Sunday, June 05, 2005

A Great Weekend!

We had a great weekend!

Saturday morning we went to a huge neighborhood yard sale that was 6 blocks long. They have it every year and we have gone to it several times. We weren't really looking for anything in particular, but we're always open to finding an unexpected bargain. In past years I've found bargains like a 6' ficus tree for $7., and place settings for 8 (dishes) for $20. This year Joe found a floor cleaner he had been looking at in stores for $169. but this one was marked $35. and he asked its owner if she'd accept $20. and she said yes. The weather was gorgeous so that added to the enjoyment of the sale.

Then we stopped at the monthly flea market and looked around. There was a LOT of cute stuff there, but we didn't buy anything.

Then we went to a local diner that has a large, covered patio area. Since the weather was so nice, we really enjoyed having brunch outside.

Then we came home and cleaned our house. Since we'd been out of town the last 3 weekends in a row, and since we have a dog and a cat, our house was in serious need of cleaning. But we felt really good after getting our place back in shape.

We both had a shower and then went for a ride in the convertible. It was a perfect day for it! Then we headed over to Joe's mom's house to see if she wanted to have dinner with us at Red Hot & Blue. She was home and up for dinner there, so we went. We ate too much, but it was delicious. Then we stopped by Joe's sister's house and sat with them on their back deck, talking about this and that. Finally at 8:45 we took Joe's mom home and headed home. We watched some TV and went to bed.

Sunday morning we 'took it easy' by sleeping in and then watching TV until 11. Then we ran some errands, had lunch, and drove around looking for open houses. We only went in two. We're not thinking of moving, but after watching 'Property Ladder' the night before, we both starting thinking about 'flipping' a property. 'Flipping' a term that refers to buying a property in need of updating or renovating, doing the work to make it pretty and desirable, and selling the property for a profit within a short period of time. We've got a lot on our plates at the moment, but it was fun to check out the two places anyway.

When we came home Joe started taking an online Continuing Education course for credits to renew his therapy license, while I started letting my creative juices flow. I got out 3 large canvases and several buckets of left-over wall paint and began creating 'art' again. I am very happy with the results! Unlike the first 3 canvases I did for my office which were very geometric, these 3 are more abstract with more movement. I let them dry as I showered and Joe & I went to dinner. When we got home I hung them in the recently painted office/library, above the bookshelves. They look fabulous!

Yesterday it was so gorgeous, but today it was downright hot! Especially the upstairs of our house - it just got unbearable and we knew we wouldn't be able to sleep, so at 8:30 I turned on the air conditioning. I just saw that the high temperature today was 86 degrees. Every year when we get a day in the mid to upper 80s we say to each other "It's so hot upstairs, do you think we should turn on the a/c?" and the other responds "I'm not sure - what do you think?" Trying not to rush into "air conditioner season" we have tried to decide just when we should stick it out and wait for the hot day to pass and when to break down and turn on the a/c. But I just saw that it is going to be in the upper 80s (and humid) all week so I think turning on the a/c was a wise choice.

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