July 15, 2018: A just for the record post...
Unlike last summer, the summer of 2018 is not one of multiple major renovation accomplishments due to several factors. The most important reason is that most of Joie's time is filled with traveling to and from academic conferences and multiple library archives where she is conducting research for her doctoral dissertation.
Marilyn's excuse is based on the fact that Mother Nature seems to be angry with her this year. Within a ten-day period - while mowing the labyrinth, she disturbed some bumble bees, which stung her left ankle 9 times resulting in considerable pain and swelling, while trimming the bushes by the front door, she disturbed a nest of yellow jackets, which turned her upper right arm into a fat red balloon, and while weeding she failed to recognize a type of poison ivy, came in contact with it and spread it to various spots on her legs and arms before scrubbing the toxins off.
Adding to all that are temperatures rising as high as 112 degrees and the almost new air conditioning system stopped cooling on July 3rd, the day before a holiday. An emergency service call was required to discover that a rather long milk snake had somehow gotten into the outside condenser (which is up on blocks and has no ledges to be climbed by any critter let alone a snake) and wrapped itself around the fan blades until they stopped moving and shut the system down.
And it's only mid-July.