Tuesday, May 21, 2013

My Sister's Return

Two weeks?! I haven't blogged in two weeks!?  I apologize for the break, but I've been so busy lately with our yard, family and friends, and living life that I haven't had a chance to sit still.

Our cats are healthy and back to normal.  Well, sort of.  I've been working on training them to obey commands, and they do a pretty good job with "come" now.  We have been able to get them to "come" into their bathroom in a hurry once or twice when we really needed them out of the way.  About a quarter of the time, when called, they sit and stare at us.  That isn't my favorite, but they're cats, and I'll take what I can get.

Our yard is looking fantastic.  I mowed the lawn for the first time ever (in my whole life) last night to surprise The Man.  I even edged our many edges of overgrown grass.  We've figured out how to mow and on what length and frequency to mulch so that our yard benefits the most, but all of the lime and fertilizer are definitely paying off as well.  We have the greenest yard on the block--a total change from two months ago.  The only problem with me mowing was the horrendous allergic response I had toward the end of my tasks.  My snot rockets had snot rockets.  I ran inside wheezing and sneezing, tore my clothes off, got in the shower and washed the pollen away, poured a full neti pot of water through both nostrils, and took a Benadryl.  One hour later, I was back to normal.  Well, zonked out of my mind on what can only be described as the best legal hallucinogen on the market.  Benadryl and I have a bad history, but it works, and that's what I needed.

My sister informed me last week that she had her orders as was coming home from Texas on Saturday, and she wanted to surprise Mom and Dad with her return.  I cleared my schedule, worked myself to exhaustion to make sure everything was lined up and ready for her, and went to pick her up on Saturday afternoon.  I had made a pretty sign to welcome her home, but she beat me to the airport, so I didn't get to embarrass her as much as I'd wanted.  I haven't seen her since Thanksgiving six very long months ago, so it was really cool to be able to be the one to pick her up at the airport.  The ride home from the airport was filled with "It's so green here, you just don't know! Texas was ugly, dirty, and gross!  I can't believe how beautiful/picturesque/happy Oregon looks!" Suffice it to say the mountains, trees, grass, and flowers were sorely missed.  Our surprise to Mom and Dad went well, although apparently they were both catching on pretty quickly and weren't as surprised as we hoped.  Glad to have my sister home for a few weeks before she heads to her first overseas base!

The rain has returned, overdue and much needed, and while everyone else is lamenting the cool, wet weather, I am enjoying every second.  We're considering buying an air conditioner for our house this year, and the longer this cool weather lasts, the more we can save up, price shop, and get bids.  Also? less watering in the yard.  I'm a big fan of natural sprinklers.

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