Monday, June 29, 2009


I started doing laundry tonight. The last load is the washer right now....Thank goodness!! I have been putting off the whole "Linen Closet Clean Out" task. Well, I started cleaning that tonight. I have no idea where we got so many pillows. John has this thing about pillows. He will buy one and use it for a week or two and then he decides it just isn't quite right. Sort of like the GoldiLocks and the Three Bears story. .Ya know...she goes into their house and tries everything till she finds just the right one. LOL the closet it goes. I keep telling myself that we will use it someday, but we never do. I got rid of those.

I've had a bridesmaid dress in there since last year. I hung it up and never did anything with it. I know...really bad, right??? :( So, I'm donating that to our local Heaven Sent Ministries shop up town. I know someone will love that. It's a great dress, but too formal for anything I'm going to be wearing anytime soon. I'm also donating a brand new, never used comforter set that my mother bought us. I thought I would use it, but my interests have changed and there it the closet. There's also some misc. articles of clothing I'm donating also.

I'm so happy with myself now that I have more room in the closet. I can actually walk inside now instead of dashing in and out and ignoring the mess :)

Sunday, June 28, 2009

I'm tired...

This past few days have been very weird for me. First of all, John had to work 16 hr. shifts for the past three days. Today he had to go in and work another 8 hrs. I haven't slept too bad since he's been away, but last night it was horrible. I didn't sleep at all. Then I got up about 9:30 and got ready to go to my hairdresser's baby shower. Holy cow...she had TONS of gifts. I don't think I've been to a baby shower with so many gifts. I gave her "Baby's First Fiesta", Burp Cloths, and a Swaddle Me Baby Wrap. I also got her a large Cinnabar canister. She's been wanting the canister for a while to exchange the Scarlet one she originally got(the Cinnabar goes better w/her kitchen). Everyone loved the Baby's First Fiesta(of course).

I'm about ready to take a nap. Can't wait for the conference. I guess I should start looking at what I'm going to wear. LOL!! Maybe I'll do that after nappy time.

Rizzo is getting good at his Frisbe catching. He loves it. I really need to take a picture of him while he jumps to catch it. Soon we'll be in one of those dog competitions. John will be throwing the frisbe and Rizzo will be jumping across my back to catch it. LOL Yeah Right!!!!

The neighbor called last night from down the road. Apparently "our" little black kitty was down there on their porch. They said they would feed him. (Which is fine...he IS a stray afterall.) She knew I was a little worried about him. It gave me a little peace of mind that I didn't kill him after I fed him the worm pill :)

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Water is such a precious thing...

AND a hot comodity. LOL
Today I went over across the street to my inlaws. The first thing out of their mouths was, "We don't have any water". I was a little puzzled at first. We have well water, so unless something internal goes wrong or we don't have any power...we ALWAYS have water. My FIL thinks the pipe running from the well to the house has a rusted-out hole in it somewhere. Either that or the pump is plugged. They said it has been getting increasingly worse the past day or so. When they turned on the water it would spit out black stuff.

So, my MIL is needed to use our shower tonight. Then I showed her the CMG Tablecloth Thread. Well, we sat here for over 2 hrs looking at this. She loved everything.

This weekend we will be renting a ditch witch to dig the trench to put a new pipe in. OH BOY! That should be interesting with all the junk in the yard.

---Only 2 more weeks until the HLCCA conference. I'm sooo excited.

---Did I mention we have a new kitty. Well, sort of. He's been hanging around the inlaws place for a few weeks. This past week was the first time we were able to get a good look at him. Oh, he's cute. He's a young, black kitty and very skinny. So, I started feeding him at his "kitty condo"(old suburban w/o doors). He is a very nice cat. Today I slipped him a worm pill when I fed him. I'm sure he has worms. I will try to snap a picture of him when I get a chance.

---John just called..He will working a double shift. We had some bad storms between here and Detroit and apparently there's 100,000 people w/o power. Not a problem though. We really could use the extra money.

---We ordered our new car today. It should be here(crossed fingers) in about 4 months. John really wanted a 2010 instead of an 2009 car. He said it sounds better when you say it. LOL
It will be MY car!!! After last year's deer accident, he is not allowed to drive my car to work anymore. Plain and Simple! Yes, I'm being Feisty tonight. Must be the weather!! :)

Sunday, June 21, 2009

90 Things...Have you done them??

Once again, the idea comes from Becky. I'm such a copy-cat! :)

Just bold the items you have done. If you haven't done the item, just leave it alone.

1. Bought everyone in the pub/bar a drink
2. Climbed a mountain
3. Held a tarantula
4. Taken a morning shower with your love
5. Been in love
6. Broken someone’s heart
7. Had your heart broken
8. Done a striptease
9. Bungee jumped
10. Watched a lightning storm at sea
11. Stayed up all night long, and watched the sun rise
12. Seen the Northern Lights
13. Gone to a huge sports game
14. Grown and eaten your own vegetables
15. Slept under the stars
16. Changed a baby’s diaper
17. Taken a trip in a hot air balloon
18. Watched a meteor shower
19. Gotten drunk on champagne
20. Given money to charity
21. Looked up at the night sky through a telescope
22. Had an uncontrollable giggling fit at the worst possible moment
23. Had a food fight
24. Bet on a winning horse
25. Taken a sick day when you’re not ill
26. Had a snowball fight
27. Photocopied your butt or any other intimate body part
28. Held a lamb
29. Gone skinny dipping
30. Taken an ice cold shower
31. Seen a total eclipse
32. Ridden a roller coaster
33. Hit a home run
34. Been arrested
35. Visited all 50 states
36. Taken care of someone who was drunk
37. Stolen a street/highway sign
38. Backpacked in Europe
39. Taken a road trip
40. Taken a midnight walk on the beach-I went smelt dipping with dad :)
41. Gone sky diving
42. Milked a cow
43. Alphabetized your records
44. Sung karaoke
45. Lounged around in bed all day
46. Gone scuba diving
47. Danced in the rain
48. Gone to a drive-in theater
49. Started a business
50. Gotten married
51. Been in a movie
52. Crashed a party
53. Gotten divorced
54. Been questioned by the police in a foreign country
55. Made cookies from scratch
56. Gotten a tattoo
57. Been on television
58. Fallen asleep while driving
59. Got so drunk you don’t remember anything
60. Recorded music
61. Had too much to drink at a party
62. Bought a house
63. Accidentally put super glue where it it didn't belong
64. Been on a cruise ship
65. Spoken more than one language fluently
66. Bounced a cheque
67. Called or written your Congress person
68. Picked up and moved to another city to just start over
69. Sang loudly by yourself in the car
70. Wrote articles for a publication
71. Piloted an airplane
72. Helped an animal give birth-Sort of, I opened the shell of a baby duck. It was still alive and I nursed it back to health.
73. Been fired or laid off from a job
74. Won money on a T.V. game show
75. Broken a bone
76. Ridden a motorcycle
77. Had a body part of yours below the neck pierced
78. Fired a rifle, shotgun, or pistol
79. Ridden a horse
80. Had major surgery
81. Ridden on a train
82. Slept through an entire flight: takeoff, flight, and landing
83. Visited more foreign countries than U.S. states
84. Visited all 7 continents
85. Eaten sushi
86. Had your picture in the newspaper
87. Para sailed
88. Changed your name
89. Dyed your hair
90. Been a DJ

Friday, June 19, 2009

Five Things...

I got this from Becky(Random Musings of a Deco Lady) I don't feel like posting a link. Thanks for some inspiration...I needed something for my blog! LOL

5 Things I was doing 10 years ago:
1. Graduating from High School
2. Getting ready for College
3. Getting to know John
4. Buying my first car
5. Riding on John's motorcycle w/him

5 things on my 'to do' list:
1. Clean my car mats
2. Finish my craft project
3. Take a Shower
4. Run the dishwasher
5. Wash more clothes

5 Things I've done today:
1. Wash Clothes
2. Wash my car
3. Feed the stray cat; I can't help it, he's sooo cute :)
4. Feed Rizzo
5. Call the VW dealer

5 Snacks I enjoy:
1.Cookies (esp. Peanut Butter Chocolate Chunk)
2. Pretzles
3. Ice Cream(Once in a while)
4. Salsa & Chips
5. Potatoes(Hey, I'm Irish...what do you expect)

5 things I would do if I were a billionaire:
1. Buy new VW's
2. Take care of our family
3. Take care of our neighbors to the south of us. (They can't pay their electric bill)
4. Buy more Crosleys
5. Buy more Fiesta

5 places I've lived:
1. MI
2. Northern MI
3. MI
4. MI
5. MI

Monday, June 15, 2009

Nice Weekend....

Like Val, I also had a nice weekend. Saturday we got up and decided to go to Bay City. That's a little over an hour North-West of us. We checked out the new Volkswagens(Ya, Das Ist Gut) and then went to Menards for some plumbing supplies. If the new "Cash for Clunkers" bill passes, we hope to trade in our old gas-guzzler Jeep and get a new car. ***Fingers Crossed***.

We then swung over to Meijer to get doggy nuggets and a new frisby for the Riz-Man. He was a happy camper :) After we got home, we did some stuff outside and didn't come in from the shed until almost midnight. It was such a nice night.
Sunday, we stayed around the homestead. John worked on some of his motorcycle stuff while I played with the dog(see pics). That evening we hung some drywall in his dad's barn. Yes, that's right...I'm the official person who gets to screw the drywall to the studs while the men hold the drywall up. That was the first time I did that, too. (You can pat me on the back, LOL).

All in all, it was a beautiful weekend.
He is barking at the "SNAKE" LOL

Going under to get his Kong:

Here's a picture of my Clematis. It's attached to a chain link fence that hides our fuel-oil tanks. Works great as a cover.

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Summer...10 days away???

Okay, I don't know what the weather is like in your neck of the woods, but in sucks! We have had a very crappy spring. Summer starts in 10 days. I think we've only had 2 or 3 warm days so far. I'm really getting sick of the cold weather and I don't like being depressed ALL year around. It's bad enough I get like that during the winter. I need some SUN and WARMTH. If you live in a sunny spot, please send some sun my way. Seriously...this is really depressing :(

Sunday, June 7, 2009

Wind Power...

We took a drive today to see the windmills about 30 miles away. This was the first time I had a chance to go up to see them. There are quite a few of them...maybe 40 or 50. It's neat to drive up the main road and see all of them go round and round! This is a big thing for the thumb of Michigan. Here's some pictures.

Friday, June 5, 2009

A Direct Hit...

I wish I had a picture of it. I went over to my parents house today and noticed that their mailbox had been hit. They live on a busy road so we think that someone was stopped to turn left and a car made an illegal pass on the right. BAD! BAD! BAD! The mailbox was smashed to smitherines(sp?). Did I mention it still had mail in it. I'm kinda glad it was damaged beyond repair though. The box was really rusty from all the salty winters. It needed to be replaced. I had it in my mind that I was going to buy them a mailbox soon, but I didn't have to do it afterall. Anyway, dad and I went to the hardware store and bought a stainless steel box(NO RUST). He's so cheap! He didn't want to spend the $20 for it. I mean, I like a good bargain...but come on...sometimes you get what you pay for. That includes cheap mailboxes. It was made in the U.S.A, by the way.

Monday, June 1, 2009

My Car is done...

I'm so happy! After almost 8 months of sitting in the shed, my car is finally done. Back in late October 2008, John hit a deer on his way home from work. Before this, he never drove my car to work. He decided to take it that one day to work on the A/C. I was soooo disappointed. I love my car. So, for 8 months I had to drive the Jeep Grand Cherokee(our winter vehicle). I hate driving that thing. I don't feel comfortable driving it. Probably because I'm small and it's big! LOL

Anyway, we didn't want the VW bodyshop to fix it. We wanted it done right!!! So, John did it himself. The reason why it took 8 months is because our shed is not heated. It's only been the past week or so that it's been nice enough to go out there to work on it.

Among new sheetmetal and plastic parts, we wanted to change the timing belt and put new brushes in the alternator. This was a perfect time to do all that because the front end was torn apart anyway. It's nearly impossible to do these tasks without taking off the front end!!! Yes, it's that big of a deal. We finally finished it up yesterday. It drives so nice! I'm so happy.

This is after the deer hit the car(yes, that's schmoo on the side):

It needed a new fender, headlight, hood, bumper cover, radiator, A/C condensor, and some misc. plastic pieces.

Here's the after pics taken yesterday:


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