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Weekly Overview 03.27.17

Outside My Window… it’s cloudy and cool, only 53 degrees, but the world is green!  Spring has definitely sprung.



I am thinking… of a good friend that is having surgery this morning and hoping that the surgery goes well.

I am thankful for… the fact that the hail we had last night did so little damage here, compared to many areas around us, and that the one tornado was short-lived.

From the kitchen… silence.

I am hoping… to get a lot done today, but woke up with an uneasy stomach and a headache, so I’m laying low this morning, hoping whatever the issue is will pass quickly (no pun intended).



I am reading… 

  • The Orphan Master’s Son by Adam Johnson for the 100 Bestsellers List challenge
  • Three Sisters, Three Queens (The Plantagenet and Tudor Novels #8) by Philippa Gregory

I am busy creating… not much right now.  The Rippling Waves afghan is done; all that is left is to weave in the ends.  I’ve been so busy that I’ve not even picked up a crochet hook in about two weeks.

I am hearing… the Morning Joe show on MSNBC.  I tape it each morning and try to listen to at least the opening few minutes before I delete it.

Around the house & garden… would you believe that my Christmas floral decorations are still up?  I really need to find some time soon to swap them out for spring flowers.  My flower beds are looking nice and my morning glories are already trying to climb and bloom – another thing to add to my list this week, putting up string for them to vine on.  I also need to acquire some tomato plants this week, along with new container soil.  If I don’t get them soon, the weather will be too hot for them by the time they are trying to set tomatoes and I’ll lose out, again!

In other news… David had an enjoyable trip to Pittsburgh, visiting with his roommates from his Phoenix years.  I wouldn’t be surprised if sometime in the next year he decides to move to either Seattle or Pittsburgh, where each of those friends live.  All he needs is a good job there to move to!

One of my favorite things… riding bike.  At least it used to be.  I hope to find out sometime this week if it still is.  We bought bike helmets yesterday, along with a tire tube for Bill’s bike, so we should be good to go soon.  Kat wants a picture of us riding our bikes – she says the fact that we have bikes is not newsworthy, but that actually riding them would be!

Our Weekly Overview… 

Karen – I’ve got a busy week with Master Gardeners, which seems to be the new norm.  Tuesday is class, Wednesday I have two meetings in Denton, so I’ll be eating lunch in town again, and Friday morning is Help Desk SPLASH meeting.  I had planned to skip SPLASH this week, as I was signed up to work the Help Desk this morning, but since I wasn’t feeling well, I canceled that.  I’ll decide on Friday whether to work SPLASH or not – they meet every 1st, 3rd, and 5th Friday morning, so I can pick just one a month to attend if I want and still feel like I’m fulfilling my volunteer responsibilities.

I also need to contact two or three a/c companies so we can get quotes on adding the heat reclamation piece into our a/c system to heat the pool, and also see whether it is feasible to upgrade one of the a/c units at the same time.  We’re pretty sure these units are original, which means they are about 20 years old.  Newer would definitely be more efficient and save us money in the long run.

The rest of the week I’ll be doing my usual:

  • bill paying and tracking of receipts in Quicken
  • taking care of my MG (Master Gardener) class evaluation, unit test, and week’s homework
  • laundry and dishes and meals
  • groceries as needed
  • yard work – the lawn needs mowing!
  • getting those tomato plants and new container soil
  • cleaning the pool

Bill – Bill is working from home every day this week except Tuesday, when he has a Citrix Class in Dallas.  I’m not sure if he will be working late/overnight Friday or not yet.  Hopefully by the weekend (or evenings during the week) we’ll have a/c people to meet with.  Over the weekend, he’s got a couple of small projects that need attention:

  • new bolts in the garage door (the bolts were bought weeks ago)
  • changing the pool filters (which I need to get ordered so they’ll be here by Saturday)

David – David works his usual schedule, Wednesday thru Monday, with Tuesday and Wednesday off.  I don’t believe he has anything else on his calendar this week, other than a run to the local coffee shop, Combs’ Coffee, on Wednesday to get his week’s supply of coffee beans.  He’s really enjoying having a local coffee shop close by.

Here are some picture thoughts I am sharing… Hail stones.  Big hail stones from our yard last night after the storm passed through. Bill is going to inspect the roof later today and see if we need to call the insurance company.


Weekly Review 01.16.17

Outside My Window… I have an uptown Houston city view from my third floor hotel window, a mix of sky scrapers, restaurants, businesses, clubs, and housing.  If you want it, it’s probably here somewhere.
I am thinking… that I will have a pretty nice two-week stay here.   Our suite has lots of room, including an office area, space for food (fridge, etc.) and a jacuzzi.  I plan to enjoy it.
I am thankful for…  the warmer temperature that comes with being 300 miles farther southeast, nearer to the Gulf Coast.
From the kitchen… no kitchen sounds, as there’s no kitchen!
I am hoping… that I can be productive these next two weeks, and also take some time to visit a museum or the zoo or something fun.
I am reading… The Immortal Irishman, by Timothy Egan (for the 2017 European Reading Challenge) – but this was left home, so I won’t be reading it for a couple of weeks.  The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larrson, which is the first of a trilogy.  Since Book 3 is the next book in our  100 Book List reading challenge, I want to read the first two in the trilogy.  I don’t like reading books out of order.
I am busy creating… a counted cross stitch Santa piece.
I am hearing… the TV in the background, along with the room a/c unit.
Around the house & garden… Christmas décor is still up and looking nice. David is in charge of the house while we’re gone.  The garden has been froze hard several times now, so I don’t know how much will come back in the spring.  I’m not worrying about it now.
In other news…  Bill’s cold is finally better.  He was still complaining all weekend about his brain being foggy and he’s still coughing and sneezing occasionally (and complaining of sore ribs), but today he was up early and read to get to work.  I’ve noticed improvements in his health each day over the last three days, even if he didn’t see it.  So far, I’m not showing any signs of coming down with it (knock on wood).
One of my favorite things… exploring new area.  I spent a couple of hours this noontime, found Whole Foods, scoped out a couple of restaurants, and just generally got my bearings.  I know now the major cross streets within a 2-3 miles area and can find my way back to the hotel without needing the GPS.
Our Weekly Overview… 
Monday: Bill working with the Houston client.  I’m hanging out at the hotel – ran to Whole Foods for lunch and lunch supplies for the coming week.  Later I’ll drive to the Galleria, meet Bill at the food court, and figure out where we’ll be eating supper.  That’ll be how every late afternoon is spent for me.  David is working today.
Tuesday: Bill works with the Houston client.  I’ll hang out at the hotel, hopefully get in a walk, write a book review, and begin to work on blogs.  David is off work, but scheduled to go in for the Manager’s meeting that he was invited (requested) to attend.  I’ll be interested to hear his report from that meeting.
Wednesday: Bill works with the Houston client.  I’ll hang out at the hotel, hopefully get in a walk and work on updating blogs and setting up new blogs.  David is off work.
Thursday: Bill works with the Houston client.  I’ll hang out at the hotel, walk, and continue working on blogs – unless I decide to take this day to explore further, have some fun.  A lot will depend upon how the work is going on the blogs and how much paid work pops up during the week.  David has work today.
Friday: Bill works with the Houston client.  I’ll hang out at the hotel, walk, and continue working on blogs.  David has work.
Saturday Sunday:  David works.  Bill & I will do so sightseeing.  Options are:  Galveston Beach, downtown Galveston, and Houston Space Center.
Here are some picture thoughts I am sharing …

Elephant origami display on the side of the jacuzzi in our room.

2016 Update – Part Two

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 was posted yesterday)


  • I completed and shipped my brother’s wedding gift so that he received in time for his first anniversary.crocheted table runner
  • A whirlwind car trip. Sixteen days. The first leg was driving from DFW to Detroit to visit one of Bill’s cousins.  On the way we stopped at the Auburn Cord Duesenberg Automobile Museum in Auburn Indiana. Karen in her racecar.While in Detroit, we visited the Henry Ford MuseumBill at Henry Ford MuseumThe next leg was driving to upstate New York to visit extended family and friends,
    Hayes Cousins

    Hayes Cousins

    and also attend a surprise 80th birthday party for one of my aunts.

    My Mom and her sister, the birthday gal.

    My Mom and her sister, the birthday gal.

    The third leg was south to north Alabama to visit Charles, Rebecca & Liana.  And then finally back home.  We had a wonderful time and would do it again in a heartbeat, although maybe we’d shorten it by just a couple of days.  The last two days we were getting a little antsy in the car.

  • While on our trip, we closed on the sale of our Alabama trailer/property.


  • David flew to Connecticut to attend a wedding.
  • I paid down a bunch of bills from the proceeds of the Alabama sale. Oh, that felt so very good.
  • We started the process of refinancing the mortgage on our Texas home, with the goal to get it refinanced before the election. I was pretty certain rates would go up after then.
  • We bought a new lawn mower, which works really nicely on our small yard.Black and Decker Lawn Mower
  • The Neon continued to have sensors and such fail, leaving the driver (usually me!) stranded. Not fun!
  • My Texas Star Hibiscus grew and grew and grew!  And I had blossoms galore.Texas Star Hibiscus

To Be Continued….

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