Wednesday, May 27, 2015
It's raining now so I didn't get a picture. We did get the pup out for a swim and along walk before the sky started to cloud over.
I'm busy now packing to go away this weekend. My workweek is short -- three and a half days as I'm cutting out four hours early because I'm riding with my sister out to Albany. TBG is staying home.
My blogging will be sporadic over the next four or five days but I'll try my best to make up for it!
Tuesday, May 26, 2015
There were a few reviews from people who'd purchased it so I'd ascertained it did not suck. I'm not expecting anything great, but I also know it won't be horrible.
It came in a box with sturdy cardboard/composite packaging -- four to a layer with three layers of bottles on their sides. I'll be able to burn this stuff in the fire and that is a plus since I am always looking for good kindling.
If this selection is good and I can get more ten bucks per bottle deals with free shipping, I'll be doing this again. It seems weird, but with all the time I don't have, getting wine through the mail is actually a big time and effort saving trick. The next time I'm at Premier, I'll have to see if they carry any of these brands and compare the per bottle price. After all, I am a cheap wino!
Monday, May 25, 2015
It's a bit of a splurge to put flowers out when we are only there every other weekend. Since they are drought tolerant, they should survive with just rain for moisture. It's nice to have some decorative element on the pad. We will need new chairs so that will happen the next time we are out. The main thing is that we have a relaxing environment and a place to unwind.
Thursday, May 21, 2015
I won't be posting for a few days as I'll be tied up! We are having guests on Saturday and Sunday night, and two of our favorite campers have the spot next to us. It is likely that Teddy's "Aunt Helen" will be opening her camp this weekend and Bailey the golden doodle puppy and her folks Stan and Judy will have their cottage open. This morning I won a $10 gift certificate for a burger drive-thru that is on the way to camp -- so I think we are all set.
I hope all my US readers have a swell Memorial Day weekend!
Wednesday, May 20, 2015
I am looking forward to the lavender growing and having fresh basil and cilantro. I didn't plant a whole lot but also wanted to see how it would do. We also have one eggplant and one zucchini plant to grown on the wires. TBG put in a Clematis that we can train too. Two Hostas have been split so that was a bit of free space filler.
We are not really gardeners. The main goal is to have a pleasant patio that is low maintenance. Since we are not sure what is going to grow from last year, we don't plan to do any weeding for now. At least that will be our excuse!
It is nice to look out at the patio at night with the solar lights on. We hope to have many hours of enjoyment and not too many hours of toil out here this summer. I'll put a few more decorative things around when I get the time and if I can find anything cheap & interesting. But for now, I am satisfied!
Tuesday, May 19, 2015
TBG mulched this bed and put out two whiskey barrel planters with a Zinnia, Dusty Millers and mulch which I also sprinkled with marigold seeds. Nothing but weeds grow in that hell strip and it's got cement under it so we can't tear it out and put pavers in. I'll get a picture of it when it's sunny out again.
I had wanted a bigger "sofa" style seating unit so I could stretch out but didn't want to spend that kind of serious cash for just one piece. The area is also a bit tight. This small set works great. There are two small foot rests that are under the window bump-out. That means we can really seat six.
We still have more work to do in the yard but getting this set moved over was something I wanted to so early on. I will enjoy sitting out here now that it's warm again. There is not a lot of shade in the yard so I am happy I could find a spot to steal some.
Monday, May 18, 2015
My yard is looking really nice but unfortunately it is next to this house and that yard has not been touched since last summer. The woman who lives on the other side of the house pulled a couple of tics off her dog and we are certain it came from the yard. The lawn is almost 2 feet high and full of weeds. Birds are living inside. The wood is soggy and water logged and the bricks are crumbling.
After making a number of complaints over the past three years and being referred to various town departments who all say they are aware of the situation but can't do anything because the bank pays the taxes, or the police department handles snow removal complaints, etc., etc., etc., I wrote a scathing letter to the town supervisor and cc'ed the building inspector and the assessor. The property is classified as "Normal" for condition and the value is greater than mine.
Well as soon as I sent the email, the assessor was on the phone with me saying he was never told anything about the house and that his record shows the woman who dumped it as the owner of record, not Wells Fargo. I set him straight that she moved out in the middle of the night five years ago and left graffiti and trash all over the place. He said he would look at it.
The town supervisor emailed me within another five minutes saying he would send someone to look at it. I sent my very strongly worded email around 12:45. TBG was home for lunch about an hour or so later. Someone from the town was already taking pictures so he went to talk to the guy, who told him someone sent a very irate letter to the town. As is often the case, Tommy said "That would be my wife."
I don't know what they'll do. They forced the bank to deal with the roof two years ago -- someone solved that problem by putting a layer of shingles over the deteriorating roof. The town cites the bank for the lawn twice a year but in between, the grass has to grow to about three or four feet. I gave up shoveling this winter so the sidewalk was never clear and people had to walk in the street.
This is a home that could have easily been sold after it was foreclosed on. Yes, there was a lot of vandalism, but there was minimal mold and structural damage. People drive by and ask if we know who owns it so they can buy it and rehab it. But even that scares me because it will cost a lot and the process ought to make a really big mess of my yard.
At this point, I am just worried from a safety point of view. I hope the town condemns it so we can split the yard with the woman on the other side. Between both of us, we can easily afford to buy the lot. Had the town not reacted, I'd have started contacting news outlets and even resorted to taking out ads in the town newspaper asking others to complain. As it is, I'm the only one on the block who aggressively pursues the town about it.
We'll see what happens. The summer is here and I don't want my dog exposed to mosquitoes and tics in her own back yard. It really galls me that we live in a nice neighborhood with a solvent town government and no overwhelming housing problems, yet this house was deteriorating largely unnoticed. I hope things change -- and soon!