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Sunday, April 19, 2015

it's springtime!

Good morning. I've just returned from cleaning the Salon.
It ended a busy week.  After work, with beautiful 67 degree weather, we did our 25 minute power walk, and then headed over to Reno's, where we basked in the rare sunshine and split a sandwich.
Back home was cocktails on the deck. We didn't venture out in the yard, as I didn't want to see all the work I still had to do. Everything looks better from afar, right?  :-)
For dinner, Craig made Mexican Pizza!

 It was delish! We ate that while watching the 1976  movie The Big Bus. I forgot how hilarious it was! And all the star cameo's!
Anyway, I got out of work on Friday early enough to spend 2 hours working out in the yard. Spring is always such a busy time.
And there's more things blooming too!

The little guys in the above pic were originally planted on one side of the tree, and now they've spread nearly all the way around. This summer, there will be all hosta's there.

Today, rain is forecast to move in later this morning. We'll try to get in another power walk before that, and I'll probably continue painting. The part for the stove came in and is scheduled to be installed Monday morning.
And that's it for now.

Thursday, April 16, 2015

damn computer bug

Good morning.
I didn't get a chance to post yesterday morning, as I got a nasty adware bug. Don't know what I did, but all of a sudden, every page I went to was loaded with ads. Even my home page!
Sooo, I ran my antivirus program, and Malwarebytes but they didn't get rid of it. I Googled it and tried several suggestions, but to no avail. Finally, I checked my Firefox browser add-ons and sure enough, there it was under the extensions tab. Removed it, closed the browser and restarted it and like magic, all the ads were gone!   :-)
So instead of it loading a program on my puter, it became an extension in my browser.
But, I'm all good now.
Tuesday was busy as I worked outside all day.
Here's a few pics Craig took.....



More spring flowers including Rip van Winkle daffodils above, and a dwarf dutch Iris below.

And me working in the pond.
I removed all the pond plants and put them in the compost pile. Then I scooped out as much debris as I could. Next weekend I'm planning on draining the pond and 'sanitizing' it.
I'm hoping to finally get rid of an invasive pond plant that appeared a couple of years ago. So far, nothing I've done has eliminated it.
And it was a buy day at work yesterday. Today, not so much, but Friday and Saturday are booked.
So time to go.

Monday, April 13, 2015

a positive review

Good afternoon.
It's was a busy day yesterday, as I spent pretty much all of it in the yard.
I raked out more flower beds, trimmed bushes, and edged the driveway. I also changed the tires on Kia from snow tires to summer tires with Craig's help. We even had cocktails on the deck for the first time this year!
 Today with rain, I stayed indoors. I had planned to paint, but never quite got to it.
I tried to order the security door for Vegas, but the guy I need to talk to isn't in until 3pm. So that will be a little later. I did go online to Tracfone to add minutes to my phone, as my service expires on May 17th.
I ordered the one year card for $99.99. When I put in my payment, and clicked on the button, it sat and spun a while. Then I got the same page back with an error. So I didn't know if the payment went through or not. And I received no confirmation. I checked my charge card online and it had a pending payment to Tracfone, so I called to get it straightened out. After way to much time holding, I did finally get someone and did get everything straightened out.  :-)
Oh, and I'll sing praises for my Tracfone!
Last year, Tracfone finally added some smart phones to their offerings and I bought the LG Optimus Dynamic.

Now, it's an older smart phone with a 3.8 inch screen, but for the price, you can not get a smart phone for so little money a month!
I get one year of service for just a total of $106.00  That's just around $9 a month! Can any of you get a smart phone for any where near that? I didn't think so.
Now of course, there is one little catch..........
You get just 1200 minutes talk, 1200 text and 1200 data. So if you use it a lot, it's not a good deal. But you can add another 4500 minutes of each  for just $199.00. That would still be less that $30 a month. I use mine a fair amount and never come close to using up my minutes. I now have over 6700 data, 7200 talk, and 7400 text. They keep rolling over if you don't use them.  :-)
And no, I'm not doing a paid advertisement for Tracfone. I just can't see spending any more than you need to.
And....Tracfone just added a few newer phones to their website. One has a 5 inch screen! But I'm going to wait until the price comes down some. My phone really is large enough, I don't have to have a newer phone,  but isn't bigger better?   :-)
And while I'm on a review mode, I also ordered more checks for Craig. He use to get them from his credit union, until they started getting so expensive. Now, he orders his checks for personal and business from Walmart.  With shipping and tax....$10.29. A third of what the credit union charged.   :-)
So, no work on the house or outside, but a lot online.
Tomorrow should be sunny and warm,  and it'll be back outside. I have a ton of stuff to do!

Sunday, April 12, 2015

we're going with d.

Good morning.
I've just returned from cleaning the Salon, and took a few pics.....

It's finally spring!    :-)

Saturday, after work, it was so nice out, we went for a walk. It feels good to be outside again.
I want to thank everyone for their comments on our possible new security door. And to reply to a couple of comments.....
 Mark said...." I think if they are painted a nice dark brown would make any of your choices look better. Having the door match the house make them look bland."
I agree Mark, but you are right, the HOA dictates what choices you have when putting on a security door.
I can match either the door itself, the siding color, trim color, or almond or white. Since the trim on our house is white, we decided to go with that. We may have it painted to match the door eventually.
Gene said....."Maybe you could paint it orange and gold since it is the sun."
I actually like that idea, and may submit it to the Architectural Review Committee. They are the committee that can approve deviations from the master plan.
That said, we are going with d. That's the one Craig really likes, and we want to keep Craig happy, right?   :-)
 And today is forecast for 66, so after our coffee, Sunday paper, and our walk, I plan on working in the yard. Indoor painting and such will now wait for rainy days........which we tend to have a lot in the spring.

Thursday, April 09, 2015

back at square one

Good morning.
Well Tuesday was another very busy day, as I finished the bedroom/office, and moved on to the laundry room. I still have the blinds to clean and will do that this upcoming weekend. Craig keeps saying he'll paint all the louvered doors, but I have yet to see him start. I may have to end up doing them myself.
And after all we went through picking out a security/storm door, getting it approved and paying Lowe's to send someone out to measure, we now find it won't fit.  :-/     So we're back to square one.
 This is what the front door looks like right now....

 A security door would make it a lot more difficult to break in.  Not that we really probably need it, since it is a very safe neighborhood. But since we are not there most of the time, Craig would feel better if the house was a bit more secure.
Sooo, the only options we have being 2000 miles away, is stock security doors. The ones I didn't like much to begin with. But it's not like we couldn't change that when we move out there. So for now, here's the few we liked better than the rest....














Let's call them from top left to bottom right, a,b,c,d.


 Besides the steel bars, the have a metal perforated  screen behind that allows you to see out, but they can't see in.
Out of these four, I like a, and Craig likes d. Our neighbors across the street have c.
This what security doors look like an a couple of homes in our community...
I couldn't find a current listing of homes with all the choices I have picked out above, but you can see, they don't look too bad.
So please  let me know what you think.
Now I've got to get to work. I have a full day today.