Sunday, June 29, 2008

Itching


I am itching, yes itching..... I am having an allergic reaction to my work environment....well...maybe not....but I am itching. I have hives from head to toe right now. I have taken 50mg of benadryl so will hopefully calm down. It's more of a nerves to hive thing...you see the big cast iron bathtub upstairs...well...PF tells me something is leaking..it is the pipe and plumbers they are not cheap...so the itching..the hives...a circle of love. When I had gutted the upstairs bathroom I had that heavy tub on its side and put much effort in getting the "sticky tile like crap" off of it. It was reattached to said plumbing by a friend. I thought all was right with the thing...now 4 years down the road a pipe is leaking. No way can I flip that baby on its side..not again...so the plumber. I'll have another attack of hives tomorrow or whenever "the plumber" comes as they rule in this universe. If you are a plumber, please forgive me I only jest...but I still have itchy hives........................... Oh the picture is a before the demolition.

Thursday, June 26, 2008

items I collect







I was a strange child...I have always loved antiques...when I was 12yrs I obtained my first piece of pressed glass and it grew from there..........







This was the first gailwilsondesign angel I made few years back.

I collect folk art particularly Noah's arks but only handmade..out of real wood... and from local people. The angel with watermelon came from Nancy Thomas in Yorktown, Va. I have many of her items BEFORE she did the made in China thing. The Ark came from a local man that lives a few miles behind me.....sadly he no longer makes them. They are a thing of beauty! Now to get off and go to work..............

Update on house saga













Progress....hopefully






Finally getting the garden "island" by the driveway looking better. The black trailer belongs to the house man fixer upper........











Anyone out in blog land know the name of this herb? I planted it and forgot.....

Monday, June 23, 2008

one of those days



Ever have one of those days where everything goes wrong? Hello out there...I'm in one of those vortexes...is that spelled right? Do I care? Noooooooooooo. I should have stayed in bed, pulled the covers over my head. I thought about going to Gerties..it's a small back roads grocery/sandwich making place. Butttttt, I found this picture of PF with #2 son and realized I have to get over this....... This is our sweet son that has Asperger's. He was 3 yrs in that picture.......I can hear him now....when you ask him to say grace he says "grace" when you pull into the driveway he would yell HOME............


Friday, June 20, 2008

Holiday


I must say son #1 and son #3 did a pretty good job maintaining the home front for the 3 days we were gone. In other words no doggie accidents, rooms kept decent....I'll take that. I got to even hook on my rug for an hour last night. I took off from work this Thursday and Friday so it feels like a HOLIDAY. So, here I am killing more time. I'll post an update to the house soon...

Thursday, June 19, 2008

more hints





Our vacation spot...I decided to let visitors walk by for a small fee.............



The first picture is our mountain villa....

Now the reality kicks in...two tons of laundry to wash...... a stinky house to clean...BUT, FIRST the damn walk....I'm off..............

more hints


More pictures..please forgive the mistakes..I am always in a hurry



Why who is this? Could it be the #2 child that found my blog? Could it be the one we had a delightful visit with? Is she yakking to Mr. Jack...how wonderful her Mama, daddy are? Yes?

This is where I went for the past 3 days




This was fun great cool weather.....can you guess?








We took this bridge on on trip


Saturday, June 14, 2008

It's wear not ware or maybe kitchenware?

Friday, June 13, 2008

oops


oops here is the picture


The killer weekend


I have just gotten home, maybe an hour ago and I should be in bed asleep. I am messing with this blog. I dread the weekends...realllyyyy I dooooo . I am kind of job specific and work alone, which is good and bad. I have arguments with myself and I always win..that is a good thing..but then the no break no lunch..well..that is a half good thing, I refer to the eating. Now getting off subject..this is my blog thing so who cares? I have gotten bursitis in my left heel...who the hell gets bursitis in their heel of all places?? Tell me pleaseeeeeeeeeeeeee! I do not ware crazy shoes with heels I only ware Z-coils..maybe Z-coil people will see this ad and give me another pair of these babies, as they are not, I repeat, not cheap. I do write in run on sentences. The end for now.

This and that....

I am taking a breather, wasting time, tick tock, tick tock....... I got in around 11pm from work last night. PF is out of town. Son #1 asked me to make sure he got up by 5:15AM...I say sure why not.... So I get him up then can't get back to sleep..it is now maybe 6:30. I get up clean the kitchen, start a load of never ending laundry and change into my very sexy walking clothes. It's cloudy today so no hat. Do that damn walk thing. Realize I need to get the van to the car place for an oil change. Quick shower, take my wet uncombed hair and throw it in a rather strange bun with the antenna's(combs). I'm off..... I have to NOW get ready for work. Son#4 is going to Nature Camp for two weeks, he leaves Sunday. PF has to come back from his top secret job take #4 to the camp. Unfortunately, we will have to celebrate Dad's day on Monday. When #1 was much younger he asked why couldn't we celebrate children's day..good question...I told him EVERY day was children's day...I don't think he believed me?

Thursday, June 12, 2008

more on rug of pain....

Thanks for the comments privately and on the blog. It ended the end of April....our family is trying to get back to being a real family. How many parents can say their daughter when age 16 took care of their Grandmother so the Mom could work on Thursdays and Friday nights?! She fed her and and put her in the shower then gave her her breathing treatment and put her to bed. This was not a 30 minute job.... God gave me an angel when that child was born! She and her other 2 brothers also look out for our son#3. I know they will take care of him when we "kick the bucket" that means a great deal to PF and myself. And so I will end the mushy stuff....

Now we are looking forward to our first vacation in nearly 6 years...which will be another adventure in itself........

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

The rug of Pain


Lets see how to begin.....for 4 very, very long years I took total care of my mother in law. She lived with us, it was hard, very hard! I bathed and showered that woman morning and night and more if needed. She was not pleasant and her daughter was worse. She had dementia in the last 3 years of her life. So, you ask what in the hell were you thinking? Well, I did this because my husband asked me and I wanted my children to know family takes care of each other...no matter what. It took a toll on me and that is all I will say.....this rug is my rug of pain...many tears are embedded in the wool. For those that also go down this path.....I feel your pain, truly!

The new deck finished last summer



The other deck was too small. Maybe 3 people could go out on it sideways...

you can compare the pictures


I must add that the grey paint on the stones were picked out by my "interesting" helper...it will be changed but not now. We are concentrating on getting paint off. The bottom has been primed. I LOVE Benjamin Moore paint!!!!


Monday, June 9, 2008



We are scraping the heck out of this part of the house will update with new picture as this one is 4 years old..........but it is too HOT to scrape.

I grew up by the Ocean and bother, I would like to be there today!

Of course I am playing around with the stuff one can put on a blog.... but my #2 child did that video when she was 15..not bad....huh? I should take pictures of her paintings....

Wanted to post again

video

Love this...child #2 did when she was 16



These would make great rugs

Thursday, June 5, 2008

Another day another dollar.............

I'll try a larger font size, especially since I am in trifocal land. Don't you just love getting old.............

I always have aspirations to sleep in, dream on baby! Got up at 06:45 with the hubby (I'll call him PF....I really don't do the darling thing to him..of course, he MUST call me Darling baby or sweet princess..I'm getting off track) Got into my running/ walking/cleaning clothes...I must explain...it consists of a pair of old sweats that have gotten smaller in the length. They hover below the knees somewhat..I have bleach stains that look like hand prints as I constantly clean with the stuff and am forever ruining my clothes by forgetting, then wiping on my hind parts. So get the picture? I have an old sort of shirt I stole from PF and finally broke down to buy a runners bra. OK, I get the hat as I have very fair skin(princess remember) then get the ipod, oh put the sunglasses on and out I go. I do my 3 miles, which I hate, but I would truly blow up like a side of beef. My youngest is 15 and I still carry weight from him or so I tell people. My #3 child says I am just blown up with air...I need to suck it out NOW. So, I walk/run every day but the weekend. I then go into cook /clean mode as I am working this evening.....I am taking a break with my stinky /sweaty self wasting time with this blog. I have to vacuum the upstairs then its off to run errands. I am hoping to squeeze some me time for finishing this rug of pain..........another long story.........to save for another day.........

Wednesday, June 4, 2008

The trip to Union station in DC

I do NOT like to go places I have never been driving myself, even if I am a passenger and have been on the trip many times! My husband usually takes care of the driving and I tell him he is going the wrong way, or slow down, or just whatever I feel like! Alas, he had a meeting and I was on my own....I did have my daughter and one of my sons and a Garmin...but still not the same. We made it with 35 minutes to spare and then I forced myself to buy some much needed items at L'Occitane. We got our lunch at the corner deli...to go, of course! My number 3 child and I sat in the car in the parking garage, pigging out. He has Aspergers and sensory overload was kicking in, thus the car. We then turned our Garmin on and heard recalculating many times..called my hubby for back up and began our trip back home. There was quite a bit of screaming..on my part...as I knew I was lost and well I scream and say I am lost. Poor child #3 tries to calm me but I am way gone...We are now home from a white knuckle drive. My head is throbbing ......I need a perin tablet. Got that from the Birdcage movie......I watch it on a weekly schedule.....it saves my sanity.

Tuesday, June 3, 2008

First post

It has taken me bits and pieces of the day to put this together. Will try to do more later. I am in the process of scraping years of paint off this old lady. Tomorrow I take my sweet child to catch the train to NY state. She stays at her college to work during the summer. I will miss her.