Wednesday, May 23
The boys go naked in their fenced yard.
Whenever we travel . . .
Reggie and Roger wear their harnesses. This morning I’m all set to go to town. I step outside with harnesses in hand.
“Come here, Roger. Let me suit you up. We’re going bye-bye, honey.”
Roger takes one look and darts around the corner of the house.
Darn that dog!
“Reggie, be a good boy and . . . . ”
Reggie takes one look and darts after Roger.
“Oh, that’s how you wanna’ play it? Fine with me. I’m leaving!”
I take the harnesses into the house.
Soon Reggie and Roger come through the open back door and I quickly shut it behind them.
I pick up the harnesses. They turn and run to the bedroom.
Enough of this!
I grab my keys and head out to the Perfect Tow Vehicle, shutting the back door behind me.
This is good.
As the PTV carries me down the road, I consider the benefit of leaving the boys at the house. Days are heating up quickly in southern Arizona. In order to get errands done before it’s too hot for Reg and Rog to wait in the PTV, I have to get to town very early and then . . .
Rush, rush, rush.
Soon it will be almost impossible to beat the heat for their comfort and safety.
The independence gained by leaving the boys in the cool house means I can go to town later in the day. Morning is my time to get things done around the house, like writing this blog. Now errands can be done in the afternoon.
Upon my return . . .
Alerted by the sound of the PTV’s tires on driveway gravel, expectant faces appear in the front window. I hurry up the porch steps to the door.
Oh, how happy are we three!
An impromptu dance party breaks out in our empty dining room. This morphs into races around the outside of the house and play fights.
(No, I don’t race and play fight. I’m the one who brings in the groceries.)
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Thursday, May 24
“The truck is here!”
In a flash I pop Reggie and Roger into the bedroom, close the door — “It won’t be long, guys” — and trot outside to open the gate.
The refrigerator that Nancy ordered from Home Depot arrives!
Home Depot contracts with a delivery company to bring appliances to the customer’s door. These two guys, like the two who delivered the washer and dryer, are very professional and efficient.
Not a moment is wasted.
It’s a pleasure to watch people work who know how to do their jobs and don’t lolligag.
The refrigerator is unpacked, rolled into place, leveled, stripped of protective plastic, plugged in, and turned on. I receive instructions to remove all the shelves and bins and wash them, as well as the interior walls, with soapy water (to remove plastic smell).
After a brief explanation of the digital display and answers to my questions, delivery guy hands me the manual and other paperwork, plus the delivery form to sign.
The ice maker is not hooked up because the house doesn’t have a water line to the refrigerator’s spot. That’s okay. My cup runneth over already.
Before the men close up the back of the truck, I ask, “May I have the box? It will make a great floor covering while I paint.”
“Sure! Then we don’t have to break it down.”
Later . . .
Oh, this is sweet. I think the refrigerator from the Best Little Trailer would fit in the freezer drawer!
A rotisserie chicken is set in a place of honor.
The only thing missing is Handel’s “Messiah” upon opening the doors!
In the early evening . . .
I walk to the mailboxes with the crew. Home again, I clip some spearmint from the bunch that grows by the back door. I want to make tea to take out to the porch. While steeping, a wonderful aroma wafts through the kitchen.
I pour the tea into my favorite mug and add a tablespoon of mesquite honey.
Mmm . . . pretty good!
NOTE: Here’s an interesting article from organicfacts.net: “10 Amazing Benefits of Spearmint Tea.”
“Unlike many other forms of tea, which use dry leaves and are steeped in a bag or a special tool, spearmint tea is best when the leaves come fresh from the garden and are brewed directly in the boiled water.”
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