Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Dog: Lamby's foot

A little while back Lamby's foot fell off. Mick would like me to sew it back on. He plays with the foot just as much as Lamby. He'll even whine if it gets stuck under the couch. I guess I could sew it back on.

Friday, June 20, 2014

Yard: Metal Detecting by Howie

Back when I started my excavation for the patio I found a few items in the dirt. Not long after that I happened to find an old friend on facebook and it turns out that one of his many hobbies is Metal Detecting. I contemplated getting the equipment and doing it myself but then decided that I'd be better off just having him come over. The photo above is what he found which is mostly junk. Prior to and after his search I have found even more junk as I sift through the dirt that I am moving back to the patio area because I dug down too far. I have found another key, the end of a bungee cord, more foil, twist ties and a variety of nails. 

Here are the good things I found prior to the official search. A Silver Winged Head Dime, a Utah Tax Relief Token and a Hello Kitty pencil topper. I think I win.

Now that we have all of the junk out of the way I may have him come back. If you live in Utah on an older property and would like to see what Howie can find in your yard just give me a call.

Monday, June 16, 2014

Read: Millie's Fling

Millie's Fling by Jill Mansell

When Millie Brady saves Orla Hart's life she doesn't realise how drastically it will change her own – not least because the boyfriend who was asking her to move in with him at the time stormed off in a huff. Actually, Millie's relieved. She's happy to enjoy a man-free summer in Cornwall. But Orla has other ideas. She's determined that Millie should meet the man of her dreams. Trouble is, Millie's taste in men doesn't tally with Orla's. The one who really interests her is Hugh Emerson, and he's the man with whom Orla's adamant she mustn't get involved...

I really enjoyed this book. It was quite the large paperback (5-1/2 x 8-1/2 and 500 pages) but the other book I had originally chosen was even larger and it was a hardback. I at least needed something a little bendable for my travels. I spend a while at the library the week before my cruise searching the stacks with my lists. I read it every day on the cruise and after with some afternoons in the yard with the dogs during this recent and most perfect weather. I finished it in under 3 weeks which is pretty good for me. No renewal. There was only one "F" bomb that I recall. It was a charming story and it was clean.

Friday, June 13, 2014

Dog: Goodbye Mollie

Mollie has been laid to rest due to some unexpected complications and internal bleeding from what they assume was cancer related. She got to eat bananas and peanut butter crackers that day and was happy and appeared to be pain free until the very end. She was 12. This picture was of her sleeping on my floor one day when I was watching her. She was a sweetheart.

This was Mollie and her pal Dusty. It doesn't look like I posted but Dusty passed away early last year from old age.

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Yard: In Progress

I have a vision of what I want my back yard to be and it all starts here. From the outer edge of the garden fence to the front of this picture I have dug out all of the grass and moved most of the dirt to the other side of the yard. The plants against the house have been temporarily transplanted to pots and will go outside the fence later. This area will be where I will have 12x12 pavers lined up to create a patio. I even have plans to hang up some patio lights and get a nice umbrella.  I have the stones hand have put about 7 down so far but hope to make much more progress this week and next during the beautiful weather.

Once the patio is in I will put up the rest of the posts (see this one in the corner?) to create a fenced in area for the dogs. Yes, the entire yard is fenced in but this will create a confined space just for them. It will go from the house there on the left to this corner post and over to the fence of grapes on the right. Outside of the fenced in patio and yard (currently on a treatment plan from Lawn Dr.) there will be about 6ft of space between that and the pavement where I can put in some landscaping and maybe some fruit trees. I already have a cherry tree thanks to the birds that I can move since they put it in a terrible place.

This is truly a DIY job and is taking forever. Some days I'm motivated, some days I'm not.

Sunday, June 8, 2014

Vacation: Cruise 2014

Carnival Breeze: June 1-7, 2014 with long time friend Rebecca. We took advantage of the single booking rate and we each got our own rooms. They were connected.

Here it is. My awesome room with a balcony that I had all to myself. I loved it! I really enjoyed sitting out there with a book. Especially on the night that it was storming out at see. There was a mild breeze and thunder in the distance. The only problem with the balcony is that it is hard to take pictures in the Caribbean because your camera fogs up when you go from the A/C to the 78% humidity outside.

Selfie from the balcony. I took a few and this one turned out so good that it is now my profile pic all over the web.

In Key West we did a Hop On Hop Off a Trolley excursion. We liked the tour guide so much that we didn't ever hop off because then you would have ended up with a different guide. I wish I had gotten off and waited for him to circle back around because I missed many photo ops. The beach was beautiful and you could climb the lighthouse. I'll just have to go back.

In Grand Cayman we walked to the 7 mile beach (mistake) then we swam a little and walked part of the way back before we grabbed a cab for only $5 for both of us. Oops! No pictures either. Rebecca probably has some on her phone.

Here's Rebecca pointing at our ship. She did a little shopping in Cozumel. We were originally going to go snorkeling but I had some allergy/head cold issues so we didn't.

Here I am on the ropes course. It was our second time since we didn't have our camera's the first. That's another ship next to us. We did this while in port. I can't remember which one but I assume it was Cozumel since we didn't visit for long.

This was Cozumel. My least favorite port but it made for a pretty picture. I didn't take as many photos this time and I regret it. For some reason I didn't feel like hauling the camera around and when I did the photo ops were missed. 

Some fun towel animals as usual left on my bed. A dog and an elephant. There were more but I only took pics of these two.

And last, the view from the top of the atrium. Do you see the four glass elevators? This was taken from the 11th floor. The Carnival Breeze was a nice ship.