saifai: (Monday Again (secondverse))
The Retirement Saga
Had a bit of an odd weekend. Saturday I went out to Mom's office to help her clean it out and get everything moved out. It took us 9 hours to finish the process and get her things either packed up to take home, or transferred over to her temporary cubicle for her last 2 weeks. I think her plans for the home stretch there are to finish out projects, clean out her file cabinets (all bazillion of them), and help train the new guy.

Its a rather strange process to begin with. Her boss had the brilliant idea to hire a new guy before she left so she could help train them. Sounds reasonable, right? The only problem was her boss hadn't taken into consideration how that was going to happen. At first, her boss thought to just have her telecommute. But her office and computer were to be given to the new guy. You can't telecommute without having a system to log into, and a general computer wouldn't have her work files available. For that she'd need her work desktop. So, new guy can't have her computer. But since they're giving her office away before she leaves, where will they setup her computer? Plus, she still has billions of files to go through.

So in the end, the offered up a spare cubicle in another department for her to use. Saturday, we also packed up the majority of her files into boxes and took them over to her cubicle so she can go through them in her leisure in her cubicle without bothering the new guy too much.

In all honesty, I don't think she'll telecommute much, except for maybe a day or three when she isn't feeling at her best.

The Gardening Saga
Mom and I finally got time to do some gardening together on Sunday. We still didn't get the side bed planted with our new plants, but at least the majority of the weeds are gone. The bed stretches along the entire side of the house, so it's a bit big. It's also been taken over by lawn grass. At one time we had put newspaper underneath to prevent that, and it worked. But it's since composted.

I'm planning on putting down ground cover. Maybe some creeping thyme, or some royal carpet alyssum. I've got seeds for both, so I may just throw a bunch down and see what comes up. I have some creeping jenny that I know will take over pretty easily too, but that stuff is hard to pull up once it establishes itself somewhere (we had some jump out of a pot by the front porch and work itself into the lawn this last season).

Hopefully over the next day or two I'll get the ferns and columbines planted in there. It is, as ever, a work in progress.

The Tree Saga
On a related note to the retirement, Mom has a ginormous tree in her office she's bringing home tonight. My job is to rearrange the living room (and clean it out a bit) to make room for it. Should be fun. I've got a spot picked out, now I just need to make sure it ccan go in there. Not looking forward to that, but at least I have something to keep me busy for today.

Hope you all had a good weekend!
saifai: (Jon Stewart Eyebrow (fortunateizzi))
Trying to keep cool
It's been super hot here lately, well hotter than it usually is this time of year at any rate. I rather fear for the hottest part of the season next month. I may just melt.

I've been using this nifty little device since last year to cool our house since we don't have central air. We used to have air conditioners in the windows, but removed them after figuring out it was costing us an extra $75 a month just to run them. We have a swamp cooler too, but it doesn't work quite as well as it should considering the air is so very dry here.

What I ended up using was a styrofoam cooler. Weird, I know. But it works. You filled it with frozen bottles of water. Then you add in two u-bend pipes on each side of the top (for the outflow), and a big circle cut out in the middle (for the inflow) which you direct a fan in it face down. Cold air blows out each little pipe. Could work better in a smaller place than mine, as this is an open floor plan space. But it generally keeps the place about 15° cooler on average. Not too bad. If you're interested, I got the idea from a video from the Household Hacker on Youtube.

It's an ugly thing, but if it keeps me cool I'm happy. I had a picture of it, but can't seem to get my Google Drive to show the picture I uploaded correctly so I can transfer it to the laptop. Ah well.

Garden when you can
Between the hot weather and the morning migraines, I've been having trouble doing any gardening. Usually I'd do it in the morning when its cooler, but those migraines I usually get in the morning lately have made it difficult. I've ended up doing it quite late in the evening instead. It's not as hot as it is during the day. Because it stays light out so late now, I can get out there anytime between 7 and 9 and get a bit done. Depending on how I'm feeling, it may not even be more than 5 minutes some days. But every little bit helps. I've managed to clear out two beds that way. Working on a third now.

Into the homestretch
My mom's retirement is finally getting closer. We go in on Saturday to finish cleaning out her office to make room for the new guy. Then on the 25th is her retirement party. I think she retires officially at the end of this month, whenever the pay period for that ends. She's definitely ready to call it a day already.

~

That's about it for now. I've not had the time to set out and do much these last few weeks. I've had two root canals done now. I go back next month to finish one, then get a crown put in mid-way through August. Fun times! Hope you all had great weeks. :)
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My mother and I had a relaxing weekend. It was a three day weekend for her due to Memorial Day on Monday. I think she rather needed the rest. The closer she gets to retirement means more and more work for her to finish out her projects before she leaves her position. She's rather exhausted.

We've been trying to clean out all of our storage rooms and get rid of furniture we don't need. It's been a long process though as we've both been up and down health wise. We took a break back in December due to us both being sick all the time. We're better now, and with retirement looming on us, we're trying to work as fast as we can to get it done before she retires. That gives us a month.

So, for this week I've got to finish spring cleaning and rearranging the living room. We're considering a move to Wyoming in a year or so, so for now we're also taking this spring clean as a chance to go through everything we own (room by room) and get rid of the excess as we go. I've set a timeline for the end of the week for the living room as my Mom has a co-workers tall son coming in next Saturday to help us short folks change light bulbs, and also help us move in her oversized plants from her office.

Pfft. I'm exhausted just thinking about it. I've got some plants and seeds to get in the ground too since the monsoon has moved on.

So, in summary: my week is going to be super busy. Hope you all are going to have a good week!
saifai: (Mike A-OK)
I love the rainy season as much as the next person who lives in an arid region. The ginormous storms moving through my area are killing me though. I'm thoroughly sick of it. The fact that the barometric pressure is making my head hurt really has nothing to do with it.

As it happens, it rained so much over the weekend that many farmers will have to reseed (if they ever see dry skies that is).

Pfft.

In other entirely unrelated news, I've got numerous packets of flower and vegetable seeds burning a hole in my gardening apron pocket just waiting to be planted. Any time now mother nature, any time.

On a plus side, I've been getting a lot of baking done lately. Lots of new recipes to try. Anyone ever watched Laura Vitale on Youtube? Check her out if you haven't already. Sunday I made her pancake muffins. So yummy, and I love the batter she uses. The first time I've ever made pancakes from scratch and actually loved the flavor. Next up is lowfat oatmeal chocolate chip cookies and honey wheat bread.

Okay, time to log off again before I lose power. Wish me luck, and drier weather.

Mumkins!

Oct. 15th, 2012 04:42 pm
saifai: (TH - Secret Look Twins (unknown))


Finally feeling like the migraines of hell week is over, so I finally got up to making my mumkin for my front porch.

 


I also got a small bit of candy in case kids come by.

 

Anyone else doing anything particularly special?

saifai: (TH - Secret Look Twins (unknown))

I've been scouring the net for ideas on seasonal decorations and came across this gem. It's basically a formula for various containers. I've used that method before to recreate pieces on my own, but this is the first I've seen a method outlined to follow.

 

saifai: (TH - Secret Look Twins (unknown))


...but only because I've got a monster blackberry bush to trim back.

 

Well, its actually my neighbors but its creeped all the way onto my deck now.

 

Loving the colder weather. Finally getting to pull out the heaters and warmer clothes.

 

What's your favorite part of Autumn?

Quiet life

Aug. 19th, 2012 09:46 pm
saifai: (TH - Secret Look Twins (unknown))


I am sorry to say the lure of other social media sites has caught my attention lately. I read and lurk though. I've said this before, but so often I compose journal entries in my head, but never quite manage to get them down. Something to work on I suppose.

 

Been very quiet in my life as of late. I still have not replaced my computer that crashed so many months ago. My net access is down to my DROID and wii.

 

But with my extra time, and still no job outside the home due to my severe as ever migraines and vertigo, I have time for thought. I've been exploring who I am again (a pursuit long overdue since the divorce), and relearning taking care of myself (hello beauty and fashion!).

 

Okay, and maybe a bit of housework and gardening.

 

More posting soon lately. I really want to get back into things.

 

So...

 

How are you all doing?

Oh my good Lord, I just now noticed I'm reposting Twitter feeds. Sorry! Hadn't even realized it was doing it. Grr!

saifai: (Jon Stewart Eyebrow (fortunateizzi))
I haven't updated in awhile, but because I've been sick. Not any one thing, just a combination of things that meant hell for a bit.

I'm on the mend now though, and of course that means my dreams last night were a bit weird.

I dreamed about the Russian Embassy. Which is odd, because I know all of two words in Russian (yes, and goodbye) and even only that much from various action films.

I think I had to Russian government types to dinner at my house, and then I lost them (ie stolen away from my rival). So I went all petty revenge on the rival and reported her to the Russian Embassy. Or something.

I don't remember a lot.

o.0 Speaking of dreams, my spring flowers are starting to come up. Including those that I planted late in the season last year (and didn't come up). It's still a bit cold here for even the trees to be budding out, so it was cool to see that.

Anyone else got early spring something-er-others coming up?
saifai: (Alien Aaah (Base by little_needle))
Been trying to get my garden in shape again this year. Didn't have much chance last year as we didn't have much of a Spring season. Nothing grew. This year is only marginally better, but we're doing what we can.

Bleeding Heart



It was so odd to see a white variety. It's doing really well in it's little spot by our porch underneath the wisteria.

Day Lillies



These babies have taken over the other side of the porch. We started with just three wee little plants, and they just spawned from there. We've been uprooting them as they come in and spreading them out over other parts of the yard. They already bloomed this year, but they're a lovely dark orange color.

The Cleanup



We've got a strip along the side of the house that's unfortunately gotten out of hand. We had so much trouble with it the last couple years because of the lawn care guys mowing over bits and pieces of it that we just gave up.

We finally got a little fence surrounding it, but the lawn care guys don't know what a weed eater is so haven't trimmed along it at all. We've been doing out there with kitchen sheers and snipping it down as it comes in, but got behind on this side bed.

We've got in there hostas (which are blooming really well this year), and you can almost see the bright pink bleeding heart hiding there among the tall grass.

*****

I don't even want to show you the pictures of our overgrown herb and veggie garden. The grass there is mutant. It's gotten up to 4 feet high (and honestly, I didn't even know grass could even get that high!).
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Last year our winter season lasted so long that the spring flowers struggled to come up in early June, but by that point it was too late. None of our flowers bloomed last year. I'm afraid the ones that needed to come to seed won't come back up. My Black Knight delphiniums for one. I've had them come back every year for the past... 10 years or so. It may be a first if they don't do it again this year.



The winter was very cold this year, but it's finally starting to warm up again. It's not snowing much anymore, and even gets up to 55 or so some days. Our lilies are coming up really good, as is the bleeding heart. So there is hope we may actually have flowers this year.





Ooh! And I'm wanting to replant my garden in a new design. One of my magazines had offered several garden plans free this year. And yet another one had construction plans for several simple garden accessories (raised tiered flower beds, garden benches, etc.). So we shall see. Anything that can help draw me out of my funk and get me interesting in something (anything) again is a good thing.
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Last year our winter season lasted so long that the spring flowers struggled to come up in early June, but by that point it was too late. None of our flowers bloomed last year. I'm afraid the ones that needed to come to seed won't come back up. My Black Knight delphiniums for one. I've had them come back every year for the past... 10 years or so. It may be a first if they don't do it again this year.



The winter was very cold this year, but it's finally starting to warm up again. It's not snowing much anymore, and even gets up to 55 or so some days. Our lilies are coming up really good, as is the bleeding heart. So there is hope we may actually have flowers this year.





Ooh! And I'm wanting to replant my garden in a new design. One of my magazines had offered several garden plans free this year. And yet another one had construction plans for several simple garden accessories (raised tiered flower beds, garden benches, etc.). So we shall see. Anything that can help draw me out of my funk and get me interesting in something (anything) again is a good thing.
saifai: (Wall-e Rubiks Cube (sporkyadrasteia))
Only managed to do an hour of that very thing in the last 2 weeks. My mom and I both have been lax on yard maintenance in general since last fall. One or both of us were sick all the time. Never much energy.

She's till on serious recovery from her bronchitis (zilch for extra energy right now). I don't have much either, and just about everything makes me dizzy. I'm trying though.

I do miss gardening. It always used to be such a peaceful respite for me.

Yesterday I cleaned off my porch and the pots (we've got two on every step leading up to the front door). Today I'm trying for one of the flower gardens.

Hopefully this weekend I can do the back deck. We're going to have to repaint everything this year, from the porch and deck, doors, and trim. Fun!

Okay, off to plug in the music on my Blackberry and set to work. I give me 30 minutes before I whimp out. We shall see!
saifai: (Wall-e Rubiks Cube (sporkyadrasteia))
Only managed to do an hour of that very thing in the last 2 weeks. My mom and I both have been lax on yard maintenance in general since last fall. One or both of us were sick all the time. Never much energy.

She's till on serious recovery from her bronchitis (zilch for extra energy right now). I don't have much either, and just about everything makes me dizzy. I'm trying though.

I do miss gardening. It always used to be such a peaceful respite for me.

Yesterday I cleaned off my porch and the pots (we've got two on every step leading up to the front door). Today I'm trying for one of the flower gardens.

Hopefully this weekend I can do the back deck. We're going to have to repaint everything this year, from the porch and deck, doors, and trim. Fun!

Okay, off to plug in the music on my Blackberry and set to work. I give me 30 minutes before I whimp out. We shall see!
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We've got Spring cleanup in the city right now. The city trash has given us two weeks to get the extra stuff out there. I would have started last week, but my mother and I were both sick.

So. I was all set to go out today. I got my gardening gloves on. I packed my gardening tool bag. I was determined to at least clean one flower bed.

Put one foot out the door into the cold and minutes away from snowing weather and turned right back around.

...

Might have been a good thing in the end. I was feeling rather dizzy all day. I ended up spending my time reorganizing my bookmarks.

Television

On a side note, my Mom and I have taken a break from watching our regular TV shows. On Netflix we've made our way through Miss Marple, are working on Murder She Wrote now, and will be trading off with Touch of Frost soon.

Love murder mystery shows. :D We've got plans to start on Poirot after we're done with Touch of Frost.
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We've got Spring cleanup in the city right now. The city trash has given us two weeks to get the extra stuff out there. I would have started last week, but my mother and I were both sick.

So. I was all set to go out today. I got my gardening gloves on. I packed my gardening tool bag. I was determined to at least clean one flower bed.

Put one foot out the door into the cold and minutes away from snowing weather and turned right back around.

...

Might have been a good thing in the end. I was feeling rather dizzy all day. I ended up spending my time reorganizing my bookmarks.

Television

On a side note, my Mom and I have taken a break from watching our regular TV shows. On Netflix we've made our way through Miss Marple, are working on Murder She Wrote now, and will be trading off with Touch of Frost soon.

Love murder mystery shows. :D We've got plans to start on Poirot after we're done with Touch of Frost.

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