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!