The Accountant's Garden

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Monday, May 29, 2006

Memorial Day!

Above: A sneak peek at our new paint job on the house, plus a wonderful shot of Old Glory as we proudly display her in front of our house.
Below: We've been working very hard in the back yard, trying to squeeze in all the pre-summer planting before it gets too hot and before HCW arrives. I know, the photo is small, and so are the plants right now, but you get the idea of the view from the balcony.

Wednesday, May 24, 2006

Our house is in the midst of being painted, so all of the windows have been covered with plastic sheeting for a little over a week now. Some unexpected rain has increased this time period of "living in a bubble" so I had to cut some of my iris and bring them inside.

Tuesday, May 23, 2006

At the risk of being extremely negative, I have to make a post about today. Today, I had to take my car in for (1) a routine oil change and (2) a diagnosis on the check engine light that periodically keeps turning on in my car. (Note: I personally think this light comes on just so the car manufacturers can get you into the dealership, but I may just be crazy.) The Mazda dealership is located on Broadway and 23rd in Oakland. Not the best neighborhood, but I tried to make the best of it by planning a walk to Lake Merritt and scouting out surrounding cafes before hand.

All started out well until we got to Children's Fairyland, which was closed for the day. The closure was due to rain perhaps...I'm not really sure as it was overcast and predicted to be partly cloudy today. We went to a nearby coffee shop, then walked around the lake. This took about an hour and a half, so I returned to the dealership, as an oil change and diagnosis really shouldn't take that long. Apparently, it takes longer. We left after 3 1/2 hours without any answers about the check engine light and after several strolls around the neighborhood.

I must tell you, West Oakland is really a dump. I mean, I've been in some not-so-great neighborhoods, and Oakland is just pathetic. As I walked past the dozens of "For Lease" signs in store fronts, I had to dodge glass - either from broken bottles of booze or car windows - and other debris. Some of the people I passed on the street were questionable in appearance, at best, and I soon realized that this was not the place to be walking around with your 13-month-old and at 7 months' pregnant. And truth be told, I wasn't even in the worst part of the city.

My sweet husband tells me that I'm too negative, so I will point out some positive outcomes for the day so far. First, the oil did get changed in the car. Second, we are home safely and enjoying our lunch. Third, the spot remover "Shout" did wonders to removed all the stains from E's clothes and linens. With that, I am off to salvage the remains of the day, hopefully by completing some outdoor chores while the little one naps, and baking bread and dinner when she awakens.

Sunday, May 14, 2006

I guess this is my first real whole week of unemployment, and so far it's been pretty fun. There are several tasks around the house that need to be done. Of course, the house is being painted, so many projects will be on hold until the paint job is complete (no, the leaf blower and weed whacker are put away).

I'd put more photos up from the garden, but there isn't much new to show off, as I've spent much of my time recently pulling weeds and trying to coax my vegetables into growing. They seem to be getting plenty of water and sushine, but they just aren't very big yet. I blame the rain and cold weather that dominated the Bay Area until recently.

Thursday, May 11, 2006

Day #3 of Unemployment: I've never been without a job or employer, so this is a brand new experience for me. Of course, I am a full-time child care provider/cook/housecleaner/gardener for my family, but that doesn't pay too much :) At least, the compensation is not in dollars.

Today was filled with a prenatal appointment (yes, that means a trip to the wonderful world of Kaiser), a little planting and weeding in the back yard, some light housework, and a nice walk to a nearby park for lunch and a stop at the grocery store on the way home. Not bad.

Day #2 started with a bit of emptiness, which was quickly filled up with yard work. Day #1 seemed pretty normal, since I would have had the day off anyway, but I spent time baking instead of frantically trying to get the household chores done. I suppose this is a good thing, since I am now officially in my third trimester and should probably consider taking it easy.

The house is in the midst of being painted. Boy, what a job! There's sanding and scraping, then repairing and primering, and finally, painting. I still need to pick a color, which I am trying to figure out with some digital photography and PhotoShop.

Friday, May 05, 2006

Here, a close up of Spring's wonder and beauty. I love iris, and am so grateful for my Grammy's generosity in providing me with so many for my yard. It's like a little piece of my childhood whenever I step out back.

Thursday, May 04, 2006

Ah, to be a cat in California! Here the cats lounge about in the afternoon sun on the patio, with the blooming orchids and cyclamen. Yes, there are more pots awaiting new seedlings - peonies, asiatic lillies, shasta daisies and sunflowers - all for the back yard borders.

And the tall bearded iris are blooming now! My daffodils and tulips are mostly gone, but I am impressed with the tall bloomstocks popping up around the yard with many beautiful varieties of my grandmother's iris.