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Marilyn_Sue
last month

What things have been keeping you busy lately. Some of the kids decided they would help me clean out my garage, most of that got done. I still have things to go though outside and deal with. Then we moved into the house and emptied up a big china hutch of things, wrapping everything and putting in totes so the hutch can be moved. I still have a lot of things down there to empty out and then they can be moved about. Hoping to get new flooring all on the downstairs floor. This will take time as I need help doing most of it and everyone is busy.


It is garden time and things are getting planted but not so much by me. I advise where to plant and what I want planted.


I have strawberries in a big planter on legs, they were ripe so the next day I went to pick them, not a berry left, green or red! So much for that crop. Probably the same raccoon that ate my 3 pound bag of apples my son left on my porch for me!


I did a lot of coloring with my friends over winter and we have had a lot of fun with that, sharing photos of our work. We will get back to that again when things aren't so busy.


Izzi is doing pretty well. I will be puppy sitting soon for two grand pups for a few days. My grand pup KC passed away and we sure do miss him.


What has been keeping everyone busy?

Sue

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  • functionthenlook
    last month

    I have been busy between home and camp. Especially since it is summer and we have the added yard work. We bought the camp last July. All winter we were busy getting the inside the way we want it and this spring getting the outside the way we want it. We are only home on weekend and those are busy with watching 2 of our grands and taking them places. This weekend I have to get my pumpkin seeds planted and go to a dance recital. Then we are taking the grands up to camp for the week. The closest town is having a festival all week. I have to make something for a pot luck dinner on Monday and the bake sale on Friday. The following weekend we celebrated my hubby's birthday and father's day. The next two weekends after that are birthday parties. Then the weekend after that is 3 days of activities for a family reunion at our camp. Busy, busy.

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  • schoolhouse_gwagain
    last month

    Yard work and mowing.

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  • lgmd_gaz
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    Still trying to empty my parents' house. It's a large house with 3 generations of stuff and paper from family and the business. What slows me down is the days when I walk in the door, look around, and just cry or stare. My brother came out to go through the "camera closet" (as oppressed to the darkroom) for things he wants to keep, and we took those to the storage unit.

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  • Kathsgrdn
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    Not much besides work. I keep trying to get my garden planted but it rains every day. I could've done some of it yesterday afternoon, in between the rain but my daughter and I went to lunch. Did some laundry and dishes and then it began to pour rain again.


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    We're in a heat wave, so watering like crazy. I've been cleaning inside since it's really too hot outside. We also have a new dog. The neighbor passed away and we took her dog, who was a regular visitor anyway so it's been a pretty easy transition.

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    We finally went through my storage area in the basement and while it took a few weeks: brought it all to the second hand store. Now I know how the people on Hoarders feel when giving up their belongings. Man, that was hard! But I did it. I've been colouring, crocheting, piddling around the house and the yard. I do have a job interview next week and am 99.9% sure I have the job (same company, different location and I've met the manager before). While it's only for 2 or 3 days a week, I'm hoping it gives me more energy to do more around the house. Today I am going to use outdoor varnish on a couple of indoor glider chairs we use outside on our front deck. The paint is chipping off because of the weather. Then bringing my husband for his second Pfizer shot this afternoon. It's going to be hot for the next few days (in Canadian standards that is: about 28C today and 30C tomorrow) so we will be watering the grass really well even though we've just had a lot of rain last week. I fertilized a few weeks ago and while it's coming in nice and green, I have several bald spots because of dandelions that we have been digging out (now that flowers are actually growing in gardens I can dig out the dandelions: I keep them for the bees), and a few days ago put a crap load more grass seed down to choke out any other weeds. So now I have to keep the grass wet so the seeds grow. It's a vicious cycle I tell ya!

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  • satine100
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    Igmd, you might want to consider some gift cards for the kids. My grands love Five Below and there is something for everyone. McDonalds gift cards, even dollar store gift cards are fun.


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  • hallngarden
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    Walking on beach, sewing a bit, crocheting a bit, swimming in pool a lot. Little cooking, sitting on porch watching cooling waves ,a lot. That about does it for me.

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  • chisue
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    It's been all Real Estate here for months. Our Maui vacation rental condo sold with five good offers the first day it was listed. We'd hired someone to spiff it up with more modern furnishings, and it photographed so well that we were asking ourselves why we were selling! THAT changed to 'no regrets' when our cleaner went in to prepare for the buyer's final walkthrough before closing and found the ceilings and walls saturated. Our upstairs neighor's fridge water line had ruptured after they 'checked' on it. A crew came in to remediate the damage. Our Realtor suggested giving our buyer a credit to do the replacement work to her taste. Insurance reimbursed us. We eventually closed a week late. Goodbye, already!


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  • amylou321
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    Nothing. It's too hot to do anything but bare minimum. I hate this time of year! I've been working a lot because for some reason my coworkers like to take vacation this time of year, so lots of overtime for me filling in for them. Other than that, nothing extra. I lay around like a lump in the air conditioning and wait for fall.

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  • sjerin
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    For those struggling, you have my sympathy.


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    We've been busy painting the siding and front porch on our home in CT. It looks soooo much better and I'm a happy camper. I've planted my vegetable garden again...this time green peppers, 3 different types of tomatoes, eggplant, yellow squash, lettuce. Also, many plants have been added to the landscape and it's fun watching things thrive and bloom. I loove gardening. We have been venturing out more in the last month. It feels kind of odd to see so many people without masks, but nice to feel like we are getting back to more normal circumstances. All in all, our first month back has been one of many pleasures, visiting, enjoying the weather, listening to church bells ringing, birds singing. All very joyful for me.

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    Helping my son and daughter in law with their new born and 2 year old. That's about all I can manage at the moment.

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  • lily316
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    Planting and replanting flowers that some creature keeps eating down to the ground. I'm with amylou, I hate summer and cannot wait till fall. The mid-90s for a week just drained me and our part of PA is in a drought and counties all around get rain but we are missed so much watering. I'm still hiking my four miles on the trail every day and meeting some great thru-hikers and talking to them. Today a kid from Tennessee wanted my email so I could read his trail blog. I'm on week seven since I severely lacerated my leg so I've been going to a wound center and it's putting a crimp in my style. No water events for me and talking a bath with one leg over the side ain't fun.

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  • jewels_ks
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    My niece and nephew are with me for the month of June. This weekend I had a garage sale and it was sooooo hot. But I made some good money. Then I took my nephew on a driving lesson.

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  • lgmd_gaz
    last month

    Satine100, I have already considered the gift cards. $10 cards from Walmart and Sheetz are what I am using for the winners of the games. Sheetz, if you aren't familiar with it, is a gas station that has lots of snack food, hot sandwiches, etc. even a few toys and gas for the driving kids. There are abundant locations in PA and Ohio where all the family comes from. The winners will be given their choice of which card.

    Five Below in near by to me so I have shopped there and picked up several things. The older kids are the hard part, so I am still hunting.

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    last month

    lgmd_gaz, check out McFee.com for fun and funny little gifts. They have a lot of things under $10, although you will have to pay postage.


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    Reading and killing cockroaches. Entire complex has them. They are spraying tomorrow but it will never

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    Spring is always a busy time around our place. Gardening keeps me busy, and this year has been so nice up until recently with really good weather for working outside. And of course i also volunteer at our Botanical Garden greenhouse 1-2 mornings a week.

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    I just spent 2 hours on chat and phone with Amazon and Audible. Apparently someone somehow used my credit card/bank info to buy Audible. They're refunding my money but now I have to notify my bank and get a new card. Found out that it wasn't just this month but also last month. I never noticed the charge last month.

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    I just got back from a Horse Expo. I rode on Friday morning and left from there to drive up. attended the Expo on Saturday. Met a lot of interesting people from all over, did some networking and did some shopping for the place I ride at. There were way to many vendors with more bling than substance but I managed to find some quality bits and leatherwork. Saw some nice demos. I enjoyed the ones by the less known horsemen and their actual riding/teaching than the more famous so called whisperers. Drove back this morning directly to the ranch to make my Sunday ride. I didn't feel tired until I got home. Laid my head down and that was all I remember before waking up a few hours later.

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    Second to youngest sister had a stroke 2 weeks ago and is struggling a bit to come back. She had a stroke on the right side and it is having some effects mentally but not so much physically. She is in hospital as they are trying to stabilize her then off to therapy. She hates it and also won't eat. That is a common trait of a person with a stroke on the right side. Not sure what to do because they will stick a feeding tube up her nose if she doesn't eat.


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