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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 …  

Weekly Overview 08.02.17

Outside My Window… the skies are cloudy, which is actually nice.  We’ve had a stretch of really hot dry weather, so a cooler, drizzly day is a nice change.  This cooler weather today (and I think tomorrow) will enable my newly planted coleus, impatiens, and coral bells get a good start.

I am thinking… that I will skip watering outside plants today!  I just went around and stuck a few buckets and containers at the end of our gutter downspouts, as we don’t have rain barrels yet.  Any water collected will be that much I don’t have to pay for.  Plus, if it does rain a good bit, we don’t need the ground washed out where the downspouts are pointed.  I can also now plant seeds in the flower bed right outside my office window without fear that they will be washed away when the rain comes pouring off the roof in that corner.  I planted 3 packets of mixed cut flower seeds and wildflower seeds there earlier this year and only one lone zinnia survived the rains and subsequent flooding.  I can also now begin planning what I want in that bed long term.  First thing will be moving the Texas Star hibiscus to the back of the bed – I had it there when I first planted it last year and the rain water from the roof dumped right down on it.  So, the  hibiscus will be moved and then I can plant some perennials in the front of the bed and decide if I want to leave the Indian Hawthorne bush that is already there on the north side of the bed.

I am thankful for… a good night’s sleep with no interruptions.  The previous night Copper went outside in the evening and was no where to be found when it was bedtime.  At 4:40 a.m., though, she was having a disagreement with another cat in the yard and I had to get up and let her back in.  By the time I got back to bed, I was fairly awake and did not fall back to sleep until shortly before the alarm went off at 6:20 a.m.

I am hoping…  the garage door installations this morning goes smoothly.  This is the next to the last item needing repairs or replacement due to the hailstorm in late March.  After today, we only have to submit to the insurance company the estimates from the fencing company and then, depending upon what the insurance company pays for, get fences repaired or replaced.  My bet is that the insurance company is only going to pay for power washing and sealing, rather than replacement, in which case we’ll be hanging on to the money and getting the fence replaced, either by ourselves or hiring someone.

I am reading…

  • Seven Stones To Stand Or Fall by Diana Gabaldon (for fun)
  • Palm Trees in the Snow by Luz Gabas (for the 2017 European Reading Challenge)

I am busy creating… I’m still sporadically working on the cat design table runner filet crochet project and I still have the blue Santa counted cross stitch project on the hoop to pick back up.  My brain is still full of gardens and plants and propagation and contractors making house repairs and I am not crocheting much at all.  Speaking of propagation – which is a type of creating – I have several African violet plants started, along with some coleus.  I want to cut some geranium slips and get them started, but all online information seems to indicate rooting them in dirt is the preferred method, and I do not have any rooting hormone nor starter soil.  I’d like to root them in water (my preferred method), but I’m not sure how effective that will be.  I maybe do both, just to see for future knowledge.



I am hearing… a short video done by Michael Greger M.D. titled Four Nuts Once A Month.  Four Brazil nuts taken once a month can lower LDL cholesterol levels faster than statin drugs.  It’s going to look strange when I go in to where I buy bulk raw nuts and buy only four Brazil nuts!

Around the house & garden… I’m slowly whittling down the pile of items in the dining room to sell or give away.  I need to keep at it, as it’s rather a large pile.  Many items are computer oriented and for those I will need Bill to test the item or tell me why we’re getting rid of it and then provide a description.  I can sell bikes and kitchen appliances just fine – computer items, not so much.

In other news…  I’ve begun using a weekly meal calendar recommended by a friend – I fill it out Sunday with the meals I’m going to eat the coming week.  The hope is twofold:  1) I’ll try some new recipes in the multitude of cookbooks I have and 2) I’ll eat only what’s on the menu and not snacks and extras.  So far, after two full days using it, it’s been successful.  That’s a pretty short duration, though, so time will tell if I keep it up.

One of my favorite things…  flowers in my yard and freshly picked mint for my morning smoothie.

Our Weekly Overview… 

Karen:  I have no Master Gardener meetings this week.  My week revolves around yard/garden care, dealing with contractors here, and continuing the office disaster clean-up effort.  Wednesday the new garage door is slated to be installed and Thursday morning the crew will come to install the mini-split a/c unit in the garage.  While here, the a/c crew will also attempt to address the uneven air temperature in the house from the new system install in April – nothing serious, just a couple of rooms that seem to have really warm air coming out when the unit first kicks on and also the puzzling issue of the two units having very different air temperatures coming out the vents when they are both set for the exact same temperature.  I was hoping for an extremely hot day when they came out, as the issue is more pronounced then, but we’ll see how Thursday goes.  Also dealing with a tree that needs removing from my dad’s estate in Alabama, and other estate issue.  It is a full week.

Bill: Bill is slated to be home all week, working for various clients.  At this point it doesn’t appear like he will have any weekend work, which will be nice.  He is enjoying working from home and being able to swim in the pool every evening after supper.  When he has to drive to a client site, by the time he gets home through the horrible traffic, it’s often too late to do anything in the evening other than eat supper and go to bed.

David: August 1 is the beginning date for the new company taking over where David works.  David did take the job offer they gave him, after they accepted his counter offer of doing some of the IT work in addition to his regular Team Lead work.  And some of that IT work started on Tuesday, rather than the predicted mid-August time frame, which was a good sign that the new company means to follow through on their promises.  David is hoping this will provide him the opportunity to segue into the IT world, getting some real on-the-job experience and also some mentoring by the existing IT person.

Here some picture thoughts I am sharing

a short video of a butterfly on my zinnias!  I am really enjoying my bed of zinnias and will be planting more of them next year.

Well, I thought this was going to be a video.  I couldn’t upload the whole video (too big), so I intended to trim the video.  It appears like I have a single snapshot instead.  I will keep working on this and try to bring you the trimmed video in a subsequent post.  It’s really cool, I promise!  But the single shot is nice also.

Weekly Overview 03.06.17

Outside My Window… the wind is blowing all the Bradford pear blossoms off the tree.

I am thinking… that outside work planned for this afternoon will have to wait until Thursday, due to the wind. Raking leaves and spraying water doesn’t work very well when it’s windy.

I am thankful for… energy & focus this morning, even with only four hours of sleep last night.

From the kitchen… mashed avocado is thawing so I can make the creamy avocado salad dressing that I’ve been thinking about since last night, when I couldn’t sleep!

I am hoping… that the sunny weather promised for Wednesday holds, as having a tulip farm tour would not be nearly as much fun in the rain.

I am reading… 

  • The Wilderness Warrior: Theodore Roosevelt and the Crusade for America, 1858-1919 by Douglas Brinkley
  • The Horse Whisperer by Nicholas Evans for the 100 Bestsellers List challenge
  • Three Sisters, Three Queens (The Plantagenet and Tudor Novels #8) by Philippa Gregory

I am busy creating… a Rippling Waves afghan for a niece.

I am hearing… “Manana” by Jimmy Buffet on Pandora

Around the house & garden… We put up curtain rods over the archways between the front hallway and the office. Curtains have been ordered (brick red) but in the meantime we’re using the teal curtains from upstairs. Bill plans on have several late night sessions of work in the next few weeks and we’re hoping this will allow David & I to sleep while he is working.

In other news… I decided to quit my job as remote admin to HelpUBuy America. It was an interesting job, but the amount of pay I was making wasn’t really the aggravation of having to keep watching my email continually. Plus, I can see that Master Gardener program is going to keep me busy and will be something that I can enjoy AND also meet people. Making friends would be a novel idea. February 28th was my last official day.

One of my favorite things… flowers – all sorts, shapes, and colors. I have snapdragons in blossom right now. They’ve been in the garden for two years now, wintering over and surviving through the heat of the summer. I had more, but in a fit of whatever last fall, I pulled a bunch, thinking they were not doing well and that I’d make space for some crocus bulbs. I’d forgotten that the snapdragons perk up in the early spring – and the crocus bulbs never did anything.

Our Weekly Overview… 

Monday: Bill works from home. David works. I’m doing odds and ends, knocking things off my to do list. Laundry, sweeping floors, cleaning toilets, writing blog posts, catching up my books read list and book challenge lists (which I shall post about later in the week), and food prep for lunch. I even tried a new Creamy Avocado Dressing recipe this noon for my salad – it needs a bit of modifying. Or maybe it just needed following the recipe exactly, but I didn’t have everything the recipe called for! It was pretty good, in any case, and I’ll be making it again with some slight changes.

Tuesday: Bill works from home. David has the day off (it’s the first day of his “weekend”) and he will be going to the new local coffee shop and picking up some more coffee beans, plus making his Massaman Curry to take in to the management pot luck lunch on Wednesday. I have Master Gardener class – this week we will be doing hands-on plant propagation activities.

Wednesday:Bill works from home. David has the day off (the second day of his “weekend”) and will be taking his Massaman Curry in to work for lunch. I am going on a Tulip Tour at the Texas-Tulips Farm with the Master Gardeners in the morning and then I’ll be back home in the afternoon to continue working on taxes, which I started working on last Friday.

Thursday: Bill works from home. David works. I will take Copper in early (7:45 a.m.) to the vet for her semi-annual checkup, plus dental cleaning, which means they will keep her for most of the day and call me when she’s ready to pick up. I’ll continue working on taxes and, if the weather is nice, maybe mow some more yard and clean the pool filters.

Friday:Bill works in the a.m. and has the afternoon off for a doctor’s appointment (follow-up on semi-annual bloodwork), although I’m hearing rumblings that the work schedule may mean I have to change his appointment to another day next week. Bill is scheduled to do some overnight work (overtime pay!) for a client, the window of opportunity for the work being 9 p.m. Friday – 6 a.m. Saturday. David will be working. I’ll be trying to finish up what I didn’t get done earlier in the week – hopefully that means finishing taxes – and also I’ll have MG homework and the week’s test to take.

Saturday & Sunday:Bill will be sleeping late, so I’ll be doing quiet things around the house, maybe run some errands, get groceries, etc. David will be working. I’m not sure what the weather is going to be, but it would be nice to get my greens bed cleaned up and ready to plant to flowers. Copper has been using it this winter, so I’m not going to plant greens in it until this fall. In the meantime, I think it will make a great cut flowers bed! I just have to block it off again like I did last year so Copper can’t get into it, and hope that Bill will eventually get the time to make me the screened cover he bought supplies for last fall. Sunday is race day – California, I think – so that means sleeping late, napping in front of the TV, crocheting, and just generally resting.

Here are some picture thoughts I am sharing …

I made these Butterfly Fingerless Gloves last month for Kat & Fiona. I think I’m going to make me a pair – not sure I’ll wear them in public, but they look cool and might be fun to wear while I’m working on the computer.


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