Friday, September 25, 2009

Pop Quiz!

I was quizzing Veronica today just for fun.

What's Momma's name? Nenanie
What's Daddy's name? Quint
What's your name? Vwanika

What's Poppi's name? *silence* And she says Old Man.

Good thing my Dad has an awesome sense of humor. He laughed and laughed and laughed!!!

Grey

Grey's Anatomy. I love that show. Anybody watch it?? Last night's premier was so good. Yet so sad!!

Grief.

I wanted to cry through the whole 2 hours!!

Grief.

Something I know all too well.

It follows me every where. It sneaks up on me when I least expect it.

Grief.

Even though things are better now, it still seems to always be with me.

Grief. I took many psych classes, so I know all about the seven phases.

I have no idea what direction I'm going in because I still feel all of them from time to time. Less frequently as time goes by....

And I wonder sometimes if it will ever truly pass.

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Quiet

Yes, I know it's been quiet. I've been quiet. Life has been busy. I guess I just don't have anything to say. Or anything worth blogging about. Or on the other hand, I could say plenty....

But you know how the saying goes:

If you can't say anything nice, don't say anything at all.

Sunday, September 20, 2009

Not a Cake Lady!!!

Y'all know I like to bake. Of course I've made birthday cakes for my kids. I've even made a few for friends. Mainly because I like to do it and every so often I enjoy a challenge. It keeps me practicing my skills. I don't do it to make money. I donate my time and ask for a few dollars to cover the supplies. I am not a professional and as I said I do it for people I know and because I enjoy it. If you need a cake ~ it's ok to ask! If it's a bad time or something beyond my capbalities, sorry I may not accept. I like it that way - being able to choose. Mainly because people who do not bake and decorate cakes have no clue what goes into it. They have no idea about the time involved. They do not appreciate my time. I don't care to deal with presumptious and/or demanding customers. Or nicely declining a cake request only to have the person argue with you? No thanks.

That is why I have no desire to be a cake lady.

Saturday, September 19, 2009

What A Day!!

Wednesday I did my usual running around. Brought Val to school, went to the doctor, then took Veronica a playdate. On the way home I felt unusually hot. I kept checking the a/c and couldn't decide if it felt cool or if it was just me. When I picked up Valerie from school there was no doubt the a/c was out. I do not do well in the heat!! Clint picked up some freon to see if that was the problem, but Thursday morning it was still blowing hot air. So Friday, off to the shop the CRV went.

First ~ they say the condenser is out. Cost to repair -- $967.00. YIKES!! But what other choice do we have???? I simply can NOT be with out air conditioning and not with the upcoming Disney trip. Driving 12 hours with no a/c would be torture.

Then ~ they call Clint and say that after taking out the damaged condenser, they find the radiator is leaking. WTF?? They think that perhaps a rock or some object passed through and dented the condenser and radiator. Great! All I am thinking is really do we need to dish out $2000 on car repairs right now?? Not that we have a choice.

THEN, upon further inspection it was discovered the front grill was loose. And and there is a dent in the license plate on the front bumper. Somebody freakin' HIT the CRV. I have no idea when, where, or how long ago. Most likely it was parking lot damage. Somebody backed into us, dented in the condenser pushing it into the radiator. And they left. Unbelievable.

I guess the "good" news is that we did notify our insurance and they set us up with a rental car until the repairs are made. Tuesday an adjuster is going look at the damages and talk to the mechanic that determined it was a "bump and run" situation. So aside from our $1000 deductible we shouldn't have to foot the whole bill.

And I won't even go into all the stress that unfolded with Clint *almost* traveling 12 hours to Texas indefinitely and leaving us wondering IF he would be allowed to take his vacation. Thankfully that is no longer an issue. I hope.

I am so ready for some time away!!!

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Mail's here!!

Remember this post? Well, not only were those cookies yummy but I won! I won Not Quite June Cleaver's Friday baking prize for July!! My package arrived today and I couldn't wait to open it.

I got a lovely apron, a hand knitted wash cloth, and a book, "Apronisims!" How cool is that?!

Thank you so much!!

Go on over and check out Not Quite June Cleaver and join in the fun!












Monday, September 07, 2009

The Sewing Machine.

Many hours of her life were spent hunched over that Kenmore machine. She had three other sewing machines and a serger, but the Kenmore was her "good" machine. I grew up hearing the constant rhythmic whirring of the needle. In a lot of ways I took it for granted that She could sew because I knew no different. Sometimes She sewed for me. Sometimes for herself. She was always sewing. It was what She did. Who She was. She made and sold Cabbage Patch doll clothes for quite some time back in the 80s. One of her best customers had doll outfits for every season for every doll - from Halloween costumes to catholic school uniforms. All made by my Mom. She hated doing alterations. Yet She did them for me. A hem here, a tuck there. She was self taught, and could sew anything as long as she had a pattern. And oh did She have patterns!! So many cute little girl dresses and sun suits and nightgowns. All patterns She had saved and had planned to sew for my girls one day. I can still see her sitting in her wobbly chair at the machine, snipping thread and pulling fabric. Glasses perched on the end of her nose as her thin hands worked meticulously to pin and unpin.

For over a year now the machine has been silent. A big hunk of cold iron sitting quietly in my old room, exactly as She left it. The cabinet top open, the machine threaded with gray thread. The foot pedal tied to the leg of the cabinet so it wouldn't wander. The cabinet is worn and badly scratched from years and years of use.

I finally brought it home and now it's sitting in the corner in my bedroom. I don't know how sewing machines are made today, but this one is darn heavy and it was a task to get it here. It makes me sad to see it there. Another reminder that She's gone. Do I know how to sew? Not really. But today as I cut my fabric and pinned the hem, I can hear her stern voice telling me "You're doing that wrong!!!" I never learned because She would yell at me when I made a mistake. She had no patience whatsoever. I did make a robe in home ec, but that was many years ago!! I figured where ever She is, She is laughing at my feeble attempt.

My seams are not straight and it is far from perfect. But I would say it's wearable. I think She would be proud.
























Sunday, September 06, 2009

Thursday, September 03, 2009

Happy.....

Birthday to me! August 30th was my "29th" Birthday (again.) Don't I wish ~ Actually I turned 37. Yikes, I can remember a time when that would have sounded old!! Where have the years gone?? Even though priorities have changed and such, I don't feel any different than when I was 20. Or even 30. I do have to say this was one of the most memorable birthdays ever!


Clint sent me a 'flower cake' which was just beautiful! The florist even delivered it in a cake box. Very original arrangement and different indeed! Saturday night I went out with my Mom's group for dinner. Lots of laughs and fun!! Sunday ~ the big day ~ Clint cooked breakfast for me. He had taken the girls shopping to pick out gifts. They blew up a zillion balloons it seemed and filled large gift bags to the tops with them. From the kids I got a garden rake, cutting board mats, and Hawaiian punch! Clint got me a much needed new video camera. (Hello Disney World!)


Several weeks ago I received an invitation to "anniversary" party. It just "happened" to be on my birthday. Of course, we arrived and as I walk in I hear "Surprise! Happy Birthday." And the "anniversary party" became a birthday party. A party for me. I won't lie ~ it wasn't a total surprise. I knew. I was suspicious from the start, but I wasn't entirely sure until earlier in the week. I even let on to Clint that I suspected something. I just didn't know who would be there or what exactly was planned. Clint and his accomplices had been plotting for over a month! It was really great to share the day with so many friends. I have to say this was one of the most memorable, special birthdays ever. A great day all around.

Tuesday, September 01, 2009

My 37th...

Here's a teaser: