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Monday
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neyronrose
I went to bed a bit before 1:00 a.m., I think.  I woke at 4:30 a.m., but quickly went back to bed.  I woke again at 10:00 a.m.

Sunday
Paul Neyron rose 2
neyronrose
I went to bed around 1:00 a.m. and got up at 10:30 a.m.

I watched Fareed Zakaria GPS in the early afternoon.

Later in the afternoon, I talked to L.M. and A.J.'s sister B.G.

I looked at plants around the front of the house.  It was colder out today, so I didn't do gardening things.  I saw more daffodil leaves coming up in another spot on the hill in front.  There are several kinds of daffodils and jonquils planted there.

I went with Dad to pick up dinner.

Saturday
Paul Neyron rose 2
neyronrose
I went to bed around 3:00 a.m. and got up at around 11:30 a.m.  I took the melatonin late at night.  I need to take that a lot earlier.

I’ve been clearing weeds out of gardens around the house. “Gardens” may be a rather ambitious description for “patches of land where some flowers and herbs have survived.” Yesterday included clipping dead leaves off some irises. Generally irises will simply grow new leaves if they lose some.  One of my irises is orris (Florentine iris), but I grow it for the flowers, and not to try to dry the rhizomes to use in perfume.

There are leaves from at least four different kinds of daffodils poking up through the earth in various places in the yard.  For sure, I know 'Ice Follies' and 'Tete-a-Tete' are two.  The others will reveal themselves in time.  The snowdrops are blooming.

Today was mostly clearing out some overgrown patches of the back yard and cleaning up the area near the path to the house where apple mint grows.  I cleared the way between my collection of large shrubs and small trees and the former vegetable garden.  The former vegetable garden had been taken over by wild raspberry canes, and I know that cutting them down will just make them react like they were pruned.  I'm hoping I see the leaves of the daffodils and tulips I planted in the former vegetable garden and can dig them out before the wild raspberry canes are completely regrown.

The former vegetable garden had become my "shade garden" when it got shaded out with trees.  I had planted some lady ferns, and I guess some spores settled in other places, because the big patch of ferns is now farther back by some trees.  I think there may still be a couple of Japanese painted ferns in there, but I haven't been able to get that way in years.  I had planted a variegated acorus, which is evergreen.  It looks like something ate off the tops of the leaves.  There's also a brunnera, or perennial forget-me-not, somewhere in there closer to the shed.  I believe that's still alive.  It always blooms earlier than I think it does.

The problem for getting into that garden is that slender trees and very large branches of big trees fell there in a big wind storm or ice storm plus wind that we had a few years ago.  It was a while before I could get in there again.  I had gotten in far enough to plant daffodils and tulips a few years ago, but then the wild raspberries had taken over.  I'm not sure why I was ambitious about clearing that much out today.

I had been planning to clean out the little patch where it's mostly apple mint.  I cut down dead stalks of mint, raked dead leaves, and weeded out things that were not apple mint.  Perhaps we can mulch that area.


Friday
Paul Neyron rose 2
neyronrose
I went to bed before 1:00 a.m., I think.  I got up briefly around 7:00 a.m., and then went back to sleep.  I remember J. bidding me goodbye and that I replied.  I got up for the day at 11:00 a.m.

Mom and I went to the Amish Market.  We got lots of good stuff.  It was nearly 70 degrees out.  I was a little cold on the way there because my hair was damp, but quite comfortable on the way back.

After we got home, I walked around in the yard.  The deer are eating the new growth on the winter honeysuckle.  That's frustrating to me.  I broke dead branches off the winter honeysuckle.  I tried to avoid looking at the roses, so I wouldn't see if they were eating last year's wood off the Old Garden Roses.  I had layered a hoodie with a medium-weight jacket.  I wore a warm hat and a scarf.  I used my new kneeling pads for gardening, and didn't get as dirty as I might have otherwise.

I put fencing up by the purple irises in the "crocus garden."  Those irises were closer to the driveway than they were to soil deep enough to put the fence into.  I think I need to move the irises.  I cut the dead leaves off the purple irises and the orris (Florentine iris) with gardening scissors.  I took out the weeds in that garden.  Lots of 'Tete-a-Tete' daffodils have leaves coming up.  I put an old piece of fence by where I run them over when I turn around in the driveway.  Perhaps I'll hit the fence before I hit the daffodils.

I cut the dead leaves off the irises in the raised bed, as well, and weeded.  I need to fertilize all the irises, too.  I cut down the stalks of anise hyssop, and scattered the seed from the seed heads in the raised bed.  I put a piece of fence by the side of the driveway that slopes sharply downhill.  Perhaps that way Mom won't run over my tommie crocuses.  I didn't actually see crocuses coming up there yet.  I saw some daffodil leaves coming up a little farther downhill.

There are also 'Ice Follies' daffodil leaves coming up in the "herb" garden and on the side of the hill behind the house.  There are also lots of snowdrops on that little hill, and between trees at the summit.  I looked at the mahonia, which had little purple buds.  The sweet bay magnolia has a fence around it, so the deer haven't girdled it in a while.  That's doing pretty well.

Thursday
Paul Neyron rose 2
neyronrose
I went to bed around midnight and got up at 8:00 a.m.

I went from pillar to post today.  I dropped my car off at Firestone.  The fellow at the desk went to check the tires and said that I needed four new ones, that the tread was worn way down.  I had told him how I had fishtailed around during the snowstorms and stopped by running into curbs.  He said that one tire, the one that had a badly bent hubcap, had a big crack in it and could "blow at any time."

I called Dad and talked to him a bit, then gave the phone to the Firestone fellow.  He talked to Dad for a while.  Dad said he would wait and talk to Mom.  J. came in and said that perhaps I hadn't realized that he'd been sitting in his car in the parking lot to pick me up.  I had not realized that.  Apparently Dad had left it that they would change the oil in the hopes that that would turn off the "MAINT REQD" sign that was lit up.

J. and I went to Target so he could return some socks.  I got the "Bohemian Rhapsody" DVD.  J. ended up at a "right turn only" exit because I missed directing him to an exit with a traffic light.  We continued up the road to another Goodwill.  J. got some computer games and I got a new-to-me Kindle case for my Kindle Paperwhite for less than $3.00.  That was pretty good.  The case I had zips up, and the zipper is frayed in a couple of places.  There were some cases for iPads at Target, and lots of phone cases, but no cases for e-readers with 6" screens.

We went to the Indian grocery store.  We got a bunch of stuff we wanted, things J. likes, and things that I like, and things both of us like.  We had chicken tikka masala and vegetable korma in J.'s car.  We also stopped at a small grocery store that Mom likes for certain things.  We got some things Mom wanted, and things we ourselves wanted.

We headed home after that.  J. was tired.  I had specified in the morning that I just wanted to do as much riding around in his car as he felt up to.  Dad was willing to take me to Firestone to pick up my car, and then planned to go to Walmart.  There were things I wanted at Walmart also, but I thought it would be dumb to take two cars there.  I turned around at the next traffic light and headed in the other direction.

I stopped at Home Depot for a carbon monoxide detector.  I don't like that when I'm at my computer upstairs for an hour, I get sleepy and lie down, then get up a couple of hours later with cherry-red cheeks.  I looked at lilies.  They had a bag of 9 mixed Asiatic lilies for $10, and a bag of mixed Oriental lilies for the same price.  That's not bad at all.  They had tuberous begonias and summer-blooming bulbs for pretty reasonable prices.

I went to the Christmas Tree Shop and got some plant-related things, including a couple of kneeling pads and a couple of nice pots.  That was a useful trip.  I went to Five Below and got a mouse -- computer mouse -- and a new case for the Kindle Fire.  They had cases for 7", 8" and 9" inch screen tablets and such.  I finally went to another grocery store after that.  I saw a lady who is often weekend manager at the retirement community where B. and R. live.  I guess she lives close.  I didn't go more than five miles from the Firestore or our house for that last set of journeys.

I watched some CNN at night. 

Wednesday
Paul Neyron rose 2
neyronrose
I went to bed around midnight, I think.  I woke at 7:00 a.m. for no apparent reason.

Later: J. and Mom and I went to a Goodwill and a couple of grocery stores.

Tuesday
Paul Neyron rose 2
neyronrose
I went to bed around midnight and read for a while.  I got up a little after 7:00 a.m. for no apparent reason.

J. is sleeping on the couch for now, and went back to sleep even after the noise Mom and Dad and I made eating breakfast.  We're noisy in the morning, especially Dad, the way he thumps around and coughs.

We have an appointment with Dr. B. this afternoon, but the weather is horrible.  We'll see if we make it there.

Later: J. eventually got up and helped Dad shovel snow and ice.  We canceled the podiatrist appointments.  J. and Dad were still trying to clear ice off the cars and driveway as more sleet and freezing rain fell and made more ice.  Eventually the precipitation stopped and it got warmer.  J. and Mom and I went to the grocery store.

In the evening, Mom and I watched part of the Westminster Dog Show.  We'd missed the first night, but saw the sporting dogs group.  J. was dozing off on the couch before the terrier group ended, and I turned the TV off to let him sleep.  Then, of course, he was wide awake.

I've been rereading the Society of Gentlemen books.

Monday
Paul Neyron rose 2
neyronrose
I went to bed around 1:00 a.m., I think, or possibly earlier.  I woke at 8:00 a.m., then went back to bed and read and dozed until 10:00 a.m.

Mom and I discussed going to the library, but it snowed overnight and this morning, and I've had enough of my car fishtailing around in the snow and/or on wet roads to last me quite some time.  Also, yesterday, "MAINT REQD" showed up on the display panel on the dashboard.  I don't really want to go anywhere but Firestone with that signal showing.

Later: J. came for an unexpected visit.  He and K. are taking a little break from each other for a few days to think about things.  I hope J. doesn't get super-depressed.

Sunday
Paul Neyron rose 2
neyronrose
I stayed up way too late reading the New York Times and Washington Post.  I went to bed at 3-something, I think, and got up at noon.  That was very bad.  I can't fall back into those habits.

A.J.'s sister B. had called at 11:00 a.m. and left a voice mail saying that A.J. had a nasty stomach virus, and it wasn't a good time for me to visit.  I called back a little after noon and said that I'd slept very late anyway.  The stars had not aligned, I said.  Also I said that I hoped that A.J. felt better soon.

Late in the afternoon, Mom and I went to the usual grocery store to stock up ahead of the snow predicted to come tonight and tomorrow and Tuesday.  It was busy there, but we got through relatively quickly.  I wasn't feeling ambitious about going out, but later I was glad we went.

Saturday
Paul Neyron rose 2
neyronrose
I went to bed a little before 2:00 a.m,, I think, and got up at 10:30 a.m,

Mom and I went to Mrs. L.'s house to pick up Mom's clothes.  We chatted for a bit with Mrs. L and A.L.

I caught up on some late-night CNN I'd taped during the week.