Thursday, May 28, 2015

Hump Day

I woke up at 4:00 a.m. on Wednesday and couldn’t fall back asleep. So, I finally gave up and got up. Because of Memorial Day, today was my garbage pickup day. So, I went through the fridge and tossed anything even approaching the “use by” date.

Then I went through the kitchen pantry shelves. I was appalled! I have long prided myself on having a plethora of stuff to use when needed. Sadly, most of what I looked at was past the expiration date (in some items, it was years past time!) So, I threw away jams (blackberry and orange marmalade), chili sauce, cans of roast beef hash, sardines, etc., etc., etc. I actually filled up a separate garbage bag that was almost too heavy to carry!

Sidebar: What scares me is that I haven’t even looked at the two shelves of canned goods in the garage yet.

So much for having pantry items on hand. I think I’ll switch to the European model and shop each day for my supper as I probably threw away a hundred bucks of “stuff!”

Anyway, after I shaved, showered and got dressed, I rolled the trash can out to the road and followed it with my overweight trash bag. Then I drove to work.

It was another hot, muggy day, with thunderstorm watches posted from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. So, the morning walk was uncomfortable.

I went to Ten Yen for lunch. My fortune read: “Look around; happiness is trying to catch you.”

Then I went to Lowe’s for two things. One was my old favorite, the 8x16 inch red patio block. They don’t carry them anymore. The other was a clematis. I checked on the one out back after tying up the one in front and found it too had succumbed to the harsh winter.

As I pulled into the parking lot back at work, it started to rain. I just got inside when it began to pour! It rained hard (really hard) for about 20 minutes and then just stopped.

Sidebar: I took the clematis inside as I figured with the high temp and closed windows, it would fry in the truck cab or drown in the bed.

I walked outside in the sunshine in the afternoon, but the wind had definitely picked up.

Naturally (naturally!) it started raining just as I left work at 5:00 p.m. Again, it didn’t last long and this time it wasn’t pouring.

I found a big branch in the front yard. It fell off that dead maple that’s just off my property (or I would have taken it down years ago). I was lucky it was dead. Had that been a living branch, I could have never lifted it.  As it was, I lifted the light end and dragged it off my yard.

I noticed the rain had beat down the purple iris in the English garden, but the yellow ones were in full bloom. Since I had the camera out for the branch, I took a final picture of them.

I changed clothes and then planted the clematis. I was surprised at how big it was (they had it all coiled up on a plastic trellis). I attached it to the trellis with the Velcro tape.

When I went to get some water from the hose, I noticed the bush in the garden by the addition was blooming. I have long since forgotten its name, but it looked pretty.  The garden goes across the back of the house, from the raised bed herb garden to Jake’s patio. I realized I’ve been ignoring this garden, so I took more pictures to bore you with.

I put the shovel back in the shed, buttoned everything back up (the lawn guys left the gate open) and went inside for the night.

I watched the end of the Nightly News and then made supper. I added a chopped hardboiled egg to the rest of the deli potato salad and warmed up four more ribs. Excellent!

I putzed around a bit. The humidity had aggravated the arthritis in my left knee and I was limping. So, I was trying to take it easy.

I watched the final David Letterman show (I had taped it). Next, I watched the I Heart Country Music show until I fell asleep.


  1. All the plants look great. Can you call the city to get someone to take down the dead tree?

  2. I don't think so as its not fully dead. If you remember, I had the guy (with the dog you liked) take off the branches that hung over my electrical wires when he took down the big pine tree out front.

  3. I do prefer the shop as you need it method but I'd be curious how the cost differs. Is it worse because one doesn't realize how much they're spending or better because they're not planning for meals they never eat?

  4. I don't know the answer. Just that its annoying to throw away unopened food!!!