Wow, it feels like February is whizzing by, doesn't it! It's already the 5th?
I went to the office on Wednesday and Thursday. I had forgotten how long my work day tends to be when I add an hour long commute at the beginning and end! On Wednesday, I didn't leave the office until 5:30 p.m. and I didn't get home until 6:45 p.m.
I felt too tired to go to the office on Friday and worked from home, instead. It rained in the morning, which was nice for the garden. In the afternoon, my gardener friend came over to do the garden, but before he could do that, I had him take down the Christmas tree (I had finally un-decorated it!), put it back in the box, and store it in the garage for me. Afterwards, he pruned the roses and weeded one of the rose beds for me. Saturday, I still felt a bit tired, so I took it easy. Later in the afternoon, I went out into the garden to take a look around.
|Pruned Roses and Weeded Bed|
We found out why so many of my rose bushes were dying (besides the effects of the drought):
|Rose Borer Damage|
Several of the rose bushes had rose borer grubs in the canes! The adult wasp makes a small hole in the cane and lays her eggs inside. The eggs hatch and the larvae eat the inside of the cane and it kills the canes from the inside out! My gardener showed me some of the grubs and he had a few choice words to say to them! I don't spray my roses, so there's not much I can do about treating the insects, besides pruning the roses quite drastically or uprooting them, altogether. For now, we are pruning them all the way down. Most of the rose plants seem to have just one healthy cane remaining.
On a more cheerful note, the oranges are ripening, nicely:
|Oranges Ripening on the Tree|
I picked one to bring inside with me to have later in the day:
|Freshly Picked and Cut Orange|
I also picked a lemon and then, I saw this miniature lemon:
It's the size of a small lime!
|In Comparison with a Regular Sized Lemon|
Saturday evening, I renewed another skirt by replacing the elastic in the waistband. I also pinned the waist bands of three other skirts, so I know how much to take in, but haven't actually done any sewing. One of my friends phoned and I had a nice chat on the phone with her. One of my cousins called, too.
Today (Sunday), it rained a bit in the morning and the rest of the day was very dark and overcast. I should have gone grocery shopping, but I didn't feel like it. So, I decided to postpone the grocery shopping for another couple of days.
I made more cream of wheat/uppuma for my brunch, today, and I doubled the quantities in order to have enough to take to the office for my brunch, tomorrow. Dinner was fried rice, using ground beef and some frozen corn. Slices of apple for dessert.
Today, I ran a load of dishes in the dishwasher, scrubbed the stove top including under the burners, wiped down the kitchen counters, tidied the living room a bit, and watched the Superbowl on TV. One of my cousins called in the evening and came over for a visit, which was nice. I also chatted on the phone with one of my friends and with my neighbor.
I also worked on setting up my monthly budget and January spending, but I'll save that for another post, I think.
This weekend, I am grateful for:
- Fresh fruit from the garden
- Rain for the garden
- Video chatting with my daughter
- Chatting on the phone with family and friends
- A visit from a cousin
We are expecting more rain, tomorrow. I am also planning to go to the office; I hope the morning commute won't be too crazy due to the rain.
How was your weekend?