The Accountant's Garden

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Saturday, March 26, 2005

We had some rain this week. And then some wind. And then my neighbor called to let me know that our Oak tree near the back of the lot had uprooted and fallen over. Quite disappointing, although I am extremely grateful that no one and nothing was hurt in the process. Since I just posted a picture of the back yard (last post), you should be able to see the difference in the tree position.

The tree guy will be out to take the rest of it away (the city decided to clear the part blocking the street and sidewalk - for free, I hope), but I guess other people lost some trees this week, so he's booked until next week.

No new baby news - it's just a waiting game now. 16 days left until the official due date.

Thursday, March 17, 2005

It's been a fairly exciting week around here, starting last Friday. We finally decided to do something with our overgrown yard, but Rudy being too busy and me being off duty for heavy yardwork, we needed to hire someone. Despite the overgrowth, the tree trimmer/gardener was done in only half a day with 100% improvement as a result. I should have taken a "before" picture, but here's an "after" shot.

All this yardwork was done just in time for our housewarming party, which was held the following Saturday. It was a great way to visit with all our friends before the baby arrives, and we missed those who couldn't attend. As we suspected, the house tolerates large numbers of people very well, and we were glad to see everyone who could make it.

Some other news: I think we finally know whether baby Winnacker will be a boy or a girl. I had my 36-week checkup yesterday, in which they now routinely check (via sonogram) to make sure the baby is in the correct head-down position. And she was, of course. Notice that I can say "she" now - the doctor was kind enough to take a peek, and not seeing anything to the contrary, she is guessing that the baby is a girl. We won't be 100% sure until d-day, so don't buy anything pink!

Sunday, March 06, 2005

This has been a beautiful weekend - wonderful weather and just the right amount of visiting and time spent at home. The weather is giving us its first glimpse of spring, with warm, sunny afternoons and cool evenings. Perfect weather for barbecuing, opening up the house, and getting some new plants.

Today, we decided to try using the barbecue to prepare some shrimp skewers, oysters and mussels. The first challenge was finding all the parts to our Weber barbeque. Apparently, we lost one of the legs and the ashtray during the move. So, off we went to get a new barbecue (just like the last one, only intact and not rusty) - I guess it was about time to do that anyway.

As it turns out, it was also a perfect day for buying a couple necessary plants for the garden - one tomato plant, basil and oregano. I was set to plant them in pots, but was overcome with the need to take a nap after eating all the great food we made on the new grill! The excellent weather is supposed to last all week, so hopefully, tomorrow, those new plants will get started in their new homes.

Thursday, March 03, 2005

I have a feeling we are getting closer to the birth date of the new baby. I am getting very serious nesting instincts. Today, I realized that I was perfectly content to stay home, work around the house, and make sure that we are all taken care of (domestically, at least). I have a list of my final items for the nursery and am getting ready to wash all the new baby clothes and linens.

I have a few other work-related projects to work on, and I have to go ahead to work from home, as soon as I can get myself a fax/printer/copier. So, it's really hapenning! Everything is coming together!

On a different note, I can't wait to post new baby pictures in a couple months :)

Tuesday, March 01, 2005

Driving Pet Peeves...

I can't understand how people drive while holding down the brake. It's so annoying to the driver following the "two-footed" driver, and it can't be good for the car and brakes. Don't these people notice that they run through their brake pads twice as fast as should be expected? This is why everyone should learn to drive a manual transmission (even if it's not very good)!

On another note, my father-in-law sent some photos from the baby shower. So, for those of you who couldn't make it, here are a couple pics...

I thought this was clever - my in-laws have a replica of Frank Lloyd Wright's "Garden Sprite." Here she is holding the balloons for the party.

Above (clockwise from top): Kaki, me, Sheila, Mimi, Lisa and Mary. Below (top row - left to right): Carla, Sheila, Shari, Mimi, Lisa and Kendra; and (lower row - left to right) Meghan and Mary.