Thursday, November 29, 2007

Mark one more thing off the list

I love having #1 daughter working in the office. I am able to take days off just do what I want to do. One day I just sat home and read and blogged and watched TV and took a nap. How wonderful is that! For awhile I have had a list of stuff to do around the house and so today I accomplished one. I cleaned out my closet and rearranged it a bit. When we moved into this house dummy me took the smaller closet, Hello, I'm a woman, what was I thinking. His closet is uncrowded and stays absolutely perfect. It's maddening. When we get ready to remodel the bathroom area and closets I will have to try to cram it all into the guest closet, which poses another problem. That is a closet that is on my list to clean out. I thought about starting it today but my closet was an all day thing plus when I opened the door and looked in it I cringed and closed the door. Maybe next week. I also need to get back into "my" room and finish it too. I have decided to invite the Jazzercise girls to a Christmas potluck on the 17th so I have a goal to reach. That also means I am going to have to get the Christmas out of the attic. I have been resisting that effort. I've been having a little bah-humbug going on.

Friday, November 23, 2007

Be Thankful

Thanksgiving is over. The dishes are running in the dishwasher and bellies are very full. Leftover turkey is chilling in the fridge waiting a place on a sandwich.

Yesterday we traveled a few miles to my brother and his wife's house for dinner and visiting. We ate at 1pm. After snoozing on the couch and letting the food rest a bit we piled back into my little red car to go to The Hubby's mommas house to eat again at 5pm. WHEW! I kind of picked at some salad and sweet potatoes but that was about it.

The main part of Turkey day for me is family. I love to get together with all the family and that was accomplished except for #2 girl who is still in California. She called and was very sad not to be with us but that was her choice. Now we have to find her a ticket to get back home for Christmas. Anyway, back to yesterday. After dinner at the MIL's we sat in the living room in a circle and the MIL wanted to go around the room and say what we were thankful for and it could not include family, friends, your life, etc. You had to go outside the box. It was pretty cool all the stuff, until it got around to my SIL sitting next to me and her husband (The Hubby's Bro). She started going off about being thankful for The Lord and blah, blah, blah and then started crying and then the BIL had his turn and he started on it. OH MY GOODNESS! I have been in this family for nearly 32 years and for the past 10 years or so, after the BIL remarried to the "new" SIL they started to go to church and get involved. In fact last spring the BIL announced to all that God spoke to him and told him to build 3 churches. Huh. This stuff has caused a little rift in The Hubby and my relationship. We raised our children in church as I was raised. My mother believed that children needed to be exposed to religion and then let them make their own decisions at the right age and we did. I did the same for my girls. I also have seen people as they get older and closer to death all of a sudden get totally wrapped up in a church and the "religion thing" and going off the deep end. I think this is what is happening to the BIL. I saw it in my bigoted, mean grandfather who, when close to his death started to go to church and donated nearly ALL his money to church in an effort to save his soul. That is not how it works and it was disgusting to watch. I'm bitter, can you tell. I've done all the churchy stuff as a child, and with my children. I/we were involved with all the committees, mission trips, youth groups, all of it. I've done the time but just don't get the stuff the BIL is into. It perturbs The Hubby when I get on my high-horse but I just am not into the church or religious scene. I feel that it is ALL really cultish stuff. I enjoyed the service aspect of being involved in church because it was fun doing for people, and some of my best friends were made in the church idea of "church" now is communing with nature on my screened porch at the lake, listening to the birds and squirrels every Sunday morning at the break of dawn. Now that is church, that is what I'm Thankful for.

Thursday, November 22, 2007

My Contribution

I've been baking. These are the results and my contribution to two Thanksgiving Dinners. I usually have everybody here which is about 20 people but I have passed the baton this year and I am loving it. I only had to do pies and I'm OK with it but going to have to cook a turkey separate just so we can have leftovers.

Uncooked Apple Cranberry Cobblers

All Done!

Wednesday, November 21, 2007

These are so very funny. Watch the first one, it's adorable and then check out the second!">">

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

A New Place to Lay our Heads

Yesterday we finally bought a new bed. The Hubby seemed to think it was time and I guess it was. He has been complaining that when I rub my feet together he feels every movement and it makes him nauseous. We've been looking for a few weeks and yesterday he said, "Let's go buy a bed". So off we went. They delivered it today and I am going to have to get a step ladder to get into it.

Friday, November 16, 2007

Practice in waiting.

Yesterday, I waited ALL DAY long for UPS to deliver my package that I was to sign for, ALL DAY! I am an expert in waiting but yesterday I was fuming. That stupid UPS driver did not ding-dong my doorbell until 7pm last night to deliver that damn package. Why in heavens name did I have to stay home all day long and wait if they were going to deliver that late. Needless to say I totally missed going to the Steel Daffodils open house and my spa open house because I had to wait. My patience for that lately is being stressed to the limit. ARGHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!

Thursday, November 15, 2007

Booty Call

Today is one of the two days I have been trying to take off since our #1 daughter has started working for us. She works for us Tuesday's, Wednesday's and Friday's, all day and that allows me to get out of the windowless office, but, somehow that has not worked for me. Everytime I try to get away The Hubby finds a need for me to at least make an appearance at the office. Today, he doesn't realize that I am staying HOME!!!!! Yes, I am sitting here in my wonderful living room, the sun is streaming through the window, my parakeet is chattering and the canary is peeping. Ain't life grand, wait, if The Hubby finds me that means he'll try to come home for a booty call. What is it with him. It is all that is on his mind, but of course that really hasn't changed in almost 32 years of marriage. He definetly has a one track mind. When the kiddo's were little it was nice being self-employed and the girls in school during the day 'cause we made use of the time. Now it is because we're too pooped in the evening to stay up late enough because our feet hit the floor at 5 am. I know this is weird subject but it is what is on my mind today.

I also have a couple of things to do today, purely fun for me but I have to at least wait until the UPS delivery comes. I have to sign for the package. I have a long standing love affair with and have ordered the whole series of I Love Lucy and The Andy Griffith Show. I love these shows and can watch them all day long. I'm indulging in me stuff. I also plan on going to my day spa open house this afternoon and one of my favorite stores open house, Steel Daffodils and then on the the bra store for new bras. IT'S A ME DAY!!!!! I love it. I even think I'll just put my hair in a ponytail and throw a sweatshirt on with my jeans and tennis shoes. While I await the UPS guy I guess I'll do some laundry and try to organize my closet a little, if I have too.

Sunday, November 11, 2007

Our European Vacation!

These three pictures are from our hotel room in Caen, France (pronounced Caw). I love these pictures because of the iron work and colors.

Sword Beach - the first of the Normandy beaches

Point Du Hoc
Mont of the coolest places I've ever been to. Over 450 steps to reach the top and I did it.

Once at the top I took a minute to write in my journal to remember a great day.

This is fear and terror on my face as I made it to the 2nd of the Eiffel Tower. I DID IT!
Where Diagon Alley was filmed from Harry Potter!
Tower of London
Me and a Beef Eater at the Tower of London

Saturday, November 03, 2007

We're Back

This is just a quick note to let everyone know we are back home. I'm not as tired as I thought I would be and my feet are not as sore. I will have more details of our 11 wonderful days in Europe and some pics. Here is one of me sitting and travel journaling at the top (or close to the top) of Mont St. Michel after climbing approximately 450 steps!