"This is the way we wash our clothes, so early Monday morning." Remember that little song from grade school? Wash the clothes on Monday, iron the clothes on Tuesday, scrub the floor on Wednesday, mend the clothes on Thursday, sweep the floor on Friday, bake the bread on Saturday, go to church on Sunday. And go around the mulberry bush every day. Truth be told, I do not wash clothes on Monday and I hardly ever iron the clothes at all.
But on this washday Monday, we expected delivery of a new washer and dryer. We bought a new refrigerator not a month ago and now a new washer and dryer. (I'm counting the washer as number 2 and the dryer as number 3, so that's it for a while.) No call early this morning from the appliance delivery crew. So I called them. After many starts and stops, incorrect information and confusion, it became clear that there had been a snafu and we were not on the list. After waiting an hour for them to decide how to proceed, I called them back and told them to simply cancel today's delivery and bring the appliances on Wednesday.
A relatively minor frustration with customer satisfaction, but not a big deal in the overall scheme of things. After all, I don't really wash the clothes on Monday. But I used the confusion to play housework hookey for a while and sat on the deck with my second cup of coffee watching and listening to the birds.
We live in the woods so we have few sunny spots in which to grow flowers and herbs. So we grow them on the sunny deck. Our little herb gardens provide us enough fresh herbs for the summer. And we have flowering plants to provide beauty and color for us and nectar for the hummingbirds.
One of the plants has really "taken off" and has been growing and blooming like crazy. While the plants always do well, this one has exceeded all expectations.
When we first put the plant out, the blossoms did not cover the planter.
Now they drape far over the sides.
They even extend beyond the planter onto and over the deck railing.
The bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds are grateful for this plant's nourishment.
And we are grateful for its beauty.
This plant, and its mate on the opposite side of the deck will give us such joy all summer long. Then, too soon it will be done and replaced with autumn mums. Time does fly by.