Tag: Philippa Gregory

Weekly Overview May 9, 2016

front corner flowerbed

Outside My Window… I can see this front flowerbed from my office window, although today it is a rather wet and dreary looking.  In addition to the brilliant gold of the Solana Coreopsis, there is also a Sabine Baur Daylily (yet to bloom), a painted daisy, a pinkish-purple flowered lantana in the very corner (needs a good bit of growing yet!), and several ornamental sweet potato vines.  I sowed some cosmos seeds along the back edges, but I think they may have gotten washed away during one of our April storms.  I’m pleased with the way the flower bed is turning out – much prettier than the lone Knockout Rose bush that I had to pull (it had rose rosette disease).

I am thinking… About the number of items I was able to cross of my Garden To Do List this weekend.

I am thankful for… My lightning-fast new computer.

From the kitchen… I sorted through my spice racks this morning and made an order to Penzeys, taking advantage of their free jar of cinnamon Mother’s Day special.  White beans are soaking and later today I’ll also make up a batch of pinto beans.

I am wearing … Dark blue stretchy pants, turquoise t-shirt, blue Sketcher loafers.  No bling this morning.

I am hoping… To use some alone time this afternoon getting some more crocheting done on my afghan and watching another episode of The Story of God With Morgan Freeman on National Geographic channel.

I am reading… The White Princess, by Philippa Gregory, The Rosetta Key, by William Dietrich, and The End of Diabetes, by Joel Fuhrman, M.D.

I am busy creating… Still crocheting my afghan.  And planning flower beds and containers.  Gardening seems to be filling my brain these days.

I am hearing… The microwave beeping (David is making something), the hum of several computers in the office, the washing machine spinning.

Around the house & garden…  More garden activities planned for later in the week, when it dries up a bit.  And there’s always house cleaning to be done!

In other news…We had a productive weekend.  I finished scrubbing down the pool walls and Bill vacuumed the pool on Saturday.  We mowed 2/3 of the lawn on Sunday and ran the battery down on the weedeater.  I hung flower baskets, potted plants, and generally enjoyed gardening.  I’ll post some pics later in the week.

One of my favorite things… Morning walks.  I am trying to get back into the habit of morning walks.  Friday, Saturday, Sunday, I managed to remember that fact.  This morning the weather is not cooperating at all.

Our Weekly Overview… 

Monday: Bill is working at home this morning and then will drive in to the office to meet his new boss at 1 p.m.  This is his second new boss in less than six months, so he’s been a little unsettled about the whole job situation lately.  David has work.  I’ll be finishing up the last agent website conversion this afternoon, and then enjoying a little solitude.

Tuesday: Bill works from home and David will be working.  Hopefully he’ll have that second interview sometime this week, as it was postponed last Friday.  I’ll spend time catching up on my accounts (Quicken) and tackle whatever paying work shows up in my Inbox.  Also plan on contacting a real estate agent in Alabama and try to get the ball rolling on selling our Alabama trailer property.

Wednesday: Bill works from home and David has a day off.  I will probably continue with Quicken and work to get the pile of papers on my desk table under control.  Maybe I will get some gardening done if the weather cooperates.

Thursday:  Bill works from home and David will be working.

Friday: Bill works from home and I think David has the day off.

Saturday: & Sunday:  Likely the usual, errands run, yard work, pool cleaning, race watching.  We are exciting on the weekends!

Here is picture thought I am sharing … A sign I saw in Hobby Lobby on Saturday.

voices sign

Weekly Overview May 3 2016

backyard tomatoes



Outside My Window… My tomatoes are doing great!  The one plant on the left has several tomatoes already set.  Last year we had so much rain, I wasn’t able to plant tomatoes until June and then it turned hot!  I’m hopeful that we’ll have some ripe tomatoes this year before the summer heat stunts the plants.





I am thinking… how much fun it is to use my new-to-me computer and new desk setup.  The computer is lightning fast, the graphics are great, and I now have shelves for my monitors and a raised shelf for my keyboard & mouse.  No more boxes!  I will post a picture later in the week.

I am thankful for… Earbuds & Spotify.  Bill is working from home today and works seems to consist of several conference calls.  He sometimes uses headphones, but he’s not today.

From the kitchen… A mug of hot Sweet & Spicy Tea.  It’s chilly outside today (& inside – I don’t want to turn the heat on!) and so a warm mug of tea seemed necessary.

I am wearing … Blue sketchers, blue jeans, a blue pullover, and a teal cardigan.

I am hoping… that it warms up enough and I get my work done inside so I can go out and play in my gardens.

I am reading… a couple of books.  A Cold Day for Murder by Dana Stabenow and The White Princess (The Cousins’ War, #5) Philippa Gregory.  Gregory is a favorite of mine and I’ve read most of her books.  Stabenow is a new author for me.  I don’t often read mysteries, but I am enjoying this so far.

I am busy creating… An afghan for myself!  I’m so excited.  I spent a lot of time experimenting with colors and I am really happy with the way it is turning out.

I am hearing… Running For You, by Kip Moore, in my earbuds and Bill and others conversing in the background.

Around the house & garden…  The garden is coming along.  I’m picking lettuce (2 kinds) and Swiss chard biweekly.  Next year I will plant slightly less Swiss chard, as I can’t eat it fast enough and the freezer is full!  The house needs a good cleaning, but its spring.  The outdoors beckons.

In other news… My part-time job seems to be expanding a bit, more responsibilities, more hours.  It’s all good.

One of my favorite things… The mug I’m drinking my tea in, a gift from a friend.  It says, “I’d like mornings better if they started later.”  That’s always been my feeling!

Our Weekly Overview… 

Monday: Bill had a going away luncheon for his old boss, so he drove in to the office yesterday and was gone all day.  David was home, and I was glad he was, as I had a ton of computer issues and work issues, many of which he was quite helpful with.  Somehow my profile on my new computer became corrupted.  Bill spent a couple of hours in the evening rebuilding my profile and today all is well!

Tuesday: Bill is working from home. David has work, so he’ll head out around noon.  I’ve got more websites to convert for work, and today was also payday, so I need to pay some bills.

Wednesday: Bill may be working from home all week, he’s not quite sure.  David has Wednesday off.  I’ll continue with my website conversions and then try to clean up my paperwork table in the office, deal with some things that have piled up.  Maybe we’ll go out to supper at Mellow Mushroom to celebrate the April birthdays, since that got put off last weekend.

Thursday:  Bill working at home (I think) and David to work.  More of the same for me – housework, office work, with some gardening thrown into the mix.  The pool needs scrubbing and cleaning.  We’ve ordered new filters – hopefully they’ll have arrived so we can do a good job this time around with the vacuuming.

Friday: Bill working at home (I think) and David to work.  Homeschool chat with friends.

Saturday: & Sunday:  Errands, if I don’t get them done earlier in the week.  Pool cleaning.  Yard work.  The usual – nothing special planned.  I’d like to get back to the Perennial Path Plant Farm in Denton and pick up a Texas Magnolia.  I plan to put one right outside my office window – it will be bright and beautiful to look at from the office.  Sunday is race day in Kansas, so we’ll watch that.  Or rather, I’ll watch & crochet and Bill will nap.  It works.

Here is picture thought I am sharing …

backfence plants


This section of the back fence still needs working up, amending, and planting.  As you can see, I have plants ready!  There’s a geranium, several chrysanthemums, six hostas, and some calibrachoa plants.  Plus two hanging baskets to fill and hang!