It’s been a busy week. I’ve finished taxes (or nearly so – waiting on a bug fix announcement from Turbo Tax), mowed the yard, swept up and scooped up cottonwood tree pollen that is coating our backyard, and cleaned off my office table (filing and shredding and re-piling papers). What do you know? My office table has a top to it – quite a lovely one!
Appointment book + tax papers file is all that’s allowed here now.
The curtains for the office came last week. I think they look nice and they have been effective in muffling some of the noise from the office, and noise from the house into the office.
I think the arches – walls – curtains need some butterflies, don’t you?
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 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.
- 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.
- 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!
- 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!
And now you are up to date!
I spent some time earlier this week decluttering and cleaning and just generally getting ready for November and guests coming. I rearranged the dining room a bit, removed some of the leftover clutter from moving in a year ago(!) and set up the dining room table nicely. The table cloth is new – bought it last year during the post-Thanksgiving sales.
The picture hanging above the table is one that my grandmother, Mabel Austin Gibson, painted of The Little Church between Hall and Gorham in upstate New York. It is supposed to be sent to my brother in Idaho, but as you can see, it hasn’t made it there yet!