Outside My Window… sunshine and white fluffy clouds filtered through my Texas Star hibiscus.
I am thinking… about how nice it was to have a phone call from my Mom this morning and a Skype call from Kat & Fiona this afternoon.
I am thankful for… the availability of so much beautiful Celtic music via the Internet.
I am hoping… the a/c installation into the garage tomorrow goes smoothly. Sounds like a repeat from last week, doesn’t it? That’s because last week’s scheduled date got moved to this week!
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)
- The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein (for the 100 Bestsellers List)
I am busy creating… plants. I’m propagating geraniums, or attempting to do so. Trimmed my peppermint striped geranium this morning and I have six potential plants started. Keeping my fingers crossed, as I’ve never done geraniums before, nor have I used rooting compound before.
I am hearing… Celtic music from Seinn, by Mary Jane Lamond & Wendy Macisaac. I first heard them on the Celtic Music Podcast and liked the piece played so well that I looked on the liner notes to see who and what it was. Their album is a mixture of fiddling instrumentals and vocals in Gaelic. They have some samples on their website that I’m listening to and when I make my next mini-weight loss goal, I will be ordering the CD.
Around the house… not much is happening, as most of my attention has been outside. I realized Saturday, when I went hunting for my brochures and maps of things to do and see in Oklahoma, that I need a system to organize such things. I always collect brochures and maps wherever I go, and then they get thrown in a pile when I get home. I’m thinking of those cloth bins that I can shove onto a shelf…but that would mean I need open and available shelves. The other option is a plastic tote with hanging folders inside. I’ll have to decide upon something soon, as right now there’s piles on a couple of different tables and if I don’t deal with them, they’ll be there for weeks, maybe even months!
Around the garden… spider mites and mealy bugs to be dealt with on outside and inside plants. This morning I sprayed tomatoes and other plants outside with Neem oil. And I will be spending Wednesday launching an all-out attack on my inside African violets – wiping down with alcohol to remove mealy bugs, then spraying with Neem oil and rinsing with water, and repotting in new soil mixed with diatomaceous earth. It’s time to get serious!
In other news… I’m still using webmail, which sucks. Bill is still working on getting our mail server system back in shape. From what I can figure, it’s got more to do with the actual program than the system, something about overloading the backup or archival to the point where it just quit. I sure hope this doesn’t last forever, as I really miss Outlook mail (I never thought I’d say that!).
One of my favorite things… day trips to new places. Here’s a picture from the Chickasaw Cultural Center in Sulphur, Oklahoma, which we visited Saturday.
Our Weekly Overview…
Karen: No Master Gardener meetings this week. A/C contractor(s) here on Tuesday morning to set up the mini-split unit in the garage and also (hopefully) do an air flow test in the house to remediate some residual issues from the house system that was installed in April. The rest of the week will be ongoing focus on paperwork and accounts and Quicken.
Bill: Bill will be working from home every day this week except Wednesday (which means I have the house to myself for a whole day!!!).
David: David works every day this week, except for Thursday and Friday. He’ll be ready for a break, as he’ll be ending a seven day work week, covering for others on vacation.