Friday, February 27, 2009

LG... Life's Good !

It's my weekend off... YAY!
The last of my little cookie monsters left yesterday at 4, so I just puttered around doing nothing much, until bedtime. Which was 9:30 last night... and not my usual "heading to bed at 11-ish" routine.

I woke at my usual 5am this morning, looked at the clock, realized that I'm not working this weekend and said p** on it ...and went back to sleep.
I woke again at 5:45 ... said p** on it again... and rolled right back over, pulling the covers up to my chin and started in snoring.
Again at 6:55.
Said p** on it again.
But then the thoughts of my evil sister entered my mind.
Thought p** on her, but I might as well get up. She just ruins everything... you know what I mean? Even my sleep.

(I want to assure you that I'm not usually a swearing type of person. "P** on it" is about as bad as I get, and it's usually only muttered to myself. Not that I'm a saint, and I have been known to use certain nasty "wash out your mouth with soap" type words when the situation calls for it. Usually in relation to my sister.)

So, with thoughts of my evil sister in mind, I want to up-date y'all - and then move on to other things.

I had no idea that things had changed in the US, as far as phone bills go.
See, I received another 2 emails from said sibling, claiming that she hasn't paid her long-distance bill, so she's unable to call me until Friday, when she finally gets around to paying the long-distance bill. (her Friday... which is today - my Saturday)
Is that right - or is she lying, yet again? Local and long distance are billed separately? Or is that another one of her extremely inventive excuses? I don't remember paying each portion separately, but it has been a long time.
Am I supposed to feel guilty because I haven't sent her bucket-loads of money, so that she could pay important things like the phone bill or tithe in church on Sunday? Well, let me tell you, I don't feel the least bit guilty. Her drug dealer would probably be the only one getting anything, anyway.

I had replied to her nasty email the other day, simply saying:
"Call me. my number is xxxx-xx-x-xxx-xxx"
(overseas call, ya know. So lots of confusing numbers)

Then I never heard another word, until yesterday, when I got 2 messages in a row from her... Crying that she was too poor to pay her phone bill, but she would call on Friday.
If she calls today...she does.
If she doesn't... well, my day will be much better for it.
And I can probably avoid saying lots of those nasty swear words.

But I don't want to talk about her.
Life's Good. I'm off for the next 48 hours and I don't need nuthin' hanging over my head, you know? I want to just putter in the garden, kick back and read a book or 2, blog to my heart's content and act like a lady of leisure for a couple of days.
And ladies don't swear.

I'm really itching to get out in the garden today and to start pulling up all the plants that died because of the horrible heat we went through... and get them composting. Lately, I've been trying to add native plants when ever/where ever I can, because I LOVE having the parrots and native birds and animals coming in for a visit. Enjoying my morning coffee with dozens of parrots is just the best way to start my day !!

So, I'm going to be totally ruthless when it comes to any "iffy" non-natives. Besides, the natives are much more drought tolerant, and to tell you the truth, I'm getting sick and tired of bucketing water for the garden. Oh, I know I'll have to continue with it until the rains start, but once the plants get established, I won't have to worry as much anymore.
The roses and geraniums will be keepers, as well as the agapanthus, but the rest can just go into the compost pile. It was really stupid to think that I could re-create my dads petunia and violet beds, in an area of the country where 4 minute showers are the rule.

The day's a-wastin'... so I better get out there and start acting ruthless.
Every dead or dying plant is gonna have my sisters face on it, I'm tellin' you true.


Sherri said...

You could always have Petunias and Violets in a container. I still don't know when the best time to plant down here. I so want a fresh vegetable garden but everytime I try it gets so damn hot everything burns up. Years ago (in Murphys) when Dewayne was 2 I grew for him a 100 lb pumpkin. It sure would be great to try and do that again for my younger ones.

Oh as far as the e-mails, yes now local and long distance (here in CA) are seperate, thats why I only have my cell phone. Yes it is very expensive to call out of the country and that expense goes both ways.

Bz said...

A woman after my own heart ... I love gardening. Maybe a before/after shot??
Have fun with YOUR time!

Nancy M. said...

I am so glad you're feeling better! I bet it is so awesome to be able to see parrots out in your yard!

rubiesrnotpurple said...

How come you've got another weekend off? It must be my turn - I'll send you my tribe.
As mentioned previously my turn is coming and it is going to be gooood. I'm never sure which is the best - the anticipation or the treat?
Enjoy yourself Katie. You certainly deserve it.

Pam said...

I hope you have a wonderful relaxing weekend. Putter away.

Robynn's Ravings said...

That would be a total TRIP to see parrots landing in your yard. The kids and I have often talked about it when we look at the birds here. Hope they bring color and happiness to your world today. Maybe they'll help you let the sister bad vibes go. Some people send their bad mojo so far away it's ridiculous. Now THAT's the kind of thing that should get confiscated at customs!! (But no, they wait for the Reese's Peanut Butter cups!)

Homestay Mama said...

Parrots in your yard, not in a cage! That must be wonderful!

Yes, long distance is billed separately now--usually offered by a different company than the local service. More and more are disconnecting their land phones and going to cell phones only.

Have fun in your garden! It's almost spring here and I hope to be pulling weeds and getting new plants in the ground soon, too!

Maybe you could pray for your sister? A miracle maybe? Just saying.


Paula said...

Yes local and long distance can be different bills now days. I dont have long distance because I use my cell as well. As for your sister calling you she could purchase a phone card so she doesn't have a long distance problem.

Better yet do this, purchase a phone card she can use that has low minutes on it, like 5 mins worth of talking. Send it to her and say, "I just wanted to give you another option for calling in case your long distance is off or you want to cut down on expenses. This will get you started and if you can't call I understand, it is very expensive here as well. So we can communicate by email and I would understand."

That makes you a good sister, you cover all the bases, don't have to talk long, give her an excuse to email only and let her know you wont be sending her money.

As for sisters who have issues, believe me I have one and my counselor told me once that just because there blood doesn't make them family and doesn't mean they are good for you. You are not required to satisfy a family obligation when they are not contributing to your life in a positive way. I felt guilty for awhile but eventually I realize that not responding to my sisters disaster of a life saved me a lot of stress.

Gladys said...

I don't know the situation with your sister as I am new here. I do know this she sounds like she needs to take responsibility for herself.

Now where in California did you live that you had petunias? Cause I can't grow squat without the giant fanged jackrabbits eating them.


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