Saturday, June 15, 2024

FORE!

It's officially summer! Which means it was time to blow the dust off the golf clubs and to get back on the driving range for another session of Wild Women Wednesdays! Shanti is joining my staff and me again this year, and we are looking forward to learning enough to be able to play a round or two with Hugh and the Man-Cub at some point. 


Since it had been almost a year since I picked up a club, I had some remedial training to do, including grip training (holding a golf club is vastly different than holding a tennis racquet; not that I've held one of those recently, either, but you get the point).


Luckily, we have the services of two of the best golf pros in our area, so I am convinced we will be mediocre players in no time! (No need to get TOO confident)





Two of my staffers continued to practice since last season (overachievers!), so they are super far ahead of the rest of us.


The session lasts throughout the month, and we plan to register for the following two sessions, which means that we will be spending a lot of time at the course. We also have our fundraiser tournament for Not So New Job there in July. The course is absolutely gorgeous, so none of us are complaining.

I could complain a little bit about the soreness in my arms and back, but I won't; it's a good sore.

IYKYK


Friday, June 14, 2024

Friday Favorites, Mid-June Edition

June is almost halfway over and, thanks to weeks of unseasonably cool weather, it has only just begun to feel like summer.  

Happily, the past few days have been typical, lovely Colorado summer days, which I have been taking advantage of in the garden, and on the porch, and today's favorites will reflect that. 

First of all, the hummingbirds have started to arrive, which is always a positive sign of the season and something I enjoy, immensely.


I hung my feeders out at the beginning of the month, and recently added this cute feeder that has a solar light on top. I'm not sure why I need a lighted feeder, but it was too cute to pass up and the birds seem to think it's col.


The orchid that Shanti and the Man-Cub got for me for Mother's Day 2022 is blooming again! I have zero orchid-raising knowledge, so the fact that the plant has lived this long, let alone blooming, is amazing.
 

The petunias I planted in my granddad's old wheelbarrow are looming like crazy. They smell amazing and I am determined to keep them healthy and blooming for as long as possible, which means that, for the first time ever, I am planning to aggressively prune them down. Wish me luck!


The porch is finally summer-ready and I am so relieved. The porch is my happy place, and I have been anxiously awaiting the completion of the final tasks associated with the "opening". This includes replacing all of the burnt-out lightbulbs on the strings of lights that outline the roofline, as well as hanging curtains. We finally finished these tasks this week.




Yesterday, I received my signed copy of Elin Hildebrand's final Nantucket novel. I have thoroughly enjoyed all of her books and am a bit sad that I won't have another one to look forward to next summer, but I'm sure whatever direction her writing takes going forward, will be just as entertaining.





Thursday, June 13, 2024

Let's Get Growing

My world has been a colorful place lately; this is due in no small part to the plethora of flowers that had been covering every surface in my office while awaiting placement on the wedding arch I have been working on for the past several months.

Thankfully, I finished it last Friday! And, I'm pretty proud of how it turned out!



The effort may have left me with Carpal Tunnel Syndrome in my right ring finger (thanks to squeezing the wire cutters approximately one billion times), but it was totally worth it for the kids.

On the topic of flowers for the wedding; the seeds that I planted in my raised beds have started sprouting!

I'm not gonna lie: we are still a ways away from actual blooms for the wedding, but; I am cautiously optimistic that I will pull this off.

Also, my peonies have rebounded and two-out-of-three of the old plants are now heavily weighed down in blooms. The lone non-bloomer has budded out, so there remains some hope, there.


Snapdragons

Cosmos

Dahlias

Zinnias

Ruby Sunflowers

Dahlia, actually budding!

In addition to the flowers, I also planted tomatoes and herbs, all of which are doing well.

San Marzano Tomato

Boomer Dog is especially happy about the tomatoes; it's not like he can eat flowers.


Yellow Pear Tomato

Rosemary, thyme, oregano, Thai basil, and a ton of assorted mint

I've been enjoying the fruits of my labors from the front porch, which we officially opened for the season just this past week (I cleaned it and arranged the new furniture weeks ago, but Hugh finally found the time to replace the burnt-out lights and to hang the curtains, which is a must for Porch Nights). 

I'll post porch pictures in the next Friday Favorites post. In the meantime, here are a few things that I am loving on it at the moment...

...cut peonies



...the succulent arrangement that the Man-Cub and Daughter-in-Love gave me for Mother's Day...


...and my succulent planter. A larger-than-usual number of plants made it through the winter in the garage, which meant I only had to replace a few this year. Also, I had a few baby plants propagate from adult plants, which is really fun to see.

All in all, the growing season is off to a great start! Wil we miss fresh vegetables from the raised beds this year? Certainly. However, we live less than two miles from a farm stand that is fully stocked, and, at decent prices, so it's not like we will go without. Plus, it isn't every summer that your only son gets married and his future missus requests homegrown flowers 😊

Thursday, June 06, 2024

I Smell Dead People...and Roses

Yesterday afternoon, while working on the details for our upcoming golf tournament, my office filled with smoke.

I immediately assumed that the building was on fire and sprung into action, organizing an evacuation plan for the people in the building.

Luckily, I also immediately discovered that the building was not, in fact, on fire but; that the smoke was coming from somewhere in the neighborhood. So, one of my staff and I followed the smoke around the corner of the block, where we saw a column rising above a house. We were thisclose to calling the fire department when we went a few steps farther and realized that the smoke was pouring out of a smokestack...on the local mortuary.

So, yeah...we were smelling dead people. Or, person. 

It was quite shocking because, in the almost five years that I have been at Not So New Job, I have never seen or smelled smoke coming from the mortuary. I really hope it was an isolated event and we don't have that experience again.

Once the smoke cleared the neighborhood, my staff and I took a walk, stopping to chat with a gentleman who tends a yard full of the most gorgeous roses that I have ever seen. We've walked by the yard many, many times, but this was our first opportunity to chat with the tenant, who spent the better part of the next half hour telling us all about the roses. We appreciated his knowledge and the fact that the fragrance of the roses drowned out the dead body smell in our nostrils.









Monday, June 03, 2024

Against All Odds

Despite some truly awful storms in Texas, I made it to Dallas to spend the weekend with Queen B!

I'm not kidding when I say that I was less than optimistic about my chances of the flight actually taking off; I received travel alerts no less than every five minutes in the day leading up to the trip. Each time I got an alert, it was followed by a text letting me know that I could reschedule my trip for free, if my travel plans were flexible.

That is probably why I was able to upgrade to first class, come to think of it.

Anyhoodle, I stayed the course, crossing my fingers and praying to the heavens that my trip would go without a hitch, and, it did!

I will say, however, that first class accommodation on a flight between Hooterville and DFW is a far cry from first class on a flight between Denver and Oahu, which was my only prior experience with the upgrade. I won't complain, though because; the extra $83 got me on, and off, the plane first, as well as providing me with wine for the duration of the flight.


Once I landed in Texas, Queen B picked me up and we were off on a whirlwind weekend of shopping!


My purpose in flying to Texas for shopping was to find a dress for the Man-Cub's wedding, and, while my quest was unsuccessful, I still had fun with my firstborn.

The first thing we did was check into our hotel, where we dropped our bags and made a plan for the next two days. Dinner was our first order of business for the day, so we grabbed food at a restaurant near the hotel. I had a deep dish ziti that was tasty, but awfully greasy. Queen B polished off half her plate of grilled chicken with steamed broccoli, and, in hindsight, I probably should have joined her in that healthier option.


Saturday morning, we hit the Galleria in Dallas as soon as it opened, snagging a sweet parking spot in the covered garage (which proved fortuitous, given the hail storm that hit the mall while we were shopping).


We decided to fortify ourselves with breakfast at The Corner Bakery before hitting the stores. We hadn't eaten at a Corner Bakery since the kids were young and we would frequent one on the 16th Street Mall in downtown Denver (that was before Denver became a cesspool. It's far too dangerous and disgusting to even step foot on 16th Street, now). 



The food was as good as we remembered it, which was awesome.

The rest of the morning and early afternoon was spent in the elusive search for the perfect dress, and, while I didn't find mine at the Galleria, we did find an absolutely precious dress for Queen B to wear to the rehearsal dinner, so not all was lost.

We then attempted to find a bridal store that Queen B's GPS assured us existed in a smaller mall, not far from our hotel. What we found, instead, was a half-abandoned mall that would have featured nicely in a zombie apocalypse movie, if not in an actual apocalypse. It was so eerie, and we were anxious to leave it in the rearview.

Luckily, the sun peeked out just long enough for us to lay out by the pool for a couple of hours before heading to an early dinner at The Cracker Barrel and some more shopping, so we booked it back to the hotel for just that.

Sunday morning, we were up early for my return flight home, which, was also a total crapshoot, given the continued storms in the area.


And, after a two hour delay, I was on my way home. It was a quick trip, and not completely fruitful, but I'll take a few days with my daughter, anytime.

And, I still have some time to find a dress, so I'm not panicking, just yet.