May 19, 2008

Marvelous Monday Update 5/19/08

I am finally FREE! Last Tuesday was my final class and test in B Law II. I think I did OK on the test. Keeping my fingers crossed that I will get a B for semester grade. I made a beeline for the bookstore the next day to sell my book back. I walked out with $93... not bad for a book that cost me $125 to begin with.

I just found out I got 93% in my Access class, an "A". Woo Hoo!

In a few weeks, I'll starting UL classes with my transfer college that has accelerated programs. All semesters are 8 weeks long, with classes lasting 5 hours each time. My textbook for Investments class came in the mail yesterday. Before the start of the semester, I have to "invest" $50K and keep track of my portfolio through the semester, reporting any changes. Anyone know of an online portfolio tracker?

New Motto
Trisha Yearwood's "American Girl" song is becoming my motto:

Phone rings, baby cries
TV, diet, guru, lies
Good morning honey
Go to work, make up
try to keep the balance up
Between love and money

She used to tie her hair up in ribbons and bows
Sign her letters with X's and O's
Got a picture of her mama in heels and pearls
She's tryin to make it in her daddy's world
An American girl
An American girl

Slow dance, second chance
mama needs romance
And an live-in maid

Fix the sink, mow the yard,
Really isn't all that hard
If you get paid

She used to tie her hair up in ribbons and bows
Sign her letters with X's and O's
Got a picture of her mama in heels and pearls
She's tryin to make it in her daddy's world
An American girl
An American girl

Well she's got her God
and she's got good wine
Aretha Franklin and Patsy Cline

She used to tie her hair up in ribbons and bows
Sign her letters with X's and O's
Got a picture of her mama in heels and pearls
She's gonna make it in her daddy's world
An American girl
An American girl
She's an American girl

She used to tie her hair up in ribbons and bows
Sign her letters with X's and O's
Got a picture of her mama in heels and pearls
Shes gonna make it in her daddy's world
Shes an american girl yeah

Well she tied her hair up in ribbons and bows
Sign her letters with X's and O's
X's and O's, X's and O's

Weekly Accomplishments
• Mowed the yard TWICE. Maybe I should say I mowed the dandelion field that is supposed to be my yard.
• Dug out THREE large thistles with my handy dandy weed digger (mentioned in a previous post). That thing works great!
• Planted grass seed in areas that the plow guy chunked the grass out.
• Changed the oil in my car - Yes, I do it myself.
• Trimmed hedges that surround my entire house. Gotta love power tools! Had to use an 8ft step ladder to trim the top of one, and guess what? I didn't fall off the thing! (Who'da thought trimming bushes would make my tushie and thighs hurt?)
• Unpacked all the boxes marked "garage" in search of my hanging planter basket. It wasn't in ANY of the boxes. It was hidden behind a bunch of crap, I mean junk stuff stacked on the "work bench".
• Rearranged/organized stuff in the garage.
• Attempted to replace window well covers, but ended up with skinned knuckles instead. It was a short-lived project when I found out my 9v drill won't sink screws into brick.
• Re-did 1/2 the flower bed on the north side of the house.
• Planted 2 hanging baskets, and one container arrangement.
• Gave myself a pedicure, but it was ruined after all the gardening I did wearing sandals. Yes, I know... smart. LOL

A gracious lady from Freecycle gave me all these perrenials.

Irises, Hostas, Periwinkle

Mums & Lily of the Valley

These I bought last week:

Hostas... Tomatoes... Lobelia. Forsynthia are in the plastic bags. I was driving down a street and a sign near someone's sidewalk said: "Free Forsynthia" so I stopped and got them. They're pretty tiny, so I put them in gallon pots and will see how they'll do.

This is what the north side of the house looked like sans all the dandelions I removed last week.

I had to first remove 2" of rock that was used a mulch and hasn't been maintained in many years. Plastic was sticking up through many places and soil was mixed in with the rock. I carried the rock by bucketfuls to the backyard where I dumped it behind some of the hedges. My thought is that maybe it will help to keep the soil from washing away there. After most of the rock was removed, I had the wonderful job of digging up the ground which was mainly clay. Then came peat moss, topsoil, and manure. The entire time I was wishing I had one of those mini cultivators! Six hours later, this is what I came up with:

I still have the other half of it to do. I'm not sure what I want to plant in that area. These flowers are growing there, and as usual, I have no idea what they are.

Columbine, maybe?

For the next 2 hours, I planted most of plants from the Freecycle lady and mowed the yard. By the end of all the yardwork, my ENTIRE body hurt. I think the only parts that didn't hurt were my face and my toes. LOL I think I overdid it... :(

Deal of the Week
On a whim, I stopped by the thrift store. I found a Sunbeam Oskar with food processor and salad shooter/shredder/chopper attachments. It had a price tag on it of $1.99! Right next to it on the shelf was another one for $3.99 but it only had the food processor attachment. I half expected to get it home and it not work, but it DID! I looked online and they sell on ebay for $40-139. Last summer, I bought a cheapo chopper for $14.99 and promptly took it back because it sucked! I am SO happy with my new find. Can't beat the $1.99 price tag!

Freebie of the Week
Last, but not least.... Here's a stitchy freebie:

Pumpkin Scissors Fob
by Jeanette Douglas Designs


Anonymous said...

Hi Meari,
The mystery flower looks like columbine. The leaves look right, but I wouldn't swear to it based on the angle of the shot.

Sharon said...

You are one busy, busy lady!! I admire your ability to accomplish so much!! Enjoy your "down time" before your classes start again. :)

Kendra said...

I'm pretty sure your mystery flower is columbine...the flower appears to be not fully open, but from what I can see of it, it's shaped like a the leaves are right for columbine.

I have a ton of these around our house and I love them. They are *VERY* prolific, though. Each flower produces a lot of little seeds and they scatter easily, then sprout quickly.

Cindy said...

I agree that the "mystery" flower is columbine! You are very lucky to have received all of those wonderful perennials!

As far as tracking investment portfolios...I am not aware of any online services that will do that, but do know that Microsoft Money has the capability of putting in a "watch list" with some criteria of how much you are investing. So, if you have that...or can download a trial, it might be worth it :)

Nancy said...

Good lord woman, you put me to shame! I think I got about 6 hanging baskets planted. My perennials are so full now that I have hardly any area to plant any annuals. I know "My yahoo" page lets me keep track of what my stocks are doing, although I don't go there very often lately. I don't like seeing the *red* numbers! :-(

Jennifer said...

WOO HOO!! Congratulations on the "A"!

Kathy said...

Nice work on the grades in school. Yes the mystre flower is columbine.

Linda K's Creativity Works said...

Congratulations on your Semester Grades...I am so proud of you Meari....

I love your other Photos as well too....boy you sure have been busy playing in the Dirt....LOL....

Take care & Happy Digging....LOL...

Anonymous said...

Oh my you have been busy. Amazing deal you got on the Sunbeam chopper!

Julie R said...

Great work on both the school and the landscaping. I agree, your mystery flower certainly looks like columbine. I love these and have grown them pretty much everywhere I have lived. They grow and propogate easily by seed. And your fob looks great.

Chiloe said...

You are such a busy lady, full of projects !!! That's wonderful ;)

BTW, can you give me the name of that DVD again please? You know the one to exercice at home walking. I didn't write the name and can't find when you gave it to me :-(( Sorry ... Thanks in advance !!!

Barbara said...

Thanks so much for the freebie chart. Good thing others were able to help you out with the type of flower that is because I don't know flowers. Gardening has never really been my "thing" and glad I'm in an apartment. ;D And congrats on the grades!!! You rock, girl!!!
Barb in TX

Sharon said...

Congrats Meari on doing so well in your classes! Have a great Memorial day weekend!

Miokka said...

Wow, you always get sooo much done! I spent the day yesterday weeding and power washing and I'm beat today!
Yahoo portfolio is a great tool, not so sure you can track each and every week. I work for an invetstment firm, so email me if you need additional information, not that I know the insider tips.... that's why I'm still working!
Happy Holiday Weekend!

stitcherw said...

My you've been busy. Congrats on doing so well in your classes, and it sounds like your yard will look awesome as well. I don't do much yard work, but it sure does use different muscles than I'm used to, as I certainly feel them when I'm done.

As to a portfolio tracker, you could try
I'm not aware of any others that are out there. Good luck with setting one up and with your upcoming classes.

glenda said...

Congrats on the grades! Very nicely done. Love the buy on the food processor - i so love thrift stores :)

Jenna said...

Goodness, what a busy gal you are! I hope that you got a B in your B Law class; you certainly worked hard to earn it. Congrats on the A in the Access class, though I am not surprised in the least. :) Great deal on the food processor; I'm sure that you'll put it to good use. You did so much work in your yard, I am impressed!