Archive | April 2014

New Plans

Hi everyone, a couple of things for me to plan, but otherwise I have been taking things slowly. The house in Roanoke has had little done. I went up right after the last snow (last month) but had injured my back and found I could not do much. I abandoned plans and came back to Seneca. A wasted trip, but I am feeling good again. Now I am trying to coordinate taking someone with me to work on the roof and the yard, and help drive back with a load of furniture and stuff that I do not want for staging the house. I did buy a small shed to hold the furniture, plus the rest after the house sells, until I build another, slightly bigger, place.

I have been doing a lot of chain maille jewelry. I find I am really enjoying it. There is something soothing about the work, with the rubbing together of ends of jump rings, and putting together the pattern – reminds me of the way knitting soothes with the needles swooshing together and the pattern forming. Now I have had a number of friends encouraging me to go ahead and sell my jewelry. I am seriously considering it, am looking into what I need to do to start. I will probably start with a page on Etsy, but will let everyone know when it happens. It would be nice to make enough money to keep investing in more material. I do not want to work too much at this, or it will lose its appeal, besides, I am retired and do not want a full time job again.

earrings and bracelet of chain maille with beads

earrings and bracelet of chain maille with beads

The other item for long-term planning is a party in August 2017. A friend announced that there will be a total solar eclipse occurring over Seneca in late afternoon on a Monday. I think this calls for a long weekend party for friends from all around, especially outside the range of the eclipse. We will plan something.

Short-term, I am looking forward to, and saving towards, two vacation trips this summer. One for a family wedding in Chicago at the beginning of June, and one for a convention with friends in Boston at the beginning of July. Things will be busy.


When is Spring?

The weather was so good this weekend, sunny and warm, not too hot. Many lawns were mowed. The SC Botanical Garden had a big plant sale, and gardeners all around worked to get their new plants into the ground before Monday’s predicted rain – a good soaking after planting is perfect. Unfortunately, by late Monday the weather report changed to prediction of possible freeze Tuesday night after the clouds moved out. So Tuesday evening had people out in jackets trying to cover and protect tender new plants.

I know this is not the worst weather, as friends farther north are still getting snow, but the timing on this was bad. It is the normal last frost date for this region, and after 80 degree temperatures, a lot of people decided that was unlikely. Hopefully the rain helped protect a lot, as I see frost on open areas that dried in the wind, and none on slightly protected areas that look wetter. My car sitting in the open, did get a coating.

Frosted car on April 16

Frosted car on April 16 

We have been enjoying the dogwood and redbud blooming this week. Only few late daffodils are still blooming, irises are showing up all around. Hostas are sprouting lots of leaves and filling in beautifully. Phlox is still giving bright patches to yards. Hillsides of trees are so pretty and lacy now, with a variety of chartreuse and greens just coming out on the bare branches, with the white dogwood peeping through. After a good rain the cars are all so shiny, now I guess we are back to thick matte coating of green from pollen, and more antihistamine.

New Plants!

Gloating over Plants on a Sunny Morn


Whose plants these are I know I bought

Our homes are in the country here;

They all will see me planting now

To watch my yard fill up with blooms.


My noisy dogs don’t think it queer

To see me outside, oh so near

Between the woods and sunny yard.

The brightest morning yet this year.


They bark to see the cat run by

To say my space – our space – get gone!

The only other sound’s the call

Of chirping birds and passing cars.


The beds are empty, dark and dull,

But I have flowers bright to plant,

And holes to dig before I sleep,

And holes to dig before I sleep.

With apologies to Robert Frost and many, many thanks to the Spring Plant Sale at the South Carolina Botanical Garden. I should also like to point out that not all of the flowers are for me!