The Accountant's Garden

Scheduled non-accounting weeks: April 10-14, 2017 June 12-16, 2017 July 24-28, 2017

Sunday, January 30, 2005

Instant upgrade...

I finally made it out on to my balcony and replaced last season's very dead flowers with some bright new primroses. It also helped to sweep up the accumulated pine needles and other detritus from the area. I still have many other areas to work on in the garden, but it felt good to get my hands in the soil again.

So, I realized the other day that we're turning into plain-old, family-aged homebodies. Some of our friends are still partying like they're in their twenties, but we seem to be getting more out of listening to old records or enjoying reading a book and listening to the rain. (I'm enjoying the book reading now, as I know I probably won't get this opportunity for quite a few years).

This was a photo taken of me staring at one of the local squirrels that taunts the cats. Mr. Slinky has been getting better at hunting, though. Watch out, squirrel!

Tuesday, January 25, 2005

I received my first PG&E bill today. And although I was expecting a significantly larger amount than when we inhabited our previous 1375 square foot house, I was a little shocked that the amount was $100 more than I anticipated. It was not unexpected however, as we had had many visitors over the past month, and were using many more appliances with getting settled in and cleaned up. So, I've gone through the house and identified many of the high-usage appliances (central vac, HVAC, elevator and clothes dryer) and have vowed to not use them as much.

Today marks the beginning of my 29th week of pregnancy. At this point, the medical staff want you to keep what's called a "kick card" where you record the baby's activity. Here's how it goes - I'm to set an hour aside to just sit and count how many times the baby kicks. Last night the count was 24. The card only goes up to 14. I guess that's a good sign. Everything with the baby is going well - he/she is very active and growing at the standard rate. I'm trying to stay in shape, although it's difficult with some of the symptoms of the last trimester - varicose veins, increased weight, and being unbalanced.

So, to cope with the increasing demands on my body, I've decided that I should do less housework and more baking. Yesterday, I baked a pie crust (used for vegetable pie for dinner) and oatmeal cookies. Both turned out well, but the pie crust was pretty flaky. Today, I'll make more bread, but probably stop there. (I can only eat so many baked goods!)

Saturday, January 15, 2005

A word of caution regarding the use of "Breathe-Right" strips: if you bruise easily, use with caution.

A little background: I've spent most of my pregnancy being congested, which affects my breathing, especially at night. Now recently, I guess my breathing has become a little louder. So, the person being affected by the noisy breathing suggested that I try these as a means of relieving my congestion, and hence, loud breathing while sleeping. Last night, I tried the "Breathe Right" strips - I awoke 2 hours later with a burning sensation in my throat and a tugging feeling on my nose. I tried to remove the strip, but to no avail. I had to soak the strip with warm water before it would release, and even then it was not easy to remove.

Now, I have a purple bruise on my nose where the strip was...

Thursday, January 13, 2005

Mr. Slinky is a bad boy!

I had left a loaf of freshly baked bread on the kitchen counter to cool, and I notice that there is now a piece missing from it. I was alerted to something being amiss in the kitchen by the sound of the stovetop being moved. I guess I had better put double-sided tape on my shopping list (to deter the cat from jumping up on the counters).

Tuesday, January 11, 2005

I awoke this morning to a huge thunderclap! I jumped, both cats jumped, and everyone was awake at exactly 6:00 AM. What an alarm clock! Luckily, there weren't any more bursts of thunder quite that loud and the weather has cleared up considerably since then.

We are in our new house now, which was being prepared at my last posting, so I should summarize all the events that have happened since then. First, the move - we moved in on Saturday, December 18th. We had many friends who came over to help lend a hand in moving our belongings throughout the four different levels of the house. I don't think anyone was as tired as Rudy by the end of the weekend, though, as he had emptied the contents of our storage POD alone (necessary due to timing issues with the storage company), moved items into the house with friends, and emptied the storage unit in Castro Valley with Graham. I have to say though, moving in was easier than our last experience of moving out. I am still opening boxes and looking for lost treasures (tempred glass cutting board, hand towels, extra sheets), while trying to organize the house the right way (yes, there is a right way and a wrong way).

Many, many thanks to all who helped us move in! Thanks also to members of my family for helping to expand our tableware - I promise I will get "thank you" cards in the mail sometime this month.

I don't have much new baby news, except that all tests and doctor visits are going well. My last visit was in late December, and Dr. Jung commented that I had a "big, healthy baby." The baby is still quite active and I can now feel kicks and jabs just below my rib cage. I am getting bigger by the day, and am starting to feel the baby's increasing size pressing on my diaphram and lungs, making it a little harder to take full, deep breaths. I have another appointment next week (January 19) and will share any news at that time. We do have the baby's room set up for the most part, although I am still trying to find appropriate bedding for a boy or girl. In reality, I guess it doesn't matter too much to the baby, and he/she will probably not spend a whole lot of time in that room until he/she can sleep through the night.

We did have a nice first Christmas here, with a small gathering for Christmas dinner. We spent New Year's Day at the new Winnacker house in Walnut Creek with the usual Japanese New Year's meal. The new Winnacker house is just gorgeous, and I am pleased to be a part of a family with such ingenious and creative minds. Below are some pictures from the New Year's Day feast.

For now, I need to get back to opening more boxes and organizing more things (along with cleaning, laundry, and feeding people and cats).