Category: Weekly Overview (page 1 of 10)

Weekly Overview 06.12.18

Outside My Window…   I’m waiting impatiently for my Texas Star hibiscus to bloom.

I am thinking…  that I’m out of energy and likely done for the day and it’s only 3:30 in the afternoon!  Currently having another bout with an intestinal bug, plus I had blood drawn this morning – not a good combination for energy levels.

I am thankful for…  mulch, lots of mulch on my flower beds, which means I only have to water about every third or fourth day.

I am hoping… I feel better tomorrow.

 I am reading…

  • Somewhere Safe With Somebody Good by Jan Karon (Bestseller Code 100 book challenge)
  • Disease-Proof Your Child: Feeding Kids Right  by Joel Fuhrman
  • Building The American Empire, Volume I: A Narrative History to 1877 by Harry L. Watson
  • Jeff Gordon: His Dream, Drive & Destiny by Joe Garner
  • The Lord John Series, 4 book bundle by Diana Gabaldon

I am busy creating… an afghan for Fiona’s dog, Blackie.  Yes, for a dog.

I am hearing… the dishwasher, Bill and a client talking, piano music in the background.

Around the house…  I’ve begun preparing for guests who are planning to visit the last two weeks in June, but the arrival date seems to be a bit nebulous.  The guest room and the bonus room both need to be made ready, along with cleaning the guest bathroom.  I plan to work at a bit each day this week and have it done by the weekend.

Around the garden…  I cleaned up pots and bags of soil, etc., yesterday morning, so the yards look pretty good.  I need to rake around the edges of the fence and pressure wash the pool decking.  We’re having an issue with moles in the back/side yard, coming under the fence from the neighbor to the south (again).  I put out bait over the weekend, but need to pick up some more to have, just in case.

In other news… I bought a size small shirt last week!  The size medium was just too baggy.  Granted, the style of the shirt is quite loose (think hippie / peasant blouse), but still … I haven’t bought a size small anything in about 30 years! 

One of my favorite things… Starbucks soy chai latte with a shot of blonde espresso.  LOL  Probably not the thing to mention right after I write about losing more weight and fitting into smaller clothes.

Our Weekly Overview… 

Karen:   Monday I worked outside mowing and gardening all morning and then relaxed, did some laundry, in the afternoon.  Tuesday morning, bloodwork and groceries, afternoon resting.  Wednesday afternoon I have a chiro appointment.  Thursday morning I meet with a MG who is in charge of the SWAt program to talk about SWAt (meeting at Whole Foods). Friday is the newsletter submission deadeline, so I’ll likely begin doing a little prep work on the newsletter that day.  The rest of the week the focus is doing my weekly input to Quicken and prepping the house for guests.

Bill:  Bill is working from home all week, other than Monday late afternoon he had a meeting in Plano. He also has a chiropractic appointment this week, and a dentist appointment, which he’s totally not thrilled about (3 cavities to fill!).  Evenings we’ll all swim before supper when the schedule and weather permits.

David:  David is making plans to look for a job (updating his resume), and also learning Python in the hopes that it will lead to some contract work that one of his friends is currently doing.  He’s also working on getting signed up for one of his required classes that is offered in late summer.  Plus he’s begun to join us on our evening swims.

Here’s a picture thought I am sharing …  

Sorry, no picture thoughts.  No energy to go take pictures.

Weekly Overview 04.02.18

Outside My Window…   my gardens are shaping up nicely.  The snapdragons that wintered over are looking particularly lovely.  And best of all, my Texas Star hibiscus is finally sending up new green shoots.  I’d been worried that moving it last month might have killed it, but it’s lived up to its description of a “hardy native.”

I am thinking…  about how quickly March flew by and how much I accomplished.  It seems like taking on the DCMGA newsletter (see April 2018 issue of The Root) has spurred me to make better use of my time.  I hope that trend continues.

I am thankful for…  Spring, warmer weather, green shoots, colorful blooms.

I am hoping… I get Quicken finally caught up and that tax filing goes smoothly.

 

 

 

I am reading…

  • The Sense of an Ending by Julian Barnes (Bestseller Code 100 book challenge)
  • The Pleasure Trap: Mastering the Hidden Force that Undermines Health and Happiness by Daniel J. Lisle (Book Club for Plant Based Eaters)
  • A Whole New Mind: Why Right-Brainers Will Rule The Future by Daniel H. Pink
  • Building The American Empire, Volume I: A Narrative History to 1877 by Harry L. Watson
  • Jeff Gordon: His Dream, Drive & Destiny by Joe Garner
  • Fast Food Genocide: How Processed Food is Killing Us and What We Can Do About It by Joel Fuhrman

I am busy creating… an wedding gift afghan for a cousin.  In March I crocheted a granny square lapghan for another cousin who turns 60 on May 1, along with retiring.  It took about a week to make, crocheting in the evenings.  I’ll ship it to him later in the month.

 

 

 

 

I am hearing… the washing machine, Bill clacking away on his keyboard, and the neighborhood garbage truck.

Around the house…  a lot needs to be done, as I’ve concentrated on Quicken, the DCMGA newsletter, and outside projects most of March.  I’ll need to find a day (soon!) to devote to some serious housecleaning!  Also, the bonus room wall still has not received the final coat of knock-down finish.  Bill has been busy with outside projects also!

Around the garden…  and yard a lot has been accomplished.  The holly bushes along the front sidewalk have been removed, 6 rain barrels bought, 1 rain barrel sample pedestal made, 120 cement blocks delivered and distributed, the compost bin area of the new fencing has received two coats of linseed oil, 3 blueberry bushes have been planted into large containers, and perennial have been added to the front and back flowerbeds.  All that in two weeks!  We have been busy.

 

Before

 

 

 

 

 

Removal

 

After

 

120 cement blocks

 

One rain barrel pedestal prototype

 

In other news…    the cardboard is laid down and the outline set with the cement blocks for my new veggie garden.  I’m not sure quite when I’ll acquire the soil/mulch to fill it, or even how high I will fill it (might only need one level of blocks rather than two), but I’m excited to have it laid out.

 

One of my favorite things…  my new garden cart.  I love it!  It was a huge help in moving around those 120 cement blocks!  It even dumps.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Our Weekly Overview… 

 Karen:  Monday morning the first issue of the DCMGA newsletter was mailed out to both members and another list of non-members who have signed up to receive announcements.  I have a chiropractor visit in the afternoon.  Tuesday is an all-day event at Global Spheres where I help assist with the Propagation Class for the 2018 Intern Class.  I’m looking forward to helping, although not the hours – I must be there at 8 a.m. and won’t be done until about 4:30 p.m.  I’m taking in my two spider plants so they can be trimmed by the interns and also taking in zinnia seeds that I gathered from my beautiful large zinnia plants last summer/fall.  It should be fun.  The rest of the week will be focused on Quicken / Taxes.

Bill:  Bill is working from home all week.  Evenings he’ll be continuing work on the rain barrel pedestals; although I think Monday night he plans to go to Sam’s Club to buy a battery for the Neon, which I discovered was no longer working when I went to move the car Friday morning.

David:  David will have his usual week – college classes/homework and progress on his Atomic Space Race game.

Here’s a picture thought I am sharing …  

 

Weekly Overview 03.12.18

Outside My Window…  the sun is shining, but it’s oh, so cold!  Wait!  That’s what I wrote on my last “weekly overview” post in early February!  Luckily, we have had warmer weather and spring is definitely in the air.  Our Bradford pear is in full bloom and looks gorgeous!

I am thinking…  about all the things I should be doing instead of a blog post.

I am thankful for… sunshine and spring and the Master Gardener program.  Even though I’ve likely bit off more than I can chew, I’m grateful for purpose and directions and activity all in an area that I love.  It’s a welcome change after the ennui I felt most of my years in Arizona.

I am hoping… to pick up some plants later in the week.  I need a Carolina jasmine plant to grow up over the lattice work that “hides” the compost bin corner.  Of course, I still need to build the small bed for that spot and also coat the lattice with linseed oil before I can plant.  Planting is the fun part – prep work is the time consuming part.

 I am reading…

  • A Whole New Mind: Why Right-Brainers Will Rule The Future by Daniel H. Pink
  • Building The American Empire, Volume I: A Narrative History to 1877 by Harry L. Watson
  • Jeff Gordon: His Dream, Drive & Destiny by Joe Garner
  • Fast Food Genocide: How Processed Food is Killing Us and What We Can Do About It by Joel Fuhrman

I am busy creating… an wedding gift afghan for a cousin.  I finally settled on a color combination I’m happy with, which took way longer than it should have.

 

I am hearing… the morning news show on the television.

Around the house…  I have new plant stands that I picked up at a neighbor’s yard sale Friday morning.  I’ve been looking for a way to maximize the space in my kitchen window and found the perfect wooden stand, in addition to a corner stand.  I’m very happy with the way it looks.

Around the garden…  I have daffodils beginning to bloom and other plants greening up.  I’ve moved several plants that had wintered over in plants into the new flower bed.  The plan is to empty all plastic pots and only have plants in the bigger ceramic planters that I acquired last year – they require a lot less water and attention than the plastic potted plants.

In other news…  Bill got our bicycles operational a couple of weekends ago and we’ve gone on a couple of rides.  We’ve decided we both want different seats and possibly handlebars that allow us to sit more upright.  But we’re both enjoying the riding and hope to get out more now that Daylight Savings Time is giving us more evening hours.

One of my favorite things…  morning smoothies with lots of veggies & fruit.

Our Weekly Overview… 

 Karen:  Monday chiropractor visit and a quick run to Aldi’s in the afternoon.  Wednesday morning I speak about the newsletter at the DCMGA monthly board meeting.  The rest of the week is devoted to Quicken and the newsletter (and maybe a run for plants in there somewhere).

Bill:  Bill is working from home all week.  He acquired some silk and glue and paint to repair his airplane, but hasn’t been motivated to work on it.  Maybe he’ll work on it this next weekend, unless he decides to finish the knock-down coat on the bonus room wall.

David:  College class homework has been keeping David occupied, along with continuing work on his game.

Here’s a (silly-looking) picture thought I am sharing …  

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