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Done, done & done!

August 10th, 2014 at 05:42 pm

I find that when I'm busy (aka, working f/t) I am uber-productive on my weekends.

I got all these things on my list done:

1. Weeded the driveway. (Yes, many cracks...some day I will have to repave it.)

2. Weeded the veggie garden. (I pulled the rest of the onions, and while they are pint-sized, about the size of golf balls, they are very oniony-tasting.)

3. Weeded various perennial beds and the brick patio while giving wide berth to the growing paper wasp nest, which is now the size of a basketball. The weeding is by no means complete, but at least I did a fair amount.

4. I picked up my half share of veggies from the CSA and got my biggest haul yet: 5 cucumbers, a pint of cherry tomatoes plus a pound of small regular tomatoes, a head of lettuce, a few more yellow squash, 2 bell peppers, 2 skinny eggplant, a pound of string beans. I think I forgot to take some potatoes. The farmer is looking very, very tan/red these days.

5. I watered the grass I sowed this spring, but unfortunately, this is the time of year, very warm with little rain, when whatever grass I plant partially dies back and weeds take its place. I let the watering go for probably a one-week period, and that's all it took. I am SOO tired of watering this particular plot of grass, dragging the hose around, plus a much smaller patch in the backyard where I have to haul water in a large plastic watering can.

6. Also watered the veggie garden after weeding.

7. I made my lunch for the 1st 2 workdays: cheese tortellini with sliced cherry tomatoes and croutons with a bit of salad dressing, plus sliced cucumbers on the side.

8. Stopped in at Dress Barn looking for a nice top to wear at my Thursday picnic, but didn't find anything.

9. Did the final touch-up/coat of paint on 2 windows in my office.

10. Pulled down the Virginia creeper vines that were climbing over the roof of my toolshed.

11. Had a nice lunch with a girlfriend at a new restaurant in town that is very nice with its reclaimed barnboard ceiling and brick interior walls. I had lobster bisque and a beet salad, plus she wanted desserts, so the bill for lunch came to $62 with tip!!!! I can't believe the prices!

Her big news was that she had a melanoma removed from her face, and is having more surgery this week to remove some squamous cell moles elsewhere on her body. She is fair-skinned with red hair.

12. Went over my mother's to talk to her about having an aide come to the house a few times a week. Response: No go. We got in a big argument. I give up, for now. It's too exhausting. Guess we'll have to wait til the next medical crisis comes.

13. Filled up the gas tank and picked up a few groceries.

14. Picked up a few $3 tank tops to sleep in at Wal-Mart.

Plus, I did these things that weren't on my list:

1. A load of laundry.

2. I made a pitcher of ice tea, which I like to bring to work with me in my Thermos. Much better than drinking soda!

3. Swept the upper part of the driveway where the rhododendron leaves always fall.

4. Took a walk on one of the town's walking trails - very peaceful.

5. Took a walk around the block tonight to squeeze in some more exercise before dark.

6. Used my electric trimmer to tidy up an azalea and another shrub in front of the house.

This evening before dark i noticed a silver pickup zipping up and down the street. It had flashing lights and stopped at my neighbor's, then pulled up my driveway before going up the very long driveway to the people who live behind me up the hill. A fire truck followed them up. They were there about 10 minutes, then left. I called my neighbors to make sure they were okay, and she told me someone (they don't know who) complained about all the smoke caused by the fire in their fire pit. She had been sitting outside with a book and a glass of wine and was quite startled to find a fireman in full gear on the property. They live in the middle of the woods.


8 Responses to “Done, done & done!”

  1. creditcardfree Says:

    You were productive. I'm glad you found time to spend with a friend and get that peaceful walk in!

  2. My English Castle Says:

    Wow! I'm impressed!

  3. mamasita Says:

    Oh, wow, a productive weekend for sure!

  4. SecretarySaving Says:

    You got a lot done!

  5. rob62521 Says:

    Wow, what an impressive list!

  6. CB in the City Says:

    I'm interested in your lunch. Did you cook the tortellini in hot water and then chill? I never thought of serving them cold!

  7. FrugalTexan75 Says:

    What a surprise for your neighbor!

    I'd also love to know how you prepared the tortellini. Were they premade, or did you make them from scratch, so to speak?

  8. PatientSaver Says:

    Who would have guessed so much interest in the lowly tortellini? I buy a large bag of frozen cheese tortellini at BJs, just simmer 5 to 7 minutes and yes, I chill it and then add the other ingredients when it's chilled. Tastes great and it's an easy meal to put together.

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