Sunday, January 22, 2017

Weekend Wrap Up

Nine-thousand bags of trash, the equivalent to fifty-two cases of water bottles, a million loads of laundry...
It was bedroom cleaning with the kid weekend...
I exaggerate quite a bit on the volume, but it was a long day. (There were a lot of empty water bottles, though)
We even cleaned out the closet that hasn't been opened in a really long time. (She has two closets in her room - one is huge and has traditionally been used as storage for seasonal clothing or to store clothes waiting for kids to grow into them.) Now she has taken over this closet (except for the shelves which is stuff stored for a yard sale or donation run), and it's really nice for her since her room isn't too big.
We rearranged, fixed some furniture, vacuumed the carpet within an inch of its life, and made many trips up and down the stairs with trash, laundry, and the like... But it looks awesome and she is so happy with how it turned out. Up next is new paint and flooring, but that's a summer project and she still has to decide what color she wants.
I managed to get the Christmas dishes out of the hutch and stored, but the other decorations are still in the living room. Argh. But the shelving needs fixed in the basement, and That Man had to rescue K3 today. First with overfilling his car with oil. He had to take That Man's car to work and left the lights on... so dead battery. Poor kid has had a rough weekend...
Now I'm still doing laundry and editing...
And it's Sunday, which means work tomorrow. Ugh.

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

It Must Be a Wednesday Thing...

Wednesday seems to be the only day I post and I'm not sure why. Maybe because it's a quieter night around here?
This week has been hectic. Somehow it's already Wednesday!
K4's school performance is coming up and we've been running around trying to get stuff ready for that.
I've been working on editing a short, which is going okay. I have several critiques to get through with it, and some rewriting to do on it, but I'm getting there. Baby steps right now...
I'm also taking an editing class, though I haven't participated yet. It's not a requirement, but the lessons are worthy - which is all that matters.
The Christmas tree finally came down - or at least the ornaments and lights came off and got stored in their box. The tree itself is still on the front porch and the decorations are still in my living room, but that's only because That Man has to fix the shelving the stuff goes on since everything broke. That's one of his weekend projects...
That's all for now... I have food cooking for lunches, laundry going, dishes to do, editing to do, and a headache the size of Texas...

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

January is Slipping Away...

Literally and figuratively...

Today was an ice delay for both the kid and I. She was delayed two hours and I was delayed an hour, which meshed our schedules pretty well. The extra sleep was nice, too. Making up the time at the day job, however, is not that much fun. The roads weren't too bad by the time I left, except for a few slippery spots.

It's been hectic and chaotic around here and not in a great way. A lot of worry and weird happenings. Not stuff I can really talk about on here, despite how much I want I'll just say I'm very proud of the way the family has come together in support.

Let's focus on the good stuff...

1. Mr. B turned four yesterday. We went over to his house to give him some presents and spoil him - which is our grandparent rights. Ha! Plus, the bonus is that the huge noisy helicopter his Pappy found for him stays at his house. Ha!

2. Did I mention we're going to be grandparents again? This summer K2 and J are expecting number two. Gender to be revealed in a few weeks...

3. Gearing up for the February book signing! It will be my first time at this signing with actual books and I'm excited for that!

4. Getting to hang out with friends for birthday celebrations. Ping pong was the best with my nieces and sister and a friend. We had a really good time.

5. Talking to my uncle on his birthday. He cracks me up a lot. Hopefully we'll get to hang out with them soon!

That's all I have right now... It's Wednesday. It's raining. I'm tired. I need to write now...


BTW - K4 says hi...

Monday, January 02, 2017

2016 in Review!

I sucked at blogging in 2016... Hopefully 2017 is better that way!

36" of snow. A houseful of company riding out the weather. One long post....

Braces, learner's permit, writing, dental work for me, working at the 'rents, book signing event, hanging with my sibs.

Promotion at the day job, retreat countdown, gearing up for the coming months.

More cleaning of the 'rents house, birthday with my kids, taxes

Retreat!! Books in print! Camping, doctor for the dog, Grief.

One post - random

No posts...

K4 passing her driving test, selling my Suburban, School begins again, book signings.

Dead dryer, me sick as a dog, prepping for the beach

The Beach! Selling the 'rents house. Birthdays. Random

Random. Thanksgiving - fun with my sister-in-law!

Random. Christmas chaos. Glad 2016 is behind us.

That was quick. Hopefully 2017 is a much better year the whole way around!


Happy New Year!

Sorry I've been MIA around here. I did start two posts, but ended up losing them to my own stupidity...

Well here we are in 2017!

2016 sucked in a lot of ways. (I'll do my year in review post soon) But there was also some good stuff.

Let's focus on the good...

1. We have a new grandbaby on the way!
2. All of our awesome grandkids! They are the best.
3. Finishing our parent's house and selling it.
4. Awesome friends and awesome siblings.
5. Getting a promotion at the day job.
6. The beach!
7. Writing. Selling a book. Great booksignings.
8. Retreat!
9. That Man and Those Kids.
10. Ringing in the new year with great people!

That's all for now. Our pizza will be here in a minute.


Monday, December 12, 2016

We're Getting There...

There's the tree! It's the fattest one we've ever had! When we took the string off, it had a total Christmas Vacation moment and actually make a "spoing" sound as it busted out of its bindings.
We had Mr. B, J, K4's bff, and That Man and I on tree decorating duty. K1 and K3 bailed on us to go play some game or something. K3 has ornaments to put on when he gets home - you're not allowed to not put ornaments on the tree if you live inside of this house - house rules. Queue up some Vince Guaraldi Trio from Charlie Brown, some eggnog (no spike - boo), and a whole lot of fun and that was our night. We had some light issues. You can't see that part. And yes, we do have bush lights on our tree.
That's because two years ago, we sent the teenagers to the store to get more lights for the tree. They bought bush lights on accident. Instead of sending them back out, we just went with it... And, believe it or not, they actually work really, really well. There's no wrapping the lights around the tree, just stretch them out and drape them over and... viola! Of course, after adjusting the tree to cover the dead light sections, we found a brand new bag of bush lights someone gave us last Christmas as a joke gift. Too late, but I'll make sure to put them on top of the bin for next year.
Many of these ornaments came from my parent's house. Remember when most of our stuff ended up ruined last year due to a freakish leak that filled my decoration bin with mold? Yeah. You can see the many decorations on there - and we split their decorations between the five of us. I guess fifty years of marriage accumulates that kind of stuff, though they did pass down stuff to each of us as we moved out, just as I've done for our kids. We did replace a lot of them last year though, so not everything came from there.
You can't see the button garland in this pic. The button garland is this hideous string of buttons and bling that my mom received from a friend the Christmas before she died. She used it on her Ugly Sweater for our party that year, and won, and then she left it here. She disliked it immensely. I put it on a tree as a whimsical reminder of her. She laughed at me for doing that, and then I found more in her basement... I think she'd appreciate it!
It was rough though - pulling out these ornaments from my childhood, or ones that I knew Mom really adored. My folks would have been here tonight - helping and watching the chaos. I don't think they missed many of our tree decorating nights. They enjoyed hanging out, but I'm sure they enjoyed going home to their quiet house even more. Ha! Especially when all four where home and younger.
I don't know if missing them gets easier or just different. Time makes things different, but you never stop missing them like crazy. You just miss them differently.
Anyway... We're getting there with the Christmas stuff.
Still have ALL of the shopping to do, but I have a list and it will get done.
That's all for now!

Saturday, December 10, 2016

Catch Up!

Since my test post seemed to work, let's try this again... mhm?

Well, heck, we're about two weeks away from Christmas. Or let's say, in two weeks, I should expect to be ready and done with all of the stuff I haven't even started. That's right. I haven't even started.

The piano is decorated. The Christmas dishes are in the hutch, but only because I never took them out after last Christmas. Convenient? It is now. The front porch is sporting Santa, the snowman, and Christmas flowers. Oh, and my kitchen stools are covered in festive fabric. But that's where it ends.

We should be getting our tree tomorrow. Today is crazy starting a little after noon. Unfortunately, we have a funeral and then a party-thing. Next weekend is my work shindig - which should be fun. And then that's it. I'm sure you're well aware of the time press we're looking at.

So what else has been going on? The usual, I'd say. Working the Day Job, kid having the flu and multiple migraines, dealing with estate stuff, and some social stuff. Not much writing going on, but I'm about to remedy that here in a few.

That's all for now. We'll see if this post stays...


Where Have All of the Posts Gone?

I've been posting on here! I swear! I don't know what's happening to my posts! So... this is a test...

Stand By...


Sunday, November 27, 2016

Post Thanksgiving Wrap Up

I hope you had an amazing Thanksgiving, no matter how you celebrate!

We had a fantastic time with That Man's sister and the rest of the family! We went Wednesday to help get stuff ready, and laughed, cooked, and generally goofed off and were silly. Our air mattress deflated overnight, but that was okay - we were all in bed early and up early to get a turkey in the roaster and one in the smoker. The food was amazing and so was the company. We got home still stuffed and exhausted - and three of us had to work on Friday, all early. Needless to say we were in bed before nine! Ha!

Made it through my second Friday of the week! We were all sick of cooking, so pizza came to our door. We relaxed with a movie, and were, again, in bed insanely early. Which was fine. Our very good friends, who are/were also our neighbors and have been for around twenty years (and are traitors) are moving away. They bought a sweet house about a half-hour away, so we went out to help them get stuff done. The new house is super awesome and That Man has garage/pole barn envy. The guys built a floor in the garage attic and us ladies put together pain-in-the-butt stools for the kitchen. It was nice to hang with them! After that, home, dinner, blah blah blah...

Oh yes, I did write every night!

Today has been catch up... Bill paying, grocery shopping, dreaded laundry (last load in the dryer), and made leftover turkey with waffles and a weird gravy (that was actually pretty tasty) for dinner. Now I'm writing (already met my word count) and we're folding the laundry, relaxing, and getting ready for yet another early bedtime. Day job tomorrow... what can I say?

That's all I can report...