Sunday, August 30, 2009

Who Will Clean Out Your Purse?

My sweet Mother-in-Law, Lucye, died August 3, 2008.

I cleaned out her purse Saturday, August 29, 2009 - after it sat on a chair in our dining room since the end of May, 2009.

We retrieved the purse from one of Lucye's grand-daughters after the death of Lucye's daughter (my sister-in-law, Patti) in May, 2009.

The first time MY sister and her family came to our house for dinner after we retrieved Lucye's purse, my sister walked into the dining room, saw "Nanny's" purse, picked it up and said:

"Is Nanny here?"

That is how much that purse was identified with Lucye.

Going through my sweet mother-in-law's purse was more difficult than I imagined it would be. She had all the typical things you and I would have in our purses:
  1. Face powder
  2. Lipstick
  3. Finger nail polish
  4. Finger nail file
  5. Hairbrush
  6. Toothbrush & toothpaste
  7. Ring of keys
  8. Wallet
  9. Handicapped Parking Sticker (okay, not typical for us!)

In the wallet:

  1. Driver's license
  2. Insurance cards
  3. Voter registration (Lucye was a good Democrat!)
  4. Social Security Card
  5. Homeland Grocery Store card
  6. Blank check for her checking account (you go, girl!)
  7. Coins, but no dollar bills.

Before I opened the purse, I asked my husband (her son) if he wanted to do this with me. "No." was the response.

I did, however, lay out a number of things from her wallet that he looked at and will be keeping.

I was surprised at how emotional this exercise was for me. I knew it would be emotional for The Husband, but had no idea how it would affect me.

It made me think:

"Who will clean out my purse when I'm gone?"

"What will they find?"

Saturday, August 29, 2009

Patio Project - Status Report # 7

Friday was a happy day at our house because the major phase of burying the utility lines that hung over our backyard was 95% complete.

The power company sent two guys out to disconnect the overhead service and connect the new, underground service:
Two electricians were in the basement to disconnect the overhead service and connect the new, underground service.

I should have warned them before snapping the following photo. The flash startled them and they were looking around to see what happened because they had turned the power off to the house.

One of them said "I thought I was going to meet Jesus just now!"

Note to self: Warn electricians before taking photos.
The ugg-lee box will be removed from the back of the house next week. The new box is just around the corner of the house, on the driveway side.
The new boxes and meter. Aren't they pretty?
While doing this project, we took the opportunity to install power and water to the room on the side of our detached garage. This will eventually be The Husband's office/retreat.

A future project, when our money tree is ready to harvest again. (yeah, right!)
If the stars align and the weather cooperates, hope to have the new patio poured next week. As you can see, we are ready:

Thursday, August 27, 2009

August 27, 1994

What were you doing on August 27, 1994?

The Husband and I stood before our immediate family and closest friends and pledged to love one another.

Here's to the next 15 years!

P.S. I just yesterday threw away my wedding planning files.

Oh. Yes. I. Did.

Fifteen years after the fact. Seriously?

I also threw away files from our niece's wedding in our backyard in 1996. I will say, to my credit, both sets of files were neatly organized!

In the future, I vow to quit keeping stuff like this for so long.

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Happy Birthday To My Little Sister


She's the best little sister ever.
We won't discuss age!

Monday, August 24, 2009

Family Treasures

The Husband and I went on a drive in the country Saturday, which we like to do pretty often.

We stopped at The Antique Depot in Skiatook and had great fun poking through the contents of all the booths.

It is very sad for me when I see family treasures at antique stores or flea markets. Photo albums, scrapbooks documenting vacations or other significant events, and other family mementos. The following two items really gave me pause.

Below is a large tray that was hand painted to commemorate the life of Glenda and Stuart. The story starts at the bottom of the tray with their births and ends at the top of the tray with a picture of their home. Significant milestones (school, wedding, etc.) are noted in the middle of the tray. It was marked $24.99.

This is a framed hand crocheted baby christening bonnet, with family pictures.
(Apologies for the quality of the photos, I was using my new phone and am obviously at the bottom of the learning curve!)

I know there must be many reasons why family treasures end up being sold off.

But, let me just say this to my nieces and nephews:

"If my photos and treasures* end up in an antique mall after my death, I. WILL. COME. BACK. AND. HAUNT. YOU!"

*I promise to have everything neatly organized for your home.

P.S. I may have to go back and buy Glenda and Stuart's tray. Even though I do not need it!

Thursday, August 20, 2009


I love learning new words.

I was recently working a word search puzzle where the words were names of tools. One of the tools was an adze. I had no idea what that was. Do you know what an adze is?

I've also found this website: Make Your Own Word Search Puzzle

Who knew you could do that?

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Plan for Cleaning and Organizing The House

Where did this stuff come from? Why did I keep it?

Goodwill or the Salvation Army or The Day Center for The Homeless are going to be saying:

"Holy moly, here comes that lady again with ALL.THAT.STUFF. she's giving to us. Yippee!"

Monday, August 17, 2009

Purging The Old Office

I've been spending time the last few days purging files in my home office. It certainly feels good and has provided me with a few laughs.

Most of the corporate files are no longer relevant. I really have embraced the "paperless office" concept, but even with my discipline of disposing of work papers as projects end, there is still a considerable amount of stuff I kept. About half of it I can just toss in the trash, but the other half needs to be disposed of by shredding.

Other files are personal stuff, which have caused me to shake my head and/or laugh when reviewing.

The most fun file to review so far has been my "decorating ideas" file. You know the one...the one where you rip pages out of magazines, catalogs, or newspapers showing everything from house plans, to furniture, accessories, paint colors, etc. that "speak to you" and you would like to incorporate in your home.

As I've aged, my tastes have refined. I could still absolutely see why I pulled every one of those pages and filed it away for future perusal. I confess, some of the pages I didn't have the heart to toss. Guess I'll be keeping a "decorating ideas" file for a while!

It will be energizing to have a cleaned out, re-organized home office, with space for new project materials.

I just have to finish the work!

Sunday, August 16, 2009

What I Did Saturday

  1. Slept late.
  2. Went to the early movie with my sister and her girls to see guinea pigs save the world! G Force
  3. Napped.
  4. Went to dinner at McGill's on 21st.
Pretty much a perfect Saturday for me.

Oh wait, laundry is not on the list. Therefore, not a perfect Saturday! :-)

What did you do?

Saturday, August 15, 2009

Twice Baked Potatoes...

...they're not just for company any longer!

Recently, The Husband has been making them for us.

Bake potatoes as normal. Scoop out innards:

chopped shallots
sour cream
salt and pepper
grated cheese (reserve some as a topping)

Mix and re-stuff potato skins.
Sprinkle with paprika.
Add grated cheese topping.
Bake again @ 350 degrees for 20-30 minutes:

Final result:

Serve with rib-eye steak! (and red wine)
That is just one of the reasons why I. LOVE. THE. HUSBAND!

Friday, August 14, 2009


The phone rang this evening. The Husband answered. It was a neighbor.

"Hi. It's my birthday. We are having food and drinks for a few friends. Come on over, if you like."

We, of course, "liked."

Thursday, August 13, 2009

What Can I Say?

Sorry, I've not posted every day recently.

There are some "things" going on in my life now that are distracting me.

I will post about those "things" at the appropriate time.


Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Patio Project - Status Report # 6

Look! New electric in the basement:

It was a great Oklahoma evening. Blowing wind, thunder, lightning, rain and flooding in the basement.

Oh wait...flooding in the basement is NOT GREAT!

It only happened because we are in the middle of the "Patio Project." The trench has been dug to bury the electric, cable and phone. Because it is still open at the house end, when the storm came through we got a bit of water and dirt in the basement.

No big deal, just a part of the project. I'm sure The Husband will clean it up nicely!

I'll keep you posted!

Monday, August 10, 2009


This is my 150th blog post.
Should I continue writing or stop now?

Sunday, August 9, 2009

Saturday, August 8, 2009

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Patio Project - Status Report # 5

Trench filled in. Note the stack of stones to the left. They make the turn-around we use when backing the vehicles out of the garage. I cannot back down our skinny drive. I always have to drive out. Pictures to come...

Remember the ugg-lee electrical box?

Look how pretty the new one is!

Monday, August 3, 2009

Patio Project - Status Report # 4

The trench for the electric, cable and phone lines was dug across the backyard today.

Can I drive?

Watch your step!

Saturday, August 1, 2009

Saturday, Saturday

I love Saturdays filled with activities like these. Family breakfast at Mimi's, thanks to Mom.

My sister, my Mom, and my nieces:

The Husband, the brother-in-law, and those nieces again!

After breakfast, we stopped at the current Silvey Estate sale. One of our purchases was seven of these cocktail glasses. Aren't they cool? And only $2 apiece!

A stop at the Tulsa Flea Market for the debut of the Pretta Purses line. These purses are hand made by the mother of Ryan, pictured below. We wish her, her mom and her sister good luck with this new venture!

The one with the yellow and brown flowers is now mine, all mine...

Had a nice nap in the afternoon.

Currently sitting on the porch, enjoying the pleasant weather and looking forward to a great dinner at home.

Life is good!