Just an ordinary Saturday !!

No Christmas shopping; no cooking; no baking!!

Temperature at ten AM

Most recent "hanging" bottle display

Bottle vine

Designed to be a candle holder

Changed bottles for Alice's pleasure


Created in North Carolina March 2012There’s a story that accompanies this planter. Building the masterpiece reveals the details and documents with pictures.

Today, I planted Pansies.


Preparing to plant pansies



Recently, I shifted some of my “stuff” from the mini-storage (down the highway) to my neighbor’s almost empty storage building. Today, I organized… and hope to get the remaining “stuff” moved before the first of the year (so no more storage fees). ~~ When did I pack those disaster supplies?? Is it possible they are part of my “earthquake preparedness”  from Southern California (prior to my 2004 move)?? I’ll add them to the supplies I purchased earlier this year.

Reorganized my things in neighbor's storage building

Adding these to my other supplies

Emergency preparedness in my overcrowded storage building

Well prepared for an emergency

Temperature at one PM

Ready to discard


Long overdue: I MUST  downsize!! At one time, I planned to expand details about my TaB Teardrop Travels (2010) and I’ve kept maps and brochures. Now they go into the trash.   😦  (That is only one of several containers!)

Into the trash

Empty container

Two blooms on Butterfly bush

Trimmed Impatiens

Temperature at two

Labels removed from three bottles

Today: An indoor kind of day !!

Yesterday was absolutely perfect weather-wise.

Folded plant covers, rake and broom

Patio after raked and swept

Clean fountain

Cape Honeysuckle and Mandevilla blooms


Temperature at ten-eighteenGratefully, I have not observed any damage to the plants from the recent freezing temperatures. Correction: The Coleus, in the tarp shelter, appear to be dead. Update: The heater purchased for the tarp shelter is going back to Lowe’s. Even within the small space of my trailer home, no heat experienced eighteen-inches from the red-hot coils.

Random Acts of Kindness !!

A CARE resident prepared my favorite meal: New England Boiled Dinner. Better than any “store-bought” gift!!

New England Boiled Dinner

Sitting down to dinner (lunch)


Act-of-kindness-4In the afternoon mail, this “Priority” package. My curiosity outweighed the instructions to “Open Christmas Day.” Without looking at the item itself, I know it is from “Mr. Dave” of Hopfrog (because “Made in the U.S.A.” tape all over the white paper). I’m so grateful for his thoughtful gift!! Hint: I can add this to the “Bottle Tree” on the south side of my trailer home; the Bottle Tree for my next door neighbor.


Gift from Mr. Dave. the bottle tree man






Camera vacation ?!

Camera vacationCan you believe a day went by without a single picture?  Uppermost on my agenda: Make the “yarden”  look “picture perfect” (without a picture)!! Every inch was littered with fallen leaves and pine needles. Those… were raked, swept, and stuffed into large trash bags. The fountain/bird bath was bleached clean (from algae); more plant covers were folded. Branches were cut off Cape Honeysuckle and Butterfly Bush. When all the blooms are spent, I’ll cut away all the old growth. ~~ There you have it: Lorraine’s activities published at four-forty-five PM.

Afterthought: I also soaked labels off four “gift” bottles (received today). The “bottle” project has generated a lot of attention. (Positive attention.)

Oh, what a beautiful morning, oh what a beautiful day !!

Temperature at two PMIt’s remarkable how quickly our weather went from Winter to Spring. Yes, the calendar says this is the first day of Winter but we are back to short-sleeve T-shirts. I worked in my “yarden” all morning: Uncovered the plants/planters, folded the sheets, tablecloths, etc., hung two new “bottle” decorations, etc. ~~ It’s 2:10 PM as I prepare this message and I tested the furnace (multi-tasking, lol). The thermostat was pushed up to eighty degrees and the furnace started pumping out heat!! Now I’m really curious why it didn’t “work” when thirty degrees outdoors.


Numbers: Two, seven, eleven, etc…

Considering the number of blog messages discussing “numbers,” you might think I have a fetish?!

Icicles on the fountain

Ice and icicles at two AM

burr-3First and foremost: I identify with these two pictures. At 2:00 AM, I ventured out into the freezing temperatures to turn on the heater in the tarp shelter. That was an “exercise in futility” because it didn’t warm the area. At 9:00 AM, I brought it into my trailer home and (imho) a very poor excuse of a heater because virtually no heat!! It was an inexpensive heater so I got exactly what I paid for.


Eighty-two degrees thirty-six hours earlier

Thirty-six hours temperature comparison


Temperature at nine PM Sunday

Temperature at two PM Sunday

Temperature at four PM Sunday

Temperature at six PM Sunday

Temperature at six AM Monday

Temperature at seven AM Monday


Temperature at ten-thirty Monday




Eleven-thirty as I publish this and my trailer home is finally seventy degrees. I’ve been “huddled” in front of the Lasko heater all morning (preparing this message).

Temperature in greenhouse