Sunday, July 07, 2013

Currently NOT Raining

It has been raining for five days, steadily all day and all night. All the salt in our shakers is solid. We have seen blue sky just now, and it gives one a real lift. Our sadness  is easing a bit too. Dave found this picture of baby pugs on Birmingham AL Craigslist. They are not ready to adopt and neither am I, but they will be by the 16th, so we'll see. Love that one with his belly up.

The pond is overflowing and swallowing up the lily pads, temporarily, and draining through the tube in the deep end, into the driveway, and out to the culvert. We are glad to live up. The hydrangeas think the weather is perfect. They get more purple everyday.

Coneflowers are opening and staying ahead of the munchers, and the white Blushing Bride hydrangea has never looked better in its new home above the pond. Underneath I spied a volunteer coleus. Neat surprise.
Because of the rain the fish are very interested in being fed and make a fuss over the tossed in food. The two small koi I bought in May are growing and now distinguishable from the goldfish. I get excited when I spot them. It don't take much, folks.

And I am also happy to announce my dishwashing revolution continues to work! I have not had one day of my usual mountain of stacked dirty dishes in a week! My secret is the soapy wands in the ice cream bucket. Sigh. What took me so long? I think I might continue to pare down, starting in my clothes closets.

Pack clothes on hangers in garbage bags when you move!
I've been inspired (Pinterest pin) to pack up stuff I NEVER wear and find a new spot for them in the garage attic. Labeled and easy to find if the occasion ever arises. Some will go to Goodwill of course. I probably got them there in the first place.
Amazing what a few days of rain will inspire.


  1. Anonymous9:54 AM

    Try putting dry rice into your salt shakers to keep the salt flowing when it is damp out. I also put a couple of lasagna noodles in my sugar canister which helps the sugar from clumping when it is wet.


  2. Hi Melody,

    Fun to hear about everyday stuff. Each thing interests me! Ha! A few days of rain around here would be a welcome relief. And cone flowers and hydrangeas are my latest interest for my garden. My friend sent me a website of a place that specializes in cone flowers! I wash my dishes by hand too, so those wands are a new-fangled invention I might have to try. And downsizing is always good for someone who lives in a tiny house. Last of all, LOVE seeing the puglets, and that you are just thinking about it.

  3. Just a word to the wise......IF???? you are even thinking about one of those pug babies, you better reserve one. I betcha they will go like hotcakes this time of year and considering how popular pugs are now.

  4. Anonymous11:27 AM

    De-acquisitioning is the semi-military term for clearing stuff out. I can start in one room and by the time I'm at the 4th or 5th room, the first one has somehow filled up again. Clothes that I remember donating years ago somehow show up back in my closet, I swear. Good luck with your closet purge.

  5. Hi Melody,
    You've been in my thoughts so much the last few days. I'm glad to hear the pain is easing and hope little Chumley isn't too confused. I know there are also lots of Pug rescue sites. I guess some people don't like how "clingy" they are. I, on the other hand, love that they want to be with you all the time. I think they are just the sweetest little guys. I'm looking forward to "meeting" the new little family member!

  6. I hope you take this comment in the spirit in which it is intended as I know you love dogs and have been traumatized by the loss of Chumley. If you are thinking about adopting another dog, maybe you should also think about fencing part of your yard. It will give you so much peace of mind to know that the dogs are protected from their own impulsive behavior.

  7. My apologies, I meant to say the loss of Chester.

  8. Your garden looks so lush and cool, a wonderful site to reminisce about your lovely pet. The pond looks lovely and very inspirational for designing another quilt.

    May you find a perfect pet when the time is right for you both.

  9. I am so sorry about the loss of your baby. It's the only fault that dogs have...that they leave us. I work with a Pug rescue here in Oklahoma City and they have pugs rescued from the tornadoes we recently had plus plenty of other rescued pugs. Take a look: Pugs rock! Praying for you and your loss. Your little one was lucky to have such a good Momma!


  10. Brige in IL3:30 PM

    Even though those puppies look so sweet. Puppies require a lot of work and money as you know. Vet visits, shots, worming, neutering/spaying, house breaking, etc. I bet if you give yourself some time and continue to look you will find yourself a nice young pug that is "homeless". (family moving, can't spend enough time with the dog, etc) - So please think about keeping that option open.

    Also I know you have fenced in your property with a short fence (so I know you are being proactive in doing what you can to protect your dogs from the road). I am guessing that Chester ran into the road via the driveway where it could not have been fenced in.

    I have mentioned to you that we also live on a country road like yours and I have 3 smaller dogs. I have trained my dogs to stay within about 25ft away from the foot of my driveway or the road. - This is the no dog zone and they have never been allowed in it, never, ever. We feel if one of us has to work or be in the no dog zone for any long periods of time. We then keep the dogs inside while we are working in the no dog zone. (or keep them on your shaded porch by using baby gates - which I believe you already do).

    They are also never allowed to go with either of us to pick up the mail from the road side mailbox. The risk is too great and it only takes a split second for them to run into the road if they see something in the road or across the road.

    Also we never have our dogs outside unsupervised. One reason is that we have dog-nappers around here that will stop and snatch up a cute smaller dog in my area.

  11. Anonymous4:11 PM

    A young puppy will cry every night it is crated for house breaking and you don't want them in bed with you as they will have accidents in the bed. I also believe it will take Chumley a while to warm up to a small puppy because he is older now.

  12. Anonymous1:23 AM

    Cheryl here, just wanted to say I lost my beloved Poddle Amy to cancer at the end of January. I hadn't intended to rush another dog and was waiting for a rescue poodle but realised I was turning into an internet stalker of poodles. Hepzibah came into my life on 16th february, having been passed through two homes in the 1st 6.5 months of her life. You will know the right time and right dog for you, when your gut tells you it is right 'go for it'. I still miss Amy but Hepzi is truly a delight.

  13. I lost my Mandy girl 2 years this Sept. and I got my 2nd Bichon 3 days after she died. Everyone is different but my heartache was so bad I didn't want to get out of bed. The new pup did wonders. I think of my Mandy EVERYDAY! but needed to fill that void. You have to do what's best for you. My heart goes out for you and Dave. (Mandy fell off the bed and had a spinal injury and died the same day...just awful)...

  14. Anonymous6:13 PM

    I haven't. Been checking out blogs in several weeks and this morning I red your post about Chester. I was so sad to to read this. How is Chumley doing?
    I hope you all heal quickly.
    Carol Ann hood

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