Sunday, October 30, 2011

On the Move

So there are a lot of things happening around here.  On Tuesday, I can start moving into my new townhouse.  I have been gathering up all of the odds and ends of my life here at Grandma's and am getting excited to dig out the rest from the storage unit.

I bought a brand spanking new sofa.  I nixed the $59 delivery fee and will pick it up on Tuesday.  This is the first sofa I have picked out and bought myself.  When I was married my ex bought me a sofa and love seat for an anniversary gift.  I liked them enough but was a little bugged that I didn't get to pick them out.  My last sofa was a hand me down.  I am almost as excited about the sofa as I am about the move.  

To add yet another level of excitement to the upcoming week, I only have to work on Monday then I am off until the 14th. Almost two full weeks of paid vacation.  I am going to need it. 

Not only am I moving, Grandma is moving as well.  We have found an assisted living facility that I think she will really enjoy.  It is very homey, she will have a suite with living room, kitchenette, full bathroom, and bedroom.  She can take her own furniture and make it into her new "home".   The weekend has been busy with her picking out what she will be taking and me packing my own stuff.

If I don't post this week at least it won't be out of laziness. 

Hope all of you have a great week.


Again my ability to think up creative titles astounds me.  I have a little, teeny, tiny, flying dilemma.  As the creative title suggests, it would be gnats. 

How on earth do I get rid of them?  I believe they are coming from the fern.  I spray the leaves, soil, and little water catcher on the bottom at least once a week with a houseplant bug killer BUT THEY WON"T GO AWAY. 

We re potted the fern in June, nearly killed it, and I have been babying it along.  In the past month or so it has come out of its near death experience and Grandma wants me to take it with me.  I do not want the gnats coming along for the ride.  Will repotting again help?  How about a new pot without the water catcher thingy on the bottom?

I apologize that after being MIA, I write this pitiful gnatty post.  When life slows done a tad, hopefully, I will be able to come up with something more substantive.

Monday, October 10, 2011

Why I Almost Cried at Lowe's

My Mom works at Lowe's and today I needed to drop something off to her.  As I was walking down an aisle with her, I found these project aprons and had to buy one.  I think it was just under $3 with $.60 going to support breast cancer research, etc.

But that isn't why I nearly cried.  After I picked it up, my Mom told me about the lady that lives behind them.  My parents don't know the couple that well but through the church grapevine, they found out that the wife has breast cancer and has recently had a double mastectomy.  They have two small boys and have asked that not many people come visit because, at the time, they had not told their boys.  If you look out my parents kitchen window, you can see into the neighbors back yard.  My parents aren't nosy, so don't think they spy on their neighbors.  Lately, they have noticed the small family in their backyard taking a lot pictures of the mom with her boys.  The other day while my Dad was washing dishes her saw the husband shaving his wife's head.  After hearing this my eyes welled up but I sucked it up.  I was in Lowe's after all.  Then my Mom told me that as my Dad was relating to story to her, he teared up. I think I can count on one hand the number of times I have seen my Dad cry.  If he cries, then I cry.  So of course, my eyes welled up again but I managed not to break down in the middle of Lowe's. 

I have been thinking about this family all day.  I know that all I can do is pray for them and I ask all of you to include this family in your prayers tonight. 

Sunday, October 9, 2011

A Little Randomness on a Sunday Evening....

I tried being lazy today and, for the most part, it worked.  My heal isn't hurting very much which means I must have been off me feet enough to call it a lazy day.  I need to make an appointment with a podiatrist but it keeps getting moved down the list of things to do.  I did call the health insurance company to make sure I didn't need a referral and found one I would like to try but just haven't made the appointment. 

Good news...Early last week, I looked at and fell in love with a little town home.  AND they allow pets.  On Wednesday, I received the call that, Yes, we did get the town home.  I paid the deposit and signed the lease on Friday.  We can start moving in on November 1st.  It has taken a load off of my mind knowing that when the snow settles into the valley my son won't be driving 30  miles to school.

I have been snackish all day.  I keep telling myself it is okay since I am a little PMS-ish. But I really know it isn't.  I need to do what my mom is doing, she had had to make some simple dietary changes for a bladder issue that I can't seem to spell.  She doesn't drink Coke anymore - she and I have that same addiction- now she drinks bottled or filtered water. And she doesn't each chocolate.  Simple changes and she has lost some weight and is looking pretty good.  While I am the biggest female in my immediate family.  It makes me sad.  But apparently not sad enough to make positive changes. 

For some reason, when I sleep on my back, I have really weird dreams.  Last night was no exception.  At one point I yelled at someone who IRL (in real life) desperately deserves to be put in her place.  Also, lately when I am sleeping deeply and having these random dreams - the last time I was a NASCAR driver who got lost trying to get to the race and drove the race car all around town.  Anyway, whenever I get into the deep, back laying, random dream sleep, I am woken up in the middle of the night by the whistle that says "Grandma fell".  It really doesn't say that but that is what it means. I stumble in half asleep, haul G-ma off the floor and into bed, then try and fail to get back into deep sleep mode.

Good night and I hope your week ahead is a great one.

Sunday, October 2, 2011

Enjoying Fall...

After spending Saturday canning peaches and peach pie filling, I needed a completely relaxed Sunday.  Mixer Man and I decided to hike up to some hot springs.  The parking lot at the trail head was completely packed.  We drove in, couldn't find a place to park, and had to maneuver our way out again.  It's a good thing he was driving.  I would have hit a few cars with the truck and not completely by accident.  We decided to ditch the hot springs idea and took a nice drive through the rest of the canyon.

Diamond Fork

The view from one of our stopping points.
 We took a side road that neither of us knew, and found one of the prettiest places I have seen.  We were the only people up there.  Unfortunately, I wasn't able to get a good picture and when we went for a stroll down the dirt road, I left the phone in the truck.  I don't have a good camera, so I have to use the camera on my phone. 

We were up in the mountains for hours.  It was the most relaxed and de-stressed I have been in a long, long time.  Great views, great company, and great weather.