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Thursday, April 19, 2007


Continuing from last missive – YD, SSIL and GM1 came in and told of the success of the band concert in spite of one young male member messing up thoroughly. I am very impressed with the skill of GM1 and if she continues it could possibly help her with some scholarship money for college in a few years. We chatted a bit and I headed in the general direction of Blueberry Hill. The Spice still couldn’t eat regular food, but needed cool soft things, so I went by Chik-Fil-A on the way home and got us both a milkshake. Mine was mostly past history when I hit the home front.

A short while later we crashed into bed for the night. It seemed that only a few minutes had passed after we had entered our evening’s repose when morning began while I wasn’t looking. Then I was up to break the fast, partaking of food and scripture for the nourishment of both body and soul. Then to the computer and a determination to keep a low profile so that the Spice could sleep in, since she is still recovering from the dental implantation.

The several ringings of the phone changed that whole scenario all around a short while later. Since she was now awake, I got dressed and headed out on a couple of errands. The state of South Carolina offers an additional homestead exemption on property taxes when the homeowner reaches 65, but it must be applied for one year after that date since they bill for the year after the fact. Since I had reached that magical year, this was one of my stops.

The drive over was very relaxing and I took in the sights of the greenery along the way – the light and bright spring green color is a refreshing thing to behold. It is good to be retired because for one thing, if a person plans right, they don’t have to be in a hurry. And for another, they can go on these errands while the poor working people are still at work and the place is not so crowded. After applying, I asked for an approximate amount the taxes would be reduced and she gave an estimate that came out to about 40% - I don’t care who you are, that will put a smile on your face.

My other stop for the day was at my favorite nursery for several items for the yard and garden. I have known the owners for more than 30 years and this is always a pleasant stop – even though it costs money. An hour or so later, after much discussion about some hard to find fruit trees I wanted, I came home with some fertilizer, limestone, tomato plants and some Blue Lake bush bean seed – also some flowers, at the Spice’s request.

Back home and after a bite to eat, I happened to pass by the recliner and allowed it to woo me into its relaxing arms. Although that was the initial intention, the end result was a nap. Arising later and wandering out into the garden area, I decided to “get to the root” of the bramble problem on this last bramble infested bed. After about two hours this was finally finished and it became time to try my new tiller. Its operation was a bit different but easier – if any of them are easy.

Now all that remains is to place the seed and/or plants in the ground and watch them grow in the way God designed – that always amazes me. ec


Blogger Kila said...

Best of luck with your planting!

LOL, my "word verification" includes the word "dig"!

4/19/2007 11:47:00 PM  
Blogger Merle said...

Hi Mr. Eddie ~~Thanks for your comment and welcome home. I hope you get all the seeds and plants in that you want. That is a bit hard on the back, but I hope to plant a bed of broad beans very soon. Pulled out the last of the tomatos the other day.
I hope your wife's mouth is feeling better and she is soon able to eat
normally again. My best wishes to her. Glad the concert was a success.
Take care, Regards, Merle.

4/20/2007 02:08:00 AM  
Blogger itsboopchile said...

What a day!!!

Betty G

4/20/2007 08:22:00 AM  
Blogger Jayleigh said...

I am guiltily thinking about how I'm inside right now, and not yanking up weeds. Today is the first warm day that I don't have allergies like crazy, and I'm just taking the day off and loving this land God's put me in!

4/22/2007 03:01:00 PM  
Blogger Sometimes Saintly Nick said...

Blessing to you, Mr. Eddie, and to your gardening! Bramble infestation is a primary reason that I have limited myself to house plants in recent years.

4/23/2007 02:06:00 AM  
Blogger mreddie said...

Kila - Hey, I really "dig" planting. :) It is a slow go in planting, we have had a busy weekend. Hopefully I can finish up in a couple of days.

Merle - All the seed is on hand, some of which I have saved from last year, particularly the okra and flower seed - zinnia and marigolds. The Spice got her stitches out today and he told her it was healing nicely.

itsboopchile - Some of our days seem like two, but then we have our down time as well.

Jayleigh - Sometimes an off day feels the best when you have the most to do.

SSN - I know I didn't get all the brambles but I definitely put a large dent in their population. ec

4/23/2007 11:12:00 PM  
Blogger Granny said...

I've missed a bunch of your posts, haven't I?

Sounds like your back may be a bit better from the amount of digging you've participated in lately.

Thanks for the birthday wishes and no worry about belated. I'm way behind too.

4/27/2007 04:08:00 AM  
Blogger mreddie said...

Granny - Been doing a bit better lately, depending on the day. The planting is something that I really push myself into. ec

4/27/2007 11:17:00 PM  

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