changed…

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been watching track and field on tv and thinking of my dad…

in his youth he was a runner and involved in many sports…

all that changed when he returned after the war… his lungs had been permanently affected from the time he spent in foxholes in the cold and rain…

watching sports on tv and attending the occasional event at the arena were fun times we spent together…

he never complained… he had a hard life, but always made the best of every situation…

a great example of how to live one’s life…

chimney…

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today the chimney came down…

just before Christmas I had planned to get a chimney sweep out to make sure it was safe to use the fireplace as I hadn’t used it since my beloved died… decided to wait until the weather was more conducive to someone climbing up onto the roof…

I finally made an appointment a few weeks ago for someone to come out to inspect and clean it… they looked at the fireplace and said we needed to go outside so I could see why they weren’t going to clean it…

they explained that the chimney had rusted out and would either need to be replaced or removed…

in the end I chose removal as the cost of a new chimney was prohibitive for the amount the fireplace is used…

this morning they came and took it down…

apparently the chimneys of this era rusted from the inside and out… my beloved would have realized that the rust on the outside of the chimney was a sign that it needed to be checked… I was just lucky that I didn’t start a fire…

now that it is capped there won’t be any drafts, lol…

maybe in the Fall I will have Ye Olde Soot Sweepers out to show me options for changing it to gas… will have to see…

climbing…

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the clematis is growing beautifully…

I’ve been taking photos when I leave the garage to record how quickly it is climbing

these ones started on June 5th… they go clockwise and end yesterday when I saw the two buds getting ready to bloom…

the plant is much fuller than last year… my beloved and I planted this one…

memories

warning…

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I cannot believe it…

June 11 and all of the flowers had to be covered because there was a frost warning

sigh…

good thing there was a bag full of old sheets in the garage… and that I knew exactly where they were, lol…

not sure the temperature fell below zero, but glad I protected them…

spent some time this morning removing the sheets and hanging the baskets back up… they were a little sad to have been covered up, but they were all alive, lol…

patch…

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happy that my grandson has been able to add mowing my grass on Sunday’s to his schedule… he has a busy one now that he is working a full time job, a part time job, volunteering weekly, and participating in rowing events…

as he was mowing the back I went out to take a picture and he stopped so I couldn’t get him in the shot… brat…

I did catch him a couple of minutes later, lol…

nice to have the creeping Charlie and dandelion patch trimmed back…

swallow…

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turned the hose on to top up the pond again yesterday… maybe the wind has been evaporating the water more quickly because it wasn’t particularly hot…

then I got focussed on a few other things… was on my way to the garage to go grocery shopping and decided to check out the poppies before leaving…

when I got over there I realized that the water was still going… turned it off just as it was going to swallow up the bridge…

yikes… that was close…

theme…

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had some fun in the garden on Saturday… the forecast was for thunderstorms and rain during the day so I got out early to plant the purchases from the day before…

trying to stick to the purple and white theme although the dahlia might be a bit on the pink side;-)…

three pots planted, a few baskets hung, the tomato and mandevilla placed… also brought out the hibiscus…

still need to bring out the Japanese Maple, but going to wait just a bit longer so it doesn’t struggle with the move…

it is looking pretty good… now just waiting to get that back flowerbed cleaned up…

missing my beloved as I work away in the yard…

pvr…

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I watch tv a lot and I PVR tons of shows…

over the last week I’ve noticed that the tv is saying it is recording shows, but the next day they are not there… seemed very odd…

finally took the time on Thursday night to poke around and see if I could figure it out…

what I discovered was a place telling me that the PVR was nearly full… a big red bar all the way across the screen, lol…

there was no place to clean it out and all the programs get deleted as soon as I watch them, so it was odd

Friday morning I called BellMTS for help… after running all through the house to find the main PVR, in the basement of course, I had to turn it off and back on… when it rebooted it was fine…

the technician advised that it shouldn’t have happened and it would be fine in the future… but as I look at it now it says there is something PVRed, but there isn’t, sigh…

at least I know what to do when it happens again;-)…

I did giggle after he told me to unplug it…

turning equipment off is one of the first suggestions I make to my colleagues whenever they are having technical issues…

freeze…

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got up early and went for a walk to the Park… temperature was going to 34° and will feel like 39° Celsius…

so an early walk seemed like a good plan, lol..

by the time I got home just before 10, it was already hot…

as I was walking down the next street, two bunnies froze in place as I was coming down the sidewalk… the yard they were in was filled with dandelions which they love…

they really think if they freeze the person walking along won’t see them, lol…

as soon as I passed them, they both hopped away…

influencer…

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this picture reminds me of the rush you get when you meet one of the influential people who have or will change your life in some way…

Dale Chihuly has been one such influence for me… I was introduced to his art a number of years ago and been a fan since that time… wanting to see his art has encouraged me to step out of my box and visit places I couldn’t have imagined and experience things in a new way…

I can still feel the thrill of hearing his voice in the building and realizing that he was there in person and it wasn’t a video or recording…

it was such a pleasure to meet and talk with him at Chihuly Garden and Glass in Seattle…