Sunday, October 10, 2010
My son, Jim, drives the 6 hours to my home to spend a couple of day 3 or 4 times a year. I am required to have a list of "projects" for us to accomplish while he is here. These are not to be things that I can do on my own like mowing the lawn or putting in garden.
Because of the intermittent flooding this year (I have had a foot or more of water in my basement on at least 3 occasions since March), I have had to install a new furnace, a new water heater and new washer and dryer. The plug for the dryer was a newer type than the outlet in my basement, so that was project 1. I also needed to have a vent installed to the outside for the dryer - project 2. Jim decided that it would be a good idea to raise the washer and dryer another 6 inches off the floor (they were already above floor level) - project 3. The outside basement door has become warped and would not close properly from the flooding - project 4.
I had purchased the vent material, the outlet for the dryer and other miscellaneous items and Jim brought wood to add to the plywood I already had to elevate the dryer, but of course part way through we discovered a desperate need for screws (no matter how many you have, they are NEVER the right size), new hinges for the door, a box for the outlet, a mouse trap (see previous blog) and a partridge in a pear...No, guess not the last one.
Off to the hardware store, where they know me well from desperate trip to buy additional sump pumps (I now own 5), more hose for the sump pumps, extension cords and the furnace and hot water heater.
Then back to the still damp and smelly basement. Now, here's the slave driver part! I do not sit upstairs and watch tv while Jim works, I am an active participant. I can hold wood while he saws, pick up discarded trash, and most importantly fetch and carry! "Mom get your circular saw and a coke!" "Mom get your jig saw and a coke!" "Mom where's your electric drill, this one has a dead battery, oh and get me a coke!" "Mom where's your socket set!" "Mom this socket set doesn't have a star shape, get that other one and a coke." Well, I think you get the picture. We worked steadily from 8 in the morning to 4 in the afternoon with a short break for lunch. At 4, we sat on the deck and discussed the plans for Sunday-clean out the garage, put the lawn furniture in the shed, clean out my workshop and move all the tools to the garage, so I can set the shop up as a sales room when I start my own little business next spring.
And, of course, we took turns throwing the frisbee for Daisy dog!
It was an unbelievably nice day for October, but we both were moving slowly when we tried to get up. Dinner was a pork roast and veggies in the crock pot and a few sliced tomatoes made a complete meal. Headed for bed early and had the satisfaction of completing every thing on the list for Day 1.
I can again use my new washer and dryer (yay!)
Thank you, my wonderful son! But I sure am looking forward to Tuesday to get some rest. Well, after I do the laundry, clean the house.......
Happy Sunday, Sparkies!
Friday, October 08, 2010
I love books! New books, old books, tattered books, hard back, paper back, any book. Books have been my solace, my narcotic (yes, I am addicted to reading), my stress relief, my food substitute, my stair step machine pal, and my fount of knowledge! When I was younger, I devoured the classics, authors was my favorite card game, now, I stick mainly to humor and mystery. Give me a good murder and I can fall asleep like a baby.
So, I have resisted e-books with a vengeance! But, with the charge for checking baggage on airlines, I finally did it! You ask what does that have to do with the price of tea in China? Well, I always have to take a minimum of 3 books with me when traveling to cover travel time, lay over time, and with my record, snow time. Ahhhhh, I haven't whined to you about this yet. Just as it ALWAYS rains when I camp, it ALWAYS snows and delays or cancels my flight when I fly! My children refuse to book flights at the same time as any of my trips are planned.
But, I digress! I ordered and have now received a "Nook". I spent hours yesterday hooking it up to my home Wifi. Yes, doctor, I will get that cataract removed before long. The tiny 8s look like Bs and vice versa. Also, I do not text, so my fingers kept slopping over and pushing the wrong letter or number, but I finally managed to get the correct numbers and letters in. I had ordered a couple of e-books at the same time I ordered the Nook, so I immediately could start reading, but I didn't. (You can get free e-books that are older and low cost ones under $5). I put my Nook aside and picked up the book I was reading before and read in bed until I fell asleep!
I will use the Nook when I travel-I will be taking a bus trip to Deadwood, SD later this month and it will be great for that. But, I'm not ready to give up my REAL books, yet! I see that some of the Barnes and Nobles stores are already closing and that more e-books are being sold than real books. How sad! I'm not always sure that progress is all it's cracked up to be. That's the old lady in me, I guess!
Now it's off to the stair step machine, then some serious house cleaning since my son is coming for the long weekend!
Have a happy Friday, Sparkies!
PS When I ran spell check, it wanted me to change Sparkies to Sparklers-what do you think? Someday I am going to make all the changes spell check wants and post a really silly blog! It thinks Wifi should be wife!
Thursday, October 07, 2010
Daisy dog likes to sit on my lap when I am at the computer.
Today she jumped up and asked to be picked up. I leaned over to lift her and at the same time she jumped toward me. Her head hit my chin. Now I have cuts from my teeth on both sides of my tongue, my teeth hurt and my chin is swollen!
As I ran moaning to the bathroom to grab a tissue to stem the blood from my tongue, Daisy simply stood in place and stared at me! She knew something was wrong and figured she was in BIG trouble - right up there with chewing on the wood work or eating a tea towel.
I finally got her reassured that it wasn't really her fault. Now, I am wondering if I am going to be able to eat my healthy meals or, if I will have to rely on things like ice cream, milk shakes, mashed potatoes and gravy, and such until my tongue heals! I know you are all thinking yogurt, jello, fruit smoothies, but I CAN"T HEAR YOU!
Wonder if Daisy has a headache?
I'm sure we'll both be well by tomorrow!
Spark on, but avoid hard headed little dogs!
Monday, October 04, 2010
With the coming of cooler weather in this area of the country, uninvited guests sometimes find their way into the house.
For the past hour, Daisy dog has been trying to get underneath my printer stand. Unfortunately, it is only 2 inches off the floor. Daisy is a problem solver, so she is methodically removing everything from the shelf in hopes of finding what is probably a small, terrified field mouse. Catalogs, notepads, file folders and other miscellaneous things are flying across the floor. Occasionally, she stops everything looks at me and yips. I tell her that I can't help her. I'm trying to keep my feet off the floor in case she spooks the creature and it comes running out!
At one point, Abbie cat (who is 20) was crouched on the floor beside Daisy peering under the stand, but she soon lost interest and went to the kitchen to check on the status of her food bowl. Daisy had to take a potty break, but was soon back at it.
I did have to tell her a firm "NO" when she started chewing on the shelf.
Now, I'm not sure what I'll do if she catches it!
Sunday, October 03, 2010
For a few minutes last week I thought, "It's time to send Mom a birthday card." Then I remembered that Mom is no longer around to need a birthday card. So, I am sending this thought out into cyber space to remember her by. She would have been 91 today.
71 years ago today, she was leaving a hospital in a little town in Oklahoma with a baby girl who had been born on her husband's birthday 3 days before. Thanks, Mom!
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