Friday, September 1, 2017

On the Last Day of August

On the last day of August, I went to the office.  It was 90F when I left the house and 99F when I reached downtown!  Today's daytime high was 109F, again.

During my lunch break, I went to the farmers market and bought a chocolate croissant for daughter.

It was too dark to take a picture of the fallen branch, last night, after I cleaned up the leaves.  I took a picture, today, though, after I came home from work.



I did an online search for landscaping with fallen branches and saw some ideas, but I don't think I'll do anything with this branch.

A friend of mine, who volunteers at one of the botanical gardens here, recommended I get an arborist to come and take a look to see if there's any evidence of wood borers or disease.  Something to consider.

On the last day of August, we had some rain drops!  About a hundred or so drops of rain fell in some areas at the back of the house:

Evidence of Rain

But not much in other areas:

Hardly Any Rain Here!
 The rain shower lasted maybe all of two minutes.

 It didn't do anything to the temperature, though.

90+F Inside the House

On the last day of August, I watered the front garden, changed the sofa dust sheets, finished tidying the kitchen and swept it, tidied the family room a little bit, and chatted with my aunt C who called to check on me.

Daughter called, too, to let me know that she was able to get on an earlier flight than the one she had booked, because it was delayed.  So, she arrived at 8:30 p.m., instead of 10:30 p.m.  I picked her up and we went to the grocery store to pick up some milk ($1.99), bananas (@$.59/lb), a roast chicken ($6.99) and a boxed salad mix ($1.49) for our dinner.  It all came to $12.10.   There's more than half the chicken left and almost all of the box of salad mix!

On the last day of August, we found out that Dancer has fleas and we gave him some flea medication.  We had last given it to him at the end of June and I should have given him another dose at the end of July, but I didn't.  Even though he is an indoor cat, he sometimes touches noses with the outdoor cats when they come to the sliding glass door and I open it to feed them.  I will have to start feeding them away from the house and be more diligent about giving Dancer his flea meds!

Thursday's To Do List:
- Office - DONE
- Farmers market - DONE
- Launder sofa dust sheets - Changed sheets, but didn't wash the old ones yet
- Water front garden - DONE
- Tidy the kitchen - DONE
- Tidy the family room - DONE
- Pick up daughter from airport - DONE
- Buy milk and bananas - DONE

Friday's To Do List:
- Launder the sofa dust sheets
- Launder my bed sheets
- Shopping with daughter
- Vacuum
- Dust
- Water the back garden

On the last day of August, I am grateful for:
- Daughter had a safe flight home
- She was able to catch an earlier flight home
- The hundred or so drops of rain we received
- A treat from the farmers market
- Flea medications

Tomorrow, I have taken the day off from work and daughter and I plan to go shopping for fall clothes for her and maybe go out to lunch. 

I will do my monthly goals/balanced life post tomorrow. 

How was your last day of August?


  1. I think it's a good idea to get your tree checked out to see if there is another problem besides heavy leaves that has caused the branches to fall. So far they haven't hit anything, but they could.

    Have a good weekend with you daughter.

    1. Yes. I read that some park in Australia cut down all their eucalyptus trees because of falling branches and my friend said that a falling eucalyptus branch hurt some people at a park in her city. Either my tree needs to be cut back quite severely or, I need to have the tree cut down! But an expert opinion would be good.

  2. I'm so sorry about your fallen branch. It sure has been the Summer for those it seems. I'm glad your daughter was able to get an earlier flight and that she and you can spend the long weekend together. Praying for Dancer's fleas to be gone quickly. Have a great weekend!

    1. Thank you, Debbie. I know you had to deal with a couple of fallen branches, yourself!

      Daughter being home is such a joy. She was so happy to see how much my hair has grown and tried to do French braids. My hair is still too short for that, but we had fun playing "hair salon"! :D We used to do that when she was little as she loved playing with my hair and I loved having her do it!

      Yes, Dancer getting fleas is not good, but, hopefully, we caught it in time and the medication will take care of it!

  3. Might as well get the tree checked and either confirm or eliminate any condition that is causing it to drop branches.
    Have a great and flealess weekend!

    1. Thank you, Anne. My gardener friend gave me the name of the arborist he uses, so I will call next week, after the holiday weekend and take it from there. We didn't see any signs of any boring on the branches that had fallen, but that tree hasn't ever been trimmed, so, it's probably time to do that.

  4. You and Nathalie both are having flea problems when your cats don't even go outside. I hate fleas. It is so hard to get rid of them...all the constant vacuuming and washing to get rid of the eggs. I hope it doesn't last too long. I told Nathalie that I would rather be shoveling gravel than to have to deal with that.

    I'm so happy you have your daughter with you on this last Long Weekend of the summer. It will be a lot of fun to go out clothes shopping with her, and hope to hear all about it. Have a GREAT weekend.

    1. Susan, I think the indoor cats getting fleas at the same time is a conspiracy! I've spent the last two hours vacuuming, wiping down the surfaces he likes to lie down on, and doing laundry. I'm exhausted!

      I'm very glad daughter is home this weekend as she is the one who noticed that Dancer had fleas! I had been blissfully ignorant! I posted about our shopping trip late last night/in the wee hours of this morning. She bought a whole new wardrobe! LOL.


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