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Weekly Overview 08.30.1

Outside My Window…  sunshine and white fluffy clouds, which is a welcome change from the cloudy skies we’ve had the last week.

I am thinking… about how noisy it is right now.  The neighbor on the south is getting a new roof, while one of the neighbor’s to the east is running a leaf blower.  Today this is not a quiet neighborhood.

I am thankful for… being high and dry.  Harvey’s rain all go east of us and we will not receive any of it’s wrath.

I am hoping…  the new fence / gate installation gets done today.  Yesterday the contractor came by to take measurements and see exactly where I want my compost bin alcove to go.  He indicated they’d be back today to build it.  I can’t wait to see the transformation.


Our current fence and gate area.


 I am reading…

  • Seven Stones To Stand Or Fall by Diana Gabaldon (for fun)
  • Push Not The River (The Poland Trilogy) by James Conroyd Martin (for the 2017 European Reading Challenge)

I am busy creating… plants.  Out of six geranium starts, one is still alive, so my success record there is not very good.  I planted collards and curly kale sets yesterday and am still looking for Swiss chard, mustard, and any other fall greens I can find. I have romaine lettuce and kale ends sitting in water on my kitchen counter, which are putting out a few roots and growing some fresh green tops.  Keeping my fingers crossed that I’ll be able to plant them outside soon.  The small green onion ends that I’ve been saving from my salads have taken off well.  I put them in a container outside last week and five of the seven have survived.  I have five more ends in water on the counter – as soon as they begin putting out new green shoots, they will be planted outside into a container.  Hopefully, before long, I’ll be able to just go outside and cut the tops off for my salad and leave the root end in the container to grow out new tops.

The propagation center.


I am hearing… the pounding of nails into the neighbor’s roof.

 Around the house…  the office has a new overhead light.  The previous light put out a maximum of 1100 lumens.  The new light can put out 2700 lumens, and Bill also installed a dimmer switch so we can adjust what we need.  I haven’t used my computer since he installed the new light, but I’m hopeful that the light will reach over into my corner of the room, enabling me to see items on my desk more clearly.

Around the garden… my plants are enjoying the cooler days (temperatures only in the 80s this past week) and the rain water (3+ inches last Thursday morning).  My zinnias continue to attract butterflies and hummingbirds – so fun to watch.  And my African violets are recovering from my efforts to get rid of all the mealy bugs.  I do a thorough inspection every Thursday and so far, ‘ve only had one plant that has shown any further evidence of bugs and they were easily removed.  Most of the plants are beginning to bloom, which is a good indication that they are happier.

In other news…  I’m back to using webmail.  Bill had the mail server fixed for about ten days, and then this Sunday it when kaplooey again.  He’s been working at it, trying to figure out what’s going on this time, but in the meantime, it’s webmail and gmail.

One of my favorite things…  the robotic pool cleaner.  He was expensive as hell, but he has certainly freed up my time to get other things done.  No more hours spent each week brushing the sides and bottom of the pool and then vacuuming the pool.  It is wonderful!


Our Weekly Overview… 

Karen:  A Master Gardener meeting Friday, but since Bill has the day off and we’re planning a weekend away, I’m not planning on attending.  I’ve been working on Quicken (yes, actually, finally, working on Quicken!), dealing with contractors (still), and also car maintenance (the Dart had an oil change Tuesday and will, hopefully, have the tires rotated on Thursday). Friday we will travel to Paris, Texas, for a square dance weekend.

Bill: Bill will be working from home every day this week except Friday – he’s taking a comp day on Friday.  That will make a four day weekend for him, which he well deserves.  We should be home from our square dance weekend sometime Sunday afternoon in time for the Darlington Race Sunday evening.  Monday is Labor Day and I’m sure we’ll find some project around the house to labor on.

David: David had Monday and Tuesday off, and works the rest of the week.  He continues to keep himself busy in his free hours by working on his Atomic Space game, which you can follow the progress of via Atomic Space Project.


Here’s a picture thought I am sharing …  

3 Quick Thoughts on Saturday, July 29, 2017

  • The pool robot is working out very nicely. I was able to put it in the pool earlier this week and by the time I was done mowing and trimming the side yard and watering all my plants, the pool was clean.  I took advantage of the clean pool and went swimming!  I needed to cool off – we’ve had temperatures in the high 90s all week, along with heat indexes of 104 – 109.
  • I’m sad to report that the SlingTV is not working out as well as I had hoped. It does fine on most shows, but anything that is live, such as a news show or, most importantly, the race, it pixilates a lot, which causes headaches.  Not good.  It is uncertain if it will improve by upping our internet speed, and that’s something that Bill needs to handle, as he has some concerns about what they need to send a technician out to do here at the house. Until he gets those answers (and has the time to pursue the whole issue), I think we’re going to be stuck with continuing to use DirecTv.
  • I’m not sure if I’m brave or foolhardy, but I started reading a Diana Gabaldon book yesterday, Seven Stones To Stand Or Fall. I am two books behind in reading her Outlander series and all of the short stories and novellas included in this collection are about the Outlander world in some fashion.  I’ve put off reading anything by her for several years because I knew once I began, I would not want to stop.  I’ll end up reading the whole Outlander series from start to finish.  The last time I did that was in 2007 and it took me a full year – and there’s two more full length novels added since then!  Wish me luck!

3 Quick Thoughts on Sunday, July 16, 2017

  • Our roof has new shingles!  It looks nice.  The crew cleaned up nicely and the contractor is going to be back tomorrow to check on the work again, answer any questions/concerns we might have, and do another sweep with the magnet to pick up any stray staples.  We’ve swept and looked around, found a few stray staples, but it looks good.  I vacuumed the pool yesterday morning and there really wasn’t much shingle dust in there, which was good.
  • The pool is finally clean and warm.  We’re really enjoying the swimming.  We ordered a robotic pool cleaner, which should arrive this coming week.  That will save me many hours each week brushing and vacuuming.  And it supposedly will also mean we have to use fewer chemicals, which would be nice.
  • We are testing Sling TV this weekend, watching the NASCAR races and other shows, via the app and an XBox One.  I can see we’re going to need to up our Internet bandwidth, but otherwise, we’re fairly pleased with how it all works.  The biggest challenge has been figuring out how to use the XBox controller to operate the television.  Hopefully later this week I’ll be able to cancel our satellite tv service and save ourselves some money.