Friday, September 14, 2007

Busy days and nights

Holy cow this has been a busy week - I keep looking to see if someone (like that someone would be me...) has done a new post on my blog and it just never happened. Part of the reason was reading Nora Robert's new book "High Noon" - I like her female characters, they generally have "spunk" - for lack of a better term. When I read, I have a hard time putting a good book down - like a little kid "Just a few more minutes, mom, Pulleeeaase"

Last night we had tickets to see Ladysmith Black Mambazo at the Mt. Baker Theater. It was a fun concert - we saw them last year as well - the intertwined harmony and the dancing is incredible to hear and watch. If you get a chance, be sure to go see them.

This picture is from their web site (click on their name and it will transport you to their site). The leader is in his late sixty's and he can still kick his foot up above his head! (singing & dancing at the same time!)

The weather this week has been incredible too - probably some of the nicest that we've had this summer - those absolutely quintessential perfect 70 degree days (but with cool evenings - I even put our blanket back on the bed this week!) When I got home from work yesterday, a chickadee was sitting in the tree over me - Chick-a-dee-dee-dee - It sounded so happy! I'm sure that the finches have found The Shepherd's sunflower patch by now -

Neelix has had a pretty good mad on about being taken to the V-E-T last Saturday. Generally he'll just sulk for a day or two, but he still will barely have any thing to do with me. I've been trying to get him to come in at night since it has been so chilly - I know, he's just a cat, but dang it, he's a cat I just spent $80 on at the vet and I'd rather not have him come down with some kind of fungus-amoungus because he's being stubborn. He's sleeping on the back porch tonight - maybe we're getting closer to reconciliation...

It was payday at work - when I first started to work for this company, (14 years ago) I did payroll for about 15 people - it just took me a couple of hours - (and I had a payroll system that I loved). Now we have 45 people and it takes the better part of two days (and I have a payroll system that I hate). That's progress for ya! Heck, it takes almost 1/2 hour to sign the checks and stuff them into envelopes. My new favorite question for people is going to be "What part of 'Paychecks will be ready at 4:30' don't you understand?" Sheesh.

Well, that was my week - I'll do a walk-about in the garden tomorrow and show you some of the new things that John has been planting.

And look what he got last weekend -

"Let me out!" it says - I'll see if I can find it in the pond tomorrow.


Sharon said...

I'm a huge fan of Lady Smith, and living in the high desert, especially love their song, " Rain, rain, rain, beautiful rain..." You folks in Washington wouldn't understand.....

Tina T-P said...

Ah, but Sharon, we would understand - we've had very little rain this summer and even though it was supposed to rain today, there's not a cloud in sight. The Shepherd put the sprinkler on the front pasture (finally) - we have to get some grass up in there before we move the girls around for the new ewe lamb we're getting from Donna & Tom in 10 days - Ah, yes, surprisingly, we do understand -

Well, I'm off to freeze some green beans (actually they are purple, but who's quibbling) T.

Quail Hill Knits said...

I am glad you liked the book. I ordered it but haven't had the chance to crack it open -- your recommendation will get me started right away.

Rascal said...

Tina I wish I could come walk in your garden with you. I dropped by to invite Neelix and Sinda to participate in the "How I Got My Name" meme. I'm very curious to know this. Detail on my blog.