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Weekly Overview 01.02.17

This tree doesn’t want to let go of its 2016 leaves!


Outside My Window… the sun is shining and it’s a brilliant blue sky, just like the above picture from yesterday’s afternoon walk.

I am thinking… that not everyone got the memo about January 2nd being a Holiday.

I am thankful for… sunshine and a teeny, tiny bit of rain (without the accompanying severe storms).

From the kitchen… silence and odor-free.

I am hoping… that Bill’s flights this month are stress-free.

I am reading… The Immortal Irishman, by Timothy Egan (for the 2017 European Reading Challenge); The Last Child, by John Hart (for the 100 Bestsellers List Challenge); The Tenth Gift, by Jane Johnson.

I am busy creating… crocheted hats (for granddaughters) and bookmarks (for myself).

I am hearing… Danny’s Song, by Anne Murray (on Spotify) – one of my top 5 favorite songs.  Whenever I hear it, I start singing and feel happy.

Around the house & garden…  my soil sample is gathered, ready to turn in for my Master Gardener Class.  Christmas decorations are still up – I intend to take them down in a couple of weeks.

In other news… today is Day 2 of No Added Sugar, No Snacks.  I’m doing well, thanks to the plant-based cocoa I can make in the Vitamix.

One of my favorite things… the wallpaper on my computer desktop.  I bought the 2017 Birds in The Garden Lang calendar, with artwork by Jane Shasky, which came with a free download for monthly wallpapers.  January is chickadees in a winter scene – Chickadees remind me of my Grammy; she used them frequently in her artwork.

Christmas Chickadee by Mabel A Gibson

Our Weekly Overview… 

Monday: Bill has the day off, but is doing computer stuffs, including expense reports.  I’ve already had HUBA work this morning.  Hopefully our afternoon will be free to enjoy some more downtime.  David is at work.

Tuesday: I take Bill to the airport early (5:30 a.m.) so he can fly to Houston for the rest of the week.  The rest of my day will be spent trying to ignore the siren call of sweets (always an issue when I’m tired), handling any HUBA work that comes in, and catching up on Quicken.  David is off work.

Wednesday: Bill in Houston, I’ll continue with any HUBA work and Quicken.  Probably make a run to the bank and maybe even get a haircut.  Oh, and I need to drop off my soil sample in Denton.  David is off work, so maybe he and I will make an event of the trip to Denton and eat lunch out together somewhere.

Thursday: Bill is still in Houston.  Hopefully we’ll have a paycheck and I’ll be able to pay bills (a different payroll company and a mix-up in the direct deposit numbers means we will receive the first check in the mail.  Ugh.)  I’ll also continue with HUBA (as needed) and Quicken.  Hope to have Quicken caught up by the end of the week, as I only have about 5 weeks to input – the closest I have ever come to being caught up at the end of the year! David will be at work.

Friday: Bill comes home from Houston late in the evening, so I’ll be driving to the airport to pick him up.  It will be too late for him to take the trains, as the last connection doesn’t go past 8:30 p.m. on Friday.  I will need to do some general house pick-up, run the vacuum cleaner, and (hopefully) write a book review for The Last Child. David will be at work.

Saturday: & Sunday:  Saturday will be a sleeping in day, as Bill will be tired from all the travel.  And then a laundry day and repacking the suitcase, as he leaves early Sunday morning for Anaheim, CA for the Citrix Summit.  Sunday, while he’s gone, I’ll probably watch football or movies and do a lot of crocheting.  And try to avoid sweets again – maybe a nap will be in order.  David works his earlier shift on both days of the weekend.

Here are some picture thoughts I am sharing …

Fiona with her Christmas bike.


Liana with her Christmas of Little Ponies


Granddaughter’s enjoying their gifts from Grandma & Grandpa.

Weekly Overview May 3 2016

backyard tomatoes



Outside My Window… My tomatoes are doing great!  The one plant on the left has several tomatoes already set.  Last year we had so much rain, I wasn’t able to plant tomatoes until June and then it turned hot!  I’m hopeful that we’ll have some ripe tomatoes this year before the summer heat stunts the plants.





I am thinking… how much fun it is to use my new-to-me computer and new desk setup.  The computer is lightning fast, the graphics are great, and I now have shelves for my monitors and a raised shelf for my keyboard & mouse.  No more boxes!  I will post a picture later in the week.

I am thankful for… Earbuds & Spotify.  Bill is working from home today and works seems to consist of several conference calls.  He sometimes uses headphones, but he’s not today.

From the kitchen… A mug of hot Sweet & Spicy Tea.  It’s chilly outside today (& inside – I don’t want to turn the heat on!) and so a warm mug of tea seemed necessary.

I am wearing … Blue sketchers, blue jeans, a blue pullover, and a teal cardigan.

I am hoping… that it warms up enough and I get my work done inside so I can go out and play in my gardens.

I am reading… a couple of books.  A Cold Day for Murder by Dana Stabenow and The White Princess (The Cousins’ War, #5) Philippa Gregory.  Gregory is a favorite of mine and I’ve read most of her books.  Stabenow is a new author for me.  I don’t often read mysteries, but I am enjoying this so far.

I am busy creating… An afghan for myself!  I’m so excited.  I spent a lot of time experimenting with colors and I am really happy with the way it is turning out.

I am hearing… Running For You, by Kip Moore, in my earbuds and Bill and others conversing in the background.

Around the house & garden…  The garden is coming along.  I’m picking lettuce (2 kinds) and Swiss chard biweekly.  Next year I will plant slightly less Swiss chard, as I can’t eat it fast enough and the freezer is full!  The house needs a good cleaning, but its spring.  The outdoors beckons.

In other news… My part-time job seems to be expanding a bit, more responsibilities, more hours.  It’s all good.

One of my favorite things… The mug I’m drinking my tea in, a gift from a friend.  It says, “I’d like mornings better if they started later.”  That’s always been my feeling!

Our Weekly Overview… 

Monday: Bill had a going away luncheon for his old boss, so he drove in to the office yesterday and was gone all day.  David was home, and I was glad he was, as I had a ton of computer issues and work issues, many of which he was quite helpful with.  Somehow my profile on my new computer became corrupted.  Bill spent a couple of hours in the evening rebuilding my profile and today all is well!

Tuesday: Bill is working from home. David has work, so he’ll head out around noon.  I’ve got more websites to convert for work, and today was also payday, so I need to pay some bills.

Wednesday: Bill may be working from home all week, he’s not quite sure.  David has Wednesday off.  I’ll continue with my website conversions and then try to clean up my paperwork table in the office, deal with some things that have piled up.  Maybe we’ll go out to supper at Mellow Mushroom to celebrate the April birthdays, since that got put off last weekend.

Thursday:  Bill working at home (I think) and David to work.  More of the same for me – housework, office work, with some gardening thrown into the mix.  The pool needs scrubbing and cleaning.  We’ve ordered new filters – hopefully they’ll have arrived so we can do a good job this time around with the vacuuming.

Friday: Bill working at home (I think) and David to work.  Homeschool chat with friends.

Saturday: & Sunday:  Errands, if I don’t get them done earlier in the week.  Pool cleaning.  Yard work.  The usual – nothing special planned.  I’d like to get back to the Perennial Path Plant Farm in Denton and pick up a Texas Magnolia.  I plan to put one right outside my office window – it will be bright and beautiful to look at from the office.  Sunday is race day in Kansas, so we’ll watch that.  Or rather, I’ll watch & crochet and Bill will nap.  It works.

Here is picture thought I am sharing …

backfence plants


This section of the back fence still needs working up, amending, and planting.  As you can see, I have plants ready!  There’s a geranium, several chrysanthemums, six hostas, and some calibrachoa plants.  Plus two hanging baskets to fill and hang!

Thanksgiving Prep

Today is the day I clean in advance of the holidays. I actually did some yesterday, in between grocery/supply shopping. Today I finish. I bet you didn’t know I only dust once a year and the time is now! So the Yanni music is queued up and will soon be blaring away. Yanni, Live at the Acropolisis still my cleaning music of choice, along with my wake up music. I’ve worn out two CDs, but I got smart this last time around and ripped the current CD, so now I listen to it on my computer.

Over the weekend I ordered/picked up prints at Wal-mart, so now I have new pictures of the granddaughters to scatter about the house. I also had 8×10 photos made of the Sunrise on the Huachucas pictures from earlier this month and they are now framed nicely and hanging in my dining room.

Tomorrow is baking day, although I really do not have all that much to prepare. David is going to make his Engineer’s Traditional Pecan Pie. I have to bake squash (do ahead in the crockpot), stuffing (do ahead and bake on Thanksgiving day) and green bean casserole (bake on Thanksgiving Day). I am also going to have a tossed salad, which is easy enough. And that is all I have to make! Our guests are bringing the turkey, gravy, mashed potatoes, fruit salad and pumpkin pie. I think we will have plenty of food for five people!

The menu is NOT going to be vegan, but I do have some slices of Thanksgiving Meatless Loaf that I made over the weekend, so I will eat that instead of the turkey. And most things are going to have some dairy in them (like the mashed potatoes and the pies), so I will just eat sparingly of those items and take a lactose pill just in case.

And with that, I had best get moving! There’s a lot of cleaning to be done today!

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