Liz, showing off some garlic from the garden boxes. I knew these guys grew underground, but had no idea there was so much above ground. I feel like the house is pretty well covered now, in case we get a rush of vampires in the area.
Yesterday, while up at Gethsemane looking at flowers, Liz was talking to someone there about roses. She learned that there was this place in Ohio called Freedom Gardens, the home/location of a rose grower with a collection of many, many old and hard to find roses.
Turns out, the location welcomes visitors only one month out of the year, and only on the weekends. And as fortune would have it, the last weekend was this weekend.
Liz, spending a bit of time painting the front planters. She was using some new type of paint (she’s gotten much more into linseed oil based paint), and only had a sample… and only had enough to do the fronts. Today, she was finishing things off, after getting more.
While we’ve visited some in the past, we’ve never actually been out on the water. We didn’t end up bringing swimsuits, so we just got the chance to drive around for a bit.
A funny story: we moved the fountain to the driveway, so I could clean it and so Liz could reposition the bricks. Several times throughout the day, we watched birds swoop to th emiddle of our front yard, only to pull up suddenly and fly away.
It was clear they were looking for water, and suddenly seeing us and a missing fountain, did an aerial U-turn. It happened so many times, Liz and I recognized the pattern. It was really funny to see.
Strolled around the backyard tonight, walking with Liz and looking/admiring at all the roses she’s put in.
Daisy has had some “problems” with her hind area, for a while now. Things have gotten a bit out of hand, and tonight we decided to give her a bit of a span night. Mostly, this involved an old litter tray, some warm water, and a butt bath.
As you can imagine, she wasn’t quite happy with us.
A little inside work, a little outside work today. I was working with Bob, getting the upstairs HVAC set up, and pulling wires. Liz was out at the garden centers early in the morning, but came back to spend the rest of the day in the backyard.
With this being memorial day, we woke up pretty early, got some breakfast and coffee… and headed out to walk around a bit, before the crowds showed up.
A fun thing: on entering the brewery, there’s this long corridor you walk down. It’s dark, black-lit in places, and plays “Pure Imagination” on a loop. It’s probably terrible for the security staff that man the front door, but it’s an absolute joy to experience every time we come here.
One thing we haven’t done much of is visit nearby Jackson Park, located just south of the Museum of Science and Industry. For Liz, she’s been wanting to visit the Japanese garden in the park for a long while now. And after work, we decided that today would be the day.
The two of us have been dealing with discomfort, back aches, and things we feel fairly confident are tied to our bed being super, super old. So Liz decided that today… we’d focus on going out, trying out some mattresses, and finding an official replacement.
Of note: Liz has been getting into Linseed Oil Paint, and was using this for the planters. And also making good use of some of our takeout containers.
I was out running errands at the end of the day, picking up some medication at the nearby Walgreen’s. On my way home, I realized the Hyde Park Garden Fair was setting up, in preparation for their first day (tomorrow).