Tuesday, June 25, 2019
Mermaids and Wind Chimes
Here's something you don't see on a pile of rubbish every day. I came across this mer-creature while heading out for my long walk on the Capital Ring last week. She was a bit battered, with a hole in the side of her head and some chips and scratches -- she looks like she's wooden but I believe she's actually made of plastic. Anyway, I couldn't take her with me, so I left her there. She was getting lots of attention from passers-by, so I'm confident someone rescued her.
Yesterday was very productive. I finished the book I'd been reading, I sorted out accommodation for an upcoming trip to Scotland that Dave and I are planning, and I cleaned the house top to bottom. I took all our bedding to the laundromat because I got a distinct whiff of dog when I shifted the blankets on Sunday night. And then I bathed the dog herself.
So we're all spic-and-span here at Shadows & Light, at least for the time being.
Dave is trying to sort out what to do about our lawn mower. While I was gone last week he mowed the grass, and in doing so he ran over the power cord for the mower. (It's electric.) Of course that cut the cord -- in two places, in fact -- so now we need to get the cord repaired or replaced. I was just glad he didn't get electrocuted, but he said he didn't even feel it -- and fortunately he was right at the end of the mowing job so our grass still looks uniform. Yesterday he contacted a place that apparently will send a technician to us. That's ideal, so we won't have to schlep a lawn mower across London with no car.
And yes, Dave's birthday passed on June 22 while I was in Germany. I felt kind of bad about that, but he wasn't concerned. I gave him his present -- a pair of noise-cancelling headphones -- before I left, and then bought him these nifty wind chimes in Germany. Aren't they great? The discs are copper, but they remind me of those chimes made of round seashells that I used to see in every gift shop in Florida when I was a kid. They even sound a bit like those -- a little chimey, a little clattery.
Today I need to file some receipts at school to get reimbursed for parts of my trip. Paperwork!