The Accountant's Garden

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

Monday, November 28, 2005

We went this weekend to pick out our Christmas tree. I know, it's early, but the sooner you get the tree, the fresher it will stay throughout the season. We actually got a normal sized tree this year (about 6') and were able to put it in the Mazda3! Anyway, the tree looked so lonely out on the balcony (where we had it stretching out) that we decided to bring it in early.

And then the tree looked out of place without any lights or ornaments, so we had to put those on too!

Thursday, November 24, 2005

Thanksgiving has arrived at last! This officially kicks off the holiday season, which I intend to fully enjoy this year. Since we are all settled and used to our new household structure, I am ready to decorate, bake, and celebrate for Elizabeth's first Christmas. Above is the bread I baked for our Thanksgiving feast, as well as a pecan pie. I also contributed a vegetarian lasagne, and my good friend Michelle created the most wonderful scalloped potatoes. We all convened at the Walnut Creek Winnacker house and were absolutely stuffed.

Gochis?sama deshita! Arigat? gozaimasu!

Saturday, November 19, 2005

This week, it has been unusually dry and warm for November in California. I didn't do much in the back yard, besides pulling weeds and laying more drip lines. I did spend a fair amount of time on the patio, trimming back this summer's growth and sweeping up leaves. Many of my seedlings, plus my herb garden, have moved to the balcony, in an effort to get them more sun. And yes, to make more room on the patio table for new seed containers.

I can't believe it's almost Thanksgiving! We have an exciting week ahead, starting with the Big Game today (for which Elizabeth and I will be making gingerbread tree cookies - so all the Bears fans can chew them up). Then on Monday, my friend Michelle flies in from Seattle to stay with us for the week and join my family for the Thanksgiving holiday in the Central Valley.

Sunday, November 13, 2005

I think I'll call this "View from the Top" - just another lovely sunset as viewed from our Bay Area home. If you look really closely, I think you can see downtown San Francisco.

It rained here this week, so gardening was a little tough. Most of the rain arrived on Tuesday, which is typically the day I spend out in the yard. So, I did a little work inside the house to get ready for the holidays and just make the house feel a little more comfortable. The big improvement this week was cleaning up the music room (Rudy's bedroom while growing up), which was just a mess - cobwebs, stained carpet and no real organization as a room. Now, it actually is nice enough to want to hang out in (photo above).

I set up a little reading corner for Elizabeth and I. The big deal was moving the china cabinet out of her room - it's a little dangerous for a child's room, especially here in earthquake country. But now that I've moved it, I've found that it actually fits in well in the TV Room (now reading room) and provides a great shelf for books and things. Also of note is the rocking chair, which was my great grandmother's, from the days when she would play Mrs. Santa Claus at Dayton's department store in Minneapolis.

Although it was a little wet this week, I did get out in the garden to pull weeds, trim back existing plants, and put in the last bulbs from my grandmother's garden. I went out this morning to just check on everything and found these little green shoots popping out of the ground everywhere. Success!

I can't wait until the Spring!

Tuesday, November 08, 2005


The first real rain storm came through last night, so there wasn't much gardening to do today. My seedlings are starting to get a little bigger, though. At least, the ones that have sprouted! Anyway, it was a good day to work on indoor projects, but I did get out and trim back the hydrangeas on the driveway - I may take a picture once they get re-established, since I did give them a pretty thorough trimming.

Sunday, November 06, 2005

It's still Mr. Slinky's Garden...he just lets me take care of the plants. Here he is, shown with some of the iris and spider lillies from my grandmother's garden. There is still a huge unplanted space on this hill, so I need more iris!

Here are a few more iris, which will be in the center of a ring of dutch iris. The dutch iris and crocus are just starting to poke through the ground, which is encouraging, since most of my yard still looks like a barren lot.

This is the side of Elizabeth's "pink garden" that is closest to the street. Again, most of what I've planted are bulbs, and are not yet above ground. My seedlings are coming up in their pots on the patio, but still mostly unidentifiable, so it really wasn't worth taking a picture.

It's threatening to rain here tonight and tomorrow, so I went out and scattered some Alyssum seeds throughout my bulb patches. Some other tasks for any gardeners in the bay area would also include transplanting seedlings and scattering time-release fertilizer throughout your beds. I would have done this today, but ran out of gardening time (it's now baby time and soon to be dinner time).