This was a work weekend around Casa Poolman. It seems like every weekend for the past several weeks, Mrs. Poolman and I have determined that we would get a few things done around the house. And every weekend, we allow ourselves to be distracted for all or part of our planned work-time. (Funny how that happens.) This weekend, I took Friday off so there would be no question we would be working. Here was the “to-do” list, and how successful we were.
- Mow lawn – I’ll do it later in the week
- Change oil and air filter on lawn mower – done
- Rake patio area and spread mulch (big job) – done
- Fertilize vegetables and install tomato cages – done
- Wash outside of windows and window sills – not done
- Dust house especially venetian blinds – not done
- Trim low branches of oak tree over patio – done
- Clean patio pavement – done
- Place umbrellas in stands at tables – done
- Clean rat “poop” in attic (another big and very unpleasant job) – done (See earlier posts about our rodent issues.)
- Brush and wash dogs – done
- Cut down dead bushes in courtyard – not done
We didn’t get it all done, but I’m feeling pretty good. (By the way, I love making lists. The only thing I like more is to cross things off.)
This is what the patio area of the back yard looks like to start the summer season.
The back yard at Casa Poolman
In addition, I removed the pool cover (86 degrees as of this morning) and vacuumed, backwashed, and adjusted chemicals. I also updated the check book and paid couple of bills.
And let’s not forget out multiple trips to Ace Hardware for more mulch.
First trip – 6 bags (We grossly underestimated.)
Second trip – 8 bags (“What? You’re back again?”)
Third trip – 4 bags (“You guys really can’t count, can you?”)
In the past, I have described my less-than-successful efforts to grow tomatoes and other veggies. Since we clearly do not learn from past experience, we are trying again this year. We bought a pre-fab raised bed kit at Home Depot to create our little 4 ft x 4 ft effort at agriculture. It contains several bags of potting and planting soil, three tomato plants and two pepper plants, and a little cinaltro. (Total outlay to date — approximately $1.5 million.)
The Poolman garden
I have it placed where it gets a lot of sun, but is shaded in the very late afternoon. I really hope we get some produce out of it this year. I’ll keep you informed.
Posted in Gardening, Life, Work
Tagged Ace Hardward, backwash, backyard, garden, Home Depot, Life, mulch, pepper, pool, pool work, raised bed, tomato, weekend, work, yard work
We’ve had a nice weekend, even if the best of goals were not achieved.
I started out on Friday afternoon by accompanying one of our faculty scientists to a talk at a nearby retirement community. The talk went well, but only about 8 of the residents turned out. I need to talk with their activities organizer. If they want us to come back, we need a few more bodies to make it worth the effort. Our break-even target is an audience of at least 20.
Saturday was spent doing household chores and running errands. I did get excited about one purchase. (It doesn’t take much. As Mrs. Poolman says, I’m easily amused.) We have a Goodwill Store nearby. It is in the same strip shopping center as the local Ace Hardware Store. Since I am in Ace at least once every weekend, I usually pop into Goodwill to see what they have. I have purchased books (50 cents for paperbacks), a golf club and putter ($5 each) and other miscellaneous stuff. Well I have been shopping around for a desk-chair to go in my “home office” (work in progress.) Even the less expensive ones of the style I want are $50-100 at Office Max or Staples. But “lo and behold”, there in Goodwill Saturday morning was an almost-new desk-chair for the exorbitant price of $19.99. Sold!
Saturday evening Mrs. Poolman and I went to a fundraiser event at Ft Jackson, a local historic site. One of Writer Princess’s best friend’s husband (who we know) is the site manager and organized the event. We went to show support. It was a nice time. Silent auction, music, beer, wine, barbecue and low country boil. The evening was capped with a cannon firing (I thought Mrs.Poolman was going to be knocked over by the shock wave.) and fireworks. I was outbid for a James MacPherson Civil War history book. I told the folks who put in the winning big that the book stunk and they wouldn’t like it. They didn’t listen and outbid me anyway. In any case, it was a good time had by all.
The fort overlooks the Savannah River and I did get a couple of shots of sunset. Nothing spectacular, but it was colorful.
Back to work tomorrow.
Posted in Family, Friends, Life, Photography, Uncategorized
Tagged Ace Hardward, Ace Hardware, barbecue, chair, Ft. Jackson, Goodwill, Low Country Boil, sunset