Tuesday, June 25, 2013
I'm trying to do some business related thing every work day while we are waiting for some of the proposals to come in. If I get too disconnected, it's hard to get back in work mode.
I have two proposals to finish today, one for a residence and one for a Catholic church in Nebraska. Both these inquiries came through my business FB page within a day of each other. The Leadership Wall contact was also made through my FB page but we had done work for them before and they were looking for me. These two new ones were looking for etched glass but not me specifically.
Not that I'm ready to get back at it but at this point in our lives, we need to make, and put back, as much money as we can. Owning two properties is a nice ace in the hole. Especially the property in the city which, thanks to the gentrification I have railed against, is getting more valuable by the day. But, OMG, the neighborhood has gotten so crowded and dense with people.
Of course, having the grandkids out doesn't help me stay focused on work. I went to the city yesterday and picked up the grandboy. He brought a friend with him this year and has a friend that lives down the street so he isn't much trouble or work beyond making sure there is enough food in the house.
It's really gotten too hot to do anything out in the yard though I did formally plant the star of india yesterday morning before heading into the city to pick up the boys. I say formally because as happens with me a lot, I dither about where to permanently plant things and often just end up putting the pot somewhere to see if it likes the spot and then I forget about it. Fast forward months later and the damn things just plant themselves through the bottom of the pots. In fact that's how the star of india in Houston, which is over 6' tall, got planted. Eventually, I get in there and either break the pot off or, if it's plastic, cut it off, and mound dirt up around it.
Not wanting to dig up and lift the roses on either side, I created a raised bed around it. I'm running out of the brick pavers I usually line my flower beds with and besides they wouldn't have been tall enough, so I put a cinder block on either side and then created an arc connecting them with wine bottles.
I'll probably remove the bricks later after the ground settles.
These would be the wine bottles that we are collecting because we think bottle walls are cool and we want to build one, not that we have the faintest idea of how to go about doing that but we're saving bottles anyway.