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Weekly Overview 01-09-17

Sunrise on Lewisville Lake

Outside My Window… the sun is shining brightly, the temperature made it to 60s today (finally!), but the breeze is still cold.  Glad for the sunshine, though.

I am thinking… that I’m not going to get everything done that I’d like to get done before we leave for Houston next weekend.

I am thankful for… sunshine!  Warmer temperatures!

From the kitchen… the InstantPot just beeped, so the brown rice cooking in it is done and being kept warm until I get to it.  The kitchen is a mess!  I’ve been lazy about cleaning up after myself yesterday and today – the only thing I’ve washed is the Vitamix container, and that’s only because I’ve used it 3 times today:  morning smoothie, hummus, and mocha.  I’ll need to clean it soon, though, as I plan to make Classic Red Thai Curry With Tofu And Mushrooms for supper!

I am hoping… Bill’s cold is better by the time he comes and that I don’t come down with it.

I am reading… The Immortal Irishman, by Timothy Egan (for the 2017 European Reading Challenge).  I finished Sisters One, Two, Three by Nancy Star (The 26-Book 2017 Reading Challenge) which I rather liked (wasn’t sure I would).  Tonight I will start reading the next book in the 100 Book List reading challenge, The Mill River Recluse by Darcie Chan.

I am busy creating… a counted cross stitch Santa piece.

I am hearing… “Somebody To Love” by the Infamous Stringdusters, a bluegrass group I discovered on Spotify this morning.

Around the house & garden… Christmas décor is still up and looking nice. I’d like to take the tree down before we leave for Houston, but I’m not sure that will get done.  The décor I’ve decided to leave until early February, when it will then be time to put up spring décor.

In other news…   the wall art I ordered from Shutterfly came last Friday and looks wonderful.  As soon as I get it hung, I’ll post a picture.  I chose one of the pictures of Fiona from our excursion a year ago to Alligator Point, Florida.  Unfortunately, the wall calendar holder that I ordered from Lang was not constructed properly – I called them this morning and they refunded my payment but the item itself is out of stock and won’t be available until April.  I believe, though, that the fix to the hanger is a relatively easy one, so I’ll have Bill look it over when he gets home and maybe I won’t be ordered another one.

One of my favorite things… discovering new groups/music that makes me feel good.



Our Weekly Overview… 

Monday: Bill is in California at Citrix Summit.  David was scheduled to work, but called in sick (he doesn’t seem sick, but then again, he only used 2.5 sick days last year, leaving a couple on the table that he lost at the New Year).  I’ve worked on paying bills, HUBN accounts, mailed out a couple of hats to Liana, dropped checks at the bank, picked up groceries, and made a good bit of food (see above).  Tonight I’ll work on my counted cross stitch piece while watching the College Football game and maybe catch Bill on Skype.

Tuesday: Bill flies home late in the afternoon, so I’ll have to drive to DFW Airport to pick him up around 9 p.m., provided his flight is on time.  I’ll work more on our accounts (try to get Quicken caught up this week) & whatever HUBA/HUBN work comes in.  David is off (Tuesday & Wednesday are his weekend).

Wednesday: Bill works from home for the rest of the week.  I have an appt, in the morning with the car dealership for an oil change, an inspection, and a driving light repair.  Around that I’ll work on laundry and our accounts.  David is off.

Thursday: Bill works remotely for the client in Houston.  I’ll keep on with Quicken and other office work as needed.  David works.

Friday: Bill works from home, I’ll work on Quicken and prepping for our 2 week stay in Houston, and David works.

Saturday: & Sunday:  David works.  Bill & I will drive to Houston one of these days (not sure which yet), as he has two weeks on site there for the client he’s been working with since early December.  So I’ll be doing last minute laundry, packing, making checklists for David, stocking up on groceries for David, deciding whether to take my Vitamix with me to Houston.  And if we decide to drive down on Saturday, I’ll be doing all this on Friday!

Here are some picture thoughts I am sharing … I took Bill to the airport very early Sunday morning.  By the time I got home, the sun was beginning to brighten the sky, so I drove the couple of miles to a boat landing on Lewisville Lake and took some pictures.  The temperature was 22, so there’s ice all over the banks of the lake – something you don’t see very often!

And there were ducks!

The Icarus filter highlights the ice rather nicely.


2016 Update – Part Three

It’s been quite some time since I posted any sort of update.  I’ll try to give some highlights from the past few months.  (Part One and Part Two were posted earlier in the week)


  • We replaced the downstairs toilet with a low-flow toilet.
  • We had the house appraised, as part of the refinance process. The appraisal came back at quite a nice number, giving us a hefty boost in equity value.
  • I attended the Denton County Master Gardener Fall Festival in Flower Mound and the Master Gardener Round Up in Denton later in the month, at which I submitted my application for the 2017 Master Gardener Class.
  • Bill had to travel to Houston for a client the last week of October, so I went with him. We left early and had two weekends to spend in Galveston.Galveston Beach Galveston BeachIt was a fun trip, with some sightseeing on the weekends (even a Duck Tour!).Duck Tour  Our hotel in Houston was on the very edge of downtown, so I did a lot of walking / exploring of downtown Houston.  The weather was perfect!

    View from our hotel

    View from our hotel

  • My cousin and I began a reading challenge on her It’s a Mystery Blog. If you’d like to know more, visit Bestseller Code 100.


  • We finalized the mortgage refinance.
  • I had my Master Gardener interview early in the month and then received word just a week ago that I was accepted. I’m super excited and know I will learn a lot about gardening in Texas.
  • I sent two crocheted baby blankets to a relative who delivered twin boys.crocheted baby blankets for twins
  • Bill ordered a computer, which will replace three old boxes that run continuously, serving various functions. Hopefully one new unit will use less electricity than three old units.
  • We spent Thanksgiving holiday putting up shelves & rails & hangars in the garage. We’re not quite finished yet.  Bill has new toolboxes arriving this Thursday and then he will be putting up some more shelves & lighting around the tool area.garage organization
  • I’ve tried to keep up with the bounty (leaves, twigs, etc.) that the neighbor’s cottonwood tree continues to bestow upon us.
  • I picked up an art easel along the side of the curb on a trash day. It needed some repair, which Bill did.  So now I have an easel!art easel
  • My raised bed continues to keep me happy with Swiss chard, kale, mustard greens, and Chinese cabbage. Oh, and I even planted a couple of Brussels sprouts, just for fun.  I probably planted them too late, though, as they aren’t growing very fast.  Maybe we’ll have a mild winter and I’ll be able to harvest some sprouts!
  • Bill installed a pull-out cabinet kit for my most-used and most-unorganized cupboard. It works beautifully!kitchen cabinet pull out shelf

And now you are up to date!

The Beach

Two weeks ago today I was at the beach. Alligator Point, Bald Point State Park, in Franklin County, Florida

I haven’t been to the Gulf Coast (or any ocean beach) since we moved away from Tallahassee in September, 2009.

It was Glorious.

Alligator Point Beach

Walking in one direction, it was all blue skies and sunshine.

Bald Point State Park

Turning around to go back, it was suddenly foggy, very spooky looking. The fog was so thick at times that you could see it hitting your glasses!

Foggy Gulf Coast

And then the fog was everywhere.

Franklin County Florida beach

I spent the day with my lovely granddaughter, Fiona, who I believe enjoyed the beach as much as I did. Possibly more so, as she was willing to wade in and get wet!

A beach lover

Fun at Bald Point State Park

We spent most of the day together, shopping at Hobby Lobby, grabbing drinks at Starbucks, and picked up some subs to eat lunch at the beach. While at the beach, we walked 3 miles and picked up many shells that we later divided between us.

Grandmother and Grandchild

It was truly one of the best days of my life.

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