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Stuff. And Things. May 17, 2013

Posted by Toy Lady in random stuff.

Gosh what a week.  What’s today?  Thursday?  Friday?

Something with a “day” in it, anyway – I know that.

You’d never know I took a couple of vacation days this week, would you?  I mean, I should have the house spotless, fancy meals, flowers planted, and, of course, blog posts written.   Quality blog posts, even.

Of course, Sunday was Mother’s Day, and I started my day with a text message to the Boy:

Hey, where’s my flowers at???

I like to try to be hip when I talk to the younger generation, you know?

Of  course, the fact that I didn’t even attempt to phone MY mother until later in the afternoon is completely irrelevant.  I just assumed she was busy, what with 3 other kids AND several grandchildren . . .

And then, when I DID remember plan to call her, well, the phone rang and it was Peeps’s mom calling me.

See, Peeps’s mom was scheduled for surgery this week, and she’s been gradually getting more and more freaked out about it.  It seems that, just because something’s “routine surgery” – well, that doesn’t mean it’s routine for the person getting cut open.  By the time I got off the phone, I guess I’d had enough mothers for one day.

That, and I completely forgot to call my own mother.  On Mother’s Day.

I did call her the next day, explained WHY I hadn’t called, and apologized profusely.  But still.

So, I took a couple of days off so I could take my time planting the garden, rather than trying to get it all in the ground at once.

And all weekend, through Monday, it was cold and rainy, and I was NOT about to play around out in the dirt in that kind of weather.

Then we woke up Tuesday morning to a nice, sparkly frost.  Dandy.

Fortunately, though, I hadn’t actually planted anything finicky yet, so the tomatoes, basil, and green beans were all safe, so I spent the better part of Tuesday morning planting the entire garden in one day.  We’d better not get any more frost, that’s all I’m saying.

Peeps’s mom had her surgery, and she came through it just fine, though she’s pretty uncomfortable – between the stitches and the fact that, as of last night she still had to be escorted to the bathroom, well, let’s just say that she’s NOT a happy camper.

At all.

Oh, and speaking of bathrooms.

Yikes – the the Big Lug seems to have picked up some sort of stomach bug or something.  We typically go through this once or twice a year.  I guess that’s what happens when he’s such a delicate little flower, huh?  We had him at the vet’s office last week, and all was well, then we started him back on his flea treatment (which he gets every month during the warmer months, so I doubt it’s that) and we changed his antihistamines (poor thing, he’s a mess in the spring!), but THAT shouldn’t have anything to do with anything.  And I know he hasn’t eaten any dead things on our walks, because we’ve gotten the “drop it” cue down.  He “drops it” like a pro now – even squirrel jerky!

Or course, that’s not to say he didn’t grab something small and single-bite-sized at some point, or even find a stashed bone in the back yard that might have been a little past its prime. . . regardless, after Peeps came home from visiting his mom in the hospital on his way home from work to find an “accident” – well, after that, we decided that he could fast last night.

Do you know difficult it is to fast a dog when it’s dinnertime and he’s following you around the house pointing at the clock and reminding you that he hasn’t eaten?  So he got a piece of bread, soaked in chicken broth, and THAT was IT.  And this morning, he got half kibble, half plain white rice.

So far so good. . .

Oh, and speaking of fasting, I’m back on the weight-loss thing.  I was doing so well before, and, I don’t know, I guess I lost momentum.

What really happened was that I got darn sick and tired of tracking every stupid bite of food.

But anyway, I’m back, and I’ve been losing about 2 pounds a week for the past, er, two weeks.

It’s something.  My doctor set me up with an appointment with a nutritionist next week – oh goody.

Oh, and speaking of doctors.

My mother has an appointment at the hospital here in town tomorrow, and she may or may not end up being admitted.  Hopefully not,  because it’s not even the same hospital that Peeps’s mom is in, and I’m sorry, but I’ve got to draw the line somewhere – I am NOT visiting TWO mothers in TWO different hospitals in the same day.

Of course, you know I will if I have to, but I won’t like it.

So . . what’ve you all been up to?


1. Anne - May 17, 2013

Holy cow, you have me exhausted. That’s quite a “what I did on my vacation” report. You’ll have to go back to work to rest!

We’re up to 90. Degrees. So long, Spring, been good knowin’ ya.

I hear you on fasting the dog. If I’m a few minutes late, she’s either grabbing me by the hand, or she’s spinning around on one foot and clutching her little chest. Death is imminent. And soon. :eyeroll:

Toy Lady - May 19, 2013

These poor pups – they just put up with so much, don’t they? 🙄

2. Karen - May 17, 2013

Okay – first off one of the reasons I love coming to your blog is because when you show houses and yards it reminds me of living in West Webster – IT LOOKS EXACTLY AS I REMEMBER IT. (Sorry for the caps)

Yeah, I was raised right outside of New Orleans and now live in Baton Rouge (that would be Louisiana). Planting for us? Don’t plant anything until after Easter because you can possibly have a frost before then. Didn’t listen to my now ex-MIL when she told me that (at the age of 20) and planted tons of flowers because it was warm. The day before Easter we had a huge frost and I lost all my flowers. Replanted them the next weekend. Told my now husband that and he scoffed at me (he was raised “down the bayou” in this wonderful, beautiful state). So when HIS mom came over I mentioned that and she laughed at him and told him to go ahead and ignore that advice and see what happened. He hedged his bets and only planted half his veggies (this was years ago) before Easter and promptly lost half of them within two days. He now follows that rule and hasn’t had a problem since.

I honestly don’t know how I’d do in the veggie department without knowing for sure that there would not be a possiblity for frost.

On a different note, my last baby gradutated from high school today and it was hotter than blue blazes. We are going to have a hell of a summer. I’m not looking forward to it.

I’m sorry for the book. I’ll do better next comment.

PS: We had 2 “L” shaped gardens in the front of our house up there (on either side of the driveway) and my mother planted tons of tulips. Those gardens were gorgeous every freaking year. Her one big disappointment moving south was that tulips were a thing of the past (and don’t think she didn’t try – that woman a greener thumb than the jolly green giant, she could grow absolutely anthing and not only make it live but thrive). She was, however, happy to discover that roses bloomed in December and azales bloomed whenever the hell they wanted to. Usually two and sometimes three times a year.

Toy Lady - May 19, 2013

You can’t grow tulips in the south? That’s terrible! 😦 Must be because they don’t get a good freeze? But yeah, azaleas would probably make up for the tulips, wouldn’t they?

3. Judy Norton - May 19, 2013

Whew, you made it through! So much going on with everyone. Hope the Moms are doing well and that Jar is all good now. A nutritionist? Ok will wait to hear about that one. Trying to send good vibes for the garden and of course will expect pics. You must be looking forward to a little less activity all around. It will be a good week!

Toy Lady - May 19, 2013

Yeah, it’s been a heck of couple of weeks, huh? We’re hanging in, though. And the Moms are doing well, so there’s that. 🙂

4. Karen - May 19, 2013

Azaleas and crepe myrtles are basically weeds – pretty weeds but they grow where ever they want when they want and I think the reason we can’t grow tulips is because the bulbs rot in the ground because of the warmth of the soil and even keeping them in the fridge or freezer for a simulated northern winter doesn’t help. We only occassionally get a “good freeze”. We were in shorts most of last “winter”. Christmas was hot and the a/c was on. You get used to it.

Toy Lady - May 20, 2013

I feel the same way about roses – they grow wherever they want, and it’s almost impossible to get rid of them – though I THINK I finally succeeded with the one that right next to the front walkway and snagged my stockings every morning. . .

I’ve always been a northern gal – I can’t even imagine NOT having snow in the wintertime! 😯

5. sjbraun - May 27, 2013

Wait — YOU have an appointment with a nutritionist? You could BE a nutritionist! Prayers going out to you and Peeps, and both moms. Sometimes when it rains, it pours, huh?

Toy Lady - May 27, 2013

Well, the appointment turned out to be a bit of a disappointment – except for basically reinforcing what I already know (and encouraging me to continue to do more of the same, I guess. . . ) Yay.

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