Tuesday, May 28, 2019

This Weekend Update Brought to You by the Color Purple

The past three days were as relaxing as any I have had in quite a while, and, while I was a bit nostalgic for the days when we spent the long Memorial Day weekend on the lake, with a gaggle of kids, several dogs, and good friends; I managed to enjoy the weekend, regardless.

Saturday morning, in preparation of Memorial Day, I swapped out my spring mantel decor for patriotic fare that will stay up until just after the 4th of July...

...then, I ran into Hooterville, making a Starbucks run, where I scored a tomato and mozzarella panini (my favorite!) before continuing on to to the "fancy"nursery for flowers for my planters.

The nursery I have relied on for years has recently converted to a hemp business, so I had no choice but to pay a little more at the fancy nursery, and, even then, I was unimpressed with the vast majority of the flowers; I don't know if it's the crappy weather or just a popular trend, but, the majority of flowers were dull, pale, and more than a bit lackluster to me. I did snag a few purple and white petunias, a purple hydrangea, and a fuchsia for my grandfather's old wheelbarrow, so, I didn't leave completely flowerless.

That said: the salvia in my flowerbeds has exploded this year, as have the bearded iris, and, it looks like I'm going to have a bumper crop of peonies, so, all is not lost. And, if anyone should ask, I can always say that I was going for a purple theme in my yard.

I had just finished planting the flowers and setting up my fairy garden (new location this year!) when the weather got super crappy (gusty winds, rain, frigid temperatures), so I finished the day with a marathon watching of Roswell, New Mexico on Netflix and a foot massage, courtesy of the Man-Cub (have I mentioned how much I am enjoying having him home?).

Thankfully, the weather was slightly better Sunday morning, when I attended the Man-Cub's first baseball game of the summer. Hugh was officiating, Oscar and Emily stopped by, and, Mama Jill came to watch as well, so, it was a family affair. Ironically, the team uniforms are purple again this year, so, yeah...not getting away from that.

Later that evening, we went into town for a celebration of Darren's birthday, before poking around the box stores, in search of new furniture for Hugh's gazebo (the old stuff is starting to show its age, big-time).

Monday, I caught up on my book work at the hardware before putting together a pot of chili for dinner with Chris and Jana later in the evening. The fact that I am making chili the last week of May should tell you even more about the crappy weather that we are having. On the bright side, I got to spend the evening with Jana and a good bottle of Malbec, weather be damned.

It would, however, be nice to have an actual nice weekend-weatherwise-this coming weekend, when we are back at the baseball field again. Also,we really would like to take the boat out at some point this summer.

In the meantime, I guess I'll enjoy the view of my purple yard from the porch (wrapped in a quilt, with a hot toddy. Come on, Mother Nature!)

This is what it looks like when the wind ISN'T blowing, hurricane-style

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