Wednesday, July 30, 2014

For 10 Days

I have the house to myself.  G is on her adventure with my parents to visit cousins in the east.  My dad has planned some extra activities on the way for just the three of them.  And they have already lost my mom. They found her, but here is the difference between a normal mind and hers: the three of them after lunch at a rest area went to the bathrooms.  Apparently, this rest area had front and back parking areas.  When my dad and G came out they headed to the car to wait.  When my mom came out she inadvertently turned the wrong way into the wrong side of the parking lot.  Instead of realizing her mistake and going back to the front, she stayed there.

I have no idea what she thought, but suffice it to say she was gone long enough that my dad and G had to go look for her.  She told G that she was a bit scared.  I would imagine she was more than a bit scared.  When G told me the story, I simply asked her from now on to stay in the bathroom until she and Grammie can come out together.

So the next drama on their trip is the car charger to her DVD player broke in my dad's car while charging.  His charging spot apparently eats the metal part that plugs into the car.  Last year it ate G's DS car charger.  Of course we didn't realize what was happening until now.  I am not very happy that a car charger breaks so easily.

Anyway, they are going to visit the home of Thomas Jefferson tomorrow sometime and then on to the family visit.  In the meantime, back at the homestead, I have a yard to mow since in actuality I didn't get it mowed on Friday due to the ability to pre-set posts.  We were actually on the highway in 2 different traffic jams when my pre-posted blog went live with my comment about going out to mow.

I was also planning on painting the hall but may wait on that.  I am definitely getting my hair cut but am not yet sure what style to do yet.  I have an idea but I think I maybe too old for the cut.  I have been wearing my hair in a bun lately, keeps it off my neck and out of my face.  I have been so tired lately that even in the morning I am waking up and having to remind myself what day it is while still in a stupor.

I must mention that Tuesday before my parents came to pick G up we were in the kitchen and she was willingly holding my hand.  It was sweet.  She wallows on me when I sit beside her on the couch which, I am not gonna lie, bothers me to death.  Just so much contact I can hardly stand it.  But she has been holding my hand as we go in parking lots for ages and still does so even at age 10.  Coming up to this trip, she has been holding my hand even not in parking lots.  I enjoy that.  When I don't enjoy it, I try to remind myself that it won't be too far away before she won't want to do hold my hand.

I miss her already.  She will have a great time though and hopefully learn something new.

Friday, July 25, 2014


Here are pictures from 2005 through 2007. This is from 2010. I failed to take a photo of her in 2009 but I don't know why. She was in VA for 2011 and I failed to post at all in 2012. This was two days before gotcha day and then I just posted only words for July 25. Also, July 26 to talk about the big melt down we had after making a big deal of it on July 25. Maybe we won't have a melt down tomorrow. But we will work in the yard, pack for her upcoming trip and keep enjoying our new Fire phones because all she can do with it now is play, heh.  Plus the working in the yard might make her too tired to think on it.  Her Family day gift is the new phone because that was perfect timing.

But I did take a pic of her today.  Currently she is coming to work with me before she goes to summer camp then I pick her up and bring her back to work with me for the rest of the day.  Yesterday she was wild as a march hare and I fussed at her.  This morning when I dropped her off she wouldn't get out of the car even though I asked quietly 4 times and then raised my voice 3 times.  Why must she feel the need to control???  Never mind, don't answer that as that is my issue too!

She is such a pretty kid. She is really good too though I complain. I know I am hard on her and have high expectations for her. She knows too. We are working on it.  Lots of ups and downs mostly caused by me.  As much as I do not like to think of myself as a drama queen with annoying idiosyncrasies I am.

Maybe I can hold her off on the new fish until Gotcha next year???  Now off to mow the yard.

Thursday, July 24, 2014


Our sunflowers.  These came back from last year.  I was hoping for a giant and it looks like I got one giant out of the bunch.  At least we can make the flowers live.  Bilbo died Monday night. #hatingpets #nottrulysad

I blame the polar vortex from last week.  Temps outside didn't get up to the normal 100s and the temp in the house didn't get above 70.  Plus I like to keep it at 72-75 (when I am not there)  Apparently betas like warmer water between 75-80.  I also just think this fish wasn't right from the get go.  He just never seemed to get over being transferred to our house.  He never really seemed to eat either.  If he had died within the 1st 30 days I could have returned him for a refund but after 60 I probably can't. #wasted8dollars

We tried to save him by putting a lamp on him but he was gone Tuesday morning.  G got him out of the tank on her own.  Now he is in the freezer in a baggy and has already scared me by jumping out at me once.  When G decides if we can bury him or throw him away, he will come out of my freezer.  #zombiefish

I told her we can get another when she gets back from her 2 week holiday coming up soon.  In the meantime, she is thoroughly enjoying her Hogwarts education for the week.

She has a wand, made a mandrake plant, couple of magic tricks, a dragon egg, a paper owl for messages and will make a marauder's map and take their Ordinary Wizarding Levels or OWLS tomorrow.  Plus they had potions yesterday, had butterbeer, had a chocolate cupcake baked as a cauldron with green pudding, been sorted into houses, earned points for the house, lost points for talking during potions and generally has had a great experience.

It is exciting to see her after classes each day to hear about her time there.  I am very glad she wanted to do this and is doing it by herself.  She has no friends from home there with her.  I wish I could get her to this private school daily (where the summer camp is being held) but she says she doesn't want to go to this school.  I suppose she would miss her friends from home to much.

So that is the end of the updates so far.  This week is seeming to never end, seems to be dragging.  I am totally ready for the weekend.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Pictures of the Painted Rooms and G conversations

Sounds like a title of importance but it isn't.  I took these this morning with the cell phone thus the not very good color.

this is in the dining room

from living room looking into the dining room, both colors together

both the above pictures are of the same part of the wall. The glare is actually the sun peaking through the trees. The shoe chair is G's and goes well with the blue color.

The truest to the blue is the one with the chair in it and the one with both the blue and green colors in it.  That goes also for the green. The truest color from the camera to the actual color on the wall is the two colors together.

Now on to the more mundane things in life.  I cleaned the coils of the fridge last night.  That has always been a job of my dad's at my mom's house, so I never really thought about doing it or needing to do it.  Yes I realize I am well into  my 40s and that should be a common sense thing, but I am an out of site out of mind kind of person.  Until it affects me in my conscious knowledge I let it slide without even realizing it.  And oh how I bemoan the necessity of repetitive tasks like mopping, sweeping, dusting; I don't mind laundry or dishes so much but the others, UGH!

All that to say, I think though my freezer is trying to burn up because of the lack of attention I have paid to the coils.  It is so very hot around the edges where the door meets the base.  My dad suggested cleaning the coils, so I will mark a 6 month redo on that and try to keep up with it.  I had long haired pets you know for way too long.  Hopefully that will work, and my freezer won't burn up.

But I cleaned it and moved it and now I know I can move it when we get ready to paint the kitchen in Sept.  I really thought that when my dad put it in I wouldn't be able to move it again.  Yes I am still very naive or maybe just agnostic (don't know-don't want to) about many things.  I am looking forward to getting the kitchen in a better shape since the other two rooms are painted.

I managed to get the yard mowed yesterday because the temps were so very cool that I was even cold before getting my shower last night.  The yard looks really good now except on the patio that has its own yard growing through the bricks despite my spraying it with weed killer not 1 but 3 times and again last night.  This weekend will be a cleaning up of the weeds.

G will be home tonight.  She spends 2 nights with my parents typically and everyday with them unless there is a camp or treat.  It helps me and I think it keeps my mom even keeled.  She really obsesses about G when G isn't there so next week may be hard for mom.  G has her Hogwarts camp next week.  She will spend the afternoons with me at work.  Pray I can keep her busy and she won't be in the way.  So thankful that I can bring her to work with me as long as she behaves.

I also found out that a woman, with whom I work, has a daughter who is in school for dental hygiene and will clean G's teeth for like $10 including x-rays.  So I cancelled for the second time her dentist appt (they understood) and will now take her Monday afternoon for a cleaning.  They also charge $3 for sealant but I am praying G won't need it.  Overall, G's teeth are healthy but she hasn't much room and she forgets to floss regularly.  Or rather she regularly forgets to floss.  Even with the sealant, this will save me around $75.

When I told G about it she incredulously said, "I don't want someone who's not a professional messing with my teeth!!!"  Bwahahahahahahahaha, seriously I couldn't contain the laugh.  It seriously was the funniest thing coming from her.  I thought what in the devil does she know about a professional?

I think this student has 8 more weeks of school but she will and can trade us off to another student and we both can go for cheep cleanings/x-rays.  The dentist who supervises can make referrals for more work to be done.  I am praying there won't be any.  I personally need a good cleaning but I also need a crown and don't wish to put the money out for it yet.

Anyway, that is the news and update in the M house.

Monday, July 14, 2014

Another Room Down

No pictures this time.  Friday night we cleaned, moved furniture and taped off the dining room.  Saturday morning against my will I was up by 6am and had G up by 20 mins to 7 for breakfast.  We were painting by 7:30am.  We took a grocery store break between the kilz and color.  While I fixed lunch G started cutting in around the floor boards with color.  We were done with the room and had the big things back together by 5:30 when G was able to start a movie for the evening.  Next room will the front room but not this weekend.
We are supposed to get rain this week so I will need to mow this weekend instead of paint plus I can't do three weekends in a row.  I have decided that I will extend the blue living room color into the front room which is full of windows so lots of cutting in and taping which takes the longest.

I took no pictures but when I have everything back together I will do so for both rooms.  I just have so much stuff that I want to throw things away and not even take the time to sort and give away or put back up.

I did decide that I have way too many pictures of G, so much so that I have hardly any room for new ones. That's okay, she is my baby and I don't believe she ever takes a bad picture.

Monday, July 07, 2014

July 4th and 5th

Beginning the patchwork on the cracks formed by house settling.

still patching

after the white kilz went on we started the color Saturday afternoon

we picked blue but a different blue than before. I had actually decided against blue but G was having none of it. We had to have blue. The mint green will be on the dining room which we will do this coming weekend and then labor day we will paint the kitchen.
Sitting down in the newly painted but not yet put back together living room G says, "It looks like a bedroom." Another G verdict however was that it is "cozy." G asked me what would happen if we didn't like the color we picked and I told her we would learn to like it since we aren't painting for another 7 years or so.

Luckily, I had most everything I needed to paint but I did pick up a few things at Wally's World on Thursday. G had spent two nights with our cousin so I picked her up after work thinking we would be able to start organizing the living room to patch the walls Thursday. We, however, didn't leave my cousin's house until 6pm. I had gotten off work at noon on Thursday. We woke up not early on Friday but early enough to get all of the room kilz'ed except for the cutting in, because we ran out of paint.

Saturday we had to get more kilz and pick color. We ended up getting another blue color for the l.r. and a green for the dining room. I have a swatch reference for the kitchen but I haven't gotten the paint yet. I ended up with an extra gallon of blue paint because I thought the living room would take at least a gallon 1/2 but it only took a gallon. The kilz took a gallon and 1/2; we only initially had 1 gallon.  I now have some to get started on the dining room but will require another gallon to finish I suspect.  I will save the blue for my bedroom or maybe paint the front room the same as the living room.

The worst part of painting is the prep. G did wonderfully well. She taped off, got on the ladder fine, cut in, never complained and even patched in the beginning until her arms got tired. We had 23+ cracks in the sheet rock from the house settling. All of the patches aren't completed. I didn't actually patch my room because I need more than spackling. I have to get something to cover the 1" wide 2' long crack over my closet door.

Most of the stuff is back in the living room.  Some stuff I would prefer to get rid of or find a new place for but someone, I am not naming names **cough**G**cough**, doesn't wish to get rid of anything.  She comes by it honestly as my mother reminded me.

So we are all back at work and not another holiday until September.  After we finish the kitchen we will begin to plan to paint the bedrooms, bathroom, laundry room, hall and front room.  Just seems so overwhelming particularly the bedrooms.