Last week, my parents talked me into selling my balcony furniture in the community garage sale. I was kind of irritated because I don't really have the money to buy new furniture and I enjoy sitting on the balcony in the nice weather; but I thought that perhaps I would locate some nice furniture for a reasonable price. If nothing else, I could buy one piece at a time. So out went the old stuff. I also sold some other pieces that were just sitting around the house not being used. It is amazing how much dog and cat hair accumulates under furniture!!!
Sunday was my birthday. My package from my parents was a set of chimes. They were nice, but they really made me lament selling my balcony furniture! Mom suggested that we go up and find a place to hang them, and I was all for that.
When we got up there, I was in for a major surprise. They had started my new balcony set! Mom took me out to finish the purchases that afternoon--there was one piece she hadn't found and one we exchanged. I decided to buy a serious lot of flowers to put in pots on the balcony; and that was the beginning of the outdoor fun. My sister got me a couple of African violets for inside; but they now need rehabilitating. I have discovered that Sable likes to chow on violets. Inca never bothered them when I had a bunch of them in the past; but I haven't had any since quite a few years ago. I repotted the barely-alive stumps this morning, and we will see what happens with them in the east window.
The balcony, on the other hand, is an amazing piece of work! I'm havingfun turning the pots every day or two so that a different side gets the sun that comes in from the west--the rest of the balcony is shaded. The side that is getting the sun pops up with these huge flowers! It is amazing! I don't know how long this will keep up. They are potted in soil that has Miracle Grow in it, and I'm sure that is helping. It makes a nice place to do a bit of writing. The only disadvantage is that it is noisy because of the traffic below.
I've been nurturing a local friendship with a sort of long-time very casual friend, Angie. She has two daughters who are ten and 18. Bethany will leave for college sometime this summer, but it is nice to be able to hang out with Angie and Sarah once in a while.