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 😉

>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:)

>Rain, Headache, My Old House, Abandoned Puppy & Roofers


>I woke up about 3:30 am with a massive headache.  So, I am sitting here waiting the Motrin & coffee to kick in.  Maybe that will help.  I am not sure if it is just a tension headache or maybe its the allergies, or maybe even both.  Whatever the cause, it is starting to get on my nerve.
I have a friend out in California, who has been beside herself worrying about a neighbor’s 10 month old German shepherd.  The dog has been alone in the house since last Monday, crying.  She called Animal control, the police & several news stations trying to get someone to come and check on the puppy.  She couldn’t go over there, she has cerebral palsy. Finally, yesterday after one of the news stations was able to get someone to check on the dog.  Still no sign of the owners, but at least the puppy has food and water.  They will keep checking on the dog, and if the owners don’t show up soon, they will take him.  My friend, still would like a few minutes alone with the owners & everyone who wouldn’t come out. Maybe now the puppy will be okay.
It has rained for 24 straight hours.  Which has had me running around like a crazy person, trying to catch the leaks.  That sounds worse than it actually is.  There are only 3 leaks.  2 in the attic, near the roof hatch and one where the addition meets the house. As far as that one goes, its because it needs new flashing. The two in the attic are being caught in buckets.  So I am doubly glad Bill is off today.  Those buckets are full and I am just not coordinated enough to bring full buckets down the ladder from the attic. 
They are calling for the rain to end this morning.  The forecast is clear until Saturday afternoon, so hopefully that holds true.  The roofer will be out today and I hope he can get everything started.  He said the whole job should take about 2 weeks.  Its not so much the tear off, re-decking and shingles that will take the longest, its all the other crap.  Fascia, Sofits, gingerbread, flashing, etc., that will take the longest.  They are pretty much ripping the roof off and rebuilding it.  Of course, being the difficult people we are, we couldn’t just go with new gutters, we are repairing the old Yankee gutters.  Pain in the ass.  But, we have looked at alot of houses that have had the Yankee gutters replaced with the new kind, and it just looks funny.  Whats the point of having all of the fancy woodwork decorating the house, if you can’t see it because there is metal covering it.  With the Yankee gutters, the gutter is build into the roof so you can’t see it very much. 
I just want to get this done already.  I’ve been with Bill, twelve years now.  9 of those have been living in one remodeling project or another.  I love my husband and am so glad he is good at this sort of thing, but enough already 🙂  I have informed him that I will not, ever, live in another house that is not finished.  Completely.  If he wants to buy another handyman especial, he will need to rehab and or restore it, before I move in.  At least this house is structurally sound.  The place he did in Florida, was not.  It needed all new floor joints.  That was interesting.  But it was very impressive to watch Bill re-build it.  He has mad skills.  When we moved in here, the last owners had put in carpet throughout the house.  We of course ripped it up.  I don’t like carpet.  They had used a very generous amount of glue on top of oak hardwood floors.  They had also glued carpet on top of Walnut stairs.  Walnut!!!!  The floors upstairs were pine, and only tacked down, but still.  They even had carpet in the bathrooms and kitchen.  Bill was able to sand down and re-finish all the downstairs floors, with the exception of the kitchen.  The carpet was covering several places that had severe rot.  Upstairs he had to put in new wood floors.  So instead of pine he went with a 4 inch oak planks.  I love those floors.  You can really see the grain because those aren’t stained.  The downstairs floors are stained and because of the boys and all the critters, will have to be refinished, eventually. 
Other issues with house, included burl wood, pocket doors, that had the hardware removed and the doors were shoved back into the pockets, while they were not hung.  We found the hardware in basement in a pile of junk. Bill got those all fixed up and hung.  There also wasn’t a level surface in the house.  He spent months jacking up the floors, quarter inch, by painful, quarter inch.  The floor joists are made out of Redwood.  And they are pretty much petrified now.  But, they still smell really nice.  Strange.  Anyway, its been one thing after another.  Jacking up floors, so doors would work. Finding William Morris wallpaper in the bathroom along with an archway that had been sealed up, that led to the master bedroom.  But the roof is our last major project.
Once that is done, its all smaller things.  Rebuilding the addition, this time to code, with insulation and proper wiring & plumbing.  It sounds like a big job, but its really not. The back room is small.  Then some minor cosmetic things.  Then we can actually hang pictures on the walls, get curtains to match, and make it look like people live here. Not like people are just are working here:)
That the house doesn’t look like much of a home, has always bugged Bill’s dad.  He is the type that just hires the work done.  He was always telling us just to hire someone.  And pay them with what??  Our good looks and Charming personality??  Right.  Besides, Bill likes doing it himself, yes it takes him a while to get stuff done, because he is always working, but its done right, the first time.  He is a bit of a perfectionist, which is okay with me:)
It looks like we’ll be in the house for several more years, so why not have it the way we want it?  Yes, alot of things could have been done the easy way, like using drywall, instead of plaster, to repair the walls and ceilings, but we like plaster 🙂  We like the old floors and the 6 foot claw foot tub. The tub was the deciding factor for me, on this house.  The only way they could have gotten the tub into the house, was by putting it in before the roof was on.  They hoisted it up with mules.  That to me is just awesome.
Once everything is done with the house itself, I can get down to the business of finally landscaping!!!  Organized gardens, instead of just putting stuff wherever I can find a spot. 
Anyway, it will probably be a long day, so I should probably get busy.

>I-Phone, Tomato Thieves, SWAT Teams & Stupid People


> I still haven’t got the hang of the title thing. I was told to make sure my title is relevant. Relevant to whom? Me, You, People in Singapore, the Dog? Now its been a long time since I took any writing classes or even an English class, but I seem to recall, way back in the day, before crawlers, that your title was just your title. Not a bunch of key words strung together. Granted, they didn’t have crawlers then, but why should I cater to them? If I was doing the title I wanted it would look more like this.
‘Stupid Mother leaves babies in car, Swat Team called in while Tomato Thieves run Rampant through Florida, all while being tracked by their I-phones’.
Its a bit long, but I think it sums it up better. I am starting to really dislike key words. I especially don’t like tags.
Whatever, I should stop or I’ll end up complaining about it all day 🙂
So the porch guys came back out yesterday with an engineer this time. Smart move on their part. After several hours of fiddling, the North column is as good as it is going to get, with taking it completely apart and getting a real mason to rebuild it.
Bill is actually considering this. I think it is a very bad idea, for now. The porch roof is supported, it will not move. The columns are as level and straight as they are going to get. Let’s just get the roof done, before any more damage is done. We can always rebuild the column at a later date, after the roof is done.
Speaking of the roof, we just saved $3500 on the roof, by switching 2 materials for the sofits and facia. Awesome!!!! We aren’t sacrificing anything because both materials have a 50 year warranty. Works for me. So instead of using PVC for the facia, we are going with fiber cement. And Engineered wood Strand for the sofits. So, there we are. Hopefully, very soon, I can start complaining about what a mess the roofers are making, I hope.
Let’s see, Evan is feeling better today, I think. Yesterday, I couldn’t get him to eat anything, which is very strange for him. He eats everything in sight.
Bill is so looking forward to having the weekend off! I am too. It just seems like I see him less now, than I did before he was promoted.
I wanted to make sure the boys had something to wear for tomorrow night, so I went upstairs to make sure I could find their dress clothes. Yep, I found them. Damn it! they don’t fit! How can this be? Evan’s slacks are about 2 inches to short, Aden’s are to tight in the waist, which means Evan won’t be able to wear those either. At least, I can give Evan, Aden’s shirt, then I am only down 1 shirt and 2 pairs of pants. I know I kept alot of boys clothes from when I was doing Ebay, so I should have a bin or two somewhere, with pants and shirts. But I think I only kept size 6,7 & 8. Aden needs a 5 slim or he did. I have the sewing machine out so I can always take in a size 6 and let it out later. But what a pain. At least I found out yesterday, and not tomorrow when I was trying to get them ready. Now I just have to find that bin! And I have to fine me something that fits. It does really amaze me, how skinny Aden is now. He was such a fat baby! Not chubby, huge.
I did find this sewing sit online, that talked about customizing your store bought bras. They had awesome instructions on how to take in your bras. I followed the instructions and now one of my nice bras fits! Finally! I had to take in 2 inches on each side of the band, but I was to scared to actually cut the material out. What if I end up getting bigger and need those inches back? Bras are stupid expensive. Well, the ones I got were anyway 🙂
But since the sewing machine is out I can start taking in my jeans so I don’t have to keep using Bill’s belt. I know, I could just go and by a belt, but that would involve actually spending money 🙂
Storms today and it looks like through the weekend 😦 I wanted to try and get the garden in Saturday. I want to at least get in spinach, lettuce, tomatoes. I think the green beans & peas can wait a couple of weeks.
Bill will just have to fence around the garden.
Okay so I watched the news this morning. Yep you guessed it, it was an idiot fest.
First, we have a mother, who drove her mini-van to dollar general or dollar tree, one of those, left her 11 month old and her 3 year old in the van, while it was running, and she went into the store. When she came back out she noticed her van driving away. The SWAT team was called in, and a 3 hour stand off, ensued. The children are okay. Maybe its just me, but what kind of idiot leaves her kids in the car, while its running, to go shopping????? Does she not watch the news, ever? She told authorities that she has never had a problem before, because the 3 years looks after the baby… The 3 year old! Really? I have a three year old, I wouldn’t trust him to babysit anything living. I can’t believe the mother isn’t in trouble.
Next up on the list.
It seems that there is a new organized crime ring in Florida. If this doesn’t convince you the economy is in the toilet, nothing will.
Apparently these guys, set up a fake trucking company, in order to steal….wait for it…….tomatoes.
Tomatoes. Hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of…tomatoes. They have yet to be caught. So, be very careful out there. They could be armed with bacon & lettuce. Very Dangerous. I wonder if when we plant our tomatoes we should put in some sort of security system??? Maybe we will just let Sam stay outside at night to guard them? Maybe we should get a couple of vicious Doberman’s to guard the tomatoes.
The next idiot was perhaps my favorite. This guy was in court for parole violations and he decided that instead of going to jail, he would try jumping out the window. He broke the window, then tried to jump out. He was stopped by a petite policewoman, who yanked him back into the room. He only suffered cuts and scraps. She probably saved his life, since it would have been a fall of a couple of stories. I think, she should have let him jump. They would have had plenty of time to send officers down to the parking lot to make sure he didn’t get away, just in case he lived. He might have only broken his legs. It would have saved the state tons of money. Unless of course he did live and broke alot of bones, then the state is stuck paying his medical bills. Okay, I have to change my mind. The policewoman was right to stop him.
But it was still funny.
Then we have the story about how people with I-phones are having their movements tracked by their phone. Gotta love it.
On today’s agenda, we have alterations to make and hair to cut, if Aden will let me. He is starting to look a bit like Shaggy (from Scooby Doo, not the singer, although I really like that Shaggy)
I hear the laundry and litter box calling my name. Oh joy of joys!
Protect your tomatoes!!!!