It was raining as I went to work. It came down pretty hard after 9:00 AM and let off just before lunch (thank goodness!) So, after getting home and performing the rituals (cat treats, change clothes, sort the mail, etc. Oh, and now a new one, applying lotion to my shoulders, neck and head, lol!) I went out and checked the rain gauge. I had just less than one inch of rain! So, I think this may be yet another week where I don't have to spend the money and water the grass.
Now, it's onto cleaning the gutters. I waited until all the maple helicopter seeds were done falling, of course. But that meant that some of the first ones to land in the gutter have sprouted! It looks like I have window boxes on my eaves, with plants in them. I took a picture for you. I also took a picture of the clematis, which, if you click on it to enlarge (use your browser's "back" button to return) you can see, not only do I have a lot of blossoms this year, but I also still have a LOT of buds that will turn into blossoms! Beautiful!
So using a trowel and (mostly) my hands, I dug out all the maple seeds. Next, I dragged the hose up front and washed it out. Of course, the downspout was clogged with them, too. So, I got out the little snake and fished around until I got that freed up. I shoveled up the mess and threw it in the field next door. Last came the hose again, washing down the garage cement apron.
I repeated the same process in the back (but now getting up and down the ladder over and over is taking its toll). I finished up and put everything away. Back inside, it was 8:20 PM and I was hungry. I didn't feel like leftovers, so I got out my two burner grille pan and grilled some hot dogs.
I had set my DVD-R to record two old Charlie Chan movies they were showing on the Turner Classic Movie channel. So, munching on two hot dogs, I started watching one, but fell asleep before it was over. When I woke back up, I shut everything off, took my plate to the sink and rinsed it, then went to sleep.