My body always thinks it's later than it is when I wake up. I was sure that I had slept in quite late this morning but when I checked my phone, it was only 7:50 a.m. I read the news on my Kindle since I had brought it up with me, so at least I stayed in bed a little longer.
When I came down just a short while later, I knew that I needed to tackle the dirty dishes since we were going to be gone a good chunk of the day. So I unloaded the dishwasher and ran a load as my coffee was brewing. Greg got up early too and set about mowing the lawn as soon as he drank his tea. We had hoped to go fishing this morning but since we both had chores to do, we skipped it.
Our son got up at 9:30 a.m. It's a good thing too since I've forbidden Greg from feeding them as soon as he gets up. New Kitty needs to learn to wait instead of whining for her food. Our son is in charge of feeding them.
I need to go to bed not too late tonight as we have to get up at 4:15 a.m. tomorrow!
I really didn't do anything yesterday and I'm afraid that not much is going to get knocked off my To Do List today either, but I'm posting it as a reminder to myself, you never know!
- Transplant ferns into bare patch in front lawn to make shady planter
- Caption old pictures that have already been scanned
- Scan more old pictures
- Scrub patio pavers with bleach to remove mildew - this might have to wait until the months when it's not quite so hot!
- Research cone flowers and their care and plant them somewhere
- Enter some Coke codes into MCR (next week)
- Finish painting squirrel sign and assemble it
- Create spreadsheet to track IRA contributions using ALL our old tax returns - Started but need to do more research.
- Figure out if we should contribute to regular or Roth IRAs for 2016 and fund them
- Fertilize the raspberries
- Download all May and June photos to my external drive
- Replace roach traps
- Research extension cords for generator
- Call gyneco to make annual appointment
- Find the cats' rabies licenses
- Sweep the main stairs
- Read reply from insurer about son's prescription
- See if I still have mildew-resistant white paint for bathroom ceiling
- Declutter linen closet
- Clean kitchen cabinets
- Take items to the dump
- Inventory seeds for Fall plantings
- Look at what's in the large bin on front porch and declutter
- Clean out the printer stand, including school paperwork folders
- Declutter the top of the fridge
- File the remaining loose recipes that I organized already in appropriate recipe binders
- Purge filing cabinet
- Make a lightbox to take better pictures
- Send email to my French BFF
- Add new genealogical information to Rootsmagic
- Get Greg to replace the ceiling tile in the entry room
- Declutter coat closet/son's closet (shared closet)
- Schedule credit card payments
- Write a menu for next week.
- Declutter countertop in the breezeway
- Declutter coffee table
- Add mulch to the vegetable garden
- Pull unwanted plants from center "planter" in the backyard, add soil, plant flowers, add edging around it (watch out for large roots that would be in the way). Make planter with other materials if edging doesn't work.
- Make rice crispy treats
- Bake triple berry scones
- Process green beans
- Research when and how to harvest a pineapple
Research when and how to collect seeds from cone flowers- Done
- Put some bleach in the heat pump water drain (to prevent build-ups)
Research when and how to harvest peanuts- Done
- Divide and repot the aloe plant
Water potted plants- Done Iron Greg's clothes- Done
My daughter's train was delayed by 3 hours but luckily she got enough advance notice so she didn't have to wait at the train station. She just texted me at 9 p.m. our time to say she was on the train. It's a 5 hour ride to San José so it'll be too late for her to text me when she gets there. I hope everything goes well.
- Brewed a pot of free dark roast coffee won from Wawa for my breakfast and had 2 of the donuts that I had bought on clearance at Save A Lot on Friday.
- Looked through the Sunday paper (1 cent annual subscription) and clipped a few coupons from the only insert that was in there.
- Printed a few coupons through Swagbucks, SmartSource, and CVS.
- Uploaded digital to my CVS app, Publix Digital Wallet and Walgreens Digital Wallet.
- Greg mowed our lawn (low-cost landscaping!)
- I earned the daily Bing Rewards credits and a few Swagbucks.
- I reused rainwater to water my outdoor potted plants.
- Greg and I refilled our Sodapalooza cups at RaceTrac before heading out to IKEA (our son didn't want to come along).
- This had to be the fastest IKEA visit ever as we power walked through the whole store, impatient behind all the people just milling about, since the laundry racks were almost allll the way at the end. I dislike having to walk through the whole store just to get what I know I need. So I was cranky, the people were annoying me, IKEA was annoying me (I actually have never been a fan). Thankfully they did have the laundry racks in stock so we grabbed two and Greg carried them the rest of the way for me. I had been thinking about checking out their food section too but by the time we checked out (what? 10, 15 minutes later tops), both he and I were ready to get out so we just left.
- From there we went to Bass Pro Shops. We didn't need anything but since we'd just spent all that gas and tolls to get to IKEA, we figured we'd check out their fishing section. I couldn't believe how extensive it was (rows and rows of lures and hooks, good grief how many kinds of hooks can there be?!) and I bought a small bag of lures as a stocking present for Greg at Christmas.
- Then we were on our way to Trader Joe's. We were hungry so we looked for a place to eat on Sand Lake Road. Greg wanted a salad and I kind of was craving a brie and ham sandwich from TooJay's so we tried going there but the line was very long. There was a "Which Wich" place right across from there that advertised salads and sandwiches so we tried going there, but it was a very disconcerting place with blank walls, a long metallic counter where you placed your order, but you had to check out your order choices on paper sandwich bags and there didn't seem to be any salads or pictures of food so we didn't know if the "saladwhich" was a salad and we were turned off by the decor so we left. We drove around and we saw unusual (for our semi-rural area) food places (Turkish, Peruvian, Indian, Israeli and more) but nothing sounded interesting for lunch so we ended up at... Panera. Very unimaginative! The food was alright but not great.
- Then we tried going to Trader Joe's. Their parking lot, as all the Trader Joe's parking lots that I have been to except for Gainesville's, is very tiny and was very full so Greg just dropped me off and I ran in. I grabbed the UHT whipping cream that I wanted (4 bricks), a wedge of Stilton cheese, 1/2 a baguette, some chocolate covered ginger, chocolate cat-shaped cookies for my son, and a PBJ chocolate bar for Greg. The cashier was very chatty with the tight-dressed woman ahead of me so I was getting very impatient as it was taking forever to check out... but I kept my calm. However, I bagged my own groceries as he was checking me out and I think he got the message (or maybe my chubbiness wasn't attractive!) and didn't make any small talk with me at all, lol.
- Then we drove home and got another round of refills at RaceTrac before getting there. We ate most of the chocolate covered ginger on the way home!
- We spent the rest of the afternoon relaxing and reading our library books while listening to Smooth Jazz.
- I took a long bath with my library book. I reused some of the water to flush the toilet and didn't want to carry the water down the stairs again, but I didn't want to waste the water either. So I didn't drain the bathtub and decided that I would use the water throughout the week to flush the toilet.
- For dinner I just made egg and cheese sandwiches for Greg and myself (our son finished the fried chicken from last night) and served it with potato salad from the chicken dinner from Publix.
- We ate dinner while watching episode 2 of the 3rd season of The Great British Baking Show on PBS via our Roku.
- Gas and tolls to drive to South Orlando for our shopping trip.
- A little over $30 for the laundry racks
- $3 and change for a Christmas stocking present for Greg
- My daughter spent about $20 at Lush in California and charged it to my Discover card.
- Somehow I hurt my shoulders a couple of days ago. The front of my shoulders are hurting when I make certain movements, like spasms. I think I might have done that when I carried the buckets of water down the stairs a couple of days ago? It's pretty painful for me to pull the car door closed, or when I bend forward, for some odd reason. I might need to take some ibuprofen.
- There was a whole table of salt water taffy at Bass Pro Shops but none of it was the Jalapeño flavor that I wanted. The thing is, Greg probably won't have time to get it in Houston because he'll only have about 50 minutes to change planes and grab dinner.
- Did a load of dishes
- Clipped coupons
- Deadheaded roses
- Watered outdoor potted plants
- Moved hanging pots into semi-shade
- Drove to Ikea to get laundry racks and ran other errands as well
- Read my library book
- Cooked dinner
- Ironed Greg's clothes
- Corresponded with my daughter via texts
- For a husband who actually likes to mow the lawn!
- For Viviane who thought to snap a picture of a blooming lavender field for me as she rode her bike in the French countryside this morning!
- For a very undemanding son :)
NATURE & GARDENING
The hummingbird feeders are almost empty again but I think it's because of evaporation. I haven't seen any hummers in a couple of days, but maybe my timing stank when I actually looked outside.
I have more basil seedlings coming out, woohoo! I also have a couple more blooms on my eggplant.
My tomatoes are blooming again!
I moved the potted vinca plants in the shade (they'll get sun in the mornings) because they looked pitiful. In comparison, the volunteer vincas in planters on my patio and near the almost dead broccoli are looking glorious, despite getting less water!
The peanuts are a jungle under their tent. I'll have to remember that for next year. I guess the tent is protecting them from the sun (although they're a hot summer crop so maybe they don't even need it) and I haven't been watering them at all. I think the peanuts are green and I'm guessing I need to harvest them green and then dry them? I need to look it up. Update: I found this article. I guess I need to wait until Fall.
Also need to look up when/how to harvest seeds from cone flowers. (update: here is an article about it) The good news is that I have more flowers coming up on the plant that looks mostly dead!
I also got a new bloom on the Peace Lily indoors, woohoo!
And my zombie indoor garden is going quite well. I need to transplant those mint cuttings, they're so tall and leggy now.