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Weekly Overview 02.07.18

 

Outside My Window…  the sun is shining, but it’s oh, so cold!  We’ve had about one warm nice day in the last week where I worked outside some.

I am thinking…  about all the items I found in the Alabama storage boxes that I sorted this morning.  The butterfly blocks in the above picture are a few of the 72 9×9 inch appliqued squares I rediscovered.  I knew I had all these things, but after a decade or more of not seeing them, I’d forgotten.  These will make a beautiful quilt…someday.

I am thankful for… butterflies and flowers, which was a recurring theme in all most of the boxes I sorted.  Below is a wooden butterfly that my Grandpa Shipman made for me probably 25 or more years ago.  It needs a little glue and then I will hang it in the house.  Our winds here are too strong much of the time to hang it outside.

 

 

I am hoping… to figure out a way to display this cross stitched lap quilt that Doris (Bill’s mom) made shortly before she died.  When I gathered up her sewing and craft items, I thought this item needed completing, but upon closer examination, it is finished.  I’d like to display it so we can be using it without ruining it – all that beautiful stitch work won’t hold up well to actually using it as a lap warmer.

 

 

I am reading…

  • The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold (for 100 Bestsellers Code reading challenge)
  • Building The American Empire, Volume I: A Narrative History to 1877 by Harry L. Watson
  • Spark: The Revolutionary New Science of Exercise and the Brain by John J. Ratey
  • 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… a blue and white waves baby blanket for a friend who just had her first grandchild last month.  While I’m finishing that up (which it really isn’t close to being finished yet), I’ll have to do some yarn color and pattern planning for a wedding gift afghan for one of my cousins.  I’ve chatted with her about the project, so I’ve got a good idea of the colors I need to be looking for.  If I ever run out of crochet projects, I can pick up this counted cross stitch kit I discovered this morning.  Doris began it, but as you can see, it has a long ways to go to finish it.  It’s very pretty though.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I am hearing… Bill, his coworker, and their client talking, talking, talking, which is my usual background noise and why I use my earbuds and phone so much to listen to music.

Around the house…  Christmas décor has been taken down and carried upstairs – boxes are everywhere in the guest room, waiting to be put away.  Bill mentioned the possibility of putting them in the attic to free up closet room, so I am waiting to see if that is the actual plan.

Around the garden…  I have daffodils poking up and I planted two primroses in the small bed that contains all my spring bulbs.  And that’s about it – no real change from last month.  Hopefully we’ll begin to have some warmer weather soon, but so far, that’s not been the case, and I am a warm weather gardener.

 

In other news…  I have made progress on February goals – Christmas is gone, estate conversation has been had with the lawyer, focus on food has been 100%, I’ve done some walking and a lot of stair climbing, I’ve blogged a bit, and continued crocheting on the baby blanket.  Skipping mochas and no snacking is working, as it usually does, and I’ve lost 2 of the 5 post-flu pounds.  I’m encouraged.  Quicken and office cleaning, not so much.  I really have to buckle down to that.

One of my favorite things…  my Santa bells.  Bill bought me the first one while we lived in Arizona.  The other two, Mama and Papa Claus, I found in the boxes of Christmas items brought back from storage.  I’d eventually like to fill the shelves of this filigree unit with Santa bells and other bells, like birds or butterflies, if there is such a thing.  I’m going to keep my eye out for them.

Our Weekly Overview… 

 Karen:  Monday I had a visit to the chiropractor and I’ll be going back again on Thursday.  Tuesday I had a DCMGA (Denton County Master Gardener Association) Newsletter meeting in the morning, at which I ended up being Managing Editor of the group’s newsletter, something we are starting back up after a 7 year hiatus.  I’m excited about the work, but also cognizant of the fact that I need to make better use of my time in order to get everything done, as it will add to my workload significantly.

I also had a phone conversation with the estate lawyer Tuesday afternoon, which I hope will result in forward motion on the lawyer’s part.  Wednesday is a home day, as is Thursday, other than running to the library to pick up books currently on hold.  Friday morning will be JrMN (Junior Master Naturalist) Preschool class and hopefully afternoon will be continuing work on Quicken.  I expect Saturday we will do some more work on the bonus room wall – it’s getting very close to being ready to paint!

Sunday is the opening race (no points race) for NASCAR.  Football season ended this past Sunday and now here’s racing!

Bill:  Bill is working from home all week.  He’s also continuing to putter with his remote control airplane that he brought back from the Alabama storage unit and also practicing on the flight simulator that he bought last week. He’s been visiting the chiropractor on a regular basis also, with appointments scheduled for Monday and Wednesday.

David:  College class homework has been keeping David occupied, along with continuing work on his game.  He sent me a link yesterday to his latest blog post, in which he updates his readers on game building progress:  ATOMIC SPACE NEWS #9: Glowing colors

 

Here’s a picture thought I am sharing …  

Busy Times

Here it is mid-October and I haven’t posted here in several weeks. I’ve been busy with house renovations, yard projects, and Master Gardener activities and meetings.  I don’t have any pictures today, but I’ll list some of the things going on.

  1. Three weeks ago we decided to enclose the upstairs bonus room, turning it into a usable bedroom.  So we’ve built a wall, hung drywall, put up a door, and the next step (so I’m told) is mudding and sanding the drywall.  I’ve never done any of this before and I can’t say I’m enjoying it, nor looking forward to learning about finishing the drywall, but I am going to enjoy using the finished room.  David has friends coming to stay for a visit in late November, so the goal was to have this room ready to use.  Unfortunately, the loveseat/sleeper bed that we ordered might not arrive in time, in which case the guest will sleep on the downstairs couch, as he has in the past.  Maybe, with any luck, the loveseat will defy predictions and arrive early.
  2. September 30th was our last day of swimming – the pool temperature dropped down to 82 and that’s just too cold for me.  I’m trying to remember to still test for chemical needs, still throw the robot in once a week to clean it, and still check the strainer for leaves.  We’ve decided to leave the cover on to catch the leaves, rather than using the leaf net – it’s much more effective at preventing the leaves from decaying in the water.
  3. I’ve started work on the north back fence flower bed – laid down cardboard and outlined it with landscape blocks.  I should have time next week to begin adding some leaf mold and then compost and soil.  I have just a couple of weeks to get it done and then transplant particular plants from the south back fence flowerbed.
  4. The second compost bin has been set up.  Next week I’ll move the top half contents of the other compost bin into the one that’s set up, hopefully find some usable compost in the bottom, and then be able to set up the foundation for that bin.  It is super convenient to have them just a few steps from the back door.
  5. This Saturday is the DCMGA Fall Festival.  I am helping in the children’s area, the butterfly booth, for 3 hours, and then will float the other hours to see where I can help out.  Tomorrow I work with a couple of Master Naturalists doing a two hour program with preschoolers.  I tried working with preschoolers last spring and didn’t really care for it, but I thought I’d try again with this new leader, just in case the reason I didn’t like it was due to the way it was organized.  Time will tell.
  6. Plans have been made to travel to Alabama in November for about a week.  We’ll be helping the auction crew catalog all of Dad’s personal items for the auction that will be held online later in November.  Hopefully that will go well, but neither of us is looking forward to dealing with it all.  It will be nice to see Charles, Rebecca, and Liana, though.  It’s been over a year since we’ve seen them and that was only a couple of brief evening visits.
  7. I mentioned earlier that David had friends coming to visit.  They are his former roommates from when he lived in Phoenix.  We enjoy their visits and won’t mind at all that they plant to stay 10+ days.
  8. David is looking into applying to the local two year college just a couple of miles from us, probably majoring in database administration.  Hopefully he’ll make this leap and get on a better career path.
  9. My weight loss efforts are beginning to pay off.  I’ve been much better lately about no snacking between meals, plus consuming much less sugar – I’m avoiding Starbucks this whole month – and I’m happy to report that I’ve released 4 pounds in the last two weeks.  I’m releasing them rather than “losing” them, as I intend to not “find” them again!  Someone else can have them!

Weekly Overview 08.02.17

Outside My Window… the skies are cloudy, which is actually nice.  We’ve had a stretch of really hot dry weather, so a cooler, drizzly day is a nice change.  This cooler weather today (and I think tomorrow) will enable my newly planted coleus, impatiens, and coral bells get a good start.

I am thinking… that I will skip watering outside plants today!  I just went around and stuck a few buckets and containers at the end of our gutter downspouts, as we don’t have rain barrels yet.  Any water collected will be that much I don’t have to pay for.  Plus, if it does rain a good bit, we don’t need the ground washed out where the downspouts are pointed.  I can also now plant seeds in the flower bed right outside my office window without fear that they will be washed away when the rain comes pouring off the roof in that corner.  I planted 3 packets of mixed cut flower seeds and wildflower seeds there earlier this year and only one lone zinnia survived the rains and subsequent flooding.  I can also now begin planning what I want in that bed long term.  First thing will be moving the Texas Star hibiscus to the back of the bed – I had it there when I first planted it last year and the rain water from the roof dumped right down on it.  So, the  hibiscus will be moved and then I can plant some perennials in the front of the bed and decide if I want to leave the Indian Hawthorne bush that is already there on the north side of the bed.

I am thankful for… a good night’s sleep with no interruptions.  The previous night Copper went outside in the evening and was no where to be found when it was bedtime.  At 4:40 a.m., though, she was having a disagreement with another cat in the yard and I had to get up and let her back in.  By the time I got back to bed, I was fairly awake and did not fall back to sleep until shortly before the alarm went off at 6:20 a.m.

I am hoping…  the garage door installations this morning goes smoothly.  This is the next to the last item needing repairs or replacement due to the hailstorm in late March.  After today, we only have to submit to the insurance company the estimates from the fencing company and then, depending upon what the insurance company pays for, get fences repaired or replaced.  My bet is that the insurance company is only going to pay for power washing and sealing, rather than replacement, in which case we’ll be hanging on to the money and getting the fence replaced, either by ourselves or hiring someone.

I am reading…

  • Seven Stones To Stand Or Fall by Diana Gabaldon (for fun)
  • Palm Trees in the Snow by Luz Gabas (for the 2017 European Reading Challenge)

I am busy creating… I’m still sporadically working on the cat design table runner filet crochet project and I still have the blue Santa counted cross stitch project on the hoop to pick back up.  My brain is still full of gardens and plants and propagation and contractors making house repairs and I am not crocheting much at all.  Speaking of propagation – which is a type of creating – I have several African violet plants started, along with some coleus.  I want to cut some geranium slips and get them started, but all online information seems to indicate rooting them in dirt is the preferred method, and I do not have any rooting hormone nor starter soil.  I’d like to root them in water (my preferred method), but I’m not sure how effective that will be.  I maybe do both, just to see for future knowledge.

 

 

I am hearing… a short video done by Michael Greger M.D. titled Four Nuts Once A Month.  Four Brazil nuts taken once a month can lower LDL cholesterol levels faster than statin drugs.  It’s going to look strange when I go in to where I buy bulk raw nuts and buy only four Brazil nuts!

Around the house & garden… I’m slowly whittling down the pile of items in the dining room to sell or give away.  I need to keep at it, as it’s rather a large pile.  Many items are computer oriented and for those I will need Bill to test the item or tell me why we’re getting rid of it and then provide a description.  I can sell bikes and kitchen appliances just fine – computer items, not so much.

In other news…  I’ve begun using a weekly meal calendar recommended by a friend – I fill it out Sunday with the meals I’m going to eat the coming week.  The hope is twofold:  1) I’ll try some new recipes in the multitude of cookbooks I have and 2) I’ll eat only what’s on the menu and not snacks and extras.  So far, after two full days using it, it’s been successful.  That’s a pretty short duration, though, so time will tell if I keep it up.

One of my favorite things…  flowers in my yard and freshly picked mint for my morning smoothie.

Our Weekly Overview… 

Karen:  I have no Master Gardener meetings this week.  My week revolves around yard/garden care, dealing with contractors here, and continuing the office disaster clean-up effort.  Wednesday the new garage door is slated to be installed and Thursday morning the crew will come to install the mini-split a/c unit in the garage.  While here, the a/c crew will also attempt to address the uneven air temperature in the house from the new system install in April – nothing serious, just a couple of rooms that seem to have really warm air coming out when the unit first kicks on and also the puzzling issue of the two units having very different air temperatures coming out the vents when they are both set for the exact same temperature.  I was hoping for an extremely hot day when they came out, as the issue is more pronounced then, but we’ll see how Thursday goes.  Also dealing with a tree that needs removing from my dad’s estate in Alabama, and other estate issue.  It is a full week.

Bill: Bill is slated to be home all week, working for various clients.  At this point it doesn’t appear like he will have any weekend work, which will be nice.  He is enjoying working from home and being able to swim in the pool every evening after supper.  When he has to drive to a client site, by the time he gets home through the horrible traffic, it’s often too late to do anything in the evening other than eat supper and go to bed.

David: August 1 is the beginning date for the new company taking over where David works.  David did take the job offer they gave him, after they accepted his counter offer of doing some of the IT work in addition to his regular Team Lead work.  And some of that IT work started on Tuesday, rather than the predicted mid-August time frame, which was a good sign that the new company means to follow through on their promises.  David is hoping this will provide him the opportunity to segue into the IT world, getting some real on-the-job experience and also some mentoring by the existing IT person.

Here some picture thoughts I am sharing

a short video of a butterfly on my zinnias!  I am really enjoying my bed of zinnias and will be planting more of them next year.

Well, I thought this was going to be a video.  I couldn’t upload the whole video (too big), so I intended to trim the video.  It appears like I have a single snapshot instead.  I will keep working on this and try to bring you the trimmed video in a subsequent post.  It’s really cool, I promise!  But the single shot is nice also.

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