It took longer than I expected to get the backyard cleaned up on Thursday. I got out there first thing and started mowing the overgrown grass, but it was well past noon before I finished all the trimming and clipping, raking and bagging. I swept and cleaned and watered and now the backyard looks amazingly livable, and I am most pleased with the result.
Then I went to a dance lesson with sillymagpie, which was most fun, but I was absolutely wiped out. I slept well on Thursday, and Friday began to work on the things INSIDE that I'd meant to do on Thursday afternoon (when I thought that mowing the lawn would only take up part of the morning). I did manage to get SOME of this room cleaned up, including scrubbing the floor under the desk and moving some surge protectors around so I have fewer things plugged into extension cords (it seems safer, somehow, now). Valuable lesson: When moving a little bookcase full of books and lined with some breakable items, take breakable items OFF the bookcase. I am now down a Blue Willow creamer and pepper shaker. I saved the salt shaker, and the lovely antique gilt-edged cup-and-saucer didn't fall. Lucky me. (I offer no excuse for my brain's inability to reason things through in advance.)
We watched the first three episodes of Blackadder the Third on Thursday night, because I felt the need for a young Hugh Laurie fix. sillymagpie thinks Rowan Atkinson should make a cameo appearance on House, M.D. That could be very amusing.
Another dance lesson, a hasty finish up of a couple reviews, and then a quick drive south to Coolidge for Dave Insley and the Careless Smokers at the Gallopin' Goose Saloon, an historic little honky-tonk on old State Route 87, which, before the interstate, was the main drag between Tucson and Pumpkin Center, er, Phoenix.
The Goose is a grand old honky-tonk with a terrific set up, good prices on drinks, and a GREAT-looking full menu (don't make the same mistake we did and eat first!), including burgers, sandwiches, and appetizers of all kinds. The side arch to the patio was open, offering a great place to sit and a terrific view of the bandstand. The Goose's claims to fame are chronicled on the wall by the bar, as it's one of the places Waylon Jennings started out playing when he first came to Arizona, and rumor has it guys like Marty Robbins and Buck Owens played there, too (would not be surprising to discover this is true; both had ties to Arizona, and Coolidge was once a happenin' place, back when 87 was a main highway).
The only problem with the Goose were some of the regulars, many of whom appear to be young folks who don't understand that Tim McGraw is not a country singer, and Big & Rich sing campy rock music they only call country. Oh, well. As I always say, it's not really their fault -- they've been told for over a decade now that Shania Twain is a country singer, of course they believe it. The Goose's regular singer came on in the middle of Dave's second set to do a few numbers, and sadly, better say as little as possible about him as I can, lest I offend anyone -- leave it that the locals seem to love a guy who can kinda sing really slow, dirge-like versions of mainstream top-40 pop-country.
Then Dave did a third set with some of his more rockin' numbers and as far as I'm concerned, he was at his baritone-best, and I'm glad they're planning to ask him back (he thundered through a tremendous medley of "Folsom Prison Blues/Big River" during the second set). Dave will be on the road this coming month, and if he comes to a town near you, GO see him and tell him I sent you (tour dates are here, but he'll be in Texas, Tennessee, Missouri, and California through May, including a national NPR broadcast of West Coast Live on May 14). He's a sweet guy and he can really, really, REALLY sing a country song. He writes 'em good, too.
Saturday rahirah and I went out to shop and have lunch. I discovered my money woes were lessened by the arrival of my state tax refund (something I'd forgotten was coming), and then we started watching Godfather Part II. Then the April rains finally came, bringing down the temperatures that were getting too hot, too fast, and tiirz and edgedancer called, so we didn't finish the movie, but chatted long with pals and we'll finish up with the Corleones later.
Today we watched the newest eppy of Doctor Who, and went out to lunch with rahirah's mom. Now I'm watching the History Channel, who are talking about the apocalypse predicted in Revelations and wondering if I have enough energy to do a little writing.
So I didn't get everything done because I wore myself out on the first two days, but I did get a LOT accomplished, and that's A-okay with me.