Long weekend

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I love long weekends. Speaking of which, I hope all my fellow Canadians enjoyed a lovely Canada Day. We didn’t do anything in particular for the holiday itself but George did play at a Canada Day celebration in Ottawa on Saturday, and then yesterday our friends Dean and Joanne came over to visit and for supper.

Today George is sleeping in a bit and then when he gets up we have to head to the store for a few things. I’ve lived in this apartment for a damn long time now (we moved in seven years ago yesterday!) and I have always said that I wanted to do something with our balcony and every year has come and gone with pretty much nothing happening out there. I think the most exciting decor out there was last year when Hayley’s bird feeder broke so I quickly dumped the falling birdseed into a dirt-filled pot and it sprouted really tall green grass. I don’t think accidental planting counts, though.

I always said that I would never want to live in an apartment that didn’t have a balcony but I’m not sure why since we don’t spend much time out there right now anyway. Part of the reason for that is that it’s just unappealing. We’re on the top floor so we have no shade, we’re on a busy street so we get all the street dust and everyone can see us, and it’s just not nice. To fix that I have plans to acquire the following:

  • A privacy screen to weave in and out of the balcony rungs. This will accomplish three things. It will cut down on the dust that gets kicked up here. Also, it will make it so that no one can see us as they go by which is really nice. And finally, it will make it so that if I sit down I won’t be able to see the street at all, I’ll only be able to see tree tops and the sky, so it will make it more peaceful for me.
  • A big bag of potting soil.
  • Hooks for flower boxes. I have two long flower boxes that I bought years ago and never used because I had no way to hang them.
  • Some sturdy flowers. They have to be able to handle a lot of direct sun since we have the sun on our balcony from about noon until sunset. They also have to be able to stand up to strong winds. I have no idea what I’m getting. I’ll ask when I get there. I don’t have much of a green thumb so I’m clueless but I’m determined to try.
  • A basil plant for one of my terra cotta plant pots because oh my lord, fresh basil is the bomb.
  • A tomato plant. I can not tell you how long I have wanted to grow fresh tomatoes. Our friend always gives us a bunch from his garden but it would be so much fun to grow my own too. If one plant goes well, next year I’ll get a few. I’m going to stick it in the planter that Joanne gave me.
  • Possibly a cheap square plastic table just to have a place to put the phone and a cup or two.

We already have an umbrella, although it doesn’t actually provide full shade – it just diffuses the sun, but it’s better than nothing. I just have to get George to hook up the base to the balcony railing again since we had to take it off last year when the building people repainted everyone’s railings.

I’m just really excited about it. Someone else in our building has a ton of plants on their balcony, some flowering and some just big green plants, there’s a little table, and a couple of chairs, and that balcony is so inviting that I’d love to sit out there. I don’t think I’ll have as much greenery going as that one does, but it will be a start and it will certainly be an improvement. I don’t expect that we’ll spend a ton of our time out there during the day because the kids just don’t get the appeal of sitting and relaxing on a balcony (phooey, darn kids who always want to go to the park!), but I look forward to sitting out there in the evenings, and maybe even having a morning coffee out there some day. WITHOUT all of the passersby looking up at me while I do!

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Also, speaking of fixing things up and making them look nice, today in my review blog I reviewed a couple of Kaboom cleaning products which made my bathroom nice too. Go check it out!

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Happy long weekend to the Canadians, happy Monday to the rest of you!

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  1. Richard L Walker

    You could get a pair of binoculars (not really needed though) one of the T.A. Rey books about finding constellations at night and trace the drawing from the book by following the dots in the sky.
    If you are growing mint and have a mint julep nearby the drawing is even more fun.
    I’d recommend cherry or grape tomatoes since you can get them over an extended growing period.
    Ditto the basil. It grows … and grows … and grows … and that is while you are using it with tomatoes and cheese for neat salads.
    Have fun.

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