Nov 122013
 

Weekly Goals collage May 2013

 

Our first snow fall of the year happened last night.  It looks to be about a quarter inch, which is just enough to cover the ground in a rough, white blanket.  So much for the 80 degree weather we were in just a few days ago.  What a welcome back to a part of the country that actually gets defined seasons.

Sorry for the week of silence.  It wasn’t intended and I was shocked to see I had left the blog quiet for so long this past week.  My intentions were to post on Saturday, but obviously that didn’t happen.  What did happen was ….

Saturday we flew back home, arriving at what should have been just after lunch according to our stomachs, but what was mid-afternoon according to the clocks.  After driving most of the way home, we stopped for an early supper then came home to unpack.  The first load of laundry was started, kids put to bed and my husband put on a movie. I joined him, made it through the movie, then fell asleep.  After two weeks of not sleeping through the night, for various reasons, I finally slept very soundly … on the couch.  Oh well.  It just felt good to sleep all the way through the night.

We weren’t sure what Sunday would hold, church or not.  While we didn’t make it to Sunday School, we were able to attend the main service and actually had one of our best Sundays, behavior wise, in a while.  It could be because the kids were still tired from traveling and time changes; there were some BIG yawns happening.  After lunch we came home and did yard work.  I pulled up most of the garden and removed the fencing around the edges.  Once the strawberry plants decided it is actually winter I will be adding mulch to the beds.  By 4 p.m. I was sure it was 8 p.m. and we came inside to eat and crash.  So much for putting together this week’s menu plan.

Yesterday, Monday, held shopping for me in the morning.  My husband had the day off, but the kids had school.  He stayed with the ones at home while I went BY MYSELF!! to shop.  I couldn’t believe how quiet it was and how quick I was able to go through the stores.  We have several meals in the freezer, so I was able to get mostly the items on sale plus ingredients for salads.  I also stopped and picked up a few items for small to-do items around the house.  The afternoon wasn’t so productive as I spent time actually talking with my husband, visited with a friend for about an hour after lunch, picked up my car that had been left with the mechanic while we were gone, and … I’m not really sure what else I did.  What I didn’t do was meal plan or post this week’s goals.  I also got another solid night of sleep, which should help today go smoother.

This week’s goals:

  1. Add a pull chain to our living room fan
  2. Add something to kids’ dresser so it doesn’t make a loud noise when closing
  3. Hang bird feed
  4. Install gutter guards
  5. Remove fence from around garden
  6. Pull up dead tomato plants and store trestles
  7. Mulch leaves
  8. Clear off kitchen shelf
  9. Prepare for a birthday party this coming weekend (it is a last minute decision so I’m keeping it as simple as I can considering we are actually inviting more than just family and family friends)
  10. Read through 21 Days To A More Disciplined Life in preparation for starting the challenge next week.

21 Days To A More Disciplined Life

There may only be 2.5 weeks till we leave for Thanksgiving with family, but I’m hoping to make the most of this “month”.  November has become one of my favorite months.  I see it as the start to the winter season and the opportunity to work inside the house more.

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Oct 272013
 

Weekly Goals collage May 2013

 

Last Week’s Goals

  1. Switch clothing (summer for winter)
  2. Decorate a pumpkin, sealing and painting
  3. Make and free 3 months worth of either Chinese Style BBQ Pork or Meatloaf
  4. Can applesauce
  5. Read 1  hour to the kids
  6. Look for Groupon and other deals for family trip
  7. Gather leaves and mulch

Not a bad week, really.  I wanted to be able to say I did #2 above, but alas didn’t get any pumpkins at the produce auction to test this on.  I decided that if I was going to pay retail price, then it could wait till after our trip.

There were not a lot of leaves to gather and mulch, though I saw more starting to fall Friday morning.  Thursday night’s frost/freeze probably had a lot to do to the increase in leaf loss today.

I actually did both Chinese Style BBQ Pork and Meatloaf this week, and more than three month worth.  After all was said and done my freezer saw an increase of four meatloaves and enough BBQ pork to make 5 meals.  (1 was half of the batch I made for lunch this week, already cooked, and then two more freezer bags with enough to make two meals, uncooked but with all the ingredients dumped into the bags.)

My search online for deals for our trip came up somewhat unsuccessful.  I think I didn’t look hard enough.

My overarching goal for the week was to get the house in order, so it was left in a decently clean shape.  We will be traveling for the next two weeks.  After previous trips last more than a few days, I know that it is so nice to come home to a relatively clean house.  This means that even the clean dishes and clothes will be put away.  The beds will have clean sheets and the towels in the bathroom will be unused.  All the trash will be taken out and I’ll remember to have put in a mail hold.  So, while all the above goals may not have been accomplished, my overarching goal (get the house in order to leave for several days) was.

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The photo above is of my herb bed.  I pulled up the two mint plants Thursday night and put them into pots.  Hopefully I won’t have too many root sprouts appear next year.  If so, I know what will be going on the produce stand.  I also removed the two parsley plants, which have come back nicely from being eaten almost all the way down by Black Swallowtail caterpillars.  The wonderful looking basil was left, as I didn’t need it right now.  Friday morning it was black from the frost last night.  Next year I am going to utilize this bed more and arrange things a bit different. (There will definitely be more parsley and basil. That much I know.)

This week’s goals, and next week’s, are pretty simple.  Well, sort of.

  1. Have a relaxing time traveling to visit family.
  2. Enjoy the time we have with family we don’t often get to see.
  3. Don’t stress.

That’s it.  Nothing to do with gardening, though we are going to a different part of the country so I’m sure there will be pictures when we get back.

What is November going to hold for me and The Greenhouse?  Well, here are a few thoughts and things you can keep be expecting to see:

  • details for the planning and hosting of a breakfast, probably involving coffee and biscotti
  • finishing up Christmas shopping and posting of deals I see that I think might interest you
  • a 21 day challenge following Crystal Paine’s 21 Days To A More Disciplined Life book.  I did a challenge at the end of October last year and like it so much I did one again in January 2013 and my own version in March, 30 Days 21 Projects.
  • several book reviews of things I’m currently reading

Of course there will be other things mixed in, but those are a few of the things I’m thinking about right now.

I wanted to give you a head’s up about the challenge, as I hope to start November 18th, with a few days added in due to Thanksgiving.  It would be great for others to join and encourage each other along the way.  There will be a link up at the beginning and as we go along, for you to share your progress.  So be thinking about what it is you may like to work on for a larger project, or perhaps several smaller ones.

Have a great week everyone.

Oct 202013
 

Weekly Goals collage May 2013

This week is starting without me.  I’m still technically on the MOMcon trip.  🙂  On Saturday we leave for our 2-week family trip.  Between now and then several things need to get done.  Last week’s list, rewritten to be more specific, was helpful in keeping my sanity when I really wanted to just hide under a blanket with a book.  Oh how I miss the days I used to be able to do that.

Last Week’s Goals

  1. Can blackberry jam (it is already pureed and in the refrigerator.  It just needs to be cooked and canned.)
  2. Can salsa (The tomatoes are picked, but need to be used.)
  3. Pick apples
  4. Make and freeze 3 months worth of corn bread muffins
  5. Read 1 hour to the kids
  6. Finish painting railing on 1/2 of the porch
  7. Print off more coupons, or get more gift cards, to use on upcoming family trip

bird feeders for gold finchesThis Week’s Goals

  1. Switch clothing (summer for winter)
  2. Decorate a pumpkin, sealing and painting
  3. Make and free 3 months worth of either Chinese Style BBQ Pork or Meatloaf
  4. Can applesauce
  5. Read 1  hour to the kids
  6. Look for Groupon and other deals for family trip
  7. Gather leaves and mulch

I expect the garden to be done by the end of this month.  Temperatures are getting cooler.  Lows are close to the frost point.  Harvests levels are decreasing.  There are still a few onion bulbs that I hope will keep growing.  I may have to find some cloth to protect from frosts.

On Tuesday we had Spaghetti and Meatballs for supper.  I decided to double the meatball recipe to have some extra in the freezer.  We ended up with 57 meatballs.  That is more than 3 months worth.  Though it was exactly the meal I was planning to make, it is what worked and is something we each each month.  It may have taken me an extra 5 minutes, but saving the dishes and time to pull out and mix up the ingredients for the next four meals was worth it.

Where one door closes another one opens.  I focus more on the inside and planning during the winter months.  I’ll talk more about that next week.  For now I am going to enjoy the great fall weather and go rake some leaves.

What is on your list for the week?

Oct 132013
 

Weekly Goals collage May 2013Last Week’s Goals:

  1. Make and freeze 3 months worth of a meal (meatloaf, pork chops in sauce, etc.)
  2. Read 1 hour to the kids
  3. Take limbs to yard waste site and bring home more mulch to spread at a future date.
  4. Finish scraping and painting porch
  5. Weed around rose bushes and spread mulch
  6. Add mulch to front flower bed
  7. Finish planning activities for trip

Well, as you can see, nothing was completed on my to-do list.  I did read to the kids, but not for an hour.  The painting on the porch progressed more than where it was, but I didn’t get it finished.  And as for planning more for our upcoming trip … we have talked about some finer details, but didn’t necessarily plan anything.

I think I need to revisit the way I’ve written these goals, to be more specific and more realistic.

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This week is very short for me.

  • Monday is a school holiday.  The morning will be spent in Big Town running a few small errands then meeting up with sibling(s) of my foster kids for lunch.  After that I plan to come home and paint some more on the porch.
  • Tuesday I want to go to the produce auction.  It is winding down and I’m still hoping to get some pumpkins.  Last Friday I went, only to find that it started late and ended early.  So goes the end of the growing season.  After this week it will be on a “as the weather allows and the fields provide” basis.  I’m a bit surprised as the weather hasn’t been all that cool.  Maybe everyone is ready to be done with this year’s growing season?
  • Wednesday I don’t have much planned.  It is my one ‘free’ day.  Even then it isn’t so free.  I need to pack from my trip.  There are also a few apples trees belonging to a friend that need to be picked.  I’m going with a different friend to pick them and this seems to be the best day for the two of us.
  • Thursday I’m leaving for MOMcon 2013.  This will be a first for me, going to MOMcon and to Kansas City.  I’m looking forward to the trip.  I’ll be gone till Sunday, which means I need to plan not only for me and the trip, but also for my family here at home.  Meals, having the house picked up, etc.  Posts also need to be written and scheduled.  If this doesn’t get completed, please allow me some grace.

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Seeing as it is a short week for me, my goals list is also going to be short and more specific than last week.

This Week’s Goals

  1. Can blackberry jam (it is already pureed and in the refrigerator.  It just needs to be cooked and canned.)
  2. Can salsa (The tomatoes are picked, but need to be used.)
  3. Pick apples
  4. Make and freeze 3 months worth of corn bread muffins
  5. Read 1 hour to the kids
  6. Finish painting railing on 1/2 of the porch
  7. Print off more coupons, or get more gift cards, to use on upcoming family trip

Having more specific goals written down means I don’t have to keep remembering exactly what it is I want to do.  It gives me a clear plan.  For example, making 3 months of corn bread muffins rather than 3 months of a meal.  It is also more realistic for me to get the painting done on the railings rather than the whole porch.

Set yourself up for success rather than for failure.  I sometimes forget this when I make my weekly goals list.  It doesn’t mean to make it easy, just realistic.

Oct 112013
 

Weekly Goals collage May 2013

While looking for one of the recipes below I noticed that this post was still set to ‘draft’ and never got published.  Okay, so it is Friday.  It at least is still the week I intended for it to be published for.  🙂

Last Week’s Goals:

  1. Make reservations for a trip at the end of the month – This is my main to-do this week.
  2. Make and freeze one batch of muffins (a different kind than last week)
  3. Make and freeze 3 months worth of a meal (meatloaf, pork chops in sauce, etc.)
  4. Read 1 hour to the kids
  5. Take limbs to yard waste site and bring home more mulch to spread at a future date.
  6. Finish scraping and painting porch
  7. Weed around rose bushes and spread mulch
  8. Add mulch to front flower bed
  9. Finish planning activities for trip
  10. Find places to stay and eat for trip

After looking at time and prices, we decided to fly rather than drive 24 hours to get to our destination.  This saved us 4 days and 4 hotel stays.  It was worth the extra money it seemed like we would be spending.  After doing the math, we were actually saving money.

The muffins this week came out so tasty.  Here are the banana muffin recipes I made.  Click on the pictures to go to the recipes:

Chocolate Chip Monkey Muffins made with Coconut Oil

We all really liked these.  They will definitely be made again.

Banana Oat Muffins. Photo by Derf

Substitutions made: whole wheat flour in place of white flour, and brown sugar in place of white sugar.

Substitutions made: whole wheat flour in place of the white flour, and coconut oil in place of apple sauce.

The last two recipes tasted a lot alike.  Actually, I couldn’t tell any difference between them.

Note: I was actually looking for a banana cake recipe I had come across.  It obviously isn’t here, so I’ll have to go search for it.  Banana cake is the dessert plan for tonight. 

Note #2:  Here is the banana cake recipe I was looking for.

This Week’s Goals:

  1. Make and freeze 3 months worth of a meal (meatloaf, pork chops in sauce, etc.)
  2. Read 1 hour to the kids
  3. Take limbs to yard waste site and bring home more mulch to spread at a future date.
  4. Finish scraping and painting porch
  5. Weed around rose bushes and spread mulch
  6. Add mulch to front flower bed
  7. Finish planning activities for trip

Being that it is the end of the week, are there any goals you want to finish up before the week ends?

Sep 292013
 

Weekly Goals collage May 2013

Having a list of goals this past week really helped me refocus my activities.  There were a few times where I wanted to be distracted by this project or that one, but always reminded myself of The List.  I really wanted to make a dent in it this week.  Here is how I did:

Last Week’s Goals:

  1. Paint porch ceiling
  2. Scrap porch floor
  3. Paint porch floor
  4. Scrap porch railing
  5. Make and freeze one batch of muffins
  6. Make and freeze 3 months worth of a soup
  7. Read 1 hour to the kids
  8. Take one day to do basic cleaning of house (vaccum, dust, laundry, basic declutter of main rooms, clear off flat surfaces)
  9. Turn compost pile
  10. Bring home some mulch to spread in the future
  11. Cut broken tree limbs in yard
  12. Give kids haircuts

Not only was I able to make one soup, but ended up making 2 different one.  The first gave me three month’s worth of soup and the second four months worth.  Of course, that was after we had them that night for supper.  Not only is it so much easier to make someone one time rather than 4, it is also nice to know that there is supper in the freezer waiting to be warmed up in a crockpot.  I have drifted away from freezer cooking this supper.  Perhaps it is because I don’t make the same sort of meals, they tend to be lighter affairs.  Either way, I’m really looking forward to having meals in my freezer again.

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While not everything was accomplished there was movement towards getting it there.  This past Spring and last Fall I realized just how much getting a bit done everyday motivates you to do more the next day.  A bit at a time and soon there will be major progress.

The habit I let myself fall into these past few months was not writing down what I wanted to do, and then giving myself a goal date of having it done.  Instead I said, “I would love to do this by the end of summer.”  Yet no certain date or plan to do it.  I relaxed and let things slide.  Soon, the feeling of being behind overwhelmed me and I got bogged down.  I hope to do another 21 Days Challenge to knock off some of the items on my list.

For now, though the focus is the porch and planning for a trip.  In there I want to keep the house picked up and do a bit of canning.  Four things, but the porch has priority with the larger part of my ‘work time’ being spent there.  It really is amazing what you can get done once you actually start.

This Week’s Goals:

  1. Make reservations for a trip at the end of the month – This is my main to-do this week.
  2. Make and freeze one batch of muffins (a different kind than last week)
  3. Make and freeze 3 months worth of a meal (meatloaf, pork chops in sauce, etc.)
  4. Read 1 hour to the kids
  5. Take limbs to yard waste site and bring home more mulch to spread at a future date.
  6. Finish scraping and painting porch
  7. Weed around rose bushes and spread mulch
  8. Add mulch to front flower bed
  9. Finish planning activities for trip
  10. Find places to stay and eat for trip

new flowers in bed pansy

Sep 232013
 

Weekly Goals collage May 2013Last Week’s Goals:

  1. Can tomato jam
  2. Paint porch ceiling
  3. Can remaining tomatoes (from last week)
  4. Scrap porch floor
  5. Paint porch floor
  6. Scrap porch railing
  7. Make and freeze one batch of muffins
  8. Make and freeze 3 months worth of one of this week’s soups
  9. Start and finish laundry (put away as it finishes)
  10. Read 1 hour to the kids – I realized that this is something dropped once the school year began.  They seems to really miss it.

Last week wasn’t as productive as I had hoped, at least not on the Goal’s List.  A few things along the way took a bit longer than they should have.  That is okay.  This is why I have a list.  When life gets me off track, I know where to pick back up.

The muffins from last week were all eaten up before making it to the freezer.  This week I think I’ll have to make a double batch of a different kind.  Last week’s were pumpkin muffins.  Two years ago I was blessed to get a LOT of pumpkins for $.25 each.  A few were left, after I sent some to work with my husband and passed them out to others, and were roasted and purred.  My freezer was overflowing with frozen pumpkin.  I thought I would never make it through.  So imagine my surprise at feeling sad to see I only had 4 cups worth left in the freezer.  3/4 cups were used to make muffins and 1/2 cup was used in shakes.  I now have just over 2 cups left and want to save it to make muffins another day.  Perhaps they’ll get used this week, but I’m not even going to add it to the to-do list and some other muffins need to be made first.

The porch ceiling is over half done and some of the trim around it has been painted also.

The soups last week weren’t doubled sufficently to make 3 more months of meals.  There were leftovers, just not enough.

Vase of roses in window

This Week’s Goals:

  1. Paint porch ceiling
  2. Scrap porch floor
  3. Paint porch floor
  4. Scrap porch railing
  5. make and freeze one batch of muffins
  6. Make and freeze 3 months worth of a soup
  7. Read 1 hour to the kids
  8. Take one day to do basic cleaning of house (vaccum, dust, laundry, basic declutter of main rooms, clear off flat surfaces)
  9. Turn compost pile
  10. Bring home some mulch to spread in the future
  11. Cut broken tree limbs in yard
  12. Give kids haircuts

I’ll be honest and say that I’m pretty sure I will not be making it all the way through this list.  I’m okay with that.  We are not going to be home on Saturday, Tuesday I’ll be gone from the house in the morning, and Thursday will find me away from the house all morning and most of the afternoon.  These are choices I have made, to do these items that are keeping me away from home.  Now I just need to make the choice to make things on my priorities list an actual priority when I do have time at home.  It won’t be impossible to get the majority of things done, though it will take sacrifice on my part (not watching one more episode of a favorite show, staying off the computer during the daytime, etc.).

What are your goals for this week?

Sep 172013
 

Weekly Menu Plan May 2013

 

What?  Oh, you didn’t see this up this morning.  Well … you are so observant! You earned a gold star.   This time it was because of procrastination.

The meal plan has actually been put together since Saturday.  Then my husband suggested a movie (the kids were all asleep), I suggested made-at-home cappuccinos and an impromptu date night was in order.  How could I say no?  So, the meal plan wasn’t posted on Sunday.

Sunday we left the house for church and didn’t return until 6:30, at which point supper had to be made and bed times quickly followed.  I fell asleep around 8:30.

Monday involved canning tomato jam and beginning to paint the porch ceiling.  That night, this is the procrastination part, I mentioned to my  husband that season 2 of “Call the Midwife” was now on Netflix.  Instead of doing the correct thing and turning on a manly, things exploding movie so I would go post the menu plan and do the dishes, silly man turned on the first episode of season 2.  I was hooked.  He went to bed.  🙂  I did show some restraint and not watch a second episode.

This morning was taken up by processing about 25 lbs of tomatoes into sauce and beginning the cooking down process, a trip to the produce auction, lunch and then a doctor’s appointment that took over an hour longer than it should have.  Back home to clean up the tomato mess from this morning, put a snack on the table, pick up some before my husband came home, and find out what was for supper.  It was at this point that I decided the dishes can wait a bit longer and I really need to come post the menu plan.

And I wonder how it is that the weeks have flown by.  It really seems like everyday is taken up by this or that and nothing that I had planned on getting done is actually getting done.  Well, except the canning.

Breakfast:

  1. Fried Pancakes with Maple Creme Syrup, bananas
  2. Cereal
  3. Eggs, toast
  4. Perfect Whole Wheat Pumpkin Muffins
  5. Shakes
  6. Oatmeal with diced apples
  7. Traveling

Lunch:

  1. Eat Out
  2. Salad
  3. Eat Out (Subway with gift card)
  4. Sticky Blackberry Barbecue Pork Ribs, grilled potato slices with salt and vinegar, steamed carrots
  5. Pulled Chicken with Apple-cucumber slaw, fried potatoes and onions, vegetable
  6. Chipotle Chocolate Chili, peanut butter sandwiches
  7. Traveling

Supper:

  1. Leftovers
  2. Pizza
  3. Watermelon, soup?
  4. Curried Chickpea Yogurt Dip, veggies, watermelon
  5. Salami Sandwiches, watermelon
  6. Leftovers
  7. Traveling

There you have it.  This week’s menu.  I’m trying to use up what we have in the freezer, one week at a time.  So far it hasn’t been too bad and is going a lot better than when I planned it a whole month at a time.  As for the watermelon, we got it from the Farmer’s Market last Saturday.  The leftover watermelon that was in the refrigerator was put into a bag and added to the freezer.  It will be turned into Watermelon Sorbet at some point in the future.  What ever is left of this melon at the end of the week will join the ‘leftovers’ already in the freezer.

Weekly Goals collage May 2013It has been a while since I wrote out my weekly goals.  Instead of dividing them out by categories, I am going to list them according to how I hope they get done this week.  I have three days of no where to go, which I hope translates into getting these items done or greatly progressed towards their completion.

  1. Can tomato jam
  2. Paint porch ceiling
  3. Can remaining tomatoes (from last week)
  4. Scrap porch floor
  5. Paint porch floor
  6. Scrap porch railing
  7. Make and freeze one batch of muffins
  8. Make and freeze 3 months worth of one of this week’s soups
  9. Start and finish laundry (put away as it finishes)
  10. Read 1 hour to the kids – I realized that this is something dropped once the school year began.  They seems to really miss it.

There you go.  #1 has already been done.  #2 and #3 are started.  If I can keep up the momentum tomorrow, then the rest of the week should follow and these will finally be completed.

It has been a while since I’ve done a freezer meal session.  My Wednesday breakfasts are sorely repetitive because of it.  It used to be so easy to go grab a muffin from the freezer.  Now I have to make french toast or do cereal because I didn’t plan enough time that morning to actually make muffins.  And there are just so many yummy ones to make.

What is your favorite muffin recipe?  Do you prefer to make them fresh, freeze the batter to bake fresh, or freeze muffins already made?

 

Aug 192013
 

Weekly Goals collage May 2013

With the start of school, my days are looking a bit different.  Thankfully they will be a bit easier than last school year.  No longer will I have to meet a bus four times a day.  Yes, that alone makes one’s day a lot easier.  This year, I will only have to meet it three times.  🙂  The one meeting time we lost was the one right before lunch.  Meaning?  Lunch shouldn’t be rushed like last year.  Also, since I will be hanging out in front of my house three times a day, the little jobs there will be taken care of 5 – 10 minutes at a time.  The bushes will finally be trimmed.

As I am currently waiting for a bus, I am going to keep this post pretty simple and get right to my goals for this week:

  1. Fix the toilet’s handle.  (not a gardening related goal, but a needed one.)
  2. Paint the ceiling of the porch.
  3. Paint the door on the porch.
  4. Treat plants for powdery mildew.
  5. Obtain and can remaining tomatoes needed for crushed tomatoes.
  6. Keep up with laundry.

That’s it.  With changing my routine, and the kids’, I think it will also be enough.  I am giving myself the next two weeks to finish the porch, its ceiling and all related railings and doors.  It should be enough, if I make it THE priority in the afternoons.  Tomorrow though, I plan on getting that haircut I have needed for the past three months.  I’ll make painting THE priority beginning Wednesday.  🙂

crushed tomato collage

Jul 292013
 

Weekly Goals collage May 2013

Last week’s goals:

  • trimming bushes along front walk
  • edge grass along sidewalk
  • take brush to yard waste recycling site
  • move extra produce stand plants to a shadier spot (the sun is wilting them)
  • plant (very late) sweet potato slips
  • spread out dirt piles (from replacement of water line) – one was spread out
  • trim trees along edge of porch (so it can be painted)

Last week was not near as productive as the week before.  However, it also held some things that kept us away from home enough each day to mess up our routines and take up the ‘free time’ to work outside.  This week seems a bit more promising in the area of having time to get to some of the garden jobs.  I am going to focus on getting to the items from last week:

  • trimming bushes along front walk
  • edge grass along sidewalk
  • move extra produce stand plants to a shadier spot (the sun is wilting them)
  • plant (very late) sweet potato slips
  • spread out dirt piles (from replacement of water line)

If I am able to accomplish those then I am also going to work on:

  • mulch around rose bushes
  • remove weeds from roses in side yard
  • remove volunteer squash plants from front flower bed
  • remove brushes and concrete blocks under hackberry tree; relocate daffodil bulbs; flatten area

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I had forgotten about the canning of these last week also.  No wonder I didn’t have the time I should have.  🙂  If things turn out the way I am hoping they will, there will be more canning going on this week.  Today I did 4 more quarts of beets.

How is your garden coming along?