Monday, August 24, 2015

i made a trip up to

Fort Worth this weekend to help Lauren and John where I could on getting into their house.  Cosme had to work on Saturday so I made a road trip of it and left on Friday.  I checked into my hotel with time to kill...
As much as I figured I would, I ended up not using my real camera at all.  I'm so disappointed in myself.
When Lauren got home from work I went over and we didn't really do much.  Saturday was really about cleaning while they also moved furniture in.  Oh, Homer and Heidi also made their debut.  It was funny to watch how differently they reacted.
Heidi, waiting on Lauren to come in with another load while Homer was hidden behind a toilet.
We also went by the reception venue that night where Lauren talked me into ordered a Breakfast Shot without me knowing.  It was actually good, as crazy as that sounds.  Anyway, we didn't stay too long but went to grab food and then it was back to the hotel for me.  The next morning I stopped by the house early so I could get started on my trip home.  (You know, I had to get some cupcakes Lauren was sending home with me.)

Somewhere on my route down 820 to 287, I wasn't paying attention and ended up on 20.  I kept going.  Then, somewhere on my route down 45, I realized I shouldn't be sweating that much and the cupcakes shouldn't be ruining.
Frosting, meet heat.
My a/c was cranked up on 6 (high) but was blowing like it was on 1.5-2.  That was not cool... literally.  I turned it off for a while then back on.  Nope.  The air was cold but just not strong so I guess it could've been worse.  But still, being so hot was making me feel miserable.  I was already hungry and tired (can't seem to wake up after 6:30).  I pulled into Houston and saw a line of cars - stopped.  I was pretty sure it was about to get worse.
45 North

I sat and rolled and sat and rolled for a while and finally picked up speed.  Guess what.  The air started blowing.

By the time I got home I was MORE than ready to be off the road.  I had been worried about the trip because let's face it, my car has seen better days.  It's old, has a lot of miles and is seriously on its way out.  All that worrying was about engine stuff so I guess even though the a/c wasn't blasting, it really could've been a lot worse.

Anyway, today... Today I woke up with a major sinus headache on top of a not-enough-sleep headache.  I went back to sleep after Cosme left (which I RARELY do) but set my alarm for 7:00 so I wouldn't sleep the whole day by.  My head was still throbbing.  Two nasal decongestants and a few bites of Shipley later, I'm starting to feel hopeful.  Not 100% but hopeful.  Now to try and conquer the day while nasal decongestants are in full swing.

Thursday, August 20, 2015

it hasn't rained here

in so long.  Even over the last few days, places all around us have gotten rain and we've had nothing.  Today's a different story.  Today we've got the works.  Lots of rain, lots of thunder and lots of lightning.
I think I hear the grass cheering and celebrating.
It's wonderful.  I didn't have to go out and water the grass this morning, moving the sprinkler every so often and getting wet in the process.  I've been trying my hardest to keep it from turning brown so this rain is more than welcome to keep flowing.  The only bad thing is I've got a lot to do today and don't feel like getting wet.  I need to go to Kroger, Walmart, get my oil changed, go to the vet… a lot.  Oh, I've also got laundry to do but with all the lightning, I'm scared to get the washer started.  So I guess I'll just sit here for now and enjoy the sights and sounds of all this.

Before I head off to try to get some of my stuff done I have one more thing to mention.



Wednesday, August 19, 2015

i almost ruined it

all.  Well, I was about to but Eric, who doesn't care for carne guisada, decided he was going out so I just had to cook for Cosme and me.  Considering I was still pretty full from my carne guisada at lunch, I only had to worry about Cosme.  Duh, no brainer.  He was going to have carne guisada while I had a bowl of cereal.  Breakdown avoided.

Last night I finally got around to making that Mongolian beef.  It's good and all but there's a reason I hate making Chinese food.  THE MESS.  It's HORRIBLE.  I have to do a cleanup halfway through, including a quick Swiffering of the floor.  Grease goes EVERYWHERE.  

Look at my stovetop!

And those knobs!  UGH.

The worst mess ever.  Anyway, after I cooked it was weird.  I had this burst of energy and felt like cleaning up the mess.

Here we are on Wednesday and I still plan on making dinner.  Tonight is Chicken Alfredo.  I just got home from Kroger but after seeing their signs for Blue Bell's return, I got distracted/excited and forgot to buy chicken.  Looks like I'm going back to the store.

In other news, Operation Declutter has started.  Yesterday I started on the cat/craft/should-be-guest room.  Today I'm taking a break.  I'll get there, I will.  I'm kind of determined.  And look where being kind of determined has gotten me with the whole take-out ban.  

The first step is admitting you have a goal… or something like that.  

Monday, August 17, 2015

right now i'm questioning

that whole "let's eat less take-out" thing I started yesterday.  (Yesterday?  Really?  I only started this yesterday?  #iMightFail)  It's almost 3:00 and I'm tired.  If it were 7:00 I'd put on pajamas, call Pizza Hut and get in bed.  You see how easy it is to get sucked back into the take-out habit?  It really is a struggle.  I did awesome yesterday and had hoped for the same motivation today.  Up until an hour or so ago everything was fine.  All of a sudden though, I'm tired.  I haven't had a Coke and am hoping the one I'm having now will give me a little jolt.  Once it kicks in, I'll prep the meat for tonight's Mongolian Beef.  For real though, today started off great.  I got my usual chores done, went for a pedicure and then even managed to hit up a couple of stores.  Then I came home and had lunch.  Now I feel done.  I don't want a nap.  I just want to go to bed.  And so far, as I slowly sip, this Coke isn't working.  I'm doubting whether or not that jolt is going to happen.

On the plus side, I made that blueberry tart yesterday (and we only ate half of it) so at least I'll have dessert covered for tonight.

Right now I need to go do something to take my mind off how sleepy I'm getting.  And I really just yawned after typing that.  And then I just yawned again after reading that.  Okay, it might be time to guzzle this Coke and get moving… or at least guzzle this Coke.  Wish me luck.

Sunday, August 16, 2015

when i get busy and

there's a lot going on, it's so easy to fall into the habit of just getting take-out for dinner.  It's really hard to get out of that habit too.  Trust me.  It started with being busy and then when everything started to calm down, I told myself it's just too hot to cook.  Which really, it is.  Anyway, I've been trying to break the habit of eating out and thought yesterday would be the day but I failed 100%.  I take that back.  I had a bowl of cereal at one point and that's not eating out.  So there.  I only failed 90%.

I went to the grocery store yesterday and, with no special plans, bought a few random ingredients and figured I'd work with it.  Right now I have carne guisada simmering and will put a pie crust together soon for a blueberry tart.  Remember a while back I fell out of the blogging habit and declared my next 30 days of blogging (minus weekends) a few months ago?  Well look at me now.  I think I've been pretty consistent and it's almost as regular as it was a few years ago.  That said, I hope I can do the same thing with cooking.  I really like cooking and baking so we'll see if I can get out of this slump I'm in and get back into kitchen mode.  I honestly think a little rain would help.  I mean who really wants to get out in the rain to pick up food?  Maybe this week's forecast will keep my motivation up.
Now I just need to figure out what to do with the onions, pepper and mushrooms.  Shouldn't be too hard.  Pizza or quiche, maybe?

And guess what.  I already have a few ideas lined up for tomorrow and the next day.  I might can do this.  And to top it off, the sun just went behind the clouds.

Pie crust motivation: ACTIVATED

Thursday, August 13, 2015

so this is what

it's come to.  I'm ordering orthopedic type pillows and Kermit and Miss Piggy are splitting up.  Which should we cover first?

The pillows.  My great-grandparent's car had a lumbar support pillow in it.  When I drove their car, I stuck that pillow behind me to check it out and I liked it.  We all know my back's been bothering me for about a year.  Well, we know I've been going to the chiropractor for my aching back for about a year.  I was looking through some catalog that I'm always giving Mom a hard time about.  Between naps and watching her work last week, I picked up one of the catalogs.  OMG.  I found a butt pillow that is supposed to help keep your spine in check.

I also found a 5-in-1 pillow that even stores a remote.  (By the way, I'm the WORST at keeping up with the remote, especially when just lying around in bed.)

But really, that top image of the foot rest?  Who's going to store their remote at their feet?  I never keep my remote at my feet.

Whatever, I bought both… in addition to a back heating pad thing that can be used hot or cold.  I don't know what's worse, the fact that I was giving her a hard time about the catalog or the fact that I ordered so many old people things.  Either way, I'm on their mailing list and I can sit in comfort while I look at the latest catalog.

Now about Kermit and Miss Piggy.  Last week their breakup was announced.  Yesterday at the chiropractor's office I saw this magazine.

That says it all.  The breakup is a publicity stunt they're doing to promote their new show.  That's so Hollywood, even for puppets.  You heard it here first.  You'll see it next in the tabloids.

I've been doing some thinking the last few days and it involves a personal photo challenge, nothing for Instagram and my iPhone, just me and my camera.  I wouldn't post it here but over on the website's blog.  I'd share the link here.  Anyway, it's something I've been thinking about.  We'll see.  The first step was made; I had the idea.  Next step, following through.  Easier said than done.

Speaking of easier said than done, chores.  They're not going to get done on their own so I guess that's the note on which I exit.

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

i was so excited

yesterday.  There were updates and radar pics all over FB, letting us know of the showers headed this way.  I watched out the kitchen window, anxiously waiting for the rain.  I don't think I have ever been that excited about a nearing storm.  See for yourself.

And then it just blew over like any other rainless day.  That was such a let down.

It really was.

I went outback today to check on the pool.  Eric went outside to feed the dogs yesterday and came back in letting me know how bad Maggie smelled.  Since her main hobby is swimming, I kind of figured something might be up with the pool water.  So I went out there and checked.  It didn't seem bad.  I pulled a few leaves out, added some chlorine tablets and decided to back rinse the pump.  I headed over to the shed, dodging a few toys they had lying out in the yard.  On my way back, I realized one of those toys looked a little odd… I don't know, maybe like a fuzzy, deflated possum-shaped toy… with flies hovering.  UGH!!!  So yeah, it wasn't Maggie stinking up the back patio.  Eric disposed of the remnants and I went on with the back rinsing.  He was rinsing off the shovel and I asked why it was still stinking so bad.  Then I saw the mound of gray fur by the patio.  UGH!!!  I don't think it was another possum but just, I don't know… it just wasn't and I'll leave it at that.

I am sure of one thing though.  I'd like for Maggie to find a hobby that doesn't involve dead critters.

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

last night i had a little

sinus pressure, maybe because I didn't take a Zyrtec that morning.  I don't know.  Either way, I took 2 nasal decongestants before bed.  That stuff makes me drowsy.  Occasionally, when I get sinus headaches, I'll take a certain sinus/allergy headache pill.  That stuff works but instead of taking the 2 as directed, I take 1.  And sometimes I can stay awake.  Anyway, not thinking straight, I took the 2 pills before bed.  And guess what.  I passed out.  For 2 hours.  Then, as with other meds of that type, I woke up restless and itchy and miserable.  I hate that.  So at 10:30 last night I was wide awake.
When Frankie Goes to Hollywood sang "Relax, Don't Do It", I'm not sure what they were talking about but I wouldn't be surprised if it was in reference to taking one of these before bed.  "Relax, don't do it, you'll fall asleep soon and won't even notice the sinus stuff."
Why didn't I stop and think before taking it?  That makes for a horrible nights sleep.  I mean yeah, I made a rule a few years ago not to take Zyrtec after 12:00 or so but I really messed myself up.  So when at the same time Strat started banging on the door, I decided to just give up and get up.  I came and got on the computer, halfway thinking about writing a blog post about how miserable I was at the moment, but logged in at  I love getting on, seeing if anyone has added new pictures I haven't seen.  You know, so I could search old pictures of people who I could easily imagine haunting a house… late at night… when I already can't sleep.  No biggie though.  I found a few pictures but nothing too scary.  (Not near as bad as the photo of the ancestor I won't even open the screen for because her picture is THAT scary.)  Seriously, that mess needs to be in a book or movie or something.

Anyway, that was my late night struggle and speaking of which, I just took 2 nasal decongestants.  I figure so what if I get drowsy for a while, I should be wide awake in a couple of hours.

Monday, August 10, 2015

so i learned something new

yesterday.  First, Eric was changing my spark plugs but he needed the little star shaped tool to remove the cap thing.  Now, you know how some words can sound the same?  Well, I went to the parts store looking for a TORX SET.  I found one.  I found lots of TORX things.  Even, after making a second trip, the correct size in this brand.

POWER TORQUE.  I saw the word torque on my first trip.  Must be a torque set I was looking for.  That's obviously a torque wrench, which I know is a thing because I've heard of it before.  So I got home from the parts store and told Eric I have his torque wrench.

Eric:  Why did you buy a torque wrench?  I don't need a torque wrench.
Me:  Yeah, to take that cap off.  You know, that little star-shaped thing.
Eric:  That's not what that is.
Me:  Yes.  Look at my receipt.  Says so right here.

Eric:  That says "torx".  That's totally different from torque.  Show me what you bought.  (I show him.) That is a torx set.  Pulling up an image on his phone and explaining the usage of one, he shows me a torque wrench.

Yeah.  I definitely didn't buy a torque wrench.  But it did make for an interesting couple of minutes.  Anyway, the spark plugs got changed and now my car starts with no hesitation.  All is good for now.

Friday, August 7, 2015

i went to brazoria

yesterday.  Mom was supposed to leave and I had to run a few water hoses by so she could get them hooked up.  Anyway, while she was trying to finish up her work outside, I was helping standing around.  She was messing with one water hose and a dragonfly landed on a yard art thing she has.  It stuck around for a while, even with us moving all around.  Here are a couple of pictures I got.  (Also, I had to run inside to get my phone and he was still there.)

"Hey lady, what's up?"

"Nothin' much here.  You know, just chillin' on this bell."
He had no problem with me being right there in his face.  It's like he was checking me out as much as I was him.  Here's a video I got too.

I put my phone back inside on the charger after that but I shouldn't have.  A few minutes later a rabbit showed up, then a hummingbird and then some other bird.  It's like we were in a Disney movie or something.  Scratch that.  If we had been in a Disney movie, the rabbits and birds would've been doing the work.

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

well hello

there.  Since my last post, nearly a week ago, we've done a lot.  We've had a birthday lunch, a couple's shower, there's been some floating, lots of cleaning, cat baths, a little more floating and TONS of laundry.

I have a few pictures from the shower but I think I'll put them up over on FB.  You know, so everyone can see.  I don't have pictures from floating, cat baths or laundry because, well, I don't.

You know how there are those games you play on whatever device you use and then every once in a while you go back to that game?  There's a game I play on my computer every so often and last night I was playing so I thought I'd share it.  I might have shared it before but it's been a while if I have so I'll tell you about it again.  It's called GeoGuessr.  I just do single player and usually either pick the world or the US.  It drops you somewhere with Google Maps.  You have to figure out where you are.  You can go down the road and venture out for clues but when you think you have it figured out, you click on the map where you think you are.  It tells you how far off you are, which determines the points you get.  I like it.  Two things I've realized are, there really are a LOT of Volvos around Sweden and I really have a hard time figuring out whether I'm in Africa or Australia.  Next time you have 5 minutes to kill, try it.  It can be addicting at times.

I will sign off for now.  I'm expecting the exterminator this morning and I should probably put my towels in the dryer too.  So instead of oohing and ahhing over a picture, take a few minutes and see if you can figure out where GeoGuessr drops you.

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

today's the

day.  It's the big reveal.  Oh, first let me mention that we decided against concrete for the walkway and went with pavers.  The backyard patio extension HAS to be concrete though.  (I did mention we have two dogs, right?)

Anyway, after 7 trips to Home Depot and 2 trips to Lowes, the walkway is done.  We called Antonio to do it and I am SO happy with it.

Are you ready for the big reveal?

Are you sure?

I'm sure you're not near as excited as I am but let me tell you this.  Sure, I didn't have to actually lay out all the pavers but my role in this was pretty involved and tiring.  For example, after actually picking out the pavers, I had to figure out how I wanted them and also how many to get.  (FYI, math is not my friend.)  Anyway, Home Depot had this awesome catalog that gave me a formula for the pattern I wanted. 

(Have I ever mentioned that the only thing I ever thought I really wanted to do was to be an architect?  I used to sit around and draw houses and floor plans.  So, I guess the drawing it all out was a little fun.)

So after deciding my walkway needed 360 pavers, I made trips to haul 50 at a time (with one trip of 60), in addition to the 2 trips to Lowes for other material and now I have a walkway.

This is it.

Now my plan is to get from the backyard to the driveway without anymore injuries.

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

this will be a

2 Coke day.  I feel it.  The one I have now feels so nice going down I just can't stop.  I won't waste it all at once, I'll wait so the other one will be just as nice later in the day.  A little throwback to when my addiction began.  (Well, it probably didn't start here but it's the only evidence I have.)

Today is also going to be a pool day.  I need to float and chill and swim and float a little more.  Maybe I'll hang out in here and listen to music and do whatever I feel like for a while.  I don't know but today is definitely one of those days.

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

we were without

U-verse this morning.  Actually, it went off around 9:00 last night but I was already asleep.  That means we had no internet, telephone or television.  Two guesses as to what happened, one guess for each answer.  Did you guess Maggie and Archer?  Very good.  You're catching on.  So while I was waiting for the AT&T guy to show up between 8:30 and 12:30, I walked the fence to find where the wired fence was out of commission.  I found BOTH places, fixed that and let the dogs back out with their collars.  There were a couple of yelps.  Did I mention that we had to order a new collar?  Yeah, apparently they figured out how to take them off and chew them up.  (sigh...)  So that sums up my day.  Ha.  Yesterday I was so far ahead of everything as far as my to-do list went, I thought today would be a do-whatever day.  Yeah, it was a do-whatever day, as long as the "whatever" didn't involve tv, internet or leaving the house.

I did fix the fence today and the garbage disposal yesterday. Today I came to the conclusion my car needs to have the spark plugs changed.  (You know, now that I'm officially an accomplished DIY-er, I can diagnose things like that.)  If I don't watch it, people might start thinking I'm competent or something.

Anyway, I took this the other night on the driveway.

If I'm not passed out by 9:00 tonight, maybe I'll head out with my tripod... further than the driveway.

Monday, July 20, 2015

so i went to the dog

show on Saturday.  I'm still having a hard time sitting, standing, walking and pretty much just moving my legs around.  It was a morning of intense squats.  Lots and lots of squats, some lasting a second or two and others lasting a few minutes.  OMG.  I hurt.  But here are some of the pictures I got during my squat session... along with a few non-squat session.
This one just seems sassy and like she maybe knows all the latest gossip.

That face.  I don't need to say anything. 


Over it and ready to go home.

I would go try to finish stuff around the house but I'm too sore to get up.  I'll just sit here and look at dogs.

Friday, July 17, 2015

well the walkway

and patio extension were approved by the neighborhood ACC.  Now I'm running out of time to convince Cosme to pay to have it done.  Wish me luck.  And if I don't succeed, wish us both luck.  I'm not stressing though.  I have other things to worry about, like what plants will look good planted in the 3' wide strip between the house and walkway.  By the time the river rock is in, that won't leave much room for anything.

In other news, I'm doing a Capture Crawl tomorrow.  It's the same as a photo walk but it's with Houston Center for Photography.  Everyone knows how I am at socializing.  I think I'm stressing more over that than the walkway.  Anyway, it'll be at NRG where the cooking shows were that Mom did.  It's going to be a dog show.

I should probably think more about going with Maggie and Archer instead of Canon.  You know what I'm saying?  They sure are sweet but dang, they're destructive and stubborn.  Something tells me I'll probably get sidetracked from photos.  Oh well, anything to help with the social anxiety.

Monday, July 13, 2015

well here it

is.  The new roof.

The new CHARCOAL roof.  Remember, I posted the old one here a few days ago.  I'm happy with it.  The only problem is now I don't like the light fixtures and think they need to be bigger and bolder.  Here are a few I found when I first started looking.

But since then I've found several more that I think I like better.  The top left is a lot like what I already have, just a little frillier.  The bottom two, well, I just don't know how well the style matches but I'd probably pick the one on the left over the one on the right.  And the top right?  I like it but I just don't know.  It seems like it's close to that fine line of being a little too rustic.  Whichever one I choose, if any, I just want it bigger and bolder.  I really want it to stand out.

Totally off topic, can I share something?  (I mean of course I can, it is Melanie's family blog...)  It smells wonderful in this house.  I started off making bacon and to make it even better, I just pulled banana bread out of the oven.  Yeah, it smells pretty awesome.

Okay, I've got to run before it gets too hot.  I'm going to water plants in Brazoria.  On second thought, the earlier and cooler it is, I'll probably have more mosquitoes.  Maybe I'll wait.  But, if I do it early, I can get a $1 large drink from Sonic.  (Which I could always do if I waited until this afternoon but I like early happy hour better than afternoon happy hour.)  Maybe I'll do it now and leave a loaf of banana bread for the neighbors.  But first, I'd better try it and make sure it tastes okay. 

Time to TCB.

Thursday, July 9, 2015

well the roofers

were here at 7:00 this morning and it sounds like the house is being torn apart.  Technically, I guess it is.  I'm hoping that our roof, being as old as it is, will come off extra easily, speeding up their process.  I love home improvement projects and I hate home improvement projects.  I love the planning and the finished product.  I hate everything in between.  HGTV really sugarcoats it all by only showing us bits and pieces of the "during" process.  (Yes, I know a whole backyard can't go from desolate to "zen oasis retreat" in 30 minutes but still…)  This is different, in a way, since contractors are out there doing all the work and cleanup but there's still the one thing of the work part I don't like.  The mess.  Everything being out of order and chaotic just makes me a little on edge.  Oh, along with everything being out of order, the dogs are stuck inside to avoid barking and debris.

In other news, Apple sent an email yesterday and my computer is ready!  I'm so excited.  Not only is this computer totally awkward, but once I sit for a few minutes, my back is killing me.  Guess I'll head to Houston shortly and pick up my beloved laptop.  I hope I didn't just jinx anything there.

Maybe if I go watch TV it'll drown out the roof demo and keep my mind off the mess being created out there.  I'm scared to look out the window.  Yes.  This might be a 2 Coke day.

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

a week ago

today I messed up my foot.  It's better but sometimes, depending on the shoe or lack of, I still have a slight limp.  A week ago tomorrow I took my computer into the shop.  I still don't have it back.  This is what I've been using as my computer and it SUCKS.

Can you imagine how annoying it is not only trying to work my way around all of these contraptions but using a mouse that I'm not crazy about… on top of one of the contraptions.  I'd really like to have my laptop back.  Having a keyboard at the level of my collar bone is less than ideal.

Yesterday I was in Brazoria and Mom and I picked figs.  This morning I made fig preserves.  I really don't know what they're supposed to taste like so I'm waiting on Eric to try some.  It really only needs his approval.

I think I had 5 cups of figs and that made a little over three jars.  The jars are sealed and the extra is in the refrigerator… awaiting approval.

I'll try to post more tomorrow.  I can only take so much of this computer's setup.  Hopefully I'll receive a call to picked up my repaired laptop soon.

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

okay so

I'm not on my phone but I'm also not on my computer.  I'm on Cosme's computer and right now there are too many flight simulator gadgets in my way.  I seriously want my computer back.  On the plus side, I'm able to upload the picture of Lucille I wanted to share yesterday.


This is me without my computer.

Hopefully I'll get a call from Apple to bring my computer in to have the new video card put in any minute now…

Still waiting…

I'll find something else to do to help the time pass.

Sunday, June 28, 2015

this is a first

and I don't like it one bit. I'm doing this from my phone and I absolutely hate it. I like typing on a keypad, not a phone. I like viewing this full, not on a phone. Anyway, I was on my computer last night when all of a sudden my screen went white. Well, a grayish whitish hue. I took it into the Ape store today and found out two things for sure:
1. My video card (or whatever) went out
2. It's normally $545 but for some reason I get it for free

So they ordered the part and I'll take it back in to get it replaced when they call. Since they couldn't finish running their tests without video, they'll finish that once they can see. So until then, I'm hoping for nothing but good news. 

On that note, I leave you with a picture of Lucille. Her expression while resting on Eric's guitar is a fine representation of me typing on my phone.

UPDATE: Forget it. I can't get the image to copy. I'll do it later... or on Facebook. 

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

so the night before last

I was lying in bed and looking on Pinterest.  There are so many different ways people have pinned to clean out and declutter.  I need to try one of them bad.  I'm running out of room and I'm just ready to throw stuff out.  I was looking over the different ways people are managing, some do a bag of stuff a day or week and others spend a month organizing a certain room.  I haven't really decided which route I'm going to take but I know it needs to be done.  To make it all even better, I've already thrown out or found new homes for a few things from my laundry room.  This is just the beginning.  It is a little overwhelming though.  Some things I know I should get rid of because I never use but then there's the "what if I need it next week" thing.  Also, it's hard to start in one room because when something needs to be taken to another room, I get sidetracked in that other room.  It's a battle, it really is.  I'll probably start next week after Mom goes back.

Today isn't off to an ideal start so I'm about to try to turn it around and TCB.  Yesterday, when Cosme got home from work, we went to the tennis court and hit balls.  After I hit our last ball out of the fence, we decided we'd leave.  According to Cosme, I have a really good swing but my timing is way off.  Oh well, I was hot, tired and HUNGRY.  We stopped by Red Top because there was a long line at Whataburger.  I probably shouldn't have ordered the pickle fries and fried burrito with chili and cheese (one of the best items they had in the school lunch line) because it kept me up not feeling so hot.  [And by the way, I wasn't even very hungry until after the tennis workout... (insert eye roll)...]  Anyway, Cosme left for work this morning and I went to lie down since I had a rough night.  I hate falling back asleep but I did.  I dozed off and now I'm off to a late start.  I have clothes washing a couple of hours later than planned, there weren't any cold Diet Dr Peppers so I'm drinking a cold carbonated water (trying to save my Coke for later in the day) and there isn't any softened butter for my peanut butter toast.  So now I need to add a trip to Kroger to my to-do list.  And to top it all off, my stomach is still feeling funky.  Oh well, live and learn.

For now I'm sharing a picture of the house, just in case they show up and start tearing the old roof off today.  I'll get a better shot from a different angle once I go outside this morning but for now, here's a general idea.

Oh, and that estimate for the walkway I asked for?  It was $500 more than one I got last year... (another eye roll, please)...

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

yesterday I mentioned

how I'd talk about all I got done yesterday and the things I'd gone to bed thinking about the night before.  Tomorrow.  But yes, I got most of the stuff put away.  I'm just working on deflating a tiki totem pole.

There are more important things at hand.  Yesterday I called to get an estimate on extending the back porch and getting my walkway.  Here's my idea.
Coming off the back porch a little over 6' and filling in the whole area up to the house and gate with concrete.  Then, from the gate to front yard, only having a walkway.

I sent this text to Cosme after that.
Extending the other side of the porch to the end of the house.  It was just an idea but I'm not totally sold on it.

Then, a little wishful thinking.
Adding a rounded patio area so I can set up a basketball net.  Not really.  Just doing that to add more room for chairs and maybe the fire pit, relocating the stone patio for other purposes or maybe just relocating the whole fire pit area.

And last was the full blown in-my-dreams, phase 4.
Fill in the whole area with concrete and a pool.  I guess Phase 5 of this project would be the french doors added in place of my bedroom for easier access without having to walk through the living room.
I could keep going with all this planning.  For now my goal is finding the right (best and cheapest) person to do Phase 1. 

I was sitting at the dining table in my pajamas, eating my peanut butter toast and another big truck pulled up down the street to deliver shingles.  Did I mention that just about EVERY roof in this neighborhood is being replaced?  Anyway, I was wondering which house was getting the new roof now because the house the truck pulled up to already had their shingles delivered and stacked in their driveway.  Then the doorbell rang.  Crap.  There I am in my pajamas, hair looking crazy and probably with peanut butter toast in my teeth.  I had to answer.  What if those were OUR shingles being delivered?  I answered the door, luckily he had already stepped back a few steps and I told him I'd be out to move the Mustang.  So, looks like our shingles have arrived and the next step is a new roof.

Oh, I guess I should take a before picture, like I failed to do with my furniture.  Did I mention we're going with a different color?  This should be exciting.

Monday, June 22, 2015

the luau

was fun and yesterday I was worn out and today I'm finishing the cleanup.  Well, not that there was much cleanup yesterday.  Putting a party together is a LOT of work and yesterday I rested.  I rested and watched tv and rested and watched tv and snacked on chips and dips throughout the day.

This was yesterday.

This is today.

And for some reason, while I sit here typing, this hat is staring at me, reminding me that coming in here won't make the cleanup go away. 

I will tackle this today and it will ALL be put away.  I am determined.  When I come back tomorrow, I'll tell you how it's all packed away nice and neat and then I'll tell you how thinking of it all last night as I was lying in bed, I searched Pinterest for organization and decluttering.

Thursday, June 18, 2015

i shared the dresser

yesterday but here's the bed.  It's so much better than before.

Today doesn't really start the countdown to the luau because technically, countdown started once the date was set.  Today is when the for-real prep starts.  I'll probably make a cheese ball today, go over one of my MANY lists to make sure I'm not forgetting anything (which I probably am) and I'll go over the decorations to work it all out in my head.  For now I'm working on a pineapple sculpture.  It's something I saw on Pinterest and I decided to try it today for a test run.  I'll keep it in the refrigerator and if it keeps until Saturday, that's great.  If it doesn't, at least I have an idea of how it works.  If it flops all the way around, no big deal.  I've got flowers ordered to put on the table too.

Here's what I just put in the refrigerator.

Here it is with a photoshopped beak.

Here's the original I'm going by.
I think I need a little more practice.  I also think I should use something bigger for the eyes, maybe clove instead of peppercorn?  And definitely make a smaller beak.  Maybe use a smaller knife to make the head a little more rounded?  I don't know.  Like I said, I need more practice.  And if it flops?  No biggie.

For now, I'm off to my lists where there's plenty of TCB to be done... starting with a trip to the vet for Maggie.  Maybe I can fit in a few more things before then.