The Accountant's Garden

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Monday, March 29, 2004

Another long week has come to an end and another week begins. We had a less productive weekend this week - we played more golf and saw more friends than housework and gardening. Friday night, we went to see some friends in El Sobrante, which was a real test of my non-smoking lifestyle, since most of them smoked. Rudy was a faithful and supportive friend, though, and stayed with me throughout. Saturday, I went to help my best friend hold an open house, and we had a good visit. However, she was my model as someone who had successfully quit smoking, and because of her pending divorce, she started smoking again - and - she was smoking a lot, in front of me, which was a little rude (I thought) and very disappointing. And I'm just really sad for her. I probably shouldn't get into it now.

Anyway, this week will be busy and fun. We have a potential buyer for our house (it's not even close to being on the market yet), and I have many projects to do this week! It's stressful, but exciting, and would be worth it to me if we could sell the house without having to put it on the market.

Thursday, March 25, 2004

I am guilty, again, of neglecting my blog...

However, the neglect is due to the amount of work we've been doing. Since the weather has been nice (excepting today, where it's been raining cats and dogs), we've been getting the garden back in order, and the front yard in shape.

We've planted our vegetable and herb garden. Nothing spectacular, just tomatoes, peppers, green onions, radishes, and greens. In the herb garden, we added tarragon, sage, chives, and rosemary.

We also discovered that we have a hummingbird nesting in the vines growing on the fence. At first, I had only found the nest. But with more observation, I discovered that the nest was occupied by an expectant mother hummingbird.

Tuesday, March 09, 2004

Tuesdays are supposed to be my day to spend (partially) at home, working on projects and cleaning the house. Today, I needed to visit the bank in Livermore and retrieve the pink slip for the Saturn. This sounds routine - but for some unforseen reason - no one at the bank was able to access the vault. So I waited. One half hour or so later, access to the vault was granted. As if the wait wasn't enought to unravel my nerves, the box was in the top left corner of that wall, and access was blocked by a newly installed self-closing door. Having gotten this far, I was determined to be succesful in my task, so I squeezed my hand through the slight opening that I could create with the box half way out, and emptied the contents one by one until the desired paper was found. Sorry Mom, your safe deposit box is now a mess, and mostly unaccessable. I would call 24 hours in advance (maybe even 48) if you are planning any trips up here to retrieve anything.

This whole ordeal caused me to be 2 1/2 hours late to my morning client. Which made me late in getting to my second task, getting the forgotten remote from the dealership and delivering the pink slip to the dealership. And then it was traffic time.

I have to say that all of these negative events were buffered by the fact that driving the new car to all those places is really, really fun!

Monday, March 08, 2004

I am nearing the end of the first week of being a non-smoker. It's actually not that bad (either that or the anti-depressants are really starting to work). I can breathe a little easier, I can smell more things, and my circulation has improved. I couldn't have done this, though, without the support of my very good friends - Rudy, Alex, Kendra, Lisa, Michelle, and Mom. You all made a difference in making my decision not to smoke (day-to-day) easier.

Besides my battle with addiction, life is good. Rudy and I bought our first new car together on Friday night, then drove it down to my grandparents' 60th wedding anniversary party this past weekend. Today, as well as the weekend, was warm and sunny - a good sign that Spring is around the corner.

In fact, I rushed through work to make it home for at least 30 minutes of good light so that I could work out in the yard. I've begun the re-birth process in the garden - pulling out old plants, removing weeds, treating for pests, and conditioning the soil. I still have a way to go, but I need to get those seedlings I bought into the ground!