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Weekly Overview 08.07.17

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…

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.

 

Here’s a picture thought I am sharing …  

Weekly Overview 02.20.17

Outside My Window… it is overcast and dreary, just like the last two Mondays!  We had wind and rain overnight, but we’re promised sunshine and warm weather starting this afternoon.  We shall see.  I have a good crop of dandelions growing in my yard, though.  A lawn care salesman stopped by last week and tried to sell Bill his services, pointing out our huge crop of dandelions.  He seemed a bit taken aback when Bill announced we liked our dandelions!

I am thinking… it’s going to be a busy week, but hopefully as productive as last week!

I am thankful for… getting the Christmas tree stowed away in the attic over the weekend.  AND the start of the 2017 NASCAR race season.  I do love our Sunday afternoons of race watching, with Bill napping and me crocheting.

From the kitchen… dishes are piled in the sink and nothing is planned for supper.  I made the guys bbq pork ribs yesterday and baked sweet potatoes and made a topping of black beans, tomatoes & kale for myself.  There was plenty of leftovers, so no cooking will be needed tonight.

I am hoping… that the paintings I shipped to my brother last Wednesday arrive tomorrow undamaged.  My grandmother painted them and they are irreplaceable.  I did take photos of them before I sent them off, as I plan to order wall canvases of some of them for myself.  Eventually I would like to take pictures of all the paintings that various family members have and then make them available to all family members.  Here’s a photo of the painting she made for me as a teen, maybe for a birthday?  More likely for a high school graduation gift.

Apple Blossom Lane oil by Mabel A Gibson

I am reading… The Immortal Irishman: The Irish Revolutionary Who Became an American Hero by Timothy Egan (for the 2017 European Reading Challenge).  I have 30 pages left to read, it’s due back to the library on Wednesday, and I cannot renew it again.  I may have to pay some fines on this book.  I’m still reading The Wilderness Warrior: Theodore Roosevelt and the Crusade for America, 1858-1919 by Douglas Brinkley.  I’ll be starting One Child by David Nicholls tonight – it’s the next book on our 100 Bestsellers List challenge.

I am busy creating… a Rippling Waves afghan for a niece.  It’s coming along nicely, don’t you think?

I am hearing… the Irish and Celtic Music Podcast, specifically the February 16, 2017 episode “2-Hour Best Celtic Music Retrospective.”

Around the house & garden… the houseplants I treated for mealy bugs survived the treatment.  I don’t see any new evidence of mealy bugs, but I’m keeping an eye on them.  This coming weekend I plan to take down the winter/holiday floral arrangements and break out spring flowers.  I’ll probably have to make a trek to Hobby Lobby at some point to buy some new flowers, as I’ve added some new vases / containers since last spring.

In other news…  David finished his taxes last week, February 15th.  He was quite pleased with himself that he got them done by the deadline.  I pointed out that the deadline was actually April 15th.  We were all amused.  He was slated to get a rather large refund, so he bought himself another monitor like the one he bought last December, and passed his old monitors along to me.  So I have new-to-me monitors, slightly larger and newer than my old ones.

One of my favorite things… pictures of granddaughters.  Charles bought a new car last month and was given a couple of hats by the salesman.  Liana has taken to those hats, won’t go anywhere without one of them on.  She’s so cute.  And she knows it, too!

 

Our Weekly Overview… 

Monday: Bill working from home.  David is at work.  I’ve been writing book reviews, crocheting, and writing blog posts.  As soon as I finish this post, I’m headed to town to get some groceries and ship a birthday package to my mom.

Tuesday: Bill works from home.  David is off work.  I’ll be at my Master Gardener class from 9 – 4.  This week’s lesson is on Turf, with a mini-lunch session on How To Sharpen Your Garden Tools.

Wednesday: Bill works from home.  David is off work (but probably has a Manager’s meeting to attend at noon).  I’ll have MG homework and Quarterly Invoicing (paid work), plus the ever-present Quicken.  With Bill’s help, I was able to get our mortgage refinance entry in correctly last Friday.  I’m down to just double checking a few entries and 2016 will be complete..

Thursday: Bill works from home.  David is at work.  I have a MG SWAt meeting in Denton from 9:30 – 11:30.  In the afternoon I’ll tackle whatever paid work has come up and hopefully be able to get ready to start taxes on Friday.

Friday: Bill works from home.  David is at work.  I will have MG reading to do and hopefully get started on taxes.  It would be nice to have them finished in February, a novel idea!

SaturdaySunday:  David works.  Bill & I need to do some outside things, if the weather is nice.  The pool desperately needs cleaning (we didn’t get it cleaned last weekend or the weekend before!).  I need to clean up my raised bed and get that ready for planting greens.  And I’m sure we’ll have a lawn to mow if the weather stays as warm as is forecasted.

Here are some picture thoughts I am sharing …

Coffee Coasters!

These are just some of the 24 coasters I made.  Some will be gifts, others we will use ourselves.  They were a lot of fun to make.

Weekly Overview 02.06.17

This is what you do when you leave your first Master Gardener Class – you buy more plants!

 

Outside My Window… it is overcast and dreary.  Dandelions are blooming in my front yard, but otherwise, it looks like winter.

I am thinking… that it’s looking like a typical Monday, with things piling on faster than I can keep track.  I had hoped to make a Master Gardener Garden Tour meeting this afternoon, just to check it out, but that is not going to happen.  Alysse has work for me and I still have homework to read for tomorrow’s class.

I am thankful for… the end of feeling like crap.  My cold is mostly gone.

From the kitchen… nothing.  I’ve got nothing.

I am hoping… to get my MG homework finished today.  Reading forty-four pages of plant parts and plant propagation while having a foggy head from this cold has been a challenge.

I am reading… The Immortal Irishman: The Irish Revolutionary Who Became an American Hero by Timothy Egan (for the 2017 European Reading Challenge), Olive Kitteridge by Elizabeth Strout for the 100 Books List challenge, and The Wilderness Warrior: Theodore Roosevelt and the Crusade for America, 1858-1919 by Douglas Brinkley.

I am busy creating… a counted cross stitch Santa piece, although I haven’t done any work on it in over three weeks.  I am feeling the urge to crochet, though, so I may put that away for a while and find a crochet project to work on.

I am hearing… Celtic music from the Irish and Celtic Music Podcast.

Around the house & garden… Christmas décor is still up. The house needs a good cleaning, but I didn’t do anything this weekend, other than the most pressing (food, dishes, laundry) and resting.  I noticed I have morning glories starting (self-seeded) and my daffodils are up, but otherwise, the garden looks like winter.  Inside, my plants need a lot of attention – repotting, cleaning up dead leaves and such, and I noticed yesterday that I have mealy bugs on another African violet.  It seems like there’s one area where I put plants that they always get mealy bugs, so I’ve got to figure out what is going on there.

In other news…  I took Bill back to the doctor’s Friday for more antibiotics and some couch meds.  After a full weekend of resting, he sounds a bit better today and is back to work.

One of my favorite things… having enough money to pay all the bills and some left over to put into savings.

Our Weekly Overview… 

Monday: Bill working from home.  David is at work.  I have work for Alysse, along with MG homework to finish.  I’d like to get the upstairs bedroom dusted & vacuumed – I think it would help cure our colds if I got some of the dust cleaned up in the house.

Tuesday: Bill works from home.  David is off work.  I’ll be at my Master Gardener class from 9 – 4.

Wednesday: Bill works from home.  David is off work (but probably has a Manager’s meeting to attend at noon).  I have a MG Volunteer Fair to attend sometimes between 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.  The rest of the day I probably will have work for Alysse and if not, there’s the ever present Quicken.

Thursday: Bill works from home.  David is at work.  I’ve got Quicken to get caught up so I can do taxes this month, and I’ll have more MG homework.

Friday: Bill works from home.  David is at work.  I’ll have Quicken still and hopefully will chat with old-time homeschool friends.

SaturdaySunday:  David works.  Bill & I need to do some outside things, if the weather is nice.  The pool desperately needs cleaning and we need to hook up the water hoses and water the house foundation.

 

Here are some picture thoughts I am sharing …

Just a bit of what I’ve been studying this week.

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