Sunday, April 04, 2010

Establishing a New Normal

I find myself once again "establishing a new normal." I know full well, as soon as I get it down, something will come up requiring us to repeat the process.

HOWEVER - we plan to keep our "new normal" until mid-July. We are focusing hard on school....and we got a LOT done today. Solid school. Good stuff.

We began piano today. We'll start Japanese again this week.  Bible study started again last week and is moved to Friday now.

I "usually" take Jared in on Monday afternoon. Mike stays and works late and they both get home around 8:30 - 9:00 p.m. NOW, with Mike gone.....we'll take Jared in in time for Human video. Arielle is going to begin Human Video and possibly youth group, so the idea of solitude on Monday is gone.  The kids will come with us. We'll hang out at the Weasel's Den and then find something else to do the final hour.

We enjoyed planting a few things today.

Our first sign of spring.

Found these "salad garden planters"

It won't hold the carrots and spinache I was envisioning....maybe I'll buy some more. I want to see if the BX has seeds first.....expensive off base. I also want to try the 100Yen store.

I think I've solved the wandering laundry rack issue. I sure pray so. If not, it's going to put out a window when it hits with 40# of sand....note the legs...

What about THIS for the Topsy Turvy Strawberry Planter? Anyone tried it before. Would it stand up to the wind a bit better?

Mom - Arielle has put the craft items you sent to use. I love to see her creative genius take over. ::snort::

Well....the kids' play break is about over. I need to finish up some paperwork from my trips. I also need to get us ready to head for base.

Michael, I noted your comment on the blog....does this mean we can try Skype? Are you "somewhere" or still in transit? I'll take the laptop to the Weasel's Den with case.  Ah, time to hang anohter load of laundry.
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~Coram Deo~
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We have little space in Japan....though our home has much more space than most Japanese style homes.

There are great space-saving gadgets all over this country. Unfortunately, I bought 2 Topsy Turvy planters before I went to the local garden show.

I had  a "duh" moment and bought the boxes at the BX.....thinking it would all be in there. ::snort:: NO, obviously I needed to buy dirt and plants. The plants were Y197 per plant and this calls for 15 -30. I bought 8 and then I wondered..... If I'm spending $30 - 60 on one of these....

Will the 18 quarts of dirt pull the hook on the patio out of the roof? Will the wind blow THIS to my neighbor's house? Should I try the Topsy thing or go buy a planter and plant my plants that way?

Sunday's had a variety of planters made for gardening...deeper, drainage in the bottom. I bought a "fresh salad planter" and am dreaming of fresh lettuce, carrots and spinach....because it HAS been hard to find good lettuce around here. Maybe it doesn't grow well, I'll find out. ::snort::

Do I hang these planters or not? Mike, what say you? Input??????

Choosing Joy!
©2010 D.R.G.
~Coram Deo~
Living all of life before the face of God...