Greg made me drink a large glass of water last night because he said I was dehydrated and that's what caused my day-long headache. I didn't have a headache when I got up for good this morning at almost 8 a.m., but I got up many times during the night, arrgh. If I could have a superpower it would be to have the strongest bladder in the world!
So the weekend is here but I still have work to do. Greg needs his clothes washed and ironed for his trip, of course I'm in charge of the cooking, I should declutter my son's room with him, compose that email to my French BFF since it's been months since i wrote to her...
In an hour I'm supposed to be attending a program on Native Plants of Florida at the main library in Clermont so I need to get in the shower! They are giving away plants as door prizes so I hope I get one. I should think of errands to run at the same time, but I can't think of any so I'll probably just stop by RaceTrac for more refills and come home afterwards. I'd love to buy more flowers at Home Depot or Lowe's but it's so hot outside, I'm not going to be working on my planter yet and if I leave them in pots, they might die.
To Do List:
- 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
- Put some bleach in the heat pump water drain (to prevent build-ups)
- Divide and repot the aloe plant
Wash Greg's clothes- Done
- Iron them
My daughter is taking the train tomorrow to get back to San José. She was working on homework as I was texting her so she wasn't having much fun :(
- I brewed some of the free dark roast coffee from Wawa mixed with cinnamon. "Dark roast" always sound so good but I think it might be a tad too bitter for me. I had two donuts bought on 50% clearance at Save A Lot yesterday, too.
- I renewed a library book online that was about to expire.
- I collected water in the shower to reuse it later to flush the toilet.
- I earned the daily Bing Rewards credits and also a few Swagbucks.
- I took a RaceTrac survey and earned a reward code for a freebie.
- I drove the Focus to the main library in Clermont and attended the Native Plants presentation. I'd like to say that I enjoyed it but it was meh. The people are nice, but they're old people who drown on and on and on, don't make sure their presentation materials are helpful (it would have been good to note the names of the plants displayed on the computer presentation for example), and seem overly concerned with HOAs. I don't live in a subdivision so I don't care, personally. The audience was overwhelmingly elderly and if you think teens are rude compared to older people who supposedly have been raised with manners... think twice. They talked non-stop, interjected with their own pointless stories, etc. Am I cranky? Yes. The meeting was supposed to end at 11 a.m. and I didn't get out of there until noon. Why? Because the drawing was at the very end. They actually didn't discuss passion flowers at all, I didn't win the door prize, and when I bid on a plant, they were supposed to draw names at random from all the people who had bid on a particular plants but the one woman doing the drawing looked at all the names and obviously picked someone that she knew. A couple of good things did come out of the meeting:
- I was able to get a free copy of the "Guide for Real Florida Gardeners" which is a chockful of information about wild native flowers and local resources. I flipped through it before the meeting started and I already know that there is a lot of information I can use in it. Woohoo!
- Including the name and details of the native plants nursery that's just a couple of miles from my house, as luck would have it! I had spotted it last week while driving by but couldn't remember its name so I was going to have to drive by again. It's only one of two in a radius of 20 miles that only carries native plants so I'm going to have to go. Unfortunately, they're only open by appointment, which means making a phone call so I'd really have to be motivated to go!
- One of the more animated presenters was walking around with a copy of a book about using native plants in landscaping, showing us some pages. I found it on Amazon but I'm going to check if our library system has it.
- I had thought about driving on to the Ferndale Preserve afterwards since I was already halfway there, but when I came out of the meeting, I was cranky and very hungry. I didn't want to go back to RaceTrac because it wasn't on the way. I almost ordered food from Panera but I would have had to pay $2 for a soda and I'm not paying for soda when I have 3 Sodapalooza cups in the car! So I decided to just go home.
- I called my son to make sure he was OK and ask if he wanted anything while I was in Clermont (he didn't) and told him I'd go to Aldi too.
- I went to RaceTrac, gassed up the Focus for $2.09/gallon and earned a few loyalty points on my RaceTrac app and a new receipt for a new freebie, along with 2% back in Rewards with my Amex.
- Since I was starved, I redeemed a survey reward code for a free bacon cheese dog and also refilled our 3 Sodapalooza cups for free. I ate the dog in the car.
- I also picked up 2 copies of the latest local Coupon Book. There are BOGO coupons for Bruster's Real Ice Cream in there again!
- Back home, I was still hungry so I had the last chunk of smoked turkey sausage and Caribbean Jerk Mac'n Cheese from last night's dinner.
- I spent the afternoon reading my library book and took two naps! I was still groggy in late afternoon from all the napping so I announced that I didn't feel like cooking and Greg said "I will provide". When pressed for details, he didn't know but said that he would figure something out. Yay.
- Lovely Pixel from Thoughts From My Corner of the Couch down in Lakeland, FL, tipped me to her laundry rack from IKEA. She's had it for several years and is really happy with it, so I checked the stock at the Orlando IKEA and it seems that they should have it in stock so Greg and I have a date tomorrow: we'll go to IKEA so I can get a couple of those, and then to Bass Pro Shops since it's close by, and then to Trader Joe's since we could be passing it on our way home. Woohoo! Thanks, Pixel!
- Since we'll be gone tomorrow, I did the laundry tonight, as I will need to iron Greg's clothes tomorrow night so he can pack for his trip. I did it in cold/cold but I think I'll throw everything in the dryer because I'm feeling a little lazy.
- I checked the calendar of events for our library system and found a presentation on Backyard Beekeeping that will take place at the end of the month in Mount Dora. I added it to my calendar as it is a free event. We will be able to sample local honeys too. I don't think I want to become a beekeeper, but I certainly want to learn more about attracting bees!
- I checked the library catalog for that book about native plants in landscaping and indeed, they have it and my own library branch has it so I should be able to pick it up on Monday! If I do like it, I'll order a used copy from Amazon.
- For dinner we went out to Publix and got our usual Fried Chicken Family Dinner, which also allowed us to get a 2 L bottle of Diet Coke for free with a store coupon, and some sushi. I used my Publix gift card to pay for it so it was free to us.
- Greg and I finished watching the 3rd season of Gavin & Stacey. After that, I was flipping through the channels on OTA TV and we found an episode of Miranda on PBS. Greg absolutely loves that show so we watched that (even though we'd seen that episode at least 5 times already!)
- Gas for Greg to drive to Tampa and back
- $1.00 for the plant drawing.
- $25 (too much!) for a chocolate and cookie stash because it's getting close to that time of the month, I was hungry and cranky and during those times, chocolate is my best friend. I'm making this come out of our vacation budget though. So there.
- Too much chocolate?
- Used the dryer instead of the laundry racks.
- Not cooking dinner :)
- Attended library seminar
- Ran an errand
- Did the laundry
- Went to Publix with Greg to pick up dinner
- That my headache is gone!
- That Greg didn't pester me or not being in the mood to cook dinner :)
- For Pixel to clue me on to her laundry rack!