Sunday, February 15, 2015

Deck...

Here are some pictures of our deck from start to...
Well, it is supposed to be to finish (since we finished it last summer)...But I have yet to take any get any good finish pictures...
Yeah, that's my story...


Hey, do you know how cold it is out there?


So, here are the start and some of the in process pictures.
Once it gets warm and I get home when it is light, I will post finish pictures (if I remember).


Whoever wrote the directions and said "Buy materials today. Build on Saturday. Swim on Sunday" must have lost their marbles!


It took WAAAAAAAAAAAAAYYYYYYYYYY longer than one day to build!














Namaste.

Saturday, February 14, 2015

It's That Day Again...

Yes, I've been slacking a bit on the blogging lately...
Along with the exercising...
And keeping my sanity...


But my computer is now operational in my craft room, so I might blog a bit more.
If I make it to my craft room.


Since work is exploding in my face and will get even worse in March...
Let's just say that I need to get to my craft room.


So, what brings me blogging today?


Well, a trip to my craft room for one...
After all, I must celebrate my least favorite holiday of the year!


Doesn't matter if I'm single or not, this day always sucks.
Don't expect that will ever change.
But then again, many say it's a fake holiday anyway...
So, maybe I should say that it is my least favorite fake holiday of the year!


Namaste.

Friday, February 06, 2015

Approaching It a Different Way...

Well, the remodeling bug has hit again.
But this time, we are collecting bids.

Yep, things need to be done and done quickly and we just don't have the time.
Don't really have the money either, but I'll make it work.

We are having two or three companies bid to finish the Master Bathroom, the Railing and who knows what else...
Maybe installing all of the molding, including that crown molding???
Definitely fixing all of the drywall!

We have a year to get it all done and I'm sure that we'll have to start working on it again personally when it warms up.  Cause at some point, the money is going to run out...

Here's to seeing how this goes!

Namaste.

Monday, February 02, 2015

Great Moment

I was supposed to be on vacation a few days last week (over six working days to be exact)...
Didn't work out so well.

I ended up with one day vacation and worked ~50 hours over the other five.  
Let's not talk about my frame of mind...

But that did lead to an evening of watching HGTV, eating pizza, and drinking wine...
We'll talk about Pizza Hut and how to apply sauce to a pizza another day...

Made for a nice few hours...


Namaste.

Saturday, January 31, 2015

Hard Pill to Swallow

It is a hard thing to accept...
It's the last thing that I even wanted to consider...
But it is becoming obvious that something I have dedicated a big portion of my life to could care less about me.

I am not sure how this is going to impact things, but it is hardening me a bit more.

If they don't like the results, they can fuck off.
They do not get to have their cake and eat it too.
Who am I kidding, they could care less and they'll eat that cake.

Namaste.

Friday, January 30, 2015

On The Road Again...

I always have blocks of time in the car by myself... 

But normally it doesn't leave time for deep thinking as: 
  - I am becoming more coherent and waking up...
  - I am catching up with family/friends...
  - I am running errands...
  - I am prepping for/recovering from work...

This week, I was semi on vacation and semi traveling and semi working remotely. 
It called for a lot of driving...
And without most of the other normal distractions, three long drives (add some wine to alone time at the end of it all) led to a lot of deep thinking. 

I've realized that I am a very loyal person... 
That is good in some cases...
That is bad in some cases...

I need to seriously reevaluated a part of my life. 
I need to look at some loyalty and determine if it is good or bad.
I need to make my relationships give and take and not just give.
I need to put MBB and myself first.

Used to be when I rambled like this... I was struggling to figure it out on my own. 
Feels much better to have someone to hash all of this out with and realized that this is a process that I need to do.

Let's see how this ends up.

Namaste.

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Going to the Movies

I'm not a big fan of movies. 

I get bored...
I have to tinkle (doesn't matter how long the movie is)...
I can't stay awake...
I'm constantly worried about bed bugs...

But...
I admit, there are some good movies there worth the unbelievable ticket prices.

American Sniper is be one of them.

I read the book...
Way before they started even talking publicly about a movie.
Before the unfortunate death in Texas.

I loved the book...
I tried to talk MBB and OB into reading it.
I failed.

The movie was good...
The book was better...
As with most books to movies, they just have to cut so much out in order to make the movie.
I get it.

I know that Clint Eastwood and Bradley Cooper did what they had to do to make a hit that was in good taste, was true to the book and was respectful to the memory of Chris Kyle.

Everyone talked about the theater emptying out in complete silence.
Agreed...
I think that would be the case if I saw it 100 times.
I personally think that doing anything else would be just as bad as, if not worse than, talking during the National Anthem.
Go Google how Chris Kyle felt about that one...

I think that this movie is as deserving of as many awards as Chris Kyle received personally.

I must say, if you liked the movie - go read the book!

Namaste.

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Goodbye

Today, we said Goodbye.

Well, technically, I said Goodbye to a sleeping man last Wednesday. 
Pip Squeak and I went to his bed...I told him we loved him and, I admit as I was fighting back the tears, I whispered Goodbye...
Because I was afraid that I wouldn't see him again.

I was right.

Today was hard...
The funeral home was packed (they had to pull more chairs out of closets)...
I could hear him now "What are all these people doing here for me?"

The pallbearers were made up of one member from each of the eight children's lines who were there (one step-family could not make the trip).  MBB represented our line.
I was moved and liked the symbolism...
Whether it was meant or not...
Whether anyone else noticed...

There is one thing that I am a stickler on...
Funeral Processions.
I stop. 
I pay my respects. 
I do not move my car when a funeral procession is driving by me.
That is the way I was raised.  That is how they do it "back where my grandpa grew up".
It has driven me crazy since I moved south (~20 years to be exact) when I see people ignoring this.

Today, I saw it.
Our procession was long...
And all, but four rude *(&%^&$s, stopped. 
They didn't always know who was being honored...
But they showed respect anyway.

It was a fitting goodbye to a great man.

Namaste.

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Grandfathers

There have been many people who have touched my life in many ways...
But there are three specifically who have been grandfathers to me.

One was there from my birth and to this day, 14 years after he was taken from me, I still think of him daily.
I was definitely Grandpa's girl. 
When asked that philosophical question "If you could have a conversation with anyone, past or present, living or dead...", I never have to think about it - I'd be talking with my Grandpa.

The second stepped into the role when I joined his life through marriage and never hesitated for one moment.  When others in the family didn't want me to be "a real part" of the family, he stepped in and took care of it....Until he was taken from me about 24 years ago that is, then I was no longer "a real part" of the family anymore.

The third was one of the first to make me feel welcomed when MBB brought me into his family.  His was the one house that I would go to without MBB and feel like I belonged.  A great man who welcomed all into his family...

All three men were larger than life to me...
All impacted who I am...
And as of yesterday, all have amazing wings and memories and legacies...

Love you all...
Miss you lots...
The tears flow for all three of you.

Namaste.

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Papaw's Helper

Ever so often, I see something that tugs on my heart strings...
And I have to run to get the camera...Hoping and praying that I won't miss it...

I didn't.

In case you can't figure it out (the picture which really shows what is going on shows his face and since I don't want my two-year old grandson's face on the internet without any kind of security...): Zilla was very happy to help his Papaw carry some long (but lightweight) blinds out to the truck.

Namaste.