August means back to school for my two granddaughters.
Liana started Kindergarten.
Fiona started Sixth Grade.
I’m glad they were both excited to be back in school!
Outside My Window… it is overcast and dreary, just like the last two Mondays! We had wind and rain overnight, but we’re promised sunshine and warm weather starting this afternoon. We shall see. I have a good crop of dandelions growing in my yard, though. A lawn care salesman stopped by last week and tried to sell Bill his services, pointing out our huge crop of dandelions. He seemed a bit taken aback when Bill announced we liked our dandelions!
I am thinking… it’s going to be a busy week, but hopefully as productive as last week!
I am thankful for… getting the Christmas tree stowed away in the attic over the weekend. AND the start of the 2017 NASCAR race season. I do love our Sunday afternoons of race watching, with Bill napping and me crocheting.
From the kitchen… dishes are piled in the sink and nothing is planned for supper. I made the guys bbq pork ribs yesterday and baked sweet potatoes and made a topping of black beans, tomatoes & kale for myself. There was plenty of leftovers, so no cooking will be needed tonight.
I am hoping… that the paintings I shipped to my brother last Wednesday arrive tomorrow undamaged. My grandmother painted them and they are irreplaceable. I did take photos of them before I sent them off, as I plan to order wall canvases of some of them for myself. Eventually I would like to take pictures of all the paintings that various family members have and then make them available to all family members. Here’s a photo of the painting she made for me as a teen, maybe for a birthday? More likely for a high school graduation gift.
I am reading… The Immortal Irishman: The Irish Revolutionary Who Became an American Hero by Timothy Egan (for the 2017 European Reading Challenge). I have 30 pages left to read, it’s due back to the library on Wednesday, and I cannot renew it again. I may have to pay some fines on this book. I’m still reading The Wilderness Warrior: Theodore Roosevelt and the Crusade for America, 1858-1919 by Douglas Brinkley. I’ll be starting One Child by David Nicholls tonight – it’s the next book on our 100 Bestsellers List challenge.
I am busy creating… a Rippling Waves afghan for a niece. It’s coming along nicely, don’t you think?
I am hearing… the Irish and Celtic Music Podcast, specifically the February 16, 2017 episode “2-Hour Best Celtic Music Retrospective.”
Around the house & garden… the houseplants I treated for mealy bugs survived the treatment. I don’t see any new evidence of mealy bugs, but I’m keeping an eye on them. This coming weekend I plan to take down the winter/holiday floral arrangements and break out spring flowers. I’ll probably have to make a trek to Hobby Lobby at some point to buy some new flowers, as I’ve added some new vases / containers since last spring.
In other news… David finished his taxes last week, February 15th. He was quite pleased with himself that he got them done by the deadline. I pointed out that the deadline was actually April 15th. We were all amused. He was slated to get a rather large refund, so he bought himself another monitor like the one he bought last December, and passed his old monitors along to me. So I have new-to-me monitors, slightly larger and newer than my old ones.
One of my favorite things… pictures of granddaughters. Charles bought a new car last month and was given a couple of hats by the salesman. Liana has taken to those hats, won’t go anywhere without one of them on. She’s so cute. And she knows it, too!
Monday: Bill working from home. David is at work. I’ve been writing book reviews, crocheting, and writing blog posts. As soon as I finish this post, I’m headed to town to get some groceries and ship a birthday package to my mom.
Tuesday: Bill works from home. David is off work. I’ll be at my Master Gardener class from 9 – 4. This week’s lesson is on Turf, with a mini-lunch session on How To Sharpen Your Garden Tools.
Wednesday: Bill works from home. David is off work (but probably has a Manager’s meeting to attend at noon). I’ll have MG homework and Quarterly Invoicing (paid work), plus the ever-present Quicken. With Bill’s help, I was able to get our mortgage refinance entry in correctly last Friday. I’m down to just double checking a few entries and 2016 will be complete..
Thursday: Bill works from home. David is at work. I have a MG SWAt meeting in Denton from 9:30 – 11:30. In the afternoon I’ll tackle whatever paid work has come up and hopefully be able to get ready to start taxes on Friday.
Friday: Bill works from home. David is at work. I will have MG reading to do and hopefully get started on taxes. It would be nice to have them finished in February, a novel idea!
Saturday: & Sunday: David works. Bill & I need to do some outside things, if the weather is nice. The pool desperately needs cleaning (we didn’t get it cleaned last weekend or the weekend before!). I need to clean up my raised bed and get that ready for planting greens. And I’m sure we’ll have a lawn to mow if the weather stays as warm as is forecasted.
Here are some picture thoughts I am sharing …
These are just some of the 24 coasters I made. Some will be gifts, others we will use ourselves. They were a lot of fun to make.
Outside My Window… it is overcast and dreary, just like last Monday! Spring is in the air, though. Daffodils are close to blooming and a tree in the neighbor’s yard has green leaves popping open.
I am thinking… that the afternoon is slipping away. I’ve been quite productive today, but one goal was to do some Quicken and I’ve yet to open the program. Maybe as soon as I get this post done – priorities, you know!
I am thankful for… the fact that the water leak I discovered yesterday was not from a pipe in the wall but merely a pinhole in the water line going to the refrigerator. Much easier to fix and much less expensive!
From the kitchen… chick peas are soaking so I can make Chickpea Curry in a Hurry for my supper. Eggs have been boiled for Bill’s noontime salads.
I am hoping… that I’m as productive the rest of the week as I have been today!
I am reading… The Immortal Irishman: The Irish Revolutionary Who Became an American Hero by Timothy Egan (for the 2017 European Reading Challenge), which is taking forever to read because I’m only reading it in the bathroom! I think I’ll try to take it to bed a few nights and see if I can’t get it finished. I finished Olive Kitteridge by Elizabeth Strout last night and will need to write a review for the 100 Books List challenge later this week. And I’m still reading The Wilderness Warrior: Theodore Roosevelt and the Crusade for America, 1858-1919 by Douglas Brinkley. It’s a little dry and it keeps putting me to sleep! So I’ve been saving it to read on nights when I’m feeling a bit sleepless.
I am busy creating… Coffee Coasters. I’ve made a couple of dozen at this point – they’ll make great gifts. Fun and quick to work up, too. When I get tired of making them (probably later this week) I will start making a Rippling Waves afghan for a niece. I have the yarn and pattern (see picture below, Annie’s Crochet Big Book of Crochet Afghans, so I’m all set to begin. The yarn colors are close to the picture, but not exactly the same. I put away the counted cross stitch Santa piece – maybe I’ll get it out again later this year.
Around the house & garden… Christmas has been packed away! Well, the tree is still up – David is going to dismantle that tomorrow and we’ll get it packed away. It’s a 3-man job to get it hauled up into the attic. I still have flowers up, though. I spent time Saturday morning working outside, picking up some sticks and twigs from the neighbor’s cottonwood tree. We hooked up the water hoses and watered the house foundation, plus added some water to the pool, as that was getting low. I repotted and trimmed several houseplants, and sprayed a bunch of them for mealy bugs. I hope the spray works!
Actually that whole window area was cleaned up and several plants trimmed and fertilized.
In other news… Bill is finally on the mend, although he’s still taking Musinex. This bug was a doozie!
One of my favorite things… getting my reading homework done early!
Monday: Bill working from home. David is at work. I had for Alysse in the morning and also cleaned & dusted the master bedroom. The dust bunnies were taking over! I even dusted the 30 floor to ceiling blinds, which was badly needed.
Tuesday: Bill works from home. David is off work. I’ll be at my Master Gardener class from 9 – 4. This week’s lesson is on Soils, with a mini-lunch session on How To Clean Your Garden Tools. Supper will be Mellow Mushroom, either Tuesday night or Wednesday night.
Wednesday: Bill has PTO, but also has an appt. for bloodwork at 8:40 a.m. No breakfast for him! David is off work (but probably has a Manager’s meeting to attend at noon). I’ll have MG homework and probably some work for Alysse, plus the ever-present Quicken. I actually accomplished a good bit last week with Quicken, so I’m hoping to get it finished this week and be ready for taxes next week.
Thursday: Bill has PTO and is using that time this week to study for a Microsoft certification that he badly wants to get out of the way. David is at work. Me: Quicken, work for Alysse (if it comes up) and MG homework.
Friday: Bill has PTO and will be studying. David is at work. I have three different MG volunteer opportunities and hope to fit in at least two of them. I need 70 volunteer hours, in addition to my 70 hours of class, by December 15, so I need to take advantage of any opportunities I can fit in.
Saturday: & Sunday: David works. Bill & I need to do some outside things, if the weather is nice. The pool desperately needs cleaning (we didn’t get it cleaned last weekend).
Here are some picture thoughts I am sharing …
The granddaughters have both been busy this week. Fiona attended a Daddy/Daughter Sock Hop Friday night and Liana had her first soccer practice this season on Saturday.