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8/15/20 11:51 A

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Hi! It's been a bit - I'm sorry. Bit of a whirlwind over here. I've been working too many hours and anxious (likely related, both causing me to work more and feeling worse after working). Therapy and whatnot has still been rough. But probably making progress even though it doesn't always feel that way to me.

Daycare is still open and has been going well. So thankful that Ames can go play with friends all day :). Mike's work schedule is changing *again* but the biggest change for me will be which days I work out (on days when he's home, I like to work out, vs. days when he's at lab I like to savor the time alone in the house).

Working out? Why yes, I have been working out! 3x/week in fact for about a month and a half. *dances* I do orangetheory and our gym has a ton of precautions to make it safer and I've been glad to see it. Most importantly, I have been *wanting* to do it instead of forcing it. :)

I'm also still doing political organizing. Mostly through various groups in AZ for the senate and presidential elections, but also some census outreach through Resistance Labs.

Aaand that's all I've been up to. Hoping to be around more. Hope you all are doing well. xoxo

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8/15/20 9:06 A

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Oh fun! I got a bunch of gladiolas from a friend that I need to move into a planter. I want to plant some sort of herb 'spiller' with them. I think a trip to the garden center is in my near future... We need trellis or cages for the lima beans anyway. My first attempt at growing food!

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8/14/20 7:16 P

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Yay! That's awesome...and I'm sure, a load off of your mind. Yeah, we do a lot of container gardens because of our gopher friends. I'm building two 2x16' raised boxes to go outside of my 16' archway, I will make those out of the foam and cement type finish. The other set of arches we are going to build raised beds inside the structure out of wood and finish the ends with simple doors to keep our deer friends out.

I'm going to plant grapes, climbing roses, peas in season and whatever else grows well on arches.

When we tore the old fence down at one of our flippy houses I told hubby I wanted the wood and he couldn't understand it because it was old and beat up (beautifully aged). I made small planter boxes out of it for my baby and clone garden. I can't wait to build our geodesic green house! ...so many plans...so little time!

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8/14/20 3:17 P

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A boulder planter fountain sounds amazing! That would be so much fun to build and plan!

We're planning to tear out our azaleas and boxwood bushes and put down plastic for a year to tame our weed problem. Our flower beds are full of greenbriar which is very spikey sharp and hard to kill. I want to try some container gardening during that year. Who knows, we might put down stone and stick with containers...

I got a text from the used appliance store that he has a washer! Woohoo! I've bought from him before as have other friends, so I'm comfortable with how he refurbishes machines vs. buying from a random neighbor

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8/14/20 1:07 P

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Yeah, ugh! Our Craiglist here seems fine. Do you have a good nextdoor.com community? That's super active here...and pretty hilarious. But people put stuff up on there all the time.

I am two days away from finishing all of the data entry!!! I will be so glad to be done! Then I can get back to the fun stuff of designing reports and systems to help out...but only on a couple of hours, every couple of days basis! I can't complain because it's going to help cover the cost of the new art studio!

Yes, we can do an artist in residence thing! That would be fun! Heather, you can come and I'll teach you how to do ornaments, or fountains or something. Speaking of art, Jen, you'd probably like this one. I've always wanted a gigantic boulder in my yard and I realized I could just build one out of foam! My BIL gave me these huge blocks of foam and if I hollow out each piece I figured I could go ten feet high and eight feet wide. I could make planter areas that are on the irrigation system and make a waterfall into a pond at the bottom! Maybe arc the rock to make the pond fit nicely into the bottom. ...doesn't that sound like fun?!

...I know, I'm crazy...

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8/13/20 1:19 P

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I can't wait to see the photos! Once this all is over host an artist residency in your studio lol

I was awarded an emergency grant for artists! Hooray! Good timing because we need a washer and it's looking like the local used appliance shop is completely out of washers... And I don't feel good about Craigslist even outside of pandemic times... So a brand new one might be necessary, and that's like $500-600. Ughhhh

Jen

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8/12/20 10:20 P

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Yeah Heather, I'd planned to post them by now...but they are all on my iPad and it stopped charging...and in a pandemic, NOBODY else can deal with it...so we had to box it up and send it to Apple! Sigh. So it should be back soooooon!

Wait 'til you see our art room too! The electrician is supposed to be here this evening and we marked all the walls with where we want plugs and light switches! It's pretty amazing that it's all coming together and we are only acting like the general contractor!

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8/11/20 8:00 A

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I've literally never known anyone who works as hard as you do Carol, and I used to work for Robert, the crazy man! Some of this is boring, but I bet when you're done you'll feel so good!

Another busy day here, but it's all good. At least when I finish at 8 pm all I have to do is walk downstairs and not have a two hour commute.

Carol I really want to see before, during and after pics of all of the work you guys have done. I'd love to show my hubby what can be done with hard work. He thinks he works hard......I'd like to show him what is possible.......also I'd just like to see it myself!

OK, off to work.......have a great day!!

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Edited by: HEATHHILL at: 8/11/2020 (12:58)
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8/11/20 7:10 A

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I hope you get some classes, that seems like a great thing to be doing.

We've had my FIL here now for several days and it's going a lot better than I expected. He has his own schedule and has lots of meetings with people over Zoom. It's amazing at how decent he is at navigating the computer at 98. I'm trying to socially distance for now because I went into the office last week. I wore a mask and all, but still...

I'm halfway through the chunk of work I have and it's super boring. I've set up our new grower on the ag software (he was on Quickbooks with income of $47 million!). That part was fun, but then I had to go in and enter all of his open accounts payable for 2019 which was 2,600 lines of data that I pulled from unfriendly Quickbooks. I had to re-code everything because they didn't know what they were doing. Now I'm on the first 5 months of 2020 and there's another 5,800 lines of data that I'm entering. It's good because when I'm done we'll be able to really see where we are... but it sure is boring. The CFO took the accounts receivable side because she could do it and still get her other duties done. I'm finding where the bodies are buried and my husband is writing the reports.

It's nice to be earning some money on the side since we're spending so much money right now! We built the storage building, put in an irrigation system, landscaped and hardscaped and now we have the art studio going up. Oh, and we are getting our solar power system in a couple of weeks! We planned to take $30k out of our retirement money for the art studio, but I don't really want to pull that this year because we'll owe more in taxes. ...so, if we can get to that amount with working on the side...it will be nice.

I've been listening to Hamilton and TED Talks while doing the data entry and that's made it better. Well, it's 4 am and I should get to work!

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8/10/20 6:17 P

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Hi folks!

It's been a weekend for sure... Our washer broke down mid cycle, full of water and clothes. It seems the motor seized and it's so old it's not worth us fixing it. So we'll be taking a trip to the refurbished appliances store this week...

It looks like I'll be starting a part time job at the assisted living center where my mom works soon. It's only two days per week, but a nice little bit of income to help bridge our gaps.

I also checked in with the art center where I would usually reach and they're hoping to start offering some zoom classes. So fingers crossed maybe that will go somewhere

Jen

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8/10/20 11:54 A

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Good Morning!! Started my day with lots of meetings, so just getting going here! Hope everyone had a good weekend. Mine was filled with work and some fun.

Have a great day and week!!! I'll be back later to chat.

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