Answers to Mrs. A’s Q&A

Last Monday I asked if my readers had anything to ask, so here are the answers.

Mrs. Gardener asked how my garden was doing. It’s coming along, here let me show you a picture of the delicious baby greens that are doing wonderfully. I’ve already harvested one bunch of radishes, too!  I’m going to plant peas this weekend, and a few more things. Lettuce is definitely on the list.

Baby Greens
Baby Greens: Spinach, Beets, Lettuce, and Swiss Chard!

First Bunch of Radishes of the Season
First Bunch of Radishes for the Season

Nancy asked two questions:

1. I’d love to know what are the ups and downs of desert life…granted the one here isn’t that far..I just have never lived in one!! Thank you!

I’m not sure if I can put all the ups and downs, so I’ll just focus on a few.  I have the say probably the worst thing is the heat that lasts for a good six months out of the year. Although they always say “It’s a dry heat” that doesn’t mean you can’t die from it. It’s easier to get along if you have air conditioning, but then you have ridiculously high electricity bills.  Our worst one for this past summer was $480 and that’s for one month!  We were just sick over it.  It’s real dusty out where we live, but not so much in the city.  However, in the city, the heat absorbs into the blacktop so it doesn’t cool down overnight like it does in rural areas.  Gardening in the winter has to be one of the perks.  And no snow in the lower desert areas.

2. My second thought is there a good web site that teaches how to do Excel? Seriously! Mrs. A, too bad you are so far away..I’d pay you to teach me!

Shoot, I am not sure of any good sites that teach Excel.  I learned a lot about Excel by taking a college course through Rio Salado College, so maybe you could try that route?  If you have any specific questions about Excel, just send them to me or leave them in the comments. I’ll try to answer. Sometimes the best way to learn is to just start out with one thing that you need the program to do. I also recommend the Dummies and Missing Manual series.

Thank you Mrs. Gardener and Nancy for participating in my Q&A!

If you missed out asking me a question, just feel free to leave me on in the comments, shoot me an email or fill out my contact form available on the contact tab above.

Yours Truly,

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5 thoughts on “Answers to Mrs. A’s Q&A

  1. Nancy’s question inspired me to begin a blog series “How To” for people who have little experience with Excel and want to create a powerful interactive budget using Excel. I would love to hear your and Nancy’s comments on how successful I am in this venture, and if I do a decent job, I’d love suggestions for future Excel projects to explain!

    The series begins at the following link:

    Thanks a ton for all the wonderful information in your blog!!


    Mrs. Accountability Reply:

    DW, I am honored to be inspiration for your Excel tutorial series. It sounds very interesting, and I will be watching to see how it all comes together. Thanks for visiting and commenting!


  2. I found some really good tutorials for Excel on the Microsoft website This page has the tutorials for the Excel 2007, but there are tutorials for the 2003 on the site as well.
    Hope that helps someone :~)

    ps. here is the main page for tutorials


    Mrs. Accountability Reply:

    Hi Kath, thank you for sharing that link with us, and thank you for visiting and leaving a comment!


  3. This very afternoon I learned that the Maricopa County Community College District does not charge out-of-state tuition for online courses! A lot of Rio Salado’s courses are online. It would be worthwhile checking some of the many other colleges in the district (it’s now the largest district in the country) to see if you can find Excel taught online.


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