Monday, July 12, 2021

July 12, 2021 Monday--11:45am

Good morning!
We had rain on Tuesday that broke the stretch of 90s--ahhh!  But I went to open the place up and my screen door was off the track--LOL!  Leah had done some enthusiatic sprayer cleaning when she and Liam watered on Saturday, I guess--ROFL! (Yes, I do have colored lights up all year round.)
Leah fixed it for me when she dropped off Costco groceries that day. (She needed a screw driver, so it wasn't just my bum hands--LOL!)

We had absolutely gorgeous days in the 70s for most of the rest of the week.  Leah dropped off CashWise groceries on Wednesday and decided that night would work better for her this week than Thursday night to come over for Craft Nite.  Not that we did any crafts once again--but we had a nice visit and she helped me with a couple of things I am unable to do right now.

Kept looking like we might get more rain off and on, but not that I saw.

Well, the new stainless steel litter pan works fine but Annie was used to that really high storage tub she she backs up to pee.  Even buying the tray to put underneath--well, now I have to scrub and clean that too--LOL!  And the newish little trash can with the flip top--has decided it just doesn't want to flip half the time anymore.  (Was inexpensive.)  So this month Annie got an update.

I got a waste can that is meant for cat litter!
Has clips that hold the sides of the liner bag in place and a charcoal filter in the lid.
On the sides...
...well, the handle clips the top shut tight when you pull it upright.
AND...I bought a shield that I hoped would fit her litter box (different brand name) and it did!!

Life is good!  I will have less cleaning to do and less smell.  Yes, I might remove the tray from underneath now.  Could use it as a shoe/boot tray.  :)

Me--I got myself an Amazon Basics zero gravity patio chair and a generic tray that also fit!  I really lucked out on guesswork buying this month, that's for sure.
Being able to be more comfortable and get my feet up has gotten me out there even when it's been in the 80s...and I do not do well in the heat--LOL!

I am enjoying the flowers and the new chair so much even the sticky heat hasn't stopped me!
I think some bird is biting off marigolds at the base--both flowers and buds--and also picking petals off the geraniums.  The only newer birds are the yellow-headed and red-winged blackbirds so they might be the flower picking culprits.  Who knows?
It's only a few of them, so it's not a problem so far.
The new better bird seed and mealworm treats have got everybody wound up, so it's probably my own fault, eh?  LOL!

I can't see my laptop screen outside, though.  Thought I could watch shows with my new ear buds--but that doesn't work.  So I am listening to audio books instead.  Right now I am listening to Greenlight.  :)

Gramma Day got cancelled on Sunday as Ian got invited over for a playdate to his best friend's house from virtual kindergarten--McKenzie!  Nice!  So he is probably coming over tomorrow afternoon for Gramma Day.

They opened the community room again here after over a year just so the usual group of ladies could have coffee together every morning...and just now in July we have an activity calendar again after 16 months.  Not much on it yet...not sure whether I will go down or not.  I never went to much before covid--LOL!  But I know a lot of people have really missed the socializing.  I always think of my mom.  Isolation was sheer misery for her.

I rewatched the previous season and then watched the final season of Bosch.  Finally finished Dalziel and Poscoe--11 seasons--had watched here and there for ages.  Am watching season two of Rebecka Martinsson--which will take me quite a while as it has subtitles and I can't always finish an episode with the wonky eyes, but it has been pretty good.  Watched the new season of Line of Duty and working my way through Monk again (always a delight).  Also have rented DVDs from Netflix the past few weeks: Promising Young Woman, Unstoppable, Minari, The Marksman, Chaos Walking, The Eyes of Tammy Faye, The Father, Nobody, and The Little Things.   Yes, I have been heavily into detective shows and crime dramas the past several years--LOL!

So--this coming week--hopefully a Gramma Day and a Craft Nite...and then the MRI on Friday.  I also have an appointment with this new urologist next Monday so I am not sure if or when I will be able to post that day.  If not--I'll post on Tuesday, just so you know.  :)

Meanwhile--Dagan has taken Ian with him golfing!  He is having such an exciting day!  This morning he already had his first tennis lesson!
Here he is having a treat of trail mix on the golf cart in the North Dakota wind.
I bet he will sleep well tonight!
Meanwhile--Liam is painting at home...also having a good time.  :)
Anyways, have a great week.  Chat again Monday (or maybe Tuesday).  Hoping to hear good news and thinking positive.  :) :)
"We must continually choose love in order to nourish our souls and drive away fear, just as we eat to nourish our bodies and drive away hunger."
Elisabeth Kubler-Ross and David Kessler


Rita said...

Hands too sore to fight with blogger over centering this week--LOL! As usual, excuse any misspellings as no spell check any longer, forever apparently, either. ;)

jinxxxygirl said...

Thinking about you Rita! Much love, deb

DVArtist said...

Always a full and informative post. Have a wonderful evening.

Deb said...

Looks like Liam and Ian both had a fun week. I love that zero gravity patio chair. Looks so comfy. Your planter boxes look great. I hope the appointment with the new doctor goes well and that you get hopeful news. Take care of yourself. See you again soon.

Juli said...

Loved Bosch, excellent show. I have Christmas lights up along the retaining wall specifically so we don't hit it when parking next to it at night. Love it when guess shopping works out. Lately, not so much for me. Those flower boxes are really filled in! They look fantastic!

Beatrice P. Boyd said...

That new chair looks great, Rita, and good that you will be able to spend time comfortably outdoors. yeah to Anne getting a new tray and litter pail too. Hope all goes well with the upcoming MRI.

Joyce F said...

Neat chair. I think your flowers look better than mine. One or my beds is more grass than flowers. I pulled some of the grass today but not near all. Thinking positive for the MRI.

Jo-Anne's Ramblings said...

Glad Annie's tray & box is easier to clean.
Your new chair looks good as long as you can get off it without drama then all good

Anvilcloud said...

I thought marigolds were resistant to insects but I guess not to birds.

Since, to some degree at least, we seem to have similar tastes in tv, you might enjoy Unforgotten, except it is on Britbox and not Acorn. There are three seasons, and it may be a the best of them all or right up there anyway. I'll probably blog about it at some point.

Janie Junebug said...

So glad you had nice weather after your storm. I want one of those chairs! It looks so comfy. How exciting for Ian to start tennis lessons. I hope he enjoyed the first class. Liam looks so cute with his painting. I remember seeing The Eyes of Tammy Faye quite some time ago. It was very good. I haven't seen Minari yet.


Bonnie said...

I love that zero gravity chair. I've heard they are really comfortable. I don't blame you for wanting to sit out and enjoy your beautiful flowers, I would too. You said something is eating your flowers. Do you still have any rabbits there? I think they love flowers.

I'll be thinking of you when you have the MRI and the doctor's appointment. Take care Rita.

Rita said...

Not on Britbox here in my region, but I rented the DVDs from Netflix and they have four seasons. Love the show! Also love Vera, Shetland, and Hinterland, too.

Rita said...

I haven't seen any rabbits (cottontails or jackrabbits) since spring...and no ground squirrel either except for that one week. :(

Far Side of Fifty said...

Nice Chair! Hope your appointment go well. THinking of you!

DJan said...

My indoor comfy chair is a zero gravity that looks similar. I have lots of pillows and stuff to make it even more comfy, but yours looks fabulous. As well as your pretty flowers, and I have my fingers crossed for good news from the doctor on Monday.

David M. Gascoigne, said...

Not having pets, and reading about what is required, I think I will continue that way! There is enough to clean in the house without adding cat urine to the mix!

Divers and Sundry said...

Sounds like you've had a great week. Your litter box solution is perfect. People who say cats are clean have never dealt with litter box issues lol I'm glad you found something that worked. That chair is such a nice addition to your patio space. Sweet! I have given Bosch another chance, and I'm liking the later seasons better now that there's not so much of his family drama. I like "choose love". That's an inspiration :)

Dee said...

Dear Rita, you mention no art/craft work in this posting. Is that because of health or is this just a time to watch Netflix and enjoy the creativity of the writers and actors. A little change from the normal, maybe. Peace.

My Tata's Cottage said...

OOhh your chair looks comfy. Nick our youngest use to work at the warehouse and it is about ten minutes from our house so we usually get quick delivery.I heard from Karl. He is getting off of home care. I wondered if you talked with him? I sent a card too. Wanted to say hi and hope you have a good weekend. Love your photos.

Bijoux said...

Staying positive is the only way to be. The chair next to your beautiful flowers looks so relaxing. We have chipmunks that get into our flower pots and bite off the buds and flowers, so that’s a possibility?

Rajani Rehana said...

Mind blowing post

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

You are an inspiration -- staying positive is so important. (But you make me feel like a weather-wuss because I haven't even bothered to put my patio chair cushions out lately in all this Pacific Northwest heat. )). We did manage a short walk yesterday evening though, so either it's cooling down some or we're getting used to it again. Your flowers are so lovely. You have the same taste in TV watching as we do lately -- I tell people that *all* we watch is British police shows. And that's really pretty close to the truth. I'm really grateful for those channels and Netflix. Take care!!! thanks for the uplifting post.

Far Side of Fifty said...

Thinking of you Rita!!

My Tata's Cottage said...

That is a clever trick with the litter. Youa re so upbeat, I Love visiitng and apologize for being so late stopping by. We had compnsy and Hannah, our yougnest and her husband Jake went homer to western NY Friday. It was hard ot let them go.

Harvest Moon by Hand said...

Those zero gravity chairs are so relaxing and easy on one's body. I hope you have been able to enjoy some time each day in it. That's such a great quote!