#WDIIA Friday, March 20, 2020


Linda Hill’s suggestion for keeping up with our lives in these turbulent times has been a godsend to me. I can scarcely tell one day from another which was exactly her point in suggesting What Day Is It Anyway posts.

First things first. We walked away from the house purchase. We got into a money impasse with the sellers. The big issue was that the house exceeded EPA guidelines for radon. The occurrence of radon is not unusual in this part of the country and many homes have radon mitigation systems. Unfortunately, the sellers would not pay for the mitigation or other big ticket items discovered during the inspection, so we walked away. We did make sure they were aware because now they are required by law to disclose it to potential buyers.

Yesterday we took advantage of a warm spring day and did a little gardening. We cleaned out our raised beds and planted some tomato plants. It may be too early, but it sure did make me feel good to do something more productive and a little uplifting. I repotted my dill and chives and planted some cilantro as well. Today I hope to plant some radish seeds while it is still fairly cool and see if they survive. I think I have peas somewhere, too!

I also cleaned out the pots where we planted asparagus. I found tiny new shoots. This is year three, so I should get some asparagus large enough to eat this year. While I had some energy, I also decided to rake all the leaves away from our mums so they didn’t choke out the new growth. I waited too late to cut back my hydrangea and they are going to be very leggy this year.

The carpenter bees are out in full force. We do not spray for them anymore. Insecticide kills too much and is too far reaching.

That’s it for now. At least I know what day it is now.


12 thoughts on “#WDIIA Friday, March 20, 2020”

  1. I’m so sorry about your house. Maybe it was all for the best and a more fitting house will be available when all this is over. Probably a blessing in disguise. I love your picture with the hashtag on it, did you make that with Canva? That’s how I did mine, sort of. I still don’t understand much about how to design on Canva, just one more thing to play around with when I have the time!

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    1. Kim, we just received our last inspection report. They found radon in the water, too, and that is expensive mitigation. We made the right decision.

      I use the app OVER to make most of my altered work with photos and text. I use the free version which has some limits, but it does everything I need!

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  2. I’m glad your inspection turned up the issues. Sounds like you made the right choice. We do need to add things to help distinguish one day from another.

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    1. Yes, Dan. It was definitely the right choice. Hopefully we will get through our current challenges and life will continue on with new opportunities.

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  3. Walking away from the house will prove to be the right thing, I am sure. I have walked away from many in the past, and ended up glad that I didn’t buy them.
    Best wishes, Pete.

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    1. Pete, I feel confident we made the right choice. It had become difficult every step of the way and that’s a good indicator for me. Time to walk away.

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  4. I think your failed house purchase is for the best especially at this strange time best to be where you are comfortable. . Your garden efforts look amazing 💜

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