Saturday, June 07, 2008

Does it Rain in Ohio?

Another day of rain. No wonder this place used to be a forest...... We did get some work done this morning before it started. Impatients nearly all planted. Wisteria much more presentable, and lilacs have been started.
Also, talked to Nate and Romy this morning via Skype. LOVE that application. It's wonderful! Here's a new picture of Romy, just in case you haven't seen one lately!
Now I'm going to the store to pick up some supplies for next week, get a new set of branch loppers and a baby bed mattress!
Have a good Saturday!

Friday, June 06, 2008

Friday at Home

This evening we'll start on that list. First is to get the backyard in shape so it doesn't look so much like a rain forest. Remember, the Indians talked about walking on trees across Ohio? Our backyard wants to make that possible again. We'll be trimming the lilacs, the wisteria and the crab apple tree. The viburnum is too big for us to tackle all of it. (I'll find a recent picture of it). Then, maybe the Stella lilies under the lilacs can get enough sun to bloom. We still have some inpatients to plant and need to get some more geraniums to fill in some flower beds.
Lucky we both like to work in dirt........

Thursday, June 05, 2008

Old Houses

We're having a little pahty next weekend, so we made a list of things to do before then. Think we can get the house painted, the patio redone, the downstairs and upstairs bathrooms remodeled and the window put back into the kitchen before then? Hmmm I think not. The joys of living in an old house once again fill our lives. We'll trim the list, prioritize and be happy with what we can do. I shall keep the list and share with you after we're done.
It's Thursday! One more day til the weekend! (and working on that list.)

Wednesday, June 04, 2008


Rain rain rain for the next three days. Then it'll be four days in a row of rain. I know Ohio wants to become a forest again. Rain can be comforting, soothing. On dark days like this I like to stay home and clean, read, watch a movie.
What do you like to do on rainy days and Mondays?

Tuesday, June 03, 2008

Dining at Home

Last night we ate dinner on our patio. Wow! This is something new for us! We have a new/old grill from Lena and a new set of patio furniture that we bought for father's day/anniversary/birthday. Sooooo, we had the traditional patio dinner: steak on the grill, baked potatoes and a salad. Dan has turned into the Master Salad Chef. I love it! His salads are tasty.

We'll have many more dinners out on the patio.

Monday, June 02, 2008

Let's take care of Home

There are a number of blogs I read, but this particular post has struck me as so important now... we need to take charge of our markets, the products we buy, and our "home".. ourselves, our children. The quote below comes from

Please take a moment to read, reflect, then act!

While the Chinese, knowingly and intentionally, export inferior products and dangerous toys and goods to be sold in American markets, the media wrings its hands and criticizes the Bush Administration for perceived errors.

Yet 70% of Americans believe that the trading privileges afforded to the Chinese should be suspended.

Well, duh…why do you need the government to suspend trading privileges?


Simply look on the bottom of every product you buy, and if it says 'Made in China ' or 'PRC' (and that now includes Hong Kong ) simply choose another product or none at all. You will be amazed at how dependent you are on Chinese products; however you will be equally amazed at what you can do without. Who needs plastic eggs to celebrate Easter?

If you must have eggs, use real ones and benefit some American farmer. Easter is just an example, the point is…do not wait for the government to act.

Just go ahead and assume control on your own.

THINK ABOUT THIS: If 200 million Americans refuse to buy just $20 each of Chinese goods, that's a billion dollar trade imbalance resolved in our!!

The downside? Some American businesses will feel a temporary pinch from having foreign stockpiles of inventory. Wahhhhhhhhhhhh
** Downside??

The solution

Let's give them fair warning and send our own message. Most of the people who have been reading about this matter are planning on implementing this on June 4, and continue it until July 4.

That is only one month of trading losses, but it will hit the Chinese for 1/12th of the total, or 8%, of their American exports. Then they will at least have to ask themselves if the benefits of their arrogance and lawlessness were worth it.

Remember, June 4 to July 4.

Sunday, June 01, 2008


I'm going to try my hand at this... National Blogging Posting Month (or something like that), where I'll blog each day for a month. This month's theme is "Home". So, I'll start with a description of our house which is our home and has been for 19 years. A lovely nearly 100 year old home that creaks in the wind and holds so many memories. It's prairie style, taken from Frank Lloyd Wright and designed by Louis Lott.