A Red Door for Ben

Ben’s house is almost done …the fireplace gets the finishing touches tomorrow; the shower door goes in; the washer/dryer/fridge gets delivered on Saturday: the final part of the new fence goes up tomorrow morning; the certificate of occupancy gets signed off tomorrow afternoon and he starts the big mooove on Saturday.

And it’s paid for as of today.

The doctor’s told me that if we could get him to 24, he would be safe. And now that he’s 24, he has a house, so that he isn’t at the mercy of a landlord. Tank is moving in with him, so he has both a buddy and a watchdog–something those two cats just couldn’t manage to be. They are moving in with me, Mike and Rocket. Can’t wait to see how THAT is going to turn out. Rocket hates Jackie, so I don’t imagine that she is going to be thrilled with Big Head and Baby, nor they with her.

Lisi wrecked her car….well, some unlicensed, uninsured jump-out-the-car-and-run-dude in Dinuba ran into her. The car was insured, but she has a $500 deductible. Lesson #35: always have $500 in the bank if you have a $500 deductible so you can bail your car out of car jail. Just sayin’. Even if it’s not your fault. Which it wasn’t.

I had this week off and managed to pretty much do nothing except pay bills and drain the koi pond. It is amazing how gunky it gets and how long it takes, even now that I actually have a plan that works. I have a sump pump that drains most of it onto the yard and various flower beds—I have to set a timer and drag the hose all over the yard. Then when it gets down to the bottom, say the last three days of this, I have to put a hose in it to keep washing the gunk into the pump and not end up with a gunk only mess for the fish to be gasping their last in. The last day finds me sitting on the edge of the pond, book in hand with the hose and the broom trying the get the green stuff out and the clean water in, but not at such at crazed rate that my fish drop dead. I’ve gotten pretty good at it.

I have some pots at the waters edge that I’m going to put some pond plants in this spring. Another project is to get the filter going and put mint in pots in there, on top of the rocks. I’m wrapping the filter in bamboo and putting some ivy or something in baskets this year. The plastic is just to temporary looking. Time for a little change. I have some stone statues and a stone bench I’m going to drag down from the hill and put down by the pond.

The weather is starting to cool off a little, so I am a little more energetic as far as yard work goes. During the really hot summer I am totally useless. It is just no fun for me. Late summer, fall, winter, spring….I’m your girl. Summer? 107? Forget it. That garden better be on life support.

I’ll go pick stuff because….well, it would be a sin not to. And it is better than getting into a hot car after work and going to the store, walking up and down the aisles, getting back into a hot car and driving home.

Because God forbid, I go home and then go out. Why? Because I spend ENOUGH time with people and once I am unleashed, I don’t want to see anybody anymore. I love my kids. I love my friends. I just don’t want to see anybody. That is why I live out in the country. (That is why Marji lives out in the FAR country and I need directions every time I go see her).

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3 thoughts on “A Red Door for Ben

  1. Good to hear from you again! I was getting worried. . . we are going back to hot weather again because Indian Summer is coming.

    Glad Lisi is ok and that Ben has a new house.

  2. I know what you mean about letting the garden go…I harvested the last (I hope) of my summer squash. I ripped out the cucumber vine that was taking over and not producing…only left the tomato and strawberry plants to fend for themselves pretty much. The only upside to our monsoon season is that it does water the garden in the heat for us! Glad to hear you are feeling good enough to enjoy your home…our temps just went back up to 109 etc. yuck!

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