Finished up with the Portland Arts Festival yesterday. Marilyn mistressmarilyn and I put in approximately eight hours of hard work on Sunday -- lifting and carrying and walking up and down and up and down. And then there was the tear down of the event. So exhausting.
And Marilyn was ill while doing this -- the first time this year she's been sick. She probably caught our sister Sue's virus. She's struggling with staving off laryngitis. (sigh)
We were pretty close to dead tired by the end, anyway. And now Marilyn can't sleep because of that whole body aches and fussy feeling.
Anyway, while we still had the Rose Festival rig, we'd decided on Saturday to run out to Wal-Mart and get some larger items that won't fit in the car. We'd been debating on getting this Rubbermaid chair with storage built in to the seat. (Rejected that one.)
But we'd also saw these darling two-seater garden swings, so we took a closer look and decided to go for it. (The price was amazingly reasonable, and it will go very nicely with our existing set of lawn furniture.)
Just got done putting it together! Yes, it took me literally hours, working quite slowly out in the heat. And Marilyn had to come -- sick or no -- and help me hang it up, as that part was a two-person job.
Anyway, now it's sitting out on our deck, all perfectly assembled and lovely! So comfortable, too.
Here's a picture from the packaging. (I'll share a 'real' picture of it on our deck later on, when I get time to take some pics.)
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I have tons of things to share, but haven't had a chance 'til now, really. Just too busy.
I really need to tackle housecleaning -- bad! And laundry. And dishes.
Well, you name it. If it has to do with day-to-day life, then it's probably been neglected recently.
Marilyn and I need to tackle cleaning the deck, getting and planting flowers and cleaning up and preparing the yard (we're dying to start using our yard and have people over!).
Anyway, I'm off to grab a late lunch. It's going on 3:00 p.m. here. And to check on poor sick Marilyn!
(Belated commencement congratulations to friend Nik nk_seashore, who finally got his official ceremony this past Saturday!)
(Hope you and Kris kris_royal enjoyed seeing the 'Stripped/Justified' concert, Kevin kevinr! Kevin was supposed to be going to it on Saturday. Marilyn, friend Joey fatjoey and I saw it last Tuesday night here in Portland.)
Back later. (I hope!)
Friend KevinR kevinr sent me a new icon. I had to dump one -- typical, I suppose -- to make room for it, but it was too cool to ignore! (Thankyouthankyouthankyou, Kevin!)
So I'm basically doing an entry to show off my sweet new Kevin Richardson icon. (grin)
Okay, so I'm pissed off tonight. I tried to do an entry to popicons earlier and display some icons I made forever ago and neglected to upload.
I put the damn things at one of our domains, but I simply could not get them to display -- and I couldn't 'find' them with a browser, so even though I could 'see' them in the file there, they weren't showing up. What gives???
I lost patience with trying to get them to 'work.' (So I'll have to go back tomorrow and see what's up. Damn it.)
Jack (Ligaya's dog) went 'missing' again this past week (twice). One time alone, one time with Jill. Both times their tags helped Ligaya to locate them. Apparently they can't be stopped from digging out from under the fence! As Marilyn says, they're terriers, and no one can stop their instinct to dig! So M. thinks they should be chained up, as awful as that sounds... (Sounds better than finding one of them dead in the street, though.)
I don't think I ever put in here that I recently heard from Martha (Margaret) after all these years! Hadn't heard from her since just after the festival in 2000 (a phone call), so that's over two years ago...
She's living in Tigard, though I'm not exactly sure where. Chris (her son) now goes by Kyle. He, too, dropped out of high school, but is anxious to get his GED. (As Martha did herself, actually.) He wants to go to college, she told me. I haven't seen him since he was still a boy, so I can't picture him all grown up.
We spoke on the phone once and emailed. But I've been tied up and haven't gotten back to her since. (She'll be 40 next May. I've known her since she was 16! Amazing...)
I also got a couple of emails from Shari recently -- though they went to the 'wrong' email. (So I didn't see them for over a week.) She hadn't been able to send emails for ages, so I never expected to hear from her via email.
Well, we didn't end up having to work at the festival office this weekend as expected, so that was nice! Very. (We worked on auction baskets last weekend. It went very well, actually.)
We're two weeks from the actual auction. I have an important job to do that night, so I'll be gearing up for it...
Marilyn's job is to 'mingle' and actually bid on things. They've got some amazing things, so maybe we'll end up getting something. Who knows?
Guess that's it for now. People have been pretty quiet lately. I guess we're all pretty busy. (smile)
Hello to whoever might be reading!
Thanks, again, Kevin!