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Weekly Overview May 23 2016

pink impatiens

Outside My Window…Sunshine, a blue sky, and a front lawn that needs mowing.  A thunderstorm passed through about two hours ago and dumped an inch of rain.  It’s much cooler outside now and the wind is blowing a good bit.  We’re due for more storms this afternoon.

 I am thinking… Of all the house cleaning that needs being done this week.  We have guests arriving around June 2nd!

I am thankful for… Guests arriving!

From the kitchen… Silence.

I am wearing … A green jungle print top, dark blue stretchie pants, footsie socks & sandals.  I’m the height of fashion today.

I am hoping…  Bill and I can sort out for certain our vacation plans for the summer.  There seem to be too many variables and more being added every time we turn around.  I still believe we will end up driving, as airplane tickets are close to $60 more per person this week than they were last week when I was looking.  And Amtrak was cost prohibitive.

I am reading… Prince of Tides, by Pat Conroy, The Rosetta Key, by William Dietrich, and The End of Diabetes, by Joel Fuhrman, M.D.

I am busy creating… my sea shore themed afghan.  I decided early last week it was not wide enough, so unraveled the end of over 150 rows and am in the process of adding another 10 inches or so to it.  It’s coming along nicely.

I am hearing… Sleep on the Floor, by The Lumineers on Spotify.  Bill talking next to me.

Around the house & garden…  The garden grows well, other than one of my tomato plants has signs and symptoms of some sort of curly leaf virus and I am going to have to throw it out.  And my coreopsis has a fungus of some sort, so I need to try to treat that, in between rains!  Otherwise, everything is growing very nicely.

We got a lot of the Garden To Do List completed over the weekend –  I know I didn’t post the updated list last week.  I will do so this week.  Inside the house, nothing got done.  It will have to be the focus this week.

In other news…  Bill seems pretty sure we don’t have enough black tubing yet, so I think we’ll be spending more money on the “make the pool warmer” project.  I keep telling him it won’t matter how much tubing we have if the weather doesn’t ever turn hot and dry!

One of my favorite things… 

Copper enjoying our glider

Copper enjoys our glider.

Usually she lays under it, but I had been sitting there earlier with her on my lap, so maybe she was keeping my spot warm.

Our Weekly Overview… 

Monday: Bill works from home all week, support desk.  David goes in to work at noon.  I’ve been lazy this morning, sleeping in a little, crocheting a lot, playing with blog posts.  Laundry has been started, though, and I will get house cleaning done this afternoon.  I also need to call the eye doctor and make appointments for both Bill and I for exams.

Tuesday: David works.  Charles is meeting with an Alabama realtor at our trailer – hopefully that will be productive.  More house cleaning and likely a grocery run in the a.m. will be necessary.

Wednesday: David is off.  More house cleaning for me.  Also need to send out quarterly invoices for work.

Thursday:  David is off.  More house cleaning for me.

Friday: David works.  Hopefully by Friday the housecleaning will be completed, but that’s rather doubtful.  I also need to put 3 pepper plants into containers and mow yard sometime during the week, in between rain storms.

Saturday: & Sunday:  Bill has bought pieces to build some sort of movable structure for the netting that goes over my raised bed.  If he hasn’t completed the building one evening during the week, that will be his project Saturday.  Sunday is NASCAR race at Charlotte.  And next Monday is Memorial Day, a nice 3-day weekend that Bill is looking forward to.

Here is picture thought I am sharing …

kitchen window hanging baskets

Date Night

Wednesday morning Bill sent me an email, asking if we could have a date night that evening, with just the two of us going out to dinner. Wasn’t that sweet?

We decided to make the trek to Tombstone to one of our favorite restaurant’s, Johnny Ringo’s. The food is always good there, the service is always excellent, and best of all, it is a quiet restaurant. No televisions or music blaring and the building doesn’t echo when it is full of people (which it rarely has been since we started going there). Bill ordered steak (what else?) and I ordered an avocado salad and a plain backed potato with a side of salsa. The waitress later said she had never seen anyone put salsa on a baked potato before! Really?

The sun was going down as we drove the 20 miles to Tombstone and I tried taking some pictures of the magnificent views with my cell phone. Normally I am very pleased with the pictures it takes, but it just wasn’t able to handle the speed of the car combined with the darkness of the sky.

sunset on the Mule Mountains

This is looking east towards the Mule Mountains. I should have zoomed in a bit in order to capture more of the mountains in the distance rather so much of the desert up close. The pinks and purples were fantastic, though.

sunset on the Huachuca Mountains

Looking back west towards Sierra Vista and the Huachuca Mountains.

sunset on the Mule Mountains

East again, across the San Pedro River Valley and to the Mule Mountains. See the silvery tree line across the center? That is the San Pedro River. Even though this is quite pixilated, I kind of like it!

sunset on the Huachuca Mountains

West again, as the sun sets completely behind the Huachuca Mountains. That isn’t really a plane in the upper left, but a star.

All in all, an enjoyable evening, even if we did end it with a quick stop at Wal-mart on our way home. When we arrived home, Copper let us know that she wasn’t impressed with our desertion and we were required to sit on the couch and give her a massive dose of attention. David said she sat at the garage door and meowed for quite some time while we were gone and then settled down on the floor by the door until we came home. Obviously David is not a suitable substitute!

Catching Up

I disappeared again! Did you notice? I’ve been busy updating state pages on my homeschooling website. And crocheting on Liana’s baby afghan, which I would like to have done by Christmas, but I’m not sure I will quite have it done by then. I am making good progress, getting about 4-5 rows done each day. At this point, the base blanket is about half done.

Horses and Ribbons Afghan

Once the base blanket is done, then you use yarn to cross stitch the design on top of the blanket. Never again will I ever ever do another project that uses the afghan (Tunisian) crochet stitch. And yeah, I’ve said that before. This time I really do mean it!

I saw this lovely moth on our patio Sunday afternoon:


Aren’t the colors beautiful?

And last, but not least, this past Saturday marked four weeks of standing at my desk instead of sitting. I consider the experiment a success and will continue standing. I love being able to quickly come and go from my desk without having to get up out of a chair. I love being able to bounce/dance to my music as I’m working. My leg muscles are definitely stronger. My buttocks are much less sore, although the tailbone itself still remains sore. I suspect that will take a lot longer to heal up. The biggest drawback is how tired I am by the end of the day. The first two weeks were rough. By the end of week four, I’m doing well during the week, but by Friday evening I am pretty exhausted physically. I spend more of the weekend sitting to rest my legs, and by Monday I’m more than ready to be standing again! The small drawback is that I thought I would lose weight by standing more, but instead I have gained one pound over the past four weeks. Bill reminded me that muscle weighs more than fat, so maybe gaining a pound is actually a good thing. In any case, I will continue to stand while I work at my computer and let Copper use my computer chair!

Copper the cat

I disturbed her sleep when I took the first picture!

Copper the cat

Never disturb a sleeping cat!

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