Yesterday was another one of “those days” where you do not-much but end up exhausted at the end of it. Flint spent the morning pottering around in the yard as our internet connection was too flaky to use.. Im not entirely sure what I did, other than shop for fixings to make sushi and go thrift shopping, and swing by the dollar store, in the evening.
At the local goodwill I picked up an ice cream maker, which I was looking forward to trying. I love homemade ice cream and I’m constantly on the hunt for a potential replacement for when I have to retire my trusty, old, churn (which is older than I am!) As soon as I got home, I popped the basin into the freezer as the store only gives you 24 hours to test and return electronics. I gave it a go this afternoon and, sad to say, it didn’t work at all so it was returned. It made the milk cold and a bit bubbly, but that was it. I ended up using the old one to finish the job, so we do have some fresh vanilla ice cream now. A win, anyway you look at it!
On the way home from thrift shopping we stopped in to the dollar store, a required stop to stock up on frozen orangeade and various knick-knacks. I grabbed a few more packets of seeds as back up. The rain seems to have washed away my basil, and the cucumber is still looking a bit sad. If nothing else, I’ll get some herbs to grow inside too, if I’m lucky. Flint found a special treat for me there, too. He found Maltesers! They’re like whoppers but better… yummy malty chocolatey goodness, that had me jumping up and down like a toddler when I saw them.
This morning we went poking about at yard sales after running an errand, and I got myself a few things which were absolutely not needed.. but they came home with me anyway. We found one yard sale where the seller had a bunch of lovely, lush potted plants for sale. I picked up a spider plant that had a nice shape to it, with lots of runners which I can trim and plant in turn. I also picked up a case of 24 energy drinks for $5 and some table place markers that are little blackboards on stands… perfect for plant labels.
I’ve not yet finished filling holes in the dry wall, so its very rough looking at the moment!
Having a somewhat rest day today. We got a lot done yesterday and we’re both paying for it today with old-person aches and groans. Flint was up and down ladders checking the sheds for roof holes, and patching the main roof. Lots of stuff was moved in/out of the sheds and in/out of the house. I desperately wanted to put it off, but I got the lawns and weedeating done too. I ended up caving when I saw it was going to top 90F for the rest of the week and that’s gross to do yard work in.
After all the outside stuff was done, I spent the evening poking around in my room.. undecided if its going to be my room, the craft room, or something else. There’s a huuuge, very heavy, cabinet that I moved from spot A to spot B, then back to spot A when I decided I didnt like the way it looked. I got the furniture settled where it feels right and I keep poking my head in the door to admire the result.
There’s a bunch of nail and screw holes that need to be filled, and a small bookshelf to be built but I’m not sure if I’ll do that today or tomorrow. I was going to try to paint the walls before my dad in law arrives, but at this point it will be too smelly if I do that now.
I feel like I need to at least get a little nap in there before it has a houseguest in, as a subtle territorial marking.
The rain that we had helped the plants along a bit and there’s a heap of new flower buds all over the beans. The spaghetti squash is grabbing savagely at every stake I put down for it to grow around. This morning I was surprised to see that there are 5 more yellow squash sprouts that popped up, but still no zuchinni. The cucumber seems a bit more happy now that it’s separated, but it’s a bit water logged I think (the leaves are a bit yellow.) The tomatoes are growing like crazy, as always, and I’m checking every day for signs of flowering.
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The last few days have been busy!
The night before last, my pc became a victim to my spring cleaning urge and had a clean windows install inflicted on it. I must say that the Windows 10 install has got to be the most simple and easy one I’ve gone through! It was a painless operation and my wee little pc is running much better now.
We’ve been having connection issues again and, though we assumed it was the ISP, decided to err on the side of caution and test out some other hardware. We thought it might have been the router as it had been running on the wrong ac adaptor for a while so. We headed out to go thrift store hunting and managed to find a router for $6. Thankfully, the router worked after doing a factory reset.. but it didnt fix the problem. Last time we had issues, it took 3-4 months for them to isolate the issue as being a faulty cable, somewhere off our property, and I’m not going through that song and dance again. So I contacted the local tech supervisor for our ISP directly and he sent out a technician almost straight away. This is much better than spending 3 hours on the phone with a script reader trying to guide me through how to reboot my modem! The tech said that he could see problems, so he’ll let the supervisor know and, hopefully, it’ll be fixed with less headache than last time.
Not only did we score a great deal on a router, but we grabbed 3 office chairs that were in great condiftion for $5 each. Flint’s chair was cobbled together out of leftover bits, and mine was horrible, so this was a great find. Other than a few nicks and small holes, they’re in fabulous shape and should last us a while. The third chair I’m saving to use in my craft room, should I ever get the crap that’s not mine out of there. The chair I’m using needs to be altered a bit to suit, as I can’t stand the feel of the vinyl on my feet. At the moment, I’ve got a towel on the seat, and a scarf on the back, until I come up with a design for a cover that can be removed easily and washed.
Given our connection issues, I decided to give into temptation and have a play with Skyrim again. It’s one of those games that I can always fall back on if all esle fails. I was relatively restrained with mods this time around as the SE version has a lot better graphics. I took a few screenshots to show progress, while I was messing about. I love taking screenshots in Skyrim! It’ll take a wee while before I actually start playing properly, but its all fun and games.