Spent the better part of the weekend moving things around, arranging the patio, deciding which of the old plants to keep and which ones to replace!! Tomorrow I’ll be assembling 2 huge plant racks so I’ll have a place for my bonsai to nest. It’s just been so hot!! And hotter tomorrow!!! I’ve been sweating like Dan Quayle at a spelling bee!!! However, it’s rather cool under the patio roof with the ocean breezes blowing through, so I’ll be doing the assembling there!
We have eaten dinner every night on the patio since it was put up and it has been very pleasent. We turn on some music and enjoy the cool of the evening. My dogs seem to like it too! I find them lying in it’s shade during the heat of the day.
Yesterday, Mrs S replaced ALL of the plants in our atrium and it looks much better! My job is to keep them alive. If any happen to die, I’ll blame her for ‘improper planting technique’!
Bert the Turtle Update:
Old Bert (70 years old) has been very active recently! I still haven’t placed his ‘girlfriend’ (the wood planter) in the yard yet and yes, we have had words! I promised him THIS WEEK!!! But in the meantime he has been pigging out!! On a typical day he’s been eating 1/4 head of lettuce, 1/2 of a peach or nectarine and a few chunks of watermelon. Not to mention the grass in the backyard!! It’s difficult to tell if a turtle is getting fat but he sure seems happy!! He still has his mind set on escaping though, no matter how well he is fed. Whenever I open the back gate he comes ‘racing’ in an attempt to get out!! He always has such a determined look on his little tortoise face, but a tortoise’s ‘racing’ is a human’s ‘slowly shuffling’, so his chances are nil!! But darned if he doesn’t keep trying! Maybe he just REALLY wants his ‘girlfriend’ back!! My BAD!!
Maybe I’ll take pics of the atrium tomorrow and the patio with actual furniture on it! Oh!! And the new lawn seems to be growing!! The schedule is to water it 3 times a day for a week, then twice a day for a week and finally once a day for the third week. After that, a normal schedule of once every other day. I have to wait a month until the first mowing and it should be pretty tall by then. Now I have to find a mowing service. One that only mows the same type of grass that I have. It seems that there is a risk of seeds from other grasses being brought in otherwise! And to quote my landscaper, "And we don’t want that now, do we??" Now how ‘anal’ is that??? Anyhow, the search is on, but I have a month. I’d do it myself except for my feet and my stoma which makes it very uncomfortable. The backyard is enough for me…
So I guess that’s it! An update from the Serious household!!! Hope you all have a great week. Try to stay cool and stay out of trouble!!!