Towards the end of the day Saturday, the clouds piled up and the wind started to blow. Soon, the rain came crashing down upon us (happily dh and I were enjoying Mongolian Grill at the time) for about ten minutes. But a couple of hours later the wind had a chance to really grab hold of the dust in this area and began to drive it into all surfaces. The weather stations issued dust storm warnings and it was definitely hazardous to be out on the highway for a couple of hours. I heard there was a hailstorm 100 miles to the east with golf ball sized hail - ouch! By midnight, the wind had calmed and Sunday was another glorious day. If we didn't have these squalls, it would be tremendously boring to live here, hehehe.
DH and the boys started out the day loading up a ton of stuff from the yard, and old materials from the house into our friend's pickup (thanks Paul!), then off to the waste facility they went. When I was a kid, we went to the dump. When I called Waste Management for their rates, I thought we might have 300 lbs., but I grossly underestimated the weight. We kept on finding things that should go! It's great having it gone, but there's still more clean up that needs to be done.
Friday evening's stamp club was lots of fun as usual. As hostess for this month's meeting, I picked up a tiramisu at Costco to go with the pots of coffee the gals usually drink. Oh yummmmm! Janet had a little shadow box project for us; it's always such fun to go home with a finished project. And since I was hostess, I was able to get two free stamp sets and some supplies from the earnings of the meeting! More toys to play with. :)
The parade of landscapers has started coming through my back yard beginning with one on Saturday, another today, and another tomorrow. To have someone else do all the hardscaping is going to be more money than we want to spend - the list of projects is just too long to spend such a large chunk of the budget on a patio. By the end of the week we should have all the estimates in hand and we can get on with the project. Now I need to talk with some hvac companies about upgrading the air conditioning in this house and get the glass company out for an estimate to replace the windows.
No stitching this weekend, just yard work and talking about house projects.