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Weekly Overview.07.03.17

Outside My Window… My Texas Star Hibiscus is blooming like crazy – there’s more than two blooms open and many more buds.  I love seeing it from my office window.

I am thinking… Rain.  Thunder.  Lightning.  I was going to mow yard, had my yard shoes on and ready to walk out the door when I noticed it was raining.  The yard really needs mowing.  I mean, REALLY needs mowing!

I am thankful for… A nice June filled with rain, plants, family, and traveling to new places.

From the kitchen… silence.

I am hoping… to stay focused today.  I have a very long to do list this week!

I am reading…

  • The Other Einstein by Marie Benedict
  • Elementary, She Read (A Sherlock Holms Bookshop Mystery #1) by Vicki Delany

I am busy creating… I have a filet crochet project started (a cat design on a table runner), but haven’t worked on it for a month now.  Maybe I’ll find time for it this month, but I seem to have plants and other things on my mind and forget about picking up the crochet hooks.

I am hearing… Never Land by Eli Young Band on Spotify

Around the house & garden…  After a busy June with family visiting, then traveling, and then Jr. Master Naturalist camp every morning last week, the house is a bit of a disaster.  I need to focus on finishing the unpacking from our trip, cleaning some bathrooms, and tackling the huge pile of receipts and papers on my desk.  Outside I still need to move all the containers back into their places (I moved them all to one central spot so David could more easily water everything while we were vacationing).  And the yard needs mowing!

In other news… I have a ton of pictures to sort through from our trip.  I bought a new camera right before we left (a Canon Powershot SX720 HS) and I am more than pleased with it.  It’s going to take me quite some time to sort through and begin posting pictures and information about our trip to Idaho, but I will get it done!

One of my favorite things… Lazy Sundays when we can sleep as late as we want, eat leftovers, watch movies, and just rest.  Yesterday was just such a day.

Our Weekly Overview… 

Karen:  I’m home all week except Friday afternoon, when I’ll be helping move supplies from the county extension office to Global Spheres in preparation for next week’s Jr. Master Gardener Camp.  My week will be full of plants and cleaning and office work.  Any and all phone calls dealing with contractors will wait until after the 4th of July and possibly wait entirely until next week.

Bill:  Bill gets the 4th off, but otherwise will be working from home as usual.  Friday night he is scheduled to do another all-night work session with a client, which he’s not looking forward to.  Friday is also our 38th wedding anniversary, but I guess we’ll celebrate another day.  No biggie.

David:  David works every day except Wednesday & Thursday.  Work isn’t fun right now, as the company is downsizing personnel at the same time experiencing very high (normal for summer) call volumes.  He’s hanging in there, hoping it will improve after August 1st.  Or waiting to see if he’ll be collecting unemployment after August 1st.

Here some picture thoughts I am sharing …

My raised bed of summer flowers. The zinnias are gorgeous!

Texas Star Hibiscus blossoms.


I ended my last post with these words:

I haven’t begun packing …. Yet!

That was exactly 1.5 years ago. I did begin packing, though. Maybe not that exact day, but shortly thereafter, yeah, packing happened. Bill had been looking for a new job and finally received an offer early August, in Dallas, of all places! Bill had always wanted to live in Texas, and the job market there looked healthy, healthy enough that maybe if this job didn’t pan out long-term, there would be other jobs to be had without packing up and moving again. So, that’s what we did. Packed up and moved, again.

Here it is a year and a half later and we just celebrated the first year anniversary of the closing on our house (10/10/2014). It’s a big house, much larger than we ever anticipated buying, but it had all the items that we really wanted (pool, yard for gardening, big masterbath tub, large kitchen, guest rooms) and was affordable, so what could we do?

Our New Home

Our New Home

Our money pit - oops!  I meant swimming pool!

Our money pit – oops! I meant swimming pool!

You know what else we should have done that day of the house closing? Bought stock in Lowe’s! It seems like that is our favorite store now – so many house projects!

Life is very different now than it was in Arizona, and for the most part, that is a good thing! And do you know what the very best thing of all about life in Texas is? Well, other than the fact that we’ve had lots of family visiting us, seen the granddaughters several times this past year, and been able to travel to visit family in NY and AL this past year. The very best thing of all is the fact that I have not seen a single Arizona Bark Scorpion since we left Arizona! Whoooeeeee!

Four Year Anniversary

Four years ago today, October 3, 2009, Bill and I arrived in Sierra Vista, Arizona. So much has changed in the four years, but not my desire to be back where it is green and lush and where my granddaughters live. I’m content in the moment, but not complacent. There have been good times here and we’ve made some good friends, but I’ve missed so much by not being there. Too much. And so the work continues in the quest to move back east. Arizona, you are a great place to visit, but I’ve visited long enough and it is time for me to go home!

Sanibel Island, Florida

Sanibel Island, Florida, 2009

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