Friday, August 29, 2014

Flowers

This is a beautiful time of year in the garden. All the flowers are lush and full, adding sparks of color around every corner. I have mostly all perennials at my house, with only pots holding annuals that are re-done every year. When I walked in from the car the other day ad saw the bright yellow daisies with the black centers completely filling the corner of the walkway where we planted the bush years ago, it made me smile. An unexpected treat. Most of the summer is is a dull green bush, but when it bursts into bloom it is a beautiful sight.

East Hampton is colorful and beautiful right now. Although our own lawn is brown from lack of water, most are green from their irrigation systems and the gardens are full. I miss my mother's impatiens - she used to plant dozens and dozens of them every year to outline here perennial garden. By late summer they were gorgeous. But she had to fight the deer for them, spraying them regularly with something that smelled terrible. I just don't have the tie or inclination for that kind of work so the only impatiens we have are in the flower boxes, up where the deer can't get to them.

I also miss the hydrangeas this year - there are almost none with any blossoms. Apparently the harsh winter and spring was not good for them. Hopefully next year will be better as they are my favorite source of bouquets for the house. I have missed them for sure.

Like baseball, there's always next year. But for now, what we have is quite nice thank you very much!

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Last hurrah

So here we are on Wednesday
of Labor Day weekend - winding down to the last hurrah of the summer.

Yesterday was actually humid for the first time in a long time. I broke a sweat every time I started to do anything the took the least little exertion. I made the mistake of washing m hair in the morning and in no time my nice clean hair was wet with perspiration. Sigh....

Well still - no complaints. It has been a beautiful summer and next week is September - my favorite month. September is what I think of as the summer for locals. The crowds are gone and the weather is fine and the nights comfortable. So bring it on.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Nights

Nearly every night this week I have a meeting to attend. I don't really mind it at this time of the year because it's still light out at 8:00, but once the winter comes I really don't like meetings at night.

Which brings me to another annoyance of age: deteriorating eyesight. Now I have never had goo eyesight ad I've been wearing glasses since I was in the forth grade, so bad vision is not a new thing t me, but the whole night driving thing is and I don't like it. I am getting used to the reading glasses, although I often forget them when I need them and I'm not at home where i have a pair within reach everywhere in the house. And that is annoying.  But at least there is a fix for that. There is o fix for poor night vision.

So, I try to find someone to provide transportation whenever possible at night, and make do when I can't, but it is always annoying. I think it's probably just the fat that its a reminder of my age that is the worst part. It's almost like those annoying mirrors I have to look into at the beginning and ending of every day. There's just no getting around it. I'm getting old. And so are my eyes.

Monday, August 25, 2014

Slide

We are now in the final week of August and quickly sliding towards September. How can that be?

With only a few weeks left of official summer, I think its safe to say this one will go down in history as one of the nicest. It was comfortably warm with low humidity and only  few days tat were uncomfortable all season. What more could anyone ask for?

So here we are are counting down the days until the kids go back to school, the tourists go back to New York, and our lives go back to "normal"?.

Although I usually look forward to the cooler weather, I can say with all honesty this year I wouldn't mind if the summer lasted a little longer. I can handle this kind of summer!

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Slips


Yesterday I made a typo writing "sin" instead of "sun" and someone suggested that perhaps it was a Freudian slip. Hmmmm. Well if I weren't such a bad typist I might agree but my mind always goes faster than my fingrs and my fingers are not very efficient. I wish I had paid more attention in typing class, but I wasn't going to be a secretary so why bother? Ha! If only we could go back and do things differently in our lives!

I live with spell check. In fact I have done a couple paying jobs in my life that I never could have done were it not for the popularity of computers. I would have spent all my time using "white out" and never could have managed carbon copies with all the typos I would have made. Does anyone know what carbon copies are anymore???

Well typos are my regular things now and of course spell check doesn't pick them all up, since "sin" is as good a word as "sun" is. So what's a bad typist to do? I think basically I need a good secretary.


Saturday, August 23, 2014

Clouds

Its a cloudy day here in Bonac today and pretty unusual as this summer goes. I cannot remember a more pleasant summer in my lifetime, with abundant sun and little humidity - I really have enjoyed this summer more than any in my memory.

But today the clouds are covering the beautiful blue of the summer sky and this is the perfect day for putting the finishing touches on my sin porch, which has been waiting for weeks now. We began a renovation in January, which involved electrical work, plaster repairs, and lots of painting and patching. We did everything but pour new fittings (which was needed but we figured this would last at least through our lifetime!) and then, despite us making great progress with newly hung cabinets and a lovely new L-shaped desk top, suddenly all progress came to a grinding halt. My daughter arrived with her family for their annual summer visit. So there it sat for seven weeks while we cavorted and played with the grand kids. Until they left the first week of August and suddenly progress began once again.

So today I finally have a full, empty day to get out there and finish organizing the cabinets and make room for the computer and printer to be set up. We will finally have a new home office!

Today the clouds are a welcome addition - they'll keep the heat of the sun out of the windows where I'm working and they'll also serve to keep me from wanting to leave the house. Because nothing is worse that a summer Saturday in August with no sun when it comes to the roads and shops. No - I'll gladly stay right here at home thank you very much!

Friday, August 22, 2014

Service

As I was leaving the CVS yesterday I wondered exactly where we can go anymore to get what we used to call "service".

In this particular case I wasn't even looking for help finding anything, although that is sometimes an issue. There are small shops that still give you good service when you're looking for clothing or other personal items, although those places are few and far between! But what I was thinking about was the simple process of checking out. Because I had done the "self-checkout" at CVS.

I hve no doubt that store will claim that the consumers save money by having these self-check out counters where you scan your own items and then pay by either sliding your cash into the machine or swiping your credit card, but I think the truth of the matter is that the businesses are the ones who save money. After all, they need far fewer checkers and lines move faster (sometimes) so people get in and out more quickly. But regardless of the bottom line, I miss having someone else check me out! I like sharing a smile and a few words with the person behind the counter.

Call me crazy, but in this impersonal world, sometimes that's the closest thing you gt to intimacy anywhere...