My roses are going crazy right now and other things are blooming as well. The one pictured here is "Old Blush" and it's taller than I am. It's been in the ground about 3 years. I had gotten it from the Antique Rose Emporium in Independence, TX and has turned out to be very hardy. I don't prune it. I don't spray it for bugs. It's perfect. It blooms most of the year, but this first bloom of Spring is always spectacular. Near it is one of the Hardy Amaryllis that is blooming in bright red and around in front, the Texas Orchid Tree is blooming. The Bumblebees really love that one.
I found a Blue Curls blooming and it was such a shock. I had planted them several years ago and then they died. I didn't expect to ever see them again. I love the way the flowers curl around underneath and the blooms that look like they explode out of the top. More pictures of the yard can be seen on my Picasa album.
I'll be the first one to confess that I am NOT the world's best housekeeper. I have been a single mom of my 18-year old "baby" since he was just a couple of months old and it hasn't always been easy. As a matter of fact, I think the toddler was more tidy than the teenager. He has a habit of opening cabinets and not closing them, dropping things on the floor wherever he happens to be, leaving items on the counter and so on. After lots of arguments and not making much headway, I decided to pick my battles and let him do his thing in his own room. Then a few things made their way to the living room and little by little, you get used to things being out. And yes, I got lazy and didn't feel like messing with it. Then one day I looked around and thought that if someone happened to pop in unannounced, I would be totally embarrassed. So, something had to give.
There are as many methods of cleaning and decluttering as there are ways to make a mess. I have looked thro…
This certification took several years, lots of exams and quite a bit of money. I had to have the Master level Microsoft Office Specialist certification for versions 2007, 2010 and 2013. Each certification level was made up of 4 or more exams and half of them being Expert level exams. The exams were around $100 each just for the voucher. Each exam was almost an hour long and for the last version, I had to travel an hour and a half to Austin or Houston as our local Certiport testing center in College Station no longer proctors the exams.
I think any major goal takes a lot of effort to make you appreciate it all the more. If it was easy, it wouldn't be special.
I have actually had the Master MOS since the 2003 version. Lots of buttons and functions have been added, or more than likely, moved around and renamed. I have always been "into" the Microsoft Office suite of product…