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This week, it is going too quickly and too slowly. There is so much work, and yet, I can’t wait for the weekend.

Our living/dining room is (finally) painted, and hopefully the artwork will be hung soon so I can take pictures.

I put in a garden on Sunday (oh my god, it takes a LOT of energy to dig a 6×5 foot patch of dirt out of the lawn. My thighs may never forgive me) – beets and carrots and spinach and lettuce and onions. Does anyone know how to keep stray cats out of gardens?

My pepper plants are doing so well. My tomatoes and cucumbers, not so much. Also – the sage and oregano are happy, the cilantro died and the rosemary is wasting away (perhaps in grief?).

Week 2 of WW went well. Down 6.4 lbs total.

I have fun medical testing scheduled for Monday, so I will not be here to entertain you.

I have entered a drink-making contest – our drink is to be named a “Pink Zebra” and will be judged 50% on taste, 25% on presentation/appearance and 25% on originality. Any suggestions? Anyone wanna be a judge?

We are going camping this weekend. I am so excited. It will be the first time in the woods since Labor Day last year.

Seriously, anyone know how to scare away stray cats without damaging my own precious monkeys? One undermined the structural intergrity of a new baby tree.

Now that all the painting is done, our next major project is the hardwood floors – and I am ready for that. More than ready.

I’m doing a 4-mile run on Saturday next in Forest Park (Wildwood Trail). That should be fairly challenging. Probably should try to do some running between now and then since I haven’t run for 2 weeks. The walking, it has been overtime, but the running, not as much.

Thanks for all the great comments on my quilt. It really was an amazing gift, and I couldn’t be more pleased. Between that, and seeing all the quilts my friend Steph has made, it almost (almost) makes me want to take up quilting. I think I’ll work on perfecting the knitting, first, though. It’s probably about time to get started on next year’s Xmas gifties. I know someone who desperately needs a hand-knitted party purse. 🙂

Margaret – your phone number is disconnected and you won’t call me. I had Flor de Cana last night and thought of you. Scrabble geeks 4evr. Have a good trip back to Afghanistan. I wish we could’ve connected. Hopefully this winter.

4 responses to “ack

  1. I would love to be a judge for your drink contest. In fact, perhaps we can get a few contestants at RoD. We have our annual cookie contest and this would be a welcomed “Holidays in July” contest for us.

    Also, congrats on WW. I am planning to join next month and hope to channel your energy. That and get back to running.

  2. i’ve asked several people around the office about the cat issue, and the consensus is unanimous: shoot them.

    im so sorry that we didn’t get to talk. my trip was much too short. i don’t have a new mobile # here yet but will try to call you one of these fine days. miss you.

  3. wait! here’s a real solution for stray cats in the garden, tried and true by a friend of mine with a garden in DRC:

    “Tie dog hair around the stakes in the garden. Keeps the deer away too.”

    I think it should probably work in Portland, too.

  4. Thank you for thinking my quilting is cool. I usually write it off as my “old lady hobby.” But knitting is much more compact and easier to do on the bus!