Wow, that was a long break. I am not sure what happened, other than a few trips to Springfield. I am still doing my kefir and smoothie, though it is often kind of purple these days, because the blueberries are in. I don't know if I am going to get any blackberries this year, because we have had no rain and are in severe drought in my neck of the woods. My lawn is brown and crunchy. The weeds manage okay. I picked some peas and cucumbers, and have managed to keep the cukes alive, but they are looking pretty sorry these days.
My first trip to Springfield, around Mother's Day, I roped Jeff into helping me build some raised garden boxes in Mom's back garden. I based them on this Pin from Pinterest, but used 8" boards instead of 6" making it about 15" tall, which is pretty easy to work with.
This last trip was from early June, so I could take care of the critters while she went on a trip to Ireland. On my way there Tuesday the 5th, I called Matthew and talked about building some drawers for Mom's bottom kitchen cabinets, because she was having some difficulty getting to the things that were stored in the back of them. Of course, being his father's son, Matthew was at the house Friday when I got back from dropping Mom off for her trip. He had already unloaded his tools and was ready to hop in the hot tub! After his soak we went shopping at Lowe's for wood, Ace and finally a specialty hardware store to find 20 full drawer glides. Jeff was able to come over and help out and he and Vicky brought us dinner Saturday evening. We finished at 10:30 Saturday night. Matthew is genius.