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Weekly Overview 08.07.17

Outside My Window…  sunshine and white fluffy clouds filtered through my Texas Star hibiscus.

I am thinking… about how nice it was to have a phone call from my Mom this morning and a Skype call from Kat & Fiona this afternoon.

I am thankful for… the availability of so much beautiful Celtic music via the Internet.

I am hoping…  the a/c installation into the garage tomorrow goes smoothly.  Sounds like a repeat from last week, doesn’t it?  That’s because last week’s scheduled date got moved to this week!

 I am reading…

I am busy creating… plants.  I’m propagating geraniums, or attempting to do so.  Trimmed my peppermint striped geranium this morning and I have six potential plants started.  Keeping my fingers crossed, as I’ve never done geraniums before, nor have I used rooting compound before.



I am hearing… Celtic music from Seinn, by Mary Jane Lamond & Wendy Macisaac.  I first heard them on the Celtic Music Podcast and liked the piece played so well that I looked on the liner notes to see who and what it was.  Their album is a mixture of fiddling instrumentals and vocals in Gaelic.  They have some samples on their website that I’m listening to and when I make my next mini-weight loss goal, I will be ordering the CD.

 Around the house…  not much is happening, as most of my attention has been outside.  I realized Saturday, when I went hunting for my brochures and maps of things to do and see in Oklahoma, that I need a system to organize such things.  I always collect brochures and maps wherever I go, and then they get thrown in a pile when I get home.  I’m thinking of those cloth bins that I can shove onto a shelf…but that would mean I need open and available shelves.  The other option is a plastic tote with hanging folders inside.  I’ll have to decide upon something soon, as right now there’s piles on a couple of different tables and if I don’t deal with them, they’ll be there for weeks, maybe even months!

Around the garden… spider mites and mealy bugs to be dealt with on outside and inside plants. This morning I sprayed tomatoes and other plants outside with Neem oil.  And I will be spending Wednesday launching an all-out attack on my inside African violets – wiping down with alcohol to remove mealy bugs, then spraying with Neem oil and rinsing with water, and repotting in new soil mixed with diatomaceous earth.  It’s time to get serious!

In other news…  I’m still using webmail, which sucks.  Bill is still working on getting our mail server system back in shape.  From what I can figure, it’s got more to do with the actual program than the system, something about overloading the backup or archival to the point where it just quit.  I sure hope this doesn’t last forever, as I really miss Outlook mail (I never thought I’d say that!).

One of my favorite things…  day trips to new places.  Here’s a picture from the Chickasaw Cultural Center in Sulphur, Oklahoma, which we visited Saturday.



Our Weekly Overview… 

Karen:  No Master Gardener meetings this week.  A/C contractor(s) here on Tuesday morning to set up the mini-split unit in the garage and also (hopefully) do an air flow test in the house to remediate some residual issues from the house system that was installed in April.  The rest of the week will be ongoing focus on paperwork and accounts and Quicken.

Bill: Bill will be working from home every day this week except Wednesday (which means I have the house to myself for a whole day!!!).

David: David works every day this week, except for Thursday and Friday.  He’ll be ready for a break, as he’ll be ending a seven day work week, covering for others on vacation.


Here’s a picture thought I am sharing …  

Just a Moment – Forty

Several weeks ago I posted about my houseplant that had mealybugs.  I was especially concerned about treating the African violets, as they do not like their leaves being wet and I had to really soak the plant with Neem oil spray.  Well, the worst offender – the one with the most evidence of mealybugs – is beginning to bloom!  I guess it is happy.

It really needs dividing and repotting.  I had the best African violet pots in Arizona but I have not been able to find similar here, and I’ve not been happy with what I can find.  I’ve been reading a lot about African violet care and propagation and have actually had success starting new plants from leaves, both in planting medium and rooting in water.  It’s so exciting!

Weekly Overview 02.20.17

Outside My Window… it is overcast and dreary, just like the last two Mondays!  We had wind and rain overnight, but we’re promised sunshine and warm weather starting this afternoon.  We shall see.  I have a good crop of dandelions growing in my yard, though.  A lawn care salesman stopped by last week and tried to sell Bill his services, pointing out our huge crop of dandelions.  He seemed a bit taken aback when Bill announced we liked our dandelions!

I am thinking… it’s going to be a busy week, but hopefully as productive as last week!

I am thankful for… getting the Christmas tree stowed away in the attic over the weekend.  AND the start of the 2017 NASCAR race season.  I do love our Sunday afternoons of race watching, with Bill napping and me crocheting.

From the kitchen… dishes are piled in the sink and nothing is planned for supper.  I made the guys bbq pork ribs yesterday and baked sweet potatoes and made a topping of black beans, tomatoes & kale for myself.  There was plenty of leftovers, so no cooking will be needed tonight.

I am hoping… that the paintings I shipped to my brother last Wednesday arrive tomorrow undamaged.  My grandmother painted them and they are irreplaceable.  I did take photos of them before I sent them off, as I plan to order wall canvases of some of them for myself.  Eventually I would like to take pictures of all the paintings that various family members have and then make them available to all family members.  Here’s a photo of the painting she made for me as a teen, maybe for a birthday?  More likely for a high school graduation gift.

Apple Blossom Lane oil by Mabel A Gibson

I am reading… The Immortal Irishman: The Irish Revolutionary Who Became an American Hero by Timothy Egan (for the 2017 European Reading Challenge).  I have 30 pages left to read, it’s due back to the library on Wednesday, and I cannot renew it again.  I may have to pay some fines on this book.  I’m still reading The Wilderness Warrior: Theodore Roosevelt and the Crusade for America, 1858-1919 by Douglas Brinkley.  I’ll be starting One Child by David Nicholls tonight – it’s the next book on our 100 Bestsellers List challenge.

I am busy creating… a Rippling Waves afghan for a niece.  It’s coming along nicely, don’t you think?

I am hearing… the Irish and Celtic Music Podcast, specifically the February 16, 2017 episode “2-Hour Best Celtic Music Retrospective.”

Around the house & garden… the houseplants I treated for mealy bugs survived the treatment.  I don’t see any new evidence of mealy bugs, but I’m keeping an eye on them.  This coming weekend I plan to take down the winter/holiday floral arrangements and break out spring flowers.  I’ll probably have to make a trek to Hobby Lobby at some point to buy some new flowers, as I’ve added some new vases / containers since last spring.

In other news…  David finished his taxes last week, February 15th.  He was quite pleased with himself that he got them done by the deadline.  I pointed out that the deadline was actually April 15th.  We were all amused.  He was slated to get a rather large refund, so he bought himself another monitor like the one he bought last December, and passed his old monitors along to me.  So I have new-to-me monitors, slightly larger and newer than my old ones.

One of my favorite things… pictures of granddaughters.  Charles bought a new car last month and was given a couple of hats by the salesman.  Liana has taken to those hats, won’t go anywhere without one of them on.  She’s so cute.  And she knows it, too!


Our Weekly Overview… 

Monday: Bill working from home.  David is at work.  I’ve been writing book reviews, crocheting, and writing blog posts.  As soon as I finish this post, I’m headed to town to get some groceries and ship a birthday package to my mom.

Tuesday: Bill works from home.  David is off work.  I’ll be at my Master Gardener class from 9 – 4.  This week’s lesson is on Turf, with a mini-lunch session on How To Sharpen Your Garden Tools.

Wednesday: Bill works from home.  David is off work (but probably has a Manager’s meeting to attend at noon).  I’ll have MG homework and Quarterly Invoicing (paid work), plus the ever-present Quicken.  With Bill’s help, I was able to get our mortgage refinance entry in correctly last Friday.  I’m down to just double checking a few entries and 2016 will be complete..

Thursday: Bill works from home.  David is at work.  I have a MG SWAt meeting in Denton from 9:30 – 11:30.  In the afternoon I’ll tackle whatever paid work has come up and hopefully be able to get ready to start taxes on Friday.

Friday: Bill works from home.  David is at work.  I will have MG reading to do and hopefully get started on taxes.  It would be nice to have them finished in February, a novel idea!

SaturdaySunday:  David works.  Bill & I need to do some outside things, if the weather is nice.  The pool desperately needs cleaning (we didn’t get it cleaned last weekend or the weekend before!).  I need to clean up my raised bed and get that ready for planting greens.  And I’m sure we’ll have a lawn to mow if the weather stays as warm as is forecasted.

Here are some picture thoughts I am sharing …

Coffee Coasters!

These are just some of the 24 coasters I made.  Some will be gifts, others we will use ourselves.  They were a lot of fun to make.

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