Tag: house renovations

Weekly Overview 10.31.17

Outside My Window…  the Bradford pear tree is beginning to show some red leaves way up near the top.

I am thinking… about how I am really not ready for winter and cold weather.  I had to turn the heat on again this morning, the second morning this week.  I’m not impressed.

I am thankful for… Copper on my lap, keeping me warm!

I am hoping… to find some motivation and tackle the long list of inside things to be done today.  Outside chores will be saved for later in the week when it warms back up again.

 I am reading…

  • Democracy: Stories from the Long Road to Freedom by Condoleeza Rice
  • A Day Late And A Dollar Short by Terry McMillan
  • Fast Food Genocide by Dr. Joel Fuhrman
  • Cashelmara by Susan Howatch

I am busy creating… plans for outside gardens.  I worked with a fellow Master Gardener classmate yesterday – she has a landscape design program that she’s learning to use and offered to help me plan my gardens as a way to learn her program better.  I’m her guinea pig!

I am hearing… the morning news on the television.  The upstairs shower (David).  Bill on a conference call.

 Around the house… vacuuming needs to be done.  There is cat here everywhere!  I also need to put out the fall decor – after all, it is the last day of October.  If I get the fall decor out, I’ll be able to enjoy it for about a month before it’s time to put out Christmas flowers.

Around the garden…  plants need to be cleaned up to bring inside for the winter and other plants need to be settled into winter homes outside.  I’d like to try to save many of the mints and herbs that I started this summer.  I need to continue working on the north end of the back fence flower bed.  There’s some daffodil and other spring bulbs to plant in the front bed.  I need to finish emptying the one compost bin – it’s got some really nice compost in the bottom!  We had a frost last Friday night, but most of my plants came through unscathed, including this coneflower:

In other news…  I’m in that in-between stage mentally — finishing up the growing season, readying the outside for winter, and shifting to thinking about indoor projects.  The bonus room has to be cleaned up.  The wall is up, the door is up, and we’re to the mudding stage of the drywall, which is where it’s likely going to stay until after Christmas.  But the room needs to be gotten ready for company coming later this month and the delivery of the loveseat / sleeper bed.  I’m thinking about doing a wall mural of some sort on each side of that new wall and not doing the same drywall finish as is throughout the rest of the house.  And I’m considering colors – I’d like more color in the house, so thinking about painting one small room just to get my feet wet.  Again, though, that’s likely not going to happen until after Christmas.

I also got my haircut shorter last week and can now wear my combs again.  It’s taking me a bit to get used to it shorter, what to do with it, etc., but I do like it and really need to remember that the shorter length is nicer for sleeping.  Here’s a selfie I took yesterday:

One of my favorite things…  Skechers shoes.  I bought a new pair yesterday, slip-on house shoe type.  I think they call them “walking shoes” or some such.  They are so very comfortable.

Our Weekly Overview… 

Karen:  This week’s focus is a mixed bag of indoor and outdoor – continuing readying for winter, a bit of housework, and getting office work. I met with a friend yesterday morning, working on gardening plans, then ran errands in the afternoon.  So hopefully the rest of the week I am home, concentrating on prepping for our trip to Alabama later in the month and then house guests for the last third of November.

Bill:  Bill is working from home all week, at least that’s the plan today.  Lately his schedule seems to change hourly, so I’m never quite sure if he’ll be working from home or commuting.  This weekend he will be putting a trailer hitch on the Dart so we can haul a small trailer – part of the plan in bringing a few items home from storage when we go to Alabama.

David:  David quit his job a week ago, but he’s going to go in today and visit, check out everyone’s Halloween costumes.  He’s supposed to be working at getting himself enrolled in college for January start.  The plan is to get that all done before his friends arrive on the 18th of November for their stay.

Here’s a picture thought I am sharing …  

Last week I went on a Master Gardener tour of Chandor Gardens in Weatherford, Texas.  It was a beautiful day and some lovely gardens with a very Eastern theme.  This door struck my fancy.

Busy Times

Here it is mid-October and I haven’t posted here in several weeks. I’ve been busy with house renovations, yard projects, and Master Gardener activities and meetings.  I don’t have any pictures today, but I’ll list some of the things going on.

  1. Three weeks ago we decided to enclose the upstairs bonus room, turning it into a usable bedroom.  So we’ve built a wall, hung drywall, put up a door, and the next step (so I’m told) is mudding and sanding the drywall.  I’ve never done any of this before and I can’t say I’m enjoying it, nor looking forward to learning about finishing the drywall, but I am going to enjoy using the finished room.  David has friends coming to stay for a visit in late November, so the goal was to have this room ready to use.  Unfortunately, the loveseat/sleeper bed that we ordered might not arrive in time, in which case the guest will sleep on the downstairs couch, as he has in the past.  Maybe, with any luck, the loveseat will defy predictions and arrive early.
  2. September 30th was our last day of swimming – the pool temperature dropped down to 82 and that’s just too cold for me.  I’m trying to remember to still test for chemical needs, still throw the robot in once a week to clean it, and still check the strainer for leaves.  We’ve decided to leave the cover on to catch the leaves, rather than using the leaf net – it’s much more effective at preventing the leaves from decaying in the water.
  3. I’ve started work on the north back fence flower bed – laid down cardboard and outlined it with landscape blocks.  I should have time next week to begin adding some leaf mold and then compost and soil.  I have just a couple of weeks to get it done and then transplant particular plants from the south back fence flowerbed.
  4. The second compost bin has been set up.  Next week I’ll move the top half contents of the other compost bin into the one that’s set up, hopefully find some usable compost in the bottom, and then be able to set up the foundation for that bin.  It is super convenient to have them just a few steps from the back door.
  5. This Saturday is the DCMGA Fall Festival.  I am helping in the children’s area, the butterfly booth, for 3 hours, and then will float the other hours to see where I can help out.  Tomorrow I work with a couple of Master Naturalists doing a two hour program with preschoolers.  I tried working with preschoolers last spring and didn’t really care for it, but I thought I’d try again with this new leader, just in case the reason I didn’t like it was due to the way it was organized.  Time will tell.
  6. Plans have been made to travel to Alabama in November for about a week.  We’ll be helping the auction crew catalog all of Dad’s personal items for the auction that will be held online later in November.  Hopefully that will go well, but neither of us is looking forward to dealing with it all.  It will be nice to see Charles, Rebecca, and Liana, though.  It’s been over a year since we’ve seen them and that was only a couple of brief evening visits.
  7. I mentioned earlier that David had friends coming to visit.  They are his former roommates from when he lived in Phoenix.  We enjoy their visits and won’t mind at all that they plant to stay 10+ days.
  8. David is looking into applying to the local two year college just a couple of miles from us, probably majoring in database administration.  Hopefully he’ll make this leap and get on a better career path.
  9. My weight loss efforts are beginning to pay off.  I’ve been much better lately about no snacking between meals, plus consuming much less sugar – I’m avoiding Starbucks this whole month – and I’m happy to report that I’ve released 4 pounds in the last two weeks.  I’m releasing them rather than “losing” them, as I intend to not “find” them again!  Someone else can have them!