Today I plan to do gardening chores and I’ll also clean my coffeemaker.
This morning when Charlie and I went outside I took the opportunity to cut back the mint and lemon balm again. I have to do this every week or it gets out of bounds.
Lemon Balm Deters Insects:
I wish the guy who lives behind me would do some work on his patio. His weedy vines and that same old tree keep growing back up. I can snip them from my side, but I can’t do a thing about his side of the fence.
They tried to kill that tree once, but the foliage has once again grown a foot or so above the fence. They need to drill into the stump and try again.
The other tree seems dead, so I guess the mission was accomplished on that one. It was the one hitting against my gutters.
I also trimmed the rose bush. I’m sure this is not the right time. But it was looking so awful that I decided I didn’t care. It seems to have survived all my pruning in the past.
That rose bush has grown at least a foot and perhaps two this year already.
Cleaning My Coffeemaker:
I finally got my coffeemaker cleaned yesterday evening.
To clean it, I pour half white vinegar and half water in the carafe. I take the gold cone filter out and use just a paper filter when I do this.
Then I let the coffee maker fill up halfway and turn it off for 30 minutes. I then let the remainder go through and pour it out.
Then I fill the coffee carafe with water and let it brew again. And then again once more to get rid of the vinegar smell.
I took all the parts that come off and cleaned them with Dawn dish shop in the kitchen sink.
Changing Up Decor A Bit:
I’ve decided I want to use the red galvanized container in my bathroom on the counter. So I’m using this green basket here instead. Recently I ordered several of these green baskets from Amazon.com.
While I was changing up things, I also added the fern painting back into the mix. I really like green. It’s such a tranquil color.
I don’t do a lot of changing things up like I used to. When I was young I had all the energy in the world. And I still have a lot of energy. I just don’t have the body parts to carry it out.
So I concentrate on changing up smaller things. It satisfies my need to decorate and I’m not doing a complete overhaul of rooms.
I noticed after I took the above photo that two of Ivy’s toys are in it. One is the blue toy with the balls. If you look a foot or so to the left, you’ll see one of the two curtain ties Ivy drags from room to room.
I think I saw the other curtain tie in the bedroom hanging off the side of the bed.
She doesn’t seem to really play with these curtain ties as much as she just drags them from room to room. Maybe it’s like a child with a security blanket.
A Visit From Kasi & Andrew:
I think my daughter and Andrew are coming over for lunch after church tomorrow. So I had my last Shipt delivery from Target include some crayons for him.
I have colored pencils but he doesn’t much like to use those for some reason.
So his crayons will be here waiting for him if he decides he wants to use them. He also likes to watch shows on Netflix geared to children.
I will either cook lunch or my daughter will stop on the way and bring food with her for us to eat.