Tuesday, April 29, 2014

The Simple Woman's Daybook


Outside my window... right now it's very overcast and threatening to rain.  I'm hoping it does since I never got out to water my plants today.  It's almost 5pm and the temps are 89 with a heat index of 98.  This morning was the first morning in MONTHS where it was warm and humid when I left the house early this AM.  This does not amuse me.

I am thinking... that I need to keep working on the piles of stuff around the house. 

I am thankful... for the quiet time that I try to carve out in the day.  It helps to keep me sane.

In the kitchen...I'm trying to keep our food bill low so I'm making a conscious effort to shop sales and ONLY buy food we need for the week.  It's always good in theory, but we blow thru food so quickly it's hard to keep the teenagers full.  However it does force me to have a meal plan for the week.  Yesterday was spaghetti and meatballs, today I am roasting a chicken (I'm ALWAYS roasting a chicken!!) with leftover spaghetti sauce in the cavity.  I'm probably going to add pasta and carrots.  I was going to add a salad, but I'm already out of lettuce!!  I've also got The Pioneer Woman's Peach Whiskey Chicken on the list, with mac and cheese and  hot dogs tomorrow and some beef stew to round out the week. 
I also found some bacon in the back of the fridge that I baked in the oven.  This is the second time I've made it this way and I learn something each time I do.  The first time the ends got VERY crispy while the middle was barely done.  I was told to put it in the oven BEFORE I turn it on and leave it in for 15-20 min (like the link said).  I ended up having to put it back in for 5 more min for it to finish cooking.  This time  I did center the rack and that helped out a LOT!  Everything cooked more evenly. 

I am wearing... a big blue tshirt and tan shorts.

I am creating... I finished my felted cat bed (which I may or may not have previously mentioned) and I started a kid's size 6 charity vest.  I haven't done one of these in a long time and it's a great way to use up some of my wool.  I'll post more details tomorrow.

I am going... to try and get a list together for errands tomorrow.  I need to return some items and I want to get a book from the library.  If not tomorrow, then Thursday.

I am wondering... if I should find a part time job.  High school is expensive!

I am reading... blogs.  In fact I have 20 tabs open while I type....

I am hoping... to tackle the mail that is piled next to me.  I just REALLY don't want to......

I am looking forward to... a summer road trip and seeing nieces and nephews.

I am hearing...  Baby Girl making soup, the bathroom fan, some distant thunder (maybe we will get some rain after all)

Around the house... I decided to clean out part of the garage today.  I threw out a LOT of stuff and I organized some boxes of fabric that I will need to go thru later on.  I need to get honest with what I have, but I just cant seem to do it.  Most of what I have I still really love, but since I haven't made a quilt or an item of clothing in YEARS, I'm wondering why I still have it.  I may have to get brutal.....

I am pondering... if I really can be brutal with myself...... it's going to force me to either get rid of it or USE it!  Maybe if I try to make a skirt that will motivate me in one way or another....

A favorite quote for today... just because it makes me smile....

One of my favorite things  aka Hemi's Corner.....
My view of him on the van while I'm cleaning out the back.

A few plans for the rest of the week:  It's the beginning of the busy season here at Casa Del Rio.  We've got two band trips later this week, one of which requires us to arrive at 6:30am.  I'm checking my coffee supply now.....

A peek into my day... I almost wasn't going to post today.  I woke up with a slight headache that started to go away but then I got a phone call from a family member who needed to vent.  Those calls are exhausting so my headache came back full swing.  What's helped the headache the most is the fact that it's quiet and cloudy and I cranked the a/c up in my bedroom to cool down.  It's pretty much gone, but I am tired.

Friday, April 25, 2014

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Thursday in the Garden

Quick update:  everything is still alive!  (remember, with me you just never know....)

The one thing I like abt these updates is it helps me to see how much my plants have grown.  Seeing them every day, day after day, makes it seem as if they aren't doing much at all.  However I was organizing my pictures this AM and I could see how much they've all grown!!  Makes me so happy. 

And apparently all I needed to do was some trash talk to get my tomatoes to move along.  Tomato plant #1 is coming along quite nicely.

There are still two tomatoes on the bush

with friends expecting to arrive shortly.

Tomato plant #2 has filled in

and I see the beginnings of blossoms starting to form.

Tomato plants #3 and #4 have just shown me up!! 

#3 has really taken off!  And while #4 is still lagging behind, there's all kinds of new grown on it!! 

We had some good soaking rain during the week and I think the nutrients in the rain made the difference.  City water just isn't the same.

My white petunias are flourishing

while the pink ones are continuing to struggle.

They must be different kinds of petunias because even the extras I planted out front show the same growth. 

I didn't even know I planted white ones in this batch until they bloomed!! 

The geraniums are continuing to grow

and the chives have shot up!!!

The bougainvillea is doing really well

I don't even water it anymore.  It's doing great on it's own, another reason I love it so!

As usual I have my helpers.

Princess was a no show, I think she was napping in Baby Girl's room and didn't realize we were outside playing. 

Another supervisor showed up and was curious as to my progress.

I think as long as I keep the yard full of his favorite bugs, he'll be thrilled.

While there are parts of my yard I don't like, I'm really thrilled with how my plants are doing.  Thanks for stopping by and getting your gardening fix.

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Leftovers can be good!

When we go out to dinner, we usually have leftovers to bring home.   I love this part; it's like two meals for the price of one.  Yes this makes me cheap, but it also makes me lazy.  If I bring food home, the most I have to do is nuke what's in the package.

Unless I want to change it up.

Baby Girl got fajitas at Chili's last Sunday and she had a lot of the condiments left over.  We bagged them up and took them home.  There were a couple of strips of steak, some pico de gallo, cheese and sour cream.  As I dig into the rest of the fridge I found some mushrooms and some more cheese. 

And I found this on the table.

I bought this onion from a farmer's market a couple of weeks ago.  A couple of days ago I see it growing shoots out of the top!  How is it possible that I struggle to grow herbs from seed and yet I can have an onion that I ignore, absorbs water from the air and sprouts!  Go figure. 

I decide at this point I should cut up the onion and add it to the mix.  Scramble some eggs and this is what you get.

Those onion shoots make the top look pretty!  Add coffee and you've got breakfast!

Lunch was leftover Chinese food.   I love leftovers!  Makes breakfast and lunch so much more exciting than a bowl of cereal or a baloney sandwich!

What about you?  Do you like leftovers?  Do you nuke them later on or do you change it up and make something different out of them?

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

The Simple Woman's Daybook


Outside my window... sunny and warm.  We had a high of 80 I believe.  Yesterday was another day I wanted to bottle, but not the kind you would think of.  It was cloudy and cool, we barely hit 70.  In the middle of hotter-than-the-sun-scorched-and-blinding days of summer, I'd like to pull it out and enjoy the break.  I'm weird like that. 

I am thinking... that with all the organizing and cleaning I've done today, my house should look better than it does.

I am thankful... for my health and the ability to get a lot done today.

In the kitchen... tonight's dinner: cheeseburgers with mushrooms and provolone cheese and Alexa seasoned fries.  Yum!!  We had some leftover brownies for dessert.  Tomorrow will be a roasted chicken with rice, corn and peas.  I pinned a recipe for a broccoli au gratin that I really want to try and if I get to the store tomorrow, we will have that instead of the peas.

I am wearing... my old Orlando Magic t-shirt and tan capris

I am creating... HA!  I'm attempting to felt a cat bed for the shelter.   This is my second attempt.
pre-felting, worn as a hat
felted twice with towels and drying on my washing machine
It's better than my first attempt, but I'm not thrilled with it.  Felting just isn't for me.  I think I'll stick with my usual kitty blankets.

I am going... to bed early tonight!

I am wondering... why I waited so long to shred some of my files.  I went thru my filing cabinets to pare them down and I suddenly had a HUGE pile to shred.  To give you an idea of what I'm talking abt, I'm shredding bank statements from 2003.  2003!!

I am reading... well I attempted to go to the library last week to pick up some books, but it never happened.  If I can get there tomorrow, I want to get a couple of books by Carol Higgins Clark. 

I am hoping... to fix my new shredder.  I had an old one from a long time ago that got lost so I bought another one.   This of course meant I found the old one!  I was using the new one and while I was shredding a particularly thick piece of paperwork, it not only jammed but overheated.  I now cannot unjam it.  It's cooled down but it's so wedged in there that I cant undo it.  I'm now back to my old model that can only shred 3 sheets at a time.  I'm gonna be in 2003 for a LONG time!

I am looking forward to...  some quiet time.  Not sure when I'm gonna get it, but I'm looking forward to it!!

I am hearing......the IO talking to one of the kids and the hum of my bathroom fan.  I have Mike & Molly paused while I finish this post.

Around the house... I have been a busy bee today!!!  The kitchen was a mess so I've been in there cleaning, scrubbing pans and running the dishwasher.  Twice!  I also tackled Mount Washmore.  I have folded one load of towels, two loads are in baskets to be folded, another is in the dryer and the last one is in the washer.  I have three more loads after that.  They will be tomorrow's project.   I also shredded one garbage bag worth of paper. 
Oh and I got rid of two more boxes and two more bags from my closet which I then vacuumed. 
I am tired.

I am pondering... if the upstairs toilet will ever work correctly.

A favorite quote for today...
If you're a fan of the show, you completely understand.

One of my favorite things AKA Hemi's Corner...
A few plans for the rest of the week:  Finish up laundry and get it put away (that is always the hardest part!)  Finish cleaning the house.  Wait for the guy on Friday to change three doorknobs that don't work.  I'm hoping to make that day one where I'm crafting instead of cleaning.
I lead such a glamorous life!!

A peek into my day.. if you've read this far, then you know what I've been up to.  I've done more cleaning today than I have all week!!  And I'm not even expecting company. 
So there you have it.  Go here to play.  Now if you'll excuse me, I'm going to get some brownies!

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Thursday in the Garden

Great news, nothing has died yet!!! 

Here is what the little patch of green looks like.

The flowers are doing well.

I still have two tomatoes that are getting bigger each day.

The interesting thing I'm seeing is the differences in the tomato plants.  The one in the left beige container was a bigger plant when I bought it which explains why it already has fruit (fruit/veggie vs tom-A-to/tom-AH-to) (whatevs).  However the other three were the same size when I bought them, yet the one in the beige container is doing much better than the black container.

The ones in the black container are still alive and well, but not growing.

The ONLY thing different is the container.  The IO thinks it's drying out too fast, but the moisture is the same.  Maybe the black container is heating up more??  I have no idea. 

Apparently my tomatoes have turned into a science experiment......

Other things around the yard are the bougainvillea

and the geraniums.

I'm not worried abt the bougainvillea taking off, it seems to be doing really well in that spot and the geraniums have more growth so I'm happy for that as well.

A couple of weeks ago, #1 Son wanted to get something from Lowes while we were there and  this is what he settled upon. 

Not sure if he has a green thumb or not, it will be another experiment.....

And of course as I was outside in the yard taking pictures, I had company......



You are never alone when you are owned by a cat!!

Sending warm springtime vibes your way so that you can start planting soon!!

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

The Simple Woman's Daybook


Outside my window... it's another hot and sunny day, for now.  We are expecting some rain later on to usher in another cool front.  Right now it's 84 with a heat index of 90.  It was nicer this AM when I was watering the plants.  If you were in the shade the breeze was nice and cool!!!  High tomorrow is 73 so I'm happy for that.

I am thinking... that I really need to use my calendar more.  I have info in it but I need to keep it on my dresser.  We are entering the busy zone and so far I've missed two payments for a field trip and a banquet!  It was already a tight week financially, but then I had to come up with $80 for a field trip and $100 for a banquet.  I am also thinking I need to find a part time job.......

I am thankful... that even though it's tight, I was able to figure out how to pay for the above.  Let's hope nothing else drops in my lap before Friday!

In the kitchen... I'll be buying two roasters later on today so I'm thinking roasted chicken tonight and maybe some soup tomorrow.  Baby Girl made some snickerdoodle cookies out of a boxed cake mix that were ok.  She did a great job making them, but it's weird when it looks like a cookie but tastes like a cake.

I am wearing... an old Orlando Magic t-shirt and tan shorts.  I'll need to change before I leave the house. 

I am creating... a mess!  It seems the more I try to organize, the more of a mess I'm making. 

I am going...  to make a ton of phone calls this afternoon.  The property managers to this house are seriously lacking.  I keep getting HOA bills in the mail that are not being paid.   While I could care less abt the lien attached to the house (they cant do much more than that), until the HOA is paid I cant get a key to the pool. 

I am wondering... when I need to defrost one of the turkeys in my freezer.  My inlaws are coming out and I'm having some mutual friends over.  I just need to find out from them when they can make it here....

I am reading... blogs and the newspaper.  I do have a gardening book at the library which I need to pick up later on today.

I am hoping... I'll be able to fix my shredder.  I'm not the most mechanically inclined person. 

I am looking forward to... some quiet.  It was a hectic wknd with a crazy Monday so I'm looking forward to a day of quiet.  Ok a few hours will probably have to do.

I am hearing...... the bathroom fan and a snorting orange cat.  He is sleeping on my legs as I type this post.  I have an old episode of Castle on in the background but I've paused it while I write this.

Around the house... I'm working on shredding a box of old paperwork and it seems as if I'm making more piles than I started with!!!  I've also jammed my shredder so badly that I'm going to have to take it apart to get the paper out. 

I am pondering... the thought process of the local school system.  It's too long of a story to get into here, but I will say what looks like a way to keep kids in school is really just a way to get more money from the state. 

A favorite quote for today... this has been making quite the showing on Facebook,  which explains how accurate it is!!!

One of my favorite things AKA Hemi's Corner....
Do you mind?  I'm trying to bathe over here!!!
A few plans for the rest of the week:  nothing specific, just phone calls, library runs, grocery shopping, etc.  I really want to get into my yarns to play.  I need to schedule THAT in!

A peek into my day... so far today is looking better than yesterday, but I do need to get out to Publix before it starts to storm.  And maybe take the shredder apart so I can finish up the pile that I have left.  Once I finish the shredding I will be able to get rid of another box!! 
I do want to share a picture from yesterday.  We had our Memorial and I took a pic of the kids in our congregation. 
They are all growing up so fast! 
Here is one of me with some of my girlfriends.

I really should have put down that napkin......

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Thursday, April 10, 2014

Thursday in the Garden

Thursday in the Garden.  Doesn't that sound nice?  Makes me think of meandering thru an English garden as I sip on Earl Grey. 

In reality this is more of a Central Florida yard with some flowers and plants that are being kept alive by a wanna be gardener with a partially black thumb.  Plus I'm more of a coffee kinda gal.

Good news! Everything is still alive!!

My bougainvillea
Hard to tell in this picture, but it has new growth with some flowers on it's way (click on the pics for a better look)

My chives
A favorite with the cats!

My geraniums are not only still alive
but I see new growth which means those measily little roots have taken hold!!

The main area is looking good

Some workers dumped those concrete tiles off next door for the trash so we brought them over to our house.  Not sure what I'm going to do with them yet, but those are going to be fantastic somewhere in my yard.

The flowers are doing well

and the smaller tomato plants are growing new shoots.

However, the part that made my heart skip a beat???   THIS!

I AM SO HAPPY!!!!!!!

And it's not alone!

Plus more are on their way. 

I haven't been outside to check on them since Saturday.  We've had some rain on and off the past few days so I haven't felt the need to water them.  What a surprise I got when I checked on them today!

I'm also finding places with flowers popping up.  There is a small patch of wildflowers in the back by the wall

and against the house I saw this guy.
Maybe a lone daisy plant?  I don't know.

I also met my new supervisor.
She's got her eye on me!!

Hopefully I'll have continuous progress as the weeks continue.  I am happy beyond words for my tomatoes!!!!  Come back next Thursday for the continuing saga of Thursday in the Garden.  Hopefully the program wont be changed to At Death's Door or Caution: Composting Ahead!