Learning? Ah, not so much. Squeaky, squeak…

Today’s Advanced Word class was a real disappointment. I had high hopes after Wednesday’s Intermediate class. The presenter wasn’t very knowledgable at all. I wonder how advanced her Word skills are. Much of what we did covered what I’d class as basic skills. Formatting, Mail Merge (which we covered much more succinctly on Wednesday), Word Art, Text Boxes – all basic stuff and she didn’t use styles at all for text formatting, just the format buttons. We also covered interactive forms, but she showed us the way to input the legacy field controls rather than the 2007 Content Controls. I think I knew more than she did; I had to tell her how to do a few things, and those I didn’t know I was able to figure out and tell her, before she could. No doubt we’ll cover printing and dictionaries and more formatting before we get to the things I enrolled for e.g. Macros and Master Documents. And even then, I get the feeling we’ll only touch on those things, not go into the depth I need. I doubt there’ll be much more than I already know or could figure out myself. All of these things are listed in the course outline, but I thought they’d touch on the more advanced aspects and cover the things I’m interested in, in more depth. Not so. Though I do wonder how much of this is due to the trainer. I really do think the trainer we had the other day was more capable, more interested and interesting, and a far better trainer. Two of the others in the class of four were in the Intermediate class with me and they were saying the same thing about the trainer.

I will be able to sit the Microsoft Certified Word Specialist exam for no additional cost, for what that’s worth. Perhaps it will be worth something on my resumé.

I had to go to the supermarket on my way home and bought the dogs a couple of new soft squeakies. They have other soft squeakies but these have been a real hit with Anzac in particular. He’s been racing through the house, jumping over the sofa and over our bed and teasing Kaz while he’s been almost constantly squeaking one of them. He seemed to favour one for a while but then swapped for the other and tore around with it. It was also involved in a doggy tug-of-war and survived, so all in all a very good buy.

Our veggie and rose gardens are thriving now that they have targeted water supplies. The roses are looking so healthy and all sorts of seeds are germinating in the veggie garden. The seedling that we planted are growing like crazy as well.

Freshly picked…

This morning I got up and got ready to take Anzac for his walk but got side-tracked. We went into the back-yard and I turned the drippers on in the rose garden. The roses are looking very pretty, despite some heat and wind damage, so I picked a bunch to bring inside. Time was moving on so I decided to feed to dogs and walk a bit later in the day.

I got busy doing other things – sanding doors, housework, changing insurance company – and we never did end up going for a walk. The sanding is hard work, even with the electric sander. It’s heavy and not easy to use above my head.

There was plenty of ball-tossing and chasing that went on through the day, though.

I went to bed quite stiff and achy and dead tired after the late night last night and the physical work.

Freshly picked from the garden

Freshly picked from the garden

How do you plant your cabbages?…Do you plant them with your elbow?…

I might, if I could buy the cabbages I wanted!
We spent a few hours in the garden today. I wanted to plant some Wong Bok (Chinese cabbage) to replace the ones that were totally decimated by slaters a few weeks ago, but I wasn’t able to find any seedlings. I ended up planting capsicum, leeks and spring onions. We had some success with leeks and spring onions last year and should have even more success this year as I’ve taken more care to thin out the seedlings. Last year our ‘mixed capsicums’ turned out to be chillis so I bought a different type this year.
I took care to dig in any old pea staw and didn’t put new straw on top. I left the surface clear so there was nowhere for the slaters to hide. Thanks to Josh Byrne from Gardening Australia for his advice on dealing with slaters.
Our broad beans are coming along really well. We’re really looking forward to a good crop this year – even better than last year’s. We’ve planted more seeds than last year, they were so yummy.
Last year’s bok choy is still thriving, as is the silverbeet. We just pick leaves when we need them and they keep producing. We can’t keep up with them, and the neighbours continue to get free greens from us.
Today we also did some pruning. The lavenders across the back of the rose garden were getting out of control so we’ve cut them well back. I also cut back a couple of the groundcover grevilleas in the front yard. They were covering the ‘path’ through the garden so I took the shears to them. I’ll need to get stuck into the rose bed in the next few days and prune the roses. They continue to flower, but the flowers are on weak stems and for the most part look very sad. It’s time to get serious give them a hard prune so we’ll have lots of good, healthy flowers in summer.
It’s so nice to get out into the garden after the wet, windy days. The days are crisp at the moment but the sunshine is lovely, as long as it lasts. Once you’re in the shade, tho’, it really is very chilly.