Monday, June 29, 2009

Four Hours of Rose Pruning

Roses all got very aggressive haircuts last week. Hoping that we get a second flush soon, but not seeing a lot of new growth. How can mine look so bare, and those at Woodlawn Park look like this? (That's my beautiful mother.)

From 2009-06 Ma and Pa Visit

Monday, June 15, 2009

Fresh Sockeye Salmon


On the menu this evening:
  • Fresh sockeye salmon, cooked outside over charcoal
  • Fresh WA asparagus, on the grill
  • A couple of fresh turnips, cooked on the grill
  • Sour cream & yogurt dressing
  • Fresh sugar snap peas
  • A nice glass of wine (beer over the grill)

Jupiter's Beard Gets a Shave


Trimmed back the first bloom from the Jupiter's Beard, and cleaned up the rhubarb--lots of detritus under the larger leaves. Trimmed the roses.

Still have free time? Why not clean out the fountain? Our little bird friends are cute, but they're also pigs.

K- put in some kale, basil and chard on Sunday.

Sunday, June 14, 2009

Free time? Why not clean some windows?

Cleaned 11+ casement and double hung windows upstairs. Because that's what you do when you're a homeowner with free time!

Saturday, June 13, 2009

Because there's always something to do...

So what was there to do today in this old house? Cleaned the grout in the downstairs bathroom, removing some old stuff at the intersection of tub and the walls and replacing it with caulk. Because there is always something to do around here....

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Sunflowers, Chili and that Beautiful Small Rose

The sunflowers in back are at about a foot, 6"-8" in front. The hop outgrew me a couple of weeks ago and the fastest growing vine is at about 10'. Transplanted the chili and the beautiful, small neglected rose which was cooking in a smallish, black plastic pot.

Mowed the lawn and weeded the yard, and I have it here to convince my non-homeowning friends that there is nearly always some maintenance to do around this old house.

Another Loaf

I baked another free form loaf of 'sour' white/wheat bran bread tonight. Cranberry beans with kale and a nice salad with a few slices of grilled beef were on the menu for dinner, along with some bread baked a couple of days ago.

Sunday, June 7, 2009

Cleared the Gutters

Risked my life on the roof today clearing the gutters. Man, I am not comfortable on the roof.