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Quickies from today
  • I had a pretty good day at work. I didn't get as much done as I would have liked to, but I did get a nice stack of documents reviewed. Sheesh.
  • One of my coworkers was visiting his fiancee in Japan last week and he brought me back a present. Dried Scallops. Um....
  • RitzPix is cool, but they won't do what I want them to do, so I'm sad.
  • On my way home, I was cruising in the left lane of the Beltway, not really paying attention to my speed. I was at what felt like a comfortable speed and I was going with the flow of traffic, so I didn't figure I was zooming. And then it happened. Flashing lights and a siren behind me. PHOOEY! I looked down at my spedometer and words that I shouldn't repeat in mixed company spewed out of my mouth. I pulled over to the left shoulder and a miracle happened! The police car passed me and kept going to whatever he was after! Whew! I had cruise control on the rest of the way home....
  • After I got home Seth took Julian out into the yard and I wandered around aimlessly pulling weeds. Then I decided I was irritated with the enormous weeds in one section and all the leaves in the flower bed, and I started pulling everything out. I was extremely freaked out by all the cicada skeletons. EWIE. But, despite my squeamishness, I only shrieked 5 or 6 times. Considering that I probably saw 5 or 6 dozen skeletons... PLUS! I didn't shriek when a spider crawled over my hand. I found a couple tiny snail shells, which I thought was pretty nifty. I used to love ivy, but I have now decided that it is eeeeeeeeeeevil. Our hostas are huge. HUGE! They need to be split. Anyone want some hostas? We've got about 8 varieties.
  • Now that I've pulled some things out of the flowerbeds, they make more sense now. I can see what the previous owner was doing with them. It's just an awful lot of upkeep. I really don't want to pay a gardner/landscaping company to deal with them, so hopefully this year I'll be better about helping Seth maintain the flowerbeds. The grass is still his problem, though. I filled two giant lawn & leaf bags after about an hour's work. Julian thought the piles of leaves and weeds were great fun to play in, which was a little frustrating, but very cute. Once we started bagging the debris, Julian was a GREAT helper! We are picture taking fiends this month and we got some great pictures. They are located here. Here's one of Julian and me:
    Julian & Eema
    Julian & Eema

  • Once Julian was in bed, I had to clean myself up because I had mikveh duty. Only two appointments tonight, so I was home early, which is GREAT! And now, to bed with me.

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    stone_ From: stone_ Date: May 10th, 2005 03:26 am (UTC) (Link)
    The police car passed me and kept going to whatever he was after!

    I should be so lucky.
    estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: May 10th, 2005 03:33 am (UTC) (Link)
    I was going about 20mph above the speed limit. No good.
    From: gingy Date: May 10th, 2005 10:46 am (UTC) (Link)

    I am that lucky

    Since I moved to the US, I've been stopped for speeding twice and running a red light once. Each time I've received a warning. Basically a stern wag of the finger with the admonition to 'not do it again'.
    estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: May 10th, 2005 01:39 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: I am that lucky

    That's IT! Stone_ should move to the US!
    ichur72 From: ichur72 Date: May 10th, 2005 03:49 am (UTC) (Link)
    I can see why it'd be a lot of upkeep, but you have a nice backyard. All the flowers are pretty.
    estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: May 10th, 2005 12:52 pm (UTC) (Link)
    That's our side yard. And yeah, the whole yard is gorgeous. We first looked at the house almost exactly a year ago, so everything was in full bloom like it is now and it was amazing. Definitely a selling point! But boy do the weeds take over!

    The front yard is even prettier.
    Our Front Yard
    Our Front Yard
    ichur72 From: ichur72 Date: May 10th, 2005 01:58 pm (UTC) (Link)
    Wow, all those different colors of flowers ... very nice.
    estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: May 10th, 2005 01:59 pm (UTC) (Link)
    yeah it's amazing. I'll post pictures of walking around the yard soon. It really is just about the right time in the season to do so.
    From: gittygiggles Date: May 10th, 2005 01:37 pm (UTC) (Link)
    what's a hosta?

    and i would have SCREAMED if a spider climbed on my hand. LOST IT!
    estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: May 10th, 2005 01:38 pm (UTC) (Link)
    a hosta is a plant. A very green, very sturdy plant.
    From: gittygiggles Date: May 10th, 2005 01:40 pm (UTC) (Link)
    like a tree?
    estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: May 10th, 2005 01:42 pm (UTC) (Link)
    google is your friend.

    Search for "Hosta"

    It is not a tree. It is a plant. A leafy green plant. They are hard to describe because there are 4,000 varieties at least.
    estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: May 10th, 2005 01:43 pm (UTC) (Link)
    kressel From: kressel Date: May 10th, 2005 02:58 pm (UTC) (Link)



    Wow! Your garden is gorgeous! B'ezras Hashem, I should begin putting work into my lawn and solicit my kids' help in the same way. I'm very impressed!
    estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: May 10th, 2005 03:20 pm (UTC) (Link)
    Thanks. I can take no credit for how gorgeous it is... the woman that lived there before us was there for 43 years and loved gardening. When she got too old and weak to garden herself, she'd sit in a lawn chair and watch while she directed someone else in what to do. She loved it.

    I hate gardening. But I like the results.

    Julian just shocks me sometimes. I kept getting frustrated for playing in the piles of leaves, but once we pulled the bag out, he didn't even wait to see what we were going to do with it... he picked up a pile of leaves and shoved it in the bag! So we ran with that one!
    kressel From: kressel Date: May 16th, 2005 04:52 pm (UTC) (Link)

    thanks for the inspiration!



    Because of you and your pics, I've finally been doing something about my lawn. Yesterday, I filled two bags with dead leaves and paid some local kids to mow. I'll become a respectable suburbanite yet!
    From: lola100 Date: May 10th, 2005 03:17 pm (UTC) (Link)
    Pretty. We definitely need to fix the front of our house. It's ugly, and we don't know how to go about doing it, and hiring someone is expensive. I guess it'll just have to wait.

    (By the way, you look cute in those pics)
    estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: May 10th, 2005 03:18 pm (UTC) (Link)
    I look like a beached whale in those pics. But such is life.

    What do you need to fix about it?
    From: lola100 Date: May 10th, 2005 03:22 pm (UTC) (Link)
    Nah - cute.

    The bushes are all the stuff the builder put in to get the c/o. Some look a little dead and need to be removed, some just need to be trimmed. It needs some color/life added to it, and the grass needs to be reseeded, it's very patchy.
    estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: May 10th, 2005 03:25 pm (UTC) (Link)
    rent or borrow a tiller to turn over the grass. Throw grass seed down, cover with hay, water, and wait. You'll have instant grass.

    As for the bushes, if they're dead, pull them out. It's much easier to work with a cleaner canvas anyway. If you want color, and it's a little late to get it this year with this method but it'll be nice for future years, pull out the bushes and plant azaleas. Over a couple of years they'll grow quite large and they'll bloom beautifully. If you put them in soon, you might still get some color out of them this year. They're pretty hearty, not overly expensive, and they fill out well. They're also easy to maintain.

    Hostas are also a nice plant, though they don't have a lot of color (other than green). They start out small, but they get to be ENORMOUS. They have to be split every now and then, so you have a never ending supply of them!
    magid From: magid Date: May 10th, 2005 04:12 pm (UTC) (Link)
    Forsythia's are also nice color, early in the spring.
    If you have a shady spot, lilies of the valley are pretty and seem to multiply just fine without much sun.
    magid From: magid Date: May 10th, 2005 07:25 pm (UTC) (Link)
    Ugh. I can't believe I put in that apostrophe.
    estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: May 10th, 2005 07:27 pm (UTC) (Link)
    tee hee! *snicker snicker*
    ginamariewade From: ginamariewade Date: May 10th, 2005 05:04 pm (UTC) (Link)
    Maybe the dried scallops are intended to be cat treats? Don't you have cats?
    estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: May 10th, 2005 06:04 pm (UTC) (Link)
    Nope. They're definitely meant for people. And even though I loved scallops in my former life.... the idea of eating dried scallops rather turns my stomach. Anyway, he was really proud of bringing me back such a tasty treat.


    ICK!
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