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Tidbit Thursday

Just another sloppy, unedited installment of the random thoughts rolling around in my head today…

The weather is so crazy lately – upper 50s, low 60s over the weekend and now it is trying to snow. I did some cleaning up that I didn’t get to at the end of the fall season, weeded some of the beds and pruned some catmint and clematis. Need to decide what to do with the orchard area and then make plans to do it or get it done. Would like to put a bench in somewhere but I’m not really sure where or what kind.

Still having trouble dealing with the changes that school breaks bring. Can’t seem to get myself to stay on schedule when the boy is home. I need to start getting ready for the first hundred day challenge of this year. I’ve been doing fairly good with my walking but my sleep has been all over the place and I’ve gone back to eating way too much sugar.

My dad went back into the hospital -some major infections and he has not been taking care of himself. There is only so much my sister can do – if he refuses to eat/drink/take his meds properly then he isn’t going to stay well. I wish I was closer but honestly if he isn’t going to do it for her he probably wouldn’t do it for me either. It’s hard to be a parent to your parent.

 

I’ve done some decluttering – need to get that posted. I’m going to try to get rid of at least 365 things this year. There is a lot that I can remove and there is certainly a lot my family can get rid of. I’m going to try and get them on board as well. We’ll see how it goes.

Hope you are having a great day wherever you are and I’ll try to be back again soon.

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Tidbit Tuesday

Just another sloppy, unedited installment of the random thoughts rolling around in my head today…

Finally went out and voted. I really struggled this year – not too impressed with the candidates. It is a shame that there weren’t better choices. I worry that no matter who is elected there will be problems moving forward. It seems that people are so much nastier this time around.

I didn’t get nearly as much done out in the garden as I could have. Looks like there will lots to clean up come spring. Need to come up with a plan to get things to a more manageable state.

Need to go through the Halloween stuff and see what is worth keeping and what I might want to get rid of.  I know there are some costumes that should go but it is like pulling teeth to get the boy to get rid of them. We’ll see if I can make some progress this time around. We ended up getting quite a few new decorations which I’m going to have to find room to store.

Not much else to post  this time around – I’ll be back later in the week with the next challenge report.

Tidbit Tuesday

Just another sloppy, unedited installment of the random thoughts rolling around in my head today…

 

I spent so much time planning stuff to do outside during the church get together and then it rained most of the time – ugh. However, a good time was had by all I think. The kids played together nicely, the guys hung out under the pop up and the moms talked and supervised. Now I need to figure out what to do with the leftovers.

I dyed my hair pink to coordinate with my costume and I got quite a few compliments from the trick or treaters last night. I’m keeping it in for a bit because it makes me happy to see it when I look in the mirror.

Finally went to see the doctor and will be trying a metabolic detoxification program for ten days. I really want to get my diet under control. I’ve been eating way too much junk and sweets lately. We’ll see how it goes. Of course I’m waiting until after the girl’s birthday which should also allow me to get my fill of the Halloween wealth.

Looks like we will have some sunny days this week so I’ll have a few more chances to try to finish up some more garden tasks. It’s a never ending job but  every little bit of time and effort helps to get it closer to my ideal.

Tidbit Tuesday

Just another sloppy, unedited installment of the random thoughts rolling around in my head today…

I finally transplanted the irises into the island. I need to get some mulch to temporarily cover the soil around them until next spring. Hopefully in the spring I’ll be able to find mulch that will match the other half of the island.  I’d also like to make some garden stones for the island – some to cover the electric cord to the pump and some to use when we need to work on the waterfall.

The property across the street was sold and they have been clearing the trees. The hubby went over and talked to them about removing our stumps and they helped to loosen them up and they are out. He also started to rip out the weeds in that area. Not sure what we are going to do in that area but hopefully we’ll get a plan together over the winter.

This week I’m trying to get ready for people coming over for a Halloween cookout/campfire. Lots to clean up, some decorating to do and some games to plan for the kids.

No movement on the job front. Still struggling because I really don’t want to work – I know that’s wrong but it’s how I’m feeling. Need to keep looking to find something that I have skills to do and fits my schedule.

The sun is calling – so I’m headed out to do some outdoor decorating.  Until next time – have a great day wherever you are and whatever you are doing.

Tuesday Tidbits

Just another unedited, sloppy installment of the random thoughts rolling around in my head today…

I have got to figure out a way to roll with the punches – to not let changes in my schedule completely derail me and my efforts to do better. Last week there were two and a half days  of no school – one for the Jewish holiday and one and a half for parent teacher conferences. There were some good spots – I got a lot of garden work done because the boy wanted to earn money and I heard some nice things at the conferences. Then there were the bad things – some whining and complaining (mostly from the boy but I might have chimed in a few times as well), the disruption of my routine, the loss of solitude, and most of all the noise, noise, noise!

Time is running out – already the nights are getting cold and I still have much garden work to do. One bright spot – my lilac has a few small blooms on it. This hasn’t happened before so I’m not sure what caused it but it is nice to look out and see them.

We are having a church group over for a Halloween cookout/campfire so I’ve been working on cleaning up and decorating. This is my secret for getting my house in order – I invite people over and then I feel like I need to get the place cleaned up. I know I should be keeping it cleaned but it isn’t always a priority for me.

Still have no job. I left a message with the horticulturist people but haven’t received a reply. I’m assuming that I did not make the cut and wonder if my age, lack of experience or something else is the reason why. Need to follow up so I can move on.

The hubby’s birthday is this week and as usual I don’t know what to get him. He tends to buy himself the things that he wants so there isn’t much that he doesn’t already have.  There are some experiences he’d like to have but money, time and/or desire play a factor in my reluctance to go that route. Need to make a decision soon but for now I’m out to the garden to enjoy the sunshine and warm temperatures before they disappear.

Until next time, have a wonderful time wherever you are and whatever you are doing.

100 Day Challenge Progress Report – v. 2

Decluttering efforts for week two involved the big freezer, the garden and some furniture. Here’s the list –

Box of sliced/chopped steak slices – this suffered through a power failure and all the slices froze together into one huge block of meat. I kept meaning to figure out a way to chop it up but then we had another power outage and I decided to just toss the box. Between the thawing/refreezing and the length of time it was in the freezer I doubt that it would be any good now.

3 bags of chicken bones – I already  have several gallons of broth made and decided to just toss these.

1 partial bag of sour cherries – I bought these by mistake and no one really likes them. I thought I might make them into something but it hasn’t happened and probably won’t so out they go.

Half a bag of spinach – original date of purchase unknown but it had to have been awhile so out it goes.

Partial bag of red quinoa, expiration date over a year ago.

1 clump of ornamental grass – came up as a volunteer but it was too close to the baptisia  and it just didn’t look right

1 upholstered chair and 1 storage unit – the girl decided to take them for her apartment.

That makes 10 items for the week. I’m on schedule – hopefully I can keep it up and clear out some more stuff. How did your week go? Let me know by leaving a comment.

Tuesday Tidbits – The Job Edition Part 2

Just another unedited, sloppy installment of the random thoughts rolling around in my head today…

I had an interview for the part time horticulturist job and overall it went well. I didn’t make any glaring mistakes – at least I don’t think I did. After talking with them and learning about their training program, I am sure I could handle the duties. It s benefits are the part time hours, working with plants, not needing to worry about the boy being alone for hours after school and minimal interaction with other people. The drawback is that it isn’t the fabric store job.

Yes, I still can not get that job out of my head/heart. I talked with a friend and with my daughter about it and they both think I should try for it. However I just can’t seem to get it together. Every time I try to put a resume together I am struck by my lack of qualifications. I know you are supposed to sell yourself, tell why the employer would benefit from hiring you but all I can think about is how I would benefit. The girl says just go down and talk to them. It is a small company not a chain or franchise and they will be willing to hear you out. It sounds so easy – why am I having such difficulty??

Maybe because it means stepping out of my comfort zone. Or maybe I ‘d rather have the comfort of believing I could have gotten the job if only I had tried harder versus being not hired and knowing that I failed. Maybe I’m still not ready to be an adult and take on the responsibility of doing a “real” job and living up to someone else’s expectations.  Or maybe I’m just hoping for my “prince” to save the day and let me go on living a life of relative ease.

UGH! too much thinking going on here – I’m going to head out to the garden to pull some weeds and get some satisfaction from actually accomplishing something.

Till next time I’m hoping that wherever you are and whatever you are doing, you are having a great day.

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