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* It is GORGEOUS outside ([personal profile] murielle has snow!) and we've been doing so much yard work. D has burn piles everywhere, I've been weeding and pruning and debating landscaping options:  bark or rock, azaleas or maples. AND we have committed ourselves to trying to warm up the pool by installing a pool solar heater! This is HUGE for us because of the trees. We really didn't want to have to clear cut a third acre for a solar farm, but we also can't swim because the pool averages 66 degrees all summer long. So, we've compromised. We've decided to build a open beam building with a shed-style roof that will act as all kinds of things - solar panel holder, barbecue area, bar, and picnic site. It has to be big because of how many panels we need. It's also going to block the view of D's shop and truck collection which is a big bonus for me. It's going to match the house and the pool house because S, our contractor, is doing the work. The pad is being poured tomorrow!!! This is fast for us. It usually takes D years to agonize a decision like this. I guess that shows how motivated he is to be doing laps. LOL. We still need to drop trees, but not as many and more selectively.

* I'm taking a break from writing for a week or two. I need to focus on data processing for the cemetery. I'm also scheduled for a phone conference tomorrow with the magazine. I'm not sure I'm going to continue with them. I'll know more after tomorrow. My decision not theirs. I want to start getting my calendar into a shape that works better for me. I'm feeling scattered and pulled in too many different directions. Writing articles was good for me during last year - non-fic, interviews, op-ed pieces. But now I find it bothersome and distracting. I enjoy the copy-editing but I think the new editor can handle it. 

* Still NUTS for the Instant Pot! C'mon, people! Buy this appliance and simply and delishify your lives! I use it 6 nights a week now. Let's talk recipes and technique!

* What's everyone doing? I sure miss the days of olde... This entry was originally posted at https://bleodswean.dreamwidth.org/338731.html. Please comment there using OpenID.

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bleodswean
Apr. 29th, 2019 07:27 pm (UTC)
It is lovely, just way too cold! All the money spent and the work it requires and we really can't swim comfortably. I hope this goes a ways towards getting that temp higher. My mother and sister both have pools and theirs are already at 85 down in the valley!!

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