I was having a bit of a 'down' day on Friday--tired and achey, not motivated to do any
of the things on the list.
Mid afternoon I decided my megrims needed to be aired, so walked through the lower garden, up around the barns, down the meadow, across to the creek, then up the front drive.
These are some of the sights along the way.
Above it the little shrub rose with the missing name tag.
Blossoms on Wise Portia--no Japanese Beetles this time around.
The bumble bee in this branch of Russian Sage was quite obliging about a photo.
A gaudy painted zinnia.
Swallowtail on a brilliant fuschia zinnia.
This zinnia has become a shrub.
Note the tattered wing on this golden fritillary.
Elderberries--which have become jelly today at Gina's house.
Serene and green, the view across our neighbor's pasture.
The butterfly bush has put forth fresh blooms.
Queen Anne's Lace.
Poised! A lucky shot.
The three little horrors. Amazing what a bath and 10 days of adequate food has done for them.
Pebbles, the dear old lady horse.
Neighboring pasture at dusk.
I uploaded the above photos Friday evening, forgot to caption and post!
To make up for Friday's slothfulness, today I ripped out the carpet in the 'guest room' which is also my 'hide-out'--the space with my desk and piles of notebooks.
I cut the carpet out in strips using a large sheetrock knife, then used a cat's paw tool to pry up the tack strips around the perimeter. Dust, [30 year old dust!] fluffs of yarn from the carpet --red--foam underlayment--all bundled out to the burn pile.
We replaced the flooring everywhere but the ktichen within weeks of moving in three years ago. This was the least disgusting and worn of the carpets, but our occupancy hadn't improved it.
Carpets may be OK for households with no pets, where the occupants tiptoe about in sock feet and never spill anything. Give me a floor that can be CLEANED!
Hopefully weeks will not go by until there is a new floor down and an 'after' photo can be shared.
I plan to paint this room while J. is away next week.
The interim owners of this place did considerable cleaning and had most of the rooms re-painted in a flat white. Not very inspiring, but at least fresh and clean.
This is the last room for me to paint.
Lord luv us--this huge hound dog turned up slightly after noon today and it won't 'GO HOME'--where-ever that may be.
We do not want a dog, certainly not one of the Baskerville hounds, however amiable.
It has given cry several times causing a reaction in the cats that resembles apoplexy!