Other than trying to keep things in order, not much time has been spent doing things inside the house. The outside is another story. The weather until today has been cooperative and the external side of my abode is shaping up with the help of a friend. Most of the necessary seasonal changes have been accomplished with only a few more to go. The generator has to be started up and the fencing and house are scheduled to be powerwashed next Saturday. Once the washing is done, I can proceed with fun stuff of refreshing the yard decorations. I discovered a product for treating outdoor furniture that I can't praise enough for getting rid of the oxidized look of outdoor furniture. I treated some tables and chairs and aside from rusting and other just plain wear damage, the furniture finish came back like new. I got an estimate and will be hiring someone to sealcoat the driveway again as soon as the power washing chores are completed.
All my flowers are in potted plants, some perennial and some annuals. In some of the larger tubs that contain perennials, some things planted did not come back and need replacement so a friend and I visited a nursery yesterday and I picked up a few things. I've decided to keep annuals in their original pots, hidden by the main pot so they can just be discarded when necessary rather than trying to dig up dead roots. I've filled up the empty spaces this way and its looking good so far. The prize of yesterday was a beautiful hibiscus. I've been eyeing them for some time. As a supposed tropical variety, it needs to be considered as an annual but it will be replanted in a larger pot that now contains a dead lavender tree that had survived winter a year ago but not this one.
My partner is still in FL enmeshed in his new responsibilities. At this point any firm plans as to when he can join me are up in the air. Hopefully, he'll soon reach a point where he feels he can delegate to others and/or the new Property Manager and get away. Our communication technology is advanced so he'd never be out of reach. The situation as it is, was dropped in our laps, never anticipated and involves monumental vendor transition changes to be addressed, previous neglect and/or mishandling as well as the new mishaps that turn up from day to day.