Thursday, August 26, 2010

Let's See...

Do I have anything interesting to tell you?
Just had my book club buddies over, we read "The Glass Castle."  If you enjoy autobiographies like I do, I recommend it.  It was a very interesting read.
Right now I'm reading "Of Human Bondage" by Somerset Maugham.  It was a free download to my Sony eBook.
I made it through another major Head Cutting Meeting Department Head Meeting. And good news---David and I still have jobs.  I had a major proposal to present and although the DHs didn't vote it through, it was quite a success as I received a round of applause and many compliments on it.  The boss was as complimentary as he is able to be to me and said that he felt that it was something that we could incorporate in the future.  I knew it was visionary.....but hey, I'm happy.
David and I are planning a brief getaway to Navarre beach.  We really need it.  I found a condo that will let me bring the furbaby girls and they are excited...well no, I really haven't told them yet.  I plan on doing nothing but propping up on the beach, listening  to/looking at the waves and reading as many books as I possibly can.
6 of the wild monkeys live here and 3 have started school here for the first time, One first grader (how can #4 be 6 years old?--only yesterday I was taking her picture in the dough bowl--I'll save that story for some other time) #s 2 and 3 are in the second and fourth grades respectively.  They moved here during this past summer. They all look so cute in their school uniforms!!  #s 6 and 7 are in day care for the first time. #5 is in kindergarten. Gosh they are all growing up so fast.  #7 is starting to talk and string sentences together.  I just love it when he says Nonna.
I actually felt a teeny tiny bit of Fall in the air this morning....and when I walked outside when I got off work, it was a balmy 90 degrees with the wind blowing and no humidity.  Heaven.
I am already dreaming of snow......I'm starting my snow conjuring early this year.  I have a plan...I'll let you know when I figure it all out...

Friday, August 20, 2010

I Have Four New Tires!!!

My car is almost 10 years old.  I have 88,000 miles on it.  It is still in pretty very good shape...except the head liner is coming down, and there are a couple of small dings here and there.  I have only had one set of new tires put on at somewhere around 40,000 miles.
So I was way past due for a new set of tires...the old tires made my car shimmy and shake like Beyonce...."I'm a single lady, I'm a single lady..." yesterday afternoon when I got in the car to leave work, I thought hmmm what is that smell?  Smells like new tires....I quickly dismissed it.
But this morning when I cranked the car up and the "low tire pressure" alarm came on again...I sighed and turned in at the Exxon station.
Me: Trent when are my new tires going to be in?
Trent:  I put them on yesterday.  Couldn't you tell how much better your car rode? (They forgot to reset the low pressure alarm)
Well, as a matter of fact, blah blah blah blah.
Long story short, sweet David ordered and paid half of what was owed on them.  I wrote the check out for the rest and was on my merry way.
And....I was so excited.  I don't know when I have been so excited.  I wasn't this excited when David brought me that bracelet back from a hunting trip to Colorado...
At work I told everybody "Ive got new tires, I've got new tires, la la la la"
And then a light bulb went off in my know you are getting old when you get really excited about new tires. More than jewelry.  More than a movie and dinner.  More than that new blush you ordered from your Mary Kay representative.  And (are you ready?) more than that stuff you bought at the auction.
But still you get the picture.  I was excited.  And I'm old...well my body is heart is still young...except for the tire heart is still young.

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Coping Mechanisms

The other day after I had washed/dried/hung up some of David's jeans, I put them all together and counted them.  He has 26 pair.  26.  That's right--26.  I think that this is ridiculous.  Why?  Because he works in scrubs...He can't possibly wear them all.  He has brand new ones that still have the labels on them.  He has some that are so worn/torn that you can  see...never mind.  He has some that are too tight, that he is forbidden to wear.  He has some that are to short, too long........And every time I mention it to him, he's like yeah, I need to go through them and do something with them.  But he hasn't.  So in order to cope with this, I folded them a certain way and turned them all the same way on the hangers.  It made me feel a little better.
Yesterday when I was looking at them I decided that if I tried to get them all about the same length on the hanger, I would feel better.  So I took each one of them and tried to hang them about the same length from the crotch on the hanger.  This made me feel better.
Then this afternoon I was looking at them and I decided I would feel even better if I hung them from lightest color to darkest color.  Hmmmm.  This made me feel better.  Then I thought maybe I should put them all on the same color of hanger, most of them are on white hangers sooo......but I didn't.
No I do not have OCD.  I'm just trying to control my that a little crazy.....hmmm maybe...but at least it makes my closet a little neater.
Oh and by the way there are on 23 in the picture and I have no idea where the other three are.....

Saturday, August 7, 2010

Mommy, This Has Got To Stop...

CiCi and GinGin:  Mommy, you have done it went to that auction didn't you?  Didn't you? You haven't even played with all the stuff that you bought at the last auction, or that estate sale thing...
Me: Sighing deeply.....I know I know...but I can't help's just so much fun.  Maybe I'll take yawl with me sometime......

Let the bidding begin.....

I go this which is a piece of the Fire King Depression Glass cookware that I collect...and are you ready for this, the auctioneer was selling a box of stuff which included this:
and this

there was another platter that I gave to my auction buddy....oh and a jello mold...are you ready?  All for $2.50 and the auctioneer put the Fire King in at the last minute.

This is the thing that I went to get.  Last time the auctioneer stopped dropping the price at $50.00 and took it off the block.  This time I was determined that it was going home with me.  It is a beautiful little sewing rocker that folds up...I got it for $40.00.

This compote will look great on my dining room table. $7.50.
This was a mistake.  I didn't look at this close enough.  It's a gravy boat, but it is hand painted ceramic piece, and poorly painted at that.  I paid $5.00.  Can I paint over it?
CiCi and GinGin:  What is that thing you bought for daddy that sounds like a duck when he blows on it?
Me: It's a beginner's bagpipe thing.
CiCi and GinGin:  See what we are slipping.
Me:  No, that just goes to show yawl don't know everything...Daddy loves bagpipe music and said he wished he could there.
CiCi and GinGin:  Mommy....
Me:  It's true..just ask him.
CiCi and GinGin: Sigh.....

Sunday, August 1, 2010

Soooo Mommy Let's Talk About This Estate Sale Thing...

CiCi n GinGin:  Mommy, we don't understand the hoopla about this estate sale that you went to.  What is the big deal?  You blew off work for an hour and a half Thursday and stood in line in the early morning Mississippi heat, what is in that house?  Puppy Treats?  Birds? Squirrels?  Ice Cream?  What?  And then you went back today after church didn't you?  Didn't you?  And that heat index thing was 110.  Wasn't it?  Wasn't it?

 Me:  Okay, okay.  Yes I did....but I know the lady whose stuff they were selling, seems she moved into an apartment and had to get rid of her stuff.  I have actually gone to auctions where she and I bid against each other...we like the same stuff.  Also she used to have an antiques store, and she has spent 50+ years collecting.  So it was three stories plus a garage full of stuff.  Stuff for days and days and days.  I bet there was a squirrel in there somewhere...
CiCi n GinGin:  So what did you buy?
Me:  Well, just a few things that I wanted...there was soooo much stuff there it was just overwhelming.  But I bought...these...

They are kinda atomic glasses, I think that is the Mississippi Valley Gas logo on there. And there is a lady (Donna Reed-ish) standing in front of a stove. 7--as Larry the auctioneer says, a set of 6 with 1 to break.

And this slightly scruffy tea has the words 24 karat on the bottom.  Whoop!

And I take it you like the beaded purses...the white one is your favorite?

And yawl know I'm a fool for these old pictures, especially of ladies......

And these girls need my help....two bride dolls, a Dale Evans doll and this Tammy doll...all just need my loving touch...I could not leave them there......
This chair despite the fact that it's kinda grungy will clean up nicely and be a great catch all at the back door...I love chairs..

Oh and last but not least...this little hand made high chair...Thursday when it wasn't priced the estate queen bee asked me how much and I said $2.00, she snickered at me and put $8.00 on it.  I left it there.  Today I got it for $4.00.  It was waiting on me to come back.  Did I mention that I love chairs...especially little ones?
And did I mention that today was half price day?
CiCi and GinGin:  Sigh.......