I woke up and saw that it had been raining again. We seem to be getting our fair share of rain. My outdoor plants love it. But it seems to make Charlie cough more.
I have noticed in the past few days driving about that the leaves are turning a brighter shad of yellow and red and are starting to drift down to the ground.
I love this stage of fall. When the multi-colored leaves have listened to the call of nature and are floating to the ground. To watch them dance in the air as a wind gust begins to blow them around.
Halloween is past, and now everyone is looking toward Thanksgiving.
Christmas decor has been in the stores on the shelves since June or July. After awhile, to me, this gets to be a bit depressing. Like we’re trying to rush time with our pocket books. I want to be in the here and now. So I just avoid looking at the brimming aisles of Christmas merchandise.
For fall I purchased one sweater pumpkin for $6 and a sack of mini pumpkins and gourds from Trader Joe’s. That was the extent of my fall decor. I was pleased with scaling things back.
Come Christmas, I shall do more of the same. I do not plan to get out my Christmas stuff and dot holiday decor all over my apartment. Ivy would have a field day with it anyway.
I’m planning on decorating perhaps the dining table and coffee table, and that may pretty much be it. Simple and less is seeming better all the time.
The pineapple sage blooms sure are pretty. In the past I have cut back the plants earlier. But this year I’m taking a more relaxed approach.
I may just wait till the first frost and see how things look. I want to be able to see the fall season on my patio as long as I can.
I like the ornamental grass plumes waving in the breeze like wheat in a field. I may have more than one ornamental grass next year. I’ve learned to put them by themselves in one pot. Then there isn’t much upkeep.
The great thing about gardening is that you learn. Year by year you learn and adapt and change and improve.
I realized yesterday that I need to update the photos on the My Apartment page to reflect all the changes I’ve made. The new dining room table, etc.
I need to get on that. I need to switch out a lot of photos.
Speaking of the dining table, the other day I was sitting at the table eating a meal and saw that the mirror on the wall was leaning out. That’s a really heavy mirror I bought at a consignment shop in Tyler, Texas. But it was obviously starting to pull the nails out of the wall.
In order to avoid disaster, I took it down and put up my cow canvas. I just love this particular cow canvas. The great thing about canvas paintings are that they are so lightweight.
This one is my favorite. I love the contrast of the light-colored cow against the dark background. It is kind of a “moody” painting.
I just called the apartment manager and talked to her about the dog in the rain situation I told you about Saturday night. She said the apartment wasn’t right behind me, that the single man still lives there at the end. Thank goodness.
But it is the unit behind my new next door neighbor. So I got it wrong. I told her they were moving in a dining table and chairs, so I just assumed they were moving in. But she said no, they’ve been there a little while.
It was dark and pouring rain as I was walking door to door, so I guess I didn’t count the units correctly.
She said it is a young couple with a baby and obviously, the dog. She was not happy that the dog was left on the patio. Much less in the cold and rain. She said she sure hope they treated the baby better. And that she would talk to him.
Goodness, why do people take in pets and then put them outside and leave them there? If they’re not taking in a pet to be part of the family, really what is the point?
I noticed yesterday that little Miss Ivy Lou has figured out how to get on top of her scratching post to explore. Which just means I need to move it away from furniture.
Charlie Ross looks on. He must think she’s some sort of acrobat as she examines everything in this apartment from different viewpoints and heights. Meanwhile he stays next to Mama.
Ivy is still carrying that red and white curtain tie around like it’s her security blanket.
I just called the vet and told him that Charlie is still coughing and doesn’t seem to be urinating much more with the diuretic. So now he told me to give it to him twice per day.
If it doesn’t get the fluid off his lungs with the second dose per day, the vet said we might have to add an additional medication.
I started reading “Tear Me Apart” over the weekend and am really intrigued with this book. What a plot!
Here is the Goodreads summary…
One moment will change their lives forever…
Competitive skier Mindy Wright is a superstar in the making until a spectacular downhill crash threatens not just her racing career but her life. During surgery, doctors discover she’s suffering from a severe form of leukemia, and a stem cell transplant is her only hope. But when her parents are tested, a frightening truth emerges. Mindy is not their daughter.
The race to save Mindy’s life means unraveling years of lies. Was she accidentally switched at birth or is there something more sinister at play? The search for the truth will tear a family apart…and someone is going to deadly extremes to protect the family’s deepest secrets.
I’m about 300 pages into this book, and I still can’t figure out exactly what is what with the characters and plot.
Just when I think I’ve got some of it figured out, who this person or that person is from the past whose name has not yet been unveiled, I decide I am wrong.
I am excited to see how this book ends.
Well, I have my Monday morning phone calls out of the way and given you my daily news, so I’d better get on with my day. Looks like it’s going to be rainy and overcast.