(Originally Posted March 11, 2014.)
This is the Tardis Quilt I have been working on. I’m about 2/3 done with the front. I think it will be too long, though so I may have to leave off the last row. We will see. Yes, Michael. It has been that long since I have updated this blog.
(Originally Posted December 23, 2010.)
Best wishes to Everyone for a Very Merry Christmas and a Happy and Healthy New Year!
(Originally Posted May 21, 2009.)
Well, it has been awhile, but I am finally getting dug out of most of the boxes and have a good portion of the improvements made. We still need to paint, carpeting has been put on the back burner.
However, we Did install some of those solar tubes (a really cool kind of skylight that can be put almost anywhere in the house) We installed two of them in the office and family room to increase the amount of light in the house. We want more, but that is what the budget will allow. This helps cut lighting needs. Our heating bill was Much higher than in our old home, so we had an energy evaluation done with some recommendations for improved insulation and weatherizing our windows better–we will probably do this this summer. Yikes, I am starting to sound like an eco-geek…Well, this area is big on that kind of stuff! Is solar in the future?….probably not with the cost of installation!
My newtest toy – a Kindle electronic reader (Amazon), is an eco-smart but not so budget smart gadget…However, I am on a mission to get rid of the books that take up so much space. This may or may not help, but it is fun to play with.
Most of the plants I brought with me are now in the ground, and the garden is looking good. It is warmer here, and I actually have hope that my tomatoes will ripen before September. We will see!
(Originally Posted March 3, 2009.)
Well, we are now in our new home, which had also belonged to a gardener before us. The garden was one of the things that attracted me to this house in the first place. It is now near the beginning of March and already I have some spring flowers blooming…snowdrops, crocuses and some miniature irises. This is a Lot earlier than the first spring flowers in Washington…about three to four weeks earlier!
I find that they prune roses beginning now…again, about a month earlier than in Washington…and setting out peas…and a variety of other garden tasks!!
I am seeing that all kinds of things are coming up in the garden…lots of tulips and daffodils (none blooming yet). The clematises are already sending out shoots. And there are a whole bunch of things I am not sure what they are, but I have some ideas. The woman who owned the house before us gave us a partial plant list, which is nice. What will be just as nice will be the surprises. I am really looking forward to that!!!
I am still not sure just where to plant some of the things I brought with me, partly because I don’t yet know what ground is already in use and partly because I don’t know the summer sun patterns. I do want to get my strawberries in soon, so we can have some berries this summer. Some of the other things may just have to wait until after spring has progressed a little and after I get these roses pruned.
Ah, yes, it Will be a new gardening adventure!!
(Originally Posted February 19, 2009.)
After a crazy two weeks of getting the movers to get our stuff, waiting for the sale to close on our new home, getting moved in and having to go back to work in another state to train my work replacement, I am Finally moved in and settling down a bit. We have workmen in fixing stuff. I am trying to get those really neat SolaTubes installed. We need to paint the interior. What we didn’t anticipate is having to change the carpet because of dog odor, so we are also shopping for that. It is still crazy, but we are REALLY on the downhill slope now!!! Then, maybe I can get down to a little gardening!!
(Originally Posted January 27, 2009.)
We are on the home stretch with our move and I am still gardening away. This last weekend, I decided that the landscape job still needed some cleanup, so I went out hosed down the muddy pathways, and the rocks in the culvert and moved some of the rocks. There were also a couple of things that looked unfinished (because I had not asked for them to be done), so I went out and bought three heathers and planted them in front — It looks nice, if I do say so myself. The primroses are still unplanted and I May just take them with me when we move. I also cleaned up the beds in back a little more, even though they had already been worked on. And all of this in 35 degree weather–nasty. Then I took out half of the strawberries we want to take with us, and planted them in a pot. These are really fantastic strawberries!!! Most of my bulbs are already up except for my tulips and bluebells. My red flowering currant is showing promising buds…too bad I won’t have one where we are moving. And why am I doing all this for someone who gave me such aggravation?? I’m compulsive, and I want it to look nice! That’s why!! Next stop, my new home and planting stuff I dug up!!
(Originally Posted January 26, 2009.)
Well, this is it! My house, we think, has sold. The buyer is sticking. We are a week away from closing. I have boxes stacked 3-4 high in all parts of the house (and the packers haven’t even gotten here yet.) The landscaper has completed his job, And cleaned up! Looks Really Nice!
Since I am paranoid, I will believe it next Monday, when the papers have all been signed and we are officially tenants in our own home for the next two days until the movers come. I have given notice at work and we have hired someone. I need to come back a week after the move to train the new person. Then, I will officially be retired!!! (Until I am either bored or poor or both.)