apel: What's the next action? (gtd)
Friday
Home Depot: Irrigation stuff
Get gas
7.15 pm CoDA meeting


Saturday
Meditation
Laundry
Dishes
Weekly prayer
Gardening: Water, replace irrigation heads, start automatic irrigation.
Incoming snail mail

Sunday
Bunday
Meditation
Fill medication organizers
Mix protein powder

Make tea bags
Quicken
Pick up kitchen and living room
Post San Francisco pictures
7pm Refuge Recovery
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I went to Portland for a conference at the end of April. On the weekend, I took in some sights in and around Portland.

This robot lives at San Jose Mineta Airport. It would have been fun to get her help in taking a selfie, but sadly it didn't work.
A robot selfie would have been fun if it had worked.

Many more Portland photos... )
 
 
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Friday
Meditation
WFH

7.15 pm CoDA meeting

Saturday
Meditation
Laundry
Dishes
Gardening: Water, replace light string, bury irrigation heads deeper, pot up new abutilon, V. bonariensis seedlings and California woodland strawberries
Incoming snail mail

Sunday
Bunday
Meditation
Weekly prayer

Fill medication organizers
Quicken
Pick up kitchen and living room
Post final Portland pictures
Post San Francisco pictures
Gardening: Mulch, plant V. bonariensis under arch, rehome succulents
7pm Refuge Recovery

Monday
Call periodontist about insurance decision

Eventually
Paint outdoor metal
Request medical reports from UCSF and for 2nd stay at Good Samaritan
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Friday
Meditation
WFH

Laundry
7.15 pm CoDA meeting

Saturday
Meditation
San Francisco Dungeon
Linner at
the Grove
Diebenkorn-Matisse exhibition at SF MOMA


Sunday
Bunday
Meditation
Weekly prayer
Fill medication organizers

Prepare pay-it-forward mail
Organize nightstand phone
Dishes
Quicken
Incoming snail mail
Pick up kitchen and living room

Post final Portland pictures
Post San Francisco pictures
7pm Refuge Recovery

Monday
Meditation
Make teabags

Gardening: Mulch, rehome succulents

Eventually
Paint outdoor metal
Request medical reports from UCSF and for 2nd stay at Good Samaritan
apel: (Default)
Friday
Meditation
WFH
7.15 pm CoDA meeting

Saturday
Meditation
Weekly prayer
Fill medication organizers
Laundry
Dishes
Quicken
Incoming snail mail
Pick up kitchen and living room

Gardening: Buy mulch, remove succulents from small raised bed

Sunday
Bunday
Meditation
Gardening: Plant up small raised bed with Chinese foxgloves, rehome succulents
Post final Portland pictures
7pm Refuge Recovery

Monday
...

Eventually
Paint outdoor metal
Request medical reports from UCSF and for 2nd stay at Good Samaritan
apel: What's the next action? (gtd)
Friday
Meditation
WFH
7.15 pm CoDA meeting

Saturday
Meditation
Weekly prayer
Fill medication organizers
Laundry

Dishes
Quicken
Submit bills to FSA
Incoming snail mail
Pick up kitchen and living room
Gardening: Weed under swing, fertilize flowering plants

Refill hummingbird feeder

Sunday
Bunday
Meditation
Post final Portland pictures
Grocery shopping
7pm Refuge Recovery

Monday
...

Eventually
Paint outdoor metal
Request medical reports from UCSF and for 2nd stay at Good Samaritan
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Thursday
Meditation
Laundry

Friday
Meditation
Post Portland pictures
2.30 pm Doctor
Grocery shopping

Weekly prayer
7.15 pm CoDA meeting

Saturday
Meditation
Quicken

Incoming snail mail
Pick up kitchen and living room

Gardening: Clean up under 1st arch, plant shrub under second, weed under swing

Sunday
Bunday
Meditation
Dishes
Fill medication organizers
Expenses: figure out receipts
Submit bills to Cigna
Refill hummingbird feeder
7pm Refuge Recovery

Monday
Contact FSA about not being able to register
Submit expenses

Next weekend
Request medical reports from UCSF and for 2nd stay at Good Samaritan
Submit bills to FSA

Eventually
Paint outdoor metal

apel: What's the next action? (gtd)
Friday
Meditation
WFH
Weekly prayer
Dishes
Laundry
Water garden
7 pm Check in to flight
7.15 pm CoDA meeting

Saturday
Meditation
Incoming snail mail
Pick up kitchen and living room
Finish packing for Portland trip
4 pm Lyft to airport

Sunday
Bunday
Meditation
Explore Portland
5-7pm check in to conference

Next weekend
Paint outdoor metal
Request medical reports from UCSF and for 2nd stay at Good Samaritan
Submit bills to Cigna
Submit bills to FSA
Refill hummingbird feeder
apel: What's the next action? (gtd)
Thursday
Grocery shopping

Friday
Meditation
WFH
5.30 pm Doctor

7.15 pm CoDA meeting

Saturday
Meditation
Dishes
Quicken
Incoming snail mail
Pick up kitchen and living room
Laundry
Start packing for Portland trip
Sign up for Hilton Honors
Load Amtrak ticket into phone

Find plane ticket, print or load into phone
Weekly prayer

Fill medication organizers
1st garage door remote: Try tip from support. Send back if it doesn't work
2nd garage door remote: Try to program or send back

Set up corporate email on iPad
5 pm Set up timed tea lights


Sunday
Bunday
Meditation
Bleach hair

3 pm Hair cut
Water garden
Continue packing and preparing for Portland trip
7pm Refuge Recovery


Next weekend
Paint outdoor metal
Request medical reports from UCSF and for 2nd stay at Good Samaritan
Submit bills to Cigna
Submit bills to FSA
Refill hummingbird feeder
apel: What's the next action? (gtd)
Thursday
8 am Car service
Buy plants and other stuff for the garden


Friday
Meditation
Buy Dreamwidth account
Import [livejournal.com profile] mjausson to Dreamwidth
Quicken
Laundry
Weekly prayer
Gardening
7.15 pm CoDA meeting

Saturday
Meditation
Dishes
Gardening
Fill medication organizers
Organize downstairs file cabinet and box

Sunday
Bunday
Meditation
Post vacation photos
Incoming snail mail
Pick up kitchen and living room
Program new garage door remote (Didn't work. Returning it and getting another)
Clean out car
Submit bills to Cigna
Submit bills to FSA
7pm Refuge Recovery 

Next weekend
Hair cut
Refill hummingbird feeder
Pack for Portland trip

After I come home from Portland
Paint outdoor metal
Request medical reports from UCSF and for 2nd stay at Good Samaritan


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Today I went to Almaden Valley Nursery in south San Jose. It was a very productive shopping trip. Particularly as my car was getting serviced while I was enjoying the nursery.

I got there a bit early. This is what I saw as I looked through the window. There were at least two nursery cats, I discovered later. They were chatty and friendly. It was pretty cold and drizzled on and off but petting the cats helped my mood.
Gift shop cat. 🐈

I took this picture for a friend who loves true blue flowers. They're Corydalis curviflora Blue Heron. Sadly my friend can't grow these. Nor can she grow Meconopsis, another true blue flower.
Wow, these Corydalis curviflora Blue Heron are very blue.


lots and lots of plants )
 
 
apel: (garden_inthe)
As I wrote back in August, my ideas about gardening and garden design have changed quite a lot over the last few years. When I first moved to this climate, I wanted to grow all the things I wasn't able to grow back in Europe. I loved all flowers all the time. The bigger, the better! No grasses or succulents for me. I thought they were boring.

But I've come to realize that a grass or succulent that is happy, is much prettier than a half-dead flowering plant. My taste has also developed over the years. And of course being ill, means I'm not able to spend as much time and physical effort on gardening as I used to.

While I've been ill, I've been watching British gardening programs. It started with The Great Chelsea Garden Challenge. It's about six garden designers who compete about getting to design a garden for the RHS Chelsea Flower Show. The show was great! Very inspiring. As a result I've been rethinking my design choices for my own garden, specifically for the large border.

Here's an overview. There are three arches. The first one contains Rosa 'Pink Perfume', the other two hold Salvia canariensis. It looks pretty messy in the photo and also in person. I'd like something a lot more designed.
Overview of the large border from the south

photos and plans )

 
apel: (California)
Carlsbad is on the coast between Los Angeles and San Diego in southern California. Of course I went to the beach. It was perfect t-shirt weather, even for this always-freezing Swede.
Beach.

Passion flower, Passiflora coccinea, just casually growing in a garden.
Passion flower.

I saw these bananas in the San Diego Botanic Garden. What was even cooler was that a member of staff invited us to try some ripe ones from another plant. I've never had a banana straight off the plant before.
Banana

This area is close to Mexico, so there's a strong Mexican influence. Like in this tiled fountain in the botanic garden.
Fountain in the Mexican Garden.
apel: (California)
The sky is on fire. #nofilter

We're finally having some California winter weather. It's rained, hailed and thundered today. The clouds make for interesting sunsets.

Jan. 23rd, 2015 09:12 pm
apel: (january)
Last weekend I went to Calero County Park. Here's a bare oak that I shot on the way back.

Wintertime oak tree at Calero.
apel: (january)
On New Years Eve I ended up at Pinnacles National Park. This time I went to the western entrance near Soledad. The drive was beautiful and it seemed less crowded than the eastern entrance. I'll be sure to come back.

My hike went up the Juniper Canyon Trail. I continued just a little bit past the junction with Tunnel Trail. It's a steep trail with plenty of switchbacks.
Switchback views

cliffs and moon )
apel: (january)
My road trip from Carmel Valley to Pinnacles took me along the magnificent Arroyo Seco to Soledad. I particularly like the green bridge in this panorama.

very long scrolling panorama )

Previous panorama from Carmel Valley Road
apel: (weepingoak)
On New Years Eve I drove from my hotel in Carmel Valley to Pinnacles National Park. I took the long way, along Carmel Valley Road and Arroyo Seco to Soledad. The route was beautiful in a way that's hard to convey in photos. But I took a couple of panoramas that hint at the charmingly rural experience.

Here's the first one. If you recognize the scene, it's because I took a similar panorama of it last time I was there.
very long scrolling panorama )
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