Hello August 2021!

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Great Black-backed Gull on the beach of Ocracoke Island

August

Lazy summer afternoons,
Walks along the beach,
Balmy evenings, cloudless skies,
Stars just out of reach,
Sailing on a quiet lake,
Hammocks in the shade โ€ฆ
These are simple treasures
Of which August days are made.

Author: Unknown

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Goodbye July 2021

Beautiful Lavender at the Lavender Pond Farm in Killingworth, Connecticut

Another wonderful months is almost over. Now, we’ll get from the vacation season into the harvest season. School will be back in session, soon. Everything will be back to normal and on a schedule. It’s time to say goodbye to July and welcome the new months of August.

Live In Concert 2021

Oh boy! It will be very busy in the upcoming months. Kevin and I got tickets for a few shows here in New England. And the Rolling Stones finally rescheduled their postponed tour, due to the pandemic. Finally, thinks seem to go back to normal again. Now, that a lot of entertainers promote their old/new albums, and/or just want to get out touring, the stadiums get full very quick. We might have to add a couple more concerts in the near future. Here are the concerts:

The Cotton Bowl Stadium in Dallas during the State Fair of Texas in 2013
Sat., Aug. 28 Alanis Morissette @ 7:00 PM – XFINITY Theatre in Hartford, CT
Sun., Sep. 5 Boyz II Men @ 8:00 PM – Symphony Hall in Springfield, MA
Sat., Oct. 9 Garth Brooks @ 7:00 PM – Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, MA
Tue., Nov. 2 The Rolling Stones @ 8:30 PM – Cotton Bowl Stadium in Dallas, TX

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Global Tiger Day 2021

One of the tigers takes a nap at the Fort Worth Zoo.

Global Tiger Day, also known as International Tiger Day, is an annual celebration to raise awareness for tiger conservation, held annually on 29 July. It was created in 2010 at the Saint Petersburg Tiger Summit.ย The goal of the day is to promote a global system for protecting the natural habitats of tigers and to raise awareness and support for tiger conservation issues.

Resource: http://www.wikipedia.com

The Waning Gibbous Moon & The Gas Planets In July 2021

Tonight, I stayed up longer to shoot some photos of the Moon, Jupiter, and Saturn. Right now, they can be seen very clearly in the southeastern sky in the late July nights. For best viewing, I would recommend to wait after mid-night or get up before dawn. The Moon will rise in it’s now waning stage further away and much later than the Gas Giant and the “Lord of The Rings”, in the wee-hours of the mornings.

Relaxing Sunday Afternoon

Honey Bee on Shasta Daisy

After running around all afternoon getting all our groceries together and purchasing tickets for three different concerts, we take it easy today. Kevin grilled some meat and vegetables, while I took a nap. Since tomorrow is garbage pick-up, I gathered all the trash together. And this is probably all I’m gonna do for today. The rest of the afternoon I will be watching TV and be lazy relaxing in my recliner.

Rose of Sharon 2021 (2)

As I did mention in the last blog, I captured photos of the Rose of Sharon blossoms, before I went down towards the forest this morning. After watching the doe, I hiked back up the hill. And I noticed a butterfly fluttering around the blossoms. Once I came close enough I saw, it was an Eastern Tiger Swallowtail. Our Rose of Sharon bushes are The To-Go place for insects and hummingbirds. They all love these wonderful blossoms. Well, who doesn’t love the beauty of a hibiscus flower?!

In Our Forest This Morning (1)

Kevin came back into the bedroom, and mentioned there is a deer in our yard. While I brushed my teeth, I looked out of the bathroom window. And there she was, hidden behind the Rose of Sharon bush. I opened the window, and she just walked around and stared at me. She nibbled on another leaf and walked along the trail to get back down into the forest. I wished, I had my camera or at least my phone to film her. At least, I’ve seen her in the morning.

After Kevin, Katelynn and I had ran an errand, we came back to the house. Since the Rose of Sharon blooms are wide open in the mornings, I wanted to get a few photos of the hibiscus blossoms. While I was out, I walked on the edge of the forest. First I heard something heavy moving on the forest floor. When I came closer, there was my doe from the morning again. She had a fixed look on me. The little chipmunks didn’t distract her. She just kept gazing at me. When she noticed I was no danger to her, she moved on to the neighbor’s property.

An Almost Full Buck Moon 2021

The sky is clear tonight. And I’ve got a couple of shots of the almost Full Buck Moon. Right now, it is a little over 98% full. Tomorrow at 10:36 pm EDT (2:36 am UTC on Saturday), it will be Full Moon. While I captured the photos, I also saw about a half a dozen of bats in our yard by the drive way. Hopefully, they get a good meal from these pesky mosquitoes. I thought, they were bad in the South. I guess, I was wrong. They are here as bad as they are there. But the bats will fix most of that problem. I’m just very happy to see them around the house and the yard.

National Moon Day 2021

The Moon is blood orange from the haze of the wildfires in California.
Today is the 52th Anniversary, when Apollo 11 landed with three Astronauts aboard, on the Moon. On July 20, 1969 at 11:00 PM EST, Neil Armstrong announced, that he would make โ€œone small step for man, one giant leap for mankind.โ€
Happy 52nd Anniversary, Apollo 11!

Naugatuck River Valley Backyard Wildlife In July (1)

Today, my throat was scratching quite a bit. Then I remembered, our local Meteorologist talked about smoke coming from the California wildfires. Yes, the sky is hazy all the way over here. The jet stream also brought it to New England. It still didn’t stop me from going outside for a couple of hours. I watched some birds and a chipmunk being busy feeding their offspring or gathering food for themselves. At least, they are in a safer spot, then their cousins out west.

So Much Rain This Summer (2)

You guessed it! We’ve got more thunderstorms and rain, today. It it came down in buckets. Zoey and I sat on the porch, watching the downpour for a couple of minutes. She looked at me: “I want to go back to my couch, I can wait doing my business!” She loves to run around in the rain. But this was too much for her. Now, we wait for it to clear up and get try, again.

So Much Rain This Summer (1)

SPLASH! Big water drops hit the railing of our deck.

While the US experiences record breaking temperatures in the Northwest, we get a lot of water dumped on us in the Northeast. This July, there was not one day or night without rain in New England. And it keeps coming. Germany and Belgium got so much rain, they have over 100 fatalities, and many more to be unaccounted for in those floods. It’s not fair, that the world suffers from droughts and extreme heat on one side, and flashfloods with high humidity on the other side. It seems like Mother Nature let both her brats “El Niรฑo” and “La Niรฑa” out the door to cause some destructive chaos. But what do we expect from that bi-polar b*tch, anyway? She does, what she wants, and so do her kids. The meteorologists can’t even figure out, what is where, and where will they go next. We are all confused.

Rose of Sharon 2021 (1)

Now in mid July, the Rose of Sharon bushes begin to bloom. We have some blossoms, today. But soon, the all the shrubs will be full with flowers. While I captured a few photos, a Rufous Hummingbird flew from bloom-to-bloom for nectar. This was the first hummer, I’ve photographed in Connecticut , and the first of this season. Hopefully, I will see a bunch more throughout this Summer.

A Visit At The Lavender Pond Farm In Killingworth, Connecticut (1)

I wanted to go to the Lavender Pond Farm, the last couple of weekends. But either, it was raining or we had different plans. The farm is only an hour away. And operation hours are from Wednesday to Sundays 10 AM – 4 PM (EDT). Since Kevin and I had some errands to run, I’ve got up extra early to make a trip to Killingworth. When we arrived there, it was 11:15 AM. Quite few visitors enjoyed a walk on the farm; captured family and doggy photos; smelled the beautiful lavender; spent some time with Oz, the Rooster, and his clucking ladies; or shopped at the nearby barn. I don’t know, if the trail was too wet around the pond. But the Lavender Express was not running, due to muddy trail conditions on the property. That was okay for us. We were in Aww, when we saw all these bees, bumble bees, and an Eastern Tiger Swallowtail pollinating those lavender flowers. And there were so many. The farm has over 10,000 lavender plants in 30 beds. You can only imagine all the buzzing and silent flitter-flutter on the farm. Oz strutted around and made sure, everyone respects his hens. He’s so handsome, and he has everything under control in his coop. In the shop, Kevin got me a nice bolster pillow, which I will use as a neck pillow, when I read in bed.

Lavender Pond Farm

We definitely have to revisit the Lavender Pond Farm. The entry is free. There is plenty of parking space, which is at no cost either. The only place they’ll charge is the Lavender Express ride, which is $6/per person. And of course, the items at the barn shop. The shop is a bit pricey. However, a lot of the products are made on or nearby the farm, with lavender from the farm. I have no issues paying the extra $$. It’s homemade quality from a place in the USA, after all.

Our Garden/Yard In Early July 2021 (3)

After a couple days of rain and then Elsa coming through parts of New England, we had a sunny afternoon. I looked around in our Wildscape Garden, and found plenty of insects in there. A couple of chipmunks were roaming around. But they were so fast, I couldn’t capture a photo of them. With some old bugs, I also saw a whole bunch of new ones, too. Everything else flourishes, due to the amount of rain we had the last few days. I couldn’t be happier.

July Storms In The Valley

Lightning strike from an early August storm in 2013

Let me tell y’all something: The storms are nothing to mess with in New England, either. Last night’s storm had at least four nearby ground lightning strikes. Every time one hit, our house shook from the thunder. Those storms are almost as crazy as the ones I’ve experienced in Texas. Kevin slept through most of it. The girls were awake and decided to into the office, downstairs. They felt more safe down there. And usually the dogs accompany them, until the storm is over. This morning, Luis came into my room. He finally figured out to climb the rest of the stairs. It’s interesting, what a couple of pounds less can do to a dog. But he sure was excited to see me, before he sniffed every single inch out upstairs. “The Houz izz stillz here! I can goez to sleep nowz!”

Now, we are waiting for Elsa …

Our Garden/Yard In Early July 2021 (2)

Most of the day was warm and sunny, until the clouds moved in. By the late afternoon/early evening, we’ve got hit by a thunderstorm in the valley. Even when the eye of the storm was further north, we got some winds and a good downpour. It was something, that reminded me of Texas. Kevin and Katelynn were at work, while Sara, the pets and I sat on the couch in the family room downstairs. First I wasn’t sure, if Sara could make it to online dance class. But it cleared up, just in time for ballet.

When the storm moved further east and the sky got brighter, I went and checked on my blackberries outside. Every day, I pick about one or two handful amount of fruit. This gave me chance for shooting some photos with my cell phone, while I munched on wild blackberries. They were so good, I didn’t even share today. Oops! ๐Ÿคญ

A Spontaneous Trip To Boston

Yesterday, I was so bored. I talked to Kevin, that we should make a spontaneous trip to Massachusetts. First we aimed for Cape Cod. I packed some waters, sodas, and snacks, while Katelynn and Sara got ready for the small road trip. On the road, I changed my mind and said: “How about going to Boston instead? I mean, what’s the worst case scenario? That it is crowded, and we can’t find a decent parking spot?!” Kevin agreed and we drove towards Boston. There we picked a spot, which was the Prince Street Park/Langone Park in town. We were lucky finding a nice nearby parking spot, which cost us only $18 for the whole time we parked there.

First we walked to above mentioned parks and looked across the Boston Harbor at the USS Constitution and USS Cassie Young from a distance. But this was interesting only for so long, before it became old. We walked around a little bit and found a way across the floodgate between Leonard P. Zakim Bunker Hill Memorial Bridge and the North Washington Street Bridge. Across the floodgate is the Paul Reverse Landing Park. At the park we a nice view of the Leonard P. Zakim Bunker Hill Memorial Bridge. From that area, we walked east along the Constitution Marina, where we’ve got a really good look at the USS Constitution. This vessel is the original ship, which was built in the late 1700s and fought many battles from 1798 to 1881 . With a length of 304 feet (93 meters), a beam of 43 feet (13.26 meters), the mainmast with 220 feet (67 meters) and 44 cannons, she looks very impressive.

Later, we walked back across the floodgate to get back to the car. But first we made a stop in Ducali. It’s a nice little “hole-in-the-wall” Pizzeria & Bar at the corner of Causeway Street/Prince Street. Kevin had the Ducali Burger, Katelynn had the Margherita pizza, Sara and I had each a Pollo Pesto pizza. The food was great. And we were ready to drive back home to Connecticut. On the way, we saw some fireworks close and in the distance. So, we’ve got our 4th of July fireworks after all.

Fourth of July 2020

My family and I are glad, everything is almost back to normal. And we can go, watch the fireworks in town or a town over. Last year was tough, seeing it only on TV and YouTube. At least we had a firework display in many towns and watch from the yards or online.

Happy 245th Birthday, America! Make it a great one!

Red, White & Blue (1)

“Red-White-Blue” decoration for July 4th

When I was shopping with Kevin, I found this could little framed picture in a grocery store the other day. Since it fits perfect for our first 4th of July in our new home, I had to have it. The bicycle with the burlap background says Summer all over it. ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ

Our Garden/Yard In Early July 2021

1) Spotted Apatelodes Moth; 2) Black Darter/Meadowhawk; 3) White Amanita Mushroom; 4) Common Blackberries; 5) Morrow’s Honeysuckle; 6) Gooseneck Loosestrife; 7) St. John’s Wort; 8) Pokeweed Berries; 9) Common Mullein;
10) Morrow’s Honeysuckle; 11) Morrow’s Honeysuckle Leaf Raindrops; 12) St. John’s Wort; 13) Pokeweed Berries; 14) Morrow’s Honeysuckle Leaf Raindrops

Hello July 2021!

July

Barbecues and picnics,
Swimmers soaking up the rays,
Bike rides in the country,
Shady spots on sunny days โ€ฆ
Summertime vacation,
Lemonade on front –
Porch swings —
Special thoughts and memories
of July’s most favorite things.

Author: Unknown

Halfway Through The Year 2021

June is almost over. And July is on its way.

We are halfway through another year, again. The first half of 2021 was very productive for us. Refurbishing the Texas house, bringing it on the market, and selling it. Meanwhile, we had to look for a home in Connecticut; found one to our liking, the liking of our wallet, and buying it. Packing and moving; traveling with two kids, two dogs, and four cats for three days, until we arrived at our new destination. Settling in; meet new neighbors, and get used to a new mentality. Kevin had to move the family and the company to New England. Yeah, these were crazy six months. But, we did it.

I just hope, the other half is not as busy. My plan is to get ready early for the Autumn and Winter holidays. Before that, we have to et the girls ready for school. I just found out, school will begin at the end of August and not after Labor Day. All these boxes need to be emptied, and our household items need to find their rightful spot in each room. Hopefully, Kevin gets the shower in the master bathroom done anytime soon. The hallway bathroom tub is driving me up the wall. Now, that I think of it: we might be as busy as we were the first six months. ๐Ÿคช

Blackberries & Crabapples

It’s Summer, and the wild blackberries begin to ripen. I picked about two handfuls, a couple of days ago. It’s already time to pick some more. Kevin, the girls and I love eating them. They have this sweet, tangy smell and taste, when freshly picked. We also grow crabapples. I found out, they are edible, but very sour. I might leave them for the wildlife. However, they are nice to look at for sure. I can’t wait to see them in their beautiful Autumn colors.

Our First Luau Block Party ~ 2021

Not even here for one month, we went to our first block party, yesterday. It was Hawai’ian themed with lots of great foods, a 60-foot water slide, and of course, alcohol. While the kids had a blast and celebrating a neighbor girl’s birthday, Kevin and I introduced ourselves to the neighbors, their families and friends we haven’t met yet. A couple of weeks ago, we had the chance to meet the majority of neighbors on our street. However, not everyone on the street could say Hello back then.

Katelynn was sad, because she wanted to have some shrimps. UGH! She always wants something, that’s not on the catering list. And no, she’s not telling me before the event, so I could make some for her. She tells me three hours into the party ๐Ÿ™„๐Ÿ˜ฉ. I asked her, if she wants to try an oyster instead. Kevin and I were not expecting her saying “yes”. Well, she did eat her first oyster yesterday. Once she had that snotty animal in her mouth, she had to think: “Do I want swallow it? Do I want spit it out? Or am I gonna throw up??? Screw it! I will swallow it and see what happens.” Her facial impression was even funnier after she swallowed it. But it stayed down. “YEAH! I DID IT!”, she announced loud and proud. We all had a good laugh. And we were so proud of her swallowing an oyster. Honestly, I still didn’t eat one. But I had a fresh clam later that evening.

At 11:00 pm, I called it a day, picked up Sara from the water slide, and walked home. Our house is only three houses down from the party. So, this was easy. We just had to make sure, we wouldn’t run into big wildlife on the way home. Imagine coming home tipsy, and some trash pandas “sorting” out your trash can; or Bruno, the black bear, invites himself over. That’s what we get for “living in the sticks”, now. ๐Ÿผ๐Ÿฆจ๐Ÿฟ๐Ÿป

Wรผrzburg Has Been Attacked, Again!

Photo by Rahul on Pexels.com

In July 2016, 17-year-old Riaz Khan Ahmadzai, a Afghan asylum seeker, attacked and injured four people, two of them critically, with an axe and a knife on a train by Heidingsfeld, Wรผrzburg. A fifth victim was attacked with an axe outside the train, while walking her dog. The attacker tried to flee, but was shot dead by the SEK Police Tactical Unit.

Sadly, we had to go through another attack in my beautiful hometown Wรผrzburg in Germany, today. It is reported, that a 24-year-old Somali killed three people, and wounded ten more people with a knife. It’s still not clear, what the reason for the attack was as of right now. But we know, people got injured while preventing him from killing more people. Later, he got shot by the police, and taken into custody. His injury is non-life threating.

My heart goes out for the victims and their families. The dead victims may rest in peace. The ones, who will survive their injuries might physically fully recover from this ordeal. However, the mental injuries will be there for the rest of their lives. And the people, who kept the attacker from hurting more people, are the real heroes.

Mushrooms In Our Yard

I’m so excited, we have more mushrooms in our yard. Even when they are toxic, I like to look at these fungi with their umbrella heads, which also protect insects from sun and rain. I don’t know, who’s munching on them. But I have a really good idea. Last week, I’ve seen a doe walking through the forest of our property. And this morning, Kevin saw two does standing in our yard near the tree line. However, there is also a good chance that Bruno, the black bear, or much smaller animals, like opossum, rabbit and/or raccoon take a few nibbles out of our mushrooms. They can have those ‘shrooms. For us humans, they could be deadly. But for most of our furry friends, they are a good variety of nutrition. All these berries and “salads” we have in our yard. It is paradise for these little critters.

Naugatuck River Valley Sunset (1)

Beautiful After-Sunset clouds in front of our house: They almost line up with the dead tree branches.

The Connecticut sunsets might be not as dramatically “painted” as the Texas Sunsets. But they are still very pretty with their lighter red, orange, and purple colors. We will be probably more awestruck with New England’s Indian Summer leaf-colors in Autumn.

A Refreshing Rain In June

The last days were warm in the mid 80s (30โ„ƒ). Today’s rain is very welcoming. The temperatures also cooled off over 20โ„‰ (11โ„ƒ) from yesterday to today. Abby sat on our front stairs to stay out of the rain. When she had enough, she crawled in a small space between the stairs. Meanwhile, I captured photos of some mushrooms on the side of the house. And later, I unwrapped the patio chairs to relax and watch the rain, from the deck. More and more, I begin to like the new home. No doubt, I’m still getting homesick. It’s just a part of life. However, I also enjoy the little things, I discover in the new place. Right now, I just enjoy the sound of the raindrops falling on the maple leaves.

Little, Cute Northern House Wrens

Earlier, I let Zoey out in the yard. When she got closer to our wild scape garden, I heard a lot of bird noises from there. Momma and Poppa House Wren signaled to the offspring to stay low profile. But what did the kids do? They screamed even louder for their parents ๐Ÿคฆ๐Ÿผโ€โ™€๏ธ. I felt for Mom & Dad House Wren. ๐Ÿฅฐ They behave like human teenagers and know everything better.

Father’s Day 2021

If I could find the perfect words
I’d write them ‘cross the sky
In lots of shiny colors
With letters ten feet high.

Then everyone could read about
The man that I call dad
And how he’s always there for me
In good times or in bad.

I need to let you know dad
Cause sometimes it’s hard to say
But I have always loved you
And in my heart you’ll always stay.

Thank you for just being you
I’m so proud you are my dad
You truly are my hero
And the best friend I’ll ever have.

Author: Unknown

Receiving Our Home Goods

Joshua approves the washer and dryer to be in the right spot.

Three weeks after we arrived at our new house, our home goods got delivered. I can’t remember that we still had so much junk left over, when the boxes ended up in the garage. After opening a few boxes, we knew why we have so much ๐Ÿ’ฉ. They wrapped everything. No joke! EVERYTHING! Kevin found an empty shoe box and plastic ice makers wrapped up nicely. WTH?! But our chimnea is shattered. And the air fryer has a big ding on top. Lovely! The next days, we gonna see what other surprises are in store for us.

In the meantime, Joshua approved that the washer and dryer are looking great in the laundry room. I also know, that cats should not be around laundry washers and dryers. However, it seems to be a magnet for them. I have learned to always look twice, before I turn on any appliances over the years. Four cats will definitely teach you to look out for them.

Our Garden/Yard In Mid-June 2021 (Part II)

1) Tsuga Cones; 2) Morrow’s Honeysuckle Berries; 3) Star Spangled Banner;
4) Bittersweet Nightshade/Scarlet Berry; 5 & 6) Venus’ looking-glass;
7) Eastern Carpenter Bee on Motherwort; 8) “Intellect Tree” Berries (Celastrus paniculatus); 9) Smartweed; 10) Venus’ looking glass; 11 & 12) Red Osier Cornel (Cornus sericea); 13) Nature’s Heart; 14) Mother Nature shows true love on our property; 15) Fern; 16) Hoverfly on Fleabane; 17) Eastern Carpenter Bee on Motherwort; 18) Common Blackberries; 19) Morrow’s Honeysuckle Berries; 20) Sun through Oak Tree Branches;
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The Eastern American Toad

For Kevin to mow the lawn easier, Katelynn and Sara moved some rocks out of the way in the frontyard. All of a sudden, Katelynn sees something leaping and yells: “Frog! Frog!” After a closer look, we’ve noticed it wasn’t a frog, but a toad. Of course, Katelynn had to pick it up and take a look: “That looks like a baby toad compared to the ones we have in Texas.” Katelynn released the toad and Sara followed it. It always takes her a moment to pick up a toad. She’s not a fan of small critters and bugs. So she came far to actually touch a toad. Sara petted it for a little bit, and released it into the woods. Playing with that little toad kept her from reminding her being homesick so much. That poor baby goes through a tough spot.

Flag Day 2021

The Star Spangled Banner hangs on the ladder of a fire truck and flies proudly in wind at Liberty by the Lake in The Colony, Texas.
Happy 244th Birthday to the flag of the United States of America!

Kevin’s Home Improvement Project: The Master Bathroom (Part I)*

Yep, the madness begins all over again. Kevin fixes another Master Bathroom. This time, it’s the one in the new house. This weekend, he ripped out the whole shower, including the walls and the shower pan. It was a mess. Since the acidic water from the well water ate itself into the shower surface, the whole thing looked very unattractive taking a shower in it. And water leaked from the shower head into the wall, as I mentioned in a blog earlier this month. Kevin had to order a new shower pan. And we are shopping around for wall tiles. I’ll keep y’all updated on the progress. it sure will keep Kevin busy for awhile. No doubt about it!

*Watertown, Connecticut

Homesick For Texas

Sandy Cheeks is homesick for Texas ~ Stephen Hillenburg

This afternoon was tough, I have to admit. I was sitting in our bedroom and tears rolled down my cheeks, because I was soooo homesick for Texas. Texas will always be a big part in my heart. Everything felt strange, and I just wanted to be home where my heart is. Sigh! I’ve never felt that way for Germany, as I feel it for the Lone Star State. Of course, it doesn’t make it any easier when Sara yells at least once a day: “I wanna go back to Texas!” She’s so upset, we moved to New England. Katelynn, on the other hand, just goes with it.

Refurbishing The House/The Half Bath – Laundry Room (Part III)

The floor finally dried up, after I used the heat gun. Remind me, not to use joint compound for drywalls on a floor again. ๐Ÿคฆ๐Ÿผโ€โ™€๏ธ Yes, I did that! Don’t judge me! LOL Anyway, the floor got dried out and I could install the “Peel & Stick” tiles in the corner, where the laundry appliances suppose to go. I also painted the walls in that area. All I have to do is clean the baseboards, install and paint them. I can’t do it the other way around, because the tools are still somewhere between Dallas, Texas and Watertown, Connecticut. However, it comes together nicely. I used a silver/gray paint as wall paint. And the floors are in grayish/smoke marbled. This gives the laundry room a new fresh look. Once the movers are here, I’m done with that area. The washer and dryer can stay in the spot and don’t need to be moved around anymore.

Online Ballet Class With Ms. Sherry In Dallas, Texas ๐Ÿฉฐ

Sara had her last dance class in Ms. Sherry’s Studio on May 18th. Since June 1st, she’s doing online classes to prepare for the ballet recital in November. Since Sara is still the Dance Captain, she can’t miss one class from now on out. Very move has to be repeated over and over, again. Stretching is very important for a ballerina as well. While the girls have the dance bar in Dallas, we have to improvise with a bar chair momentarily. Since the family den will be her dance room, we will get some bars and mirrors installed, soon. I also think about a bigger TV and a camera. Hopefully, Sara gets the feeling being in the dance studio, again. Right now, she’s very homesick. Ms. Sherry and the other ballerinas miss her a lot, too. Over 1650 miles distance is no joke. Thank goodness for technology and the internet.

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Adding More Flowers To The Garden ~ Summer 2021

This weekend, Kevin and I went to the nursery and look for some herbs for our patio planters. Not only did we get herbs. We also got a few perennials as well. I want to attract some hummingbirds into our new garden. The carpenter bee thought, the Bee Balm looks inviting and spent some time getting plenty of nectar. And of course, I had to get something for my kitty cats as well. In Texas I looked for catmint all over, but was in no luck. In Connecticut it is no problem to find “Cat’s Meow” mint. We also got catnip, lemon thyme, parsley, pineapple sage, rosemary, sage, and not to forget: two tomato plants.

Refurbishing The House/The Half Bath – Laundry Room (Part II)

Today, I cleaned out the corner where the washer and dryer supposed to go. Usually, I do work like normal people would do: begin on top and work myself to the bottom. But, we don’t know when the movers will arrive with our shipment. And since I’m not normal, I finish this corner by working myself from the bottom up. Don’t ask me! This was Kevin’s idea. ๐Ÿคท๐Ÿผโ€โ™€๏ธ I cleaned out that area with the shop-vac and spread some joint compound to fill in the holes in the floor. It takes about 24 hours to set and dry, before I can sand it and install the “Peel & Stick”- linoleum tiles.

Abby, The Chipmunk

The last several days, I have encountered a few chipmunks. I don’t know, if it was the same or they were three different chippies. But what I do know, there was a chipmunk sitting on a boulder in our rock garden, close by where the fern and fox gloves grow and bloom. It seems to be a favorite hangout for some bird, bugs, critters, and “slithers”. Abby Chipmunk took a nice relaxing break, until I came around with my big camera to capture some photos of her. She was very alert. However, she posed for the cute wildlife shooting. When she had enough of me and my camera, she disappeared between the plants and the rocks.

Refurbishing The House/The Half Bath – Laundry Room (Part I)

Kevin pulled up some of the laminated floor in the laundry room, yesterday. Since the laminate has seen better days, I want to change it out with new peel & stick laminated tiles. If there is a hole ripped in the laminate we can replace the tile, but not the whole flooring. So today, I ripped the old yucky laminate out and began to scrape off the popcorn texture from the ceiling. While I was working on the ceiling, I had to fight some small spiders and big cobwebs. ๐Ÿ•ท๐Ÿ•ธ Gross! After I picked on the “patch work” in the ceiling, I’ve noticed some moisture in one of them. Ugh! That might be the sink in the hallway bathroom above the laundry room. Kevin also needs to work on that shower in the master bathroom. That hole I will patch up temporarily, until he gets to fix the shower. I also filled some small wall holes with spackling. It needs to dry, before I can sand it.

A Man And His Toys

A few weeks ago, I’ve mentioned Kevin had to take care of several things in Connecticut, while Katelynn, Sara and I were packing in Dallas. One of the errands was waiting for the riding lawnmower getting delivered to the house in Watertown. Kevin started mowing already, before he left for Dallas, again. Unfortunately, it began to rain. And there was not much he could do, until we came back. Last night, the grass was dry enough to get things started in the yard. Of course, Kevin had a blast driving the lawnmower all over the grassy property. He had so much fun, that he chased me a couple of times, while I tried to capture photos of him. After a hard workday, this was the perfect activity for him. Sometimes it’s nice to be in the mid-40s and act like a kid again. As long as everything is done safely. He will go to town with this riding lawnmower on our big property, all Summer. ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿฆ—

Our Garden/Yard In Early June 2021

We can’t take the credit for this beautiful garden and yard at our new home, now. This actually goes to the former owner of the house. However, I wanted to show you what’s seasonally growing, and the wild flowers we have in the yard. After all this rain at the Memorial Day Weekend, the Sun came out, and I had to take a little stroll on our new property.

1) Pink Rhododendron; 2) American Robin; 3) Pink Rhododendron;
4) Marsh Speedwell; 5) Fox Glove; 6) Large Blueflag Iris; 7) Fungus in the woods; 8) Multiflora Rose; 9) Cicada Killer Wasp(?) on Multiflora Rose Blossom; 10) Our Frontyard; 11) Common Blackberry; 12) Greater Celandine;
13) Ground Ivy; 14) Oxalis/Wood Sorrel; 15) Pink Rhododendron; 16) Tall Buttercup; 17) Daisy Fleabane; 18) White Clover; 19) Fir Cones; 20) Sweet Rocket; 21) First decoration at the frontdoor; 22) Red Clover; 23) American Robin;
24) Pink Rhododendron

Kevin’s House Improvement Project: A Little Bit of This & A Little Bit of That (Part I)

Kevin wanted to shower in the master bathroom on Friday morning, when he noticed the water heater is not working and the shower head is leaking. ๐Ÿšฟ๐Ÿคฆ๐Ÿผโ€โ™€๏ธ. Well, ๐Ÿคฌ! Kevin busted open the shower wall to see, what was going on behind it. This master bathroom project comes much sooner than we were planning on it. But, it is what it is. It needs to be fixed asap.

Downstairs, the half bath/laundry room had its own fair share of problems. Every time, I sat on that toilet the whole thing moved. No, I’m not taking about the toilet seat. That sucker was screwed on sturdy. Even my MIL would have a hard time to break that seat … LMBO (Oh boy! That’s a whole other story I could tell and vent about.). The whole throne was moving . GROSS! We figured out, what the problem was that made it move around. The pre-previous owner slapped the whole house together to make a quick fix, so he could sell it. Yeah, but just putting wax under the toilet and let the porcelain drop on it, doesn’t work that way. It needs to be screwed into the ground and the edges sealed with silicon. Come on, every kid in town knows that!

Since Lowe’s had a really good Memorial Day Weekend Sale, we drove to Danbury. There we just picked up three new toilets, two vanities with the sink and a mirror medicine cabinet. We needed them anyway, and got them for half price. Before I was losing my mind, Kevin started fixing the downstairs bathroom this last weekend. Now, we have a new toilet and a new vanity in the laundry room. And I’m not worried, falling of that darn “Oval Office Chair”.

June Poem ~ 2021

Pink Rhododendron

June

Birds just waking up to sing
as nighttime slips away,
Dewdrops sparkling in the Sun
to great a brand-new day,
Fireflies lighting dusky skies
and strolls beneath the Moon —
What could be more perfect
than the lovely
Month of June.

Author: Unknown

The Big Move To New England

Hey Friends and Followers,

I’m back. And I write my first blog from our new home in Connecticut. This move was interesting. As we all know, nothing comes 100 percent smooth. While some things are easy, others are just painful during a big move as we just did.

Kevin decided to get two rooms in a pet friendly hotel in The Colony. Everything turned out great. The girls and the dogs had their own room, while Kevin and I shared a room with the cats. That was on Saturday. Originally it was planned, that the movers will come into our house on Sunday, 23rd. But something didn’t work out as planned with the moving company. They had to push it to Monday, 24th. Okay! This actually turned out to be a better timing, because Kevin, Katelynn and Sara could straighten more items out and clean up some rooms, before the cleaning lady would come in on Wednesday, 26th. Luis and Zoey had another chance to run around in our old backyard and go nuts with the neighbor’s dogs. Meanwhile, I stayed with the cats in the hotel and watch TV.

Monday morning approached, when Benny decided to walk along the headboard of our hotel bedroom. The damn cat lost it’s balance, tried to fall on its feet and ended up scratching me across my forehead with its back paw. Benny didn’t mean to do that; he got startled and tried to catch himself. It just so happened, my head was in his pathway. It didn’t hurt much. But it sure bled a lot. After I cleaned my face up and put some Neosporin on the scratch, it looked worse than it really was at the moment. Well, Kevin went back to the house to let the movers in, stepped wrong out of the car, rolled his ankle and sat there for at least two minutes to get his senses back together. By the evening it looked and hurt so bad, Kevin wanted to get the ankle checked out in the ER. Thank goodness, the X-rays came back as no broken bones and no torn, but stretched ligaments. The ER doctor told Kevin to take it easy. If he thinks it hurts now, he should wait until tomorrow. We could tell, she’s former Military. ๐Ÿ˜‚ All wrapped up, Kevin and I went back to the hotel. Guess what? The ER doctor was right: Kevin said, it hurts like a b****!

In the morning, before we left town we went back to the house. We still had to bring our house keys back. And I just wanted to say “Goodbye” one more time. I walked through every room, standing in it for a moment, before I moved to the next. Before I walked out, I hugged the divider post between our den and dining area one more time. Sixteen years of memories. I almost cried. But I was so ready to move on to our next adventure. It was time to let go and get to the car.

The next three days were the smooth ones: Our pets behaved themselves very well. There was only a small mishap in the beginning. Joshua and Chewbacca threw up, but became comfortable quickly after we sprayed more calming spray on their beddings and gave them some calming treats. We purchased a big dog crate prior. That way, the cats weren’t all “prisoned” in small cages. They had room enough to move around, go to the litterbox, whenever they needed, had plenty of food and water, and snuggle with each other. Sara made sure, they were all taken care off, while on the road. The dogs got plenty of walking time. There were a couple of times, Zoey did not want to go back to the car. This was the sign to look for a motel room. When Zoey had enough, everyone had enough for the day. However, we drove these 1650+ miles in three days. On Thursday, 27th, we finally arrived at our new home. We unloaded everything, so Kevin could bring the U-Haul back the following morning. And since then, we are busy putting stuff away everyday.

On The Road Again …

Construction At The New Home: Getting A Pipeline To The City Water Line (Part II)

Kevin sent me more pictures of the construction on our new property. So, I decided I’ll blog the update of the new lines, before I have to get more stuff ready for our move. Last week, I found out that we get both: a water line and a sewer line. The septic tank will be crushed and filled in, since there is no use for it anymore. Well, it makes sense to get both lines done at the same time. It’s a one time digging. And while the construction company is at it, get the sewer line in as well. Once the septic tank was crushed, there was more space for the installment of both lines anyway. Either way, it will cost us an arm, a leg, the first and the second born, a dog and maybe three cats …. JK. We can keep the cats … ๐Ÿ˜œ๐Ÿ˜…

Since I don’t know, what line belongs where and what’s going on, I can’t really explain every detail in the photos. I let the experts handle that. I’d rather stick with painting, decorating the house and grow a garden. That my zone, where I feel comfortable. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Photos by Stonybrook Construction, Watertown, Connecticut ๐Ÿšง

Moving To Connecticut ๐Ÿ“ฆ๐Ÿšš๐Ÿ—บ๐Ÿก

Our new house in Watertown, Connecticut
Hey, my dear friends and followers!

The next couple of weeks, I won’t be blogging, due to our move to Connecticut! YESSS! We finally have reached the time for our move. The last six and a half months went by very fast. Well, we also were very busy. Kevin’s company officially moved to Danbury last week. And production will start officially at the beginning of June. Later this week, when the work material arrives from Dallas in Danbury, Kevin’s crew has to unload and sort everything back into shelves. He had to fly back, yesterday. Today, the riding lawnmower got delivered. We have new carpets. The septic tank got crushed. Earlier in the week, I found out, not only did we get a water line, but a sewer line as well. It makes sense after all. Why digging twice, when we can get it done in first place, right?!

In the meantime, Katelynn, Sara and I have to pack some items, we want to take with us on the road. Since we don’t know, how long it’s gonna take for the truck to show up with our furniture and many other items, we need some clothes, pots and pants, air mattresses, etc. Kevin moves his stuff from the apartment in Danbury over to the house on Friday, before he leaves for Dallas again. But for four people that’s not enough dishes. And we have to sleep somewhere.

Next Sunday, the movers will show up. And hopefully by Monday or Tuesday of that week, we will be on the road with the pets. It will be a long way to get up there. We have almost 1,700 miles ahead of us. Two cars, a trailer, two kids, two dogs, and four cats. Once we move in the house in Watertown, I have to scrub the whole house down. I always do that, when I move into a new place. We’ll be busy for a while. I might need a vacation after that. ๐Ÿ˜„๐Ÿ˜‰

I guess, I will see y’all on the “other side”. ๐Ÿค—โฐ๐Ÿ—“