Here comes the rain

We’re lurking at the in-laws in Orange Park for the duration of hurricane Irma. It’s been raining all day and the hurricane hasn’t even reached central Florida yet.

We should be getting the big stuff overnight tonight so we’ll find out tomorrow if we’ve had any damage.

Fingers, toes and eyes crossed that hurricane Irma weakens!



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.

First blossoms

Whoops, left out a few days of babble! Other than poking at Skyrim mods, I’ve been busy doing RL lifeskills… mostly of the un-fun kind (cleaning) but with a bit of baking too.

I tried out two new recipes that were a hit. One was a “miracle no-knead bread which I was very sceptical about, but it was delicous! The other was a no-egg recipe for oatmeal cookies that Flint found (he was in need of cookies, but we didnt have eggs) and they came out great too!

The Beans started producing flower buds this week and, perhaps, the yellow squash too. Most of the garden has bounced back from the hammering it took when the trees were cut down, though some of the peas are looking a bit worse for wear. The tomatoes are all growing well, and I’m sure that the first batch of cherry tomatoes planted are growing at a rate you could watch.. every time I go out, they’re even bigger! The brocolli and chives are pretty much totally gone, but I was expecting that. The cucumbers were getting pretty sad looking but I finally got around to splitting them up.

We’ve had rain over the last three days and it’s made a big difference to the garden. Everything is starting to look a bit more fluffed up and healthy now, though the lawn is still mostly weeds and molehills (bloody moles, making a mess.)

Today I finally caved and tackled my craft room and made it MY craft room. I have a few more things to do, but it’s currently clean and tidy enough to use now. The motivation for this was induced by the knowledge that we were going to be having house guests this weekend and we’re low on spaces to put them that had air conditioning. I’m so sore and stiff from all the bending, pushing, pulling, lugging and hefting of boxes and furniture, but I’m glad I got it done finally.

Once I’ve got it tidy, I then get to clean the walls properly (bleach, as there’s black mold in some spots) and sanitise things (there was cat litter, and other nasties, all through the closet.) After that it’s time to paint the walls and do some proper decorating. I have a colour scheme in mind but I’ll probably have to settle for whatever I can find leftover, or cheap, at thrift stores. Below are the colours I’ve had stuck in my head for a while. I’m obsessed with yellow for walls, probably because that’s what I had as a little girl and it makes me happy!

Upside Down

Today was going to be an scheduled no-yard day as it was supposed to be raining on and off from lunch time. It only rained for a wee while during the day though, so I was a bit put out. It looked like it might rain, maybe (a la winnie the pooh “tut, tut, it looks like rain) so I erred on the side of dry caution and decided to stay indoors!

This plan was stymied this afternoon though, as we had a guy turn up to cut the two troublesome trees down that were damaging the path and, potentially, growing roots under our home (not good.) We weren’t planning to be out lugging tree limbs, but he turned up to take a look and said he could cut them down straight away. And so… it ended up being the opposite of a lazy!

The tree cutting did a fair amount of damage to the vege patch but I think (touch wood) that I may have got them upright on the stakes soon enough. We had more rain tonight which I’m hoping will help rejuvanate the poor bent little guys.

Another byproduct of the tree dooming is that there’s a bunch of neat pieces of wood that I now have to play with. One piece from the bottom of the oak tree that I’m planning to turn into a fairy house thingy, which I would like to use in a little herb garden thingy. I kinda have a visual of what I want it to look like, but I’m unsure of my abilities to carve wood without carving myself, too!

By the time I had de-leaved myself and no longer looked and smelled like a treant, it was too dark to take photos. I’ll post some tomorrow of the mountain of debri that I get to chop up and maybe of the garden if it’s not too sad.

The broccoli and chives seedlings have bit the dust over the last day, I think it’s just been too hot for them. The next seeds I plant, I’ll start indoors and see if that helps. At this point, even if everything in the planter goes splat, I’m not too worried about having to replant. The progress over 3 weeks has been pretty good, so I could just replant everything if needed.

The day was capped off by treating my mum-in-law to a treat for dinner and a bunch of bright flowers. I also tried out a new recipe for a pineapple upside down cake which is her favourite type of cake. I’m hoping the cake turns out well, as it looks pretty on the site I pulled the recipe from. If it works out, I’ll post it to the food part of this site!


Potential fairy house.. maybe?

Update: Nope, my bad cake juju continues. It turned out pretty but lied to me when it told me it was cooked through (the toothpick was clean!). When inverted, the middle was uncooked and couldn’t be salvaged. Tomorrow I’ll try again using the same recipe in cupcake form, which is mum-in-law’s preferred cake format anyway.


After nearly 4 weeks without rain, we finally got some yesterday. It was over pretty fast but it was heavy enough to damage some of my lil plants 😦 It’s been way hotter and drier than normal, so any rain was good. Most of the veges and herbs did well though, and it meant I didn’t need to get out and water them last night (saving water is always good!)

Maybe I ought to look at getting a rain catching bucket thingy…



The bird bath getting a bit of water for the first time in a while.