Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Windy Tuesday

Yellow Rose

Half Opened

It was another sunny and warm day in Southern California, but it has been very windy!  Once again, I am so glad I had the eucalyptus tree trimmed, last year!

I took a walk in the backyard because some oranges had fallen from the tree due to the wind, and the first roses of the season caught my eye.  I have very few rose bushes remaining, but they are doing their best considering how neglected they are!

Almost Hidden by the Weeds
Today, I woke up feeling drained of energy!  Unfortunately, there are still days like today, although they occur less frequently.  I listened to my body and took it easy, for the most part.

Purple Martha Washington Geranium

Originally, this geranium was a volunteer plant in my garden - it poked itself up from under the back  garden wall - perhaps an offshoot of a plant that was in my neighbor's yard?  We dug it up, carefully, and planted it elsewhere and it flourished.  At one time, I had a whole bed of these geraniums, but most of it died during the drought and last year's heat wave.  M cut it all back and just one plant revived and came back up!  It looks nice and healthy, though, and has begun to flower.  I am hoping to be able to take some cuttings from it and grow another bed of it.

I rested practically all day, today.  Later in the evening, around 7:30 p.m., I told myself that I should, at the very least, dust my bedroom and do a load of laundry.  I am bound and determined to stick to my cleaning schedule!  So, I put a load of laundry to wash and dusted the bed room.  Then, I washed the day's dishes and put away the dishes from yesterday.  Cousin P called as I finished washing the dishes and I chatted with her for a bit.

Afterwards, I decided to do one baby step in the spare room.  I put a few more things away and managed to consolidate the contents of a couple of bags.  I am seriously not allowed to buy any more yarn:

The Box of Yarn
My yarn box is practically full!  Some are leftovers from previous projects, some are for on-going projects (like the red yarn for the Heart Association's Red Hats for Newborns), and some are new yarn bought for intended projects including three new sweaters, but I need to put myself back on a yarn diet until I finish all the projects I've started and/or planned!   I've been crocheting granny squares with some of my leftover yarn to make a blanket; the bag of already crocheted granny squares is also in this yarn box, under the yarn.

I spent about one hour sorting through stuff in the spare room closet.  I really do have a lot of crafting supplies!  I need to sit down and actually do some crafting!

Later in the evening, I video chatted with my daughter.  She will be interviewing for a job promotion, tomorrow morning.  If she gets the position, she will get an increase in pay and will continue to be up in Berkeley for a few more years, at least.  If she doesn't get the position, her current contract will end at the end of May and, since it can't be renewed again, she will move down here and look for a job here.  We are fine with it, either way.

Today, I am grateful for:
- The first roses
- Fresh oranges from my tree
- All what I was able to accomplish
- An abundance of craft supplies
- Video chatting with my daughter

It took me awhile to get started, today, but, I still accomplished all that was scheduled for today!

Tuesday's To Do List:
- Change my bed sheets - DONE
- Do laundry - DONE (2 loads)
- Dust my bedroom - DONE
- Bring the trash cans in - DONE
- Water the houseplants - DONE
- Do one organizing task in the spare room - DONE (worked on the closet)

Wednesday's To Do List:
- Vacuum
- Clean the bathrooms 
- Do one decluttering/organizing task in the spare room
- Dailies (dishes, litter box, etc.)

How was your Tuesday?  What are your plans for Wednesday?


  1. You're really rocking your cleaning schedule, so well done. Any idea what has made the difference so that you're keeping up with things?

    Good luck to your daughter for a successful interview.

    1. Thank you, Eileen. I don't know what the difference is, this time around, except, I am determined not to give in to my tendency to procrastinate, at least on the smaller cleaning tasks (I'm still procrastinating plenty on the bigger tasks!). Making myself accountable here is also helping and the positive feedback I'm receiving. Plus, and this is a big factor, I am liking what I see when I look around my house!

      Thank you; she had her interview and texted me afterwards saying she thinks it went well. She'll probably know their decision by the end of the month, if not sooner.

  2. Thank you for the garden tour this morning. I have never been able to grow roses (except for my wild shrub rose bush). My mother was very successful at it, so I obviously did not inherit the right genes. Ha,ha. I love your purple Martha Washington geranium and hope you can encourage new plants from it.

    For someone who took it easy today, you can quickly put one to shame. You still managed to do everything on your schedule. I would have done a load of laundry, and called it successful.

    Hoping everything works out well for your daughter the way it is meant to be.

    1. I'm glad you enjoyed the garden tour, Susan. At one time, I had almost 100 rose bushes (98 to be exact!) I think I have 11 or 12 remaining! Some of them are the hardy root stocks that have survived; I let them grow because they are so hardy and are survivors!

      I did manage to accomplish what I wanted to, didn't I? Very happy about that!

      Thanks, Susan. She texted to say that the interview went well. I texted her back saying I shall now go ahead and turn her bedroom into my sewing room and she can sleep in the spare room when she comes to visit, knowing exactly what she'd say to that! :D Ha, ha, and yes, it provoked the reaction I knew I'd get!

  3. Hope your daughter gets on ok. I love my roses too.

    1. Thank you, Eloise. We are waiting to hear what the results are.

  4. 100 Rose bushes at one time, wow! The ones you have left are very pretty. Once again, I enjoy seeing your garden.

    You are doing great with your cleaning schedule. Hooray!

    1. The garden looked lovely when the roses were in bloom.

      Thank you! I'm tweaking things as I go, but, it's working out well, so far.

  5. Your flowers are so vibrant. I hope that your geranium flourishes and that you can get some extra plants from cuttings. I sent snow photos to neighbours that moved out west last year, and they sent me photos of rhododendrons and magnolias! They are not sorry they moved!
    I was impressed with your sweater in the previous post. You seem to have got a good feel for what will work and fit well.
    I hope your daughter's future will be great, whether she stays in Berkeley or returns. She is a talented young woman.

    1. Thank you, Bushlady. I hope this is the last of the snow for the season, for you.

      I am relearning my measurements when it comes to knitting! All because I don't take the time to check my gauge For awhile there, I was knitting everything too big!

      Thank you; we are waiting to find out what happens, but, I know things will be fine, either way. Whatever happens, happens for a reason. :)

  6. Your flowers are gorgeous and you are doing so well sticking with your schedule. I wish your sticktoittiveness (made up word) was contagious.

    1. Thank you, Anne. It is getting a little harder to stick to the schedule as I seem to be losing momentum to keep going ("Didn't I just clean this, last week?"), but, I am determined to stick to it! Eventually, I am hoping that it will become a habit and it won't be such a big deal.

  7. Lovely fliwers,especially roses!I love to make a grateful list,too☺ I am following, greetings from Poland ☺

    1. Thank you, Natalia. Look forward to reading your gratitude lists. :)


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