Monday, March 19, 2018

2018 - Day 78/287 - Monday...1749...

This photo does not really do justice to the bulbs that I planted last fall, and that are just now coming up. The grape hyacinths were (in my opinion) underwhelming, but these are really pretty. The other bulbs have not really done anything yet, but it is still early. The Iris are beginning to bloom, and up by the road are some wisteria that are taking off. I stopped and bought some supplemental frangipani the other day since not all of them that Mike brought us last year survived. Delicate little bastards!

Unfortunately, it was a typical Monday. Items that I had worked on all weekend proved to be for naught, meetings I was supposed to attend went unattended, appointments I was scheduled to have were cancelled, computer programs were not working properly, printers were not printing properly. It was just one of those days. But in the end, I had some great advice, so great counseling and I was shown extreme kindnesses by a person I consider a friend, and I was talked down off the edge.

Overall, the day turned out just fine. No issues.

Deeds, Actions, Changes, BULBS, Kindnesses, Whirled Pes, FUN!

Sunday, March 18, 2018

2018 - Day 77/288 - Sunday...1752...

The rains overnight (about 1.1") and the little bits of rain we got today (more than a trace) opened up my day very nicely, and I got to spend time doing things that would otherwise have been interrupted by the timer on my cell phone going off and me needing to go and move hoses, sprinklers, etc. Wonderful! I did manage to get lots of chores done around the house, and even put together this marvelous fountain that I got from Costco last week. I really like this fountain, although I an not 100% convinced that this spot on the porch is its' final resting spot. If I leave it here, I want to get another one for the symmetry of the whole thing. I really wanted one that I could put out in the crushed grant walk, and that may be the place that it ends up, I will just need to play with it for a while and see where it lands.

But I like it very much.

All is done for this weekend, and I am about to go and head for the big blue chair.

Deeds, Actions, Changes, FOUNTAINS, Kindnesses, Whirled Peas, FUN!

Saturday, March 17, 2018

2018 - Day 77/288 - Saturday...1775...

As I write this, it is raining outside. Wonderful!This particular photo was taken about three hours ago and the weather folks were predicting no rain for us, but rain for the folks north and east of us. I don't care about the forecasters, we are just glad we got some rain. I will let you know how much we get in another post. I did do a little bit of watering this morning, not a lot because I had three appointments, the first one was at 10 a.m. I made it home by about 2:30, and after a little bit, Jody and I went into Georgetown for lunch and to pick up some things at Tractor Supply. The great thing is, there is nothing better than rain, and the other great thing is that I will not have to water tomorrow. That opens up a LOT of time for me.

Otherwise, all is good out here, the chickens are happy, Jody is happy, I am happy. There is a lot of happy going around.

Deeds, Actions, Changes, RAIN, Kindnesses, Whirled Peas, FUN!

Friday, March 16, 2018

2018 - Day 75/290 - Friday...1753...

Friday, Spring Break, SXSW=Wrecks on MoPac at high noon. Kay, Tosalyn and I went to an estate sale this afternoon, it is kind of a Friday afternoon thing we all like to do. We bought nothing. Occasionally we will buy something, but nothing today. I kind of like it just to get inside different houses. And then there is all the stuff. I like rummaging through other peoples stuff. I like it, plus there is always the chance that I am going to buy that million dollar item for fifty cents. That is what I really want to do. This wreck was encountered on the way back to the office. If it is not a wreck, it s someone putting packages on someone else's front porch and blowing them up. Craziness happening in the Live Music Capitol of the World.


Someone told me today that they wished they could just work all weekend. I told her she should get her real estate license. It is Friday, and I am looking forward to the weekend. I have three appointments tomorrow, and then I have some preparation for some classes I will be guiding next week, and then I have some work to do in the yard. That will pretty much cover it. and from the appointments, there is always the chance that I will run into a yard sale!

Deeds, Actions, Changes, WRECKS, Kindnesses, Wh
irled Peas, FUN!

Thursday, March 15, 2018

2018 - Day 74/291 - Thursday...1758...

Beware the Ides of March...

Just saying'...

The sky was not really red this afternoon on my way home, but it looked like it from the rearview camera. We are back to the cycle of clouds, although the day started out sunny and clear. I don't think there is any real chance of rain until Sunday, and only slightly then, but I expect the clouds to be with us until Monday or Tuesday. It will be close to 90 for the next couple days, so the clouds could have a redeeming value. Time will tell.

Otherwise, not much to tell. I did get to Costco on the way home this afternoon. That is always an experience, and gives me an opportunity to feel superior to the folks that act as if they will die of starvation if they fail to get a wiener on a toothpick. Damn the shopping carts, full speed ahead. Oh, sorry, I am in the middle of War and Remembrance. Getting ready for the Battle of Midway.

Deeds, Actions, Changes, RED SKY, Kindnesses, Whirled Peas, FUN!

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

2018 - Day 73/292 - Wednesday...1773...

Last year I was appointed to a committee that makes my membership sound like I am more important than I really am, The Texas Association of REALTORS® Public Policy Committee on Business Issues. Whew! Sounds impotent! Or Important, not sure which. Anyway, I was honored to attend the meeting today with several of my REALTOR® colleagues from across the state. Good thing happening means good planning and good execution of the plan. Happy to be a part of this.

Happy Pi Day everyone, and my friends Casey and Jaime welcomed their son today, just after noon I believe. A really happy occasion for a really wonderful couple. I could not be happier for them, and know they are happy as they can be as well.

Spring break is still in full tilt, and any benefits we would ordinarily derive from that lack of populace is removed by the influx of freaks attending SXSW. It's fun, I am not going to say it's not, but there is plenty of congestion without all that. A little break for those of us that are not spring breakers would be a nice thing to happen.

Deeds, Actions, Changes, MEETINGS, Kindnesses, Whirled Peas, FUN!

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

2018 - Day 72/293 - Tuesday...1775...

Overall, not a bad day. I checked a few items off my 'to done' list, and that is always a satisfaction. I also added a few items to my 'to done' list, but overall I think it was a net gain on the accomplishment side of the ledger.

My watering schedule is taking shape, and it is not as hectic as it was last year. Things are much more under control, and that is a good thing. It is amazing how flora react to water. It is also amazing that it took me until last year to figure that out. I guess I thought the landscaping would survive on the rains, but that is kind of an oxymoron here in central Texas. It is either drought or flood, there is really no in between.

The Mountain Laurel that was here when we bought the house (closing in on nine years) did better last year than it had ever done, and it is doing even better this year. Mountain Laurels remind me of the first summer I moved to Austin in 1985; every chance I had, I would stop and take a deep breath of the perfume. It smells just like grape bubble gum. It wasn't too long after that that I got my first taste of central Texas allergies as well. They go hand-in-hand; flora and allergies.

The allergies are not as bad as they used to be, and that is progress.

Deeds, Actions, Changes, MOUNTAIN LAUREL, Kindnesses, Whirled Peas, FUN!