Monday, December 30, 2013
Sunday, December 29, 2013
Friday, December 27, 2013
Wednesday, December 25, 2013
Then we went to see American Hustle. It was good. I sort dozed a bit in the first 40 minutes. It is slow for the first half. It has to set the stage for the hustle.
Then we had a neighbor come over to take our family photo. A little late this year. I think she was shocked by the chaos. Two dogs and a bird. The little dog barking and growling at the bird. Jumping up and biting his tail feathers. The big dog squirming to get down. Brenda not happy about having to do the photo at all. The photo is for our annual family ornament. Every year since we have been together Brenda and I have a yearly ornament. Some times it has a photo and sometimes it just has our names. Since I was in a hurry I bought the ornament where I put in a photo. Of course our friend canceled on Sunday. I was going to have her take the photo. Then I had to scramble to find someone else last minute. It turned out okay. The good thing is that the photo is so small it is forgiving!
|Happi under the tree|
Then we went last minute Christmas shopping. Brenda needed to get a few things.
Then I came home and printed the photo for the ornament and wrapped the presents. After a quick rest, I started cooking. I made almost all the food for tomorrow. Stuffing, stuffed baked potatoes, mushroom gravy, and brussel sprouts. It is all in the fridge waiting to be warmed up tomorrow. I just have to crisp some polenta and I am set.
People have been stopping by with baked goods. Usually it is just my two neighbors bringing cookies. I was worried that I should be bringing them something. I called my etiquette expert and she said since I threw the big holiday party people were bringing me baked goods to say thank you. Since I threw the party I don't have to bring them cookies. I didn't think so but I wanted to check. I did bring cookies to a few people who missed the party. I also brought them to a neighbor who brings me warm scones every Christmas morning. Isn't that amazing? Every Christmas morning on my doorstep I have warm baked goods!
I feel weird having nothing to do! I will have to get back to work on Thursday.
Tuesday, December 24, 2013
Sunday, December 22, 2013
Saturday, December 21, 2013
Friday, December 20, 2013
Wednesday, December 18, 2013
Which makes me laugh. During the Summer Olympics in London the Ralph Lauren Olympian designed clothes were made in China. Big controversy! Congress discussed it and everything. Congress decided that the clothes worn by Olympians would be made in America from now on. Yeah!
For the Winter Olympics in Sochi the outfits the Olympians are wearing are made in America BUT the GO USA gloves for spectators are made in, wait for it, CHINA! ABC News did an expose and they found an American company that can make the mittens in America for the same price.
So, I am back to buying things on the internet on sites I would not normally be buying off of. Carefully. Buying presents on the web.
Tuesday, December 17, 2013
Unfortunately this year I sent my brother's package to the wrong place. You see my family split up and go to certain locations. I sent my brother's package to the wrong brother's house. I sent his partner's package to the right place.
It sure would be easier if my family all stayed in one place or always went to the same place.
The next decision is whether we get a Christmas tree or not. I was gung ho on getting a tree last week but could not because of the party. I could not fit a tree and 30 people in my house. So no tree. But now that the party is over, I have to decide whether I want to get a tree now. I usually love a tree, the lights and smell. But I decorated so much this year I feel decorated out. Maybe a small tree. I saw some small trees at Lowes a few weeks ago. Maybe Friday I will go by and see if there are any left.
Sunday, December 15, 2013
Friday, December 13, 2013
Wednesday, December 11, 2013
Monday, December 9, 2013
Sunday, December 8, 2013
Saturday, December 7, 2013
Today I got up early and got on the road. I ran all my errands before noon. I then began decorating the house. It has thrown up Christmas in our house. By late afternoon I had to get ready for the first Christmas party. We went 1.5 hours. The host gave us one of his dried roses to throw in the fire and make a wish.
Then I came home and wrote out all the Christmas cards. I had already labeled them and put return address labels on. Once Brenda signs them they are ready to mail.
My feet have been killing me. Sometimes it hurts too much to walk. I have no idea what is going on but it needs to stop now. This is not the season.
Friday, December 6, 2013
A few years ago I began using USPS.com and it is so easy. No standing in line for stamps or to mail packages. I print my own labels, pay for it online and either drop them off at the Post Office or arrange to have them picked up. Last year I had them picked up but the Post Man who picked them up was not very cordial about it.
I am always so much more relaxed once the packages going back East are out of the house and on their way.
I have set a bicycling goal. I want to do an organized bike ride this summer. In order to do this I need to get in shape and get my resistance up. I have to practice riding on a schedule. Since I can't always ride outside, I will ride the indoor bike. I am adding Bike Challenge Updates to my posts. That way I am accountable to you all.
Bike Challenge Update:
On Thursday I rode 9.6 miles on the stationary bike. Not just a flat 9.6 miles either. It was a route with hills and valleys. Some of the hills kicked my ***. The bike was telling me I should be at speed 11 mph. I was at a 7. Then it said I should be at a 14, I was at a 8. Those hills were hard! But I made it the whole 9.6 miles! The plan is currently one day riding and one day rest.
Wednesday, December 4, 2013
First the Eco Haul guys tried to demo the hot tub.
But that didn't work. Then they decided to cut it in half. But then they realized they would not be able to get it through the door. So thirds it was.
When they turned it over guess what we found? Spiders. Not just regular spiders but Black Widows. Tiny ones but poisonous ones none the less. It is the legged thing above the big leaf.
Then they realized that thirds won't fit through the doorway and they couldn't lift the thirds anyway! So, we cut some more.
That is when we started to see the critter homes and tunnels. Like I said it was not as bad as I thought it was going to be. The insulation was in better condition than I expected. But below you will see where a critter had a tunnel built.
Here you will see where the critter had his or her home right near the warm motor. Oh, we found a rat. I took a photo but it didn't come out. He or she was quite dead. I am sure he or she was not alone but we found one dead when they lifted the tub and he or she fell out. (Better dead than alive, I say!)
Saying goodbye to the hot tub one last time. It was in the truck going away to hot tub heaven or wherever hot tubs go when they get cut up and torn apart. So sad to see it go!
Tuesday, December 3, 2013
At 1:20 am I was woken by a horrible pain in my tummy. I got nauseous and dizzy. I couldn't figure out what was going on. I had visions of a middle of the night emergency room visit and having to wake Brenda and tell her. Instead I got a heating pad and curled up. I slept for an hour at a time. Waking up constantly from the pain.
I am not sure if it is food poisoning or a stomach thing. I still feel out of it and pretty crappy. My doc (who I coincidentally saw today) sent me for a blood test and another stool sample. What fun!
Brenda ate the Thanksgiving pie for dinner so that will be the test to see if it was food poisoning. She ate it before I got back from the docs.
Monday, December 2, 2013
The cover looks practically new! Hopefully I can sell it and make back some of my money. Now I call the haulers to come take it away.
While I was at the hardware store I saw this Christmas decoration and it made me laugh!
Brenda and I made a trial run of the meatballs we want to make for the party today. She says they taste great. Yeah!!