Tuesday, June 29, 2010


We've already had several days of temperatures in the high 90's and even 100 degrees, but this week it is cooler -- lows in the 60's (mornings) and highs in the upper 80's. We were hoping for rain this week but it looks like it all went south of us -- Drew said it flooded in some places in Dallas.

Once the New Mexico room was finished, Andy replaced the front door and raised the ceiling a little so that it would accomodate a transom above the door. Then he replaced the floor tile in the entry way, and put in a mosaic of our logo -- we are both pleased with the way it all turned out. The additional lighting and different tile really opened up the entryway and made it look bigger.

We are still working on getting grass to grow in the front and back yards, but overall the yard and gardens are coming along. Lots of things are blooming and the view from the front porch is lovely. Andy is starting on the handicap-accessible ramp leading to the New Mexico room, and when that is finished I can start landscaping on the south end of the house. We've enjoyed sitting on the patio off of the New Mexico room in the late afternoon and evenings. Last night the owls were very active -- it sounded like there were several out in the woods, hooting. Andy has also put up a bat house in a tree on the south side of the house.

I spent all of last weekend working in the yard, pulling weeds and raking up leaves and transplanting flowers -- the first time I've been able to do that in months. I finally got an answer to my medical problems and am on the mend, am feeling good and am so glad to be able to get back to doing the everyday things that need to be done and the things I enjoy doing, like working in the garden. I wonder how long it will be before I get tired of drinking a glass of wine, now that I "have to" have a glass a day!?!

We are looking forward to guests coming in July and in August, and we're trying to lure friends to come visit in September, before the rush of Cheese Festival, class reunion, Dr. Barrett's 90th birthday celebration, and all the other activities that come with October.

Thursday, June 3, 2010


It is a HOT summer already! We've had a few days in the 90's already.

Andy finished the New Mexico room and we began unpacking things to decorate the room. We have lots of New Mexico "stuff". He also replaced the front door and raised the ceiling to make the entryway brighter. We had the entire house open and ready for a busy Memorial Day weekend. All three rooms were rented on Friday and on Saturday nights, thanks to the Watonga Alumni Reunion being held that weekend. We met new people and made new friends. The weather was perfect. The gardens are in bloom and I enjoyed walking through them in spite of my illness. Then, on Tuesday, we provided a breakfast for a group of ladies from church and we talked "gardening". Next week we are hosting a reception for our state representative, Mike Sanders, and looking forward to meeting many more people from the area.