Pleasant Surprises


Yesterday was full of pleasant surprises.  We had our first meeting with Sam’s new dog trainer.  When I initially spoke to her, I was a little put off because she sounded so young!  Not to be an age snob, but I was wondering how much experience could she have?  Will she even know how to deal with Sam’s more delicate issues?  Well, when she showed up, she was indeed pretty young, but then I am starting to get to an age where I think everyone under 37 is young:) This is where the first surprise of the day happened.  

When she came in the house, Sam actually growled.  Not her normal, I don’t like this person growl. But more of an, oh no, I think this person means business, sort of growl.  lol perfect!  This is a reaction I can live with.  Sam eventually settled down and we started talking.  The first thing that impressed me was how calm she was.  Not a shy quiet sort of calm, but a confident, poised, all together calm.  It was very reassuring, because to be quite honest, I was feeling pretty much like an idiot because I can’t figure out how to make Sam do what I want her to do.  She was full of suggestions on how I can start to deal with Sam’s separation anxiety now.  

But, I think the thing that I was most impressed with, was she said that the behaviors can be changed, but it will take time, consistency and it won’t be easy.  Good, at least now I am more than convinced she isn’t just someone looking to take advantage.  Next, we went out to take Sam for a little walk.  She showed me how to teach her not to pull when we walk.  One little step at a time.  But what she showed me really works.  It will take a while, but hey I have time.  I did feel like an idiot though, because it was really simple and I probably should have figured it out on my own.  But, I didn’t so I get the stupid people award for the day:) So, she is hired and we will probably start Tuesday. So that is that on Ms. Sam.  

Moving Right along.  Bill comes home for good (hopefully) Friday!  Yay!  The weather looks like it will cooperate, so maybe we can have a productive weekend and the outside of house will be finished before winter sets in.  

No, that wasn’t one of the surprises 🙂 The next surprise I discovered in my inbox.  It seems that an article I submitted a few weeks ago, then promptly forgot about, was accepted.  Yeah Money!  There was also an offer to submit another.  I also had another email inquiring about a teaching gig online.  Hmmmm, I’ll have to check that one out.  I have quite a lot on my plate as it is, but if I could find something that pays as well as me actually leaving the house to work, I think that is what I would rather do.  It would be tons more simple to be here, than to have to juggle schedules and transportation.  So, I will see where that goes.    

I still have not scheduled the X-ray.   I know very bad, but I must have another adult with me to watch the boys.  And I still don’t know for sure what time Bill will be home Friday.  So that still sits on my To Do list.

 It is Rosh Hashanah!  So Happy Jewish New Year!  But, technically not till sundown.

 L’shana Tova / Ketivah vi-chatima Tova.” This means: “For a good year / You should be written and sealed in the good (Book of Life).”  

That’s all for now Folks:)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Skippito Bandito


I have Skippyjon Jones on the brain.  We picked up the book at the library and now we read it all the time.  By all the time, I mean I read it 3 times before lunch yesterday, 2 times after and 2 more times before bed.  Usually, I won’t do that.  I don’t mind reading to the boys, but come on already once or twice is enough.  But, I really like reading Skippyjon.  I get to use a good amount of accents!.  And there is nothing I enjoy more than having everyone really get into a book.  The book is about a Siamese cat that acts like anything but a cat.  Evan loves the Alfredo Bumblebeeto Bandito, the bad guy.  Why am I talking about this book?  I have no clue.  But, while the fight scene wasn’t exactly choreographed by R.A. Salvatore, it was still exciting!    So,  I have an entire weeks curriculum for Evan based on Skippyjon.  We will see what other Skippyjon books we can find this weekend and get started Monday.  Okay enough with the kid books.

 Sam is doing good.  She seems like she is seeing pretty good, she hasn’t fallen or bumped into anything.  She has eaten, she is walking around, doing better:)  I however, am not.   I have to whine to my doctor today because my ribs f***** Hurt!  I know, I know.  Don’t carry a 50 pound dog when you have cracked ribs.  But, I didn’t have a choice.  It was the first time, I have ever been outside between 5 & 6 pm and everyone on the block wasn’t outside.  They were all gone, no one was home.  There must have been a party somewhere.    So, I will call and see if I can get something for pain so I can continue to breath.  I like breathing.  It only seems to hurt when I take deep breaths or when I sit for too long.  My boys require me to take a lot of deep breaths 😉  

The work on the house is still at a stand still.  Bill didn’t get to do much last time he was home, because he spent the weekend rebuilding the railing that Sam and I destroyed.  It looks great and it really sturdy now:)  But, we have to get all of the wood painted before winter, the soffits, fascia etc.  Hard to do when he isn’t home, but the river seems to be holding pretty steady and the levees seems to be holding.  Maybe they will re open the warehouse and he can come home soon.  Otherwise, I may have to just hire a sitter, and go up and do the painting myself.  Anyone want to come help me with the 50 foot ladder 🙂  

Last night we had some spectacular storms blow through, and I do mean blow.  I woke up about 10:30pm to hail pinging off the windows.  Looked out the window and saw several trees, pretty much laying sideways, the wind was blowing so hard.  Checked the local tv station and they were reporting 100 mph winds with the leading edge of the storm, which of course had just hit us.  I expected to see more damage than I did this morning.  But, it looks like other than a few branches down and some missing pool toys, we didn’t get any damage.  I suspect the pool toys are somewhere in OZ.  But, if you see a green blow up frog, let me know:)  

Well folks, I am off to get the boys around so we can get Mr. School guy out the door.  I just hope we have no more drama for at least 7 days 😉


It has been an eventful couple of weeks.  Bill had not even been gone a few hours before things started to fall apart.  I mean that literally.  First, the side door.  The door frame is very old, 123 years old in a couple of weeks, the top hinge came out.  Sounds simple enough to fix.  It should be, except the door frame is secured to brick.  I can’t figure out how to fix it.  So, I locked up the door and put a big chair in front of it.  It is fine as long as no one tries to open it.  Next, the a/c unit in my bedroom, decides it is entirely too hot to continue to work.  So, it stopped working.  Next, the downstairs a/c decided that it only wanted to work occasionally.  Then the next morning, the fridge died. After much drama, a new fridge was to be delivered Wednesday.  It was.  It stopped working sometime Wednesday night.  More Drama and a replacement was to be delivered the following Wednesday.  Bill lost his mind.  After some more drama, they decided that they could in fact deliver a replacement on Sunday.  So, we went to stay with Bill’s parents.  The boys had a wonderful time.  We got to see Bill’s great Uncle which was very nice! The new fridge arrived Sunday, after the Driver got lost.  Apparently, whoever gave him directions neglected to let him know about all of the road closures due to the floods.  He was almost 2 hours late.  I did let him know that he would have to remove the front door and the doors to both of the refrigerators, because otherwise, they would not fit through the doorways.  He didn’t believe me for some reason.  So, when they were trying to get the broken fridge out, they gouged up my kitchen doorway and tore up the fridge.  They did remove the doors to the 2nd fridge and it fit just fine……go figure.  This fridge is working just fine.  There should be someone out to fix the doorway this week.  The last remaining a/c is doing the best it can and we are at least able to maintain a temperature of 80-87 degrees inside the house.  It does get cooler at night and it is better than nothing.  Bill will get replacement a/c units when he gets back to town.  At least the river has gone down a bit and now they are saying it should go down considerably by the end of August.  Which, in theory, would mean that Bill would be able to come home and stay.  We will see.  So, he will be gone for Evan’s Birthday and Aden’s first day of school.  He really wanted to take Aden for his first day.  He also wanted to take him to get enrolled, but, he will be gone then too.  It sucks.  I miss my husband, a lot.  We really haven’t been apart very often.  The only time was right after Aden was born and he was working on the house, but I got to see him every couple of days then.  This every two-week thing is getting old quickly!  I know, lots of people have it worse, but this is my blog so I can complain about whatever I want to:)   So, that is what I am doing!  Since there is no a/c upstairs and it is unbearably hot outside, the boys and I are confined to 2 rooms downstairs.  So far, no one has killed anyone, yet.  But, I think we may be getting close lol.   Not everything is going badly.  The roof is Officially Finished!!!!!! Bill received a wonderful thank you letter from the president of the company, thanking him for going ‘above and beyond’ and outstanding service, etc.  It even had a real signature.  Fancy Dancy.  The laundry is caught up, Mama cat didn’t die from the stress of going to stay with Bill’s folks and being surrounded by 4 dogs and the horribly annoying eye twitch I developed the day after Bill left, seems to be gone.  So I guess it isn’t all doom & gloom.  The fence not getting done doesn’t really seem like such a priority when it is too hot to even go outside:)  But if the river does go down and Bill gets to come home Early September, that will give him plenty of time to get it done.  The painting shouldn’t take that long, we have more brick than wood.  The only thing that may be time consuming will be the porch, which is all wood.  But, the old paint is pretty much all scraped off. I won’t even go into the insulation in the attic and finishing the back bathroom and laundry room.   There is just always so much to be done!  It will get done when it gets done, no sense worrying about things I can’t do anything about.  So, I will go and worry about what I am going to make for lunch:)

True Blood, Ants, To Roof or Not to Roof

True Blood, Ants, To Roof or Not to Roof


So,  my sister-in-law got the whole True Blood book series.  She got a bit distracted by another book about 1 chapter into the first book, so I was lucky enough to get to borrow them.  Normally, I really don’t read  Vampire books.  But back in January I had a hysterectomy and needed something to keep me occupied while I was spending all my time in bed.  I chose The Firefly series and  True Blood seasons 1 & 2.  Mostly because I didn’t think either one would require much thinking.  I had seem a couple of the Firefly episodes before it was cancelled and loved it.  I loved watching all of the episodes and the movie even more.

Now on to True Blood.  I had never even heard of it or the books.  Not my normal genre.  But, when I was getting ready for the surgery I looked up several Sci-Fi movies/series, to see what people liked.  They were both pretty high up on the lists.  So that’s what I got.

I went through the first 2 seasons in about 4 days.  Outstanding.  First, off the music was just perfect.  I had a bit of a hard time though with Sookie wanting to be with Bill and not Eric.  I don’t think I really have to explain that, but I will anyway.  Bill is alright.  But Eric, is, well, he’s Eric.  If you haven’t seen Eric and don’t know what I am talking about it.  I highly suggest you look him up.  I don’t have the words to describe Eric.  OMG, Yummy, Damn and Damn Skippy, come to mind, but I really couldn’t do him justice if I wanted to.  But, as my friend T would say, ” I wouldn’t kick him out of bed for eating crackers”.  I really don’t know how he is as a person. But, his character is awesome. 

So anyway, I started book 1 of the series Sunday about 7pm.  Finished it Monday around noon.  I am now just about done with book 4.  I didn’t know how I would feel about books, since I had watched the series.  I thought I would have to just sort of bear with it, till I got to material that was new to me.  The books and the TV series, are just enough alike, to make it comfortable. But, they have enough differences to keep me interested.  I am normally one of those people who will always prefer to read the books instead of watching the show, and normally wouldn’t watch the show until I had read the books.  But, I am pleasantly pleased.  While there are significant differences  between the shows and the books, I am still hooked.  I am so loving this 4th book.  Its about time Sookie got busy with Eric, even if it’s not the Eric I know and love:)

Alrighty then, next subject.  Ants.

I really don’t have anything against ants.  I like them well enough, they are interesting.  But, being the weirdo I am, I prefer that they stay outside.  You know its summer or close to it and about to storm, when ants start invading my house.  Yesterday, about 10 am the boys discovered them marching in through the living room window.  I have a fan stuck in the window and they were just climbing right on in.  Lucky for me, I have 2 very curious boys, who decided the ants wanted to be their new pets.  After a couple of hours of them trying to play with, and cuddle the ants, the population was diminished enough, that the other ants stopped trying to come in. 

Supposedly the roofers are going to start the tear off today.  We’ll see.  I’ve heard that before.  There was a 50 % chance of rain yesterday, so they didn’t show.  It really didn’t start raining till evening.  There is a 50% chance today and another chance for tomorrow.  I have no idea if they will show or not.  Their materials are getting soaked.  Next week looks pretty good so far, but I am convinced that the weather people really dont’ have a clue, what the weather is going to be like until it happens. 

I did get to do some checking to see how the plants did.  The tiger lilies didn’t do so well with the carpenters.  They took quite a beating and I doubt if the will grow anymore or bloom this season.  The yarrow is starting to flower.  My Sweet Williams are coming up.  My spinach, lettuce & Mustard are really doing great.  The peas are coming up and finally so are the green & yellow beans.  Chives, basil & cilanto have all sprouted.  My Irises have started to bloom, and the wind last night didn’t knock the blooms off!  It may have something to do with me going out before the storm hit and taking pictures of the blooms.  I figured that I should take a few pictures because the wind would strip the blooms off.  It is occasionally nice to be wrong:)

WooHoo, Chris, contractor extradinare just called with an update.  It seems that they will be making an appearance this afternoon, possibly. Rain chances are down to 40%.  Which he may decide to chance.  From my knowledge of rain and this particular area, 40% means it, most likely will rain.  But, I’m not the person who will have to be on the roof or the person who will have to deal with making sure no water gets in my house if they do decide to start tearing off.

Tomorrow am I am back to the hospital to get squished again.  The tech that is going to do it says that I will probably hate her.  This time she said, she can pretty much guarantee its gonna hurt.  Geez, that really makes me want to go.  Call me old fashioned, but if someone is going to feel me up, I would at least like a couple of drinks, maybe some snacks.  Since its just a feeling up, I don’t really feel entitled to a full on dinner, but something would be nice:)

Well, I am out of here.  Need to check out the library account to see if they have anything good waiting for me.  At least I know that the True Blood HBO series is on their ‘to Buy’  list so I will get to see the rest of the seasons, eventually.  Its pretty hard to get any new series on DVD, when they first buy it, because I am not the only person who wants to watch.  I wish they had a waiting list I could get on before they buy the series:)

Anyway, I am out of here.  Off to do the laundry and some cleaning.  At least its not hot today:)

>Gardening, Historical Issues & yet a few more Issues :)


>So, we met with the Roofer yesterday.  Everything is set up and ready for them to start.  Colors have been picked, shingles are ordered, all other misc materials ordered. They will be out about 8 am next Tuesday to get started.  Since we are the first big job they have, we get a big crew to work.  With such a big crew, the sofits and fascia should only take 2 days for the entire house.  As soon as that is done, weather permitting, they will start the roof tear off and rebuild.  With a crew of 20 guys, he thinks that they can bang out the roof in 3-4 days, remember its an entire rebuild.  When that is complete, the gutter guys can start.  That may take as long as a week, and because of that they are going to set up a temporay gutter system thingy, in case it rains while they are trying to restore the Yankee gutters.  I can finally see the light at the end of the endless remodeling tunnel.  So, here is the Before picture. Hopefully, next week, I’ll have a much nicer After picture.

Interesting bit of information.  The guy who we have been dealing with for the roofer, he’s the owner of the company, is also the nephew of the people who used to live next door, in the house that is being torn down.  He told Bill that he really should go over and salvage what he can from the house, he spoke to his Aunt, who now lives in Texas, and she said it was fine with her.  That’s nice and everything,but the city now owns the house.  So, I called the City.  They said no, at first. So then I called the historical society and told them the situation.  We need 3 windows, 2 window sills, and if we can get to them, we would like to snag 2 hardware pieces for one of our transome windows.  We would also like to see if they have any hardware left on any of the downstairs doors.  One of our doors doesn’t have the original hardware.  After a few hours, the city called me back and said we could go and get what we need, as long as it is done in a safe manner, the house is condeemed after all and we get everything out by June first.  I don’t think that will be a problem, seeing as how we need the stuff now. lol.  Since, the guy seemed in a generous mood, I asked about getting some of the brick, when they start knocking down the house.  He said that we can do that, after the basement has been filled in.  Outstanding!  That should give us plenty of brick to make the retaining wall in the back and a brick patio/bbq area.  Aden is still convinced that we should make him and Evan a brick playhouse.  He even drew up ‘plans’ so we will know how to build it.  We’ll see. It would be kinda cute though.  I should post the picture he drew its a bit unrealistic.  But, then this is the kid, who thinks we should build a rocket ship out of brick too.  I don’t think he really gets the whole concept of physics just yet:)
So, the Historical society will be out today, sometime to take yet more pictures.  They must have already taken several hundred.  I know that on the inital application, I sent 178 pictures. How many do these people really need 🙂  They are also going to be coming up through each stage of this roof thing, to take pictures of that.  So, that’s that.
Next up on the list, the garden.  Man, this is turning out to be pretty tricky.  Since the roof materials will be dropped off in the back yard, where we normally put in the vegetable garden, we have to make sure the guys have a clear path to get to the materials.  So we have moved the garden over to the west side of the yard.  This does not give us enough room.  If I want to have enough vegetablea to put up for winter, I need alot more space.  It takes 5 rows, 20 feet long,  of green & wax beans, to give us enough to eat all summer and have enough left over to freeze or can, to get us through the winter.  I have enough space to do that, but then I don’t have any room for anything else.  I eat a ton of spinach.  I am not kidding, we go through about 2 pounds a week of fresh spinach.  I also like lettuce, tomatoes, peppers, squash, cantalope and cucumbers. Not to mention the herb garden, which gets pretty big too, because what plants I don’t bring in for the winter, I like to dry or freeze. Plus, we use them almost daily once they start coming in. That take alot of room.  I don’t like it, but it looks like we will have to wait till the roofers are done, before I can put that stuff in.  Which means a longer wait till I can start eating 🙂 Oh well, it is for a good cause.

The next big issue is the boobs.  The big squishing is Friday morning, and I am starting to get pretty nervous.  Not so much for the squishing, I think I can handle that.  I am getting pretty nervous about the results.  I had someone ask me what I would do, if the results of the test were bad.  Ah, well, I am trying not to think about that.  But, she mentioned that I may want to, just in case.  But, I don’t want to.  But, now the idea is already planted in my head, and it won’t go away.  Its like a cheesy song that won’t go away lol.  Maybe I should watch the Wiggles for an hour or so, that way the only thing stuck in my head is that Big Red Car song lol.   Yeah, I like the Wiggles…What of it?
I also really enjoy Turbo Dogs and Jane and the Dragon.  I heard that they are coming out with a Smurf movie.  I frickin’ love the Smurfs!!!!!  Although, I always thought it was a bit strange that there was only 1 Smurfette and all of the others were boys….  It totally makes sense to me now.  No, wonder all the other smurfs, did whatever Smurfette wanted.  I’m not going to say it, but I think I know what was really going on!
I have noticed that alot with cartoons.  I never picked up on the adult humor in them when I was a kid, obviously.   But, now watching them again with my kids, alot of them are just really frickin’ funny.  But, I still think I am old enough to know what it is that the Road Runner is saying, they can stop bleeping it out 🙂
Alright, I guess I should get off here and get busy.  I am sure there is something I should be doing:)