Thursday, July 2, 2015

you've got mail

I love the feeling of excitement when something slips through the mail slot with my name on it. Especially when the return address is The Villages, Florida. What ever could it be? Could it be cold hard cash?  A check for yet another project around the house? Or maybe a recent recipe my dad tried? Or just a letter of appreciation for what a fine daughter I eventually turned out to be...
Today it was none of those things. Of course it was a newspaper clipping warning of the dangers of the sharks on North Carolina beaches. Of course. What else would it be?
They need not worry. In preparation for our upcoming vacation to the Outer Banks we are sponsoring a Jaws marathon, complete with homemade popcorn and ice cold lemonade. They will all be too scared to go past their ankles.

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

a day like no other


I know June 9th has to come every year. I know I don't want to be able to make it through without remembering. And with remembering comes the tears.

We should have an almost 5 year old little girl upstairs. And it really sucks that we don't. 

That is all.


Saturday, May 2, 2015

goodbye fountain

So we inherited a ginormous concrete fountain in the center of our front yard. We could have made it work but winter of 2014 was a bit too much for it and the largest bowl cracked into about 5 pieces. It's been sitting in the middle of the yard that way for over a year. Today I made up my mind to change that.
I decided the best course of action would be to smash it into bits and put the bits into boxes. The woman with the spout was still in one piece but I couldn't lift her so I tipped her on her side and began rolling her very gracefully to the curb.
"Whoa, where do you want that?" I turned to see a large man approaching from the halfway house next door. He picked her up and set her on the curb for me and introduced himself to me as "Johnny" all in one motion. Then I pointed to the largest part of the bowl and jokingly said, "That one too."
He said to give him a minute and he would help me out. I figured it would take the entire afternoon. He showed up a minute later with a cold drink and a sledgehammer. In the time it took me to step inside to tend to a daycare kid that just got up from nap, he had the entire thing stacked neatly on the curb in liftable sized peices.

Me: "Oh my gosh!"
Johnny: "That's how I roll."

Very good to meet you Johnny.

Monday, April 13, 2015

sitting here

Wondering things like what is the best course of action when 6 inches of the zip-it breaks off deep in the drain? And how to quiet the instant water heater so my neighbor can sleep? And what exactly is the odd smell in the air in the addition?

I won't fix any of those things today but I do think we will start being nicer to our garbage man. He collected a bunch of stuff from us today while 3 adorable preschoolers sat a mere 10 yards away from him watching awestruck. He did not even crack a smile. 

Do you think he is a Coke or a Pepsi guy?

Update: The best course of action is NOT to break your zip-it. I closed up the drain and will wait to deal with this one when it's clogged.
The instant water heater was a quick fix over the phone with the manufacturer. Something to do with combustion rate. 
Smell is still unidentified. It may be a "house" smell.  

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

that was a close one

The electricians were back yesterday to fix the second floor electric. I guess the ceiling fans, tvs, xbox, playstation, clock, and charging stations were too much.
So after four hours of work for two guys and a RE-opened kitchen ceiling, we now have 3 breakers in place of one.
And THAT is exactly why you hire a qualified electrician to do all your wiring. 

Monday, March 30, 2015

a safe place

Things we put in a safe place so we would be sure not to lose them in the move but have turned up lost nonetheless:

1. Kevin's bag of shaving cream, razor, toothbrush, and paste. So he would be acceptable for church the next morning. Yeah....LOST.

2. Fitbit charger. Because I knew it was little but important and I would need it soon. LOST. (Ironically found in the box with the medicine cabinet items one day AFTER the new one arrived.)

3. Kevin's wristwatch. This turned up two days later in the washing machine. His safe place was the front pocket of his hoodie. Too bad his toiletries didn't fit there.

4. Essential oils in a large wooden box. No excuse.

To be continued...

Monday, March 9, 2015

how to buy a table saw

1. Use the Home Depot app to bring up what is available because the only money you have left is a line of credit there.
2. Take a look at the reviews to make sure it has at least three stars.
3. Cute colors like a neon green are a plus. Under 50 lbs is good too because you have to lift it.
4. Remember you're not good enough at home improvement yet to purchase anything that says Dewalt.
5. Seeing "large on off switch for accessibility and visibility" is a great comment to read in the product description. Very helpful to be able to see this when you are distracted by a lot of blood.
6. So filter what's left by lowest price first then select. 
Easy peasy.