The Accountant's Garden

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

Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Rain Delay:

Monday, December 10, 2007

Now for some serious back yard business - terracing the hill under the Oak tree that keeps most of my iris. I've become increasingly frustrated with trying to keep this area clean, weed-free and properly maintained. Most of the difficulty lies in accessing the hillside; therefore I have decided to make some level areas along its slope.

It's slow going, because I can usually only add 15 or so stones at a time, Mondays and Thursdays when the girls are over at day care, weather permitting. Not only is it hard work to get the stones in my car and up the hill into position, there is a whole lot of weed-pulling, leaf-raking, and earth-moving that goes along with it. I anticipate that I will be moving bulbs as I go, too.

After 1 day:

Work on this project was canceled on the last yard work day, due to rain. I was out, chopping down the overgrown weeds, despite the sprinkles. So day 2 started this week, the week of December 10th. 12 stones, some edging, and a few plants moved around. I do more than that, adding bark to the yard here and there, and working on massively overgrown spots.

After 2 days:

Saturday, December 08, 2007

Cookies, Part II:Elizabeth carefully decorated each and every cookie. We lost most of the sprinkles and colored sugar, but it sure was worth it to have so much fun. The evening ended with a sampling of the cookies between Elizabeth, Mommy and Helen. We all agreed that they were very tasty cookies.

Thursday, December 06, 2007

Cookies, Part I:Elizabeth helped me cut out gingerbread cookies this year. She's become quite interested about the doings in the kitchen, and asks to watch or help most times I am working in there. She's old enough now to roll out the dough and cut it into shapes (with a little help from Mommy).

Helen seems interested, too, if only in experimenting with the flour and measuring cup that fell on the floor beneath her sister. I would have gotten upset at the mess, but how could anyone get mad at such a happy little face?

Sunday, December 02, 2007

The Beginning...

Elizabeth and Helen began the day's entertainment by watching "Teletubbies" on YouTube. When they tired of that, Helen began experimenting with the computer - "Are you sure you want to eject the boot disk 'Betty HD'?" Glad we caught that one in time!

The Middle...

Our adventure for the day consisted of a morning trip up to Angels, where we were just in time to see folks lining up for a "Holiday" parade. The girls got a kick out of the horses and we had a nice breakfast at a local diner. Since the parade pretty much closed off traffic to the downtown area, and packed a whole bunch of kids and people in the local park/playground, we visited Rite Aid and purchased a fake Christmas tree.

The End...

Oh what fun you can get from a plastic tree, two packages of candy canes, and some home-made ornaments (construction paper, glue, glitter, stickers). The girls just had a ball making the ornaments and then placing them on the tree. Helen especially liked the candy canes and was running back into the kitchen to Daddy to get more.
What sweet girls; they ended the evening with some home-made carrot cake and drifted off to sleep quickly after that.