lothiriel_1: (dandelion break)
Busy busy busy...

yardwork )


Yesterday afternoon's level of activity has continued into today here at work.
work work work )

OMG OMG OMG!!!!!

ZOMG, only FIFTEEN days and a wake-up left to Scotland!!! )

Basically, I'm ready. I have a few things to do before I leave, like some house-cleaning, mail and paper holds, writing checks for the petsitter, and arranging for grass-cutting whilst I'm gone. I need to make sure that all my electronic equipment/computer stuff is turned off AND unplugged. And a few other little tasks.

Almost time, almost time...

Um, what?

Mar. 18th, 2008 08:57 am
lothiriel_1: (bill milquetoast opus)
I stayed home with the sick fridge today, which is now fixed, to the tune of $265 (ouch...). I'm going to give the temperature a chance to settle for a couple of hours, then I plan to head out to the crappy Food Lion and pick up some staples to put into it (OJ, milk, yogurt - that sort of thing).

Now that the repairman has come and gone, I have the rest of the day to myself. Whatever shall I do with a WHOLE DAY OFF mid-week?

Well, for starters, I tried making a couple of phone calls to Scotland to make some reservations. This was not a successful venture. I looked up the country code, called the number listed, and got the same message each time I tried - that the number I was dialing was not in service for the country I was calling. Huh? I was using the code for the UK, which, as I recall, Scotland is a part of.





Okay - I just figured it out. All numbers in Scotland and the UK start with a "zero" that needs to be dropped when being called from outside the UK. I now have a car reserved for Lewis, a day tour reserved for Skye, and I changed my lodging for Loch Ness/Inverness slightly (so I can make an early bus to Ullapool and the Outer Hebrides). It was fun calling the Aros Centre in Skye to arrange the tour - the guy who answered the phone answered in Gaelic! Feasgar math!
lothiriel_1: (pox on your first born)
Ahem )

Thank you. We now return you to your regularly scheduled LJ.
lothiriel_1: (cutter john aaiigh)
Who the hell is the ref who's officiating this game?!? I need to call for a do-over! I can't recall if this sort of crap was in the Wheel of the Year reading that [livejournal.com profile] etainwilson did for me on New Year's - I need to check the notes she sent...

All right, I've got a little good news to crow about and plenty of bad news to whine about. Let's get the crap over with first.

Refrigerator is dying )

Windshield is dying )

Tax refund is dead )

Cat is dying )

Hey, if you've been glossing over the bitchy parts, stop now.

Highland dance weekend in review )

So now I'm at work. At the moment, no one else is here, so it's very quiet. It would be nice if it stayed that way, but the way my luck's been running, I'm not holding out much hope of that. Anyway, if you've gotten this far, thanks for reading.

Only 80 days until Scotland...
lothiriel_1: (yawn)
The past couple of nights I've gone to bed at reasonable hours (Saturday at 10:30 - I worked at the store until 9:30 - and last night at 9:00). I lie down, get comfortable, close my eyes, relax, slow down my breathing, and - nothing. Even taking a dose of Tylenol PM wasn't effective last night. I got up yesterday and this morning feeling somewhat rested, but not really awake. This morning I'm just kind of in a fog. I can barely type a complete sentence without making a typo somewhere and having to go back and fix it.

Gonna be a fun day. *yawn*


Yesterday I was in F'burg at 8:45 to take a "medal test" for Highland dance. My dance teacher and another teacher in the area arranged for a woman from the British Association of Teachers of Dancing to come over from Scotland and evaluate both the dances themselves and demonstrations showing understanding of the terminology used (ie. "Show me 4th rear aerial position."). I decided to try out for the bronze medal, which meant that I had to do the fling and the sword dance. Bear in mind that this was not a performance or competition, but a test.

Suffice to say that my nerves made an impact on my dancing. :-b Yes, I made mistakes in both. I just completely blanked out on one of the fling steps and I lost count during the first step of the sword. However, I did find my place in the music both times and managed to finish both dances. I'll find out how I did tonight when I go to class. Provided I passed, I'll get a lovely, suitable-for-framing certificate and a bronze medal.

After the medal testing, I went to the Home Depot and spent money on soil, mulch, compost, flower bulbs (tulips, crocuses, and irises), and two large buckets of fall mums, went home and did some yard work. The flowerbed in front of my house is now completely redone and LOADED with bulbs, and the two wooden planters I bought last year are home to the mums.

Good weekend overall, but too short. Plans for next weekend (which includes Friday) will feature trips to the gym, grocery shopping, home cleaning chores, and spending Saturday at the Highland Games in Richmond. Bagpipes! Dancing! Men in kilts! :)
lothiriel_1: (Banzai)
My floors are done!

Actually, they've been done since Thursday late afternoon - I've just been too lazy/busy to post the pictures.

Picture-rama here )

SQUEEEEEEEEE!!!!!!!!
lothiriel_1: (Banzai)
I'm done! I'm done! I'm done!


flagstone laid )

in the homestretch )

ALL DONE!!! )

I still have a lot of flagstone left (like, enough to do another 65 foot walkway) and about a third of the gravel. Fortunately, I have plans for both, so everything will get used. I'm so excited! This was the first major home/garden project that I tackled on my own and I'm really pleased with the results. Yay!
lothiriel_1: (Default)
This blog entry is brought to you by the letters A and L and the number 4. )

So "A" is for the "accomplishment" of today! Yay! It's also for the "Advil" taken to "alleviate" the "agony" "attained" in "accomplishing" my "agenda." :)

"L" is for all the "landscaping" I did (it's also for the "laundry" that got done while multi-tasking).

The number "4" is for the FOUR days (or rather, parts of the 4 days) it took me to dig the bed for the walkway.

Next task: position flexible landscaping edging along the borders of the walkway, layer the sand into the bed, then lay the flagstone. Fill in the smaller spaces with pea gravel. Wow, the rest of it doesn't seem so hard...
lothiriel_1: (yawn)
I'm not sure that I can adequately express just how tired I am right now. It was a very productive weekend in terms of yardwork.

Tree-hugging, dirt worshipping activities here... )
lothiriel_1: (dandelion break)
The great Tumbled Blue Flagstone Walkway Project officially got underway this afternoon, after my birdbath posting.  I'd marked the edges of the walkway with landscaping paint earlier.  At approximately 4:00 this afternoon, ground was broken.

CLANK!  A rock.  Shift shovel over a couple of inches and try again.  CLANK!  Repeat process, with occasional penetration into the soil.

Two and a half sweaty hours later, it's getting dark, so it's time to call it quits for the day.  I did have some assistance from a guy I know from Base (a Navy chief who lives one street over - he was driving by and saw me slaving away).  He took up my shovel and excavated the soil rocks from the end of the walkway immediately adjacent to the driveway.  His arrival proved to be very fortuitous, since I'm reasonably certain that the digging in this specific area probably would have taken me A LONG TIME.  He did it in minutes, AND helped put the stuff into my rolling cart.

Total work accomplished for the day?
1.  Birdbath out of car and set up in backyard, with water
2.  Approximately 5 linear feet (at 2.5 feet wide and 2-3 inches deep) excavated for the walkway.  Only about another 55 feet left to go.

Sigh.
lothiriel_1: (Banzai)
I managed to get the base of the birdbath out of the car, into the backyard, and into the spot I wanted to put it in, ALL BY MYSELF. And without throwing my back out, too! It had been set on a tarp in the back of my car, so all I did was drag the tarp out of the car and into my garden cart, which had a bag of mulch in it for cushioning. The hardest part was wheeling the cart into the backyard. So here it is, all set up and ready for customers:




And another view...


lothiriel_1: (cutter john aaiigh)
Oh boy, it's been an expensive week. And it's only Wednesday!

Cha-CHING! )

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