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2016 Update – Part One

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.


  • Kat, Fiona, & Fred came for a visit. Fred stayed for a week and then drove home to get back to work.  Kat & Fiona stayed the rest of the month and we had a lovely visit, doing lots of crafty projects and enjoying the pool.  Fiona and Grandma KarenThen, since Bill had a few vacation days coming, we took them back to Tallahassee, enjoying some car quality time.
  • We listed our Alabama trailer/property for sale.
  • I finished the afghan that I was making for our bedroom. Seashore Themed AfghanI love it!  It is so very soft and I smile every time I see the colors.


  • I insulated the garage doors with a couple of insulation kits.Insulated Garage Door
  • The whole family participated in the “Repair the Blown Head Gasket On the Neon” project, which took about a week.
  • We accepted an offer on the Alabama trailer/property.
  • The local water department installed a water pressure regulator for us, after we discovered our water pressure was in the 90s! High enough that when a valve failed in the downstairs toilet, it blew the lid off the toilet.  With the water pressure set at 70, we are having no issues with noisy pipes and have used substantially less water, which makes looking at the water bill a lot nicer.
  • I finished sewing a skirt that I had begun back in August 2013!Finished Batik Skirt


To be continued tomorrow….

Making The Pool Warmer

In an attempt to make our pool warmer – just a wee bit warmer! – Bill has devised a solar heating system using black hose and a circulating pump.

First the fence needed covering with linseed oil, the last remaining piece of our fence project last year.  We covered it with two coats over two afternoon/evenings.  It looks really nice!

linseed oil covered fence

Next up, twenty thousand trips to Lowe’s, Harbor Freight, and Home Depot for the necessary pieces and parts.  And then frantic working Saturday and Sunday morning to get it all done – Bill seemed to have some sort of internal time table that required completing the job by race time Sunday afternoon.

So we now have tubing along two sides of our fence.

black tubingmore black tubing


Then there’s a pump around the corner of the house, with an intake hose coming from the pool.


circulating pump


As you can see, the pump is electrical, so we also have an extension cord running along the edge of the house to the outside plug located on the other side of the back door.

outflow hose


And finally there is another hose letting the water flow back into the pool.


Bill has done some more reading and decided that we probably don’t have nearly the amount of hose surface area that we actually need.  We only need to raise the temperature three or four degrees, though, based on last year’s experience.  First, though, we need sunshine!  Ten days ago the pool temperature was 74.  Today it is 68.  We’re going in the wrong direction!

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