Tuesday, June 24, 2014

College Days Company Coming

JEAN AND DOTTY are coming for a visit and they are on a Mexican Food trek from their home states of Idaho for Jean and Washington state for Dotty.  So I have a job ahead still looking for good Mexican food places to compete with what they will have encountered on their way down here.  We haven't eaten at very many places yet, but want to check out a little cafe in Arrey and what is in Hatch - home of the best grown green chile.  These two gals were roommates way back at ASC (now NAU) in Flagstaff AZ.  Am getting excited to see them.

SON WILL BE coming down for the fireworks show at Elephant Butte Lake.  Been a long, long time since I have seen fireworks over a lake.  Elephant Butte Lake State Park waives the admission fee that night for the show.  Will probably grill something before going out and make apple pie cake for dessert.

BEEN TRYING TO fix the south side of the carport shed so that when it rains the water runs off the roof to the outside of the wall, instead of the inside!  I managed to get half fixed so the corrugated metal roof edge extends beyond the wall; but, because of the inconsistent structure on the other half, am not coming up with a solution yet.  I tried applying a strip of gutter drip guard, but it's going to take two people to fix it.  Shannon, our city trash hauler that works our area, said today he'd come help me if I needed it.  I just may ask him.

AND OUR OLD neighborhood trash dumpster is now gone and we are using our new poly carts.  I want to build a little alcove to put ours and a neighbor's poly cart in later this fall.

FINALLY GOT AROUND to finish putting up the front sidewalk solar lights and I am pleased with the effect they give off at night.  I blacked out half of the lens so the light would only show on the sidewalk.
Here I am blocking off the light side that is not to be painted.
Spray painted the "back" side of the lens.

How they look in the daytime; and . . . .
how they look at night time. I grouped 3 lights together. 
JIM HAS HIS window air conditioner, now I want mine! Hope to have it installed this week and will be putting one either in the dining area window or a living room window later.  And of course, getting ready for a window air requires that I clean up the window - right?  Mobil home windows are different to work with.  Am learning . . . .

WE ARE IN the traditional monsoon season now, but nothing yet.  A lot more clouds float by each day than a month ago, but they have their mission over on the eastern side of the state I guess.  What rain does fall, evaporates before getting near us.  It does smell good though.

BACK TO WORK as it is my day off - "my Sunday" - and I still have laundry, mopping and napping to do today.

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Too Pooped To Write Anything. . .

By the time I get home from working in the garden center at WalMart, am exhausted and my writing desire doesn't surface.  At least I don't work in the heat of the afternoon except maybe one day a week when a plant shipment comes in, then I stay and help get the plants down off the racks and water them as quickly as possible.  Not easy on those plants when they come off a refrigerated truck into 90+º weather.  Some do okay, others are hard to revive and they often become not sellable.

I spend almost 4 hours watering - at one point when the temperatures were in the 100's - around 20,000 plants!  It was hard to keep up with the heat when we had those 100º days as we learned that under the "sunshade" it often got up to 120º!  Now that the temperatures have dropped down into the mid-90's, the surviving plants are showing new growth.  But unfortunately, so many of the plants we receive will not do well here - boston ferns, gardenias, to name a few.

But, we have been told by many a customer that we have the most beautiful garden center in all of southern New Mexico!  And, it smells sooooo good when I go in in the morning.

It's been a bit tough on me physically, especially my left knee and ankle but I have wraps that help.  We are supplied with lots of cold water and suntan lotion; and, I like to spray myself once in awhile! 

Tomorrow is a long day as a shipment is due in, so it is off to bed for me.