Renewing Acquaintances

I decided today to take down all the pictures on the main floor so I could pack them away.

Every thing except one over the bay window and over the TV.

Every thing except one over the bay window and over the TV.

I did leave one in the bathroom (the one about enough).  These are now laying on the counter waiting for wrapping in newspaper and tape

Boxes in the back of the truck.

Boxes in the back of the truck.

I picked these up today also  and tomorrow I’ll begin the project,  If the sale doesn’t go through I will show the house without the pictures.  I just need to do something constructive for a change as I wait.

A couple of new flowers out front.

These are in the berm.

These are in the berm.

These are on the wall by the front door.

These are on the wall by the front door.

Well I finished this graphic novel today.

Another entertaining adventure from Neil Gaiman and Dave Mckean

Another entertaining adventure from Neil Gaiman and Dave Mckean

They don’t take long to read and I enjoy the artistry.

So now it is time to revisit Maycomb County and refresh my memory of Scout and Atticus.

I received a phone call today from a dear friend that I thought I had lost track of for good.  Edna was my mail lady when I first moved up here.  We swam at the club in Davison together and visited back and forth.  Then she went to Florida on a visit and I didn’t hear from her.  She  lives in a town near here now and I plan on visiting as often as I can. .It was a sweet surprise to hear her voice.  So I guess you can say I’m renewing old acquaintances real and fictional.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Just Floating

Well it seems like my new habit is to visit every 4 days  (not good but apparent), Ok what is new–not a darn thing.  I’m tied up in the government rules called FHA  Can’t take new offers so i just decided to paddle my canoe to the middle of the stream and sit back and wait.  I am resigned to that fact that a settlement either way is ok.  I don’t need the hassle of people tramping through when I can’t accept an offer anyway right now.

So on to other things.

The homey feeling as I read appealed to me.

The homey feeling as I read appealed to me.

I had heard that reviews were mixed on it but by golly I liked it.  Now I will either go on to her first book To Kill A Mocking Bird  because it was several years ago since I read it or I will read Neil Gaiman’s Black Orchid before returning to Maycomb,Alabama to revisit Scout.

Yesterday I mowed part of the front yard and was amazed at the amount of fallen leaves out there.

This is after mowing.

This is after mowing.

It feels like fall is here and soon the trees will be bare except for the pines and firs.  I keep saying to myself doesn’t anyone know it is just the beginning of August?

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Even the Burning Bush in the front yard is beginning to show tinges of red on it’s leaves. I have commented  many times on how fast my life seems to be going but now it seems Mother Nature has taken a lesson from. me.

I did find some treasures(?) in the grass.

The assortment that was hiding.

The assortment that was hiding.

There were assorted pieces of the tree people but it seems I have lost one eye to one set and only have a nose to the other.  I also found my clip on to keep the mosquitos away (don’t got to replace that).

I am starting to feel a little nibble in my mind about creating something again. Now I don’t know if it is canning some jam, working on my big cat hook rug, crocheting a baby blanket I started, pulling the sequin ornaments off the shelf to finish, or working on my lap robe but something is going to get started soon unless I find myself packing.

Well gas prices are down and the temperature is up so I guess that evens things out!

Take care, stay comfortable, and do something nice for you.

( A special note to Wes from Sparky–yes i did break something but it is in the shop getting fixed right now.)

Cross Your Fingers

It has been four days since we visited and I feel like I’m riding a merry-go-round running backwards.  I visited Oakland county on Friday and found two house that I really liked.  One is occupied and the other vacant. My real estate agent down there notified both agents that I was interested.  Then I come home that afternoon to learn that the organization that is financing my buyers I having trouble at their end.  I was told there will be a delay because my house is unique. ( no shit sailor!)  So now I guess it might be back to square one.

Today Jay’s sisters Jacki and Marilyn came to visit.  They showed up with Jimmy John sandwiches, macaroni salad, some homemade brownies and a coffee cake.for me.

I had made the Sunshine Polynesian Pie for our lunch.  Of course I told a little white lie and said  I had removed all the calories.

It tasted great,.

It tasted great,.

But I must confess when It came time to drip apricot jam over the top I hesitated.

I pulled this out of the cupboard.

I pulled this out of the cupboard.

But this was my last jar.  I remembered driving to Grand Rapids with Jay  for the fruit to make it and I didn’t want to open it.  So I bought jam at the store to use instead.

We sat, chatted, reminisced, and generally caught up on happenings since our last visit.  They also brought me 12 assorted size boxes, newspapers, and a plastic tote for packing. (When I’ll get to use them heaven knows but I’ll be ready.)

More Flowers on the berm.

More Flowers on the berm.

Plus a few of the others.

Plus a few of the others.

After two stops Friday I  found someone to clean my hearing aids before house hunting.  In Lapeer the man had a flat tire getting to the office and in Lake Orion I had a slight wait but the job was finally done.

I’m waiting for the rain to start now with Brandy at my feet (she don’t like rain).

Have a good rest of the weekend and cross your fingers for me that this problem with the financing is cleared quickly.

 

A New Adventure Maybe!

A year ago today the love of my life passed.

Jay with his favorite tee shirt.  He did love seeing people react!!

Jay with his favorite tee shirt. He did love seeing people react!!

Many things have changed since then   Many new factors have made this not only a challenge but also a strengthening  experience for not only me but my family as well. Do I miss him of course he was my life for 40 years.  But to know he is no longer living in fear and pain is a comfort.

I am moving on now.  The house maybe sold.  I’ll know in a few days.  Then the new adventure begins.  I don’t look forward to the work of buying, moving, and settling in another home but my body and mind know it is best for me. I do look forward to  living closer to my children.  My menagerie will find this a new experience too.  But they will adjust just like I will. I know my loved ones will be here to help me achieve my goal.

Two things keeping popping up in my mind.  What is to be will be. and it ain’t over til the fat lady sings.  So i’m ready to step into this adventure if it transpires.  I did finish Stephen King’s Finders Keepers  the other night when after laying in bed for an hour with my mind going full bore I gave up, got up, and read for roughly 2 hours.  This morning I started Harper Lee’s Go Set A Watchman.   I also got her To Kill A Mocking Bird  In  paperback because it has been years since I read it.

Have a great week.

Simple Things

Rain last night and this morning but this afternoon turned very warm.  I was gone part of the day but when I arrived home the inside was cool.  No air conditioning needed but this is the way it is many times inside.

This evening when I took Brandy out I looked up, saw the blue darkening, the visible clouds were pink, and the lightning bugs were dancing across the yard.  It brought back memories of nights driving the paper route.  There was a field north of Oxford, Mi. that had hundreds of them at night and it made me smile every time I drove past.  Many nights have past since then and life has held many changes but I still feel a little smile when i think of simple things like that.

I’m Ready!

My son, Wes, is a miracle worker see if you agree.

Before

Before

after

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more before

more before

more after

more after

before at the foot

before at the foot

after at the foot

after at the foot

All spaces corrected to code and safety is assured.  He worked very hard to get this done.  Then wife Debra and he did the staining.  What a great job!

They ended today putting the air conditioners in place for the coming week.  Then they mowed the yard again.  So I’m all set for now.  Thank you guys.

Still have flowers showing up.

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I found both of these in the berm.  I still haven’t gotten out to catch the Tiger Lilies yet but soon.

Well we are headed into a rainy, hot spell over the next week and poor Brandy will freak out during the storms but she will survive and so will I.

Take care and do something nice for you!

The Next Step Done.

Saturday morning started with a trip to Self Serve Lumber in Millington, MI.

Lumber to bring the loft and stairway railings to code.

Lumber to bring the loft and stairway railings to code.

Wes, my son, loaded in preparation to a full day of work   It was indeed that and more before we was through.  I took pictures of everything that had to be updated and will post them later.  All the building part is done and we decided to stain it.

This section before the update

This section before the update

The same section after the update.

The same section after the update.

This was a building code requirement for the project and is completed  My daughter-in-law Debra started staining and as soon as that is finished I will post all the pictures.

Wes also had to install 4  Ground Fault switches which was completed.  Also he rehung two fluorescent light fixture in the garage and capped off an old drain pipe in the basement. That completed the inspection list and now we wait for FHA to inspect.

While Debra was her she mowed with the tractor and weed whacked giving the yard a clean look.

Wes also finished work on the downspouts.  So they both worked very hard to get things under control for me.  I couldn’t do it myself and to hire it done was out of the question.  I have to love them dearly for all their help.

 

What Is To Be Will Be.

Good Morning !  Posting may be a bit sporadic over the next few weeks so I will apologize now.

The lecture on writing memoirs was interesting although it is not what I intend to do it did give me some Ideas on what to write here.  My daughter, Cindy, who attended with me found it introduced ideas that well help with her writing also.

I have just received the results of the inspection on my home.  I was a bit bowled over at first as to what is needed to pass.  But son, Wes, has figured a way to accomplish the results I need  in a day or two.   But I do need someone to help him because my handy man is tied up on another project and can’t be here. This is a project that has to be done ASAP so the FHA inspection can be scheduled.

Am I stressed?  Of course because If it passes I have to locate a smaller house, buy it, and move quickly.  This is a tall order for this 80 year old.  But if it is a go I will be excited to proceed on it.  But right now I wait, thoughts keep my mind going even after I lay down to sleep at night.  What should I do next?  Will I live through this transition  if it comes.  Do I talk to someone about finding the next home?  Do I talk about a mortgage?  Now obviously  I should wait until I know the outcome on the next inspection but will that give me enough time to accomplish all that need to be done?  So you see where my mind is at the moment.

But in my mind a little voice keep repeating what is to be will be.

Hard To Believe!

I remember when this was my daughter.

I remember when this was my daughter.

She has been a delight through all the years.  She has also been one of my best friends as well as my daughter. She is always there when I need her the most.

Now today she is still there.

Now today she is still there.

So I take this time to wish her a most Happy Birthday and many more healthy ones to come.   Love you my baby.

What Did You Break Now Sparky?

That is what I am going to hear from my oldest one shortly.  Oh I deserve it because i did do it.  I decided it was mow the yard day–well at least part of it.  As I neared the end of the job I hit a down spout tube and tore it off.

detached piece.

detached piece.

The chewed up hose.

The chewed up hose.

So I tried to put it back as good as I could in case it rained (and it is supposed to) until Wes can come up and fix it (I hope).

 

 

But that ain’t the only thing I wiped out in the last few days.

I had added a rinse agent to the dishwasher the other day.  Now if you do this make sure  the cover is on securely.  It you don’t It comes off in the washing cycle and this is the result.

A little less than 2 inches and plastic  it melts when it hits a heating element.

A little less than 2 inches and plastic it melts when it hits a heating element.

Don’t let this happen because if it isn’t under warranty this baby cost around $26, with shipping.  Yes it is on it’s way but you can bet your bottom dollar I won’t shut that door without double checking that baby.

That is my tale of woe and I’m waiting for the tongue lashing ( which I deserve) to hit.

I did pull my black panty hose out of the garbage cart, cut one end open,  and refilled them with moth balls.  I found in the summer it keeps the fly larvae from developing in the bottom of the cart.

I have finished my mystery magazines for now so I moved on to Stephen King’s Finder’s Keeper’s. I have a couple of more bills to pay as of today and bird cages to clean so I’ll make sure that is done tomorrow.

I’m waiting to hear about the house inspection but not sure when I’ll get the results. Unfortunately I will have the FHA inspection next if this goes through.  Oh well as my momma used to say –what is to be will be!!

Have a good week and enjoy this wonderful summer weather!!