It’s time for updates. I’m starting to catch up a little, now that school is done. I’ve made some phone calls, reconnected in person with a few friends and with Tara, addressed some pending items from my To-Do list. The rain FINALLY stopped long enough for me to cut the grass. The bees have been back for a few weeks, and I’m so scared to mow around the bees. They do not like the noisy mower and I don’t blame them, and I get stung a couple times a year. It’s not a big deal and I get over it quickly, but it still makes me scared to mow around them, so I put it off and put it off until, like yesterday, the grass was nearly two feet deep and really bogged down my poor little tractor. Oy. I came up with a brilliant, obvious plan: I’ll buy a bee suit!! If I had protection I wouldn’t be so scared of them.
Tara and their partner, Brynnen, came to visit for a few hours one day. Remember the energy of youth when it would have been no big thing to drive 2 1/2 hours to hang out with Mom, then drive 2 1/2 hours to go back home again? No complaints here!
I’ve been leaving the house more often than I have since early March. Racecar prefers that I remain home at all times, since she’s convinced that my purpose here on Earth is to serve her. I’m still going on my weekly hikes with Dan, and visiting, and I spent an overnight in Seattle helping friends move. So when I’m home, kitty is a bit clingy for attention.
I have friends who just bought a house on Vashon Island in Puget Sound, and were happy to be moving out of their rental place in Kirkland (both in Seattle area). I spent the weekend up there helping. The fun thing about moving to an island is that it requires a ferry to get there. My friend expressed to me his concern that it might feel like being trapped, relying on a once-an-hour ferry to get off the island. But more often I caught him grinning about the new place, which is really beautiful.
I purchased an over-the-toilet cabinet to expand the storage capacity in my tiny master bath. When I finally found a style I liked, I had to change the colour. I did not like the glossy white. So I found a spraypaint called Eggplant that I loved, and began painting all the pieces before I put it together. Then I ran out of paint and the store was out too. I purchased some cans online and Tara found some of the same paint in Corvallis, and brought up a few when they came to visit. I had six brand new cans of spraypaint. Every single one of them was the same shade exactly…and every single one of the new cans was a distinctly different shade than the colour I began with. Tara and Brynnen were suspicious that I was imagining the difference, but I have an artist’s eye and I think the colour difference is obvious and annoying. I didn’t have faith that purchasing even more paint would fix the problem, so I made do with the too-red shade of purple, and painted the rest. Luckily, I had covered most of the outside surfaces in the colour I like, and the bathroom is dark…
I had the time to move the chickens’ temporary pen. Think of it like crop rotations. Those ladies peck and scratch and simply destroy lawn if given the chance. So most of the time I keep them inside their main pen. But I also attach temporary outside pens, because they love eating grass, and chasing bugs and worms that spend time in the grass. I leave them in the temporary pens till the lawn is used up, then I move the chickens to another temporary spot.
For a parting video, I wanted to share this cute one of a busy bee at some wild foxglove growing beside the well house. Watch the first few seconds when a spider makes her rapid exit, then you find out why. ha ha!