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Weekly Overview 01.15.18

Outside My Window…  sunshine! Oops!  No, that was half an hour ago.  Now the clouds (rain, and then later snow) are rolling in.

I am thinking…  that I got outside this morning and walked while it was (relatively) warm (60) and sunny.

I am thankful for… the new fitness tracker I have.  I wasn’t sure I wanted one, but when one of Bill’s coworkers offered the deal of the week on one he had purchased but couldn’t use, I took a chance.  I set it up yesterday and it’s rather cool.  I do think it will be an impetus to get more activity in each day.

I am hoping… that that winter weather event we’re supposed to have tonight comes and goes quickly without leaving snow behind!

 I am reading…

  • The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt
  • Spark: The Revolutionary New Science of Exercise and the Brain by John J. Ratey
  • Jeff Gordon: His Dream, Drive & Destiny by Joe Garner
  • Fast Food Genocide: How Processed Food is Killing Us and What We Can Do About It by Joel Fuhrman

I am busy creating… a granny square afghan, which is a gift for a relative having a BIG birthday later this year.  I’m almost done with it, but it’s so nice to work on an afghan when the weather outside is cold.  I need to crochet snowflakes when I’m done with the afghan, but I may drag out an afghan kit I bought a couple of years ago and work on that instead.  It’ll depend upon how much more of this below freezing weather we have in January/February.

I am hearing… the Morning Joe show on MSBNC.  I tape it every morning and often watch the first segment, sometimes more.

Around the house…  Christmas décor is still up – I intend to leave it up until February.  The kitchen/breakfast area/back hallway/laundry room/downstairs bathroom floors are swept and newly mopped, something that was well overdue.  The rest of the downstairs could use a good vacuuming.

Around the garden…  there’s not much going on.  It’s been cold and I am a warm weather gardener.  Leaves cover the gardens and the lawn – somewhat intentionally, but it looks like hell.  I probably should have watered some containers this morning when it was nice, but I’m hoping Mother Nature will take care of that later today.  My Swiss chard is currently uncovered, but I’ll be putting the sheet back over it tonight, as the temperature is supposed to drop into the teens.  I’m amazed it looks as good as it does, considering how cold it has been the last few weeks and how many days it has been covered with the sheet!

In other news…  I have made progress on cleaning up my office, organizing things there, and logging receipts into Quicken.  I still have a long ways to go, but I anticipate finishing up with the estate portion of receipts later today.  That’s the current big push – need to get that done so I can get reimbursed for some of those expenses!

One of my favorite things…  is our new loveseat / sleeper sofa that is in the bonus room.  Both David and I have been using the room and the loveseat as a reading retreat.  And, as you can see from the picture below, Copper likes it too!  I’ve got it covered with some sheets while we work on the drywall in the room, and Copper is perched on top of the two big throw pillows that came with the loveseat.

Our Weekly Overview… 

Karen:  This week’s focus is continuing with logging receipts into Quicken, a few housecleaning bits, and getting the Dart inspected.  I also need to make a concerted effort to read as much as I can of our current 100 Bestseller Code book, The Goldfinch, so I can write a review later in the week.  On Wednesday evening I have my Master Gardener Graduation Banquet, which Bill will attend with me.  Thursday afternoon I have a Mentor Meeting, where I will be assigned a 2018 Master Gardener Intern to mentor.

Bill:  Bill is working from home all week.  He’s also continuing to putter with his remote control airplane that he brought back from the Alabama storage unit.  I am enjoying him having a hobby to occupy his downtime, and he’s enjoying doing something that has nothing to do with computers.

David:  College classes begin on Tuesday for David.  They are all online classes, but just what that means will likely be something different for all four classes in which he is currently enrolled.

Here’s a picture thought I am sharing …  

My New Office Setup!

I had a very special birthday gift last month.  David built himself a new computer last February and he happily donated his old computer to me.  Bill & David bought some more pieces and parts and worked several evenings fixing the old computer up for me.  I’ve been using my new computer for almost two weeks now, and it is glorious!  It is so much faster than my old one, which we figure was at least 10 years old, probably older, as we bought it used on Ebay.  It also has great graphics – no more jerky screens when I use Quicken!

As if a new computer wasn’t enough, Bill decided to put up shelves for my computer monitors and also build a raised shelf for my keyboard and mouse.  That was completed last Sunday.

Here’s the before:                                                                                                           And the after:






I am in heaven!  No more boxes.  I have more flat space to utilize.  I’m not chasing my keyboard around as the box it sits on slides one way or the other.  I can have multiple programs operating at the same time.  No more excuses for not getting work done!

Weekly Overview May 3 2016

backyard tomatoes



Outside My Window… My tomatoes are doing great!  The one plant on the left has several tomatoes already set.  Last year we had so much rain, I wasn’t able to plant tomatoes until June and then it turned hot!  I’m hopeful that we’ll have some ripe tomatoes this year before the summer heat stunts the plants.





I am thinking… how much fun it is to use my new-to-me computer and new desk setup.  The computer is lightning fast, the graphics are great, and I now have shelves for my monitors and a raised shelf for my keyboard & mouse.  No more boxes!  I will post a picture later in the week.

I am thankful for… Earbuds & Spotify.  Bill is working from home today and works seems to consist of several conference calls.  He sometimes uses headphones, but he’s not today.

From the kitchen… A mug of hot Sweet & Spicy Tea.  It’s chilly outside today (& inside – I don’t want to turn the heat on!) and so a warm mug of tea seemed necessary.

I am wearing … Blue sketchers, blue jeans, a blue pullover, and a teal cardigan.

I am hoping… that it warms up enough and I get my work done inside so I can go out and play in my gardens.

I am reading… a couple of books.  A Cold Day for Murder by Dana Stabenow and The White Princess (The Cousins’ War, #5) Philippa Gregory.  Gregory is a favorite of mine and I’ve read most of her books.  Stabenow is a new author for me.  I don’t often read mysteries, but I am enjoying this so far.

I am busy creating… An afghan for myself!  I’m so excited.  I spent a lot of time experimenting with colors and I am really happy with the way it is turning out.

I am hearing… Running For You, by Kip Moore, in my earbuds and Bill and others conversing in the background.

Around the house & garden…  The garden is coming along.  I’m picking lettuce (2 kinds) and Swiss chard biweekly.  Next year I will plant slightly less Swiss chard, as I can’t eat it fast enough and the freezer is full!  The house needs a good cleaning, but its spring.  The outdoors beckons.

In other news… My part-time job seems to be expanding a bit, more responsibilities, more hours.  It’s all good.

One of my favorite things… The mug I’m drinking my tea in, a gift from a friend.  It says, “I’d like mornings better if they started later.”  That’s always been my feeling!

Our Weekly Overview… 

Monday: Bill had a going away luncheon for his old boss, so he drove in to the office yesterday and was gone all day.  David was home, and I was glad he was, as I had a ton of computer issues and work issues, many of which he was quite helpful with.  Somehow my profile on my new computer became corrupted.  Bill spent a couple of hours in the evening rebuilding my profile and today all is well!

Tuesday: Bill is working from home. David has work, so he’ll head out around noon.  I’ve got more websites to convert for work, and today was also payday, so I need to pay some bills.

Wednesday: Bill may be working from home all week, he’s not quite sure.  David has Wednesday off.  I’ll continue with my website conversions and then try to clean up my paperwork table in the office, deal with some things that have piled up.  Maybe we’ll go out to supper at Mellow Mushroom to celebrate the April birthdays, since that got put off last weekend.

Thursday:  Bill working at home (I think) and David to work.  More of the same for me – housework, office work, with some gardening thrown into the mix.  The pool needs scrubbing and cleaning.  We’ve ordered new filters – hopefully they’ll have arrived so we can do a good job this time around with the vacuuming.

Friday: Bill working at home (I think) and David to work.  Homeschool chat with friends.

Saturday: & Sunday:  Errands, if I don’t get them done earlier in the week.  Pool cleaning.  Yard work.  The usual – nothing special planned.  I’d like to get back to the Perennial Path Plant Farm in Denton and pick up a Texas Magnolia.  I plan to put one right outside my office window – it will be bright and beautiful to look at from the office.  Sunday is race day in Kansas, so we’ll watch that.  Or rather, I’ll watch & crochet and Bill will nap.  It works.

Here is picture thought I am sharing …

backfence plants


This section of the back fence still needs working up, amending, and planting.  As you can see, I have plants ready!  There’s a geranium, several chrysanthemums, six hostas, and some calibrachoa plants.  Plus two hanging baskets to fill and hang!

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