Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Tuesday on Wednesday

I am behind--haha.

I know that as of 9 p.m. last night, Anne and Paul were in Louisiana. I have no idea how much longer they traveled and where they ended up for the night. Or where they are today, for that matter! I figure no news means that all is okay though.

I was outside yesterday and realized I hadn't checked the jasmine in a good long while. I know that in the past, it has required a little bit of attention, redirecting some of the vines that want to go get tangled in the palm tree or wherever. Well, it was a good thing I gave it a check! There were vines of jasmine tangled in the palm fronds. There are some vines over climbing up the side of the house, clinging to the door frame (of the garage side door). As one might expect, the back side of the trellis has the best growth of vines. Oh well. I spent some time getting vine pulled off the palm tree and redirected. I also grabbed vines that were making their way to the air conditioner, and did the same with those. A quick check showed me that it was going to take more time and effort to remove the vines from the wall, so those are safe till another day. The vines are in full bloom, and I came back into the house, reeking of the jasmine smell. Oh well. At least it is really pretty to look at!

I came home from knitting group today and saw that there are two blooms open on the magnolia tree, and another one half open. It is so pretty!

I'll let you know when I have more news of Anne and Paul.

Tuesday, April 29, 2008


I had a call from Anne late this morning. She wanted to know where I put her camera. I put it in the truck yesterday----and I had forgotten to tell her just where I had put it.

She said things are going well. They are making better time than they thought they would. She said they got to Tallahassee last night. I didn't ask what time they stopped---I imagine it was late though.

I happened to look out the living room window and saw that one of the magnolia blooms is about half way open! It looks so pretty already. It looks like a couple other ones are about ready to start opening too. The magnolia trees at Disney are much further along---they have many really large trees and they all have a lot of blooms. They are so pretty. Disney also has a lot of gardenia bushes and they have been in bloom too. They put off a lot of scent---quite a treat for those who like the smell! Not me though--haha. Fortunately, my allergy meds have been up to the challenge and I haven't suffered much.

I will keep you all posted as I hear more from Anne.

On Their Way

Anne and Paul are on their way to Texas!

They moved up their timeline once again, and decided they would leave on Monday. Paul and a neighbor got the big things loaded on Sunday, and Paul got most of the boxes loaded up too. I went on Monday to give them a hand. There were still some things to be broken down, some things to be boxed up, things to haul to the dumpster, and a little bit of cleaning to do. We took a break for lunch, and had a much needed rest and refueling. Then it was back to work. Finally, the trailer was full, the bed of the truck was full and covered with a tarp, and the animals were loaded in the back seat. It was time for hugs and farewells. It was sad to see them go, but I know it is a good move for them, so I am happy for them. How could I not be? Please keep them in your thoughts as they travel to Texas!

I am not as tired as I thought I would be after my efforts yesterday. I pulled out of the parking space just a minute before they did, and I got home at 8 p.m. I know, a very late start for them, but they figure they are going to be going so slow, pulling the weight of the trailer, that they want to make the most of their time. They hope to arrive in San Marcos on Thursday. Anyway, driving home, I could feel a hard knot of muscle in my back, and I figured I might be in trouble. Not so! Some rest at home during the evening, and a pretty good night's sleep, and I feel fine this morning.

Mike has been hinting (!!!) that it is long past time to make more progress on removing the wallpaper border. (I had told him ages ago that I would do it, I have just been really slow) I decided there is no time like the present, and have already spent some time on it this morning. I have removed the top layer of wallpaper from more than half the border in the living room! I got lucky and was able to get some good strips going where I was able to pull several feet of paper, the whole width of the border, at one time. That sure makes it go faster---I just wish it was possible to do that the whole time! But, it just doesn't always cooperate. Of course, there is still the backing of the paper to deal with, which requires water and a scraper. And it takes much much longer to deal with. At least it is just a little bit darker than the paint color, so it isn't as hard to look at as the wallpaper!

It is cloudy outside today. It doesn't necessarily look like it is going to rain, although I think there is a chance of rain today. It is kind of gloomy looking outside, though!

Well, I like the look of the living room without wallpaper so much, I think I will go see if I can get the rest of it pulled off! Take care, all.

Godspeed, Anne and Paul!

Monday, April 21, 2008


Two sandhill cranes just flew past the dining room window, both making some kind of loud crane call! Just last week, I saw three cranes fly past as I sat at the computer. Oh! One just flew the other direction, from this side of the street to the other side, back behind this first row of houses. We have seen cranes flying before, but not all that often, and I'm not sure I have ever seen them flying around from the house before. It is definitely interesting seeing them fly, they are so big!

We are back to warm weather after the unseasonable cold front we had last week. We can't complain, that cold front had brought really cold temperatures and snow to other areas. Still, it is nice to be back where we are supposed to be, weather wise--haha.

Yesterday evening, as we drove up A1A on the island, we saw a large group of pelicans, flying around in a circle. It was really interesting. We very much wondered just what was up with that! I am sure I have never seen that many pelicans flying together before.

There are a lot of buds on the magnolia tree now, none have opened up yet. The blooms are always so pretty, when they do get around to opening!

As you can tell, I don't really have any news.....more later!

Thursday, April 17, 2008

Is Anybody Out There?

I check blogs daily and for some reason, never think that I need to update this!

We have seen some busy times in the past couple of months. Anne got married to Paul Way, on 16 February 2008. We had a full house! We had lots of family here, and it was great to catch up with everyone. Sadly, of course, I didn't get nearly as much time to visit with people as I would have liked. The wedding went off without a hitch and everyone seemed to have a good time. The happy couple left for a honeymoon in Puerto Rico a few days after the wedding. This fullfilled a long time dream of Anne's, and Paul's too, and they had a great time.

Brian, Christine and Michelle stayed after all the rest of the family had to leave. They stayed till the end of the month, so we got to have a good visit. Michelle is really growing and learning new words every day. It was a lot of fun having them here. We took a day and went to Disney World. We all had a great time! It was our first trip there in the 3.5 years we have been here---long overdue!

Anne and Paul are getting ready to move to Texas! I think they are moving the end of this month, although it could be the beginning of May. They found a nice duplex with a fenced backyard for the dog, and are really happy to be making a move and a change.

We have had a bit of a cold spell the past couple of days, with some pretty chilly temperatures. Fortunately, that is about at an end and we will be back into our more usual 80's---I am ready for it! The leaves have popped out on the frangipani and the flower buds are in place. It should be blooming before we know it. There are baby grapefruit on the grapefruit tree. I will have to check it again when they are a little bigger, and see if they need to be culled any. I don't think there are too many on this year, but we will see.

Well, not much else to write about so I will put an end to this! I will try to update more often and keep you in the know with what is going on--haha.