Friday, July 31, 2009

Creative Energy Level--HIGH!!

Dearest Daughter is moving back in on Tuesday, and emptying/organizing her room has sparked some new projects around the house. Out of respect for her, I'm not showing her room, but decorated with her stuff, it is just durn CUTE!

I found these little hooks in one of the drawers I was cleaning. I placed them in my cra(p)ft room near the closet



I hung two of my baby hats on one of the hooks and placed a picture of my grandmother in it because she made me the pink sunbonnet.



I hung one of my favorite baby dresses on the other hook, and printed out a picture of myself on my first birthday. It wasn't until I was putting the picture in the holder that I realized I was wearing the same dress as in the picture! Howdoyalikedat?

My Dad's Family Scrapbook

I don't think I've shown the Buchanan family scrapbook pages I've been working on. I'm trying to make an album for my dad. It's slow work, trying to get the pictures scanned and then fix the pictures, then scrapbook them, then get Daddy's comments on the pages.

This is a picture of my dad when he was about 4 years of age:



This is his mother, when she graduated from high school:



Daddy's sister:



This is a picture of Daddy's favorite grandmother, the one who delivered him in the little log cabin:



This is a page with a picture of her parents:



And a picture of my dad's maternal family at a family reunion:



I have more pictures, many awaiting comments by my dad, but those are the finished ones for now.

Getting Close to August

And, wow, the temperature when I got up this a.m. was 69 degrees.

Seriously.

This is Texas.

But the cool and wet weather is making me think of gardening. And it's the first of the month, when I am supposed to be thinking of these things and planning to plant for the month. My handy-dandy planting guide for the fall, courtesy of our beloved Texas A&M, says I am to plant the following for August:

August 1: southern peas, pumpkin; transplant Shasta daisies
August 10: winter squash
August 20: lima beans (bush), sweet corn

DH has been hankering for some Shasta daisies, so I'll start looking for those, and I'm sure we have some pumpkin and winter squash seeds around. I've been wanting DH to plow some beds against the fence, and he's been wanting to build some pretty lattice too, so I'll see if I can't get him excited about doing that for the winter squashes.

Planting the pumpkins would be a great opportunity to prepare the flower beds for planting in the spring. I could dig out a bed for the pumpkin hills and mulch them heavily, and as the plants grow, I'll continue to dig out the grass and mulch. When I get enough dug out for DH to place edging, I'll ask him to install some.

I'm not too interested in doing any of the other vegetables, but I'll confer with DH and see if he is interested in any of them.

Fall is for Herbs, according to this article. I have been dreaming of starting the herb garden since we did our original planning of the garden last year. The round bed will be centered on the dining room windows, and the curved vegetable beds will then make sense.

This is a picture of the vegetable garden, taken in June. The bed will be in front of the curved vegetable beds.



I hear DH moving around. Time to finish this post and pay attention to my sweetie. Oh, and tell him of the plans I have for him.

Monday, July 27, 2009

Woohoo! Getting things done!

Lost my goal of 2% weight this week!
And got back into using the DayTimer--it's sitting on my ironing board right now for handy perusing!
I read my Daily Lit and about.com entries for about an hour today--"Paranoia", "Huckleberry Finn", and some various and sundry things.
I purchased and installed new printer cartridges and made myself an album.

Sunday, July 26, 2009

Goals for week of July 26-August 1

Yes, yes, it has been crazy busy with the wedding and work and all. I just need to get back to planning ahead and sticking to a plan! So sad, hardly any changes for the list, I've just been so darn busy!

In mid-August I'll start babysitting Gbuddy two mornings a week. I hope to incorporate some fun things for the two of us to do. Also I'm looking into working out at our local recreation centers, maybe doing some Pilates, Yoga, or a personal trainer.

Sewing:
1) make sofa pillows and dining room chair pillows.
2) fix serger.
3) attempt to machine embroider using downloaded .pes files.

Scrapbook:
1) work on Daddy's scrapbook.
2) finalize Gbuddy's photo album and get it printed this week.
3) make photo albums for me and my mom.

Knit:
1) pick up stitches on one sleeve of the Adult Tomten.
2) finish the back of the Peter Easy vest.

Quilt:
1) sew at least one hour on Chris's quilt. This has definitely stalled.

Garden:
1) fill in "holes", weed. Continue planting the border garden as I buy plants.

Read and learn:
1) read one hour on email books--well, not an hour a day, but I've read several hours this week.
2) Spanish 15 minutes a day and watch a couple of the photography vodcasts.

Exercise:
1) exercise at least five hours this week. Use a variety of modes--jog, walk, bicycle, Pilates, Yoga, weight-lifting, crossfit.
2) stick to Weight Watchers for diet. Goal of 2% weight loss per week.

Computer:
1) update website--spend one hour making changes.
2) change desktop layout. maybe make one for a freebie, with matching blog goods.

Organizing:
1) get back to using the big DayTimer book.