the Mexican pavilion I found the identical glass with the word "Mexico" etched on it for $11 each. Now it is possible the glass was made in Mexico, more likely it was etched in Mexico and made in China.

Thursday, May 14, 2009

The Leader Dog School

Last Night my Lions Club met at the Leader Dog School in Rochester, Michigan. The school trains leader dogs for the blind. We had a tour of the kennels and had a lot explained to us. The puppies are bred by Leader Dogs but then volunteers take them and socialize them for their first year and then give them back to Leader Dog. It costs about $38,000 to train a leader dog. The largest contributor is the Lions Cub International. When a blind person gets a dog they stay at the school for about 4 weeks to train with their new dog. They also get a GPS unit which is especially made for the blind. It really made me feel good to know I am helping out with a cause like that.

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

My Turn to Cook

I decided that with all the outside work Hubby has to do during the summer, I will cook this summer. It is hard for Hubby to let go though and he still insists on helping me. We usually go out to eat quite often so it has not been too difficult. Last night I made chicken piccata and it was good! Tonight we are going out to eat, tomorrow night too.

Saturday, May 9, 2009

Canvassing the Neighborhood

I decided that, with so many houses in my neighborhood going into foreclosure, I should get more interested in my neighborhood association. Today I was out canvassing the neighbors for signatures for mandatory association dues. About 65% of the neighbors pay the dues already. It is so important to keep the neighborhood appearance up in these times and as houses become empty it is also important to know who your neighbors are.

Friday, May 8, 2009

Today My Favorite Color is Green

I have really been negligent is writing my blog but springtime is so busy and I love it. Last Saturday was Hubby's birthday and he spent part of Saturday and Sunday with the Radio Controlled Club of Detroit watching them fly their model airplanes. I went with him on Saturday (Sunday I had to beg for the Lions White Cane Week. I hope you gave.) I was surprised at how big some of the models were and the clever tricks they could do with them. One hit a branch on a little tree and it was dismaying to see how easily they are damaged.

Most of the week I have been working on my front flower bed. It has been invaded with wild onions and a clustered bell flower. I work on it about an hour a day along with my dandelion hunt. I have a mission against dandelions. Every day I take my weeder and examine the lawn for dandelions. Everyday I migrate just a little farther onto my neighbor's lawn too.

As far as my flowerbed goes you can see I still have much to do. I have two rose bushes in the front and some tulips. Even some chicks and hens which I am not sure where I want them to be. The tulips and grape hyacinths and roses can stay although I have pulled out a lot of the hyacinths along with the weeds and onions. I plan to put in a mass planting of white wax begonias.
The work is quite tedious. I have dug out 4 columbines and moved them to a shade garden. In this mass of onions and bell flowers you can see some irises and lilies that I don't want to break off. I also found a couple of gaillardia, echonasia and a perennial whose name I don't know. Anyway it keeps me out of trouble, sort of.

Saturday, May 2, 2009

Vacation pictures

We cashed in our points for Choice hotels and had 4 free nights in Orlando. We had a huge hotel room. Hubby said he got tired just walking around in it. I went to a bridal shower in Orlando and we also visited Hubby's sister who lives there.

Then we spent one day at Epcot, which was lots of fun. It has been over 20 years since I have been there. I was glad to see they recycled the Exxon exhibit which has all the dinosaurs in it. That is one of my favorites. The China movie was also great. We enjoyed the Nemo and friends exhibit especially the interactive video with Crush the turtle. We spent a day on Clearwater beach and, coming from Michigan we were novices at putting on sunscreen and therefore missed spots. We got a little sunburned in those areas. Hubby sprayed himself with sunscreen while he was still wearing his T-shirt. He took that off on the beach and got a reverse farmer's tan. On the way home we went to the Cumberland Gap. I have always wanted to see it and it wasn't disappointing. The Dogwoods, redbuds, and azaelas were breathtaking.

Friday, May 1, 2009

Home Again

Well we arrived back home this afternoon. Hubby had to mow the lawn first thing. So many of the flowers have started to come up even in spite of the back lawn being a lake from all the rain. The cats were overjoyed to see us. Arnold especially wouldn't leave me alone. Tomorrow is Hubby's birthday and we will go out to watch radio controlled airplanes fly. Maybe I will have time to tell you more about our vacation, which was great.