Skip to main content

Two Weeks To Go

Time is a funny thing. Either it's moving too slow or too fast. Don't you agree? As we've discussed in the past, I'm not a great waiter, and right about now I'm waiting on so much, it's making me a wee bit crazy.

Two weeks from today they start the pool renovation. The mess will be incredible;  I will be more than happy to share with you once it begins. All the plants along the back of the house will be soon gone to make room for something more appropriate. After our visit to Lukas Nursery, Bruce made a schematic of the yard, designing it with plants that we liked while there. He sent this along to the woman who was to help us, and her response, "It's overgrown!" You think? Not to mention that the Lady Palms do best in the shade rather than the harsh afternoon sun. She didn't say that, I did. There's practically a fortune in those palms which will probably be thrown away. I'm talking maybe $1,000+. The thing about that woman, aside from her idiotic response, is that she kept calling all the plants girls. She will do this, she will do that. My girls etc. Seriously, I wanted to smack her if she said it one more time.

Yesterday I asked Jim (plant guru neighbor at the market) about Lukas, and he said--too expensive! Sooo.....today I found an incredible nursery, maybe six miles from the house on the way to the airport. Maybe not even six. Anyway, their plants were easily $4, or $5 cheaper, which doesn't sound like much until you think that we'll need maybe 100 plants! That's how I discovered the cost of the Lady Palms--one good sized plant, maybe six feet tall, is $65. Our bed is packed with them! Unlike what our yard guy told me, this gentleman, who has had the nursery for 40 years, said they most definitely can be moved if they are planted in the shade. I'm now wondering how we can best use at least some of them.

Years ago Bruce bought a Tiki man to put in our tropical backyard which he just loved. Funny because he normally doesn't like silly stuff, but in this case, he made an exception. I can't remember if it was Hurricane Charely, or old age, but it's been gone for some time now. Turns out it came from this nurseryman's daughter's place on Conway Road! It's a small world after all, it's a small world after all, it's a small world etc. Bet you can't read that without it becoming a song in your head!

Speaking of small worlds, about a week ago on David's facebook page, I noticed the profile picture of one of his friends. Thinking it looked familiar, I checked it out. Turns out it was this:
You may recall my elation upon seeing this published on the web version of the New York Times last year. Thinking maybe it was the young man pictured, I sent him a message asking just that question. No, he replied, a buddy of his sent him the photo because he's been unemployed for seven months! How does this happen, I ask you?

Highlights of the weekend:  Decent sales at the market, dinner out with Steve & Barb on Friday night, and dinner out on Saturday night with Jim & Patty. Good times.

Lowlights: Watching my beloved Florida State Seminoles! Talk about a decimation. Please, not another horrible season--I can't take it!

Bruce just called, asking me to run up to the hardware store for some potting soil so I'll call this a post.
Post a Comment

Popular posts from this blog

The Garment Sewing Continues

A headline I read online, from one of the local news outlets, caught my attention: "2017 Homicides in Vancouver on the Rise", or something to that effect. Thinking it might be worth reading, I checked it out learning that there have been 17 homicides here in 2017. No wonder a local homicide gets plenty of attention! Contrast that to the 84 so far this year in Orlando, and you'll get a notion why I feel so safe here.

For the record, there are still beautiful leaves to be seen, they have not all fallen, but lots of them sure have. The Japanese Maple trees are outstanding with such intense color it is hard to imagine.
The park workers, on the other hand, are working mighty hard to keep the lawns mostly leaf free.
In spite of the dire weather prediction for the week, we've had no rain until today, and what we are having is very minimal; good news for me as I'm taking Baxter to the vet in about 45 minutes. I'm not wishing it to be true, however, there must be some…

So I've Been Told

It must have been Sunday evening that I ran into our next door neighbor downstairs as I was taking Baxter out. Knowing that I am a photographer of sorts, he asked me if I'd been taking a lot of autumn photos. Well, we all know the answer to that question now, don't we? He added that the display this year was much better than last years, so how's that for good fortune for me? When I explained that I'd never experienced a true fall season, of course he was shocked. It's not that I have never seen fall leaves before, maybe twice, but never have I watched the actual day by day transformation and frankly, I am finding it thrilling, even if it means some ugly rainy days. I will remind myself of this fun sign I saw in a Robson Street shop window during the upcoming months.
It must have been Thursday morning, during a little break in the rain, that I got out early to pick up the dry cleaning and food for Baxter. Dark and dreary still, this brightened my morning.
There'…

Hither and Yon

Looking back on things, it does seem kind of crazy I did not know what was happening to me. No more so than on Saturday when we took a little trip to Steveston. But first we went to Richmond, a largely Asian community to meet up with the fellow who makes all of the furniture for Earls restaurants. By hand no less. Well, machines are involved, of course. Sewing machines and all manner of wood working tools. But, we'll get to that in a moment.

First, let's take the Canada Line to Broadway and Cambie Street, shall we?
The Canada Line actually runs from the waterfront all the way to both the airport and Richmond. Now you know.

Back in early July, the day we were having one of our two garage sales, we quit early to attend Judy's retirement party which was just lovely. So, not only was the party great, but Judy's sister Margie gave me a Lonely Planet guide to Vancouver and has it ever been helpful, with suggested neighborhood walks, points of interest, maps...the whole sheba…