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Beautiful hardwood flooring!

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

The wood floors are IN! So beautiful! So glad it's over. It was very noisy and sooooooo dusty. The kitchen is open to the dining room and you can write your name on any surface in there. Fortunately I had been warned and cleared all the countertops.

They are coming back this morning to clean up and put my furniture back. Yay!

The installers were here for 12 hours. I sat in front of my computer almost the entire time. I was as tired at the end of the day as they were.

Poor Rosie is running around trying to figure out what happened. She spent yesterday hiding in a tiny space between boxes in the closet - terrified.

The appearance of the house has changed so much and it's spectacular. Photos later.

I ordered pizza delivered for the workers and had two slices myself. Had them bring me a grilled chicken salad and that was my dinner. This morning I weigh the same as before. I was afraid I'd sit here and munch but seem to have avoided that.

The wood samples I saw when I chose the color of wood looked a lot lighter. I was really worried that I had not found the right color and had chosen one too light. Now that it's in, it's a beautiful honey oak and matches my fireplace mantle and cabinest perfectly!

I'm so glad this is over! I'm so glad I had it done!

Karen

  
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SUPREME5 3/23/2010 2:43PM

    i too love hardwood floor

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MORTICIAADDAMS 3/23/2010 2:21PM

    Sounds beautiful. Can't wait for the pictures!!

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SERENITYSEL 3/23/2010 12:42PM

    Congratulations! Wood floors are so beautiful and so much easier to keep clean! Glad you are happy about them! Sharon

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FISHINGLADY66 3/23/2010 11:21AM

    emoticon Glad it's over. I can't wait to see the finished produce. I bet it is Beautiful.
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AZURELITE 3/23/2010 8:34AM

    When it comes to wood floors... ain't nothin' like the real thing! We will soon be having our 150 yr old pine floors refinished in 2 rooms... good to hear that there is a light at the end of the tunnel of all the expected mess!


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GABY1948 3/23/2010 6:29AM

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THROOPER62 3/23/2010 6:19AM

    congratulations! Hard-wood flooring love it.

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REILLYGIRRRL 3/23/2010 6:17AM

  We have the original parkay wood flooring that was installed when my house was built in 1959. They are beautiful. Congratulations!

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EMILY-THE-GOOD 3/23/2010 6:16AM

    Congratulations! Now that we are homeowners, I am finding the process of choosing colors and eventually flooring to be so stressful!

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Tech preview of the future.

Friday, March 19, 2010

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I guess you'd call this a "tech" link, but I'm always so interested in what's next in hi tech evolution. Long ago I kept saying one day we'd be hanging our tv on the wall like a painting and people just "humored me" lol.

We're all familiar with "smart phones", no matter if we have one or not. Smart TV couldn't be far behind, could it? The end result is bound to be a blending of all our technology into one application.

Any avid reader of Sci-Fi has always known that one day we'd have just one Console where we link up do to everthing! It will be phone/communications/tv/internet - who knows? Maybe you'll be having consults with Doctors and nurses, interior decorating stores, plant nurseries, etc. and live your typical day from the console in your living room!

Of course, the tech advance I'm really waiting for is the Transporter Closet. There will be one in every home! Key in your co-ordinates, step in and close the door and Beam Me UP Scottie! You open the door again and find yourself having dinner in Paris, or giving your grandkids in another state a real hug.

Since those Star Trek days, I've always thought that while you're transporting and re-arranging atoms, why not leave a few pounds of that belly fat behind instead of reassembling ALL of it upon arrival! LOL.

Ok, now you know how my mind REALLY works!

Of course, nothing will ever replace a walk in fresh air or some real sweat and the good feeling you get from healthy eating!

Karen

  
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JUSTJO66 3/19/2010 3:55PM

    We really do think alike. :o). I've always loved the Star Trek transporter idea. But for now I guess we'll just have to keep using our old "brain boxes" to transport ourselves in our minds. Hmmmmmm, I love the idea of just thinking myself somewhere.... someday. LOL.

Jo

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FABN50S 3/19/2010 1:57PM

    Every Friday when I am driving 2.5 hours after work to be with my husand I pray for the day when I can go to one of the bathroom stalls at work, punch a button on my cell phone and walk out of the bathroom at my lake house. No driving involved and there in a matter of seconds! emoticon

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BELTONWALKER67 3/19/2010 1:52PM

    I want that transporter closet!! Thanks for my laugh of the day! Oh, what a wonderful thing the mind is!! Have a great afternoon.
Linda

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--KREN 3/19/2010 1:02PM

    ME TOO!! Wouldn't that be great? I've been thinking about that for about 20 yrs. I KNOW that one day, the real thing will show up, lol. Karen

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MORTICIAADDAMS 3/19/2010 12:59PM

    I'm an so for leaving behind the blubber on the transporter. LOL.

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FISHINGLADY66 3/19/2010 12:54PM

    WOW!! What can I say. I can't keep up with Teck now. I don't even have a cell phone. I guess I'm still in the OLD School. lol. Love your blog.
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GOALIEGRANDMA3 3/19/2010 12:06PM

    You should work for NASA or something!!!

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SUPREME5 3/19/2010 11:07AM

    GREAT BLOG
YOU MADE MY DAY

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PJSTIME 3/19/2010 10:37AM

    Thinking about the future can be both scary and exciting at the same time. Love transporter closet idea. Wouldnt that be fun.

Onward and Downward in 2010. PJ and who knows what in the future maybe the moon or mars.

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GABY1948 3/19/2010 8:13AM

    Such great things to think of, Karen. Not sure I want the transporting closet though...did you ever see the movie the Fly? LOL Seriously technology has moved way fast for me. I live in dread of getting a new television and having to set it up! LOL but that's me!
Have a great weekend.
Gaye

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Busy St. Patty's Day.

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

My mother arrived safely yesterday, even though the bus was 45 min. late due to a traffic jam on the interstate.

Today we'll be going to sign the lease, etc. and perhaps pick up a few things for hew new apartment (shelving for the bathroom, curtains, etc.) and get her set up with a phone, etc.

It will be a couple of weeks before my sons can get her moved here, but she has some packing to do in that time anyway.

I woke up this morning weighing LESS than yesterday, so my focus on not abandoning my eating plan while she's here is working. Of course, I'm celebrating St. Patrick's day with Joe and his famous Reuben sandwiches tonight, so I'm not out of the danger zone yet, lol.

Yesterday was cold and rainy, but today promises to be warmer and sunny, which will make all the errands with Mother much more fun.

Don't forget to wear the GREEN today, for St. Patty! (I'm Italian, but oh well)

Karen

  
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DGILBRIDE1949 3/21/2010 9:19PM

    Days spent with Mom are always important. Keep up the good work.

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NONNIELL 3/18/2010 1:58PM

    I hope your St. Patty's day went well! Sounds like you are one busy lady. I love reubens too! I actually made a small corned beef roast in the crockpot yesterday. I put cut up potatoes on the bottom. No cabbage - just water to cover the potatoes and then added the corn beef. It came packaged with seasonings. It cooked for 8 hours and was marvelous!

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READINGDOC 3/17/2010 10:56PM

    I hope you enjoyed your day with your mom.

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FISHINGLADY66 3/17/2010 3:35PM

    You have your day planned. Sounds like a good and busy one. emoticon on the scale....down again. Karen your are doing emoticon. Like Patty said we are all Irish on St. Patrick's Day. I have on my Green emoticon today.

Enjoy your time with your mother. I hope the emoticon shines for you. It's not shining in this Belton.
God Bless



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MORTICIAADDAMS 3/17/2010 11:20AM

    Enjoy your day with your mom!!!

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PJSTIME 3/17/2010 10:54AM

    Don't you know everyone is Irish on St. Patricks day:) I have my corned beef cooking now for our traditiona rueben sandwiches tonight. They are so good and I WON'T give up this tradition for nothing.

I am so glad everything is working out with your mom. Keep up the eatin plan its working for you.

Have a great day. PJ

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SUPREME5 3/17/2010 9:56AM

    GLAD THE SCALE SHOWS A LOSS
HAVE FUN SHOPPING WITH YOUR YOUR MOTHER
DORENE

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GABY1948 3/17/2010 9:10AM

    Karen I am so glad things are doing so well! I LOVE Reubens! It is what I order all the time when out but I have them substitute turkey for the corned beef and leave the Thousand Island in the kitchen! The swiss makes it more than gooey enough! I have at least one a week when we go to town!
Have a great time with your mother!
Gaye

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Lifestyle change.

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

I'm having my hair trimmed today. It grows like a weed. Really fast.

My mother is coming in this evening. She insisted on riding the bus from Conroe. It will take her all day to get here, but my mother LOVES to travel, no matter where, how far, how close, or by what means. She just wants to GO. Being 87 yrs. old has not changed that at all for her.

Last time she was here, I gained weight! Not this time. I'm making progress and am determined not to lose it. So I have definitely planned our meals.

At 9 am tomorrow morning, we'll go to her new apartment and sign the lease, pay the deposit, rent, etc. It's a ground floor unit, front and back porch/patio, huge oak trees and faces a little park that the units are built around. Perfect for her. About 15 min. from my house. Perfect for me. Sure beats a 4 hr. drive each way.

My life is going to change now that she's here. I've promised her that Mon - Thurs, my mornings are hers. I'll take her to Wal-mart, grocery store, shopping, doctors, whatever.

She's going to be about a half a block from the Senior Citizen center and the same distance from another community center, which should keep her social and happy, since she can't drive anymore. I'll take her wherever else she needs to go. And to a movie and out to lunch a couple of times a month.

I think she and I were both wary about this move, but I feel that if I meet it head on with a positive plan, it will be a happy circumstance for us both.

Karen

  
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HEALTHYARTIST1 3/18/2010 10:30PM

    Every mother should be as lucky as yours to have you as a daughter! emoticon

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WYWIWOMAN 3/16/2010 10:24PM

    Your plan is wonderful and I'm sure that your positive attitude and your mother's spunkiness will make this move work. What a lovely location for her new home! Best wishes to you both.

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EMMABE1 3/16/2010 6:48PM

    I hope that both you and your mother adjust well to the move!!

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PJSTIME 3/16/2010 3:07PM

    Yes there will be adjustments but I think they are going to be positive ones especially with your attitude. THis will be a great bonding time for the two of you. You are a wonderful person and a great daughter. Enjoy this time I wish I could still do things with my mom. PJ

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SUPREME5 3/16/2010 12:09PM

    i am proud to know you and have you as a friend
your mother ies lucky to have you as a daughter
god bless you and take care
dorene

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GRYFFINSONG 3/16/2010 11:17AM

    Sounds like a great plan, Karen, and I feel very positive that it'll work out well for both of you. My mom and I bought a house together a couple months ago. After only seeing her a couple of times a year, it's certainly different. My mom's only 78, and still very active and drives and such. So her independence isn't an issue. She's turned out to be an awesome housemate, and I cherish this time we have together.

Hugs and good luck to both of you!!!

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FISHINGLADY66 3/16/2010 10:37AM

    I'm sure you will enjoy having your mother close so you can see her more often. Enjoy her as long as you can. I really miss my mother. She passed away at 80 yrs. old.

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MORTICIAADDAMS 3/16/2010 9:55AM

    Your mother is a very lucky woman. Everyone should have a daughter like you.!! Bless you.

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JENNY888 3/16/2010 8:55AM

    I loved reading all your plans for your Mom. She is lucky to have someone like you and you are lucky to be able to spend time with her so close. My Mom lives all the way across the country and refuses to move closer. I would love to have her here close but it has to be her decision. I hope you really enjoy your time with her.

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GABY1948 3/16/2010 8:16AM

    Hope all goes well but with your attitude I am sure it will. Her apartment sounds so cute I do hope you can post some pictures when all is final. Have a great time with your mother, Karen. You are so lucky she is so able at 87!
Hugs,
Gaye

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CHELLESDOINGR8 3/16/2010 7:23AM

    Wishing you and your Mom all the best!

Michelle

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When it rains, it POURS!

Monday, March 15, 2010

OR - they all wait then come in a bus. That's what I used to say at work when it was quiet all day then at 4:30 twelve people walked in needing something right away, lol.

I just spent a load of cash for new hardwood flooring. Now one of my toilets needs to be taken out to replace a broken flange. AND I just paid for some landscaping, fertilizing, mowing, only to find I also need the pest control people to spray the foundation and yard.

I'm leaking $$$$. AND, suddenly there's a unit available for my mother, who has been waiting to move here from Conroe, about 4 hours away. I'll have to get her, take her there to fill out the lease, etc. and pay the first month's rent and deposit. She'll need a few things for her new apartment, don't we always when we move? I'm footing the bill for this too.

How can you go from very comfortable and right on your financial plan/budget, to suddenly spending all your available cash in one week!

It's the way things happen, I know. Hopefully, none of my applicances will go out this week!

Karen

  
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INKEDSHUTTERBUG 3/19/2010 3:32PM

  Sorry to hear of your expensive week, but so glad to hear you found a place for you Mom, I'm sure she will appreciate it immensely! I hope you have a wonderful weekend!!

xxx ooo

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FISHINGLADY66 3/15/2010 10:50PM

    Wish I could send you a Pot of Gold. emoticon. This is what happens when we think were doing alright. Believe me I do understand.
God Bless

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SUPREME5 3/15/2010 10:07PM

    ANYONE ELSE BUT OUR MOTHERS WE COULND SAY NO TO


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GABY1948 3/15/2010 8:38PM

    Karen, it DOES always happen that way! But it will get better soon and then you can console one of us when it happens to us. I'm so happy your mom gets her place soon! That was good news!
Hugs,
Gaye

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SWEETNHOT 3/15/2010 3:37PM

    It's like when you get some unexpected cash and suddenly your car break down or something it's like we are only supposed to have so much and that's it!

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PJSTIME 3/15/2010 2:26PM

    Thats what always happens. It will get better and this will all be just another memory for the book. PJ

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GRYFFINSONG 3/15/2010 2:17PM

    Sounds familiar Karen! Best of luck to you and your mom and your swiftly emptying wallet! emoticon

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BELTONWALKER67 3/15/2010 1:08PM

    Yes, it does seem that when it rains it pours! Hopefully, the sun will soon be shining on you & your family.
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Linda

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READINGDOC 3/15/2010 1:03PM

    Your mother is very blessed to have you and you are very blessed to have her. The hemorraging wallet is a problem though.
God's speed.
Lynda
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JENNY888 3/15/2010 12:41PM

    I know how you feel. We need to put a new roof on our house. We went pricing yesterday.

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MORTICIAADDAMS 3/15/2010 12:31PM

    It happens to us all. The hemorrhaging wallet. LOL.

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KOOCH4 3/15/2010 12:20PM

    Your Mother is very lucky to have you.
I sure hope life will stop raining on you and send back some of that $...
Bless you and good luck Karen!
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