Thursday, December 18, 2014

Just About All Better!

I'm finally getting some sleep and feeling like myself again. The coughing is annoying---I'm fine until I start talking. NOT talking is not an option! Anyway, I'm feeling good and ready to get this house back in order. The remodeling is just about done. Facing a lot of cleaning before I can start decorating. But in the meantime, here are a couple of sneaks:

Until we opened up the cabinet, I had no idea the tv was so little!!! The big one arrives tomorrow along with the theater seating. I'm so excited. This is what I call FUN work!! We'll have the rooms looking good just in time for Christmas with the whole family here. But it will be January before I get all the crap cleaned out of every room and closet upstairs---where we had to stash 30 years worth of all the stuff that accumulated in the rec room. There are a lot of cabinets and closets---all of which need cleaning out---again! I've promised Butch that I won't obsess. It will be hard, but I'm going to try to relax and just do a little at a time. I have a tendency to work long and hard---and drive my family crazy---working until I'm ready to drop. But actually, since I'm still recuperating for nearly 2 weeks of being sick, I really can't work that hard.

All is good! Oh, and by the way, Butch and I survived it!! He quit having opinions pretty early on!!

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Where I'm At Right Now...

One more prescription to come. I now have thrush to add the list.

At least I am starting to feel better.

This is exactly why I plan ahead. I always think: "What if I get sick?" All gifts bought, wrapped and under the tree. Cookies made and in the freezer. I'm ready.

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Here We Go Again

Let's start this post again. Last weekend was Mindy's 30th birthday. A couple of her friends fro New Orleans came in to surprise her. 
 Justin arranged for a nice dinner at Bob's Steak House---they even personalized the menu for Mindy.
 Mindy like any type of head-wear! A tiara with "30" on it is just the thing.
 Our tree is decorated and lined with presents. It's almost Christmas
There is nothing more exciting than seeing a foreign stamp in your mailbox! I got a cute card from my friend, Miriam all the way from England! Thanks, Miriam!!
 Mindy wearing her new pearls we gave her for her birthday.
 On Tuesday, Stephanie, Morgan, Mindy and I went to our first gingerbread decorating workshop. We had a fun time. It was held at a tea room---Crumb de la Crumb. They provided apple cider and an assortment of appetizers. 

When we were finished, the girls texted pictures to Butch and Nicky to decide whose was best. Everything is a competition!!
This was the winner----mine and Mindy's.
This was Stephanie and Morgan's. I love how they used the mini wheats on the roof and made the pretzel shutters stand open.

After the gingerbread event, I was sick the rest of the week. I'm still not 100 per cent, but I'll get there. I have a busy week ahead of me. The work on the house is schedule to finish this week. So far everything looks good. 

I hope your holiday festivities are well under way. It won't be long now...

Friday, December 12, 2014

What's Been Happenin'?

OMGosh!! I just wrote an entire post loaded with pictures and managed to LOSE it!!!

I've been sick all week and now don't have the energy to start over.


Monday, December 8, 2014

My Crafty Cousin

Here we are together---
 This is my favorite picture of Chrissy and I. We are about 4 and 5 here (I'm a year older.)
And here we are now---about 55 years later. We haven't dance together in a long time!! 

Now she's crafting. Here are some of the wreaths she makes for family and friends.

Now if I could only get her scrapbooking!!! She has plenty of stories to tell! Love you girlie!!

Monday Mystery

On Wednesday, I was listening to Pandora while reading. All of a sudden, it went off. I thought Butch had changed the channel, but he hadn't. It didn't take us long to figure out our internet was down. We did all the things we normally do---unplug 9 plugs---wait a few minutes and plug everything back in. Restart our computers, turning off the internet on our computers and back on again. Nothing worked. The only thing to do was to call Comcast. Since I was leaving for the theater, the unpleasant job fell to Butch. When I got home---late, I found that the internet was still down. 

The next morning, Butch told me he had spent an hour and a half on the phone between Comcast and Direct TV. At some point the cable went out too. To make a very long story short, it was a mystery. Why did it go out? And why couldn't they fix it---with all the sent signals and boosts. A service technician was scheduled for Thursday afternoon. When he arrived, he said he was going to start outside at the box and work in to the house. 

He came in about 20 minutes later. Our internet was up and running! Of course we were very happy. Butch asked him what the problem was. He said he was embarrassed to say. Turns out, the day before, another Comcast technician was out doing work for the people next door. He was unable to get the cover off of the plug, so instead of doing the right thing, he unplugged us and put the neighbors cable in ours! Are you kidding me? Comcast just doesn't care. That's why we cancelled everything but our internet with them.

At least it was only a mystery for a little while. Then it just turn into a frustration!

Saturday, December 6, 2014

Christmas Fun

Sandy does an Advent calendar every year for her children. Mitchell is a little old for it, so he bowed out a few years ago. This year, she was determined to come up with some ideas that would include him. She is so creative. Now, he's not in to the crafts, but he's in for egg nog and hot cookies, a Christmas movie and a Christmas book. He's a good sport.

 Painting Christmas figurines was one of the activities.
They did a good job and they turned out so cute.
 Then they made snowmen.
 The snowmen start to "melt" until they dissolve in to a pool.
Here's the end. The thing about these snowmen is that you can keep building it over and over again. Pretty cute.

She has a lot more surprised up her sleeve. She really makes it fun for her family. I can't wait to see what she does next.