I thought I'd better stop by and update y'all on the rest of my month. My biggest news is that Abby is home!
Those of you who didn't know, my youngest dd has been in TN for the last 3 years, but finally called and said she was ready to come home. Things were not going well with the bf or his family (most of them are pretty much a waste of oxygen), and she wanted to be with her own family again. She flew home the 18th, all by herself, which was a big relief. She has ADD and Asperger's (not that they call it that anymore), and is very shy, so I was afraid she was going to miss her connecting flight in Denver, but she made it into PDX without a hitch.
She came home with dredded hair, which we are slowly working the knots out of. I don't want to have to cut it, as it is about waist length and so pretty when it's not tangled! After 2 weeks, we're about halfway there. She has a tender scalp, so it's not a lot of fun.
The other big piece of news is that I FINALLY managed to fix the leak under the kitchen sink so I have running water in the house again. Still have a lot of iron sediment in the pipes, especially in the water heater, so until I can get it flushed out, it's COLD running water only. Still, being able to use the washing machine, having a flushing toilet without using a bucket, and being able to turn on the cold water taps are all pleasures after being without for so long! I still have plumbing issues to fix in a couple rooms, but I have more confidence that I'll be able to do it now that I've done it once.
I'm still working on rehabbing my raised beds and flower beds, and Abby's been a huge help with that. She's really matured over the last few years, is doing her best to get her chores done without being told and to help me with whatever project I'm working on any given day. Yesterday, she tilled compost into the raised bed I am using for chives and walking onions. Today, I transplanted many more walking onions into that bed, and started digging out the bed they were in. I found garlic still trying to grow under the weeds there! That was a pleasant surprise. Tomorrow, I'll try to finish cleaning out that bed and will probably re-plant the garlic back into it.
I've been enjoying my pool all month...I use it for water aerobics, and all that splashing helps keep the water stirred up and clear. I've been pleasantly surprised at how easy it's been to keep the water clean and clear. I don't have an actual filter that fits this (free to me) pool, but bleach, a skimmer, and finally a $20 venturi filter that works off the garden hose have kept it in good shape. I have noticed that with the weather cooling off the last few days, it's been a much more brisk swim!
That's about it from here for now. See you on next month's thread!