Weather Swings Like a Pendulum Do

IMG_8515Apologies to Roger Miller but England is not the only thing swinging. Our weather is crazy. It seems that since January we swing between extremes. I’m sure we had an 80 degree day in February, then we had a nor’easter every week in March. April did nothing but rain, rain, rain. Or was that May? May was another month of back and forth – warm and sunny one day, back down in 50s (that’s Fahrenheit folks) and gray for the next 6. Yesterday we hit 87F and it was incredibly humid with bright bright sunshine. Until the rainstorm hit about 2pm. Today it struggled to reach 65, and the wind is blowing so strongly that our deck umbrellas were knocked over.

IMG_8489My cats “swing” too. Great success with WC yesterday – she came out and ate breakfast in the doorway of the food room. She even sat in the blueberry box in the hallway – a favorite cat resting place apparently. All 3 cats loved the blueberry box (8 pints of blueberries came in that box) so I made sure to bring it upstairs to be part of The Great Incarceration. Today – WC scorned breakfast and never even came out from under the bed for dinner.

I went out and bought a microwave yesterday – much smaller than our previous one, which is headed for the rummage sale. Trying to situate the new microwave properly was an adventure – we “swung” from level surface to level surface. My first choice was no good because we couldn’t make the cord reach. I opted against my second choice because I realized the refrigerator was on the same outlet. IMG_8490The third surface was the charm but necessitated me reorganizing some of the dining room so that the cord would reach the outlet.

In the garden I noticed that the deer not only attack my hibiscus, but they appear to be eating the white wave petunias in the hanging baskets and also the tops off of the purple-leaf-thing-that-has-yellow-flowers. Something also feasts on the sweet potato vines. So I got out my cayenne pepper and covered them all. I like this approach because I grow a lot of herbs and vegetables and even if we missed washing off ALL the cayenne it won’t hurt us. And besides – the commercial repellents are truly repellent – for us, too. Which reminds me, I forgot to spray the ferns out back with the truly repellent chemicals. It’s rained (of course) since I did it last. But it’s WAY too windy to attempt that now.

IMG_8517There have been some minor successes and improvements. I ATE my first home-grown strawberry. 🙂 You can see it in the picture but it’s not there anymore. My new porch railings are up and they are GORGEOUS. My Rudbeckia Laciniata Hortensia arrived and got planted. I finally remembered to get the plant supports out of the garage and brace the spiderwort. I planted two canna lilies where the wretched weeds wandered in. I bought a plastic dish rack for sitting on top of the washing machine in the basement – our new dishwashing location. (Notice the preponderance of garden tasks as opposed to indoor tasks.)

Today was given to a few more errands, still trying to make our renovation existence as smooth as possible. Somehow that also involved buying 2 new pairs of shoes….. It’s not MY fault that the shoe store is next to the BB&B store.

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6 Responses to “Weather Swings Like a Pendulum Do”


  1. 1 honourmcmillan June 3, 2018 at 7:47 pm

    I’m going to pretend I didn’t see the word “shoes”. Having said that … we have a frost warning for tonight. Frost ffs
    But on the bug front I’ve been working on something and I think I’ll be able to report some success this week.
    Also we need to compare notes on chosen insulation products. The inspector will be here on Wed and I’ll know more then.
    Note: just talking about me would be your punishment for the “s” word. *grin*

  2. 2 ahuva18 June 3, 2018 at 8:14 pm

    shoes shoes shoes shoes
    I have NO idea what kind of insulation we’ll be getting. That’s the kind of thing I’m hoping Manny and Don will decide and present to me as a fait accompli. I have no idea when insulation even happens in this project. I’m going to guess sometime after the floor, the rewiring and the plumbing reconfiguration.
    frost warning for june 3? I’d be on the plane to the Caribbean.
    shoes shoes shoes

  3. 3 Debbie Cohn June 4, 2018 at 7:14 am

    You’re not supposed to be bracing the spiderwort, you are supposed to be giving them to ME. I finally planted the ones I bought a month ago. Also, what do you mean, the deer are eating ” the tops off of the purple-leaf-thing-that-has-yellow-flowers.” You told me mine would grow! I already lost daisies in that same spot to those darned deer. Meanwhile, something got into my orange begonia in its pot, and it is a sad remnant of what it was. A couple of days ago, Joe went to 23 and right next door, in the middle of the day, a very pregnant doe was browsing the plant boxes right in front of the house. Joe walked practically right up to her and suggested that she leave, and he says she didn’t budge. I will send you a photo. Joe referred to the location as being “the new salad bar in town.”

  4. 4 ahuva18 June 4, 2018 at 8:12 am

    Oh I’m SO glad to hear there is a new salad buffet!!! I will be sure to post signs/directions in my yard. As for the purple-leaf-thing-that-has-yellow-flowers, well, this is a first. maybe because I have only one hibiscus this year which is both denuded already AND covered with cayenne pepper? I’ve never had them eat my wave petunias either. This may all be a spiteful reaction to the fact that I blocked access through my back hedge… Do deer hold grudges???
    As soon as you tell me you are ready to plant the spider wort, I’ll dig up some for you. So far they have been deer free. And the ones I’m bracing are the ones that are growing in the cracks of the driveway. *grin* I was quite creative!!!

  5. 5 daleinnis June 9, 2018 at 10:28 am

    Unimaginable amounts of activity! Where DO you get the energy? 🙂

  6. 6 ahuva18 June 9, 2018 at 12:55 pm

    coffee?? 🙂


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