Sunday, January 20, 2019

Brrr... who turned on winter?

Last week we had some snow. This week we had snow and then rain.
Today, someone turned off the heat and plunged us right into winter with freezing temps and blustery winds. I’d like 65 and sunny, thanks! 

Saturday, January 19, 2019

It’s a new year!

The renovation was complete shortly before Christmas. We got the furniture put back, the closet and pantry systems installed, and everything clean for the New Years Day Brunch. We gave house tours, drank mimosas, and celebrated with our friends and neighbors. Since it was such a hit, our thought is to have the New Years Brunch instead of the Christmas Party from now on. As time goes on , I’ll work on getting the pictures back on the walls, my yarn stash organized, and Mr’s train room ready for trains and track. We are truly blessed to be able to do this renovation and to have such a great team make it happen.
We’ve had some life changes around here as well. LLBs marriage didn’t work out. We are thankful that she is out and safe and that the Navy and her coworkers have been so supportive. There were a few things he pulled on his way out the door that we found reprehensible - for example: He threatened to take her cats, left her without a car, and accrued a significant debt on her credit card. LLB is strong and met each challenge head on. She protected her cats and herself. We scrambled, bought a new car for me, sold her mine, and figured out a way for her to pay off the debt and not suffer from bad credit. She has come out the other side, is back to her normal bubbly self, is happy to be starting over, and is looking forward to whatever joys life brings next. Again, we are incredibly thankful that she is safe and that my mother left us in a position to be able to help her.
I continue to direct my bell choirs, although I am more and more eager to get back behind the table and ring. I’m working hard to work myself out of a job and pass the baton to someone else. We are attending festival in Ocean City this spring, and I hope someone I bring with me is inspired to take over! Yeah... I’m not holding my breath.
Mini has adjusted to being back in familiar digs. She spends her time asleep on our bed, lounging on the couch in front of the fire, and looking out the back door. She loves to chase her mouse on a string, but just a few nights ago, she discovered the joy that is the “red dot”.  She hasn’t caught it yet, but you know, practice makes perfect!

Wednesday, November 21, 2018

Renovation update

The old carpet - the carpet that was from 1986 - is gone.
The old bathroom linoleum is gone.
The ancient dryer has been ousted!
The new microwave oven is standing in the wings ready to go.
The cabinets need to be emptied by Monday. I think I can!
The hardwood floors are going in. The new paint is going up on the walls.
The dust... oh the dust... is every where!
And yet, through the chaos and the clouds of dust, we see lots of progress and we are so excited!

Monday, November 05, 2018

Playing catch-up!

Well, time has flown. We’ve been to Texas to see #1 and his lovely spouse. I’ll call her Yellow Rose. She is the sweetest thing on two feet. We had a terrific visit and came home just in time to get the furniture moved for the renovations to start the following Monday.
The 1986 carpet that was the color of dirt is finally gone! The old bathroom fixtures and linoleum has been ripped out and disposed of. Tile has gone in.  I am absolutely over the moon with the choices and the look! Paint and new cabinets and fixtures have been chosen. The master bedroom walls have been painted and I am really happy with the color I chose. The closet has been designed and will be installed once everything is finished - hopefully the week between Christmas and New Years. Soon enough the blue trim will be turned white, the hardwood flooring will be delivered, and the dust will be a thing of the past. Until then, we will embrace the chaos, hug our cat, and get through it.

Tuesday, October 09, 2018

Fish oil

The fish oil, they said.
It’s good for you, they said.
It makes your skin healthy and your hair shiny, they said.
And they were right...
But...
What they neglected to mention was that every time you burp, it tastes like fish.


Saturday, October 06, 2018

Gray no more....

I looked in the mirror the other day and saw gray! Lots of gray!
This morning I fixed it.
With my friend Clairol.
Bye bye gray.

Friday, October 05, 2018

10/5 Really? Already?

It’s been a busy week.
I had a birthday. I celebrated a lot! went to lunch with friends, met friends for snacks, and even had lobster for dinner!
We had friends stop in on their way north.
I’ve done a mountain of laundry, gone to prayer shawl, run two Handbell rehearsals, and spent time (every day) on the treadmill.
I’ve finished a shawl and blocked it and a scarf. If they are dry, I’ll pull them up and put them away... but, it’s been so humid that I think it will have to wait until tomorrow.
And it’s finally Friday!
Today I hope to relax a bit, finish a scarf, and start a mitten. But first I need to put the guest room back together...