Tuesday, May 31, 2011

"Springtime, Lovetime . . . May"

It's the last day of May. It's also the hottest day of the year yet. It hit 91'F in the shade, which beats out the old record heat on this day of the year. Amazingly enough, and sad enough, it is 88'F inside the house!! Less than three weeks ago we were still burning wood to heat the house, now it's so hot that the refrigerator is not working right. Oh dear.

With thunder storms every few days, and record lows followed by record highs, it's not a good year for flowers. Here are some pictures taken over the last few days. Dad spent yesterday weeding, and I was mowing, so things are beginning to look nice. Most of the flowers are fried today, though.

We haven't planted very many new flowers this year, but we were able to get a few more things --- including two shades of "Sweet Williams" (see the fifth picture above). Elizabeth and I thought that it was a great coincidence, as we got them the day after the Royal Wedding, so they were quite appropriate. Next year, in honor of the Queen's Diamond Jubilee, we are planning on buying two "Queen Elizabeth" rose bushes. Cool, huh?!

We're trying to come up with things that don't take a lot of baking/cooking (to keep the heat down) and getting it done in the early morning. This afternoon we went up and watched Maytime. Fitting for this month, right? I love Nelson Eddy. Oh, did I tell you that I love Nelson Eddy? Well, I love Nelson Eddy. :)

It has now taken me so long to upload all of these pictures that Dad is home, and it's about time to eat Dinner. Dad's got the fridge and freezer pulled out from the wall, trying to clean them off and check the gaskets. Of course, leveling them off again is a the tough part. That gave me a chance to wash the decorations that were on top of the two units. There are some old lamps and cookie jars up there, so they had their winter "dust coats" on. They are sparkling now!

I've been working on felting a little gnome. More on the cartoon side like some of the first ones. This is another present, and he's not based on any picture --- just right out of my head. Elizabeth wants me to work on "Hastings" next. We'll see. It's between that or Flavia and Rudolph, so . . .

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