House of Paula

This has been a really good weekend. Thursday night I stayed up late because I was talking with a friend on Facebook. I got up mid morning on Friday and went and got the tire fixed and then worked in the garden. R stayed at his place Friday night because he had to work on his mom’s van. I needed to finish some stuff up over in the garden so I brought him breakfast and coffee and then went down to his mom’s and worked in the garden a couple of hours. After I finished up with that, I went back down to his place and got cleaned up for my massage.

I had a 2 hour massage yesterday and the guy gave me the best massage I have had in a long time. He really knew when to move deeper over the muscle and got several things to release! After that I went to the store and picked up groceries for dinner last night, the cake and pasta I wanted to make for R’s birthday, and stuff for one other thing I wanted to make this week (cabbage rolls). I cooked a NY Strip Steak and then split it between salads for R and myself. Then after dinner, I started making birthday cake.

R ended up going to bed around 10:30 and it was around 12 before I went to sleep. I got up this morning at 8 and puttered a bit, then around 9 I started getting things ready for frosting the cake and making the pasta for dinner tonight. I made a 3 cheese penne pasta with Turkey Sauasage, green pepper, onion, and cherry tomato halves. It was delish.

R and I got cleaned up, cuddled a bit, then headed over to his mom’s. Mrs. B and I did a little bit in the garden while the pasta was heating up in the oven. R worked on his mom’s tiller. Poor Durl didn’t know where to go – her three favorite people were outside with her and she had a hard time choosing which one to pay attention to.

After dinner, we went back outside and when R finished up with the tiller, he mowed the grass where my corn patch is going to be, and then tilled it for me. R absolutely despises gardening but he did it because he knows it makes me happy. At one point this afternoon, my heart was welling up because I know R really loves me.

So tomorrow after work, I’ll be back over there, cleaning out the grass and stuff and added things to the soil to make it ready for more crops. I’m so stinking excited I can hardly stand it.

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Next year, put all the longer growing things in one half of the garden and all the not so permanent things in the other half of the garden (I.E. Radishes, Broccoli, etc) that way you can till when needed.

I have my good side and I have my evil side – and right now they are at war thanks to my neighbor.

I don’t know whether to laugh or feel sorry for my neighbor. She set her keys on my car trunk this morning while she was doing something, and I drove off. The keys are nowhere to be found at this point.

The good side of me is feels sorry for her for losing her keys. The evil side of me wants to laugh because of the fact that she set her car keys on my car in the first place.

Dinner Friday night was a Ginger Steak Salad from The Pioneer Woman. OMG this is freaking delicious and spicy too! Definitely is going into my rotation on a regular basis.

Saturday was a laid back busy day. Laid back in that I didn’t have anywhere to go anywhere or have any place on the books that I had to be. Busy in that I spent a good chunk of this afternoon running errands. Went to Houston Garden Center and got 3 heirloom tomato plants – a Cherokee Purple, an Orange Oxheart, and an Old German. I also picked up several bell pepper plants – a big bertha, a valencia Orange, a golden bell, and I think a Whopper bell (which looks like it bears both red and green fruit). For my little containers that I’m going to put out front of the apartment, I picked up some sweet basil, some chives, a proliferating Rosemary, and some hens and chicks. I also picked up some bean and cucumber seeds, a fan head to put on the end of the hose, some organic fertilizer spikes for my plants.

After I got done at the garden place, I went over to Bob’s mom’s to drop off some of the stuff over there. I harvested some Romaine and a few more radishes put the fertilizer spikes in the ground, played with the dog a bit, and then watered the garden. I’ll go back over there tomorrow and clear the space for the plants I got today and thin out my scallions and weed. Then it was off to a couple hardware stores, wal-mart, and a couple of other places. I was pooped by the time I got back here so Bob took me out to Akimi.

I got pay back for having General Tso’s chicken at Akimi (Bob and I split the order). I ended up biting into a nicely disguised Dried Chili Pepper. I thought it was a Shrimp Tail at first and then I pulled it out of my mouth about the time my lips started burning. Then I promptly did it again }:) Bob was totally laughing at me.

Today I’m doing laundry and getting ready to shred newpaper before I go over to Bob’s Mom’s. This afternoon will be spent in the garden weeding and cleaning things up. I think I’m going to cut the rest of the lettuce so I have a little more room (I have more lettuce coming up in the other row). I also might expand the garden a bit so I can plant sweet corn, beans and cukes.

Okay I got some new office supplies for the 70×7 project and for my office at work (although these have more to do with lunch than actual office biz).

For the 70×7 project I got these little gems -two pastel colored 1-inch binders for putting copies of what I do on the 70×7 project into one place. So if I ever end up writing a book about it, it’s all together and organized by the week.

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I love the pastel colors and the Post-it note tabs are really cool too ๐Ÿ™‚

Last night while I was being pro-active and shopping for R.’s upcoming birthday at Target, I picked up some melamine dishware for my office at work.
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Quite frankly, I’m tired of eating out of little plastic ziploc containers. This pattern is fun, retro and has a matching glass (which is good because I’m also tired of drinking out of my water bottle all the time). Now if I can just find a single place setting of flatware, I’d be totally set.

Sunday I went over with R to his mom’s for dinner. Mrs. B has been kind enough to let me have a small plot of land on her property for a garden.
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So part of my Sunday afternoons are spent “working the land” so to speak. I’m actually pretty proud of my little garden. The broccoli is coming along nicely and I actually have little teeny heads on the plants.
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My Romaine lettuce should be ready to harvest in the next few weeks. The plants are about six or so inches tall now.
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I have some mixed lettuce in the other row. It should be about ready by the time I’m done with the romaine.
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My beets are doing nicely too.
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But the really fun thing is that when I got done hauling in the bag of newspaper and getting settled at Mrs. B’s for my bit of gardening. I came out to find these wonderful blue paisley, leather-palmed gardening gloves.

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I love the turquoise and tan cuff.
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And they look smashing with my blue chambray shirt.
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I heard through the grapevine about the Wikipedia Loves Art Project. I am very fortunate that in Houston the Houston Museum of Natural Science is participating. I went to the museum this afternoon and spent time at the Cockrell Butterfly Center. I saw lots of interesting things and took lots of pictures. The cool thing is that some of my pictures might end up on Wikipedia illustrating articles.

Some of my favorite pictures from today:

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