Well, our new resident has been accept & assimilated into the Garden staff; I wish I had been able to get a picture of Daisy, taking a nap right next to him, but every time I turned on the camera, she woke up & stalked off. He is currently hanging out on the picnic table in the backyard, enjoying the sun & hopefully getting acquainted with Fred; I plan on settling him among the vegetable in the raised bed. I haven’t named him yet- I was toying around with Percy or Jeeves, but I’m open to suggestions.
The weather has remained comfortably warm this weekend, so we took full advantage of it; Sam & I walked over to the gym Saturday morning for a workout, then I got my hanging baskets planted with the new purchases, while Sam went over to the tennis courts to practice with some teammates. A cold front is scheduled to arrive on Tuesday; of course, Chris will be coming home on Wednesday & will be greeted by temps in the low 60’s & rain, poor thing. I talked to him tonight & he is soooo ready to be home; he has worked 13 of the past 14 days, & will have at least one day off when he gets home- maybe two or even possibly a long weekend.
The first big event of the weekend was the arrival of our new washer & dryer; let me introduce Wally the Washer & Drake the Dryer!
Why do they have masculine names? Because around here, cleaning is a gender-neutral activity; besides, most of the clothes going thru them will belong to men. (Notice the stainless steel interior & the drying rack- YIPPEE!!!)The installers came right on schedule & were done within an hour, including hauling out my old set. The only wrinkle in the whole process is that Drake is making occasional scraping noises while running; the store manager already has a call into Frigidaire to get a technician out to fix or replace it.
The second big event was a visit from my friend who coordinates the exchange student program. Yes, you guessed it- we will be having another short-term student. This will be a really short visit; the students arrive this Saturday & will return on April 3rd. The boy we will be hosting is 14 years old, has taken 3 years of English, & practices the martial art of Kendo (which Sam tinkers in) & enjoys playing tennis. I’m sure the boys will get along famously, but if not, it’s only for 10 days.
Beyond that, it has been a quiet couple of days, for which I’m truly grateful. I’ve been able to work on the church quilt a bit, since I had to miss the meeting last Tuesday- between work, getting my haircut, & hauling clothes to the Laundromat, I just couldn’t swing it. I did decide to buy a second, small sewing machine, to use at the quilting group- my Pfaff is a great machine & I love sewing with it, but it weights over 30 lbs, so it isn’t very portable. I also did a little knitting, finishing the first of my Tofutsie toe-up socks & starting the second one. The highlight of the day was taking a nice, long nap, with the girls spread out around the bed. Ahhh, the simple pleasures; Thank you Lord, for the peaceful moments & rest You give.