Unofficially...

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Sat, 05-17-2014 - 9:28am

This weekend is considered "The Start of Summer". It is Victoria Day weekend-& here, at least in Ontario, it is the unofficially the start of Summer. Our gardens are allowed to go in-except for some 'Eager-Beavers' like me who decided to risk it last week. I thought it was mild enough & for showings a small garden would look better than saying "And in that plot of dirt-could go a vegetable garden". Even those who waited are holding their breath because there is a chance of overnight frost! Hopefully we are enough away from Lake Ontario that the frost won't find us. (My friend Kathy is at her summer home on Georgian Bay & they've been told to expect S**W tonight!)

So far we've had 2 showings-one couple came last Saturday & are "discussing it" (so I heard). The other couple came through unofficially first & then with their realtor yesterday-HE wants it very much, she wasn't so sure, she wants to see the lake from the house. Easy enough to cut down trees-we just happen to appreciate trees after living up north! AND-as we keep reminding ourselves-it has only been on the market a week.

So what is everyone up to this weekend-long one here in Canada-regular one for South of the border. I'll dust & after Mike vacuums, I'll steam clean the floors. I have a graduation dress to work on for Shannon (our neighbour's DD)& knitting to do. I'll check the gardens for weeds-they seem able to grow no matter what the temperatures!

Nora

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Sat, 05-17-2014 - 12:14pm

Growing up in MI Memorial Weekend was alway "official" planting time which is next weekend.  Here most plant in March.

No plans for the weekend.  I am feeling pretty crappy with a head cold so I plan to do as little as possible.   I rented Philomena from Red Box this morning and will watch it later today.

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Sat, 05-17-2014 - 12:53pm

Well, we are waiting for a certain friend of Patrick's to come and lay some new carpeting in this computer room that we've recently repainted.  Patrick's friend has his own flooring installation business, the skill which he learned from his father who also has a business.  We thought we'd give him the business of putting in the carpet, but wish he'd be a bit faster about getting around to doing it.  However, he has a big job he is finishing up first. 

Tomorrow is the opening day for the train club park - where the locomotives and trains come out to be ridden on by the public.  So Ray will be going to assist in that task. 

Normally we have the kids come here on Sunday for supper, but maybe we'll move it off to Monday, it being a holiday. No plans to plant any flowers yet.  I do want to get a few annuals and plant them as I usually do in my boxes and pots.  I don't have the interest so much or energy to do a lot of other sort of gardening.  A front yard flower plot needs to be dug up of weeds and we could plant some flower seeds there which we bought from the neighbour's daughter (her school's fund raiser).  Ray mowed and got rid of a lot of old dead grass on the lawn yesterday. 

But while the sun shines now, it is to get cloudy later and rain is to come for the long weekend. 

Shirley

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Sun, 05-18-2014 - 10:11am
We had frost here yesterday morning when I woke up so no planting this weekend. We were warned to wait. I want some things in next weekend as I have a committee meeting & want things to look nice. I came home Fri night from DDs & hoped to sleep in a bit yesterday but my body is in a different place & so was up at 5:15 but even more shocking was that Ian was up by 5:30. That was a first. He has stopped meds he was on for 20 yrs & is finding he has lots more energy & needs a lot less sleep than the 12 hrs he used to get. I did my palliative shift yesterday & met a wonderful lady. She was in a lot of pain but so positive & focusing on enjoying her time left. Everyone is so different, there is another patient who has asked that no one visit & nurses only come when called. He is angry at the world. I received sad news about the Mom of one of DDs best friends passing. So we will go to funeral tomorrow morning. She was a lovely & caring woman who volunteered at the public school even after her kids left. We went out to dinner last night for a special at a local restaurant. It was 3 courses for 2 and way too much food. We brought home the desert. I rarely have a drink but since we were celebrating, I decided to try this new drink the server recommended. It was called a cotton candy Cosmo & was so yummy. They brought out a glass filled with cotton candy then poured the liquour into it. Not sure what was in there other than cake vodka. Then we came home, found the door from the garage was locked which is strange but figured one of us did it by mistake. Then walked in to find DS2 & DIL yelling surprise & holding flowers for me. So flowers & a flitbit flex were my wonderful birthday gifts from my family. Today is catch up in chores day since I'm not here during the week anymore. I hope to go for walk while sun is out even though it is cool. Then tomorrow back to DDs for 2 days. Her MIL is going to try to watch the kids Thurs & Fri. Not sure if her DH will be with her. Dee
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Sun, 05-18-2014 - 11:17am

Happy Birthday, Dee!  Not sure what day, perhaps a belated happy birthday is in order, but best wishes nonetheless.  And wishing you all good things for the coming year!

I am in awe of your energy to do so much as you do!  You are one busy lady!  BTW, what is a flitbit flex?

Shirley

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Sun, 05-18-2014 - 12:19pm

HAPPY BIRTHDAY DEE!!  from the person on the board who is your closest neighbour!



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Sun, 05-18-2014 - 8:29pm

Lots of chores, inside and out - had a gorgeous weekend so vacuumed the pool and scrubbed its walls more, in anticipation of next week's pool party for graduations (dh and ds), did some spraying of weeds, trimmed 5 rose bushes (they got huge and a ton of each died so I trimmed - aka lots of bloodletting on my part), watered, dh mowed, trimmed and planted 3 arborvitae, etc.  Also went to Target twice, BB&B twice, grocery shopping, Goodwill twice...now I need a weekend from the weekend!

Best of luck with the house!

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Sun, 05-18-2014 - 8:37pm

And Happy Birthday, Dee!

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Mon, 05-19-2014 - 4:07pm
Thanks for the birthday wishes. My birthday was Sat which iwas also the 50th birthday of Tim Horton's, a donut shop loved by all Canadians. They were handling out free donuts on Sat so I was kind & brought mine home for hubby.
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Registered: 06-16-1998
Mon, 05-19-2014 - 9:03pm

I had a nice weekend, spent mostly outdoors. The heat wave broke on Friday night so both weekend days were cool enough to work in the yard, at least in the morning and late afternoon---the sun was hot at midday which is to be expected at this time of year in this region. Today (Monday) our May Gray weather has arrived, the sun barely made an appearance all day and the high was 69F---a drop of 30 degrees from a few days ago!

Here, we don't have a date or weekend when its considered the last frost/safe to plant since we don't usually even get frost. So we can plant year 'round, with the understanding that some plants may not thrive at certain times of year. The downside of this is that there are some plants that won't thrive here at all because it doesn't get cold enough. So no peonies, naturalized tulips, sweet parsnips, horseradish....supposedly a lilac (syringa, not ceanothus) has been developed that can bloom with our low chill hours but I haven't actually seen one.

Most of my planting beds are now dug and amended, just waiting for plants to go in which will be happening this week. Other than that its just the usual here.