Monday, March 28, 2011

What to write, what to write

So there you have it, an inside look into my bedroom!  Not quite finished, but close enought that I am using the room.

Next couple of steps consists of:  1.  Dismatleing the old bed and  moving it to spare bedroom.
                                                   2.  Cleaning out storage shed and moving garage sale items there.
                                                   3.  Setting up new dining room.
                                                   4.  Measure, cut, install chair rails and mouldings
                                                   5.  Have garage sale (make lots of money).
                                                   6.  If enough money made - new carpet for living room.
                                                   7.  Take out dishwasher and re-place with small freezer.
                                                   8.  Lay new linoleum in kitchen.

By the time I am finished, no one will recognize the place.  Actually, I should say by the time Adam, Collin, Miranda, Amber, Lillian and I are done.  Hoping to get all the help I can.  Adam said that as long as I keep feeding him, he will gladly help out.  Wonder if that works the same with the rest?

That's about all I have today.

Thought:  When Spring does finally get here, will we recognize it?

Saturday, March 26, 2011

Holes, drilling, moving

So I decided last night that I would drill a hole through the front bedroom wall for the cable cord.  A little nervouse about it.  What if I hit electrical?  ZAP!  But, I didn't.  Even used the stud finder to make sure to miss any, well, you know, studs.  One, two, three, hole through wall, TV and cable hooked up and working.  I can now officially sleep in my new room.  Laid down in there for about an hour this afternoon.  Very comfy.

Took one of my arm chairs from the living room and put it in there in a corner.  Now if I just want to sit and read or heaven forbid, put on socks, I have a place to do so.  The room looks really nice.  When (you will notice I said when, not if) the weather ever straightens out, then the boards can get cut and attached to the walls.  Then it will be done.

As for the rest of my house.  Let's just say, I have a lot to do yet.  It never seems to take as long to mess something up as it does to clean it up.  Good thing I have tomorrow.  Big plans and all that.  I miss my clean and organized home.  How I ever lived the way we did before is beyond me.  Although I will admit it is much easier cleaning up after one person than two or more.  I don't have anyone to blame for the mess except me, and believe me, I can be pretty hard on myself to get things done. 

I took pictures of the room and will have them up tomorrow.  I always think about it at the wrong time.

Well, that's been my Saturday so far.  Hope you are having a restful, peaceful, enjoyable day!

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Messy, Messy, Messy.....Clean

I got the carpet laid out in the front bedroom, even managed to get the heat vent cut in (and a very nice job, if I do say so), dressers are in place, bed is moved in and made.

Now, if I can just find the rest of my clean house again.  It's there some place, I just know it is.  It will probably take me all weekend to find it, but I will.  Only things left to do in the room is put up the chair rail and the floor mouldings.  They can wait until the kids can come and help.  Some things you just can't do yourself.

I am doing pretty good at the quitting smoking, slipped a bit today, start again tomorrow.  I am determined to be done with them before Easter.  The busier I stay the easier it is.  Although I do have to stop once in a while and sit down.  Legs and feet and back just can't do the things they used to do.

Tomorrow after work I plan on moving clothing around so that I can get my big closet used for storage.  I am hoping that I can move the boxes of tools by myself.  Should have brought in the dolly when it was nice out, could have used that and made just one or two trips.  Spring has to be here soon, doncha think?

The room is looking pretty much as I envisioned it, which is surprising.  Usually I am disappointed in the final result.  Have to keep an eye out for art work, but garage sales are coming.  Took some pictures and will try to get them posted tomorrow, too tired to figure it out now.

Thought for the day:  If you feel like you have taken on too much, do you cut back, or just keep plugging away?

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Patch's, auctions, stupidity

First day of having a patch on.  So far so good.  The wanting is there, but not so bad to be going out and buying a pack. 

Was a dumb day to start stopping.  Large consignment auction next door to where I work.  Men are retarded.  They managed to park in front of the diesel pumps so that no truckers could get in and fill up.  Park by the back door where our deliveries are made, and park in an area where they fill up with bulk fuel.  What are these people thinking?  I use the term people very loosely.  For some reaon when men go to an auction their super strength stupid gene kicks in.  Don't get it.  Usually they end up spending twice as much for something used as they could have gotten it for new.  Just don't get it.  But I survived to work another day.

I plan on laying down for a little while and then, hopefully, getting busy.  I would like to get the carpet laid out in the front bedroom, clothes moved to the other dressers and a couple of other little things.  Won't be too long and I will be done in that room.  Then, with a little luck, it will be nice enough outside to concentrate on getting the yard cleaned up.  Man, can winter ever leave a mess behind!

I also am anxiously awaiting the moment when my thyroid meds are working.  I want to come home and have the energy to take out the garbage, mop the floors, make the bed and all that other good stuff.  It's only been a couple of days, so not too surprised that I am still tired.  Of course my schedule doesn't help matters.  Up at 2 am, off to work by 4 am, home by 12:30 pm, in bed by 7 pm.  My body doesn't know what to think at one one time of day.

Thought for the day:  When men get excited about spending money, why can't it be on something we want?!

Monday, March 21, 2011

Busy, Busy, busy

Okay, so I haven't been on here for a couple of days.  So sue me.  I had  busy week.

Monday, I had labs at the clinic, Tuesday had to call the roofers to replace some of my new shingles,  Wednesday went to Hutch to get carpeting for the front bedroom, Thursday, Dr. app't (she is very happy with all my numbers), Friday, Miranda brought Lily down, waited for carpet to be delivered.  Saturday and Sunday Lily here, she had fun helping Grandma paint some boards.  She wouldn't let me give her a bath because she got paint on her leg and thought that was just the greatest thing.

Finally finished all the boards and the floor.  Today, painted the 2nd dresser, cleaned off the sidewalk with all the accumulated dirt and debris from winter.  Tomorrow - going to get the carpet in the front bedroom.

Started my thyroid meds on Sunday.  Hopefully they will kick in and I won't be so tired all the time.  Tomorrow I put on a patch to help quit smoking.  I know that I am ready to quit, just need the extra little bit of help.  If I don't smoke, it really doesn't bother me, as long as I can stay busy.  Shouldn't be a problem.

After work and on the weekends, I plan on going out to storage and start hauling garbage back here to the dumpster, that is if we don't end up with a lot of snow.  Saturday morning I have to go in to work for a couple of hours.  That will seem weird to get up on Saturday and leave the house.  Not that I don't ever leave on a Saturday, just usually not that early.

I have decided to sell my dishwasher at the garage sale.  I don't use it any more and my little upright freezer will fit in that same spot.  Yeah!  I wasn't sure what I was going to do with it.  So as soon as I can get both boys here, that is the one thing I am hoping to have them do.  Then all that is left is the chair rail and floor moulding.  Can't wait to get the garage sale behind me.  Winsted's isn't until May 21.  Howard Lake's is the 30th of April, so I may open up that day also.  We'll see.

I have so much stuff to get rid of, lots of kitchen stuff, tools, grills, etc.  If you need something, come to it, I probably have it or more than one of whatever you are looking for.

Thought for the day:  If you can't find something, do you go and buy another, or just do with out?
 (Answer:  Do without!)

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Dr.'s, Tests, etc

Had my follow up visit today to get the results of my lab work that was done on Monday.  Guess what?  I'm still alive!  All kidding aside, 3 months without the dibetic medicine and my numbers have stayed the same.  They did figure out that my thyroid is out of wack, so will be taking meds for that.  That is the reason that I always feel so tired.  Although, if it starts making me gain weight I will be having it switched.  Don't ever want to go back to being a blimp again.

I should really be emptying the front bedroom, just don't have the energy for it.  I will get a start on it soon though.  My carpeting is coming tomorrow, yeah!  Only a couple of more steps and I will be in that room and I will gain a formal dining room to boot.

Miss Lily is coming to spend the weekend with me.  I think maybe I will have her help me paint the floor.  If I put her in the middle of the room, it should be all good.  That and the weather on Saturday is supposed to be not so great, so have to find stuff to do in the house.

Short one today.

Thought for the day:  If you think hard enough to come up with a thought, does that count?

Tuesday, March 15, 2011


No, I haven't gotten a dog and then trained him to say that.  Get real.  I did, however, have some new shingles blow off in a recent wind..  Called the roofing company and they sent someone out to fix not only the ones that had blown off, but he was all over the roof.  Weird hearing footsteps above, haven't since I lived in an actual 2 story house, many years ago.  But, it's done now, and hopefully done correctly.  Let the rain come.

Tomorrow after work I am going to buy carpeting for the front bedroom.  Kind of excited and nervous at the same time.  Never had to do that before.  New experience and all that.  One step closer to getting it finished.

This weekend, Lily is coming to stay with me.  Maybe I'll put her to work helping Grandma get things moved around.  Should be interesting.  After I get home tomorrow, will clean everything out of that room, get the floor painted so it has a good amount of time to dry before laying the carpet.  Once the carpet is in, then I can set up the bed, dressers, TV and all that good stuff.  I can't wait.  The last time I had a bedroom all to myself (not counting now with Arlen gone) was when I was in high school.  LOOOOOONG time ago!

Speaking of a long time ago, my 35th year High School reunion should be coming up here this summer.  Debating on whether or not to go.  It will be down in Echo, which is close to Vesta, which is where my Monther-in-Law lives.  Not planning on staying there though.   If I go, I am hoping that I can stay with my one Aunt.  She said that I am always welcome, and I don't doubt her. 

Made a home made pizza today from scratch.  Yup, dough and everything.  Sure tasted a lot different than the ones we have at work.  Was also a lot more filling.  Ate a couple of hours ago, and am still full!  Will refridgerate the leftovers and have them tomorrow for supper.

Once again I have no thought for the day.  Bring on the warmer weather and Spring!

Saturday, March 12, 2011

the poor relative

Have you ever felft like the poor relative of your family?  You know, the one that you don't know if your relatives really care about you or if they just tolerate you because they have to.

I have been feeling that way for a long time.  I have had relatives tell me, don't worry about paying me back, my investments are doing great, sending you money to get whatever you need.  That kind of thing.  I know they mean well, but some days it is just harder to take than others.

Even when I was making decent money, I still felt that way.  Christmas would come around and you get those annoying letters of what everyone has done the past year. The ones, so and so went to Hawaii, or a different state on vacation.  So and so spent the summer at their lake home, and the other so and so has expanded their business.


I feel that no matter how hard I try, I will never quite acheive anything.  I should just be glad that basically I am healthy, have a roof over my head, food on the table and all that stuff.  When you are sitting here alone and trying to find something interesting to do or to watch on TV, it gets very hard to keep a positive attitude.

My biggest goal in life was to always take a vacation that didn't involve staying with relatives.  Now that I am alone, it just doesn't seem so appealing.  First of all where would I go, second of all would I even enjoy myself being alone on vacation.  Might as well be a monk or whatever.

As you can see, I am feeling just a little bit sorry for myself today.  Which is why I sat down and did this.  Hoping it would help, not sure that it did.

Friday, March 11, 2011

Wonder where the time goes?

Do you ever wonder about where the time goes?  I mean, you look at the clock and say it's 10 am, then the next time you look it's 1 pm.  Where are those 3 hours?  They have to be there somewhere.  They don't just disappear.  And if they do, why can't they do so during the boring parts of the day?  Oh well, something to think about.

No, I didn't forget to do this yesterday, just didn't feel like doing it.  There are days when I don't feel like doing much of anything, so I don't.  Deep insight into my personality.  Aren't you lucky?

Today I don't have much to say, glad it's Friday and all that, but who doesn't feel that way?  I am just full of questions, now if someone can come up with the answers, that would be absolutely lovely.

I wish I had important stuff to write about.  You know, like, what the kids are doing, what they are learning, my goals for whatever, my view points on religion, politics, etc.  I just don't seem to have very many opinions about much anymore.  I used up all my decision making skills the past 7 or so years, now I just go with what ever seems to be the easiest.  So far it seems to be working for me.  Guess I'll just keep on with it for now.

I do really want to quit smoking.  Been thinking about it, but not doing much about it.  It is easier when you can keep busy.  The problem I have is this, I don't have enough to keep busy.  If I were to quit doing everything that I typically have a cigarette with the list would be long.  I would have to quit driving, eating, going to the bathroom, reading, doing puzzles, watching TV, being on the computer, cooking, cleaning, doing laundry, well you get the idea.  Please don't tell me it is just a matter of making up my mind and sticking to it.  For those of you who have never smoke, your opinion doesn't mean much.  For those of you who have smoked in the past and have quit, HELP! 

I have a Dr. app't on Thursday next week, guess we'll see if the insurance will pick up the patches, they won't pick up the lozenges.  They would rather pay for medicine and hospitals then help a person get over something.  Don't get it.

This weekend I am going to pull staples from the bedroom floor.  Maybe if I can keep my hands and mind busy I will get a head start on it.  I am getting excited about starting to see the end of the tunnel in the room though., 

Once the staples are out, then I can concentrate on flooring, and having Adam come down with the air compressor to put up the chair rail and moulding.  Then I can finally move everything.  Of course if Adam comes, I expect Miranda and the girls to also show up.  I will even cook again.  Bribery seems to work every time.  If Collin and Amber also want to come for a meal, that's even better.

I did manage to finish the painting in the room, with Miranda's help for the first half.  Got the curtains hung up, they go really well with the paint colors.  Of course they should, I took one of the tie backs with when I went and got the paint.  The colors got Collin and Brandon's approval, now with a nice crisp white chair rail to separate the colors, it should look like I have envisioned it.  Will have to get pictures after it's all done and post them.

Thought for the day:  Don't have one, nope my mind is completely blank.  Is that normal for a Friday?

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Coffee cups, Coffee Cups

I am missing one of my large coffee cups.  Had 8, now only have 7.  I have looked everywhere for it.  It must have grown legs and left.  Wish I got that much ambition from coffee!

I just read my daughter's post about being tired.  Poor baby.  It is hard enough to have kids and try to get enough sleep to be able to function, but then to not feel well, and have one kid waking up all the time, and the other one doing what she did, I say, sucks to be you!  Just kidding.  I remember those days, and if I lived closer I would so help out, hopefully she knows that.

Was not a fun trip into work this morning.  Bad as it is at 4 am, when it is snowing, and the roads are covered, (thankfully no drifting) and you can't tell where the road is, it really bites the big one.  Once in a while I would catch myself driving on the wrong side or down the middle.  At least I didn't meet anyone on the way there.  The roads were much better coming home.  Maybe tomorrow I will be able to take the car, providing it doesn't snow anymore.

I was planning on going up to Miranda's the 19th, but now they are talking another snow storm later in the week next week.  Is it ever going to end?    Then the 26th, I am going to be working for a couple of hours to help out.  Why they hire people to work weekends, and then let them get away with asking for time off, I will never know.  It is always the same weekend people asking for the time off.  Either commit to the job, or quit.  There are plenty of people out there who would gladly work whatever hours are available.  Also, when I was manager, if someone couldn't work, and no one else would help out or there wasn't anyone else, I ended up working the hours.  In my humble opinion, the owners (who aren't on the schedule) should be picking up those shifts.

I don't plan on doing much when I am there that day.  6 days in a row, yuck.  But it will give me something to do for a little while.

Week days aren't so bad when I get home, I enjoy the peace and quiet.  Weekends, on the other hand, pretty rough.  Only have the cats to talk to.  Don't have a lot of housework to do, so there isn't much to keep me busy.  Way to much time to sit and think and feel sorry for myself, and worry about every little thing.  Sometimes I find myself worrying that if I eat something and start to choke, what am I to do, same thing with taking a shower, what if I fall?  Gotta be paranoia and old age setting in.  I get over it, after all I have to eat, and I refuse to go around all stinky!

Thought for the day:  How do you know if you really are getting paranoid or not?  Do you listen to the voice in your head, or tell it to shut up?

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

People in general

Have you ever run across truly stupid people?  Not the ones who are just acting stupid, but the genuine article?  The ones that if you say hello, they feel they have the right to tell you their life story?  The ones who ask really stupid questions?  You know, like this for example:  "Where exactly am I?"  Look at a map.

I deal with some stupid people every day.  They will ask for one thing, then look you in the eye and mutter, yes mutter, that's not what I said.  Do their brains not kick into gear before they open their mouth, or don't they realize what and how they look? 

There is also the matter of how these people dress.  Look in a mirror before walking out door.  Make sure clothes fit like they are supposed to, make sure hair is brushed and/or combed.  Please wash and use deodorant.  Very few people like the natural smell that accumulates after a week.

Oh, and please put on actual clothing.  Yesterday at work, this one lady (and I use the term loosely) came into the store, light weight sweatshirt, capris, and of all things, flip flops.  Get a clue, this is Minnesota, it is not the Bahama, Hawaii or the Carribean.  It was sloppy and wet and the wet was cold.  These are also the same people that then exclaim "I can't believe how cold it is, is it ever going to warm up?"  Duh, do you see snow on the ground?  Of course it's cold, it's winter.

We also get the ones in who think they are just the funniest person alive.  We had one goof in that claimed that women when they get older just get older.  What? 

I am sure you have all had your share of run ins with this type of person.  Doesn't make it easier to deal with, just makes it easier to laugh at.  So go ahead and laugh, chuckle, chortle, giggle or guffaw.  They have it coming.

Thought for the day:  If you run across enough stupid people, does that make you smarter for recognizing them?

Monday, March 7, 2011

Ooph Da!

My fingers just don't want to work today.  But why should they be any different than the rest of me?

I have mis-placed a coffee cup, and it is driving me nuts!  May not seem like a big deal, but I have had this set for about 2 years, haven't broke any pieces, a couple of plates have a chip or so, I can live with that.  But to lose a cup, and not a small cup either!  I looked in the fridge, the dishwasher, the freezer, every single room in the house, no cup.  It had better turn up soon.

They have taken away the blizzard forecast.  Thank God.  I am so ready for winter to be over.  Tired of the ice, snow, wind, cold and everything else associated with it.  Am really tired of the snowmobiles.  I had to park my car as close to the house as I could, as there is one person down here that feels he has the right to go between the house and car on his snowmobile.  What an idiot.  I am guessing that it is the same person who got stuck on an icy patch, revved it up and was throwing ice chunks towards the Jeep.  Wish he would have hit the vehicle, I could have gotten him good for that.

Collin, Brandon and Alicia came down on Saturday to help me finish getting the crap out of the front room.  All of the peg board (except for 2 pieces) is out, the cruddy old office chair that the cats destroyed is gone.  Collin is going to grab all of the printers I have here and take them back with him at Easter.  They have city wide clean up with free curb side service for anything for free.  It is cheaper to buy a new printer than it is to buy the ink cartridges!  How insane is that?  The next printer I get is going to be one that my camera memory card can go into.

My brain just shut down.  Must not be able to find anything important enough to put down.

Thought for the day:  Should all snowmobilers be shot or what?

Friday, March 4, 2011

Shoulda, woulda, coulda, who knows?

Absolutely nothing to do with the title.  Just couldn't think of anything.  I should put more thought into it each time, and I would, except, usually my brain is on over load anyway.

Well, it's Friday.  Need I say more.  Looking forward to tomorrow.  I will have people to cook for!  I know that sounds so far fetched.  Really, who wants to cook, and then for extra people?  Me,. that's who.  For one thing, I enjoy it, and for another, I get to have a full meal, not just a sandwich or bowl of cereal.  Those of you who have ever lived alone, know that it is no fun to try to come up with meals for one.  So, yes, I do look forward to the cooking, the mess and even the clean up.  I have discovered that I don't mind doing dishes.  I haven't used the dishwasher in probably 2 months.

Decided to skip the Cousin Bash in Paynesville on the 19th.  My Mom was going to come down, but with the price of gas, she decided she would rather be here for Easter.  Which is fine with me.  As of right now, I am planning on going up to Miranda's for the 19th & 20th.  There is a circus in Sauk Rapids (I think that's what she said) and I have never been to a circus.  Look forward to it.  Crowds, noise and stink of it all!

Got my pan of brownies made and cooling.  That is after I had to run up town to get cocoa.  Hard to make anything chocolate with that ingredient.  Planning on trying something new for the topping.  I am going to take some marshmallows, melt them with some peanut butter and put them on the bars, then make a chocolate fudge frosting and spread over it all.  Hope it turns out.

Sounds like we are in for some really nasty weather next week.  Right now they are predicting blizzard like conditions for Tuesday.  If we get that, I am not going in to work.  No job is worth risking your life for to get there.  If other people are smart, they will also stay home, so there would be nothing for me to do anyway.  Much as I need the money, I do have to put myself first once in a while.  Trying hard to remember that.

That pretty much raps it up for this week.  Will jabber at you some more on Monday.

Thought for the day:  Stop thinking so much!

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Falling down, getting up

No really, when you fall down you almost have to get back up.  At least that is how I have always done it.  Not that I enjoy falling, and I don't do it very often, but you know, stuff happens.

Stuff like, having a step stool sitting in the way of where you walk, waling with boxes in your hands, forgetting said stool is there, catching foot on stool, hello floor.  Ouch.

Yep, that happened to me at work today.  My left knee is pretty banged up, but it is a good thing I have strong bones, just bruised.  Not only my knee, but also my ego (just a tiny bit).  At the moment, you feel like a fool, but thankfully, no one else except my co-worker saw what happened.  Didn't hurt enough to even bring tears to the eyes, more of an "I can't believe I was that stupid to do that" moment.

Ah, it is the dumbest things in life and bring the most clarity.  In my younger days, I would have been bawling and just plain been a pain in the ass.  Maturity, guess it has it's finer points.

I recently saw a post on FB about why there is always so much bitching that goes on at work.  I am assuming, since I know this person, that he works mainly with women.  For some unknown reason, when women work together, they have to see who can out bitch the next.  It is inbred and an unwanted curse.  Oh, we try to control it, but then, everyone else calls us a stuck up bitch.  It will never change, nor do we really want it to.  A lot of the times we bitch because there is nothing else we can do about certain situations, to either correct or change them.  Sometimes, it is a fact, that some people at work enjoy thinking they are in charge and therefor don't have to do the same amount of work.  So, they bitch that nothing is getting done.  If they would just do the work and quit the bitching about it, just think how much easier every one's lives would be.  Oh, to be in that perfect world.

I have discovered, however, that the ones who bitch the loudest and the most, are usually the ones that have the least amount of control over anything in their personal lives.  Sad really when you think about it.  They are not to be pitied, they should not be coddled, and they should never be listened to.  They will try to make your life miserable.  I have news for them, being miserable is my responsibility, and I am not sharing it with any body else!  I control each and every one of my emotions, I refuse to give that power to someone else.

Thought for the day:  What would happen if you fell down, forgot to get up and then started bitching about it?  Would anybody care?

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Just wondering

I sat here last night and started thinking about what I have done with my life so far.  I came up with this fact, not much.  I got married twice, once divorced, once widowed.  Had 3 children, 2 of whom survived.  That pretty much sums it up.

I haven't done anything important or news worthy.  I haven't made any changes that would affect anyone except myself.  I haven't made a lot of friends throughout the years.  When I pass away, I often wonder, who is going to care enough to show up.  I might have to try and change a few things.

I have thought of volunteering at something, I just don't know what, and now with the price of gas, it can't be very far away.  I have no marketable skills that are worth teaching anyone, and I have no intention of going back to school.  I think my brain is too old and too full of crap to absorb anything new.

I adore my kids and their spouses.  They both made excellent choices for life partners.  My 3 grand kids are probably the most amazing kids.  The oldest, Brandon, avidly adores his 2 little girl cousins.  I will never have to worry about any one picking on or bullying them.  He will be right there, loving and protecting with all his heart.

It amazes me that for an almost 10 year old boy, he still likes (so far) getting hugs and giving hugs from Grandma.  I kind of like that also.  Hugs are great.

I always thought the past 7 years how great it would be to have just a couple of days all to myself.  To do nothing, or to get it all done at once.  Now that I have that, I find that I miss the companionship and company of another person.  The cats are good company, but a little hard to have a two way conversation with.  I never know if they are agreeing with me, or telling me to go to hell!  I don't really want to know.

The kids are great and try to be as accommodating as possible, but they have their own lives to live, and I don't want to intrude just because I feel needy or down in the dumps.  I had a min-melt down last night watching something or other on TV.  Sometimes they just jump up out of the chair, stare me in the face, and say, HA HA, here I am.  They don't last long, and I find myself berating me for feeling that way.  It doesn't get me any where, shoot, it doesn't even make me feel better, just more tired.

So the big question I find myself asking is this.  Do I really want to change certain things in my life, and if so, do I want to do it for me, or so that nobody feels like they have to worry about me?

If you have an answer, please let me know.  That is my thought for the day.

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

OOps, skipped a few days.

Must be having senior moments, skipped the whole weekend and was too tired to post yesterday.

Saturday, Miranda came down to help me paint the front room.  Used to be Arlens' "tool" room (more like junk), it will eventually become my bedroom, and the room I am in now will become the dining room.  I know it sounds crazy, but the room I am currently in is right off the kitchen, so it only makes sense.

What is really going to sound crazy is this.  I am going from a full size bed down to a twin.  It is after all just me and the cats that lay in or on it.  This way, if for some reason the kids get stuck down here in a snow storm or other crappy weather, I won't have to give up my bed for them.  So, yes, I have thought it all out.

Now I just hope the room comes together the way I have envisioned it.  Sometimes what I see in my mind and what I see as an end result, are two completely different things.  Keeping my fingers crossed.

This coming Saturday, Collin is coming to help me clean out some more stuff from the room.  I have a whole pile of peg board that I don't need, so we are going to haul it out.  Thank goodness, we won't have to try and get it in the dumpster.  The park manager said to just place it by the shed or the office and if they wanted or needed it they would take care of it.

I talked to my Mom the other day and she asked if it would be okay if she came down for Easter.  Of course it would.  She knows that she is always welcome here, shouldn't even have to ask.  Now just have to find out what the kids are doing for Easter.  Thinking of doing it on Saturday since I have to work on Monday and I know that Mom won't want to get up at 3 am and be on the road by 4.  Boy if I didn't have to, I sure wouldn't.

I wish that I could think of something serious to write about, but right now, my life is pretty tame.  I am enjoying it after the past 7 years of wondering what was going to happen.  Most of my back aches have disappeared, I'm sleeping better and am spending lots of time out in the living room.  It even drives me crazy to think about going to bed without having the dishes washed and drying.  What  a complete turn around!

So far for the garage sale I have the following items, lots of hand tools, some power tools, a wood planer, lots of DVD's, lots of small kitchen stuff, a microwave, a toaster oven, bread machine, rotisserie, 2 grills, one is a 6 burner gas with the tank, the other is charcoal, a food processor, electric juicer, pots, pans and dishes.
Possibility of even having the car on there.  '93 Mercury Grand Marquis.  Nice car, but I don't really need 2 vehicles.  There will also be some Christmas stuff, including a 7'rotating pre-lit tree.  Beautiful, I just don't have the room for it.  So far no clothes, that isn't what I am trying to get rid of.  There is also a Bunn coffee maker, and for those of you who have priced them, they are expensive, comes with the book and everything.

So not only will it be a sale for the women, but for the men as well.

Thought for today:  When your life changes unexpectedly, and you start to clear out the clutter that was left behind, how do you know for sure what is important enough to keep and what you should get rid of?

Second thought:  Remember, you are your own toughest critic.  Never ask yourself if you are treating yourself right, or if you could be doing something different, just be you, that's how we all know and love you.