Saturday, July 28, 2007
You could tell Lauren "the cleaner" wasn't there, as the four of us stood around talking the whole morning, then went to lunch at Culpepper's. Finally we got to work sweeping and mopping the basement.
Wednesday, July 25, 2007
Back in the "ancient" days before cell phones, MP3 players, and recorded TV shows, life was good. We had to use our imaginations. We went outside and played, even in the heat and cold. Now my kids are content to watch videos and play on the computer all day.
Me in 4th grade at McNair Elementary in Hazelwood, Missouri, circa 1972
Did I mention I had to walk to school 50 miles in the snow up a hill? ;o)
Guess what? Christmas is five months from today! Is that craziness or what? On the ride home from work today, a local radio station was playing Christmas songs, some kind of "Christmas in July" thing. I was enjoying the songs for awhile, thinking how different the weather will be then! But then tears started flowing because I thought of how horrible last Christmas was with Mom dying two days before. Then I thought, let me get the tears out now in July so when next Christmas comes, we can all be happy and remember the good times.
Saturday, July 21, 2007
Saturday, July 14, 2007
But I have SO much to do today. I'm determined to come home to a clean house! This afternoon we'll be heading to Bethany Lutheran in Webster Groves for Gram's 98th birthday celebration. Actually it's the 18th year we're having the big shindig for Gram since "this may be her last birthday!"
Last weekend I went to a craft/hobby day at Barb's church. It was a relaxing, fun day and I actually got my Bangladesh album started.
Sunday, July 8, 2007
Also today someone came to buy Mom's bed and bedroom furniture. They got a really good deal on it. Even though I'm ready to clear out the house in order to sell it and move on, it still was sad to see that furniture go. Mom and Dad bought it when they first got married. The dresser was used by my sisters and I at one time or another. I've said it before: it's hard to let go sometimes even when you know you have to.
Saturday, July 7, 2007
On another, not-so-pleasant topic, I got the following email from Marty. He's been in charge of Craigslisting the junk left in Mom's house and he's been taking care of getting rid of the appliances. I will share his email with you, but let me warn you.....it's not for the weak-hearted (or if you just ate!)
The guy came over to Mom's at 8 this morning to get all the stuff in the basement...I helped him up with all of it, including one of the washers that was so rusted, the bottom was non-existent! Oy! We got the footlocker, as well. As we were putting the old "beer" refrigerator on his trailer, it happened.....I shudder to think of it again, but you must know....
The door slid open revealing the contents of the refrigerator from long, long ago...raw chicken (or the now empty styrofaom containers), lunchmeats, milk, eggs, butter, leftovers, much of it unidentifiable but firmly encrusted with enterprising egg cocoons. I was mortified. After controlling the urge to retch right there on the driveway, he politely told me that he couldnt take all that with him, so being an agreeable chap, I grabbed the empty trash can out of the carport and thanked God that I had brought my gloves (which are now in dire need of a good washing)and started the excavation. The guy was even nice enough to help, offering me $50 if I ate one of the pepperonies still unopened from the fridge. I politely declined.
So, dear family, picture me as Sherlock Holmes, sitting back, lighting one of Dad's pipes and coming to the elementary conclusion that THIS indeed was the cause of much of the smell that permeated (and still does) the house we grew up in. Think for a moment of your life and all that has happened to you in the last 15-20 years...this is my estimated guess of when the fridge stopped working, and yet no one bothered to clean it out. Sad, indeed. MJ, sorry I didnt get any pix for your blog, but the trashcan is still in the carport!!
Friday, July 6, 2007
Pretty snazzy, huh?
While we're gone, Shiloh will stay at this place. It's kind of snooty for our tastes, but I can't see making him stay in a cage somewhere. He's going to be in doggy heaven with all those other canines running around. He's a very social dog!
Thursday, July 5, 2007
Wednesday, July 4, 2007
Smoke follows beauty!
Time to eat! Brad and Mary Kate dig in.
Yay! I love this holiday :o) Especially after traveling to Bangladesh a year-and-a-half ago, I am ever so thankful for the freedoms and blessings we as Americans take for granted. Today we'll be going to my sister Barb's for the traditional pool party,barbeque, and fireworks. Check back later for pics!
Tuesday, July 3, 2007
On top of that, I also went to Curves in the afternoon. I love my Curves. It's just us women. No one is there to impress anyone. It's a good workout and good conversations too!
Needless to say, after all that exercise I was shot. So nothing got done around the house. Today my exercise will be running the stairs, doing laundry, and scrubbing floors (a great workout!)