Archive for January, 2009

NOTHING MAJOR but TIRED

Friday, January 30th, 2009

I did absolutely nothing today that required very much physical energy and I am tired!

Prepared stew beef and pork ribs for meals next week.  That surely was not hard, put them on the stove and let them simmer for about 4 hours.

Looked at every picture in 2 sweater size boxes that my mom had, some I threw away because I have no idea who they are.  Bless her, she tired to write the names and some ages on the back of a few.  A great grand son she noted as being 2 weeks not 2 months on more than one pic.  That’s ok, she was probably close to 90 when she was making these notes.

The purpose of going thru those pics is to once again have the room she used livable.  Once I brought things from her house to mine, I more or less closed the door on that room.  It is past time, a long time past that I should get it back to being a part of our house rather than the room Mother used.  Yes, I used it as needed when she was in the nursing facility, but since she died, I have put off what needed to be done.   This is just a part of my retirement goals.  Get the house clean, straight and much less cluttered and keep it that way.

Enough whining—hope you each enjoy your Saturday.

SELF PORTRAIT SUNDAY 1-25-09

Sunday, January 25th, 2009

no SPS today.  I am choking from whatever is in my throat from my thyroid.  The choking comes and goes but for the last few days has not gone for long at the time.   I also feel like I am going to ‘barf’ at any moment.

CRAFT CLUB 1-23-09

Friday, January 23rd, 2009

Does this count as a craft?  I sure hope it does because it is about to get the best of me!  Not a painter–never have been and doubt that I ever will be.

Can you tell how tall I am!!!!?

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HOW to PAINT

Friday, January 23rd, 2009

DD#2 just called me and asked what are you doing.  Of course, I said laundry and then am gonna go outside and start the kilzing.  She said after it dries make sure that I do not need 2 coats and put the kilz on just like I would paint my fingernails.  Make sense to me but I have never thought of painting in those terms.

I sure hope I can do this correctly.  If I can, it will save a lot of time tomorrow when those that know what they are doing are here.

LAUNDRY, LAUNDRY, and MORE LAUNDRY

Friday, January 23rd, 2009

It seems that I can never get laundry baskets empty.  I have folded a load this morning and am waiting for the dryer to stop so that I can fold that load.  I need to laundry my work clothes, but I have to be very attentive to those so they will not wrinkle, they will be done another day.  I have too many irons in the fire today to have to constantly check the progress of the washer or dryer.  However, I can put in a load of whites and not have to worry about them.

I am scheduled to work Monday, so just maybe, I can devote Tuesday to the laundry.  It would help considerably if I would eliminate some of my clothes, that would give me less laundry and more storage. Maybe as I go from room to room with my cleaning I can do that.  I still have some of Mother’s clothes here.  It is long past the time to donate them.

Sitting here is not doing any of ALL that I need to get accomplished today.

TIME to START

Friday, January 23rd, 2009

Today, I will start applying the Kilz to the cabinets and wall that are to be painted tomorrow.  Folks, I am so nervous about doing this.  I have not painted in probably 25 years.   Anyway, the high today is suppose to be 60 degrees so I will do some of it outside.

After all the redecorating is done, Should I or should I not get Sferra linens for my dining table?  Probably not, table linens from K-mart or Wal-mart will do for me.

GETTING READY to PAINT

Wednesday, January 21st, 2009

I am trying to get the cabinets ready to paint.  Wow! what a job.  DD#2 did tell me that rubbing alcohol would cut grease and boy does it ever.  Only thing, one has to be careful not to remove paint.  It will remove the finish.  The finish does not matter in this case.  After they are painted, I will have to use warm water to clean them and do it on a regular basis and they will not become the mess they were.  As a reminder, I will put it on my Tuesday chore card.

I still have to do the cabinets below the sink and the drawers by the stove.

I tried to take off one of the hinges but could not.  The inside has a wierd shaped screw head and I don’t have that type screwdriver.  Don’t know what I’m gonna do now.  The hardware really needs to be replaced because of the new look.

Oh, I need to get up and get that job finished so that I can prepare supper for DH.  Um Um it’s gonna be good:  smoked p. chops, rice with chop grease in it, peas, and creamed potatoes.  I know that is 3 starches, but that is what he wants and how we eat.

PLACEMATS

Sunday, January 18th, 2009

Pictured below is the placemat that I would like to have at least 4.  Problem is, this mat is a seasonal item and the local Wal-mart only had 2.  I called the 2 Wal-marts across the river, they had none.

I am going to email my brother and a few other people hoping that when they are out and about, they may find them for me.  I want at least 2 more but even as many as 10 more would not be a problem.
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This is Mainstays ‘Old Fashioned Apples‘, the upc code is 0 73558 58034 8, item #1138AW.

If I did not want this, the store would have an over supply of them.

SELF PORTRAIT SUNDAY 1-18-09

Sunday, January 18th, 2009

Looking at my apple clock and the last 2 paint chips.   Still can’t decide.dscf15391
thought it would be fun to go back to the old days–only black and white photos.

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BLOG your BLESSING

Sunday, January 18th, 2009

Blessings come in so many different ways and forms.

Family to spend days with, doing nothing special, just being together.  Or maybe we only have a few minutes or a couple of hours.  Memories of importance can be made in this time.

A smile from a stranger on a bad day or a phone call from a friend just to say “hi” on a good day.   A friendly, smiling cashier rather than one who does not even make eye contact.

Weather that you like or that you do not.  It takes it all blended together.  If we do not like the heat then we consider the cold a blessing or vice versa.  Sunshine before the rain and the rainbow after the rain.

Jobs that we like or ones that we do not because that is all we’ve done and think we are too old to change.  Ones that give us a feeling of satisfaction when completed, as we stand back and look at what we have done.  Jobs that the sole purpose is to help others.  Or when the days of reporting to our job are over, we can enjoy retirement.

Enjoy your week of blessings.  We all have them, tho sometimes we cannot see the sun because of the clouds that are sometimes upon us at any given moment.

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