Monday, March 29, 2021

Plants and Flowers

Last February, Dad bought Mom an orchid for her birthday. She has always wanted one.  She really didn't know if she would be able to keep it alive, but it is still alive and now it has bloomed! 

Last year, Mom decided she wanted some house plants We live in a very small place, so we can't have many. She bought two: a philodendron and a snake plant. They have both grown a lot in a year and today, she re-potted the snake plant.  She said it is going to live on the balcony until winter.

Mom is wanting to get a dwarf snake plant.  Shhhh....don't tell Dad.  She might be able to sneak it in since it will be small. 😃

Mom told me when they had a house, she had tulips and daffodils in their yard.  We don't have a yard now, but she said you can force bulbs to bloom if you refrigerate the bulbs long enough before you plant them in containers.  She did that this year, but so far only two have bloomed.  They are pretty, but she is disappointed that only two bloomed.

I think she is going to try to grow some flowers on the balcony again this year.  We have not had good luck with that.  She said she thinks the salt air kills them.  She did plant moss roses last year and they survived the winter.  She replanted it today, but it doesn't looks too happy right now.  We will post photos if it makes it through the week.  

We had a very bad freeze here in Galveston in February and our landscaping around our building looks really bad now.  We don't know how much of it will pull through.  It is pretty sad.  

New neighbors moved into the unit that is two doors down from us.  They have two small dogs and they told us one is nice and one is not nice.  They are only going to be here on weekends and eventually they are going to rent their unit out. There are ten units on our floor and we are the only ones that live here full-time.  We are getting long-term renters in the unit right next to us later this week.  I hope they are nice because they will be here until next year.

The Greyhound Who Is Not Impressed With Plants

Wednesday, March 24, 2021

Frustrating Day

 Mom says she is frustrated.  She has been trying to get someone from the cell phone company to answer some questions about switching plans.  It has proven to be difficult.  She tried to chat, but that didn't work.  She then just switched plans online and found that she lost her credit for autopay. She then called and after wading through multiple questions from a robot, she held for ten minutes.  The representative then set her up again for autopay and said the $20 credit was applied but it is not showing up.  She called back and she was told her new plan does not qualify for the credit.  😩 She is still saving money, but not as much as she had hoped.

The folks are participating in a Citizens Police Academy here starting tomorrow.  Mom did it a few years ago, but Dad didn't.  She missed two classes because Joey was sick one week and then he died the day of her last class, so she is taking it again. This time it is via Zoom. She has had a frustrating time setting Zoom up via their Fire Tablets.  She has a laptop but they both need to be signed in to get credit for the classes, so the Fire Tablets are the way to go. She thinks she has it figured out now.  She will invite Dad to a meeting later to see if is working.

The folks went to the grocery store today.  It was the first time they have gone together since last March.  They have been doing curbside pick-ups but Mom started running in after she became fully vaccinated and just picking up a few things. She usually goes early in the morning.  Dad is not an early morning person, so when they went, it was crowded.  She bought four pounds of apples and she dropped them and they went all over the place when she was checking out.  😂

They then went to Popeye's Chicken for lunch.  Mom normally loves their chicken sandwiches, but something went wrong today.  They loaded it with sauce and it was a tough sandwich.  She only ate half of it.  She didn't even save any for me.  I didn't even get a fry. 😒

Work was supposed to begin today for our new roof but it didn't happen.  We live in a high rise and it was too windy for the crane to take the materials up to the roof.  The materals are now in the parking lot and all the parking cones are being blown around.  High winds are not unusual for us since we live on the coast.

The cheesecake turned out good.  This month's cheesecake is a pecan caramel cheesecake.  The crust is pecan sandies and the pecans on top are toasted.  Mom makes her cheesecakes in the Instant Pot.  


The Greyhound Who Is Bummed About The High Winds

Tuesday, March 23, 2021

Stormy Morning

 I woke up to the sound of thunder this morning.  I am not scared of storms, so it didn't scare me but it was annoying.  I am normally a late sleeper and the thought of walking in the rain makes getting out of bed even harder.  Mom tried to get me out of bed several times and I ignored her.  I knew we wouldn't be walking on the beach due to the weather, so what was the point in getting up?  She started getting aggravated with me at 8:30 a.m. and she said "If you don't get up now, you can't go with us for our Walmart pick-up."  I jumped out of bed.

The Walmart pick-up was uneventful.  We received everything but one thing on our list today.  Mom used to make what she called "wishlists" when she ordered groceries because it was really hit or miss but now it is common to just be missing one or two items which is not bad at all.

I helped Mom make a pecan caramel cheesecake in the Instant Pot today.  I didn't really help, I just watched her from my bed.  It is cooling now and then it will be refrigerated until tomorrow evening. Mom said she is going to make one cheesecake a month this year.  She missed January. 😄

The big news at our condo building is that we are getting ready for our new roof.  We live in a high rise, so they built a chute to send the old roof down to the dumpster.  A crane will come next to bring the supplies up to the roof.  There is always something going on here.  Dad is on the "board" here so he is involved in a lot of the projects. 

Mom was sad last night when she went through the blogs of the people she used to follow.  Almost everyone has quit blogging that she followed.  Three people have died.  She remembers when blogging was popular and she enjoyed "meeting people" that way. We are going to try and blog regularly but there really isn't much going on right now.  It will be more interesting when we start camping.


The Greyhound Who Likes Sleeping Late

Monday, March 22, 2021

I Am Still Here!

 Hi Ya'll!

I know, I haven't posted in almost two years.  I am still happy and healthy in Galveston, TX!

How are you all doing?  Hasn't the past year been crazy with Covid?  It got really bad here because as you may or may not know, Galveston is a tourist town.  People flocked to our beaches to get away and the crowds were crazy!  People were parking on the sidewalks and boy were they nuts!  

The hardest part of Covid for me was when the folks wouldn't let people pet me.  They were concerned that I might carry Covid on my fur and pass it on to others.  They have gotten over that and I am back to greeting people.

My folks are very serious about Covid.  They do all their shopping by curbside pick-up.  I like that because I get to go with them to pick up the groceries.  They have also not eaten in a restaurant since last March.  We have had a few food deliveries, but we mainly do carryout.  Mom actually cooks most of the time and at the most, we do carryout once a week.  

Dad bought us a van that he is turning into a camper.  We will be hitting the road in a few months.  It is a very small van, so it won't be like what they used to have.  I have never been camping, so I don't know what to expect.

Oh, I did stay in a hotel three or four times last year.  We were not on vacation.  Dad was asked to help out at a hotel during the tropical storms that occurred in our area.  We stayed in the presidential suite and the place was huge!  It was two floors. I didn't like it the first time we stayed, but it was kind of fun after I got used to it. 

My folks are full vaccinated now, but they are still being very careful.  My grandparents are getting their second shots this week, so in a few weeks it will be safe to see them.  We have to wait until our van is ready before we make that trip. 

That is all for today!

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