18 May 2006

Maunderings ...

I took Epona back to the dealership this morning and they fixed 'er up. No more oily puddles. It's a much more reasonable temperature today. The dandelions are in full bloom.

So is the little bush Mary gave me last year.

It got jostled and moved and neglected and finally planted (at entirely the wrong time for transplanting) by Cory and Ernie, then Sirs Bunrab nibbled most of the branches to nubs over the winter. I was so surprised when I saw green on it this spring.

These little guys are this year's volunteer plants. They're coming up along the east side of the house, by the purple German Irises. Last year, I had volunteer pansies and the year before I had volunteer California Poppies.

Wednesday - I spent the day with Barbara and Annailese, hanging about in very little clothing, doing paper work. Annailese had the good sense to eschew clothing altogether for the entire day. It was stinkin' hot! Rafe came over and we built a ginormous salad for dinner. He brought pumkin pie. Mmmm!

Tuesday - The hey-you-should-have-driven-about-8,000km.-by-now-so-it's-about-time-for-your-first-oil-change-and-service light's been on in the car, so I took Epona in to the dealership, even though it's still under 3,000 km. They put the summer tires on and changed the oil and checked all the things they check and apparently forgot to tighten something when they were done. I left wee puddles of oil behind everywhere I went on my circuit of a bazillion errands.

Sunday - Mona, Pete, Rose, Cassandra, Mom, Dad and I had a weiner roast in the terra cotta chimnea in the APs back yard. My godmother's sister's new husband backed out of my godparents' driveway into Epona. His sedan had stove-in corner on the back bumper. Epona had a l'il scuff on the back driver's side fender. Dad polished it out with toothpaste and now I can't tell where it was.

Saturday - Jake had a jam party. He runs on musician time. I left around two ... the jam was just starting.

Friday - Mary, Mona, Mom and I met for lunch to plot the gathering in August, when Dad and I will celebrate 115 years. I was going to ask Mary for a piece of her rhubarb plant (mine's still in the garden of the house I sold to Darren and he sold to Nancy) when she next split it, but figured she's way too busy to think about that right now. Mary brought rhubarb to lunch for me and Mona. Wheee! They're pieces my great (great?) grandmother's (the one who grew up with Lucy Maude Montgomery ... I thought she got the plant from LMM, but Mom's not sure about that) plant. Mom has some kind of rhubarb sickness in her gardens, so she can't have any for a few years, so Mary's spreading it out is also insurance, in case the disease gets to her garden.

After lunch, I admired Mona and Pete's new car ... it's spiffy and smaller than their old car. Nina and I took her iMac and my old iMac apart, to try to make one working FrankeniMac out of them, but discovered that all the good bits had been removed from mine. Bah. We went for dinner and found ourselves at the wrong end of Whyte Avenue after the hockey game. It took us a couple of hours to creep the ten minute drive home through throngs of giddy fans. Fortunately, they were just giddy at that point and hadn't yet turned into the bottle-tossing mob.

Thursday - Dad and I went to the AMA to order a Trip Tik map thingy for my Fair trip. Then we went for lunch. Dad drove Epona ... said she's nimble.

Stuff and Nonsense ...

Length of day: 16:05
Hours of dark: less than 1 (twilight is figured differently on this site)
Sunrise: 5:28 am
Sunset: 9:33 pm
Start of twilight: 1:38 am
End of twilight: 1:20 pm

Current weather: Mostly Clear. 22°C (71°F), wind NNW 19.2 km/h (12 mph), relative humidity 24%, pressure 29.89 in Hg.

Today.. Sunny. High 25°C.
Tonight.. A few clouds. Low 9°C.
Friday.. A mix of sun and cloud. Wind becoming E 30 km/h late in the morning. High 24°C.
Saturday.. Cloudy with 60% chance of showers. Low 10°C. High 22°C.
Sunday.. Sunny. Low 12°C. High 22°C.
Monday.. A mix of sun and cloud. Low 10°C. High 23°C.
Normals for the period.. Low 4°C. High 18°C.

1 comment:

Luna said...

I am so jealous of your dandelions. I get lovely notices from my home owner's association evertime one of those babies pops its heads out of my lawn!