it’s a happenin’ place

Things are really starting to happen around here.

We’ve been spending some time (and dough) at the local nursery. So we bought some cornerstone plants: a large coral-bark Japanese Maple, several Forsythia, a small Witch Hazel tree, some lilacs  and other stuff. Here, everything seems late to us, down south I’d have already been working in the garden by this time, but it’s still cold and wet in Portland. Still, some things can go in the ground now and get a start on Spring, which we’re told will come in a couple of months or so. And then…

… twenty minutes ago it started snowing. Yikes! (for more on the weather, see UPDATE at end of this post)

Yard maintenance guys are coming Friday (if they can get up our hill) to begin taking out the invasive wild blackberry that’s taken hold at the lower end of the slope, do some pruning and dig all the holes for the new plants. The soil is rocky, and having them dig the holes is  really a good thing. I’ll spend my energy on other tasks.

The window-blind guy has come and gone, we liked him and the estimate and have the order in. There are many windows here that have no blinds, and the majority of them face south or west and so need them, or will in a few months. We’re getting window shades of the “duette” type that either raise from the bottom or drop from the top (“bottom up-top down”).

We’ve had a couple of electrical people out to give us bids, and though they are extremely slow to get back to us, we know what we’ll need and have purchased overhead lighting and a ceiling fan. We also just picked up some lamps we had on order.

Meanwhile I’m still putting together a media storage unit – I got sidetracked – and there is work to be done on quilting studio. Plus I need to refinish a desk which is being re-purposed for sewing. Oh, and did I mention the first of the bookcases are due to go in (finally!!) in another week or so. Then there will be the unpacking, something I’m looking forward to.

We still have furniture on the way – that leather chair of mine and some things for the guest room, plus Monday we bought ourselves a new Stickley dining room table and chairs which will come in a couple of weeks and a Stickley console table that’s 8 weeks out. Also a living room rug, and one for the “kitchen nook”. Also today again, if they can get up the hill, Wife’s new desk comes, to replace that one that’s being re-purposed. We’re going to be disconnecting and reconnecting all the electronics for that later today. Fun!

UPDATE: so far today we have had fog, rain, snow, more rain, sunshine and just a few minutes ago we had hail. Good grief. Oh, wait, now it’s snowing again. Double good grief.

About Richard Robinson

Enjoying life in Portland, OR
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11 Responses to it’s a happenin’ place

  1. Evan Lewis says:

    So. Someone has gardening fever at your house, too.

  2. I’m allergic to all that stuff so I pretty much stay indoors. Diane does the gardening.

  3. Richard says:

    Evan, yep, but after today, it seems unlikely there will be anything in the way of yard work for a while.

    George – surely, you’re not allergic to buying new furniture?

  4. We have a new rocker/glider due to be delivered today, Rick. More stimulus for the economy!

  5. Richard says:

    I’m afraid we’ve been stimulating the economy way more than our share, George. WAY more: furniture, electrician, more furniture, cabinetry, lights, electronics, you name it.

  6. Sounds like a lot of weather up there. 🙂

  7. You can’t take it with you, Rick. Spend the money and enjoy Life!

  8. Patti Abbott says:

    I so admire the energy this all must have taken. And imagination. And fortitude. And nerve. Amazing.

  9. Richard says:

    Thanks, Patti. We’re glad every day that we made the move, but it has been, and continues to be, a lot of work

  10. Drongo says:

    Ah, cool February weather. You just might miss it in six months. Did the house come with air conditioning? I lived in Hillsboro for awhile, and it hit 100 above more than once.

    Of course, you come from southern California, so you probably won’t be bothered by that sort of thing.

  11. Richard says:

    Yes, we have air, though from what we’ve experienced so far, the hot air will stay upstairs and the cool downstairs… so we’re getting a fan in the bedroom.

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