Thursday, April 5, 2012
An impossibly excessive amount of shtuff has been going on in my world lately, making it impossible to squeeze in working on a blog post despite having an abundance of material to blog about. However, I did manage to get this photo of a haughtily handsome mallard as he promenaded past the cottage earlier this week. He and his wife (who was coming along behind him) were taking advantage of yet another day of beautiful June-like weather AND having the walking path to themselves for a bit!...
Here is a
quack quick synopsis of just some of the other goings-on of the past week...
I got a good report from my ortho doc last Friday ~ he said my elbow's healing beautifully (and was very surprised that I experienced no pain during all his sadistic elbow-gunching tests). He freed me from my cumbersome Terminator brace (yay!) and gave me some simple flexing and stretching exercises to do - no need for physical therapy (double yay!) I can't quite straighten my arm completely yet, but he's confident I'll get back my full range of motion or something very close to it. I see him again in a month and was told not to lift anything heavier than a coffee cup till then. Hey, no problem! LOL (He's onto me - after telling me that he said, "But you've been lifting things heavier than that for a while now, haven't you?" I said, "Yeah, but don't tell my doctor.") :-)
Speaking of lifting heavy shee-ite, our move continues. The furniture movers arrive Monday morning so we've been emptying and clearing off all our furniture, as well as closets, cupboards and cabinets. BW is on vacation next week so we'll finish our move and get the cottage cleaned during that time. Since our lease isn't up till the 30th, we'll probably keep our bikes and lawnmower here till then, as we'll come back from time to time to do some yard repair (three piddling dogs, dontcha know) and use this as our bike-riding base (it's more convenient for most errands than our next place is).
After returning home Tuesday evening after a very long, tiring and hectic day to a message from the realtor wanting to schedule a showing the next morning, I pitched a bit of a hissy (that went something like, "Can't you people just lay off for a week till we get out of there?") To my surprise, they were very accommodating (just as we've been till now) and in the end we were granted a moratorium on showings till next Wednesday, which gives us time to finish packing, moving and cleaning without further major disruption or intrusion. (It won't stop more minor intrusions, however, like the family of three who thought a for sale sign in front of the place granted them permission to tromp all around the house and peer in my windows while I was in the middle of an important phone call! I had to interrupt my conversation to go out and tell them if they wanted to see the inside they could look at the photos on the brochure or schedule an appointment to see it, but it was rude to trespass and stare into someone's house like that! Good grief!)
As for the house under construction, that's clicking along nicely thanks in part to the great weather. I'll post more photos after next week, because they have the foundation walls in now and will start backfilling and framing next week!
Meanwhile, we've got three kitchen designers working on bids for our kitchen cupboards and countertops (and we've asked each to redesign the island, since we decided it wasn't very efficient as drawn), we've narrowed our quartz kitchen countertop choices to three*, ordered all our appliances (which they'll deliver when we're ready for them) during Sears' big semi-annual sale, have chosen our cork flooring (for master bedroom and closet) and are close to choosing our carpeting (still need to choose our tile(s) and our hardwood (oak) floor stain color). We've also selected our landscaper, who we're very excited about. He specializes in low-water, low-maintenance landscaping, which is what we want. I've already got a list of trees, shrubs and perennial wildflowers I'm hoping for, and he said we can do most of the grunt work ourselves (under his supervision and instruction) to save money, have him and his crew do it all, or do something in between - our choice. I'm rooting (no pun intended) to do as much of it ourselves as possible, and not just for budgetary reasons! I love that stuff.
And speaking of plants, I'll leave you all with some photos I took on Sunday of some of the pretty crocuses growing at Whitney Commons. Our friend Wendy, one of the maintenance/groundskeeper employees there (who also boards her horse where Mocha is) told us that people have been pulling them up and leaving them in the restrooms. Vile people - if they're not peering in people's windows they're vandalizing flowerbeds!
Anyway, enjoy the lovely springiness of these (so far unmolested) beauties...
and have a very...
(*Here are our three kitchen countertop choices in case you'd like to share your preference in the comments: Ceasarstone "Chocolate Truffle", Samsung Radianz "Mariposa Buff," or Silestone "Bamboo." (The Mariposa Buff has more black and gray in it in reality than the image here, but the other samples are pretty true to life). I realize they all look very different and the images you get to see hardly provide a level playing field, but such are the constraints of the company web sites! How well the counter coordinates with our chosen cabinets - and with our budget - will naturally be the determining factor in our final selection, but I'd love to hear your opinions!)
- INFERNO ~ Dan Brown
- MIDNIGHT IN THE GARDEN OF GOOD & EVIL ~ John Berendt
- MY NOTORIOUS LIFE: A NOVEL ~ Kate Manning
- ONE SUMMER: AMERICA, 1927 ~ Bill Bryson
- QUIET: THE POWER OF INTROVERTS IN A WORLD THAT CAN'T STOP TALKING ~ Susan Cain
- THE BEAUTIFUL CIGAR GIRL ~ Daniel Stashower
- THE DEVIL IN THE WHITE CITY ~ Erik Larson
- THE SHADOWS, KITH AND KIN ~ Joe R. Lansdale
- THE TIPPING POINT ~ Malcolm Gladwell
There is still strong in our society the belief
that animals and the natural world have value
only insofar as they can be converted into revenue.
That nature is a commodity.
And that the American dream is one of unlimited consumption.
There are many of us, on the other hand,
who believe that animals and the natural world
have value by virtue of being alive.
That Nature is a community to which we belong
and to which we owe our lives.
And that the deeper American dream is one of unlimited compassion.
~John Robbins, "The Food Revolution"