Thursday, October 29, 2009
In other news ... it has been cloudy and raining for several days. Yesterday the clouds lifted and the sun poked out a bit. Oh. My. Goodness. The view. I itched to run home and get a camera. So I did. I just stopped a little longer while I got dinner into the oven first. Jumped in the car and headed back toward work where clouds had been hovering in front of snow capped moutains again. (They've been bare for a while now.) There is another view that I want to capture for you as well and need to get it before it is covered with snow. Not yesterday. The clouds rolled in thicker than soup. So much for that idea. Once in a while there is a moment where you see something and kow you should stop the car ... smack dab in the middle of the street ... and grab the image because you're watching it disappear before your eyes. The sun and clouds yesterday were stunning. The traffic was a wee bit busy on Palmer Wasilla Highway and I really didn't feel like getting into a collision ... so I kept on driving. I'm learning tho'! Sieze the moment is my motto. Should have taken a driver with me. Maybe that is the ticket. Enjoy your wonderful Thursday!
Monday, October 26, 2009
Sunday was a relatively quiet day. Jari & I went to breakfast with Ross & Denise. We seem to have issues finding time to get together with them. This life sort of gets a bit busy sometimes. Home to do a Sunday School lesson, take a nap and head to church.
On our way home from breakfast yesterday I started thinking about time. I started with thinking 6 years from now ... then changed it to 5 years instead. 5 years kept me on this side of 50. (In case you're wondering .. that would be the lower side of 50.) We all know how fast time marches on. It will soon be 2 years that we have been here. Another 5 years will fly on by ... and I'm not sure I'm ready for that! 5 years from now ....
- my oldest kiddo will be 27 years old ... at least he won't be 30!
- all of our children (who are high school studentes today) will have graduated
- the last of my kids will have been confirmed
- my baby will be counting down days until her 18th birthday ... also happens to be her Golden Birthday
- I could have 4 children married
- I could be a grandmother
- all of my kids could still be living at home
- my dear hubby will be a decade older than I
- going according to the current weight gain schedule I have going on here, I could weigh another 50 pounds more than I do today
I think this calls for a plan. We'll start with taking lots of photos. Then we'll play MANY games of Settlers or whatever else it is that the kids enjoy playing. We'll spend many hours visiting about the important things in our lives. I'll try not to get frantic that I haven't taught them everything that I'm suppose to before they leave home. And the weight gain? I keep thinking I ought to do something about that as well.
Sunday, October 25, 2009
Jari checked on renting an excavator on Saturday. Everything is rented out until "freeze up". (Life up here in the digging zone!) He found this rig available in Palmer and drove it home. He and Fred started playing ....
at least that's what I called it! Water line is now deep in the ground ... tucked in with plenty of insulation. Let's hope and pray that it does the trick. Still have to put some more insulation around the base of the cabin, but don't need a rented machine to get that piece done. Whew! One more thing off the list!
I think this one is my favorite.
Friday, October 23, 2009
Brock got my plank of wood done for the bathroom. I painted it (don't like the paint job tho') and he hung it up for me. Forgot the hooks when I ran to the "hardware" store. He also finished sanding the table! Now where do I want to put it? Color depends on placement. Will figure it out and give Brock more projects to do. Next I'm going to have him work on benches for the mud room. I need to be able to use that room as it was intended. Cold weather entry where you leave your boots ... and quit using the front door for regular in and out business.
I love hands free cell phone usage. Jari went to prepare a Bible Class lesson last evening and I stayed home. Alyx was at work. Anna & Tia were off galavanting ... I really wanted to get at least one more thing done around here. Besides the fact that my head was just lifting off the napping pillow when he left. I think I finished the girls' walls last night. Will have to see what they look like in daylight. Now to hang things and make it fun.
Thursday, October 22, 2009
- One last pan of pulla still to go into the oven and I've gone through 28 cups of flour!
- Samuli is in the kitchen .. his turn now! Looking forward to what comes out of the oven this time around.
- Anna missed the permit by one question. Bummer!! Will have to try again sometime soon.
- Note to self: find Anna's social security card. Can't get the permit without the actual card. I know it is someplace safe. (Scarey!)
- Laundry pile hasn't moved much of anywhere today. Really need to get down to that corner of the house.
- One paper pile is filed.
- The bill basket (in reality it holds nearly everything that needs my attention) is cleaned.
- The bill basket ... am thinking it should hold yarn instead. My attention might be much less distracted if it held yarn.
- Brock sanded a little table I picked up off Craig's List the other week.
- Next on his list ... he cut and sanded a plank of wood to hang hooks on for my bathroom.
- Still need to get some find sandpaper. Add to list.
- Have digested a few tracks of a book while sorting paper. These books are seriously overdue. Skip the latte ... pay library fines.
- 20 minutes of oven baking time and I can leave here and run some errands.
- Dinner? Oven is rather busy ... what to do about the eating situation here? Salmon chowder? We had salmon last night and have some left over.
Still to do:
- More laundry.
- Get sandpaper.
- Visit the AK Troopers and get the report on Alyx's accident. Insurance companies need to start doing their thing.
- Pay a few bills.
- Pick up a few hooks for my bathroom.
- Stop at Jo-Anns. Craft sale is in a week and I'm getting frantic.
- Finish Christmas stockings.
- Finish 6 Christmas cards.
All this TO DO stuff makes me want to take a nap!!
According to folks who pay attention to these kinds of details, the forecast has been calling for snow. Hmmm. The wind has been blowing nonstop. My porch is dusted with silt. Joy! The sky is cloudy, the temp in the greenhouse (which is pretty realistic ... need to move that today as well) says 40degrees out there today.
Going to be a great one! I'll let you know what we get done today. Anything that gets left behind can certainly wait for Saturday. Not like it's going anywhere anyway!
Wednesday, October 21, 2009
–verb (used without object)
to rise or float in the air, esp. as a result of a supernatural power that overcomes gravity.
–verb (used with object)
to cause to rise or float in the air.
Being as dictionary[dot]com doesn't give photographic definitions ... I thought I'd help you out a bit here. It helps me to add pictures to definitions. :)
On Sunday a sweet neighbor man delivered us a trampoline. Apparently, his daughter got plenty of use out of this but now uses it only to suntan. To be perfectly honest, I can't quite imagine that phenomenon going on here in Palmer ... especially when one of mine is dressed in a sweatshirt ALL summer long..
We will get plenty of use out of this one! I might even try. S'pose I should make a Depends run first?
Monday, October 19, 2009
Friday evening Jari and I went to a Songleaders/Organists meeting at Richard & Carols ... along with sauna. Was fun to get together and work on songs. Carol invited spouses along and the sauna was hot. Their sauna is so much fun. It has personality and is so inviting. I'm still not a big fan of sauna. Maybe I spent too much time in the hot stuff day after day after day. Either that or I just need one of my own where I can start taking one every day of the week .. and make it a part of my life! Kids all went to hockey while we did our thing!
Saturday, Alyx and I headed over to Ambers for another afternoon of card making. We are done. What is done is done and we're not doing any more. At least not for the craft sale. We want to take a weekend jaunt to a local cabin and just make cards all weekend long. Not yet, but hopefully sometime this winter. Fill our stashes of cards. Doesn't that sound like fun?! As much fun as it is to craft ourselves into oblivion, it sort of eats up my Saturday house cleaning and baking. Hoping to get back to a bit of that now that the cards are done. The evening saw some company over here ... and the kids went to HAPs. While I was out playing in the afternoon the guys were busy working around here. The cabin came into some semblance of order that now holds 2 people's things. Brock is still sort of displaced. Have to come up with a plan for him. The Leaning Tree of Marjanen Drive came down too! Now I don't have to worry that the whipping winds of winter will plow the thing down across my path and keep me from going to work in the morning! They were busy boys!
Sunday morning I just had to head out for a few minutes with the camera. We needed a quickie trip to Walmart for a calculator. That's all we needed. We just needed 7 of us to go get one Don't ou love it?! It was a fun little jaunt. :) We've been a bit frosty in the morning for the past week. The sun was giving out shining crystals everywhere I looked. Vehicles now covered with cold stuff in the mornings ....
and needing to run a bit before they leave the yard.
I finally did give up and put the camera back in the house. Off to Walmart we went. They place clearance items in the front of the store behind the checkout lines. I found a patio heater that we've been eyeing forever ... and didn't want to spend the asking price on. I was willing to pay what they wanted this time! We think that Benny had lowered his a bit to keep the heat closer to the noggin ... will have to play with that. It will be a bit of a warming addition to the porch ... maybe buy us another month or two of comfort out there.
Friday, October 16, 2009
Kids home sick from school every other day. A call from school saying a kiddo is sick and needs to be picked up on the one day she did go to school. (At least I had a car that day and was able to pick her up!) Everytime someone is late for school or misses a class I get a call at home on the answering machine. Do you have any idea how many calls I got this week?! I am sick and tired of seeing Colony Middle/High School on my caller id. Enough is enough!
And the calls at work. From the kids. From the school. Why does anyone have my number??!!!! Just kidding. They need to call when they need to call. Yesterday it was a call from Brock. Alyx was driving and they got rear ended on the way to her work. The back bumper looks a bit off on the Tahoe ... will have that looked at. The car that hit her was a bit more munched. Anyway. I'm at work with no wheels. They have MY car. Alyx was having dizziness when she turned her head so was being brought to the ER by ambulance to have her c-spine checked. They were going to haul Brock in by ambulance as well because he was under age. WHAT?!? He didn't need any treatment so I verbally released him to drive my car to the hospital. Jari showed up at the time the ambulance was leaving. She is fine. They did x-rays ... the radiologist will read them today to double check them. She will be one sore girl for the next few days. Fred gave her a long neck and shoulder massage last night to loosen her up. It helped immensely!
She wanted to go to work so I dropped her off ... and she came home several hours later. I came home to go through box, with Jari, that arrived from Prescott. It felt like Christmas from Martta. This weekend I'll go through them more thoroughly and share some pictures. Made me chuckle many times. Thought of a presentation at Mother's Camp several years ago and our discussions afterward ... especially with Jeanette who is a dinnerware collector of sorts. How many dishes do I need? Apparently a lot of them. Time to start inviting folks over for coffee. Hauling out the linen napkins again ... and serving in coffee CUPS instead of MUGS.
Wednesday, October 14, 2009
Fred arrived, safe and sound, at about 11:00 last night after a LOOONG drive through Canada, many books on cd, and miles of road underneath his tires. We're thrilled to have him here!
Looks like I may have all the kids going to school today. Will see what transpires here ... still have 45 minutes for things to change!
Tuesday, October 13, 2009
This is her first year in High School.
She loves Amber's sewing machine ... isn't so thrilled with mine.
I forgot to add this one the other day when I added hockey pictures. This is Molly. She is a petite, cute as ever, little munchkin. She's the one who called me "Grandma" for the first time too. Her mom asked me if I minded. Heavens, no. Call me anything. I'm stacking up lines, wrinkles and inner tubes around my middle. Grandma works. Amber & Nolan came by the hospital yesterday to have lunch and I got sort of the same question. "Is this your grandbaby?"
It'll be a while!
Brock was home from school yesterday ... not feeling well. Last night I was laying my head on the pillow and bolted up after hearing that horrendous sound no one likes when flu season is around. I think Tia finally fell asleep. It was an "ah ha!" moment. So maybe she wasn't just plumb tired out from the weekend. She slept nonstop after school yesterday. I though it was a case of Marjanen Bears "Too Much Weekend". Maybe not.
I have kids to shag out of bed. They should certainly be able to wake up by themselves. They don't. 17 years down ... 6 more to go. I see the end of school mornings in site .. relatively speaking.
Sunday, October 11, 2009
After our visit with YFU on Friday, we found out that we could pick up Samuli on Saturday. Jari headed down to meet him in Girdwood and bring him "home". Luggage got tucked into the house and we headed for Play It Again Sports. Hockey season was starting on Saturday nite ... timing was perfect. We found him the things he needed to start playing the American kind of hockey. These skates here are for Anna. When we moved up here, us girls (note that I DID include myself in that!) all got figure skates. Anna doesn't like them at all. She's been wanting hockey skates ... so we did the trade thing. No free skate before hockey yet, but we'll see plenty of ice this winter.
Saturday, October 10, 2009
yet so many mosquitos around a bonfire that you need mosquito netting??
Wednesday, October 7, 2009
Last summer we had fun watching them grow as they came back on a regular basis. These are the little critters that visited in June.
Yesterday they were back again while I was at work. Oh my, they have grown.