Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Vacation! Aug 2013

Sorry for the delay in posting - my luck with computers keeps going!
I am on vacation and the first few days were spent in Fresno for my parent's 50th wedding anniversary party. (that will be it's own post) While I was there I was staying at a hotel next to the party site and I had my laptop there. Well.. I left my power cord in the hotel room. No big deal right? Just go to Best Buy and buy a spare one. After 2 tries I couldn't find one that worked so I went in to Best Buy to the computer sales team and showed them my laptop and asked them what was I doing wrong? Nothing, absolutely nothing because the laptop was so new that Best Buy hadn't started stocking the spares yet. What? I had to buy it off of Amazon and it was just delivered a minute ago. 

After the party I drove up to the house, because my window installation was to start on Monday. I am sooo excited about that... but when I got there, my wild jungle of a garden was stripped to the stems. All leaves were eaten off of all the plants including the prickly leaves of the pumpkins and squash. There were deer in my garden when I drove up! What is worse is that any vegetable that  was possible edible was eaten! My melons and zucchini and tomatoes were all eaten... with just small pieces left. In fact, there was one honeydew melon that was left alone and it wasn't ripe. When I went to bed it was fine but when I woke up, it was mostly gone! The deer don't eat the fruit, only the rats, raccoon, skunks and possums do that. I am going with skunk since I know one lives nearby.




Poor zucchini plant eaten to the stems
The jungle with the pumpkins and such is mostly gone


Zucchini eaten with teeth marks! The goats were really disappointed!

This honeydew melon was fine when I went to bed and overnight was almost completely eaten.

Sunset is really pretty this time of the year. I think it could be due to the smoke from the wildfires in the area?

My small little flock of turkeys is still there - they don't hurt the plants.
There are 2 does and their fawns that are eating most of the stuff - and one is the doe that has been there for a couple of years and really doesn't understand that I own the property. She walked right by the glass door to the front yard area. Funny thing - I am fine with them eating the grass and the flowers in the front since I have to mow that down soon.But the easy meal without any fencing doesn't seem as appealing as my veggies!


Yep - she is really not afraid of me.. I did manage to get one fig off the tree but it is not ripe yet. Wish I had more of them because they are just tasty!

 
Windows 
I started the window saga on Mother's day with a guy coming out and measuring the windows. It took me until early July to get a quote via phone.. and a few weeks later to get a quote via email. Finally I got a commitment to start installation on Monday the 12th of August.. I am not sure why I thought it would go smoothly. About 11am on Monday morning, 2 guys drove up with my 18 or so windows... and got out of their trucks. They were really nice but about 5 mins in, one guy finally states the obvious. He says "This is not a 1 day job for 2 guys..." Really? So they called the office to explain the situation, and now they are coming back with more guys at the end of the month.(They are going to need a bigger crew!)  Nothing in this house goes as expected and it is really comical sometimes. (I take that back - the flooring repair after the water damage was exceptional! They finished in 5 hours instead of 2 days!)

They worked for 3 hours and got one window done. My hope is that this will be faster than the 3 month flooring saga. I will let you know.

Fingers crossed!

Julie