Thursday, January 26, 2012

Local friends: car for sale

2006 Honda Civic LX Only 27,700 miles Garage kept, only driven locally. **EXCELLENT** condition. Super clean interior. Smoke free. Small dent in trunk when somebody bumped it in a parking lot. A "like new" car with out the new sticker price. $12,000.00
(Retail value at a dealership is $16,000. Private party value is $14,000)

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Sunday, January 22, 2012

Rue Bourbon

I think most of our GIRL'S WEEKEND is better off left unmentioned!! What happens in New Orleans stays in New Orleans.... We had a much needed fantastic time!! A bit of alcohol, a lot of dancing and bar hopping... plenty of laughs to top it all. Can't wait to do it again. I needed that.

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Tuesday, January 17, 2012


I said goodbye to my Dad's truck today.
The guy who bought it got a great deal. Where else can you find a 1998 Chevy S-10 in great condition with only 38,000 miles on it?? Only from and old man who bought it just because and never drove it.

I remember when Dad drove up in the driveway with it. He had been out and about town, and out of the blue he comes home in a truck. He wanted us to look at it because he was thinking about buying it. Which was HUGE. Even though he had the money, he didn't like spending it. I told him to buy it; he deserved it. It was the single thing he ever wanted, and when he was an old man he might say I wish I would have bought myself a truck. He bought it the next day - cash. He drove it around town. We borrowed it when we needed to move something. Val and Roni played in it. Mostly it sat parked on the side driveway.

It made me sad, very, very sad to sign it over. And I'm sure I'll shed more tears when my Mom's car is sold too.

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Sunday, January 15, 2012

Oh snip

And a big snip it was.

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Friday, January 13, 2012

In the can

Every year we gave my Dad a tin of popcorn for Christmas. Once the popcorn was gone, he saved the containers and used them as storage.

So far, we've found four tins stuffed with paperwork.

Everything he ever did is in those tins. There's one full of my Mom's final expenses and documents. The others -- tax returns dating back to the 60s. W-2's. Bank statements and interest income statements. Cancelled checks. Window stickers of new cars. Appliance receipts and repairs. Hospital bills and insurance payments. Obituaries. Original newspapers from Nixon resigning to the moon landing. Notes I wrote to my Dad along with pictures I drew him.


So far, I've made a keep pile and a throw away pile. Do I really need to hang onto the receipt for a/c repairs on a vehicle 20 years ago? Do I need to keep 40 year old statements for banks that don't exist anymore? No... but in a way I hate to just toss it. It's my Dad's history. His-story. It obviously had some significance for him to keep it so many years.

What do I do with it all?


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Monday, January 09, 2012

So long Holidailies

This was my fourth year participating in Holidailies and by far the worst. The past three years I don't think I skipped more than a day. Whereas I pretty much gave up long ago this time. Ok just checked and I managed 18 posts during the month, so I guess it isn't a total fail. I'm glad there was a Holidailies this year and it was back on the regular portal pages. I just wish I had been a little more in the mood to participate. I enjoyed reading along and subscribed to a few new blogs. Stick around... you never know when things will get interesting around here. Hope to see y'all at Holidailies again in December 2012.

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Sunday, January 01, 2012

Happy New Year!

Here we are before our night out on the town:

We had a great time at the party! It was nice to have some time to ourselves with out the kids.

Here's to the hope that 2012 will be better.

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