Friday, May 23, 2008

End of Week 4

My house is filled with the scent of lilacs.

A wonderful mild spring day ended week 4 of my time off. After all that cold and rain, at last, some sunshine !
Maybe we won't have to have the heat on anymore ? That would be great.

There was a mad frenzy of activity in the neighbourhood . The buzzing sound of lawnmowers, weed eaters, and trimmers, as long neglected gardens get a make over, including mine. I'm more of a quiet gardener. I use hand tools and I don't have a lawn. I dug it up and did a natural garden in the front and am slowly converting the back lawn as well. Today was just a matter of trimming back some vines and doing a bit of weeding. I even did up a couple of big pots of coleus for the veranda. That's a big improvement over last summer, when I didn't even want to go out there.

There was a discussion today on the postcard forum about the price of gas . It's $8.30 a gallon in Finland ! so we really shouldn't be complaining .

An article in the Star today about a new Wal Mart store in Markham that will be solar powered.
If Wal Mart is going green, it's only a matter of time before we all do.

No hole digging or sidewalk destruction going on today . I did see a very big dangerous looking saw parked on the side walk. They use it to cut away sections of side walk and then another machine removes the pieces. I still have no idea what's going on . The sidewalk doesn't even look like it needs replacing.

Ah ! I just lost an E bay auction and I'm actually glad. Had a fit of bidding fever and got carried away. Guess somebody else got even more carried away. They paid too much, Ha Ha.

Well considering I got up this morning feeling like a train wreck things aren't too bad right now.

I'm looking forward to some decent week end weather.


occam said...

Good for you not having a lawn! I always figured people should have a grass eating animal if they have grass. When I lived in Pennsylvania I regularly let my horses graze the "yard". They left nice fertilizer behind too! Sheep are the best lawn mowers. Smaller fertilizer, that is for sure.
Did you bring a bouquet of lilacs into the house? Or are there lilac bushes near your windows/doors? I love Lilacs. Too bad they are so tough to grow out here in the desert. We have major battles with wild critters. Mostly rabbits and birds that eat any green thing. This year alone we have lost sun flowers, melon plants, beans, swiss chard and hollyhocks to "nature". We have to chicken fence wire everything to save it. Oh well. The critters were here first. I don't blame them. It is so dry, there is nothing to eat in the desert. Our recent rain will not make a huge difference once we are back to 40° or so in a couple days.

Taxingwoman said...

I brought bunches of lilacs inside and there are bushes right outside the window, so lots of lilac fragrance.
We get pesky squirrels, chipmunks and raccoons munching on everything!