NOTE: I wrote this before we had our first hard freeze this morning of November 13th, in fact the same day 4 years ago. Most of our 1st hard freezes are in early December.
It's time for the latest updates in my life. I guess I have been busy again in looking over the list I made to remind me.
I finally got the pillows finished for the 2 benches. And the pillows for the blue bench are just the perfect size for resting my head on while I take a nap on that bench. Especially peaceful now that it has cooled down into the 70's and low 80's and with a nice breeze blowing. I hear the birds in the tree carrying on and the flocks of geese heading southward and I doze off. (Note written in October)
|Sifting the old bird seed from the gravel around feeding area.|
Jim now has some new grab bars in the bathtub that I put up. They were given to him by the home health service. He's doing pretty good taking his showers but needs to have someone present in case he falls. He can still do his laundry and shave his beard every now and then with a regular razor (hasn't cut himself either).
|New swim noodle covering on stairs metal pipe railing.|
|Rain chains with RAIN|
Got my "super dooper" senior flu shot in September and had a small reaction 3 days later; the winter jasmine shrubs got their winter "bob". Most of the hummers have left and there were a few passing through so the feeder was up until around Nov 10th. About a dozen gold finches are still around but will finish putting out their seed when the current bird seed bag is empty. I did cut down the size of the birdio and it is much easier to clean around the area now. I have some rusted tools and am cleaning them up by soaking them in vinegar and brushing with old toothbrush or steel wool. Works really good. Have done some clean-up around the bird feeding area as was getting a big crowded with "stuff". Now we have a clear shot at watching the birds.
My big job was cleaning out the patio cover's gutters of bird nesting material and repairing the damaged gutter that I pulled down two years ago when I accidentally pushed the stepladder over. I instinctlly grabbed for the gutter and well we both landed on top of the ladder. The ladder was bent out of commission, I had black and blue spots from mid-calf to shoulder blade on right side and gutter was kind of bent. Last year I didn't feel like doing anything so this year I said "lets get her done". I made some "bird guards"
|Sliding the homemade bird guards down into the guttering.|
|My bird discouragers - see mesh in raised part of roof?|
Had my pacemaker checked in October and everything is AOK and an expected 2 more years on the battery life in the pacemaker. Visited the dermatologist for my 6 month checkup and had a low-grade tumor removed from my right wrist and 3 basal cell carcinoma from the back of my right leg above the ankle.
"Eggie" my little Casita trailer got an early Christmas present - a new cover.
|NM sun is harsh on everything. Trailer cover tearing to pieces.|
Curtains have all been washed in part of my Fall cleaning, no window washing until Spring. Daughter will be coming down for a week at Thanksgiving so Fall cleaning will be done before she gets here. One of my favorite fabrics for curtains is one called Window Pane.
|My chile pepper lights ready to glow during the holidays.|
I am having trouble with my left wrist and will be seeing a bone doc. Had some X-rays but they didn't show why my wrist keeps popping. Gets painful at times.
Still have the "bling" to do on my mailbox, fix the back door steps, paint the front door steps and re-finish my slat back chair.
That's it for now. As I noted at the beginning, we have had our first hard freeze and the leaves on the mulberry tree are now down on the ground just waiting for me to clean them up. The pomegranate bush is about as bare as the tree and I just noticed the winter jasmine bushes have buds on them - they like to bloom out with little yellow flowers in December through March.
"Let us remember that, as much has been given us, much will be expected from us, and that true homage comes from the heart as well as from the lips, and shows itself in deeds." ~Theodore Roosevelt
Our family wishes you the best for the Thanksgiving Holidays.
"The thing I'm most thankful for right now is elastic waistbands." ~Author Unknown