Wednesday, August 31, 2011

What's With the Weather, Right?

I can't believe how damp everything is!

It's so wet that we have toadstools in the front yard:

In true Florida fashion, even the toadstools here are fancy, with scalloped edges like petals. I outlined their shape with pen and added a fairy:

The stepping-stone tile in the picture is covered with moss. And so is my front sidewalk:

Think I'll have to go to Home Depot and see what they have for moss, because it's slippery.

This is a serious problem: I'm concerned that the Chinese Food delivery man might fall - or the Pizza guy - causing long term negative consequences for our happy home, if you know what I mean....!

As for my gardening project, well, due to the rain I haven't done much. But I was able to get everything stacked in the back yard, thanks to Tyler, who mows our lawn. So, heavy lifting done, all I need to do is set up the fame and cut open the bags of dirt!

On a totally different subject, but because I just couldn't wait to show you this picture, look at this neat idea for a snack:

It's a waffle ice cream cone filled with grapes.

Well, yeah, I'd rather have ice cream too (sigh).

Anyhow, time to say bye for now. Go eat something tasty!

Friday, August 26, 2011

Back to School (sigh)!

Hi Everybody.

Odie here.

My Momma's been in a funk lately so I'm trying to help her out.

But, hey, I've been feeling pretty bad too. You see, school has started back up and my Momma Caroline is gone all day - every day!  She leaves at 7 in the morning and doesn't get home 'til 4 or 5 o'clock and, boy, do I miss her!

Now my Momma Carol, well, I think she's just feeling her age. You see, she turned 65 this month:

She looks happy enough here. But that's what you get with a couple of beers and a silly hat!

Now she says she's feeling fine again. Whatever it was that got her down earlier this month - depression, infection, aggravation, imperfection - she's better now. She's cleaning off her desk, cleaning up the house (sort of), getting back on track. She even went and bought materials for that raised bed vegetable garden she's been talking about!

I'm glad for that, 'cause her bad mood was getting me down!

It's tough enough having to wait at the front door for the other one to get home.

Now, don't mope around like I do. Check out these two poems (limericks) and see if they don't bring a smile to your face:

County Down

A young lass from old County Down
Was arrested for painting the town.
"It just got in me head
to go paint the town red."
Which she did in her night-sleeping gown.

by Denise Rodgers
And this one is not about me:

My Long-Eared Dog

My long-eared dog is very sweet
He loves to lick my stinky feet.
And that is why I'd use my mace
before I'd let him lick my face.

by Denise Rodgers

Saturday, August 13, 2011

Bye Bye Pool!

Well, we finally did it. We finally got rid of the above-ground pool.

There was nothing wrong with it. It's been nice to have - when it's clean; when the weather's good, etc.

Unfortunately, swimming pools take a lot of work to maintain and keep clean. A few years back we hired a pool man.

First, the owner of the pool service came. He was a wrinkly old man who stripped to his Speedo in our back yard and did a great job patching and cleaning our pool.

After that, though, he sent a kid every week. The kid didn't seem to know the job and even caused some damage. Not so great.

And pool service isn't cheap either.

So we - Caroline! - struggled alone to keep it clean. It was not easy.

Remember when the frogs took over the pool?

But now the problem is solved, and we have a nice flat (and grassless) patch which is perfect for a vegetable garden!

Can't wait to get started!

By the way, here's my colorized version of Ridin' Along:

Hope you're having a wonderful day!