“A deliberate plan is not always necessary for the highest art; it emerges.”
― Paul Johnson
I cannot remember the last time I had a day off and nothing scheduled. Dye-job and a haircut, notwithstanding, I felt quite free to do whatever the hell I wanted. Was really. Really. Nice. Work has been busy enough… it’s rare that I work a forty-hour week and I think I was just shy of it by half an hour… Might not sound like much to office folk (one of which I was for over thirty years) but lemme tell you, schlepping tables and chairs, trays of food and drink, setting tables (who knew that by tale number 14, the shoulders would burn from putting tablecloths on?) walking to and fro and keeping that smile is not for sissies. An eight-hour day is a LONG day in the service industry.
K, no more bitching, I promise you. So, like I said, the only thing on my agenda was my hair. At 9-stupid-30 a.m. On my day off. Of course if I hadn’t chatted with a friend till 2:30 in the a.m., maybe 9:30 would not have been so stupid. Whatevs.
Just a tease
I called my mother on my way back from the salon as she lives a hop, step and a jump away to invite myself over for a cup of coffee and ended up with a nice open-faced tomato cheese sandwich to boot! Chatted with her and Yvon until his lift arrived at noonish (he goes for physiotherapy a few times per week). Figured I’d leave Mom to watch her shows or relax or read or do whatever the hell she wants and made my way home. After all, I had a no-agenda day to not plan!
Today was gorgeous. Sun was shining, then there were some clouds to cool me off, then the sun popped out again. Yep. Was gonna take advantage of NOT having to wear black pants, three-quarter-sleeved-buttoned-up-to-my-chin shirt and strangling tie. Put on my bathing suit, a spray of sunscreen and vacuumed my pool. Then I jumped into said pool. Wunderbar!
Zeke figured out how to keep cool…
As I’m having Tammy and Andre over tomorrow for dinner (Mick’s best friend and his wife), I took out some steaks, lamb and chicken. We will be having a mixed grill… Keep ya posted 😉
I have been on a mission to weed a bit every day or so and have made some mega progress. It is starting to look quite lovely here. The front is mostly weed-free and other than those little mother****s in my unistone driveway, walkway, backyard, things are looking good. I will have to pull out all the stops to get rid of those suckers. I can still see Mick cursing over the whole bidness. Using a pressure washer to blast them away, then spreading sand and sealer over the whole thing to stop them from coming back… effort which, frankly, does not last long enough. Note to self…. next house has NO unistone…
No, I shall not show you the drive-way per se because, well… it’s past midnight and I just realised I did not take any pics. Just see above, same shit is my driveway. Only WAY more intrusion…
So, I tackled some of the backyard, some of the front yard then got fed up and cleared out some of the roses and other flowers. I am amazed at the sneakiness of weeds. They try to meld right in, sometimes succeeding quite well…. can you spot the uninvited guest in the Black-Eyed Susans? While the flowers are still not out, it’s even easier for those buggers to hide…
One of these things just doesn’t belong…
And others are just showing off, thinking they’ll be kept because they might be as beautiful as the flowers… And as penance for ripping them out anyway? Say hello to scratched hands because they just know we are going to go as far down as we can to ensure we get their roots out and won’t notice those nasty thorns just waiting for unsuspecting hands (and even when we do suspect and are careful, there is always that one thorn hiding…
Come and get me, Bitch
But once cleared out, things are starting to shape up…
Ferns, roses and can’t remembers
Roses and pansies
Hydrangea – looks like butterflies have come to rest
And, since we’re on the subject of lovely things…. we are, aren’t we? The other day I took some pictures with my real camera and had not downloaded them until today. So all pics taken the other day are still applicable to today because. Because I said so and today there is no schedule, right?
Dragonfly outside my office window enticed me to go out with more than my phone camera. I went very slowly to not scare it away and managed to get a few decent ones.
You looking at ME?
I shall end this with one last image. On Friday’s, CBC Radio 2 does what they call a “Deep Dive”, with host Rich Terfry. He plays a whole album – but not just any album – an album that has made an impact in one way or another – as one would have in the vinyl days (yes, I know, we can still do that today), meaning, each song will be played in the same order as on the record. In between songs, he gives us tidbits on it’s creation, on the members of the band, on how it came to be, etc. Tonight’s choice was The Band’s album Big Pink – 50 years old this year!
After that, it was the programme: “Marvin’s Room” with the hostess Amanda Parris. A one-hour show featuring R&B in all its formats, old and new. During these two shows, I washed and hung up my clothes, nuked some leftovers brought home from work, and ate. No way I was planning any food cooking.
By 8 p.m., Odario Williams came on with his show “After Dark”. A cool mix of all sorts of genres of music but most of it on the easy listening tempo.
I was relaxing in my lounge chair when I realised there was a squirrel, just lying on the wires above my cedar hedge. I’m thinking he was enjoying the tunes, too! That, and the neighbour’s kids screeching as they were playing in their pool…
Think I’ve kept you long enough with my rambling on… A major heat wave is starting tomorrow in the Montreal area. We will be hitting some wicked temperatures for a good week… highs of up 35°C (95°F) with a humidex factor bringing it up to 45°C+ (115°F)! NOT looking forward to working from Sunday to Thursday in that… Till then, stay hydrated, don’t over-exert and enjoy… in no time at all we’ll be complaining about the cold…
A few of the 10,000 things that make me happy and grateful
61. Summer heat
62. Not working on a weekend
63. New haircuts, new look
64. Swimming pools
65. Left-overs made by someone else