CharlieMC (charliemc) wrote,

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Busy, Productive Vacation Day!

Today was a busy, productive vacation day for us! But actually, today was the first of five unpaid furlough days where the festival office will be closed during the next five pay periods. (The other days are: Friday, July 31; Friday, August 7; Friday, August 21; and Friday, September 4.) Our office is also be closed tomorrow (Friday, July 3) for the 4th of July holiday. So today and tomorrow don't count against Marilyn's mistressmarilyn actual vacation days (if that makes sense).

I guess a lot of businesses are having unpaid furlough days in order to keep going, so it's no surprise that the festival needs to do it, too. It comes to around a 10% pay cut for the Staff, which is nothing to sneeze at, but it's better than not having a job at all.

Anyway, that aside, Marilyn and I did get our impatiens (mentioned HERE -- in the entry that didn't post correctly!) -- and then we planted many of them tonight when it had cooled down a bit. We have a TON of work to do in the yard tomorrow, as we want things looking nice for the Fourth (which is obviously Saturday). But we did get a start on it today, anyway!

It was 96° here today! (whew) That may not sound hot to many of you, but for Portland that's really up there.

We're so very thankful for our air conditioning, I have to tell you. We realize how very blessed we are to have it!

I'm sitting here in shorts and an American tank top (the American flag in the shape of a map of the country -- it was $3 brand new!), sweating like a pig. I need a shower after being out working in the dirt planting. (ugh) Marilyn is showering now as we were both a mess.

One of our unusual tasks was trying to poke holes in the bottom of one of our large pots. It looks like pottery, but it's that formed plastic. These are terrific, easy to clean, can be left out in the winter and won't crack -- and they look great! But why-oh-why don't they have an easy way to make drainage holes??? I'd had a fern in this pot, but it got too much water during our water-logged winter, which killed it. The same is true for this really huge pot we've got. I don't know what we'll do about that one, as we can't lift it (we have to drag it to move it at all) -- so we can't dump it upside down like we did the smaller pot. (sigh) I hate killing plants with too much water, which is something I've been known to do in the house, over-watering my plants.

Anyway, we're going to have a late dinner once I've showered, so I think I'll get to it!

Tags: 2009, flower-pots, flowers, furlough-days, hot, july-2009, marilyn, weather, yard, yard-work

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