“Happy” holiday !!

Television antennaThrough-the-air television isn’t working!! The weather atmospheric conditions suppress the signal. With sketchy reception, I saw news about the tornado (yesterday) that displaced residents of a large Houston apartment complex. Weak sunshine as I type this (7:10) but meteorologist’ say “enjoy the brief break” because more storms on the horizon. Furthermore, so many areas in our state are flooded. Some rivers are ten feet higher than any previous documented height!! (Flooding in my yard, by comparison, is a joke.) ~~ Counting my blessing!! ~~

Weather also limits my WiFi reception. Less than a football field length from the CARE Center… but it’s like a blanket blocks the signal (same with TV reception). But I can live–temporarily–without TV and WiFi. I’m so grateful I don’t have the expense of Direct or Dish TV, or Verizon “Hot Spot.” I’m always shocked when other CARE residents tell me how much they are paying for their TV and WiFi.

With free WiFi, last night I was searching the Internet for answers for strange pain I was experiencing. “No, not a heart attack” but what was causing the pain? I don’t have the answer. I debated going to the Emergency Room but that isn’t my nature. I took an aspirin and went to bed. Awakened feeling fine!! ~~ Counting my blessings!! ~~ I speculate the pain was delayed reaction to wrestling with the thirty-seven pound cement paving blocks. (But why one-and-one-half days after the last block went down??)

I’m sitting here with my cup of coffee–counting my blessings–and want to wish my readers a very happy, healthy Memorial Day Monday.

Smiley face with flag

Dark, gloomy Sunday !!

CARE vanA new feature has been added to the Escapee website: “Member Blogs.” I stuck my toe in the water (so to speak) last week. Today, I dove in head first and thoroughly explored the features and published a brief message about the new van.

WatermelonAlmost one-half inch of rain this morning. We can anticipate a soggy Memorial Day Monday. Rain or shine, we will have a picnic tomorrow!! Yesterday, I bought three watermelons as my contribution.

Postscript: Oops!! Via a circuitous route, I find that the reader cannot log on to the Escapees expanded information web site if they aren’t a member. Duh!! Excuse me!!

You’ve come a long way Baby !!

Are you curious about my yard before I started my “landscaping” projects? I was… so searched last year’s pictures.

Home Sweet Home

Home Sweet
Home

2003 Carriage

2003 Carriage

Humming- bird feeder

Humming-
bird feeder

The view...

The view…

Another view....

Another view….

Bluebird house

Bluebird house

Lake Lorraine

Lake Lorraine

Lake Lorraine at sundown.

Lake Lorraine
at sundown.

Lake Lorraine

Lake Lorraine

The yard

The yard

The tree line.

The tree line.

View from the South.

View from the South.

Welcome to my yard.

Welcome to my yard.

Outside my front steps.

Outside my front steps.

Planters in the yard.

Planters in the yard.

From another site...

From another site…

Isn't this a  beautiful view?

Isn’t this a
beautiful view?

Such a beautiful  old tree.

Such a beautiful
old tree.

Flooded yard (left).

Flooded yard (left).

Flooded yard (center)

Flooded yard (center)

Flooded yard (right).

Flooded yard (right).

Collecting rain water.

Collecting rain water.

Collecting rain water

Collecting rain water

Flooded yard (left)

Flooded yard (left)

Flooded yard (center).

Flooded yard (center).

Deep water.

Deep water.

Rain gauge.

Rain gauge.

Rain gauge.

Rain gauge.

Rain water.

Rain water.

Now you see why I felt compelled to purchase–and lay–cement paving blocks.

The first cement blocks for patio.

The first cement
blocks for patio.

The first block.

The first block.

The first two blocks of eventual (to date)  ninety-two blocks.

The first two blocks of
eventual (to date)
ninety-two blocks.

Check back: More pictures to follow.

An hour in the life of…

…an old lady infatuated with her garden!!

Sweater weather

Unloading the car

Eighty-eight cent cement blocks

The broader view of the blocks

New veggie planters

Two new veggie planters

Wonderfully cool temperature

Earlier….

Indoor/Outdoor temperature

Butterfly bush has a bloom

Later….

Two more down

Mama Bluebird

Baby Bluebirds

Guarding the nest

Where are the babies?

S/he spends so much time thereBaby Bluebirds in the nest, in the bird house outside my kitchen window. ~~ That House Sparrow is a mystery to me. He spends **all** his time perched on the bird house or wrought-iron hooks. I imagined there were babies in the nest. I carried, and climbed, a ladder… and maneuvered the camera so I could get a picture. Empty!! Why does he continue to “hang out”??

Getting started

Two more down

Naughty, naughty !!

New Tractor Supply windchimesLei decorate the wrought treeA $2.00 purchase at Dollar Tree is acceptable. Red, white, and blue flower leis to decorate the wrought-metal “tree.” However, too much money was spent at Tractor Supply and Lowe’s. I went to Tractor Supply for Mealworms for the Bluebirds… and was forced to linger for about forty minutes because torrential rain. With all that time…, I browsed the aisles and found numerous items “on sale” –and succumbed to the temptation. See the wind chimes?! I love wind chimes!!

More planter soil from Lowe’s–and a couple of planters I’ve had my eye on. ~~ Almost everything is still in the car because weather too nasty to unload.