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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 …  

January 2018 Goals Wrap-Up

January was a very busy month, with quite a bit accomplished.  Unfortunately, it seemed to be a short month (were there really 31 days in this January) and I have not completed my goals list, so there will be some carry-over into February.  We all knew this would happen, didn’t we?

Here’s the list I posted in my January 2018 Goals post updated to show progress:

  • Work towards finishing the auction/probate legal stuff on my dad’s estate – an accounting of the auction and my expenses was sent to the lawyer several days ago and I’m waiting on his response.  I can see that it will be necessary to begin calling his office.  So progress, but not completion.
  • Catch up Quicken – updates have been started, but much more needs to be done in February.
  • Start a new blog for book reviews – set up my name website, find a new theme to use – no progress at all in this area, so this will carry over into February.
  • Continue regular blogging – I consider this a success, as I did manage several blog posts in January.
  • Finish the 2017 crocheted snowflakes – block & starch – I crocheted two small afghans instead, so yeah, I did accomplish one crochet project planned for 2018, just not the one I had lined up for January.  Still a success.
  • Crochet the 2018 snowflake ornaments – nope, didn’t do this either, but I have begun a baby blanket for a Master Gardener friend who became a grandmother this month!  This can be a half fail, half success.
  • Do one picture project – watch for a future blog post on picture projects for 2018 – I didn’t do this either.  Instead I spent several hours going through all my picture files to help supply Fiona with pictures for a school video biography project.  The video was great (I have a copy!), so again, half fail, half success.

From all the red in the above list, it appears that I am going to have to work more diligently on some projects!  In my defense, I did also edit a complete book (freelance hire), graduate as a Master Gardener, travel to Waco for a square dance weekend, attend 6 Master Gardener meetings plus an all day workshop on Native Plants, dealt with Copper’s semi-annual visit to the vet, and got the Dart yearly inspection/registration and an oil change taken care of.  Plus, I’ve walked this month – slightly over 30 miles! I’ve been busy!

Weekly Overview 01.15.18

Outside My Window…  sunshine! Oops!  No, that was half an hour ago.  Now the clouds (rain, and then later snow) are rolling in.

I am thinking…  that I got outside this morning and walked while it was (relatively) warm (60) and sunny.

I am thankful for… the new fitness tracker I have.  I wasn’t sure I wanted one, but when one of Bill’s coworkers offered the deal of the week on one he had purchased but couldn’t use, I took a chance.  I set it up yesterday and it’s rather cool.  I do think it will be an impetus to get more activity in each day.

I am hoping… that that winter weather event we’re supposed to have tonight comes and goes quickly without leaving snow behind!

 I am reading…

  • The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt
  • 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 granny square afghan, which is a gift for a relative having a BIG birthday later this year.  I’m almost done with it, but it’s so nice to work on an afghan when the weather outside is cold.  I need to crochet snowflakes when I’m done with the afghan, but I may drag out an afghan kit I bought a couple of years ago and work on that instead.  It’ll depend upon how much more of this below freezing weather we have in January/February.

I am hearing… the Morning Joe show on MSBNC.  I tape it every morning and often watch the first segment, sometimes more.

Around the house…  Christmas décor is still up – I intend to leave it up until February.  The kitchen/breakfast area/back hallway/laundry room/downstairs bathroom floors are swept and newly mopped, something that was well overdue.  The rest of the downstairs could use a good vacuuming.

Around the garden…  there’s not much going on.  It’s been cold and I am a warm weather gardener.  Leaves cover the gardens and the lawn – somewhat intentionally, but it looks like hell.  I probably should have watered some containers this morning when it was nice, but I’m hoping Mother Nature will take care of that later today.  My Swiss chard is currently uncovered, but I’ll be putting the sheet back over it tonight, as the temperature is supposed to drop into the teens.  I’m amazed it looks as good as it does, considering how cold it has been the last few weeks and how many days it has been covered with the sheet!

In other news…  I have made progress on cleaning up my office, organizing things there, and logging receipts into Quicken.  I still have a long ways to go, but I anticipate finishing up with the estate portion of receipts later today.  That’s the current big push – need to get that done so I can get reimbursed for some of those expenses!

One of my favorite things…  is our new loveseat / sleeper sofa that is in the bonus room.  Both David and I have been using the room and the loveseat as a reading retreat.  And, as you can see from the picture below, Copper likes it too!  I’ve got it covered with some sheets while we work on the drywall in the room, and Copper is perched on top of the two big throw pillows that came with the loveseat.

Our Weekly Overview… 

Karen:  This week’s focus is continuing with logging receipts into Quicken, a few housecleaning bits, and getting the Dart inspected.  I also need to make a concerted effort to read as much as I can of our current 100 Bestseller Code book, The Goldfinch, so I can write a review later in the week.  On Wednesday evening I have my Master Gardener Graduation Banquet, which Bill will attend with me.  Thursday afternoon I have a Mentor Meeting, where I will be assigned a 2018 Master Gardener Intern to mentor.

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.  I am enjoying him having a hobby to occupy his downtime, and he’s enjoying doing something that has nothing to do with computers.

David:  College classes begin on Tuesday for David.  They are all online classes, but just what that means will likely be something different for all four classes in which he is currently enrolled.

Here’s a picture thought I am sharing …