Friday, July 31, 2009
Tuesday, July 28, 2009
Monday, July 27, 2009
I'm not ready to downsize my treasures just yet, but there are probably many things in the house that just take up space. My challenge to myself will be to identify those things and donate them, as appropriate. I've got to start somewhere, right?
As a companion to my earlier post on "super downsizing", I present you with a link to the "100 Thing Challenge."
Sunday, July 26, 2009
Saturday, July 25, 2009
At this time, I'm not ready to quit using, displaying, or even adding to my collections. I have fun with them and that is what is important. However, The Husband is always teasing me about downsizing. He says to me: "Honey, we need to start planning now to move to a much smaller house." I usually just roll my eyes at him.
I just read an article about "super downsizing."
Let me just say, here and now, there is no way I could downsize from 2400 square feet to 336 square feet.
Now, don't get me wrong. The tiny houses are cute. Really cute. Would be terribly cute on a nice piece of property in the mountains of New Mexico or Colorado. Would be a great vacation spot for a month or two every year.
But to live in? Year round? 24/7/365? I don't think so.
Click here and here to view more about the houses and then tell me what you think!
Thursday, July 23, 2009
When the deck was removed, one of the basement window wells was uncovered. Yesterday, the window was bricked in and the well filled, in preparation for having the concrete slab poured.
The second window well that had been covered previously was also found. It happened to be under the concrete steps that were poured sometime before the deck project. I imagine it happened in the 70's when the kitchen/pantry/breakfast room was remodeled into a large kitchen and 1/2 bath.
There was a mysterious concrete slab exposed when the deck was removed last week. It was broken up and (surprise!) the slab was covering either a cistern or, perhaps a coal chute.
Update: Current thinking is an old septic tank.
Fun and games!
Wednesday, July 22, 2009
Early in my life, I read romance novels. Lots of them. You know the kind...the best...the historical bodice rippers and Harlequins!
I haven't read many romance novels in the last 15-20 years.
Now, I mainly read mystery or horror or end of world by armageddon, meteor, aliens, plague, etc. Oh, yes, and spy novels...love me a spy novel. I can't forget science fiction or fantasy either. Fantasy with dragons is the best!
But, back to the topic of this post - there was a interesting USA Today article recently about some of the current writers of romance novels. My favorite line in the story is the very first:
"Thirty years ago, "Ivy League romance writer" was like "jumbo shrimp" — an oxymoron."
I may have to pick up a new romance novel or two in the near future...
Tuesday, July 21, 2009
You know how attached you can get to your pillow? I was very attached to mine.
Conventional wisdom indicates you should change your pillows every six months to two years. I will not tell you how long it has been since we replaced ours. I'm too ashamed!
The whole process of selecting new pillows is very trying. There are questions to answer and decisions to be made. Are you a back sleeper? A stomach sleeper? Perhaps a side sleeper? What filling do you prefer? Down or synthetic? How about a combination?
Once you have your new pillows, there's the exciting experience of sleeping with them for the first time. Will you like them? Will they like you? Will you be invigorated when you awake the next day? Or, will be you sleepy and tired because you miss your old friend?
I'm happy to report our adjustment to the new pillows went well.
My advice? Buy new pillows!
Monday, July 20, 2009
What did you do on that day in history?
I walked through the doors of an office building in downtown Tulsa, OK to begin my new job as an experienced secretary at a major US oil company.
I had no idea how much my life would change as a result.
I was a secretary for 5 years and then moved into an assistant role, where I was given ever increasing responsibilities. After a change in my personal circumstances, opportunities presented themselves to transfer to Calgary, Chicago and Houston, where I worked in a number of professional roles.
I have learned a lot, about a lot!
I have worked for and with many talented, smart, interesting women and men. People who took the time to mentor me. I will be forever grateful to them for helping me develop my job into a CAREER.
Who would have thought that the secretary of long ago would end up the manager of a global website? Certainly, not me.
So, here is a "shout out" to 28 years of corporate experience, enhanced by priceless mentoring.
It will be interesting to see what happens next...
Saturday, July 18, 2009
Friday, July 17, 2009
He lived in Connecticut a number of years and made quite a few good friends. Friends who he maintains contact with to this day.
I have only met this couple in person two or three times since The Husband and I married. Each time these folks welcomed us into their beautiful home and they reminisced about funny times with The Husband and their extended circle of friends.
I know her husband, children, family and friends will miss her very much.
The past 11 months have been difficult for The Husband in terms of loss. His mother, his cousin-in-law, his sister and, now, a very dear friend.
Death comes in cycles, I know. But, please, can this cycle stop for us now...for just a while?
Wednesday, July 15, 2009
The plan is to bury all the lines hanging over our backyard and connecting to the box on the back of the house. I cannot tell you how much I dislike that ug-lee box!
Next step(s) are to coordinate the electrician to install our new box in a less visible location, the digging of a trench in the yard and the arrival of guys (or gals!) from the cable, phone and electric company to lay the new lines and make the connections to the new box.
I'm glad The Husband is managing this project. He's done this before at another house, so he has experience. Thank goodness!
Tuesday, July 14, 2009
Monday, July 13, 2009
- Appetizers (summer sausage, cheese, crackers, dips, etc.)
- The Pioneer Woman's beef brisket
- Cheesy potatoes (sooo good and sooo bad, if you know what I mean!)
- Baked beans
- Deviled Eggs, Tomatoes, Pickles, Jalapenos, Onions, etc.
- Birthday cake (of course!)
Sunday, July 12, 2009
Phill's Diner at 32nd & Harvard is a family favorite, so there we went. I had her home by 1:30pm and she snoozed the afternoon away.
Friday night, the sister and her family came over for dinner. Oh my, did we have fun with the girls!
The minute they arrived, the girls were looking for our new fairy neighbors. They immediately knocked on the door and waited to see if she (it was assumed the new neighbor was a girl, like Tinkerbell) would come out.
Big Sister A was cute knocking on the door, but Baby L was hysterical. She knocked and then yelled, "HELLO. HELLO. IS ANYONE IN THERE?" Of course, no one answered the "door."
The Husbands's Special Salad (loved by the B-i-L)
(stuffed w/mini shrimp, shallots, bread crumbs
Friday, July 10, 2009
As readers of this blog know, I've been commuting to Houston for a while and have not been working as a virtual employee. One of the advantages of working at home (unspoken, of course) is being able to keep current on your laundry. Before I started traveling every week, I never had laundry piled up. I washed everything in the hamper on Monday. On Thursday or Friday, I'd again wash everything in the hamper so at the beginning of the weekend all of our clothes were clean. I was able to do this by taking breaks between responding to e-mails and in between conference calls.
As we left the house, he said "I guess we need to go to Wal-mart."
I said, "What for?"
He said, "I only have one more pair of briefs. If you don't do the towels, I'll have to wear boxers."
I said, "MR. MAN (see Stephen King's book, Misery), you know how to do laundry!"
He said, "I wouldn't dare!"
Perhaps I "own" the laundry process too strongly in our home. I need to work on letting go!
Wednesday, July 8, 2009
In my change Tuesday morning at Sonic (I confess to loving their breakfast croissant), I received a dollar bill that had been stamped with the message:
"Track this bill at www.wheresgeorge.com".
Later in the morning, I logged onto the website and followed the instructions to log the bill. I found the dollar had traveled 145 miles to the zip code where I received it. I input the information about where I received the bill and in the afternoon put it back into circulation at the Exxon gas station a mile or so from my office.
When I first read about this project a few years ago, I considered purchasing a stamp and marking some bills and sending them out in circulation. I priced stamps, but never bought one. But after today, I'll probably go on-line and order one. A couple of the sites where you can order stamps are here and here .
I guess you don't need a stamp, if you want to write on the bill you can, but that could be kinda time consuming.
I don't think I'll ever be a serious "Georger," but it could be amusing. It speaks to the inner nerd in me.
Are you a "Georger?"
Tuesday, July 7, 2009
Since I have for years had a curly shoe lace tied to my suitcase for identification, I laughed and thought "What an inventive way to mark their bags and a great re-use of an existing piece of material."
Monday, July 6, 2009
Friday, July 3, 2009
Thursday, July 2, 2009
Wednesday, July 1, 2009
Before you know it, we will be saying good-bye to summer and the heat, (oh my goodness, the heat!) and welcoming beautiful fall days, as well as chilly winter days.
Take time to savor the remaining days of summer 2009...they will be gone before we know it!