Friday, April 30, 2010

Oops, is it Friday?

Yesterday kind of got away from me.  I kept myself so busy that before I knew it, it was already 8 pm and I was exhausted.  Couldn't even find the time to sit down and do this.  Yeah for days with things to do!

I started out cleaning in the living room, moved the couch and rocker, got on my hands and knees and scrubbed along all of the edges ( for those of you who don't know, we don't have any carpeting in the house with the exception of our spare bedroom) from there moved on to the kitchen, scrubbed edges, walls and then mopped.  Took down the curtains in the kitchen, washed them.  Got out garbage and got the dishes done.  Straightened up the little bathroom and then decided to put down the new floor.  Yep, I did, me, no one else.  Before doing that I scrubbed the floor, once again on hands and knees then finished up the floors in the entry and living room.  Thank God for knee pads!  I don't think I have ever been so sore in my life.

Was hoping to get my strawberry bed prepared today for planting tomorrow, but that isn't going to happen.  Woke up to rain.  Grass still needs mowing, but boy, oh, boy, is it ever a pretty green color.

Arlen was going to put an outside plug in yesterday by the light by the front door.  Went to move what he thought was just a bunch of leaves and debris that had got caught up during the winter, turned out to be a birds nest with about 6 teeny tiny eggs in it!  He put it back, at least until the little ones are gone.

He also fixed my desk so that I can have my arms on it without the edge cutting in and cuttin off the circulation.  So far seems to be working fine.  Don't see any reason for it to change.

Don't forget that in a week (Sunday the 9th) it is Mother's Day.  My mom called and asked what we were doing,  her and my brother are planning on coming down, if not for the weekend, at least for the day.  Hopefully the weather is nice and we can b-b-q.  Would like to make ribs.  Start them the day before in a slow oven to get them nice and tender and then finish them off on the grill.  Will have to wait and see what develops.

Have a great weekend!

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Wednesday, Anniversary>family>didn't forget

All right I may have gotten the days mixed up, but I knew it was Adam and Miranda's Anniversary this week.  Hard to believe that it has already been 3 years.  Time goes by so fast, one day they are in diapers, the next day they are changing diapers (on their children).

Not a whole lot to write about today.  The days just seem to flow one into the other.  I can't wait to get back to work so I have something to report.  It is amazing what people will say out in public when speaking to someone they don't know!  A couple of years back I actually had one customer bitching because our gas prices were lower than anybody else's.  Why would you complain about that?  Wouldn't you just quietly fill up and go on your merry way?  Oh well, it takes all kinds.

It is so nice to have Arlen sleeping in the bedroom again, it is so frustrating that he will sleep until 1 or 2 in the afternoon.  Mostly because I am unable to do so.  Last night the tv stayed off and the radio was on, the door was shut (no cats) it was so peaceful you would've thought that I would sleep so well, not so.  Was still up by 5 this morning.  Around 6 or so all kinds of ambulances, fire trucks and police cars went screaming by.  It is so much fun to watch our cats scatter!  They are all such chicken s****!  Sure hope that nobody was hurt in whatever was going on.  That is the time that a lot of kids are getting ready for school or on the bus already.

Made a cream of potato soup with ham and carrots.  It turned out so good, every time I go in the kitchen, I have to have a spoon ful.  Better than having to throw it away.  There are times that I don't have a lot of luck with the cream soups from scratch.  When they turn out though, wow.

This Saturday is Hutchinson's city wide garage sale day.  Alas, another weekend without any money.  That's okay, it is our weekend to have Miss Lily.  The time spent with her is worth more than anything I could possibly find at a sale.  I don't really have any reason for going to sales,  it is just something to do.  The only thing that I would be looking for is a car seat that is between infant and older child.  Discovered that behind my back seats are the hooks for stablizing the darn thing!  Only had the car for over a year, and just figured out what those were for.  That's what happens when you don't have to use them.

Well, time to go wash my kitchen curtains and get the floors cleaned.  Have a great day!

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Wow, Tuesday!

Well have gotten a lot done so far.  Load of dishes done, bathroom straightened out, car cleaned and vacuumed, car windows cleaned, ran and got our strawberry plants and tomatoes.  Now I can just sit back and think about tomorrow.

Nothing going on tomorrow, just like the thought that I don't have anything else to do, with the exception of making supper.  Cream of ham and potato soup from scratch, not hard or time consuming.

Weather is beautiful, can't complain about it, did I move out of Minnesota?  Still have to mow, but oh well, it will always be there tomorrow.

Got my payment sent off for my health insurance, after not having any for the past 2-3 years, it will seem odd to be able to make a Dr. app't.  Nothing wrong, just a few things that need to be checked out.

I will also be able to get new glasses.  I do know that I will never go back to America's Best again.  The two pairs that I got basically fell apart, had to put new screws in both pairs.  My sunglasses, twice.  Once I went to put them on, after taking them out of my purse, and one of the screws was gone!  What's up with that?

Life only gets more and more curiouser the longer I live it.

Have a great day!

Monday, April 26, 2010

Another day, another cloud

Cloudy outside with a chance of rain.  I know that we needed the rain, but it would be nice to have a little bit of sunshine thrown in also.  Our grass so needs to be mowed, refuse to do it when it's wet.

We have areas that we need to get tilled up and ready for planting.  We are going to be putting in strawberries and tomatoes to start with.  Would like to get some rhubard, but we'll see, it is so expensive.  I think it would be worth the money since we both enjoy eating, cooking and baking with it.  My favorite thing is a rhubard custard pie.  I can taste it now.

The greenhouse in Lester Prairie had bare root strawberries, 25 for $15.00.  The anticipation of biting into the first one of the season, with the ripe juice running down my face and hands and making everything sticky is almost to much to bare.  Not to mention the jams, jellies, preserves and ice cream topping that we will get to make.  Oh yum,  I can taste it now.

Arlen's celiac block seems to working very well.  yesterday he helped me in the bedroom.  He put up a sturdy shelf to hold my computer and printer, moved the desk into a different spot and hooked everything up again.  I don't think that I have ever had so much room in this room since it was empty.

Pretty soon I will have to get the laundry going and straighten out the living room.  Since he is now sleeping in the bedroom again, I will actually have a living room.  For years he slept (if you can call it that) on the couch so that he wouldn't bother me at night.  With the pain he wasn't able to lay the way that he wanted to.  Now I have to get used to him on the bed instead of the cats. Who by the way are now happy with the new circumstances.  They were used to having that side all to themselves.  Lots of dirty looks going around from 8 pairs of eyes!  Too bad, when they start paying some of the bills I will invest in a bed for them (not),

I heard from my new bosses on Friday.  They figure that in about 3 weeks or so they should be ready to have the store open.  I can't wait to be a productive member of this wonderful tax paying society.  One of these times when I talk to them I suppose that I should find out what they plan on paying me.  My hours will be 4:30 AM - 1 PM  Monday through Friday.  Perfect.  I am usually awake at that time anyway, so might as well be doing something besides playing solitaire.  I'm not sure what their plans for the weekends and holidays are, so will be ineresting to find out all of that.  As long as I'm not in charge of it or the hiring, I am looking forward to being a happy camper.  Go to work, come home, don't have to worry about who is going to be calling with some cockamaimie story about why they can't work.  Lyle and Cindy are planning on working the afternoon shift, and most of the weekend shifts for now.  No slacking off for the poor suckers who get hired for those shifts!

Have a great day!

Friday, April 23, 2010

Dandelions, what dandelions?

I am still trying to figure out what is so damn impressive about a yard full of dandelions?  They aren't good for anything, the bees and birds don't like them, they stink and they just won't go away!  The only thing they are good for is probably for making wine.  Yes, you would have to be drunk in order to drink it, but hey, it works for a lot of people.  Oh yeah, you can also eat the greens, don't like spinach, have some bitter dandelion greens.

The only reason I am going off on this is because we have some of the beautiful yellow things growing in the yard this year.  Didn't have any last year, so where did they come from over the winter months?  This is Minnesota, and as far as I know nothing grows during the winter.

Right now it is still dark out and I don't have to look at them, thank goodness.  The problem comes when the sun comes up and any and everything is visible to the human eye.  For some reason, I can't seem to get the hang of walking around with my eyes closed, I keep running into things.

Was hoping to sleep well last night, didn't happen.  Don't understand why.  Hope the insurance I applied for comes through so I can go and get it checked out.along with my back, legs and the tingling in my feet that is always there.  The only thing that doesn't need any help is probably my ears.  They seem to be fine.

Although I woke up on my side of the bed, I'm beginning to wonder if it isn't the wrong side of the bed.  I have a feeling that it will turn into a long day, I don't think that I am prepared to handle one, I know that I don't want to have one.  I have to call the hospital before going down today, if they are going to let Arlen out, I'm going to wait before I go.  Hospitals are soooooo boring.  Of course the discharge process seems to take as long as an ER visit.  We all know how long those are.

I better stop before I make it so that you don't ever want to read this again.  It's Friday, so will talk at you on Monday, have a great weekend, make the most of your time together or apart whatever the cause may be.

Thursday, April 22, 2010

What to do? What to do?

Sitting here listening to the news, getting tired of hearing about Haiti.  I realize that things are bad there, but give me a break.  Whatever happened to quietly helping?  There are enough causes right here in the good old USofA to take care of, but do we ever hear about them, NO.  If we were to ever have a global tragedy, would any of these countries that we have helped be in a position to help us?

Enough of that, it is just too exhausting to think about it.

Slept pretty good last night, feel almost completely rested.  Had to enjoy it, it may have been my last night alone in the house.  Arlen will more than likely come home today.  They did a procedure on him yesterday to kill the nerves in his abdomen, it should take care of the pain for at least a couple of years.  I can't remember what the exact procedure is called.  It is some kind of block that they introduce to the system through the back and then shoot the nerves with some sort of alcohol.  It is usually used for people in the end stages of cancer to make them more comfortable.  He said late yesterday afternoon that it seemed to be working, and that his back was a little sore from being poked and prodded.  It had beeter have worked, because between you and me, 7 years of listening to the phrase "Goddamn it hurts"  is more than a little cruel.

Cold out this morning, between 30 and 37 depending on where you are.  I was smart last night, closed all the windows but opne, which I left open about 1".  So far no furnace running.  I have absolutely nothing to do this morning before heading off to the hospital.  Don't know what to do with myself, those days happen so rarely.

No dishes as I don't like to cook just for me, been either eating out, ordering out or eating prepared foods that don't require any dishes.  Guess I could peek in my dishwasher and see if I ever unloaded it after the last use.

My niece gets married this Saturday.  I feel for her, not only is a wedding stress enough, but she found out that her mother can't be there.  For some reason she couldn't get the time off from work.  How sucky is that?
Not only for Kate, but also for Sandy.  I just hope that Penny, her step-mom doesn't try to step in and fill the space.  Those two have never gotten along that I know of.

My mom isn't getting the eye surgery that was scheduled for May 6th.  They decided that they could treat it with shots of some kind. So in one way that's good, in another all the travel plans that were made now have to be re-considered.  My brother was coming up for 2 weeks to help her out after the surgery.  My theory, it's all arranged for him to come, let him come and enjoy the time.  Usually he is only up for deer hunting.

I think I have covered every area that has been going on.  Enjoy your Thursday with anticipation to the weekend.

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Malfunctioning brain waves

2:19 am.  That should say it all, the fact that I am awake and doing this, instead of sleeping.  I should be asleep, yesterday started early (3 am) and didn't end until after 10 pm.  I realize that the older I get, I am supposed to need less sleep.  Time goes so fast to begin with, but what do you do in the middle of the night?  I could take out garbage or find something else as equzlly productive, but then what do I do in the morning?  I have already cleaned the litter boxes, I suppose I could finish folding clothes, my mind and body say yes, do this, but in the very back corner of my brain, it is telling me, no.

I just finished readng a blog from a woman who is going through a very difficult time in her life with a very difficult decision yet to be made.  Sometimes these decisions have got to be looked at from the viewpoint of the very person it will affect.  She is pregnant and there are some pretty serious birth defects.  Yet she can not make a decision of what to do.  The chances of the baby surviving for any amount of time is narrow, and if he does, how much pain and suffering will he go through.

My Dad told me one time that certain things are beyond our control and are God's way of making sure that the child will not suffer in life.  He told me this shortly after my son died of SIDS.  I very rarely doubted anything that he said, he was after all my father and would not intentionally lie to me.  This is what he believed in with his whole heart.  All he wanted to do was take away my suffering and put my mind at ease.  He did.

I have a cousin, who is much older than I am, when she and her husband were trying to have children they were not having much luck.  I don't know how many miscarriages she had before she finally gave birth, only to have the little girl pass away within a few hours.  She had been born with most of her organs not fully formed and a lot of other problems.  Yes, she got to hold her daughter, only to have her taken away yet again.  They finally ended up adopting.  When they did blood tests on the mom and dad, they found out that their DNA or whatever was not compadable and the chances of having a normal baby were about as low as they could go without being infertile.  As far as I know, they are happy with their decision.

We all go through tough times.  What we need to do is distance ourselves as much as possible and look at each trial in its own merit.  Look at it from the viewpoint of whomever it will affect.  We may suffer loss, pain, sorrow, anger and all of the emotions that go along with any decision, but at least it would be a selfless choice and not about what you think would be best for you.  You will survive and go on with life, you will never forget and you will never understand the why of it all, but you will survive.

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

I'm going to order a burger for supper!

So my day started at 3 am.  Woke up and just could not get back to sleep, decided that if I was going to be awake anyway I might as well get somethin done.  Cleaned the kitchen.

Later took a shower and headed off to the hospital to see Arlen.  He is there so they can hopefully figure out what is always causing his pain and to try different drugs to manage it.  It is actually nice to have a couple of days all to myself.

After I left the hospital I stopped up at the ATHC Attic ( consignment shop) picked up a couple of shirts, curtains and 2 black venetian blinds.  Theblinds are now hanging in my bedroom windows.  Since both windows are on the west side it gets rather hot in the bedroom in the late afternoon and evening.  So far they are making a big difference.

I also re-arranged the bedroom and hung new curtains.  Doesn't look too bad if I do say so myself.  Still have to wash the curtains that I took down in the living room and bedroom, that may have to wait until tomorrow, I'm feeling rather tired.  Have to take out the garbage also, but that as well can wait until tomorrow.

I am enjoying the time by myself at home.  It doesn't happen very often, so when it does I try to get as much done as possible.  At some point you just have to make yourself stop whatever it is that you are doing and say "that's enought"!  I feel that I have been overly productive, but am glad that I got as much done as I did.  Less to do tomorrow.

Going to order my burger, since the kitchen is clean, why dirty it!

Monday, April 19, 2010

Good Morning Monday!

Monday morning, *sigh*.  The whole week will start anew.  Cleaning, laundry, cooking, phone calls to be made.  Got the important stuff done, shower, dressed and bed made.  Now on to the not so much fun stuff.

I have long admired people who can write about anything and make it seem interesting.  They just seem to have a knack for how to compose a sentence, with a word here, a phrase there and a complete surprise with the placement of all of the verbs, adverbs, nouns, pronouns and all that other stuff we take for granted.

I, on the ohter hand, could not describe a blue sky with the sun shining down on the freshley greened grass without having to stop and think about it.  When I would get it down, it would just sound like what it was, sky and grass.

I realize that these blogs are supposed to be used for voicing opinions and viewpoints about politics, life, religion and anything else that you could think of.  I refuse to use it to gain pity from other people.  My life hasn't turned out the way I wanted or thought it would, but it hasn't turned out to be so bad either.  Yes, there have been sad times, but the good out weigh them.  For instance, during our first year of marriage we had either 6 or 7 deaths of family members.  We lost 3 Grandfathers, 1 cousin, 1 son and 1 uncle.  Hard to handle all that, especially when you are trying to start a new life together as a family, but we did it.

Over the years we of course have lost more family, that is to be expected.  For some reason the aging never stops, the illnesses just keep adding up.  However, there have been such great events also.  The marriages of both of our children, the birth of our grandchildren and the future with more grandchildren.  For after all, that is what life great big cycle of birth, death and re-birth.

I know that there are some people who believe that the end of the world is in sight.  Of course it is.  It always has been, and always will be.  It is as unchangeable as the course of events that will take us from birth to death.  I wouldn't want it any other way.

Friday, April 16, 2010

End of the week

I am so glad that it is Friday, even though I am not working yet Friday still has to be the best day of the week.

Do you ever feel disconnected from the world?  I woke up feeling that today.  Not sure why.  It feels like such a long time since I have interacted with anyone other Arlen and the kids occasionaly that the thought of even going uptown sometimes leaves me anxious.

I don't know where these feelings of inadaquatcies come from, some days they just pop in there.  I end up second guessing every little thing I do, and most times because of this I end up doing nothing.  Then I sit and chastise myself for getting nothing done.  Vicous cirlce.

I think that one of the problems is that there just isn't anybody where we live that I want to socialize with.  Most of them have LOTS of small children, and in past experence I have found that once you get to know them, they kind of take advantage of the fact that either you aren't working, or they feel like you should become surrogate parents for all of their problems.  Sounds pessimistic doesn't it?  It is just hard to get to know people for me.

I know that a lot of that comes from moving around a lot as a child, and it has carried over into my adult life.
That and the fact that everyone I know seems to be working different schedules and it is hard to get together even just to have coffee.  Once I get back to work I'm sure that alot of this will go away.  The store will be busy and I will once again be able to be tired of people, but at least I will have something to talk about.  Mostly the stupid things people do and say when they are out and about. 

Next time you are in a store, garage sale, church or where ever, open you ears and eyes and you too will see what I mean.

Have a great weeked, enjoy the weather, do something fun wih your family and I will talk to you on Monday.

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Why can't it be Friday so I don't have to think for 2 days?

Looking forward to the weekend, I don't have to think at all if I choose not to.  How great is that!

Arlen was up last night and got to see the meteorite that went past.  He said it was pretty awesome.  I have never seen one and probably never will.  Seems to be the only time I get any sleep is when there is something going on.  Oh well, could always be worse.

My niece is getting married in Las Vegas a week from this Saturday.  Not going, just can't afford it.  Not sure what is up with the Vegas thing, can barely afford weddings in this area.

The following week is my daughters 3rd anniversary.  That time has really gone fast.  They are now expecting their 2nd baby.  I am so excited, I have been ready for another one for quite some time now.  I have a gut feeling that she will be having a boy this time around.  All of her symtons are a lot different that when she was having Lily.  If they have a boy they are planning on naming him Elijah and if a girl, Claire.  I am so glad that they are not going for any goofy sounding names  These I can at least remember.  As of right now she is due around Dec. 7.  I thought it was my mother-in-laws birthday, but hers is the 11th.  So many of them in Dec. the way it is.

So, it rained all night and is still raining.  I know we need it, but now I am just getting tired of the gray skies and wet ground.  My kitchen floor doesn't stay very clean with all of this.  Yesterday I put out my mesh 3 bin laundry hamper to dry, bet that doesn't happen today.  Once it quits raining for a while, I'll have to bring it in and set it in the tub to finish drying.  Not such a big problem, I do have other laundry baskets that I can use.  This one is really nice though with its 3 seperate compartments.  I can just lift it and take it over to the washing machine, don't have to sort anything, it's already done.  Now I just need to get an ironing board.  Believe it or not, I enjoy ironing.

I heard a rumor a while back that Dueber's is going to be closed within the year, and the hardware store is close on its heels.  If those 2 businesses close up, there will be no reason to go uptown anymore, they are the only 2 stores that we have.  We have 5 liqour store, a bank, insurance, Subway, Casey's, the pharmacy and a couple of beauticians but it just doesn't seem right that a town of over 2,000 can't support the local people.  Every one bitches that they can't find what they need, well maybe, just maybe, if they had been shopping here instead of making needless trips to other towns, there would be some place to find what you need. I was in Dueber's the other day, shelves are pretty bare.  Don't know if they were waiting for a shipment or what, but it didn't look very good.  The worst thing they ever did was get rid of all the sewing patterns and notions.  You can still buy some material there, but not off the bolt.  So trying to find enough when you want to make something is darn near impossible.

Walmart in Hutch got rid of their fabric department also,  now the only places to get what you need are JoAnn's in the mall and some place downtown.  I don't sew that much anymore, but it sure is inconvienent to have to drive 20 miles to get what I need.  Especially if that is all that I am going for.

Okay, enough of the rambling on Thursday, talk to you tomorrow!

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Wednesday, productive?

Hopefully I will be more productive today than yesterday.  Not sure why, but it seems that each week there is one day where I just don't feel like doing anything.  Yesterday was that day this week.

So far today I have made the bed and got some laundry started.  Will do dishes in a little while, sweep and then mop.  Would also like to get the bathrooms cleaned, they always seem to come in last when it is time to decide what to do.  Maybe it is because they are the rooms that a person spends the least amount of time in.

Changed a few tables around in the bedroom.  Trying to make more space for moving around.  Our bedroom has a really funky layout.  We have double doors into the bathroom that are placed smack dab in the middle of the wall.  Will come in handy if either of us ever end up in a wheelchair, but right now hard to work around.  The outside wall has 2 windows, bed is between them currently.  The other full wall has all my computer stuff and the 4th wall has the bedroom door, once again smack dab in the center of the wall.  Only have 2 areas that the bed can go, not realy crazy about either, but what do you do?

So much for my decorating dilema.

I keep thinking that I should come up with something wise, witty and deep to write about.  The problem is this,  I can't for the life of me think of anything that fits any of those catagories.  Certain times of the year it is much easier, mainly because of life experiences, but the time in between just seems to be me rambleing on.
So rambling I will go.

Have you ever had a stupid song stuck in your head, one that no matter what you just can't get it out of there?  You try thinking of a different one, and all of a sudden the new song matches the cadence of the first one.

For some reason this morning I was trying to remember all of Santa's reindeer.  Don't ask me why, must have had some extra space in there.  I did finally remember them.  Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, Vixen, Comet, Cupid, Donner and Blitzen.  Had to do it by thinking of the story, the night before Christmas.  Cripes it's only April people!  What the heck is going on up there.  Of course now that I got that straightened out, I can go on to more mundane things.  You know, like what all I have to get at the grocery store.

Made scalloped potatoes with hame and baked corn for supper last night.  Was so good and have left overs so don't have to think of what to make today.  Maybe I will do some baking.  Could really go for brownies that have a marshmallow layer and fudgy frosting.  Mouth is watering just thinking about it.

I have now taken up at least 2 minutes of your day,  I am done thinking for at least the next 4 minutes.  Think about what all you have to get done today, but don't drive yourself crazy.

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Yeah, Monday is over

I was watching Dancing with the Stars last night, and trying to figure out why in the world Kate Goselin is still on the show.  I have seen better dancing from trained dogs.  The woman has no sense of music or rythym.  She is the type of person that gives all white people a bad name when it comes to movement.  Without any sense of rythym, how did she manage to get pregnant 8 times?  I swear she is only getting votes out of pity, her marriage fell apart, so what, so have a lot of others, there is a custody battle, so what, so are a lot of others.  I will say one thing for her, she does manage to cry on command very well.  Now if she could just look alive when she is dancing!

I don't seem to have a lot of patence for people when they disrupt my tv viewing time.  Some of the celebs on that show are really good, and most others are showing improvement.  Niecy Nash, who is just a hoot and a half, puts a lot of herself into her dances.  After watching her on clean house, it's nice to see her do something semi-serious.

I have decided that since I know that I am going back to work and will be working until 1 or 2 in the afternoon, that I am going to start getting into the habit of doing my work around here after that time.  This way I am hoping to get in the habit of doing it when I get home.  Keep your fingers crossed that this crazy plan of mine actually works.

Have any of you been watching Ultimate Cake Off on TLC on Monday nights?  It always amazes me that these cake decorators can make a cake that is 6 feet tall and weigh over 500 pounds.  If I tries to do something like that, even on a very small scale, it would just look like a blob of cake and frosting on the plate.  Yet they manage to carve, frost and decorate huge cakes that look like something.  The one last night was for all the fireman.  The winning cake was designed to looke like a little boy dressed as a fireman putting out a fire in the fireplace, with his ever faithful dalamation beside him.  So cute.

Well, I have to go finish carving the ham from last night.  Have a great day!

Monday, April 12, 2010

Monday again

Well, here we are at the start of a new week.  I finally finished reading a book that I bought last week.  Those of you who know me, know that for it to take a week to finish a book, the book wasn't very good.
It was called "Creatures of the Pool" by Ramsey Campbell.  Let me tell you, I have never been so confused by any writer as I was with this one. 

I read the back to get a feel for the book, sounded interesting.  Once I started reading, I was confused after the first page, but I thought it would straighten out and become more engrossing.  At the end of the book I was just as confused as to what the story was about as I was at the start.  I will definetly be crossing him off of my favorite author list.  Hadn't read anything by him before and don't plan on reading any more of his work.

What a beautiful weekend weatherwise we just had.  Didn't do much other than enjoy having the windows open for the fresh air.  Sure could use some rain though, if for nothing else just to get everything cleaned up.
I keep planning on going out and doing yard work, but for some reason I just can't seem to find the energy to do so. One of these days I will just have to force myself to go and do it.  Doesn't help anything that my allergies keep acting up every time the wind blows, miserable things.

Saturday night Lifetime had a Patricia Cornwell movie on call "At Risk".  Did anyone besides me watch it?  As I was watching I got to feeling that I had read the book, which I probably did.  If I remember it right, they followed the storyline very acurately.  It was a good movie, good acting, directing, etc. and it didn't take place at night all the time, so you got to see what was going on.  This coming Saturday they have another one of her movies on, am so looking forward to watching that one also.  She is a great writer,  carries over charcters into her next books.  I like that, makes me feel like I know what is going on, and then finding out that what I thought all along was wrong, but not by much.  Anyway, if you get the chance to read her books, look for the Kay Scarpetta ones.  Excellent stories, well written and worth the time and money to invest in them.

Okay, now that I am done being a movie and book critic, have a great day.

Friday, April 9, 2010

Friday, Whew!

I am so glad that it is Friday and that for the next 2 days I don't have to think about anything.

One of these nights I am going to get to sleep and actually have a good night, wake up refeshed and not feeling like I need to go right back to sleep again.  Maybe I am sleeping and dreaming, who knows?

I was thinking about philosophy last night.  What a waster of brain cells.  The whole "I think, therefore I am" even animals think, I think.  Does that make them any more human than we are, or does it make us more of an animal than we think we are?  See what I mean, circles, always circles.

I have to run out to storage today and pay the fee and then drop some things off and pick up some things.  I have to get the weed trimmer for sure.  We are in a place where our grass doesn't grow as fast as the other place, but it is nice to be ready for when it does need it.  Hopefully this weekend will be nice enough that I can get some yard work done.  Lots of raking and clean up to do.  If we could just get one big rain, so much of it would be done for me.

At least this weekend there isn't anything going on.  Nice to have plans, but just as nice to have weekends where you do what you want, when you want.

Have a great weekend!

Thursday, April 8, 2010

Absolutely no idea!

I don't have a clue as to what to write about today.  Sat around all morning with it in the back of my mind, just couldn't get anything to come forward.  Guess I'll just wing it.

Had a bunch of leftover fruit, starwberries, watermelon, pineapple, cantaloupe, apples and bananas, so I put them all in the blender and after mushing them up added 3 scoops of vanilla ice cream.  Yummy!  Definetly witll be doing that again.  So refreshing, so filling.

Last night for supper I had put a pork roast in with snow peas, broccoli and carrots, then made rice and gravy.  Very good, leftovers tonight will be made into some sort of hot dish.

I got pictures of Miss Lily doing our little Easter egg hunt, didn't get any of Brandon.  He is so fast that by the time I was going to take a picture he was done!  Oh to have that energy again.  Still have to download them from the camera, so maybe tomorrow I will have some to put on here.

Been a quiet day here.  Got all the bedding washed and the bed re-made, got the dishes from last night done and put away, got my chasing done right away this morning.  Since then just kind of been sitting around doing a lot of nothing.  Can't wait to get back to work so I can feel productive again.

The one nice thing during all of this is...even if my unemployment runs out before they get the store up and running, I can file for another extension.  Will be a litle bit less money, but at least I won't be out completely.
I have hopes that the store will be going before that happens.

I still have to mail off something for my niece for her wedding.  Have the card picked up, just have to get the Visa gift card to put in it. Two places in town that I can do that so not too worried about it.

This is what my life has come to, trying to remember to get the mundane things done each day, trying not to think about the mundane things that have to be done tomorrow, and trying to remember if I got all the mundane things done from yesterday.  You think that maybe I am stuck in a rut?

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

What is it about getting a job.....?

What is it about getting a job, waiting to start working and then getting a phone call about another job that you sent a resume for?  Yep that happened to me yesterday.  Crazy.  Where were they before I found a job that I want and know am going to like?

This other job is at a call center for insurance information.  Not sure that I would have liked it a whole bunch, but it would have been a job.  I had applied for the in bound center, but they sounded like the out bound was what they were looking for.  Now I don't mind helping people if they call me, but I don't want to be one of those that call other people and have them not answer.  I am one of those people myself, if I don't know who it is that is calling, I'm not going to answer.  That is what caller ID is for.

I have so much to do today it isn't even funny.  I have found that if I don't do anything for at least 2 days, by the 3rd day I actually do have stuff to do. So today is the 3rd day, dishes, laundry, sweeping, mopping, garbage, litter boxes, dusting, bed changing, etc. etc. etc.  Is nice to know that I have a purpose in life at least every 3rd day.  We were supposed to go for another Dr. app't. today, but cancelled that.  They can't tell us anything new or give any hope of being able to fix Arlen's problems, so why bother spending the money that we don't have, or wasting our time.

I finally figured out the worst part of the day.  It is called getting dressed.  Although I have found that if I stay too comfortable, I don't get anything done.  I suppose that I should get used to being uncomfortable if I plan on going to work.  Let me tell you after 5 1/2 months of not having to get dressed if I don't feel like it, it is going to be hard to get up every morning and put on clothes.  Not that I run around undressed, just don't always put on all the pieces that are required.  Probably more than you needed to know. But I am too lazy right now to go back and delete anything.  So I am going to sit here, drink my coffee, play some games and then get busy, once I decide on what to wear today.

For those of you who are up and dressed, I hope that you are comfortable and stay that way all day.

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Gonna be a short one today

Yep, the title says it all.  Gonna be a short one today, pretty much it, don't have anything to say.

Have a great day!

Monday, April 5, 2010

Thank goodness it's over

I start out with the title "Thank goodness it's over" not because I'm glad that Easter has come and gone, but because the nuttiness that goes along with our Holidays is over, hopefully for the year.

Started out to be a great day, the kids showed up, we had a mini egg hunt that was fun to watch, had way too much food and then came dessert.  Made a bunny shaped carrot cake.  Looked so nice, my grandson asked me how I made it, I just told him I was a very talented grandma.  Cut the cake, most everyone had a piece.  Then came disaster (the normal kind at my house).  Grandpa wanted to give Brandon ice cream with his cake, Collin said no ice cream, grandpa of course didn't listen and threw a tantrum than would have made any 5 year old envious.  Collin, Amber & Brandon left, can't say as I blame them, if I would have had some place else to go I would have.

Miranda and Lily left shortly after that.  They had to go over to Aunt Jan's to pick up Lily's Cristmas present and then wanted to get home to spend the rest of the day with Adam. 

As soon as I got the kitchen cleaned up and the dishes done, I went and laid down for a 2 1/2 hour nap.  Anything was better than listening to Arlen rant and rave about how he didn't understand why the kid couldn't have ice cream.  Amazing how he has forgotten that we had a lot of the same rules with our kids at that age.

So that was our wonderful day.  Hope yours turned out better.

Friday, April 2, 2010

Friday, Yeah!

As I sit here with my cup of coffee and cigarette (PLEASE do not tell me to quit, I don't tell you how to live your life) I was thinking all the way back to yesterday.  That is about as far back as I can remember and have it be cohesive.

I had a 2:00 pm appointment with the people that are re-opening the store on Hwy 7, yup, the same one I used to work at.  I offered them advice on what to have and have not, where to put things, you know the same old interview type of appointment.  The good news, I got myself a job when they re-open in May.  Big load off of my mind.  Now it is just a game of sitting and waiting, but at least I know the end result.  Didn't discuss anything about the pay, don't really care as long as I get paid.  My hours will be 5 am - 2 pm Monday through Friday, how perfect.  These are people that are actually going to be working in the store themselves, what a concept.  They are going to re-open under the name Hollywood Star again, still staying with the BP brand of fuel, not everything can be perfect.

I have been a busy and semi-productive person already this morning.  Got the litter boxes cleaned, the garbage bagged and ready to go and got the dishes going.  Just have to do the floors, table and stove and then the kitchen is done.  Still have to sweep and mop in the living room and bathrooms, but that is par for the course, I think I can handle it since it isn't even 8 am yet.

Rain is predicted for today, sure could use it, if for nothing else to freshen up the air again.  I love the smell of rain in the Spring.  So clean.

As you all know, since this is Friday, I won't be posting again until Monday, so each and everyone of you I wish you God's Blessing during this Holy weekend.  Enjoy your time together with family and friends.  Make the most of it for tomorrow is the great unknown.


Thursday, April 1, 2010

Wednesday & Thursday combined

Not sure what it is with this, but some days it is just easier to skip than to sit down and think of things to say.
Yesterday was one of those days.

Yesterday I got the grand kids' Easter Baskets put together.  Bought a few little toys, a couple of things of candy and then got inventive.  Instead of filling the whole thing with candy, I baked 4 different types of cookies and added some of them.  I also bought the plastic fillable eggs and filled them with different kinds of cereal that can be eaten dry.  Twix, Reeses, Alpha Bits and Honeycomb.  In the long run it was a whole lot cheaper than buying candy to fill them, plus now I have the fun cereals to munch on!

I have a 2:00 pm appointment today out at the store where I used to manage.  The original owner is going to be re-opening the store and wants to talk to me.  Yeah!?  Hoping that it is a job offer.  He wants my opinion on how to set up the coffee area and such, why ask if not to offer, right?

I just have a few little things to pick up for the meal on Sunday yet.  The grocery store is supposed to have watermelons on sale this week, but when I was there on Tuesday, they were all sold out.  Hopefully they get some in today.  Want to make a watermelon basket for fruit salad.  One less bowl to clean that way.  Plus it is really a pretty way to present.

Now I'm just sitting here with my head in my hands trying to come up with something else to say, guess I have drawn a big old blank.  Time to stop.