Thursday, June 30, 2016

Bigger Backyard

Trimmed the lower branches from my two giant pine trees and have gained around 50 feet of backyard to mow.  I'm bad in judging distances, but this cleanup will make mowing much easier and less challenging.   Love the new look cause it looks like a park back there.  I might get another small picnic table to set back there.  One of those plastic ones that are easy to move.  Jimmy always wanted some seats back there, but we just never got around to it.  I'm sure he's looking down and smiling with approval at the improvements we've made.

Today I've been hauling brush from the front yard.  I trimmed the rhododendron that lines my front walkway, and I picked up large heavy decorative scalloped bricks that were once lining a bed of roses, that are no longer there.  Moving those will also make mowing much easier and there will be less weed-eating to do.

I'm resting right now because those bricks were heavy, and it's hot outside.  I needed a break inside where it's cool before I go unload the bricks where all bricks go around here.........way in the back with all of the other bricks and concrete blocks.  I was getting quite a collection of bricks and concrete blocks, so my neighbor asked me if he could have some of them and I did what Jimmy would have done,  I told him to take what he needed.

There are two stumps to watch out for, so as suggested by Rick, I took a can of red spray paint and sprayed the stumps so that no one tears up their lawn mowers, including myself, by mowing over them.  

Well, my break is over and I'm off to finish unloading those heavy decorative bricks.  They're pretty, long and curved and are scalloped along the tops.  I'm also planning on taking the iron digger and taking up another circle of rocks around the telephone pole that used to be where Jimmy had his hollyhocks.  This will also make mowing easier and cut down on the weed eating. 

Miss these days

Last November at Pigeon Forge, Tenn

My Best Friend

Trimming up the pines

Can't wait to ride again

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Happy Happy Happy

My friend happily reconsidered his decision of taking a break and we are back on track, as friends.  He called me on Sunday night, and on Monday we met for lunch, and I saw him again on Tuesday after work.  He asked me to call him on Wednesday during his lunch break if I want to, and of course I want to!  We still have plans with two other relatives which should be fun.  

It's always nice having a good friend.  It beats being lonely and by ourselves.  We try to enjoy the simple and inexpensive things in life together.  Everyone can always use a good friend don't you think? 

Monday, June 27, 2016

break time again

My friend thinks we need a break from each other because of what happened over the weekend.  He phoned me last night and I told him why I had retreated into the solitude of my bedroom on Saturday and left him alone for several hours.  I hope that he thought about his decision overnight considering that now he knows why I did what I did.  Time will tell.

Since Jimmy died I have had no luck with the opposite sex.  Dating sucks, so I don't date.  I've had one boyfriend and one friend, and I think I will stop there.  If I have to live the rest of my life alone, then that's what I will do, and I'll just have to get used to it.  

Sunday, June 26, 2016


You had me from hello........

The Stormy Night - Acting Silly

How did this happen?

One night we are out on a hilltop on a stormy night watching the storm move across the sky and just having the best time ever, and the next we are not talking to each other.

On Friday I got my feelings hurt and some things were said that I just couldn't brush off as easily as I should have.  Then as a result of things said, I retreated into my own little world of self pity on Saturday and I didn't come back to earth until Sunday morning.  I can't take criticism as well as I should, and especially when it is repeated over and over and pounded into my head so much that it makes me feel bad about myself.  I'm really a good person and I wouldn't intentionally hurt anyone on purpose, so it is very hard for me to understand why someone would want to say things to hurt me all the time.  They do it in jest and think it's funny, but after a while some of the joking gets out of hand and all it takes is that one thing said that hits a nerve and really hurts.  I can't help it, but I have feelings and I'm easily hurt.

Sometime yesterday he left while I was in my own little world of self pity hiding out in my bedroom.  He didn't say goodbye, just left quietly without a word.  I hope he can forgive me for ignoring him because he doesn't even know what happened.  He doesn't even know that he hurt my feelings, and that I spent hours in my bedroom crying.  He has no clue as to what happened.  Only that I retreated into my bedroom and stopped talking to him, but he didn't bother to ask me what was wrong either.  Maybe he knew that he had gone to far or maybe not.  I just hope that he didn't jump into any wrong conclusions and that he calls me sometime soon.  After all, we are just good friends, and good friends always come back.

The 10 Commandments

The 10 Commandments List in Exodus 20:2-17

  1. “I am the LORD your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage. You shall have no other gods before Me.
  2. “You shall not make for yourself a carved image—any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth; you shall not bow down to them nor serve them. For I, the LORD your God, am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children to the third and fourth generations of those who hate Me, but showing mercy to thousands, to those who love Me and keep My commandments.
  3. “You shall not take the name of the LORD your God in vain, for the LORD will not hold him guiltless who takes His name in vain.
  4. “Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy. Six days you shall labor and do all your work, but the seventh day is the Sabbath of the LORD your God. In it you shall do no work: you, nor your son, nor your daughter, nor your male servant, nor your female servant, nor your cattle, nor your stranger who is within your gates. For in six days the LORD made the heavens and the earth, the sea, and all that is in them, and rested the seventh day. Therefore the LORD blessed the Sabbath day and hallowed it.
  5. “Honor your father and your mother, that your days may be long upon the land which the LORD your God is giving you.
  6. “You shall not murder.
  7. “You shall not commit adultery.
  8. “You shall not steal.
  9. “You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.
  10. “You shall not covet your neighbor’s house; you shall not covet your neighbor’s wife, nor his male servant, nor his female servant, nor his ox, nor his donkey, nor anything that is your neighbor’s.”

Saturday, June 25, 2016

Needed Home Repairs

This week my house and yard got a makeover, with much needed repairs to the house gutters, some tree trimming so that my neighbor, who is nice enough to mow my yard every week, will not have to duck and dodge all of the low hanging tree branches.  It looks very nice and allows more sunlight to reach the house now.

Below are some pictures and also a couple of extra pictures from this week's work.  

I have plenty of work to keep me busy for a long time to come.  If it wasn't for Rick's insistence that I start getting some home repairs done I would never have gotten started.  It all seemed much to overwhelming a job for me, but with Rick's inspiration and prodding I think I will be able to get motivated enough to continue what he started.