Friday, December 06, 2013
The desert sky
Strange Things Happening
I’ve been thinking-you know that means that some weird
things have either occurred to me or have happened.
This week we had our new dining room and reclining sofa
delivered. That’s not very weird, but it
did get me to thinking about a couple of things:
When we bought our “old” set it had two leaves. We only used the second one about three
times. After all, we were never big at
having dinner parties and when we did-the count ended at either 6 or 8 and
since children were involved-we used the kitchen table.
Hey, the upholstery was white and so was the rug in the
dining room. No sense tempting fate.
Anyway-after the last time we used it, Steve put it away and
when he went back a year or so later to the spot where we thought it was stored-it
was GONE, BABY GONE!
Looked all over for that leaf and never found it.
Besides that leaf, Steve lost the original keys to his
crossfire fairly soon after he bought it in 2004.
Our belief was that when we were moving last year we’d find
both the leaf and the keys. We didn’t.
Plus when we unpacked all the boxes-the corning ware soup
mugs for Steve’s lunch were gone along with my brining “tub” and our travel
Strange. They were in
that moving van when we got here and they were put in the middle of the family
So now we’re donating the very beautiful but extremely dated
white wash dining set with only the one leaf.
It will still easily hold a family of 8-as long as whoever buys it has
four extra chairs. You see, the table
was our anniversary present to each other for our 11th
celebration. Just the table. The chairs came as our gift for our 12th
We are planners, no denying that!
This time though we went “whole hog”-yep, bought the table
AND 10 chairs. ALL AT ONCE.
That qualifies as another strange thing in my book of
life. Even at employee discount
pricing-we’ll be paying for this for a long time. No anniversary trip for us for the next couple
As with most update projects we had extra expenses: the artwork no longer matched and neither did
the standing lamp. They were all in
Southwest pastels and the new set is dark wood.
We found a clock on sale at Bed, Bath and Beyond and then used our 20%
off coupon. And the new throw rug was
purchased in the Clearance Bin at Lowe’s.
So we’re doing okay there.
The now very large blank wall will have to be filled. We’re thinking a nice long mirror would be
nice. Steve’s looking in the clearance
area of his store now. Plus, the store’s
designer is there and will hopefully have some ideas.
Last strange thing I’d like to add for your pondering
pleasure: Do any of you have a problem
with breeding coffee mugs?
I swear when I put everything in the kitchen away I had room
to spare in the cabinet I put those mugs in and now it’s overflowing with mugs
I’ve never seen before!
Wednesday, December 04, 2013
Recently my husband and I decided to make another change-we updated our dining room set.
This isn't exactly an easy thing for us to do (even with our "connections").
Our first dining table was our anniversary present to ourselves for #11. We bought the chairs for #12.
So to donate the old whitewash (from the early 80's) and purchase a new "elegantly rustic" set that will now hold 10 AND the chairs at the same time was well, daunting! It's also our birthday and anniversary presents to one another for the next couple of years.
We realized that the old artwork and lamp would no longer work. We remedied one spot with a big clock, but we're still working on the other wall. Oh-we found a nice rug that matches perfectly in the clearance area too.
Here's the beginning new look:
Some New stories
Camp-yes, here are some new ideas:
Read about a teacher who found a new way to hold class on pages 3 and 7:
Sunday, December 01, 2013
Lucky & Pepper
They just adore each other
Thursday, November 28, 2013
Cousins helping the youngest celebrate for the first time
Wednesday, November 27, 2013
Taking Time to be Thankful
I wanted to stop in again this week to say "Happy Thanksgiving" to you all.
Here's hoping that the day is filled with more love than drama, people you love and lots of happiness.
This year will be Jackson's first Thanksgiving and his first Hanukah. He'll be too young to enjoy the food, but he'll be surrounded with his cousins, half his grandparents and one of his aunts. Plus parents who adore him.
To all of you: Be safe, be healthy and see you next week!
Friday, November 22, 2013
Last week was really something: epidurals, steroid boosters, spider bites
that led to what was determined a “critical infection”, our son-in-law had
another angiogram (this one with a better outcome) and then I had several
deadlines to meet.
With all of that, I forgot that it was my birthday. It’s official, at the beginning of this week
I am now closer to 60 than 50.
I also realized that I have now been an official Arizonan
for a year. This means that it’s almost
been a year since my near death experience that is still in “battle” mode.
There have been some great parts of this year: Adam and Sam found our itty-bitty puppy
Lucky. Steve, Pepper and I just love
that 6 pound sweetheart. Took Pepper 5
weeks, but now he hates to see her getting hooked up for a walk and greets her
upon our return. We took our 32nd
anniversary on a cruise with Sarah and family.
The cruise wasn’t exactly as romantic as our other
anniversary cruises, but we loved seeing the ports through the eyes of our
Speaking of grandsons-Adam and Sam gave us the most
wonderful 3rd one that any set of grandparents could possibly
want! Born at 9 lbs. 5 oz., Jackson grew
over 4” and 4 lbs. during the first 2 months of life and by 3 months-our strong
boy had already mastered rolling both from back to front and front to back!
Tell me he isn’t brilliant-I dare you!
Dylan graduated kindergarten, Aidan entered
kindergarten. Both boys are learning
Chinese. Too bad their homework is on
the computer and grandma can’t figure out how to get to the right lesson!
We’ve made some friends!
I now know the woman next door too.
Turns out she’s a free-lance writer as well.
I had to get a new car.
Totally out of character for me-I chose dark cherry red instead of
tungsten and instead of a cute little hatchback-I went with a medium
sedan. It’s still not my beloved 10 year
old PT cruiser, but honestly I love it.
Pain aside, I’m walking, I’m talking and obviously-I’m
ranting. And with that, I’m making this
week a bit short. All in all, not bad
for a 56 year old.
Speaking of the positive things in life-Thanksgiving is here
and I hope that all of you have a Healthy and Happy one. I think we all deserve it.
Tuesday, November 19, 2013
Happy birthday from Dylan