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Friday, March 23, 2018

On the Other Side....

We were to have the new stove delivered today... So we had to move all of the furniture in the front hallway.

We moved the Witches' Warehouse off of the redwood table.  As we did, I realized that I have never put any photos of the outside on the blog.

Here it is, in all it's glory!

This was made before we had a computer and printer... So the sign had to be made by hand... My hand.
This is an up close of the sign.  Not to good because my camera put a shadow on part of it.
The peak of the roof has some extra trim that is painted a rusty red and there is a stove pipe sticking out of the upstairs bedroom, where the little wood stove sits.
Not much more to be said about it.  I am going to have to dust and wash all of the cobwebs off and start over from scratch.  Or maybe I will just dust it and leave it like it is.

After all, a store for witch supplies should have some free cobwebs available to all of it's customers.

After we did all of the moving, the truck came.  On it was a black stove.  We ordered a white one.

It would have been great, but Walter wouldn't let me keep it, but it doesn't match all of the other white appliances in our kitchen. We are NOT going to get a new black refrigerator and dishwasher just because they brought the wrong color of stove. 

Therefore, they didn't even unload it from the truck and we are probably going to have to wait until Monday to get the new one.

Darn! I won't  be able to cook anything until then. Poor me!

See you tomorrow.

Thursday, March 22, 2018

Amare and the Kumquat Tree

Today was a really good  day.  April, Seth and Amare cane over and brought me a Kumquat Tree. 

I went with my friend Joan to the closing sale that Jay's Indian Arts is having until April 28. When they close, we will be buying off of the net.  Not much left in the way of my kind of beads here in Tucson.

When I got back, April, Seth, and Amare showed up with a baby Kumquat tree.  

Amare worked on a Star Wars kit while we chatted and planted a tree. 

After lunch, we came back in the house. I looked out the window and saw Tessie slipping out to the tree. 

She is in love again.  A tree with Tessie sized fruit.  Best thing that has ever happened to her.

We talked Amare into watching "Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory".

At first, he was not sure he wanted to watch it. By the time it was done, he was singing along with the Umpa Lumpas and he loved it.  I have a feeling that April and Seth are going to be watching that movie again soon!
After they left, I went out to hunt for Tessie and found her in the top of the new tree. If I let her, she would string a hammock from the branches and spend the night.

Not going to happen.
The two grape vines I planted are already starting to vine around the trellises. We are going to be up to our ears in fruit this year... Well... At least up to Tessie's ears.

Back to looking at all of the beads that I bought this morning.

See you tomorrow.

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

I Almost Didn't Have Witches Here...

Remember that I lost the use of my oven last week and had to go out and order a new one?

The new one will be delivered Friday. 

Today I was supposed to have the Wednesday Witches here...

It almost didn't happen.  Kota would have been in a better mood if they had not parked their brooms on my porch. 

They did. 

When they landed, I had new stories to tell. In the middle of getting ready, The garbage disposal started leaking out the bottom...

Walter installed a new one several years ago. I figured that he could do it again... He did, but it didn't leave me with a whole lot of time to get things ready.

About fifteen  minutes before people were going to get here, I discovered that the microwave that I was going to warm up the rolls in was not working!  Walter called after a couple of people got here.

I was about to call him. 

Come to find out, all I had to do was push a Reset button on one of the outlets.  Everything was all right after that.

We all had a good time.  We all ate too much.  Fun day. I found two small garden structures to finish.

After they left, Tessie reported to me that she had found the trim for the tower window in her new potting shed. It still needs to be painted white. Now we can finish.  We were both very happy that the missing piece was found.  back to work on  the potting shed tomorrow.

See you then.

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Tessie Helped...

Kind of... Sort of... Almost...

This is the last group of plants that I still have to dig holes for. Tessie is sitting right in the middle of the twelve plants, whining because they have not been planted yet.
She followed me around as I planted things and whined and whinged about the stuff that I hadn't done yet.

Not a word about how much I accomplished. Most irritating.
 I planted the bougainvillea that I bought yesterday and got a bit of relief. 

She played "Jack and the Beanstalk  on that for almost an hour.  That helped.

I still have the twelve little plants still to go.  I don't think that they are going in the ground today. 

I don't want to play this game anymore today.
This guy landed on the hummingbird feeder just as I was taking photos. 

I think that he wanted to be featured in the blog, so I obliged.

I think that he is an oriole, but not sure if he is one of the famous ones from Baltimore.

He was a nice end to the day of planting.

Back to rescue Tessie from the giant at the top of the bougainvillea.

 Back to the yard. 

See you tomorrow.

Monday, March 19, 2018

Worst Movie and Best Back Yard...

We talked each other into going to see the new movie, "Annihilation" this morning.  I can't recommend it. I think it is one of the ten worst movies I have ever seen. I am sure that there are people out there that loved it... I didn't!!!

When we got home we watched a couple of episodes of "Supernatural". That made me feel better. We both like that show.

After that I went out in the back yard and dug holes. That made me feel a lot better. I planted the new rose in a hole very close to the old one.

Then, I planted the two new geraniums in the pots. Last year's crop will go in the ground. I haven't gotten to them yet.

I planted the new bougainvillea Very close to the old one.. It is lavender and the old one is dark pink. I think that they will look good together.

We shall see...The new growth on the old plant will mostly come out at the end of the long stems. I needed something to fill in the bottom.
While I was planting, five helicopters from Davis Monthan AFB flew over.  I enjoy the sound and the sight of them.  I feel well protected, being so close to the base. It is just a few miles from here.

I only got four of them in the photo, but it was really pretty with the clouds around them. 

From our vantage point, we see a lot of aircraft flying out of the base and back.  It's just kind of nice to know that they are there when we need them.

I am going back to work now.  See you tomorrow.

Sunday, March 18, 2018

Gardening and Tameing Tessie...

For the past two years, I have been slacking off in the gardening department.  I am having to start over on a lot of things. The Pomegranate tree and the fig are going great guns right now. I am not worried about them, but some of the other plants are shot.
I had a rose bush growing under the bedroom window... What is left of it is holding up the "Peace Rose" that I am going to plant in it's place. I remember my dad having one of those in the back yard when I was a kid in Phoenix.  If he could get them to grow there, I am sure that they will grow here.

All I have to do is plant it and water it more than I did the one that was there.

When I was recovering, I didn't have a lot of interest in digging and watering.  Now I want to get back at it.

I have some geraniums to plant against the back wall.

The purple bougainvillea is going where the stick like red one was that is back against the wall. I am actually excited about getting things going again.

Tessie went out there with me.  She investigated the Forest Fantasy Cottage and then turned up her nose and went back inside.  She wants nothing to do with it, now that it has become a place for the birds.

When I came in, she was sitting on Victor's tape bar telling him how mean I was for giving it to the birds.

I don't think that he really cares.  He just sits there looking down the end of his nose at her.  Every once in a while a little smoke escapes his right nostril. He coughs a bit and then grins at her... It is wicked grin and I do hope that she is not making the wrong impression on him. He has been known to bite heads off when he doesn't like something that is being said. I guess that I should go check on how things are going in there... So far, I haven't heard any howling from him or screaming from Tessie. I guess they are OK. 

Back to the farm. See you tomorrow.

Saturday, March 17, 2018

Traveling Boxes Again ...

While I was on a roll, I kept going with the "to go" boxes.

The first one is a Rya Rug and coiled basket box.  It has all the thread, rolls of wire, forms and gourds for basket bottoms, needles, scissors and canvas for fake woven baskets.

Everything is ready to go.
The second one is for watchband making.  I have eight watch faces to make bands for, lots of needles, scissors(still to be put in) thread in lots of colors and a salt scoop that works well for picking up leftover beads.

All I have to do is add the tubes of beads that I want to use.

This one is easy.  It is a couple of big assortments of beads from Walmart, memory wire for bracelets wires to make dangles, and pliers to cut the wire.

The bracelets in the lid were made with this method.  They take very little time to make and are a lot of fun, when I'm not in the mood for concentrating on beadwork.

I redid the box that I usually take to Wednesday Witches.  This one can be filled with everything to make anything I want.

I am all set now to go anywhere and bead my little head off!

I wonder what other containers I can find to put to good use.

Back to the hunt. See you tomorrow.